The end of the College Football regular season is this weekend! It feels like the opener was only a few weeks ago but I have a date with a turkey and too many sides on my calendar, so it must be time to wrap things up. Week 12 had most of the top teams squaring off against very weak competition, meaning easier predictions but less interesting viewing. Still, after Saturday the best of each conference will be heading to their conference championships while other teams wait for their Bowl selections. Since bowls have some of the most meaningful cross-conference play of the entire season I’ll be doing a prediction special once selections are made. Let’s dig in to some of the more notable games from this past weekend.

  • (24) Michigan - 10 at (5) Wisconsin - 24
    • This was the premiere matchup over the weekend, a decent test for still unbeaten Wisconsin. The human rankings matched expectations with the computer and the Badgers carried the day.
  • (NR) Kansas State - 45 at (13) Oklahoma State - 40
    • This game was one of the few ranked upsets on Saturday as Known Wizard Bill Snyder got his annual BS upset over the Cowboys. Forward Progress predicted a 10 point victory for OSU so I’m in the same boat as the committee on this one.
  • (19) NC State - 24 at (NR) Wake Forest - 30
    • Unranked Wake pulled one out against up-and-comer NC State with a critical fumble recovery late in the fourth quarter. This game turned out to be my victory this week as the computer predicted a 2 point victory for Wake Forest.

Overall Forward Progress did well, correctly calling 79% of the blowouts games over the weekend. Let’s see how the computer orders the field now.


  Team Predicted Wins Ranking Date Rank Movement
1 Alabama 245 2017-11-19 0
2 Ohio State 245 2017-11-19 0
3 Clemson 243 2017-11-19 0
4 Georgia 241 2017-11-19 2
5 Auburn 240 2017-11-19 -1
6 Oklahoma 236 2017-11-19 -1
7 Wisconsin 235 2017-11-19 4
8 Penn State 234 2017-11-19 0
9 Notre Dame 229 2017-11-19 -2
10 Miami (FL) 226 2017-11-19 -1
11 Texas Christian 226 2017-11-19 2
12 Virginia Tech 225 2017-11-19 -2
13 Oklahoma State 224 2017-11-19 -1
14 Washington 224 2017-11-19 0
15 Mississippi State 221 2017-11-19 4
16 Wake Forest 214 2017-11-19 0
17 Louisville 210 2017-11-19 15
18 Michigan 210 2017-11-19 -1
19 North Carolina State 210 2017-11-19 1
20 UCF 210 2017-11-19 16
21 South Florida 207 2017-11-19 8
22 Northwestern 203 2017-11-19 15
23 Iowa State 201 2017-11-19 -1
24 LSU 195 2017-11-19 -6
25 Michigan State 195 2017-11-19 1

Bama remains king of the hill with Ohio State and Clemson keeping their spots as well. Georgia has snuck in to the critical fourth spot after pounding Kentucky. Auburn and Oklahoma slipped to make room for the Bulldogs while Wisconsin muscled up four places with their victory over Michigan.

The championship and rivalry games coming up could have serious implications for the rankings so be sure to come back next week to see how things shake out.