The College Football Playoff picture could not be more difficult to predict as we enter the final week of the regular season with five teams from Power Five conferences currently undefeated with 11-0 records. Luckily, projecting the new AP Top 25 poll is a bit easier as those rankings are not limited to just four spots, but the Week 12 results are shaping up to provide a shake up in the order of those undefeated teams.
Washington got put outside its comfort zone on a big stage Saturday night, playing against a tough Oregon State opponent in the driving rain in Corvallis, Oregon. Michael Penix Jr. did not have his usual production in terms of yards or completion percentage, but the Huskies made enough plays — and got some strong defensive resilience — to remain unbeaten in a 22-20 win.
That is the kind of win that answers questions for voters who were downgrading Washington even as it racked up ranked wins, and we’re projecting that the quality victory against the Beavers is enough to overcome the slight margin that Florida State held over Washington for No. 4.
Outside of the top 10, we’re projecting some major shake ups in terms of teams moving in and out of the top 25. That’s expected at this time of year as late-season conference play proves a second, third or even fourth loss for plenty of teams that have been hanging on at the edge of the poll rankings. It opens the door for teams like Iowa and UNLV, who are both 9-2 heading into the final week of the regular season, to take over some of those spots in the 20s on AP voters ballots.
Here’s how we think the new AP Top 25 will look on Sunday after Week 12 results:
1. Georgia (Last week — 1): Like many teams in 2023, Tennessee got an early score to inspire confidence…
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Author : Chip Patterson
Publish date : 2023-11-19 06:42:45
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