The college football season is quickly coming to an end, and it has been a weird one. This is the drunkest CFB has been since 2007, and it’s only going to get weirded. With all the upsets, the CFP committee could get a pass for the rankings being a bit off. However, even with that, they still manage to get it wrong. With that being said, let’s throw logic out the window, and try to predict the college football playoff poll for week 12.

1. Georgia Bulldogs

Result: 41-17 W @ Tennessee

Record: 10-0

Do we really have to debate this one? Georgia is head and shoulders above the rest of the country. Even with an offense ranked 39th in the country (tied with Texas), they have the “second best” defense in the country. The “second best” is in quotes because the NCAA ranks by yardage, and Georgia is allowing 31 more yards per game than Wisconsin. However, the Bulldogs have only given up eight touchdowns all year. The second fewest is Penn State with 17. So, that ranking is stupid, and Georgia clearly has the best defense in the country.

2. Alabama Crimson Tide

Result: 56-3 W vs New Mexico State

Record: 9-1

This is not your regular Alabama team. The defense at times has looked atrocious, which we have become accustomed to over the past few seasons. However, the offense has been stagnant, lackadaisical, and uninspiring, even with their Heisman front runner QB Bryce Young. However, it is still Alabama, so they will get the benefit of the doubt. They did cover against New Mexico State this weekend, so they will stay put.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes

Result: 59-31 W vs Purdue

Record: 9-1

Yes, Oregon did win this weekend. However, Ohio State beat the “upset kings” in Purdue, and CJ Stroud was the quarterback people were waiting for him to be. He was efficient, and put up points. The college football playoff committee will reward Ohio State for this in week 12, even though they gave up 31 to Purdue.

4. Oregon Ducks

Result: 38-24 W vs Washington State

Record: 9-1

This is not a punishment for Mario Cristobal and the Ducks. It simply comes down to Ohio State performing similarly against a better team. The opposing offenses are comparable, as Washington State is scoring .3 PPG more than Purdue, but Purdue has the 49th ranked defense compared to Washington State’s 82nd. Oregon’s Thibodeaux led defense is slightly better than the Buckeyes’, but the Ohio State offense is light years ahead of the Ducks.

5. Cincinnati Bearcats

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Result: 45-28 W @ South Florida

Record: 10-0

If the Bearcats want to move up, they need to start dominating opponents more. A close home win against Tulsa last week won’t cut it. Yes, they won by 17 against South Florida, but they were a 23.5 favorite going into the game. The college football playoff committee is looking for any reason to drop Cincinnati so they can’t recover. Luckily, the teams immediately behind Cincy either lost or didn’t win by enough, so they stay put in week 12.

(I’m going to start speeding these up.)

6. Michigan Wolverines

Result: 21-17 W @ Penn State

Record: 9-1

The myth of the Whiteout will persist, and Michigan covered against Penn State in their second Whiteout of the year. For the sake of consistency, the college football playoff will not fix the Michigan State-Michigan issue in week 12.

7. Michigan State Spartans

Result: 40-21 W vs Maryland

Record: 9-1

Winning by 19 against Maryland is good, but not good enough to jump Michigan after being ranked below them last week.

8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Result: 28-3 W @ Virginia

Record: 9-1

In a game some people thought could be an upset, Notre Dame dominated, giving up less than 200 passing yards and only 82 rushing yards.

9. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Result: 63-17 W vs TCU

Record: 9-1

If this game was on the road, the committee could be convinced to have the Cowboys jump Notre Dame. However, beating a 4-6 TCU team with an interim head coach was expected and for now, Notre Dame holds off OK State.

10. Baylor Bears

Result: 27-14 W vs Oklahoma

Record: 8-2

Baylor is the beneficiary of winning their game, plus some team’s ahead of them losing or barely winning. Gerry Bohanon wasn’t great in the passing game, but did just enough and made up for it on the ground. The defense did a phenomenal job of picking off Caleb Williams twice and limiting him as rushing threat, putting Baylor in the top ten.

11. Ole Miss Rebels

Result: 29-19 W vs Texas A&M

Record: 8-2

Joey Freshwater is on the cusp of being a top ten team in week 12.

12. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Result: 45-42 W vs NC State

Record: 9-1

13. BYU Cougars

Result: Bye

Record: 8-2

14. Wisconsin Badgers

Result: 35-7 W vs Northwestern

Record: 7-3

15. Texas A&M Aggies

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Result: 19-29 L @ Ole Miss

Record: 7-3

16. Oklahoma Sooners

Result: 14-27 L @ Baylor

Record: 9-1

17. Iowa Hawkeyes

Result: 27-22 W vs Minnesota

Record: 8-2

18. Pitt Panthers

Result: 30-23 W vs UNC

Record: 8-2

19. Meep Meep University

Meep Meep University is undefeated and should be higher in the college football playoff week 12 rankings.
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Result: 27-17 W vs Southern Miss

Record: 10-0

20. NC State Wolfpack

Result: 42-45 L @ Wake Forest

Record: 7-3

21. San Diego State Aztecs

Result: 23-21 W vs Nevada

Record: 9-1

22. Utah Utes

Result: 38-29 W @ Arizona

Record: 7-3

23. Houston Cougars

Has Houston done enough to jump into the college football playoff week 12 rankings?
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Result: 37-8 W @ Temple

Record: 9-1

(This one is more something I think should happen.)

24. Arkansas Razorbacks

Result: 16-13 W @ LSU

Record: 7-3

25. Auburn Tigers

Result: 34-43 L vs Mississippi State

Record: 6-4

Some of those turned into “what I want to see,” not as much a prediction. Mainly for Houston and UTSA (aka Meep Meep University). Let me know how I did on Twitter, and be sure to follow Tailgate on the Quad where we will break down the actual rankings when they come out. Check out last week’s episode and check out Belly Up Sports for all your college football needs.
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