NCAAF Power Rankings: Week 14

By Jesse Schule - Covers Expert

Clemson holds on to the top spot in our latest Power Rankings, but it is No. 2 Oklahoma that everyone is talking about. The Sooners are the hottest team in the country, winning seven straight, averaging over 50-points per game in that span.

ncf Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 11-0-0
(5-6-0)
-25 Clemson
The Tigers have an impressive body of work, running the table with a solid schedule that includes marquee wins over Notre Dame and Florida State. They will face North Carolina in the ACC Championship game.
2 4 up 2 10-1-0
(8-3-0)
-24.5 Oklahoma
The Sooners are probably the hottest team in the country, coming off seven straight wins, and averaging well over 50 points per game during that span.
3 3 same 10-1-0
(6-5-0)
-24.5 Alabama
Alabama will be a heavy favorite in the SEC Championship game versus Florida, but they might be the best of a pretty weak field in the SEC this season.
4 6 up 2 11-0-0
(6-5-0)
-23.5 Iowa
While they have been criticized for their strength of schedule, it's impossible to overlook a 12-0 team headed to the BIG10 Championship game. They can punch their ticket into the playoffs with a win over Michigan State.
5 9 up 4 10-1-0
(4-7-0)
-22 Michigan State
The Spartans only loss came on the road at Nebraska, in a game that they led by double digits with less than two minutes to play. Despite the fact that Iowa is undefeated, Michigan State remains the favorite to win the BIG10.
6 2 down 4 10-1-0
(4-7-0)
-21.5 Ohio State
The Buckeyes won't get a chance to repeat as BIG10 Champions, and a return to the playoffs is unlikely. They did look like an elite team in the win at Michigan, but it may a day late and a dollar short.
7 13 up 6 9-2-0
(8-3-0)
-20 Stanford
The Cardinal will face USC in the Pac12 Championship game, and they'll need a win and some help from either North Carolina or Florida to get into the playoffs.
8 12 up 4 10-1-0
(7-4-0)
-19.5 North Carolina
The Tar Heels will play Clemson in the ACC Championship game, but it's unclear if they could sneak into the playoffs even if they can upset the Tigers. Their schedule wouldn't match up well with the likes of Ohio State or Stanford.
9 16 up 7 9-2-0
(7-4-0)
-19 Florida State
The Seminoles might not be going to the playoffs, but a win over the Gators in Gainesville on Saturday might be the next best thing. Dalvin Cook had another big game, running for 183 yards and a pair of TDs.
10 10 same 9-1-0
(5-4-0)
-18.5 Baylor
The Bears BIG12 title hopes went up in smoke when they lost in overtime to TCU. Things might have been different for Baylor if starting quarterback Seth Russell didn't go down with a season ending injury midway through the season.
11 11 same 9-2-0
(5-6-0)
-18 Texas Christian
The Horned Frogs played the roll of spoiler, beating Baylor in overtime in an ugly game played in rainy conditions.
12 8 down 4 10-1-0
(7-4-0)
-17.5 Notre Dame
The Irish scored a potential game winning touchdown in the final minute, but lost a thriller when Stanford responded with a game winning field goal as time expired.
13 18 up 5 9-2-0
(7-4-0)
-17 Northwestern
The Wildcats finished the season strong with five straight wins, including a 13-7 upset victory over Wisconsin in Madison.
14 23 up 9 8-3-0
(7-4-0)
-16.5 Oregon
The Ducks closed out the season with six straight wins, and two of those victories came against the two teams that will play for the PAC12 Championship.
15 7 down 8 10-1-0
(7-4-0)
-16 Florida
The Gators have looked downright terrible the last two weeks, needing overtime to get past FAU, and then losing at home to Florida State. They are likely to struggle against Alabama in the SEC Championship game.
16 5 down 11 10-1-0
(6-5-0)
-15.5 Oklahoma State
The Cowboys closed out the season with consecutive losses to Baylor and Oklahoma, but this young team has plenty of reason to be proud of a 10-2 record.
17 17 same 8-3-0
(5-6-0)
-15 Utah
The Utes had a tough end to a promising season, losing two of their final three games at Arizona and at home versus UCLA.
18 25 up 7 8-3-0
(6-5-0)
-14.5 Mississippi
The Rebels closed out the year with a win over Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl, but a shocking home loss to Arkansas will keep them out of the SEC Championship game.
19 15 down 4 9-2-0
(6-5-0)
-14 Michigan
The Wolverines first year under Jim Harbaugh was a successful one, finishing with a 9-3 record after winning just five games in 2014.
20 20 same 10-1-0
(6-5-0)
-13.5 Houston
The Cougars are 11-1, but most of those wins came against the minnows of the AAC. They were very fortunate to have come from behind to shock Memphis in Week 11.
