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AP Top 25 Poll - Week 12

Blowouts were the theme from this past weekend

NCAA Football: North Carolina at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

This past weekend was a very interesting one in college football as some of the teams in the top 10 faced demoralizing losses, putting their CFB Playoff hopes in jeopardy. On the UNC side of things, it was a good weekend for UNC fans as the Heels managed to log their first conference win of the season against Pitt.

So how badly did things get shaken up coming off this past weekend? Let’s take a look:

AP Top 25

  1. Alabama
  2. Miami
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Clemson
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Auburn
  7. Georgia
  8. Ohio State
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. TCU
  12. USC
  13. Penn State
  14. UCF
  15. Washington State
  16. Washington
  17. Mississippi State
  18. Memphis
  19. Michigan
  20. Stanford
  21. LSU
  22. Michigan State
  23. USF
  24. West Virginia
  25. NC State

Where is UNC?

The good news is that UNC may be able to ride the momentum of their win over Pitt into winning at least one more game this Saturday against Western Carolina. The bad news is: even if they win out for the year, their December will look something like this:

Biggest Losers

  • The Georgia Bulldogs finally met their match this past weekend when they traveled to Alabama to take on Auburn. Kerryon Johnson ran for 167 yards against the Bulldogs, and also caught a 55-yard reception for a touchdown from Jarrett Stidham. The crushing defeat may have eliminated Georgia’s chances to play in the CFB Playoffs, barring anymore big losses by whoever the committee selects to be in the top four this week.
  • Notre Dame managed to find themselves near the top of the college football mountain once a again, only to run into a buzz-saw down in Florida. The Miami Hurricanes managed to force four turnovers in their 41-8 win over the Fighting Irish. The Irish now only have two games left: one against unranked Navy and another against #20 Stanford. This may be one of the years when not being able to play in a conference championship game will come back and bite them unless other teams at the top help them out.
  • Michigan State was the third victim in the top 25 of an utter beat-down by another top 25 team this past weekend, as they lost to Ohio State 48-3. The Spartans couldn’t manage to get anything going on either side of the ball, only recording 195 total yards on offense compared to the 524 yards gained by Ohio State. Their last two games of the season are against two teams with losing records, so it will be interesting to see what bowl game they manage to get when the time comes.

Biggest Winners

  • Auburn and Miami were the biggest benefactors from the results of this past weekend. Both teams won their games by large margins against the second and third best teams in the country respectively. Miami is a lock to play Clemson in the ACC Championship game, so a win over the Tigers would solidify their number two spot, assuming nothing goes wrong against Virginia and/or Pitt.

Auburn’s fate, however, does not involve their conference championship game. They are two games behind Alabama in the SEC West standings, and it is safe to say that their chances of changing that aren’t great. However, they do play the Crimson Tide in their final game of the season, so it should be very interesting to see if they can manage to get a big upset and perhaps maybe even sneak into the CFB playoffs.

Top 25 Conference Breakdown

Big 12: 4

Big Ten: 5

SEC: 5

ACC: 3

Pac-12: 4

AAC: 3

Notre Dames: 1

Top 25 Matchups:

#9 Michigan at #8 Wisconsin