NCAAF Power Rankings: Week 15

By Jesse Schule - Covers Expert

The conference champions have all been decided and we are headed into the always entertaining bowl season. The Alabama Crimson Tide finished the season undefeated and they will sit atop our weekly Power Rankings with the College Football Playoff looming.

ncf Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 13-0-0
(9-4-0)
-25 Alabama
The Crimson Tide head into the playoffs undefeated, and heavily favorite to repeat as national champs.
2 4 up 2 12-1-0
(7-6-0)
-24 Washington
Critics will say that the Huskies had a week non-conference schedule, but they sure beat up on some good teams in the PAC12 this year.
3 3 same 11-1-0
(6-6-0)
-24 Ohio State
The Buckeyes are a controversial playoff pick, as they failed to win their conference. They will be a favorite versus Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.
4 2 down 2 12-1-0
(6-7-0)
-23.5 Clemson
The Tigers just barely beat the Hokies in the ACC Championship game, and I have them slipping one spot behind the Huskies who thumped Colorado.
5 5 same 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 7 up 1 10-2-0
(6-6-0)
-21.5 Oklahoma
The Sooners ran the table in the BIG12, and they really turned it on late in the season with blowout wins over West Virginia and Oklahoma State.
7 9 up 2 11-2-0
(9-3-1)
-21 Penn State
The BIG10 Champions aren't happy about being left out of the Playoffs, and they aren't getting much respect in their bowl game either, getting seven points against USC.
8 6 down 2 10-3-0
(9-3-1)
-20 Wisconsin
The Badgers led 28-7 in the third quarter of the BIG10 Championship game, but allowed Penn State to rally for the win.
9 8 down 1 9-3-0
(7-5-0)
-19.5 Oklahoma State
The Cowboys looked good in the first half at Oklahoma, but they collapsed late, allowing the Sooners to win the BIG12 Championship.
10 10 same 10-3-0
(10-3-0)
-19 Colorado
The Buffaloes had no answer for Washington in the PAC12 Championship game.
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 12 same 13-0-0
(9-4-0)
-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 13 same 10-2-0
(5-7-0)
-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 14 same 9-3-0
(5-6-1)
-17 Louisville
Losing to Kentucky and Houston in the final two weeks is a bitter disappointment for the Cardinal. 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 16 same 8-4-0
(4-7-1)
-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 17 same 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 18 same 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 19 same 9-4-0
(7-6-0)
-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 20 same 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 33 up 12 10-3-0
(12-1-0)
-13.5 Temple
The Owls upset Navy, winning the AAC Championship.
22 22 same 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 23 same 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 24 same 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 25 same 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 21 down 6 9-3-0
(7-4-1)
-9.5 Navy
28 28 same 8-4-0
(4-8-0)
-9 Texas A&M
29 29 same 9-3-0
(5-7-0)
-8.75 Houston
30 30 same 6-6-0
(3-9-0)
-8.5 Baylor
31 31 same 8-4-0
(6-6-0)
-8.25 Washington State
32 32 same 8-4-0
(5-7-0)
-8 Tennessee
33 27 down 6 10-3-0
(6-6-1)
-7.7 San Diego State