21 26 up 5 9-2-0
(8-3-0)
-13 Temple
The Owls closed out the season with consecutive dominant wins at home over Memphis and Connecticut. They play Houston for the AAC Title this Saturday.
22 22 same 9-1-0
(8-2-0)
-12.5 Navy
The Midshipmen ended the season on a bit of a downer, losing to Houston and missing out on a chance to play in the AAC Championship game.
23 21 down 2 7-4-0
(5-6-0)
-12 Southern California
The Trojans have lost four games, but still managed edge out UCLA for the right to represent the PAC12 South in the Conference Championship game.
24 19 down 5 7-3-0
(4-6-0)
-11.5 Louisiana State
The Tigers ended a three game losing streak with a home win over Texas A&M in Week 13, and the victory may have saved Les Miles job.
25 14 down 11 8-3-0
(4-7-0)
-11 Wisconsin
The Badgers lost three games this season, and of those was a Week 1 game at Alabama. The other two were close games decided by less than a touchdown in losses to Iowa and Northwestern.
26 24 down 2 8-3-0
(9-2-0)
-9.75 Washington State
27 27 same 8-3-0
(5-5-1)
-9.5 UCLA
28 28 same 7-4-0
(5-6-0)
-9 Boise State
29 29 same 8-3-0
(5-5-1)
-8.75 Memphis
30 30 same 8-3-0
(6-5-0)
-8.5 Pittsburgh
31 31 same 6-5-0
(5-6-0)
-8.25 Duke
32 32 same 9-2-0
(5-5-1)
-8 Western Kentucky
33 33 same 8-3-0
(4-7-0)
-7.7 Georgia
34 34 same 8-3-0
(9-2-0)
-7.5 Southern Mississippi
35 35 same 9-1-0
(8-1-1)
-7.4 Toledo
36 36 same 8-3-0
(7-4-0)
-7.2 San Diego State
37 37 same 8-3-0
(8-3-0)
-7 Bowling Green
38 38 same 7-4-0
(4-7-0)
-6.9 Penn State
39 39 same 8-3-0
(5-6-0)
-6.7 Texas A&M
40 40 same 8-2-0
(6-4-0)
-6.5 Appalachian State
41 41 same 7-3-0
(7-3-0)
-6.3 Georgia Southern
42 42 same 8-3-0
(7-4-0)
-6 Brigham Young
43 43 same 8-3-0
(6-5-0)
-5.5 Louisiana Tech
44 44 same 8-3-0
(7-4-0)
-5.5 Mississippi State
45 45 same 9-2-0
(7-4-0)
-5.3 Marshall
46 46 same 6-6-0
(6-6-0)
-5 Arizona
47 47 same 6-5-0
(5-6-0)
-4.7 California
48 48 same 7-4-0
(6-5-0)
-4.5 Tennessee
49 49 same 7-4-0
(6-5-0)
-4.2 North Carolina State
50 50 same 6-5-0
(5-6-0)
-4 Cincinnati
51 51 same 6-5-0
(6-4-1)
-2.947271 Texas Tech
52 52 same 6-4-0
(4-6-0)
-2.316631 West Virginia
53 54 up 1 3-8-0
(3-8-0)
-2.076149 Georgia Tech
54 53 down 1 4-6-0
(4-6-0)
-1.991552 Kansas State
55 55 same 7-4-0
(7-4-0)
-1.7032 Ohio
56 56 same 7-4-0
(6-5-0)
-1.649575 Miami
57 63 up 6 6-5-0
(7-4-0)
-1.118899 Middle Tennessee
58 64 up 6 5-6-0
(6-5-0)
-1.061501 Nebraska
59 60 up 1 3-8-0
(7-4-0)
-1.051949 Syracuse
60 58 down 2 5-6-0
(6-5-0)
-1.037038 Washington
61 59 down 2 5-6-0
(3-8-0)
-1.009948 Missouri
62 62 same 5-6-0
(5-6-0)
-0.9614829 Illinois
63 57 down 6 6-5-0
(4-7-0)
-0.934961 Arizona State
64 65 up 1 5-6-0
(6-5-0)
-0.9001795 Indiana
65 61 down 4 5-6-0
(3-8-0)
-0.8728842 Kentucky
66 66 same 4-8-0
(4-7-1)
-0.7951232 Colorado
67 67 same 6-5-0
(6-5-0)
-0.6470783 Arkansas
68 69 up 1 5-6-0
(6-5-0)
-0.3549988 Virginia Tech
69 71 up 2 5-6-0
