College football rankings: Week 12, 2020

By Kevin Kelley -

College football rankings for week 12 of the 2020 season have been released. Alabama remains the top-ranked team, while Northwestern moved up the most in the polls.

Alabama held on to the top spot even though they were off this weekend following the postponement of their game at LSU. Notre Dame defeated Boston College on the road, 45-31, and held in second place.

The 3rd and 4th ranked teams, Ohio State and Clemson, held their spots without playing, also due to postponements. Texas A&M rounds out the top five in the AP Poll, while Florida is fifth in the Coaches Poll.

The Northwestern Wildcats (4-0) moved up the most in both polls this week following their 27-20 win at Purdue. The Wildcats ascended four spots to No. 19 in the AP Poll and three spots to No. 20 in the Coaches Poll.

SMU dropped out of both polls, while Army fell out of the Coaches Poll following losses in Week 11.

Below are the full AP and FBS Coaches polls for Week 12 of the 2020 season (first-place votes in parentheses):

AP Poll – Week 12

1. Alabama
2. Notre Dame
3. Ohio State
4. Clemson
5. Texas A&M
6. Florida
7. Cincinnati
8. BYU
9. Indiana
10. Wisconsin
11. Oregon
12. Miami
13. Georgia
14. Oklahoma State
15. Coastal Carolina
15. Marshall
17. Iowa. State
18. Oklahoma
19. Northwestern
20. USC
21. Liberty
22. Texas
23. Auburn
24. Louisiana
25. Tulsa

Others receiving votes: North Carolina 101, SMU 20, Utah 17, Washington 15, Arizona State 9, Boise State 6, San José State 5, Appalachian State 5, Nevada 3, Iowa 2, Buffalo 1, UCF 1

Dropped from rankings: SMU 19

FBS Coaches Poll – Week 12

1. Alabama (57)
2. Notre Dame (3)
3. Ohio State (2)
4. Clemson
5. Florida
6. Texas A&M
7. Cincinnati
8. BYU
9. Miami
10. Indiana
11. Georgia
12. Wisconsin
13. Oregon
14. Oklahoma State
15. Marshall
16. Iowa State
17. Oklahoma
18. Coastal Carolina
19. USC
20. Northwestern
21. Auburn
22. Liberty
23. Texas
24. North Carolina
25. Louisiana

Others receiving votes: Tulsa 67, Utah 35, SMU 28, Appalachian State 24, Purdue 22, Missouri 19, Kentucky 19, Arkansas 13, Nevada 12, Army 11, San José State 11, Boise State 11, Memphis 10, Boston College 10, Maryland 10, Tennessee 6, Washington 4, Kansas State 3, Colorado 3

Dropped from rankings: SMU 19, Army 25

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Here are the current projections for 2020 CFP Semifinals based on this week’s rankings. Please note that I do not allow multiple teams from the same conference in the playoff for accountability purposes.

Rose Bowl Game: #2 Notre Dame vs. #3 Ohio State
Sugar Bowl: #1 Alabama vs. #4 Cincinnati (currently #7)