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2016 college football rankings, Week 12

USC jumps into the AP and Coaches Poll with win over Washington

NCAA Football: Southern California at Washington Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Well it was an awesome win for the Trojans over the Washington Huskies Saturday night. Headed into the week USC was not ranked in the AP or Coaches Poll but that sure changed after last night. The Trojans are now ranked 15 in the AP and 19 in the Coaches Poll. The Trojans were ranked 20th in the Playoff Committee rankings prior to beating Washington so it will be exciting to find out how high they climb on Tuesday night.

Elsewhere around the Pac-12 Washington dropped to 7in the AP and 7 in the Coaches Poll. Colorado handled Arizona on Saturday and now they rank 12 in the AP and 12 in the Coaches Poll. Utah beat Arizona State on Thursday night which lands them 11 in the AP and 11 in the Coaches Poll. Washington State continued their winning ways late Saturday night over Cal giving them a ranking of 20 in the AP and 20 in the Coaches Poll

You can see the latest rankings below

AP Poll

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Louisville
  4. Michigan
  5. Clemson
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Washington
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Penn State
  10. West Virginia
  11. Utah
  12. Colorado
  13. Oklahoma State
  14. Western Michigan
  15. USC
  16. LSU
  17. Florida State
  18. Auburn
  19. Nebraska
  20. Washington State
  21. Florida
  22. Boise State
  23. Texas A&M
  24. San Diego State
  25. Troy

Others receiving votes:

Houston 49, North Carolina 40, Virginia Tech 36, Tennessee 21, Navy 20, Stanford 16, W. Kentucky 11, Pittsburgh 9, South Florida 8, Arkansas 7, Iowa 4, Mississippi 2, Minnesota 1

Coaches Poll

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Louisville
  4. Michigan
  5. Clemson
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Washington
  8. Oklahoma
  9. West Virginia
  10. Penn State
  11. Utah
  12. Colorado
  13. Oklahoma State
  14. LSU
  15. Florida State
  16. Auburn
  17. Nebraska
  18. Florida
  19. USC
  20. Washington State
  21. Western Michigan
  22. Texas A&M
  23. Boise State
  24. North Carolina
  25. San Diego State

Others receiving votes:

  1. Houston 60; Navy 43; South Florida 43; Virginia Tech 39; Troy 28; Tennessee 20; Stanford 16; Pittsburgh 6; Arkansas 5; Toledo 3; Baylor 2; Iowa 1.

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 doesn't have any official bearing on the Playoff. Most outlets (including SB Nation) will use the AP's rankings as the standard until the committee takes over in November, though. 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 react more cautiously 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.

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