Newsweek College Football Rankings, Heisman and CFP Predictions—Week 12

There was no movement in this week's top 20 as the teams that played on Friday and Saturday won their games. The teams that played, that is. The Big 12 had a week that was designated as an open week for six teams, and more than half of the SEC stayed home because of COVID-19.

Three teams in the top five—No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 5 Texas A&M—had their games postponed for the coronavirus. No. 2 Notre Dame went on the road and beat Boston College, and No. 4 Clemson had a bye week. All five remain in their spots this week.

The No. 6 Florida Gators crushed Arkansas, 63-35, behind quarterback Kyle Trask's phenomenal performance. He passed for 356 yards and six touchdowns in the win. Trask now leads Newsweek's 2020 Heisman Trophy predictions.

No. 7 Cincinnati cruised to a win and No. 8 BYU was off last week.

No. 9 Indiana is 4-0 for the first time since 1987 after Saturday's 24-0 win at Michigan State. This sets up a huge top-10 matchup for the Hoosiers this Saturday at No. 3 Ohio State.

No. 12 Wisconsin got back on the field Saturday after two weeks off from COVID-19, and the Badgers throttled Michigan, 49-11.

No. 18 Marshall honored the 1970 team by wearing all black uniforms on the 50th anniversary of the tragic plane crash that took the lives of 75 players, coaches and fans. The Thundering Herd wore the No. 75 on their helmets, and they beat Middle Tennessee State, 42-14.

Wisconsin Badgers
Danny Davis III #7 of the Wisconsin Badgers dives for a touchdown while being tackled by Daxton Hill #30 of the Michigan Wolverines in the first half at Michigan Stadium on November 14, 2020 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Newsweek Top 20 for Week 12

1Alabama6-0Sat. vs Kentucky
2Notre Dame8-0(Nov. 27) at North Carolina
3Ohio State3-0Sat. vs #9 Indiana
4Clemson7-1Sat. at Florida State
5Texas A&M5-1Sat. vs Ole Miss
6Florida5-1Sat. at Vanderbilt
7Cincinnati7-0Sat. at UCF
8BYU8-0Sat. vs North Alabama
9Indiana4-0Sat. at #3 Ohio State
10Oregon2-0Sat. vs UCLA
11Miami (Fla.)7-1Sat. vs Georgia Tech
12Wisconsin2-0Sat. at #19 Northwestern
13Oklahoma State5-1Sat. at #15 Oklahoma
14Iowa State5-2Sat. vs Kansas State
15Oklahoma5-2Sat. vs #13 Oklahoma State
16Georgia4-2Sat. vs Mississippi State
17Coastal Carolina7-0Sat. vs Appalachian State
18Marshall7-0Sat. vs Charlotte
19Northwestern4-0Sat. vs #12 Wisconsin
20Liberty8-0Sat. at N.C. State

Dropped out: None

Where is 'College GameDay' this week?

ESPN's popular 'GameDay' road show will visit Norman, Oklahoma, this Saturday for the Bedlam Series between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Oklahoma Sooners. The game, which will be a key matchup in the Big 12 standings, is scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC that night.

Heisman Frontrunners

Newsweek Heisman rankings after Week 11 of the season.

  1. Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
  2. Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
  3. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
  4. Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
  5. Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Weekly College Football Playoff Prediction

  1. Alabama
  2. Notre Dame
  3. Ohio State
  4. Clemson

Games to Watch This Week (Times ET)
All games subject to cancel or postpone, and games could change TV stations during the week

Wednesday, November 18
7:00 p.m. Western Michigan at Central Michigan, ESPN2

Friday, November 20
7:30 p.m. Purdue at Minnesota, Big Ten Network
10:30 p.m. UCLA at Oregon, ESPN

Saturday, November 14
12:00 p.m. Clemson at Florida State, ABC
12:00 p.m. Indiana at Ohio State, FOX
12:00 p.m. Appalachian State at Coastal Carolina,
12:00 p.m. Houston at SMU, ESPNU
3:30 p.m. Wisconsin at Northwestern, ABC
3:30 p.m. Ole Miss at Texas A&M, CBS
3:30 p.m. Cincinnati at UCF, ESPN
3:30 p.m. Texas at Kansas, ESPN2
4:00 p.m. Kansas State at Iowa State, FOX
4:00 p.m. Kentucky at Alabama, SEC Network
7:00 p.m. Tennessee at Auburn, ESPN
7:30 p.m. Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, ABC
7:30 p.m. Liberty at N.C. State, ESPN3
8:00 p.m. Georgia Tech at Miami, ACC Network
10:00 p.m. Arizona State at Colorado, ESPN2
10:30 p.m. USC at Utah, ESPN