Projecting AP Top 25 poll entering Week 12


Washington’s scintillating comeback win at No. 6 Oregon rattled the College Football Playoff picture Saturday night and preceded UCLA’s stunning home loss to Arizona that narrowed the Pac-12’s final four hopes to one team — Lincoln Riley’s USC Trojans. There’s plenty moving and shaking that could happen prior in Sunday’s Week 11 AP Top 25 rankings with those decisions, along with TCU’s win at Texas.

In our latest projection, several nationally-ranked teams will move out of the latest AP Poll, while a few other programs in the playoff hunt noticeably flexed their muscles, including Ohio State, Michigan, and Tennessee. The Volunteers scored 66 points during a drubbing of Missouri, a style-points victory for Josh Heupel’s team following last week’s loss to Georgia.

Liberty and Illinois are among the teams who may not be ranked any longer after Hugh Freeze and the Flames lost to UConn and the Fighting Illini suffered a home setback to Purdue to lose ground atop the Big Ten West.

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Here’s how we expect Sunday’s new AP Poll to look heading into the penultimate week of the regular season:

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