College football hit the chaos button this weekend. For the first time since 1985, Nos. 2, 3 and 4 all lost on the same day. After picking up the pieces, we're left with a messy College Football Playoff picture and only three weeks of action left (including conference championship Saturday) before the CFP Selection Committee has to release its final rankings and name its top four.
Michigan lost, dropped in the polls and got jumped by Ohio State, but still has better odds to win the Big Ten than the Buckeyes. Clemson lost, dropped in the polls and got jumped by Louisville, but still has better odds to win the ACC than the Cardinals. Washington still has a clear path to the Pac-12 title, but after watching USC bottle up Jake Browning and the Huskies offense in Seattle, there's less confidence in their shot to win both the Apple Cup against Washington State and the Pac-12 title game.
The AP voters reshuffled the top of the order, brought those USC Trojans into the mix (No. 15) and set the tone for what will be a lively week of debate across the country.
Alahama, No. 1 in the newest college football rankings from the coaches, and Western Michigan remain the only unbeatens in college football after a wild Saturday.
It's a shakeup to what was viewed as a stable set of title contenders up top, but the resulting rankings after Week 11 show that even losing won't change the perception of the pecking order. Ohio State's performances since losing to Penn State have boosted the Buckeyes' stock, and now Urban Meyer's high-scoring bunch is No. 2 in the country staring down a back-to-back against Michigan State and Michigan, who fell down to No. 4 after losing at Iowa.
Auburn's loss at Georgia resulted in a drop to No. 16 and wrapped up the SEC West for the Crimson Tide. Florida, at No. 18, kept pace in the SEC East with a win against South Carolina and will have a chance to wrap up the division at No. 14 LSU next Saturday.