Four teams remain undefeated in front of three weeks, and one team is guaranteed to lose before the College Football Selection Game Show on December 4.
It’s not No. 4 TCU. The Horned Frogs kept their dream season alive with an impressive 17-10 18th victory in Texas on Saturday, and it was a defensive performance as the TCU limited the Longhorns to 199 total yards. The Horned Frogs don’t have a margin for error in the Big 12, but they’ve been perfect so far.
Number one Georgia dominated Mississippi 45-19 and secured a return to the SEC Championship game. Bulldogs only allow 11.6 points per game.
There will be a loser when they play No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan on November 26. The Wolverines now rank #1 on the FBS in defense scoring (11.2) after a 34-3 win against Nebraska. The Buckeyes (15.6) weren’t far behind after their 56-14 win over Indiana.
College football is an offensive game, but these teams prove that defense can be the difference in the playoffs.
With that in mind, take a look at how the top 25 rocked the polls heading into Week 12:
Predict the top 25 for week 12
No. 1 Georgia (10-0)
Georgia continued its perfect season with a 45-19 victory over Mississippi State. Georgia snatched a spot in the SEC Championship game and could complete another undefeated regular season in conference play with a win against Kentucky in Week 12. Georgia edged Mississippi State 179-47, passing Stetson Bennett for 289 yards and three TDs. Georgia has won 18 consecutive games in the regular season of the SEC.
No. 2 Ohio State (10-0)
The Buckeyes smashed 662 yards in a 56-14 victory against Indiana. CJ Stroud passed for 297 yards and five TDs, and Miyan Williams (147 yards) and Dallan Hayden (102 yards) cleared for 100 yards. The Buckeyes have now won 29 consecutive Big Ten games at home, a streak they will put to the test against Michigan on November 26.
No. 3 Michigan (10-0)
Michigan set Nebraska at 147 yards in a 34-3 blast. The defense was in control, and the Wolverines were content to keep him on the ground with Blake Corum (162 yards, TD). JJ McCarthy finished 8 of 17 for 129 yards and two TDs. Michigan closes game schedule against Illinois.
No. 4 TCU (10-0)
The Horned Frogs passed a major road test with 17-10 victory over No. 18 Texas In an unusual match he led TCU 3-0 in the first half. Kendre Miller scored on a 75-yard TD, and Max Duggan connected with Quentin Johnson for a 31-yard TD in the second half. As a result, the TCU will retain its place in the driver’s seat in the playoffs.
No. 5 Tennessee (9-1)
Volunteers played it at Missouri 66-24, and volunteers now average 47.4 points and 544.1 yards per game through 10 games. Hendon Hooker’s pass for 355 yards and three TDs, Tennessee bounced back from loss to Georgia in Week 10. Did Vols go up the score? Yes, but it may be necessary to convince the committee, and they may try to do so against South Carolina and Vanderbilt in the next two weeks.
No. 6 LSU (8-2)
LSU snatched its place in the SEC Championship match. Novice Harold Perkins put on a four-sack performance, and the Arkansas Tigers escaped with a 13-10 win that brought them one step closer to their SEC Championship appearance under first-year coach Brian Kelly. Could LSU be the first losing team to break through the CFP?
No. 7 USC (9-1)
The Trojans defeated the Colorado 55-17 despite losing lead rider Travis Day of the season with a leg injury. The dye (884 yards, 9 TDs) would be missed in a contention match against UCLA. The Pac-12 contenders split the last 10 meetings.
No. 8 Alabama (8-2)
Crimson Tide Ole Miss held off 30-24 for a road victory that eliminated the Rebels from the CFP photo. Alabama would likely remain in the top 10 in the playoff rankings even if there was no viable playoff track due to losses incurred by Tennessee and LSU. Nick Saban will probably have to settle on the pier on New Year’s Day Six.
No. 9 Clemson (9-1)
Clemson recovered from the loss of Notre Dame with a 31-16 victory over Louisville. Oregon’s loss also offers some hope here. The Tigers have an outside chance of getting into the CFP through the ACC Championship, but it won’t be easy.
No. 10 North Carolina (9-1)
North Carolina moves into the top ten after a 36-34 win over Wake Forest, and Drake May passed for 448 yards and three TDs to move into the Heisman conversation. Mac Brown has North Carolina in position for a special season, and Georgia Tech is next.
11. Utah (8-2)
12 – Pennsylvania (8-2)
13. Ole Miss (8-2)
14 – Oregon (8-2)
15. Washington (8-2)
16. University of California (8-2)
17. UCF (8-2)
18. Notre Dame (7-3)
19. Florida (7-3)
20- Kansas State (7-3)
21- Oklahoma State (7-3)
22 – Tulane (8-2)
23 – Cincinnati (8-2)
24- Illinois (7-3)
25- UTSA (8-2).