NCAAF Power Rankings: Bowl Season

By Jesse Schule - Covers Expert

With the inaugural College Football Playoffs, it's time for the final power rankings of the year. Oregon maintains their top spot, but 'Bama is not far behind.

NCAAF Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 10-1-0
(7-4-0)
-25 Oregon
Marcus Mariota and the Ducks finished the season strong with a 51-13 win over Arizona in the Pac-12 Championship Game. The Ducks play Florida State in the Rose Bowl on New Years day.
2 2 same 10-1-0
(3-8-0)
-24.5 Alabama
The Crimson Tide survived a scare from Auburn in the Iron Bowl, but rallied late to win by a score of 55-44. They will meet Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl.
3 6 up 3 10-1-0
(7-4-0)
-24 Ohio State
The Buckeyes are down to their 3rd string quarterback, but that didn't stop them from blowing out Wisconsin by a score of 59-0 in the Big-10 Championship Game.
4 4 same 11-0-0
(3-8-0)
-23.5 Florida State
The Seminoles were undefeated during the regular season, but they've been very fortunate to avoid defeat against some pretty average teams.
5 5 same 9-1-0
(6-3-1)
-22 Baylor
The Bears finished the season as the highest scoring team in the country, averaging 48.8 points per game. Baylor will play the Spartans in the Cotton Bowl on New Years Day.
6 8 up 2 9-1-0
(8-2-0)
-21.5 Texas Christian
The Horned Frogs finished the season with just one loss, and probably deserved to be in the playoffs.
7 9 up 2 9-2-0
(7-4-0)
-20 Michigan State
The Spartans will have QB Connor Cook back next year, and he says he's got some "unfinished business" to take care of.
8 10 up 2 8-3-0
(6-4-1)
-19.5 Mississippi
The Rebels shocked the Bulldogs in the Egg Bowl. One of the the best defenses in the country they will face TCU in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on New Years Eve.
9 3 down 6 10-1-0
(7-4-0)
-19 Mississippi State
The Bulldogs blew their chances of going to the playoffs by losing to Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl.
10 17 up 7 9-2-0
(7-4-0)
-18.75 Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets came up just short in the ACC Title Game, losing to Florida State by a score of 37-35.
11 11 same 8-2-0
(7-3-0)
-18.5 Kansas State
The Wildcats balanced offense has made them a tall for defenses this season. Kansas State will face UCLA in the Alamo Bowl on January 2.
12 7 down 5 9-2-0
(7-4-0)
-18 Georgia
The Bulldogs lost their final game of the season to rivals Georgia Tech in overtime by a score of 30-24. Georgia has two running backs with over 900 yards rushing on the season.
13 15 up 2 9-2-0
(4-7-0)
-17.5 Arizona
The Wildcats were the only team in the country that beat Oregon, but the Ducks got revenge in the Pac-12 Title Game.
14 13 down 1 9-2-0
(4-7-0)
-17 UCLA
The Bruins had won five straight before losing at home to Stanford in their final game of the season.
15 14 down 1 9-2-0
(6-5-0)
-16 Arizona State
The Sun Devils were in the hunt for the Pac-12 title before losing to Arizona in their final game of the season.
16 19 up 3 9-2-0
(7-4-0)
-15.5 Missouri
The Tigers went to the SEC Championship Game for the second straight season, but once against they came up short.
17 26 up 9 8-3-0
(4-7-0)
-15 Clemson
Clemson has only allowed 279.2 yards per game this season. The Tigers will play Oklahoma in the Russell Athletics Bowl on December 29.
18 18 same 11-0-0
(8-3-0)
-14.94927 Marshall
19 12 down 7 9-2-0
(5-6-0)
-14.5 Wisconsin
The Badgers took a beating in a 59-0 loss to Ohio State in the Big-10 Title Game.
20 16 down 4 8-3-0
(4-7-0)
-14.5 Auburn
The Tigers had a double digit lead over Alabama in the 3rd quarter in the Iron Bowl, but went on to lose 55-44.
21 27 up 6 7-4-0
(7-4-0)
-13.5 Louisiana State
The Tigers ended the season losing two of three and were close to dropping a third against Texas A&M.
22 49 up 27 8-3-0
(7-4-0)
-13 Louisville
The Cardinals tough defense fell apart late in the season, allowing 87 point in their final three games. The Cardinals will play Georgia in the Belk Bowl on December 30.
23 46 up 23 9-2-0
(6-5-0)
-12.5 Boise State
The Broncos finished the season with eight straight wins, and one of the nation's Top 10 scoring offenses.
