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College football conference power rankings

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How would you rank all 14 teams in the SEC? Or all 10 in the Big 12? Here’s a full ranking of every team in every Power 5 conference.

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SEC

There’s no question now: LSU is the class of the SEC.

What the Tigers did by going into Alabama and snapping the Tide’s 31-game home winning streak removed any doubt. The way Joe Burrow threw for nearly 400 yards was convincing. His receivers are nothing if not elite. And, by the way, running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is sneaky good.

Does Georgia, the presumptive pick to come out the East, have what it takes to derail LSU’s playoff hopes in a potential SEC championship game? Maybe not, but the Bulldogs are back trending in the right direction after beating Florida and Missouri in consecutive weeks.

Injuries are a concern on the offensive line and at receiver where Lawrence Cager is banged up. But Kirby Smart’s defense is legit and it will be fun to watch it go head to head with Burrow & Co. on a neutral field.

Don’t worry, though, we’ve still got a long way to go before than. And Auburn, which has fallen off the radar a bit, will be at the center of it all as it hosts a couple of pivotal games against Georgia and Alabama down the stretch. — Alex Scarborough

1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Georgia
4. Florida
5. Auburn
6. Texas A&M
7. Tennessee
8. Kentucky
9. Missouri
10. Mississippi State
11. South Carolina
12. Ole Miss
13. Vanderbilt
14. Arkansas


Big Ten

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Justin Fields throws three touchdown passes and runs in another score as No. 1 Ohio State beats Maryland 73-14.

Ohio State still has not faltered this season and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down with only three games left on the schedule. With or without defensive end Chase Young, this is still one of the top two teams in the country. That hasn’t changed, but what has changed is where Minnesota sits in the rankings. The Gophers have continued to rise in the power rankings each week, and after a huge win against No. 4 ranked Penn State, Minnesota is now the No. 2 team in the conference. These last three games of the season are going to prove difficult for a lot of the teams near the top, though, with Ohio State finishing the season with Penn State and Michigan. The Wolverines have to play the Buckeyes, but also have to go through rival Michigan State and Indiana. These rankings could still look much different by season’s end. — Tom VanHaaren

1. Ohio State
2. Minnesota
3. Penn State
4. Wisconsin
5. Michigan
6. Iowa
7. Indiana
8. Illinois
9. Michigan State
10. Purdue
11. Nebraska
12. Maryland
13. Northwestern
14. Rutgers


Big 12

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Iowa State scores a touchdown, and instead of kicking the extra point to tie the game, the Cyclones fail to convert the 2-point conversion.

Week 11 brought an entertaining slate of Big 12 games with three down-to-the-wire finishes. Baylor kept its playoff hopes alive with impressive late-game playmaking to fend off TCU in three overtimes. Oklahoma nearly saw a three-touchdown lead to Iowa State disappear completely before escaping in the final minute. And Texas, a team that was reeling just a couple of weeks ago, pulled out a last-second win over a good Kansas State team. With just a few weeks to go, what remains clear is who belongs at the top, and the rest continues to shuffle. The league’s playoff chances will be center stage in Week 12, when Baylor hosts Oklahoma in a de facto playoff elimination game. — Sam Khan Jr.

1. Baylor
2. Oklahoma
3. Texas
4. Kansas State
5. Oklahoma State
6. Iowa State
7. TCU
8. Texas Tech
9. West Virginia
10. Kansas


Pac-12

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J. Yellen pass intercepted,C. Rector return for 0 yds

With Oregon and Utah both off this past week, there’s no real change of substance. The Ducks and Utah are in a class all to themselves, while the rest of the conference trades turns slapping each other in the face every week.

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