The College Football Playoff Top 25 has been released by the selection committee, setting the stage for Rivalry Week.
After the insanity of Week 11, Week 12 featured a few near-upsets, but nothing that has done a lot to shake up the top of the College Football Playoff rankings. The most significant loss was Louisville falling to Houston, which pretty much seals the deal and crushes the Cardinals' playoff chances. West Virginia also fell to Oklahoma in a snowy game at Milan Pusker Stadium, handing it a second loss and knocking it way down the list for the College Football Playoff. That game gives Oklahoma a very nice road win, and an interesting case to make for Playoff contention heading into next weekend's game vs. Oklahoma State, another top Big 12 program, in Bedlam on December 3.
The coveted top four slots of this College Football Playoff remains static. Alabama dispatched of Chattanooga relatively easily, Ohio State and Michigan faced tough tests from Michigan State and Indiana respectively, but pulled out wins, and Clemson handled Wake Forest 35-13.
As of today, Alabama would host Clemson in a rematch of last year's National Championship in one of the semi-finals, while Ohio State and Michigan would run back this weekend's edition of The Game in the other. Of course, with those two teams going head-to-head on Saturday, it is extremely unlikely that both would make the Playoff, based on how things play out. The Big Ten might still slide in two teams, however, depending on how things shake out with Penn State and Wisconsin.