24 24 same 7-4-0
(8-3-0)
-12 Utah
QB Travis Wilson's inconsistencies have been a big issue for Utah. The Utes will play the Colorado State Rams in the Las Vegas Bowl on December 20.
25 23 down 2 7-4-0
(6-5-0)
-11.5 Southern California
The Trojans beat Notre Dame by a score of 49-14 in their final game of the season, and they play Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl on December 27.
26 21 down 5 10-1-0
(8-3-0)
-11.25523 Colorado State
27 20 down 7 8-3-0
(6-4-1)
-11 Nebraska
Nebraska played just three ranked opponents during the season, losing all three of those games.
28 25 down 3 8-3-0
(5-6-0)
-10.6027 Oklahoma
29 22 down 7 8-3-0
(6-4-1)
-10.27717 Duke
30 30 same 8-3-0
(7-4-0)
-8.095585 Minnesota
31 28 down 3 6-4-0
(5-5-0)
-7.789314 Florida
32 29 down 3 7-3-0
(5-5-0)
-7.570299 East Carolina
33 32 down 1 7-4-0
(5-6-0)
-7.481291 Notre Dame
34 31 down 3 6-5-0
(5-6-0)
-7.305981 Stanford
35 33 down 2 7-4-0
(6-5-0)
-6.895022 Iowa
36 38 up 2 7-3-0
(6-4-0)
-6.440006 Cincinnati
37 34 down 3 7-4-0
(4-7-0)
-6.365549 Texas A&M
38 35 down 3 6-5-0
(6-5-0)
-6.332246 West Virginia
39 40 up 1 7-5-0
(6-6-0)
-6.294556 Washington
40 52 up 12 6-5-0
(9-2-0)
-6.17071 Arkansas
41 37 down 4 5-6-0
(6-5-0)
-5.824417 Tennessee
42 45 up 3 8-3-0
(6-4-1)
-5.626684 Memphis
43 39 down 4 5-6-0
(7-3-1)
-5.342444 Virginia
44 51 up 7 7-4-0
(8-3-0)
-5.004914 Louisiana Tech
45 50 up 5 8-3-0
(8-3-0)
-4.421211 Georgia Southern
46 36 down 10 5-6-0
(4-7-0)
-4.374399 Oklahoma State
47 41 down 6 5-6-0
(7-4-0)
-4.280587 California
48 42 down 6 7-4-0
(3-7-1)
-4.246573 Toledo
49 48 down 1 6-4-0
(5-5-0)
-4.035814 Houston
50 43 down 7 5-6-0
(4-6-1)
-3.996765 Pittsburgh
51 53 up 2 6-5-0
(5-6-0)
-3.872061 Miami
52 47 down 5 6-5-0
(6-5-0)
-3.800349 Nevada
53 56 up 3 8-3-0
(10-1-0)
-3.772126 Western Michigan
54 44 down 10 5-6-0
(6-5-0)
-3.322039 Kentucky
55 55 same 6-5-0
(7-4-0)
-3.265746 Texas
56 54 down 2 7-4-0
(4-7-0)
-3.232919 Brigham Young
57 60 up 3 9-3-0
(6-6-0)
-3.047873 Utah State
58 57 down 1 6-5-0
(7-4-0)
-2.531206 Boston College
59 59 same 8-3-0
(6-5-0)
-2.526338 Air Force
60 58 down 2 6-5-0
(5-5-1)
-2.482496 Penn State
61 61 same 6-5-0
(6-5-0)
-2.029287 Arkansas State
62 69 up 7 7-3-0
(6-4-0)
-1.686537 Central Florida
63 62 down 1 9-2-0
(5-6-0)
-1.327392 Northern Illinois
64 71 up 7 6-5-0
(5-6-0)
-1.31206 Western Kentucky
65 67 up 2 6-5-0
(4-7-0)
-1.293685 South Carolina
66 63 down 3 5-6-0
(4-7-0)
-1.19356 Michigan
67 64 down 3 5-5-0
(5-5-0)
-1.180974 Temple
68 74 up 6 5-5-0
(5-5-0)
-1.159663 Navy
69 66 down 3 6-5-0
(5-5-1)
-1.08921 San Diego State
70 75 up 5 7-4-0
(8-3-0)
-0.9315587 Rice
71 65 down 6 7-4-0
(6-5-0)
-0.9247242 Maryland
72 68 down 4 5-6-0
(4-7-0)
-0.7421319 Virginia Tech
73 73 same 7-5-0
