NCAAF Power Rankings: Week 14

By Jesse Schule - Covers Expert

With Championship Week looming, there are several different scenarios for which teams will be selected to participate in the College Football Playoffs. Alabama sits atop our College Football Power Rankings, once again, and shouldn't have a problem advancing to the final four.

ncf Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 12-0-0
(8-4-0)
-25 Alabama
For the second consecutive season, the Crimson Tide will be a heavy favorite in the SEC Championship game versus Florida.
2 3 up 1 11-1-0
(6-6-0)
-24 Clemson
The Tigers need to beat Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game to ensure a return to the College Football Playoffs.
3 2 down 1 11-1-0
(6-6-0)
-24 Ohio State
The Buckeyes will not be the BIG10 Champions, but they are still expected to make the playoffs.
4 5 up 1 11-1-0
(6-6-0)
-23.5 Washington
The Huskies improved their resume with a convincing road win at rivals Washington State last week. A win over Colorado in the PAC12 Championship game should be good enough to get them into the playoffs.
5 4 down 1 10-2-0
(6-6-0)
-22 Michigan
The Wolverines season ends on a sour note, losing in overtime to the Buckeyes, effectively ending any hope of making the playoffs.
6 6 same 10-2-0
(9-2-1)
-21.5 Wisconsin
The Badgers boast the nation's 3rd ranked scoring defense, allowing just 13.7 points per game.
7 7 same 9-2-0
(5-6-0)
-21 Oklahoma
The Sooners crushed the Mountaineers in Morgantown, and now Bedlam awaits.
8 8 same 9-2-0
(7-4-0)
-20 Oklahoma State
The playoff contender that nobody is talking about, and remember the Cowboys should be 10-1 if it wasn't for an officiating blunder in Week 2.
9 9 same 10-2-0
(8-3-1)
-19.5 Penn State
The Nittany Lions will play the Badgers in the BIG10 Championship game, but even a victory isn't likely going to get them into the playoffs.
10 10 same 10-2-0
(10-2-0)
-19 Colorado
The Buffaloes have won back to back games over ranked opponents, and they will face Washington in the PAC12 Championship game Friday.
11 11 same 9-3-0
(8-4-0)
-18.5 Southern California
The Trojans closed out the season with eight straight wins, and the future looks bright with freshman quarterback Sam Darnold.
12 14 up 2 12-0-0
(9-3-0)
-18 Western Michigan
What can you say about the Broncos? "It Doesn't Get Any Better Than P-E-R-F-E-C-T!"
13 18 up 5 9-2-0
(5-6-0)
-17.5 West Virginia
West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard struggled at times this season, and in losses to the Sooners and Cowboys he threw five picks and just two TD passes.
14 12 down 2 9-3-0
(5-6-1)
-17 Louisville
Losing to Kentucky and Houston in the final two weeks is a bitter disappointment for the Cardinals. The only question now is, will Lamar Jackson win the Heisman?
15 15 same 9-3-0
(7-4-0)
-16.5 Florida State
The Seminoles crushed rivals Florida by a score of 31-13 in their final game of the season.
16 13 down 3 8-3-0
(4-6-1)
-16 Florida
The Gators lost 29-15 to Alabama in last year's SEC Championship game, but the bookmakers are expecting a bigger blowout this time around.
17 24 up 7 9-3-0
(7-5-0)
-15.5 Stanford
The Cardinal won their final five games, and all five of those wins came by a double-digit margin.
18 16 down 2 8-4-0
(9-3-0)
-15 Auburn
Auburn finished the season with an 8-4 record, and the nation's 6th best defense allowing opponents to average 15.6 points per game.
19 27 up 8 9-3-0
(6-6-0)
-14.5 Virginia Tech
The Hokies haven't beat Clemson since 2007, and they will face the Tigers in the ACC Championship game Saturday.
20 31 up 11 7-4-0
(5-6-0)
-14 Louisiana State
Derrius Guice ran for 285 yards and four TDs in the Tigers final game of the season, breaking the team's single game rushing record.
21 29 up 8 9-2-0
(7-3-1)
-13.5 Navy
Navy will play Temple in the AAC Championship game, and the Midshipmen have won five of the last six meetings between the two teams.
22 28 up 6 10-2-0
(8-4-0)
-13 South Florida
The Bulls will not play in the conference championship game, despite having the best record in the AAC.
23 17 down 6 9-3-0
(6-4-2)
-12.5 Nebraska
After starting the season with seven straight wins, Nebraska lost three of it's final five games.
