The Week 12 College Football Playoff poll could see the fewest week-over-week changes of any top-25 rankings all season.
Indeed, only one top-10 team from the previous week’s rankings lost: No. 8 Oklahoma, which fell 27-14 to No. 13 Baylor in Waco, Texas. Nearly every other team in the top 25 to lose also fell at the hands of a ranked opponent. Those teams were No. 11 Texas A&M (lost 29-19 to No. 15 Ole Miss); No. 16 N.C. State (lost 45-42 to No. 12 Wake Forest); No. 17 Auburn (lost 43-34 to Mississippi State); and No. 19 Purdue (lost 59-31 to No. 4 Ohio State).
That sets up for what should be one of the easier weeks for the CFP selection committee, though that’s certainly not a given for a group that has already made eyebrow-raising decisions this season.
What does that mean for the latest set of rankings? Georgia and Alabama should take the top two spots, with Oregon, Ohio State and Cincinnati claiming Nos. 3-5 (though in what order remains to be seen). The Ducks appear to have the advantage over their Ohio counterparts, and it will be worth seeing how much the committee values their head-to-head victory over the Buckeyes by the end of the season.
Regardless, the season is reaching a pivotal stretch for several top-25 teams. The Big Ten East remains open for Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State; Alabama has a three-week stretch vs. Arkansas, Auburn and, potentially, Georgia; Cincinnati takes on SMU with a date with Houston on the horizon; and Bedlam could determine whether the Big 12 has any chance at the playoff.
There’s still a lot of football left to be played, which could completely change the top-25 rankings by the time it’s all said and done. We have to see what the latest rankings look like first, though. With that, here’s everything you need to tune in and watch:
What time are the College Football Playoff rankings released?
- Date: Tuesday, Nov. 16
- Start time: 7 p.m. ET
The College Football Playoff committee will unveil its third set of rankings for the 2021 season at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 16.
CFP rankings schedule 2021
The College Football Playoff selection show is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. ET each Tuesday through Nov. 30. The CFP selection show will take place Sunday, Dec. 5 — the day following conference championship games — at noon ET.
|Tuesday, Nov. 2||7 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Nov. 9||9 p.m.*|
|Tuesday, Nov. 16||7 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Nov. 23||7 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Nov. 30||7 p.m.|
|Sunday, Dec. 5 (Selection Sunday)||Noon|
*The Nov. 9 rankings were released between games at Champions Classic.
How to watch CFP selection show
- TV channel: ESPN
- Live stream: ESPN app, fuboTV
The rankings selection show will take place on ESPN and can be live streamed on the ESPN app. It can also be streamed via fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.
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Projected CFP rankings: Who are the top four teams in college football?
1. Georgia (10-0)
2. Alabama (9-1)
3. Oregon (9-1)
4. Ohio State (9-1)
Sporting News projects the top four teams in the third set of rankings will be No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 Ohio State. The first two teams out are projected to be No. 5 Cincinnati (10-0) and No. 6 Michigan State (8-1).