(5-7-0)
-0.5878703 Central Michigan
74 72 down 2 5-6-0
(6-5-0)
-0.5322366 Alabama-Birmingham
75 76 up 1 6-5-0
(8-3-0)
0.01462837 Texas El Paso
76 70 down 6 6-5-0
(6-5-0)
0.2659308 Rutgers
77 77 same 6-5-0
(6-5-0)
0.5461144 North Carolina State
78 80 up 2 5-6-0
(5-6-0)
0.8537714 Northwestern
79 86 up 7 6-5-0
(5-6-0)
0.9549049 Appalachian State
80 78 down 2 5-6-0
(3-8-0)
1.242243 Oregon State
81 85 up 4 6-5-0
(8-3-0)
1.290762 Texas State
82 79 down 3 6-5-0
(3-8-0)
1.498481 South Alabama
83 83 same 7-4-0
(5-5-1)
1.503654 UL Lafayette
84 84 same 4-7-0
(4-7-0)
1.704049 Ball State
85 81 down 4 3-8-0
(4-7-0)
1.897525 Syracuse
86 82 down 4 6-5-0
(5-6-0)
1.90413 Middle Tennessee
87 87 same 4-8-0
(8-4-0)
2.559811 Florida International
88 89 up 1 5-6-0
(3-8-0)
2.805076 Akron
89 93 up 4 6-5-0
(5-6-0)
2.86412 North Carolina
90 90 same 3-8-0
(8-3-0)
2.97089 Massachusetts
91 88 down 3 3-8-0
(6-4-1)
3.346309 Purdue
92 95 up 3 7-4-0
(4-6-1)
3.461671 Bowling Green
93 99 up 6 4-6-0
(4-6-0)
3.753518 Buffalo
94 104 up 10 5-6-0
(5-6-0)
3.98255 Ohio
95 102 up 7 4-7-0
(4-6-1)
4.064752 UL Monroe
96 91 down 5 3-8-0
(3-7-1)
4.114503 Indiana
97 100 up 3 4-8-0
(5-6-1)
4.115549 Hawaii
98 94 down 4 2-8-0
(4-5-1)
4.206156 Iowa State
99 103 up 4 5-6-0
(4-7-0)
4.305763 Illinois
100 97 down 3 3-8-0
(5-6-0)
4.326817 New Mexico
101 92 down 9 3-8-0
(3-8-0)
4.33979 Texas-San Antonio
102 98 down 4 3-8-0
(4-7-0)
4.343335 Washington State
103 107 up 4 5-6-0
(3-8-0)
4.71567 Old Dominion
104 101 down 3 2-9-0
(5-6-0)
4.72435 Colorado
105 96 down 9 4-7-0
(5-6-0)
4.783532 Texas Tech
106 105 down 1 4-7-0
(4-7-0)
4.863057 Army
107 108 up 1 4-7-0
(6-5-0)
5.260141 South Florida
108 106 down 2 3-8-0
(3-8-0)
5.3594 San Jose State
109 109 same 4-7-0
(4-7-0)
5.653751 Wyoming
110 110 same 2-9-0
(7-4-0)
5.663788 Miami (Ohio)
111 112 up 1 4-7-0
(4-7-0)
5.731338 North Texas
112 113 up 1 1-9-0
(5-5-0)
6.127665 Idaho
113 111 down 2 2-8-0
(2-8-0)
6.3021 Connecticut
114 115 up 1 3-8-0
(7-4-0)
6.307011 Florida Atlantic
115 118 up 3 5-6-0
(6-5-0)
6.473492 Fresno State
116 116 same 3-8-0
(6-5-0)
6.49471 Wake Forest
117 114 down 3 3-8-0
(5-6-0)
6.573195 Kansas
118 117 down 1 3-8-0
(4-7-0)
6.908927 Tulane
119 122 up 3 1-9-0
(4-6-0)
7.999554 Kent State
120 121 up 1 2-9-0
(4-7-0)
8.071216 Tulsa
121 119 down 2 3-8-0
(5-6-0)
8.092167 Vanderbilt
122 120 down 2 2-9-0
(4-7-0)
8.115929 New Mexico State
123 125 up 2 3-8-0
(6-5-0)
9.206438 Troy
124 123 down 1 3-8-0
(5-6-0)
9.262595 Southern Mississippi
125 126 up 1 2-10-0
(5-7-0)
10.19642 UNLV
126 124 down 2 1-10-0
(5-6-0)
10.46632 Georgia State
127 127 same 2-9-0
(5-6-0)
13.4634 Eastern Michigan
128 128 same 0-10-0
(3-7-0)
17.21931 Southern Methodist

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.