24 21 down 3 8-4-0
(7-5-0)
-12 Utah
Utah finished the season with an 8-4 record, and their losses came by an average of less than five points.
25 34 up 9 8-4-0
(6-6-0)
-11.5 Iowa
Iowa finished the season strong with wins over Michigan and Nebraska in November.
26 26 same 8-4-0
(7-5-0)
-9.75 North Carolina
27 25 down 2 9-3-0
(6-5-1)
-9.5 San Diego State
28 22 down 6 8-4-0
(4-8-0)
-9 Texas A&M
29 20 down 9 9-3-0
(5-7-0)
-8.75 Houston
30 30 same 6-5-0
(2-9-0)
-8.5 Baylor
31 23 down 8 8-4-0
(6-6-0)
-8.25 Washington State
32 32 same 8-4-0
(5-7-0)
-8 Tennessee
33 33 same 9-3-0
(11-1-0)
-7.7 Temple
34 19 down 15 10-2-0
(3-9-0)
-7.5 Boise State
35 35 same 9-2-0
(6-5-0)
-7.4 Troy
36 36 same 9-3-0
(7-5-0)
-7.2 Toledo
37 38 up 1 8-4-0
(5-7-0)
-7 Pittsburgh
38 39 up 1 7-5-0
(5-7-0)
-6.9 Arkansas
39 40 up 1 5-7-0
(4-8-0)
-6.7 Mississippi
40 41 up 1 9-3-0
(5-7-0)
-6.5 Western Kentucky
41 42 up 1 8-4-0
(6-6-0)
-6.3 Ohio
42 65 up 23 8-4-0
(6-4-1)
-6 Georgia Tech
43 44 up 1 5-7-0
(8-4-0)
-5.5 Texas Tech
44 45 up 1 8-4-0
(7-5-0)
-5.5 Wyoming
45 57 up 12 9-3-0
(5-7-0)
-5.3 Air Force
46 48 up 2 8-4-0
(8-4-0)
-5 Miami
47 51 up 4 8-4-0
(4-5-3)
-4.7 Minnesota
48 52 up 4 8-4-0
(9-3-0)
-4.5 Brigham Young
49 53 up 4 6-5-0
(3-8-0)
-4.2 Texas Christian
50 54 up 4 9-3-0
(8-4-0)
-4 Tulsa
51 49 down 2 8-4-0
(5-7-0)
-3.9 Memphis
52 47 down 5 8-4-0
(8-4-0)
-3.8 Louisiana Tech
53 50 down 3 9-3-0
(6-6-0)
-3.7 Appalachian State
54 43 down 11 7-5-0
(5-7-0)
-3.6 Georgia
55 37 down 18 3-9-0
(4-8-0)
-3.5 Michigan State
56 46 down 10 5-7-0
(6-6-0)
-3.4 Texas
57 56 down 1 7-4-0
(4-7-0)
-3.4 Kansas State
58 55 down 3 6-6-0
(7-5-0)
-3.4 Northwestern
59 59 same 4-8-0
(4-8-0)
-2.7625 Notre Dame
60 61 up 1 6-6-0
(8-4-0)
-2.51302 Central Florida
61 60 down 1 6-6-0
(5-7-0)
-2.010089 Indiana
62 62 same 6-6-0
(8-4-0)
-1.957996 North Carolina State
63 58 down 5 4-8-0
(4-8-0)
-1.702897 UCLA
64 70 up 6 7-5-0
(10-2-0)
-1.409518 Colorado State
65 69 up 4 9-3-0
(8-3-1)
-1.397657 Old Dominion
66 63 down 3 6-5-0
(6-5-0)
-1.364045 Army
67 67 same 8-4-0
(6-6-0)
-1.188948 New Mexico
68 66 down 2 6-6-0
(7-5-0)
-0.5311645 Wake Forest
69 68 down 1 8-4-0
(6-5-1)
-0.5056217 Middle Tennessee
70 64 down 6 5-7-0
(5-7-0)
-0.4307047 California
71 72 up 1 6-5-0
(6-5-0)
-0.3506302 Arkansas State
72 71 down 1 6-6-0
(6-6-0)
-0.07776809 Texas-San Antonio
73 73 same 6-6-0
(7-5-0)
0.1926884 Vanderbilt
74 75 up 1 5-7-0
(6-6-0)
0.3099059 Northern Illinois
75 78 up 3 7-5-0
(7-5-0)
0.9502651 Kentucky
76 76 same 6-6-0
(3-8-1)
1.083792 Southern Mississippi
