Few wins resonated more across the college football landscape this season than Ohio State’s 56-7 trouncing of Michigan State in which the Buckeyes led 49-0 at the end of the first half after scoring touchdowns on their first seven possessions. The power of that win has now propelled Ohio State to the front of the conversation for the next-best team behind Georgia, and the CBS Sports 130 voters have pushed the Buckeyes up to No. 2 in our updated college football rankings.
Ohio State overtook Alabama for that second spot, though the Crimson Tide did not fall further than No. 3 after its win against Arkansas. Cincinnati, meanwhile, held steady at No. 4. Things become particularly interesting for the Big Ten after that because Michigan has climbed all the way back after its loss to Michigan State to check in at No. 5 in our rankings in advance of this weekend’s epic edition of The Game.
Michigan State fell out of the top 10 in the CBS Sports 130 after its loss to the Buckeyes, down four spots to No. 11 while checking in as the third-best two-loss team. The best two-loss team, according to our voters, is Baylor at 9-2, which jumped up three spots to No. 8 after a hard-fought road win against a Kansas State team we have ranked at No. 35.
The Week 12 schedule didn’t provide too many major shake-ups at the top of the rankings aside from the reshuffling amid Oregon and Wake Forest dropping. You can read more on those moves, as well as other notable adjustments, in the Mover’s Report below the top 25 table.
College football experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports contribute ballots each week, which are averaged together for our rankings. You can see the top 25 below and 26-130 on our rankings page.