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Indiana stays put at No. 12 in CFP Top 25

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It’s IU’s second straight week in the 12 slot

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 28 CFP Semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl - Clemson v Ohio State Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Indiana stayed put at No. 12 in the second round of College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday night.

Which ... hmmmmm.

After IU pushed Maryland aside on Saturday afternoon, two-loss Georgia — which was absolutely throttled by Florida and Alabama this season — moved up one spot to No. 8 with a win at South Carolina. At the same time, two-loss Iowa State — which lost by 17 to Louisiana and by three to Oklahoma State earlier this fall — moved up four spots to No. 9 after winning at Texas. Two-loss Oklahoma, meanwhile — the same Oklahoma that took back-to-back losses to Kansas State and Iowa State — remains one spot ahead of the Hoosiers at No. 11 after its bye.

Very cool and good. Thank you, Gary Barta.

The loss of quarterback Michael Penix has to be a factor in IU’s placement, and if so, that’s understandable. But it’s a bit surprising to see IU slotted where it was — where it’s been — when the case could be made to bump Indiana a spot or two after its 5-1 start. Whatever.

Either way, we still can’t wrap our heads around the fact that it’s Dec. 1 and we’re incredulous over IU’s top-15 spot in the College Football Playoff Top 25.

Here’s the full top 25:

  1. Alabama (8-0)
  2. Notre Dame (9-0)
  3. Clemson (8-1)
  4. Ohio State (4-0)
  5. Texas A&M (6-1)
  6. Florida (7-1)
  7. Cincinnati (8-0)
  8. Georgia (6-2)
  9. Iowa State (7-2)
  10. Miami (7-1)
  11. Oklahoma (6-2)
  12. Indiana (5-1)
  13. BYU (9-0)
  14. Northwestern (5-1)
  15. Oklahoma State (6-2)
  16. Wisconsin (2-1)
  17. North Carolina (6-3)
  18. Coastal Carolina (9-0)
  19. Iowa (4-2)
  20. USC (3-0)
  21. Marshall (7-0)
  22. Washington (3-0)
  23. Oregon (3-1)
  24. Tulsa (5-1)
  25. Louisiana (8-1)