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College football rankings: Major AP Top 25 shakeup ahead of new Playoff rankings

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In this week's AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll, a lot of teams are on the move, marking a major shakeup ahead of the season's final stretch.

The postseason picture got a little bit clearer on Saturday, and it'll come more sharply into focus with the College Football Playoff selection committee's third rankings release on Tuesday. Until then, Week 12's other human polls are a possible preview. Here's a detailed accounting of how Week 11 altered the Playoff landscape.

Baylor couldn't keep up with new Big 12 favorite Oklahoma and probably saw the end of its Playoff hopes. Stanford saw its title dreams go up in smoke against Oregon, too. Clemson stayed atop the world with a sort of uninspiring win against Syracuse. North Carolina pounded Miami. TCU almost lost to Kansas but survived, as did Oklahoma State and as did Michigan, very narrowly. Alabama will never, ever lose again. Maybe Iowa won't, either.

Ohio State handled its business at Illinois, setting up a College Gameday bout with Michigan State on Saturday. The Buckeyes' next three games (against Michigan State, then Michigan, then Iowa in the Big Ten Championship) will probably put Playoff possibilities on the line for all involved.

AP Coaches S&P+ Massey
1 Clemson (34) Clemson (28) Clemson Clemson
2 Ohio State (2) Ohio State (32) Alabama Alabama
3 Alabama (4) Alabama (4) Ohio State Ohio State
4 Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Oklahoma Oklahoma
5 Notre Dame Notre Dame Michigan Notre Dame
6 Iowa Iowa Notre Dame Oklahoma State
7 Oklahoma Oklahoma Baylor Florida
8 Florida Florida Florida State Iowa
9 Michigan State Michigan State Ole Miss Baylor
10 Baylor Baylor Florida TCU
11 TCU TCU USC Michigan State
12 North Carolina North Carolina Navy Stanford
13 Houston Michigan LSU Michigan
14 Michigan Houston West Virginia North Carolina
15 Stanford Stanford Stanford Houston
16 Florida State Florida State Bowling Green Navy
18 Utah Utah Wisconsin Utah
19 Navy Navy NC State Florida State
20 Northwestern Wisconsin Oklahoma State USC
21 Wisconsin Northwestern Tennessee Ole Miss
22 USC Oregon Western Kentucky Memphis
23 Oregon Washington State Arkansas Wisconsin
24 Washington State USC Mississippi State Mississippi State
25 Ole Miss Ole Miss (T-25) Washington Arkansas
25 Mississippi State (T-25)

The four rankings used here

The Associated Press Top 25: The longest-running and best-respected human poll. Didn't have any official bearing on the latter years of the BCS, and won't have any official bearing on the Playoff. Expect it to set the course for the committee, however, as most outlets (including SB Nation) will use the AP's rankings as the standard until the committee takes over in November. Usually comes out on Sundays about 2 p.m. ET.

The USA Today Coaches Poll: Formerly part of the BCS, and now just a poll. It tends to be more conservative than the AP's. Though polling athletic departments in order to rank other athletic departments is dubious, we still want multiple human polls in here, and this is the other big one. Releases early Sunday afternoons.

The Massey computer composite: A collection of ... every rating out there, which will be included as soon as it is updated. By including it here, we're giving extra weight to the two human polls, since they're already two of the dozens of ratings included in the Massey. It changes over the course of the week as more rankings arrive.

Bill Connelly's S&P+ ratings: Connelly's efficiency- and explosiveness-based metric parses each team's performance and adjusts it for strength of opposition. These ratings ultimately become part of each FBS team's advanced statistical profile. They're entirely computer-generated and don't signal an agenda against anybody's favorite team.


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