Ranking the top 25 teams in college football after Week 12.
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. The 12th weekend of the 2017 season was light on must-see matchups, but the action didn't disappoint on Saturday. Alabama and Oklahoma cruised to easy wins to maintain the top two spots in the rankings, while Miami overcame a slow start to knock off Virginia. Wisconsin secured Week 12's biggest win, as the Badgers defeated Michigan to move to 11-0. Coach Paul Chryst's team checks in at No. 5 in this week's rankings, followed by Auburn, Georgia, Ohio State, Notre Dame and TCU. Northwestern, Boise State and Virginia Tech join the post-Week 12 rankings after picking up wins on Saturday.
College Football Top 25 Rankings
1. Alabama (11-0)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Mercer
Will the Crimson Tide get any injured defenders back in time for the Iron Bowl at Auburn?
2. Oklahoma (10-1)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Kansas
Win over Kansas secured spot for Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game.
3. Miami (10-0)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Virginia
Hurricanes overcome slow start against Virginia to improve to 10-0.
4. Clemson (10-1)
Week 12 Result: Defeated The Citadel
As expected, the Tigers didn’t have to sweat much in Saturday’s win over The Citadel. The challenge gets significantly tougher next week against South Carolina.
5. Wisconsin (11-0)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Michigan
Timely offense and standout defense lead the way in Saturday’s victory against Michigan.
6. Auburn (9-2)
Week 12 Result: Defeated ULM
The Tigers have scored at least 40 points in seven out of the last eight games. How will this offense perform against Alabama?
7. Georgia (10-1)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Kentucky
Nick Chubb and Sony Michel cap off standout careers in Athens with big performances against Kentucky.
8. Ohio State (9-2)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Illinois
J.T. Barrett is the first quarterback in Big Ten history to reach 100 touchdown passes.
9. Notre Dame (9-2)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Navy
Notre Dame’s defense held Navy to 277 rushing yards in Saturday’s win, which was the fewest allowed to the Midshipmen since giving up 149 in 2012.
10. TCU (9-2)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Texas Tech
Horned Frogs were shorthanded due to injury but easily handled Texas Tech in Lubbock.
11. USC (10-2)
Week 12 Result: Defeated UCLA
Trojans knock off crosstown rival UCLA and will get a needed bye in Week 13 to prep for Pac-12 Championship.
12. UCF (10-0)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Temple
Knights ace another test, defeating Temple 45-19 in Philadelphia. Up next is rival USF.
13. Michigan State (8-3)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Maryland
Thanks to 271 rushing yards, Spartans only needed two completed passes from quarterback Brian Lewerke to defeat Maryland.
14. Penn State (9-2)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Nebraska
A win over Maryland in the season finale should position James Franklin’s team for a New Year’s Six bowl.
15. LSU (8-3)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Tennessee
LSU’s rushing attack gashed Tennessee for 200 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday night’s 30-10 victory.
16. Washington State (9-2)
Week 12 Result: Bye Week
The Cougars can win the Pac-12 North with a win over Washington.
17. Mississippi State (8-3)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Arkansas
Bulldogs were sluggish in the first half against Arkansas, but quarterback Nick Fitzgerald and defense delivered in the clutch to secure the program’s eighth victory in 2017.
18. Stanford (8-3)
Week 12 Result: Defeated California
The Cardinal have won eight in a row over rival California.
19. Washington (9-2)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Utah
Huskies rallied in second half to beat Utah, but coach Chris Petersen’s team was eliminated from the Pac-12 North Division title mix after Stanford beat California.
20. Oklahoma State (8-3)
Week 12 Result: Lost to Kansas State
Loss to Kansas State eliminated Oklahoma State from the Big 12 Championship mix.
21. Memphis (9-1)
Week 12 Result: Defeated SMU
The Tigers win over SMU clinched the AAC’s West Division and a trip to the conference title game on Dec. 2
22. Iowa State (7-4)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Baylor
Quarterback Zeb Noland (14 of 28 for 180 yards and two scores) was steady in his first career start for the Cyclones.
23. Northwestern (8-3)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Minnesota
Running back Justin Jackson has eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards in all four years of playing time.
24. Boise State (9-2)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Air Force
The Broncos have allowed less than 20 points in six out of the last seven games.
25. Virginia Tech (8-3)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Pitt
Defense delivers with four stops at the one-yard line to beat Pitt in the final seconds.