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The 5 Teams That Will Jump Up Most In The Polls After Week 12's Action

Virginia Tech cheerleaders holding flags that spell out Hokies.

BLACKSBURG, VA - NOVEMBER 18: Cheerleaders carry flags across as the Virginia Tech Hokies face the University of Maryland Terrapins during NCAA football at Lane Stadium November 18, 2004 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Let's take a look at the teams that will move up in the polls this week.

'Cupcake Saturday' was light on drama, but there were a few contests that helped shape the College Football Playoff race. Wisconsin announced itself as a true title contender with a nice win over Michigan. Miami rallied from a 14-point deficit against Virginia to stay undefeated. And Notre Dame staved off Navy despite barely possessing the ball.

Let's take a look at the five teams we think will move up most in the polls after this week.


TCU entered the day at No. 14 after the loss to Oklahoma last week, but a solid win over Texas Tech should move the Horned Frogs up a spot or two. It also helps that Oklahoma State, ranked No. 13 heading into the day, lost to Kansas State.

Mississippi State

The Bulldogs didn't look great against Arkansas, but they escaped with a win and now sit at 8-3 on the season. Mississippi State was No. 19 in the Coaches' Poll heading into the week. They'll likely jump at least Oklahoma State and Michigan.

Michigan State

Michigan State took down Maryland in the snow on Saturday, and while they can no longer win the Big Ten East, they can still finish the season with 10 wins if they win next week and win their bowl game. They were No. 24 going into today. They'll be around No. 20 tomorrow.

Virginia Tech

The Hokies needed a late defensive stand to fend off Pittsburgh, and the victory will likely be enough to get them back into the rankings. They'll probably come in around No. 24 or so.


Northwestern is the best team in the Big Ten that nobody is talking about. The Wildcats throttled Minnesota on Saturday, 39-0, to move to 8-3 on the season. They'll be ranked on Sunday - no doubt about it.