The Week 12 College Football Playoff rankings were easily adjustable for the selection committee. But it also set up to be a potentially chaotic final weekend of football.
Only one top-10 team in the most recent set of rankings lost on Saturday. That would be Oklahoma, a team the committee clearly didn’t value in the first two sets of rankings, considering the Sooners’ position at No. 8 overall in each of those weeks. The top seven teams remained the same, followed by Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Wake Forest.
Nice and neat. For now.
A looming concern for this committee is what will happen if each of the one-loss Power 5 favorites win out the rest of the season. That could create a logjam of Oregon, Ohio State/Michigan/Michigan State and Oklahoma State/Oklahoma. That’s to say nothing of the SEC, which could presumably lock up two spots should Alabama beat Georgia in the SEC championship.
Then there’s the question of a potentially undefeated Cincinnati team, which if left out would join UCF as a twice-undefeated Group of 5 team that never got a chance to compete for a title.
There’s still plenty of football left to be played, including the two Michigan teams vs. Ohio State in the Big Ten; Alabama taking on two ranked teams in the last three weeks of the season; Bedlam; and a not-insignificant end to the season for Cincy, which plays a ranked team in Houston.
It’s all shaping up to be a wild, fun and potentially chaotic stretch to end the season. Best take a deep breath while you’re still able. Until then, here’s the latest top 25 rankings from Week 12:
College Football Playoff rankings 2021
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CFP top 25 rankings from third CFP poll of 2021
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