There's still plenty of room for movement among teams fighting for a playoff spot in Week 12. See what could be ahead for Oregon and other programs still in the hunt.
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The Nittany Lions slipped from fourth in the first College Football Playoff rankings to our even-more-coveted No. 5 spot in the Bottom 10.
- LSU atop CFP; Georgia beats out Bama for No. 4
- Fleck on beating Penn State: 'That was the vision'
- No. 13 Minnesota tops No. 5 PSU 31-26 in match of unbeatens
- Ohio State leads CFP top four of LSU, Bama, PSU
Here's what the College Football Playoff and New Year's Six bowl games would look like based on Tuesday's rankings.
Alabama finds itself on the outside looking in for only the fifth time in the CFP era.
There's no question now: LSU is the class of the SEC after going to Alabama and beating the Crimson Tide.
Here's what the Allstate Playoff Predictor has to say about the CFP chase after 11 weeks of action.
Paul Sabin ESPN Analytics
This week's Allstate Playoff Predictor CFP rankings projection (Pct top 4): 1. Ohio State (99) 2. LSU (99) 3. Clemson (98) 4. Penn State (25) 5. Alabama (4) 6. Oregon (13) 7. Minnesota (25) 8. Baylor (33) 9. Georgia (2) 10. Auburn (1)
There are still many big games left on the schedule, but see how our experts envision the entire bowl season playing out.
The Tigers scored 46 points against Alabama's defense, P.J. Fleck and Minnesota upset Penn State, and a wild Saturday of college football turned normal realities upside down.
Seth Walder ESPN Analytics
LSU ranks first in Strength of Record and it isn't close. An average top-25 team would have had just a 1% chance to be undefeated thus far against LSU's schedule. Meanwhile that seem team would have had a 16% chance to go undefeated vs. Ohio State's schedule, the next best. Among the undefeateds, Clemson had it easiest: an average top 25 team would have had a 29% chance to be 10-0 at this point against the Tigers' schedule.
The new AP Top 25 is out, and after a wild Week 11, there are some big-time shakeups. Here's what's next for each ranked team.
Seth Walder ESPN Analytics
Not only is Alabama very much still alive, but it has the fourth-best chance to reach the CFP and win the national championship, according to the Allstate Playoff Predictor.
The Tigers and Buckeyes could be the nation's best two teams, but Clemson showed it also belongs in the mix.
After Minnesota's 31-26 upset win over No. 4 Penn State, coach P.J. Fleck talked about creating a "dynasty" and "cultural sustainability" in the Gophers' program and said Saturday's raucous celebration at TCF Bank Stadium was "why you take a job."
Minnesota's Jordan Howden picked off Sean Clifford in the end zone, the third interception thrown by Penn State's quarterback, and the 13th-ranked Gophers held on for a 31-26 victory on Saturday afternoon over the fifth-ranked Nittany Lions.
Minnesota's Jordan Howden picked off Sean Clifford in the end zone with 1:01 left, the third interception thrown by Penn State's quarterback, to secure a 31-26 Gophers victory.
Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer
Penn State must now win out, including a Nov. 23 win at Ohio State, where FPI gives the Nittany Lions a 19.4% chance to win. If PSU can finish as 1-loss Big Ten champs, ideally avenging this loss by beating the Gophers in the Big Ten title game, they would still be considered for a top-four finish. The loss now drops PSU into the pack, though, with Oregon, Utah, Oklahoma and Georgia - all needing some help. It also hurts the Big Ten's chances of two teams in the top four.
David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer
Minnesota (8-0) is a 6.5-point home underdog to Penn State. In the last 40 seasons, teams 8-0 or better are 12-4 straight-up and 12-3-1 against the spread as home underdogs, per ESPN Stats and Information.
Welcome to Week 11, with a double bill that has huge implications for the SEC, the Big Ten and the playoff. We break down all the games worth watching.