Nothing will get the attention of CBS Sports 129 voters, just like finishing a place in a Power Five conference title game with two weeks left to play. Northwestern, considered by this group to be a top 40 leader in the week 11, shot up in the rankings and has landed in the top 25 after battling Iowa to secure a place in Indianapolis as the Big Ten West champion.
The wild cats are the highest ranked four-loss team after this week of balloting by CBS Sports and 247Sports experts, and while there are only minor adjustments at the top of our extensive 1
29 ranking of all FBS teams, there’s plenty to dig in as the wind season ends.
Margins separating No. 5 Georgia from No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 7 West Virginia from No. 8 Washington State are small enough that we have seen some change among these teams after week 11, but our voters are in line with the polls and the College Football Playoff Rankings with the top four in Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan.
Iowa State has begun climbing as it hangs on the Big 12 competition and moves up four spots to No. 17. Texas, Florida and Penn State also saw the move up in the rankings after major conference gains in the week 11.  The college’s football experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports contribute weekly rolls, which are average for our rankings. You can see the top 25 below and 26-129 on our ranking page.
- Northwestern (+17): No team saw a more significant feature of the week’s ranking than northwestern, jumping from No. 39 to No. 22, as it claims its claim as one of the participants in the conference championships weekend .
- Pitt (+16): When he talked about crashing in the conference championship, Pitt moved one step closer to winning ACC Coastal with a victory against Virginia Tech. Our electorate noted, and the pants went high from number 49 to number 33.
- Army (+14): There are not many two-loss teams left in college football but the army will be able to finish the year 10-2 and our voters recognize this with a move up to No. 26 in the ranking. Black Knights beat Lafayette on Saturday, hosting Colgate next weekend and then waiting two weeks for their annual showdown with Navy (as you can see at CBS).
- UAB (+12): Crashes the top 25 of our rankings and highlights the commitment of Bill Clark, UAB’s 2018 team will be the one ruling highest in Blazer’s football history. Depending on what happens in AAC and MW, UAB may be in the conversation for a new year’s sixth place at the end of the year.
- Kentucky (-11): It was not much of an adjustment for Kentucky after losing to Georgia, but after falling to Tennessee, our voters moved Wildcats from No. 12 to No. 23.
- Wisconsin (-13): Badgers started the 2018 season close to the top of our rankings, but now they are hanging out in the top 50, down to No. 44 after losing to Penn State.
- NC State (-14): The free case continues for Dave Doeren and Wolfpack all the way to No. 40. After a hard, close loss at Syracuse last week, our electorate NC State saw a hobbled Wake Forest team at home and adjusted their rankings.
- Houston (-16): Back-to-back losses to SMU and Temple leave a bit for Houston to hang their hat in the debate for the best teams in college football. At 7-3 our voters think that the pumps are over 50 good, now down to No. 46.
Check out the rest of CBS Sports 129: Teams ranked 26-129