WhatIfSports college football Week 12 power rankings: big upsets help Ohio State's case

WhatIfSports Week 12 College Football Power Rankings

Losses by Michigan, Clemson and Washington moved the Buckeyes up to No. 2 in this week's power rankings.

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WhatIfSports.com utilizes its college football simulation engine to present a comprehensive and unbiased ranking of all 128 FBS teams. We simulate thousands of games and use those winning percentages to evaluate every team. All 128 teams are ranked below with their average points for and against from the simulated games. Simulations are based on updated rosters and depth charts.

College Football Week 12 Power Rankings
  Team Change Win Pct PS/G PA/G
1. Alabama Crimson Tide - 73.3 30.2 21.9
2. Ohio State Buckeyes +4 68.5 30.3 23.9
3. Louisville Cardinals +2 68.2 31.2 25.1
4. Clemson Tigers -1 67.4 31.4 25.0
5. Michigan Wolverines -3 66.4 30.0 23.8
6. Oklahoma Sooners +1 65.7 30.1 25.1
7. Wisconsin Badgers +1 65.6 28.3 23.1
8. Washington Huskies -4 64.9 30.2 25.6
9. Florida Gators +8 63.7 27.4 23.3
10. Oklahoma State Cowboys -1 62.6 31.5 27.7
11. Virginia Tech Hokies +13 61.4 29.1 25.3
12. USC Trojans +11 61.4 30.2 26.6
13. Nebraska Cornhuskers +18 61.2 30.5 27.0
14. Pittsburgh Panthers +30 60.9 28.8 25.5
15. Florida State Seminoles -2 60.8 30.3 26.6
16. West Virginia Mountaineers -6 60.7 28.5 24.5
17. Colorado Buffaloes +12 60.1 30.0 26.4
18. LSU Tigers -4 60.1 29.0 25.8
19. Texas A&M Aggies - 60.0 31.0 27.5
20. Ole Miss Rebels +5 59.5 30.3 27.5
  Team Change Win Pct PS/G PA/G
21. Penn State Nittany Lions - 59.5 28.8 25.7
22. Utah Utes +19 59.3 27.9 24.8
23. Boise State Broncos +4 59.2 30.5 27.5
24. Miami (FL) Hurricanes -9 59.1 30.3 27.1
25. Notre Dame Fighting Irish +9 59.0 29.6 26.8
26. BYU Cougars +2 58.8 29.1 26.1
27. Washington State Cougars -11 58.6 33.5 30.1
28. Auburn Tigers -17 58.5 28.5 26.0
29. Georgia Bulldogs +6 58.3 28.9 26.0
30. Iowa Hawkeyes +19 57.8 27.5 25.1
31. Tennessee Volunteers +1 57.7 28.1 25.4
32. TCU Horned Frogs -6 57.5 30.1 27.6
33. Navy Midshipmen +7 57.4 29.7 27.4
34. Troy Trojans +38 57.1 30.9 28.4
35. Texas Longhorns +8 57.1 29.2 26.9
36. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +14 57.0 27.9 26.1
37. Maryland Terrapins - 57.0 29.3 27.2
38. Texas Tech Red Raiders -5 56.9 32.4 30.4
39. Northwestern Wildcats -17 56.5 26.7 23.9
40. Houston Cougars -10 56.5 28.7 26.6
  Team Change Win Pct PS/G PA/G
41. Western Michigan Broncos -2 56.4 31.1 29.0
42. North Carolina Tar Heels -24 56.3 29.6 27.9
43. Arkansas Razorbacks -31 56.2 28.0 26.0
44. South Florida Bulls -6 56.1 29.9 28.1
45. Duke Blue Devils +12 55.9 29.0 27.0
46. Baylor Bears -26 55.8 30.1 27.9
47. Arizona State Sun Devils -5 55.6 30.9 28.3
48. Oregon Ducks +5 55.3 30.2 28.4
49. UCLA Bruins -13 55.0 30.3 27.9
50. Toledo Rockets +1 54.8 30.4 29.1
51. North Carolina State Wolfpack -5 54.8 27.3 25.9
52. Indiana Hoosiers +8 54.4 30.0 28.6
53. Appalachian State Mountaineers +1 54.4 29.7 28.3
54. South Carolina Gamecocks +13 53.9 27.5 26.5
55. Mississippi State Bulldogs -7 53.8 29.5 28.5
56. California Golden Bears -4 53.8 31.8 30.5
57. Kansas State Wildcats -2 53.6 27.0 25.6
58. Stanford Cardinal -11 53.5 29.3 27.8
59. Arizona Wildcats - 53.2 30.4 29.4
60. Minnesota Golden Gophers +1 53.0 27.9 26.6
