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Pacific Takes Top 25 12/4: Washington Huskies stay at number three

Three Pac-12 teams remain in Top 10

NCAA Football: Pac-12 Championship-Colorado vs Washington Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Washington sticks at number three and USC and Colorado stay in the Top 10.

  1. Alabama 13-0
  2. Ohio State 11-1
  3. Washington 12-1 - I think the Huskies made a huge statement by smacking Colorado by 31 in the Pac-12 Championship Game in a win which wasn’t even as close as the score indicated while Clemson won by seven against a middling Virginia Tech team, but oh well Playoff committee. I also think the Huskies’ overall season track record should have given them the edge over Clemson.
  4. Clemson 12-1
  5. Michigan 10-2
  6. Penn State 11-2
  7. Wisconsin 10-3
  8. Oklahoma 10-2
  9. USC 9-3 - The Trojans did as much as they could to become a Playoff contender, but it was just too late. They get their chance to make a massive statement in the Rose Bowl and set themselves up for a potential Top 5 preseason ranking in 2017.
  10. Colorado 10-3 - That Championship Game was ugly for the Buffs, but they should keep their Top 10 ranking because look at the teams below them. Get a win in the Alamo Bowl and they will finish an amazing run as a Top 10 team when the dust settles on 2016.
  11. West Virginia 10-2
  12. Stanford 9-3 - The Cardinal made the most of a cushy second half schedule and made their way to nine wins. Win a very winnable Sun Bowl and they will cruise to maybe a Top 10 finish and 10 wins.
  13. Oklahoma State 9-3
  14. Florida State 9-3
  15. Western Michigan 13-0
  16. Florida 8-4
  17. LSU 8-4
  18. Louisville 9-3
  19. Auburn 8-4
  20. Iowa 8-4
  21. Virginia Tech 9-4
  22. Pittsburgh 8-4
  23. Nebraska 9-3
  24. Washington State 8-4 - The Cougars don’t get the respect they deserve. They are a Top 25 team as long as they win the Holiday Bowl.
  25. Utah 8-4 - If the Utes could have just won that game over Oregon, they might be a Top 15 team. Win the Foster Farm’s Bowl and they can at least stay in the Top 25.

On the edge

Texas A&M, Tennessee, Miami, Kansas State, South Florida