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 2018 season was headlined by Notre Dame's 36-3 victory over Syracuse in Yankee Stadium, Texas' home win over Iowa State, Ohio State's crazy overtime stand against Maryland, and UCF beating Cincinnati on Saturday night to clinch the American Athletic Conference's East Division title. With few marquee games or upsets in Week 12, little has changed in the top 25 since last week. Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan remain the top four, with Georgia, Oklahoma, LSU and Washington State in the next tier. With the 12th week of the 2018 season officially in the books, here are the top 25 teams in college football:
College Football Top 25 Rankings (After Week 12)
1. Alabama (11-0)
Week 12 Result: Defeated The Citadel
The Citadel gave the Crimson Tide a scare in the first half, but Nick Saban’s team shook off the slow start to win 50-17.
2. Clemson (11-0)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Duke
After giving up 136 yards to Duke in the first quarter, Clemson’s defense allowed only 126 in the rest of the game.
3. Notre Dame (11-0)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Syracuse
Fighting Irish dominated Syracuse in Yankee Stadium to improve to 11-0. With a win over USC, it’s safe to assume Brian Kelly’s team would lock up a spot to the CFB Playoff.
4. Michigan (10-1)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Indiana
Injury to end Chase Winovich a concern, but Wolverines are a victory against Ohio State away from a Big Ten East title.
5. Georgia (10-1)
Week 12 Result: Defeated UMass
Georgia’s improving rush defense should get a good test next Saturday against Georgia Tech. Will the Bulldogs get healthy on the offensive line?
6. Oklahoma (10-1)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Kansas
Oklahoma’s defense continues to be problematic, but Kyler Murray can carry this team to a Big 12 title.
7. LSU (9-2)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Rice
Win over Texas A&M next week should lock LSU into a New Year’s Six Bowl.
8. Washington State (10-1)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Arizona
Cougars crushed Arizona 69-28 to setup a winner-take-all showdown with Washington in the Pac-12 North next week.
9. Ohio State (10-1)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Maryland
Buckeyes survive a crazy overtime affair with Maryland. Can Urban Meyer’s team win its seventh in a row over Michigan?
10. UCF (10-0)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Cincinnati
Knights made a statement on Saturday night by clinching the American Athletic Conference East Division title with a 38-13 win over Cincinnati.
11. West Virginia (8-2)
Week 12 Result: Lost to Oklahoma State
Mountaineers playoff hopes are over, but a win over Oklahoma still puts this team in the Big 12 Championship Game.
12. Texas (8-3)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Iowa State
Quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s shoulder a concern again, but the Longhorns are a win away from a trip to the Big 12 title game.
13. Florida (8-3)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Idaho
Gators easily handle Idaho to win eighth game of 2018. Up next: Can Florida snap a five-game losing streak to rival Florida State?
14. Syracuse (8-3)
Week 12 Result: Lost to Notre Dame
Injury to quarterback Eric Dungey hindered Syracuse’s chances of an upset, as coach Dino Babers’ high-powered offense was held to just three points and 234 total yards.
16. Penn State (8-3)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Rutgers
Nittany Lions held Rutgers to only 46 passing yards in Saturday’s 20-7 win.
17. Iowa State (6-4)
Week 12 Result: Lost to Texas
Cyclones eliminated from Big 12 title picture, but coach Matt Campbell clearly has this team trending in the right direction.
18. Kentucky (8-3)
Week 12 Result: Defeated MTSU
Defense leads the way for Kentucky in win over MTSU. Wildcats recorded 11 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and two turnovers in the 34-23 victory.
19. Utah (8-3)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Colorado
The Utes won in the snow against Colorado and got help from Oregon late on Saturday night to clinch the program’s first Pac-12 South title.
20. Utah State (10-1)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Colorado State
Colorado State’s touchdown on the last play was overturned to keep Utah State unbeaten in Mountain West action and in the mix to make a New Year’s Six bowl.
20. Northwestern (7-4)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Minnesota
A week after clinching the Big Ten West title, coach Pat Fitzgerald’s team didn’t suffer a letdown against Minnesota.
21. Boise State (9-2)
Week 12 Result: Defeated New Mexico
Boise State’s showdown against Utah State is one of the must-see matchups next week.
22. Fresno State (9-2)
Week 12 Result: Defeated San Diego State
Bulldogs rebound from loss at Boise State to knock off San Diego State and claim Mountain West’s Mountain Division title.
23. Pitt (7-4)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Wake Forest
Panthers beat Wake Forest to clinch program’s first ACC Coastal Division title.
24. Mississippi State (7-4)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Arkansas
Nick Fitzgerald has a huge performance in his final game in Starkville for Mississippi State’s 52-6 victory over Arkansas.
25. Washington (8-3)
Week 12 Result: Defeated Oregon State
Can Washington’s pass defense find a way to slow down Gardner Minshew next week?