77 79 up 2 5-7-0
(5-7-0)
1.191802 Mississippi State
78 82 up 4 6-6-0
(8-4-0)
1.207738 Miami (Ohio)
79 77 down 2 6-6-0
(5-7-0)
1.52006 Central Michigan
80 81 up 1 5-6-0
(3-8-0)
1.56794 South Alabama
81 84 up 3 7-5-0
(9-3-0)
1.815996 Eastern Michigan
82 80 down 2 6-6-0
(5-6-1)
1.936193 South Carolina
83 74 down 9 5-7-0
(6-6-0)
2.087762 Arizona State
84 86 up 2 4-8-0
(7-5-0)
2.311233 Ball State
85 83 down 2 6-6-0
(4-8-0)
2.40426 Maryland
86 89 up 3 3-9-0
(7-5-0)
2.61717 Iowa State
87 85 down 2 4-8-0
(7-5-0)
2.682467 Duke
88 90 up 2 5-6-0
(7-4-0)
2.891219 UL Lafayette
89 88 down 1 4-7-0
(2-9-0)
2.959218 Georgia Southern
90 87 down 3 2-10-0
(4-7-1)
3.669838 Virginia
91 99 up 8 7-4-0
(7-4-0)
3.688951 Idaho
92 93 up 1 4-8-0
(5-7-0)
3.702518 Missouri
93 92 down 1 5-7-0
(8-4-0)
3.769459 Southern Methodist
94 97 up 3 5-7-0
(4-8-0)
3.810046 Nevada
95 91 down 4 4-8-0
(2-9-1)
3.862741 Oregon
96 96 same 4-8-0
(6-5-1)
4.315583 Tulane
97 103 up 6 4-8-0
(9-3-0)
4.340396 Oregon State
98 102 up 4 3-8-0
(7-4-0)
4.480617 Georgia State
99 94 down 5 5-7-0
(6-5-1)
4.558632 North Texas
100 95 down 5 4-8-0
(6-6-0)
4.617544 UNLV
101 100 down 1 5-7-0
(4-8-0)
4.704948 Akron
102 105 up 3 6-6-0
(5-6-1)
4.7485 Boston College
103 98 down 5 3-9-0
(6-6-0)
4.840467 Kent State
104 101 down 3 4-8-0
(3-9-0)
4.956455 Cincinnati
105 104 down 1 3-9-0
(3-9-0)
5.065451 Utah State
106 106 same 3-9-0
(3-9-0)
6.438602 East Carolina
107 107 same 3-9-0
(2-9-1)
6.974205 Connecticut
108 108 same 4-8-0
(5-7-0)
7.166288 Syracuse
109 113 up 4 4-8-0
(5-6-1)
7.175514 Florida International
110 109 down 1 3-9-0
(4-7-1)
7.250861 Marshall
111 111 same 6-7-0
(5-7-0)
7.47639 Hawaii
112 110 down 2 3-9-0
(5-7-0)
7.70724 Purdue
113 116 up 3 4-8-0
(5-7-0)
7.920902 Charlotte
114 112 down 2 3-9-0
(5-7-0)
8.110053 Illinois
115 118 up 3 3-8-0
(6-5-0)
8.171902 New Mexico State
116 114 down 2 2-10-0
(7-5-0)
8.199444 Massachusetts
117 120 up 3 4-8-0
(5-6-0)
8.368088 San Jose State
118 121 up 3 4-8-0
(5-6-1)
8.399332 Texas El Paso
119 117 down 2 3-9-0
(2-10-0)
8.443851 Arizona
120 119 down 1 3-9-0
(2-9-1)
8.470284 Florida Atlantic
121 115 down 6 2-10-0
(4-8-0)
8.471887 Buffalo
122 122 same 3-9-0
(6-5-1)
8.798899 Rice
123 123 same 4-7-0
(6-5-0)
9.307285 UL Monroe
124 124 same 1-11-0
(7-4-0)
10.23845 Fresno State
125 126 up 1 4-8-0
(4-8-0)
10.70447 Bowling Green
126 125 down 1 2-9-0
(4-7-0)
12.19942 Texas State
127 127 same 2-10-0
(6-6-0)
12.66789 Kansas
128 128 same 2-10-0
(4-8-0)
13.72834 Rutgers

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.