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2016 Fierce 40: Week 12

by DJ Boyer on Nov. 20, 2016

Fierce 40 - Top 40 College Football Teams - Week 12

Ranking

Team

W-L

Result

Previous

1

Alabama 11-0 W:Chatanooga 31-3

1

All aboard for the Iron Bowl.

2

Ohio State 10-1 W:Michigan State 17-16 2

The Buckeyes may have been aided by the Spartans decision to go for two late.

3

Michigan 10-1 W:Indiana 20-10 3

Michigan survives a game that was close and they were trailing for a good portion of the day with their backup quarterback.

4

Clemson 10-1 W:Wake Forest 35-13 4

Clemson is now ready for the ACC title game.

5

Washington 10-1 W:Arizona State 44-18 6

The Huskies are now poised to put themselves back in the top 4 as they figure the loser of Michigan and Ohio State will drop out.

6

Wisconsin 9-2 W:Purdue 49-20 7

Wisconsin will get the winner of Michigan/Ohio State or Penn State in the Big Ten title game.

7

Oklahoma 9-2 W:#19 West Virginia 56-28 8

Baker Mayfield is coming up big down the stretch for the Sooners.

8

Colorado 9-2 W:#20 Washington State 38-24 10

Mike MacIntyre has my vote for Coach of the Year.

9

Oklahoma State 9-2 W:TCU 31-6 9

Oklahoma State showing some defensive prowess and trying to prove they are not an offense only football team.

10

Penn State 9-2 W:Rutgers 39-0 11

The Nittany Lions  will be huge Buckeye fans against Michigan as a Buckeye win propels then to the Big Ten title game.

11

Louisville 9-2 L:#27 Houston 10-36 5

Houston made Lamar Jackson beat them with his arm, and he failed miserably.

12

Western Michigan 11-0 W:Buffalo 38-0 12

Toledo is a not a gimmie for Western Michigan but the Broncos have done all they can to make their BCS case.

13

Florida 8-2 W:#15 LSU 16-10 14

A couple of big plays for the Gators as they will have their chance to win the SEC.

14

USC 8-3 W:UCLA 36-14 22

Is their anybody playing better than the Trojans right now?

15

Auburn 8-3 W:Alabama A&M 55-0 16

Auburn gets an easy tune up before facing top ranked Alabama.

16

Texas A&M 8-3 W:UTSA 23-10 17

The Aggies winning over UTSA was not a surprise, holding them to 10 points was.

17

Nebraska 9-2 W:Maryland 28-7 18

Ryker Fyfe played well making the start at quarterback for Nebraska.

18

Boise State 10-1 W:UNLV 42-25 21

Jeremy McNichols gets over 200 on the ground for Boise State.

19

Utah 8-3 L:Oregon 28-30 13

The Ducks finally get a big win and upset the balance of power in the Pac 12.

20

LSU 7-3 L:#15 Florida 10-16 16

Thought the Tigers would play with a little more passion after the pregame skirmish with Florida.

21

Houston 9-2 W:#5 Louisville 36-10 27

A season of what could have been for Houston. Houston has 2 losses but they defeated a pair of top 10 teams in Louisville and Oklahoma.

22

UNC 8-3 W:The Citadel 41-7 24

A solid season for the Tar Heels as they look to finish strong.

23

Florida State 8-3 W:Syracuse 45-14 25

Florida State has been letting some of ther younger players see more time in recent weeks, setting themselves up for next season and beyond.

24

West Virginia 8-2 L:#8 Oklahoma 28-56 19

The Mountaineers were no match for Oklahoma.

25

Tennessee 8-3 W:Missouri 63-37 26

Tennessee gave up 740 yards and an obscene 41 first downs, yet wins comfortably against Mizzou.

26

South Florida 9-2 W:SMU 35-27 28

South Florida did everything they could to hand this game to SMU late by letting them hang around.

27

Washington State 8-3 L:#10 Colorado 24-38 20

The Cougars will have an opportunity against Washington in the Apple Cup as they are still alive for the Pac 12 despite the loss to Colorado.

28

Wyoming 8-3 W:#23 San Diego State 34-33 31

The Cowboys will not go away as they score another big victory.

29

Navy 8-2 W:East Carolina 66-31 31

Will Worth finds the end zone 4 more times on the ground for the Midshipmen.

30

Virginia Tech 8-3 W:Notre Dame 34-31 29

The Hokies look like they will have their chance at Clemson to win the ACC.

31

San Diego State 7-2 L:#30 Wyoming 33-34 23

The Aztecs two point try comes up short as they fall to Wyoming.

32

Pittsburgh 7-4 W:Duke 56-14 36

The Panthers have victories over Clemson and Penn State this season so don't let the 4 losses make you think they aren't a dangerous team.

33

Stanford 8-3 W:Cal 45-34 37

The last 4 games for Christian McCaffrey 103 carries for 787 yards and 9 touchdowns with 15 receptions and another TD.

34

Arkansas 7-4 W:Mississippi State 58-42 35

661 yards of offense for the Hogs against Mississippi State.

35

North Dakota State 10-1 W:South Dakota 28-21 34

The drive for 6 in a row now begins for North Dakota State at the FCS level.

36

Georgia 7-4 W:Louisiana-Lafayette 35-21 39

The Bulldogs have been morer consistent during the second half of the campaign.

37

Minnesota 8-3 W:Northwestern 29-12 40

The defense showed up for Minnesota against Northwestern.

38

Iowa 7-4 W:Illionis 28-0 NR

The Hawkeyes ride the momentum of the Michigan win to a dominating defensive performance.

39

Temple 8-3 W:Tulane 31-0 NR

Five straight wins for the Owls as they have posted back-to-back shutouts.

40

BYU 7-4 W:UMass 51-9 NR

The Cougars are rewarded with a spot in the Fierce 40 again due to their strength of schedule and 4 losses by a TOTAL of 8 points. The Cougars have lost a pair of games by a field goal and 2 games by a single point.

Dropped Out: Troy, Baylor and Ohio.