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Colorado Buffaloes climb to No. 12 in AP and Coaches

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#TheRise continues in the polls as the regular season draws toward a close.

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Upset Saturday in College Football was one for the ages.

Eight ranked teams suffered a loss with five of them from the top ten. If the AP/Coaches polls are an early indication, the No. 12 Colorado Buffaloes (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12) might be breaking into the top ten of the College Football Playoff rankings. Expect the teams to be shuffled around with two games left in the regular season.

Despite losses for all three teams outside of No. 1 Alabama, none of them fell out of the top ten.

Clemson dropped three spots to No. 5 after losing on a late field goal to Pittsburgh. Michigan folded in the second half and couldn't escape the same fate in Iowa, slipping back to No. 4. Washington couldn't match USC and ended up settling in at No. 7

Colorado's 49-24 win over Arizona was the first win in Tucson since Sept. 28, 1985. The eighth win of the season pushed them ahead of other two-loss teams No. 13 Oklahoma State, No. 17 Nebraska and No. 20 Washington State.

Colorado can force themselves into the playoff conversation by winning out the rest of the season. No doubt they received help (for now) from USC upsetting undefeated Washington, boosting CU's strength of schedule after a close loss against the Trojans.

Here's the complete rankings for week 12.

1
Alabama (61)
Record: 10-0
PV Rank
1
Points
1,525
2
Record: 9-1
6
1,455
3
Record: 9-1
5
1,357
4
Record: 9-1
2
1,323
5
Record: 9-1
3
1,304
6
Record: 8-2
7
1,214
7
Record: 9-1
4
1,150
8
Record: 8-2
9
1,064
9
Record: 8-2
12
961
10
Record: 8-1
11
920
11
Record: 8-2
13
807
12
Record: 8-2
16
797
13
Record: 8-2
17
659
14
Record: 10-0
14
634
15
Record: 7-3
-
584
16
Record: 6-3
19
582
17
Record: 7-3
20
569
18
Record: 7-3
8
543
19
Record: 8-2
21
504
20
Record: 8-2
23
501
21
Record: 7-2
22
435
22
Record: 9-1
24
315
23
Record: 7-3
10
238
24
Record: 9-1
-
97
25
Record: 8-1
-
63

Associated Press Top 25

Colorado will stay home through the Thankgiving holiday by welcoming Washington State and No. 11 Utah to close out the regular season. The game time for next week was set for a 1:30 p.m. MT start and Vegas opened the odds with the Buffs favored by 4 points.

The College Football Playoff committee will release the latest ranking on Tuesday (11/15) at 7 p.m. between the end of the Kentucky vs. Michigan State and start of Duke vs. Kansas basketball games on ESPN.