Week 13 was an easy one for five of the six unbeaten teams. They won by scores of 49-0, 80-14, 42-14, 69-28 and 35-17.... and then there was Baylor. A school-best 9-0 start will have to be good enough for the Bears, as they will not continue on the quest for perfection.
Florida State (11-0) - Florida State set a school record with 80 points and saw next week's opponent, Florida, lose to Georgia Southern. It's safe to say the biggest threat to Florida State's path to Pasadena is the outcome of the ongoing Jameis Winston investigation, because the 'Noles aren't likely to face a worthy challenger on the field until January.
The road ahead: at Florida, ACC Championship
Ohio State (11-0) - Ohio State cruised to a 42-14 triumph over Indiana, its fourth straight win by 28 points or more. Next week's game looks like it will have the same outcome. The best news for Ohio State? Their situation gets a lot simpler from here. If Florida State or Alabama lose, the Buckeyes are in. If they don't, they're not. War Eagle.
The road ahead: at Michigan, Big Ten Championship
Northern Illinois (11-0) - The Huskies actually appeared to be in a bit of trouble on Wednesday night, trailing 10-7 at the half after its kicker missed all three of its field goal tries. Then Jordan Lynch took over. The MAC's resident Heisman candidate ran for three scores in the second half in leading a 28-7 turnaround in the final two frames.
The road ahead: vs. Western Michigan, MAC Championship
Fresno State (10-0) - Fresno State bombed away on New Mexico, firing a school-record seven touchdown passes in a 69-28 domination of New Mexico. But those seven scoring strikes weren't enough. No, not when you can do this.
The road ahead: at San Jose State, Mountain West Championship
Alabama (11-0) - You've heard of a working retirement? This was a working bye week for the Crimson Tide, beating up on Chattanooga 49-0 without breaking a sweat. Alabama now turns its full attention to the Iron Bowl To End All Iron Bowls that sits just six days away.
The road ahead: at Auburn