(5-5-1)
-0.04157655 Tulsa
70 68 down 2 6-5-0
(3-8-0)
-0.002018229 Auburn
71 73 up 2 8-3-0
(8-3-0)
0.04223473 Air Force
72 72 same 8-3-0
(7-2-2)
0.1063612 Northern Illinois
73 74 up 1 5-6-0
(6-5-0)
0.2916733 Minnesota
74 70 down 4 6-5-0
(5-6-0)
0.3197656 Utah State
75 75 same 5-6-0
(6-5-0)
0.4632334 Buffalo
76 76 same 6-5-0
(5-6-0)
0.5481413 Connecticut
77 78 up 1 1-10-0
(3-7-1)
0.65341 Eastern Michigan
78 79 up 1 4-7-0
(4-6-1)
0.7228686 Rice
79 80 up 1 2-9-0
(6-5-0)
0.8679758 Maryland
80 77 down 3 4-6-0
(4-6-0)
0.9683642 Texas
81 82 up 1 4-6-0
(3-6-1)
1.032324 UL Lafayette
82 83 up 1 6-5-0
(6-4-1)
1.063592 Colorado State
83 81 down 2 3-8-0
(5-5-1)
1.075425 Boston College
84 84 same 2-9-0
(4-6-1)
1.099968 Army
85 85 same 6-5-0
(5-6-0)
1.207593 Louisville
86 86 same 3-8-0
(6-5-0)
1.306961 Wake Forest
87 87 same 5-7-0
(6-5-1)
1.528974 Florida International
88 88 same 6-5-0
(9-2-0)
1.531308 Central Michigan
89 89 same 4-7-0
(7-4-0)
1.779806 Vanderbilt
90 90 same 5-6-0
(2-8-1)
1.808024 Old Dominion
91 91 same 3-8-0
(6-4-1)
1.875211 Iowa State
92 92 same 3-8-0
(4-7-0)
1.913172 Ball State
93 95 up 2 0-11-0
(2-9-0)
2.147606 Central Florida
94 93 down 1 3-8-0
(5-6-0)
2.148009 South Carolina
95 94 down 1 2-10-0
(3-9-0)
2.213974 Hawaii
96 97 up 1 4-7-0
(4-7-0)
2.248441 Rutgers
97 96 down 1 2-9-0
(2-9-0)
2.260647 Oregon State
98 99 up 1 5-5-0
(3-7-0)
2.417708 South Alabama
99 100 up 1 5-6-0
(5-6-0)
2.452201 East Carolina
100 98 down 2 2-9-0
(5-6-0)
2.479576 Southern Methodist
101 101 same 1-10-0
(4-7-0)
2.479669 North Texas
102 102 same 0-11-0
(3-8-0)
2.491829 Kansas
103 103 same 4-6-0
(6-3-1)
2.52611 Georgia State
104 104 same 5-6-0
(7-4-0)
2.655895 San Jose State
105 106 up 1 1-10-0
(5-6-0)
2.751666 Wyoming
106 105 down 1 2-9-0
(6-5-0)
2.755707 Purdue
107 107 same 2-9-0
(3-8-0)
2.789386 Massachusetts
108 109 up 1 1-10-0
(3-7-1)
2.798779 UL Monroe
109 108 down 1 7-4-0
(8-2-1)
2.80605 South Florida
110 110 same 6-5-0
(6-5-0)
2.889644 Western Michigan
111 111 same 6-5-0
(7-4-0)
2.983086 Nevada
112 112 same 6-5-0
(5-6-0)
3.087062 New Mexico
113 113 same 2-9-0
(5-6-0)
3.281455 Florida Atlantic
114 114 same 3-7-0
(3-7-0)
3.387552 Texas State
115 115 same 3-7-0
(6-4-0)
3.627338 Troy
116 116 same 3-8-0
(3-8-0)
3.638643 Kent State
117 118 up 1 3-7-0
(5-5-0)
3.713048 New Mexico State
118 117 down 1 2-9-0
(2-6-2)
3.752307 Charlotte
119 119 same 6-5-0
(6-5-0)
3.787629 Akron
120 120 same 7-3-0
(6-4-0)
3.824779 Arkansas State
121 121 same 3-8-0
(5-6-0)
4.201785 UNLV
122 122 same 3-9-0
(7-5-0)
4.216543 Miami (Ohio)
123 123 same 4-7-0
(7-3-1)
4.365575 Virginia
124 124 same 3-8-0
(6-5-0)
4.441009 Idaho
125 125 same 3-8-0
(3-8-0)
4.738283 Fresno State
126 126 same 4-7-0
(5-6-0)
5.221096 Texas El Paso
127 127 same 3-8-0
(6-5-0)
5.447043 Tulane
128 128 same 3-8-0
(5-5-1)
5.836312 Texas-San Antonio

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.