  Team Change Win Pct PS/G PA/G
61. San Diego State Aztecs -16 53.0 28.9 27.6
62. UCF Knights +8 53.0 28.8 28.0
63. Temple Owls -5 52.2 28.8 27.7
64. Virginia Cavaliers +12 52.1 29.2 28.6
65. Cincinnati Bearcats +9 52.0 29.1 28.6
66. Syracuse Orange +12 51.2 27.5 27.2
67. Wake Forest Demon Deacons +6 51.2 27.1 26.8
68. Kentucky Wildcats -2 50.6 29.3 29.0
69. Memphis Tigers -6 50.5 28.7 29.1
70. Missouri Tigers +5 50.4 26.4 26.1
71. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -9 50.2 30.5 30.2
72. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -8 49.9 31.2 31.4
73. Tulsa Golden Hurricane -2 49.0 29.8 30.3
74. Boston College Eagles -5 48.9 24.9 25.2
75. Michigan State Spartans -10 48.3 26.8 27.1
76. Vanderbilt Commodores -20 47.4 25.6 26.4
77. Georgia Southern Eagles -9 45.8 28.0 29.6
78. Oregon State Beavers +1 45.6 26.5 28.0
79. Ohio Bobcats +10 45.1 28.7 30.6
80. Northern Illinois Huskies +8 45.0 27.8 29.4
  Team Change Win Pct PS/G PA/G
81. Connecticut Huskies +1 44.8 26.4 27.8
82. Illinois Fighting Illini +1 44.8 28.2 29.6
83. Iowa State Cyclones +3 44.6 26.8 28.6
84. New Mexico Lobos +8 44.1 27.4 29.0
85. Purdue Boilermakers -4 43.9 28.1 30.1
86. Eastern Michigan Eagles +12 43.8 30.7 32.6
87. Arkansas State Red Wolves - 43.4 27.1 29.3
88. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -11 43.3 27.8 30.0
89. East Carolina Pirates -4 43.2 27.4 29.4
90. Wyoming Cowboys -6 43.1 28.2 30.3
91. SMU Mustangs +18 43.0 27.1 29.5
92. Ball State Cardinals +8 42.4 29.1 31.7
93. Central Michigan Chippewas -3 42.3 27.1 29.7
94. Rutgers Scarlet Knights +10 41.9 26.7 29.5
95. Utah State Aggies -15 41.8 28.0 30.6
96. Air Force Falcons +3 41.8 26.7 29.6
97. South Alabama Jaguars - 41.1 27.8 30.6
98. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors -3 40.9 27.4 30.4
99. Miami (OH) RedHawks +9 40.3 26.7 30.1
100. North Texas Mean Green +18 40.2 27.2 30.6
  Team Change Win Pct PS/G PA/G
101. Idaho Vandals +5 39.9 27.3 30.7
102. Old Dominion Monarchs - 39.7 27.9 31.1
103. FIU Golden Panthers -12 39.4 27.7 31.1
104. San Jose State Spartans +15 38.7 26.5 30.5
105. Florida Atlantic Owls +16 38.6 26.0 29.6
106. UTSA Roadrunners -10 38.6 25.9 29.4
107. New Mexico State Aggies +3 38.2 28.8 32.9
108. Nevada Wolf Pack +4 37.8 26.8 30.9
109. Marshall Thundering Herd +11 37.6 27.0 31.3
110. Southern Miss Golden Eagles +15 37.5 27.9 32.0
111. Kansas Jayhawks +11 37.4 24.2 28.6
112. Army West Point Black Knights +1 37.4 25.1 29.7
113. Buffalo Bulls +2 37.3 26.2 30.9
114. Akron Zips -20 37.1 26.2 30.4
115. Rice Owls +12 37.1 27.4 32.2
116. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks -13 37.0 26.5 30.6
117. Colorado State Rams -16 36.8 26.1 30.4
118. Bowling Green Falcons -1 36.6 27.6 31.8
119. Charlotte 49ers -26 36.4 25.6 30.1
120. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns -4 36.4 26.9 31.4
  Team Change Win Pct PS/G PA/G
121. Tulane Green Wave -7 36.4 24.6 29.6
122. Fresno State Bulldogs +4 34.8 25.8 31.2
123. Georgia State Panthers -16 34.3 26.7 31.9
124. UNLV Rebels - 34.1 25.7 30.9
125. Texas State Bobcats -2 33.9 29.2 34.6
126. Kent State Golden Flashes -15 33.6 24.7 30.0
127. UTEP Miners -22 33.3 27.0 32.6
128. Massachusetts Minutemen - 31.2 26.2 32.6

In addition, view our Week 12 predictions or visit our college football archive for power rankings from past weeks.