Sitting at 6-3 overall and 4-2 in Pac-12 play, the USC Trojans still haven't been able to crack the College Football Playoff selection committee's top 25 ranking. In the third week the CFB selection committee has ranked its top 25, USC still hasn't made an appearance, but five Pac-12 teams did make the rankings.
Oregon leads the way for the West Coast. The Ducks jumped up to No. 2 after another dominant victory, winning 51-27 at Utah while previous No. 3 Auburn lost to Texas A&M. The Ducks also jumped Florida State, who fell to No. 3 while TCU takes over as the No. 4 team. Oregon has two games that should be easy money to end the regular season before taking on the Pac-12 South champion in Levi Stadium. Win out and the Ducks are easily in.
Arizona State's destruction of previous No. 10 Notre Dame pushed them up to No. 6. The Sun Devils have to win three more games, including knocking off Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship and they will be in the College Football Playoff.
The Pac-12's two-loss squads made big jumps as UCLA was bumped up to No. 11 from No. 18 and Arizona climbed from No. 19 to No. 14. Utah, on the other hand, fell from No. 17 to No. 23 after its loss to the Ducks. USC's cross-country rival, Notre Dame, only dropped from No. 10 to No. 18.
Here's the full Top 25 heading into Week 12, plus the current postseason picture and the toughest opponent left, according to Football Outsiders' F/+:
|Rank||Team||Last week||Week 11 result||Toughest opponent left (per F/+)||If the season ended today ...|
|1||Mississippi State (9-0)||1||Won 45-16 vs. UT-Martin||Alabama||Sugar Bowl vs. TCU|
|2||Oregon (9-1)||4||Won 51-27 at No. 17 Utah||Oregon State||Rose Bowl vs. Florida State|
|3||Florida State (9-0)||2||Won 34-20 vs. Virginia||Miami||Rose Bowl vs. Oregon|
|4||TCU (8-1)||6||Won 41-20 vs. No. 7 Kansas State||Texas||Sugar Bowl vs. Mississippi State|
|5||Alabama (8-1)||5||Won 20-13 (OT) at No. 16 LSU||Auburn||Orange Bowl vs. Clemson|
|6||Arizona State (8-1)||14||Won 55-31 vs. No. 10 Notre Dame||Arizona||New Year's bowl|
|7||Baylor (8-1)||13||Won 48-14 at No. 15 Oklahoma||Kansas State||New Year's bowl|
|8||Ohio State (8-1)||14||Won 49-37 at No. 8 Michigan State||Minnesota||New Year's bowl|
|9||Auburn (7-2)||3||Lost 41-38 vs. Texas A&M||Alabama||New Year's bowl|
|10||Ole Miss (8-2)||12||Won 48-0 vs. Presbyterian||Mississippi State||New Year's bowl|
|11||UCLA (8-2)||18||Won 44-30 at Washington||USC||New Year's bowl|
|12||Michigan State (7-2)||8||Lost 49-37 vs. No. 14 Ohio State||Maryland|
|13||Kansas State (7-2)||7||Lost 41-20 at No. 6 TCU||Baylor|
|14||Arizona (7-2)||19||Won 38-20 vs. Colorado||Arizona State|
|15||Georgia (7-2)||20||Won 63-31 at Kentucky||Auburn|
|17||LSU (7-3)||16||Lost 20-13 (OT) vs. No. 5 Alabama||Arkansas|
|18||Notre Dame (7-2)||10||Lost 55-31 at No. 9 Arizona State||Louisville|
|19||Clemson (7-2)||21||Won 34-20 at Wake Forest||Georgia Tech||Orange Bowl vs. Alabama|
|20||Wisconsin (7-2)||25||Won 34-16 at Purdue||Nebraska|
|21||Duke (8-1)||22||Won 27-10 at Syracuse||Virginia Tech|
|22||Georgia Tech (8-2)||24||Won 56-23 at NC State||Georgia|
|23||Utah (6-3)||17||Lost 51-27 vs. No. 4 Oregon||Arizona|
|24||Texas A&M (7-3)||NR||Won 41-38 at No. 3 Auburn||LSU|
|25||Minnesota (7-2)||NR||Won 51-14 vs. Iowa||Ohio State|