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College Football Rankings: NCAAF Top 25 (After Week 12)

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Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma Sooners Football

Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. Week 12 of the 2019 season was headlined by Georgia's road win at Auburn, Oklahoma's second-half comeback against Baylor, and Alabama's costly victory versus Mississippi State. LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia take the top four spots once, with Alabama at No. 5 and Oklahoma moving to No. 6 in the post-Week 12 top 25 rankings. With the 12th week of the 2019 season officially in the books, here are the top 25 teams in college football:

College Football Top 25 Rankings

1. LSU (10-0)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Ole Miss

No post-Alabama letdown for coach Ed Orgeron’s team in 58-37 win over Ole Miss. However, the Tigers need to tighten up on defense after allowing 402 rushing yards.

2. Ohio State (10-0)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Rutgers

As expected, Ohio State dominated Rutgers (56-21) to move to 10-0. Up next: Back-to-back games against Penn State and Michigan.

3. Clemson (11-0)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Wake Forest

Tigers have won each of their last four games by 45 or more points.

4. Georgia (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Auburn

Bulldogs clinch third consecutive trip to Atlanta and SEC East title with 21-14 win over Auburn.

5. Alabama (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Mississippi State

Crimson Tide rebound from loss to LSU with 38-7 win over Mississippi State. However, the victory came at a heavy price, as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is out for the rest of the season due to a hip injury.

6. Oklahoma (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Baylor

Huge second-half efforts from Jalen Hurts and the defense lead Oklahoma to largest comeback in school history in 34-31 win over Baylor.

7. Oregon (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Arizona

Ducks are headed back to the Pac-12 Championship Game after clinching the North Division title after 34-6 win over Arizona.

8. Utah (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated UCLA

Tyler Huntley (14 of 18 for 335 yards) was sharp off the bye week, and Utah’s defense held UCLA to just 3.7 yards a play in a 49-3 victory.

9. Minnesota (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Lost to Iowa

The Golden Gophers become the latest ranked team to suffer a road loss in November at Iowa.

10. Penn State (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Indiana

Nine-minute scoring drive in fourth quarter lifts Nittany Lions to win over Indiana.

11. Florida (9-2)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Missouri

Gators close out SEC play by holding their last two opponents to a combined six points. Florida needs just one victory over its last two games (counting a bowl) to have back-to-back 10-win seasons under Dan Mullen.

12. Baylor (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Lost to Oklahoma

Bears started fast but faded in 34-31 loss to Oklahoma. However, Baylor could get another shot against the Sooners in the Big 12 Championship.

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13. Auburn (7-3)

Week 12 Result: Lost to Georgia

Tigers found a spark on offense in the fourth quarter, but the comeback against Georgia fell short with back-to-back failed fourth-down attempts.

14. Wisconsin (8-2)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Nebraska

Jonathan Taylor rushed for at least 200 yards in all three of his appearances against Nebraska.

15. Michigan (8-2)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Michigan State

Jim Harbaugh’s team thoroughly dominated rival Michigan State in 44-10 win on Saturday.

16. Notre Dame (8-2)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Navy

Ian Book tossed five touchdowns, and the defense forced four turnovers to sink Navy in 52-20 victory in South Bend.

17. Memphis (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Houston

Patrick Taylor’s return adds even more firepower to one of the nation’s top offenses for a key stretch run at a New Year’s Six bowl.

18. Iowa (7-3)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Minnesota

Hawkeyes were outgained (431 to 290), but key stop and a turnover in second half help secure four-point win over Minnesota.

19. Cincinnati (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated USF

It wasn’t pretty, but Bearcats escape Tampa with a 20-17 win over USF.

20. Boise State (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated New Mexico

Broncos forced to start their third quarterback of the season (Jaylon Henderson), but coach Bryan Harsin’s team rolled to an easy 42-9 win over New Mexico.

21. SMU (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Off Week

The Mustangs were off on Saturday and return to action next week on the road against Navy.

22. Appalachian State (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Georgia State

After falling behind 21-7 in the first quarter, the Mountaineers finished on a 49-6 run to beat Georgia State on Saturday night.

23. Iowa State (6-4)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Texas

A close game finally bounces in favor of the Cyclones with a 23-21 victory over Texas.

24. Indiana (7-3)

Week 12 Result: Lost to Penn State

Hoosiers fell short in Happy Valley but will have another shot at an upset with Michigan coming to Bloomington next week.

25. Virginia Tech (7-3)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Georgia Tech

Hokies enter the top 25 after winning four out of their last five games.