34 34 same 10-2-0
(3-9-0)
-7.5 Boise State
35 35 same 9-3-0
(6-6-0)
-7.4 Troy
36 36 same 9-3-0
(7-5-0)
-7.2 Toledo
37 37 same 8-4-0
(5-7-0)
-7 Pittsburgh
38 38 same 7-5-0
(5-7-0)
-6.9 Arkansas
39 39 same 5-7-0
(4-8-0)
-6.7 Mississippi
40 40 same 10-3-0
(6-7-0)
-6.5 Western Kentucky
41 41 same 8-5-0
(7-6-0)
-6.3 Ohio
42 42 same 8-4-0
(6-4-1)
-6 Georgia Tech
43 43 same 5-7-0
(8-4-0)
-5.5 Texas Tech
44 44 same 8-5-0
(8-5-0)
-5.5 Wyoming
45 45 same 9-3-0
(5-7-0)
-5.3 Air Force
46 46 same 8-4-0
(8-4-0)
-5 Miami
47 47 same 8-4-0
(4-5-3)
-4.7 Minnesota
48 48 same 8-4-0
(9-3-0)
-4.5 Brigham Young
49 49 same 6-6-0
(3-9-0)
-4.2 Texas Christian
50 50 same 9-3-0
(8-4-0)
-4 Tulsa
51 51 same 8-4-0
(5-7-0)
-3.98 Memphis
52 53 up 1 9-3-0
(6-6-0)
-3.95 Appalachian State
53 52 down 1 8-5-0
(8-5-0)
-3.91 Louisiana Tech
54 57 up 3 8-4-0
(5-7-0)
-3.9 Kansas State
55 58 up 3 6-6-0
(7-5-0)
-3.56319 Northwestern
56 54 down 2 7-5-0
(5-7-0)
-3.040673 Georgia
57 60 up 3 6-6-0
(8-4-0)
-2.604799 Central Florida
58 59 up 1 4-8-0
(4-8-0)
-2.602455 Notre Dame
59 56 down 3 5-7-0
(6-6-0)
-2.544806 Texas
60 64 up 4 7-5-0
(10-2-0)
-2.463495 Colorado State
61 65 up 4 9-3-0
(8-3-1)
-1.912435 Old Dominion
62 62 same 6-6-0
(8-4-0)
-1.894843 North Carolina State
63 55 down 8 3-9-0
(4-8-0)
-1.720593 Michigan State
64 61 down 3 6-6-0
(5-7-0)
-1.634892 Indiana
65 67 up 2 8-4-0
(6-6-0)
-1.481567 New Mexico
66 71 up 5 7-5-0
(6-6-0)
-1.116565 Arkansas State
67 66 down 1 6-5-0
(6-5-0)
-0.9910982 Army
68 63 down 5 4-8-0
(4-8-0)
-0.74532 UCLA
69 69 same 8-4-0
(6-5-1)
-0.3397762 Middle Tennessee
70 72 up 2 6-6-0
(6-6-0)
-0.2202865 Texas-San Antonio
71 68 down 3 6-6-0
(7-5-0)
-0.113119 Wake Forest
72 73 up 1 6-6-0
(7-5-0)
-0.08201566 Vanderbilt
73 74 up 1 5-7-0
(6-6-0)
0.04609667 Northern Illinois
74 70 down 4 5-7-0
(5-7-0)
0.4048258 California
75 75 same 7-5-0
(7-5-0)
0.7505868 Kentucky
76 78 up 2 6-6-0
(8-4-0)
0.9915121 Miami (Ohio)
77 77 same 5-7-0
(5-7-0)
1.162319 Mississippi State
78 76 down 2 6-6-0
(3-8-1)
1.304911 Southern Mississippi
79 80 up 1 6-6-0
(3-9-0)
1.67588 South Alabama
80 81 up 1 7-5-0
(9-3-0)
1.864906 Eastern Michigan
81 79 down 2 6-6-0
(5-7-0)
1.987565 Central Michigan
82 88 up 6 6-6-0
(8-4-0)
2.41082 UL Lafayette
83 82 down 1 6-6-0
(5-6-1)
2.414254 South Carolina
84 86 up 2 3-9-0
(7-5-0)
2.521116 Iowa State
85 84 down 1 4-8-0
(7-5-0)
2.690521 Ball State
86 85 down 1 6-6-0
(4-8-0)
3.011941 Maryland
87 91 up 4 8-4-0
(8-4-0)
3.060556 Idaho
88 89 up 1 5-7-0
(3-9-0)
3.16853 Georgia Southern
89 83 down 6 5-7-0
(6-6-0)
3.221997 Arizona State
90 87 down 3 4-8-0
(7-5-0)
3.36366 Duke
91 94 up 3 5-7-0
(4-8-0)
3.679173 Nevada
92 92 same 4-8-0
(5-7-0)
3.961243 Missouri
93 97 up 4 4-8-0
(9-3-0)
4.289654 Oregon State
94 93 down 1 5-7-0
(8-4-0)
4.302333 Southern Methodist
95 95 same 4-8-0
(2-9-1)
4.480769 Oregon
96 90 down 6 2-10-0
(4-7-1)
4.609846 Virginia
97 96 down 1 4-8-0
(6-5-1)
4.620615 Tulane
98 102 up 4 6-6-0
(5-6-1)
4.897216 Boston College
99 98 down 1 3-9-0
(7-5-0)
5.059696 Georgia State
100 101 up 1 5-7-0
(4-8-0)
5.137774 Akron
101 100 down 1 4-8-0
(6-6-0)
5.22366 UNLV
102 99 down 3 5-7-0
(6-5-1)
5.249596 North Texas
103 103 same 3-9-0
(6-6-0)
5.439824 Kent State
104 104 same 4-8-0
(3-9-0)
5.541352 Cincinnati
105 105 same 3-9-0
(3-9-0)
5.552331 Utah State
106 106 same 3-9-0
(3-9-0)
7.336386 East Carolina
107 109 up 2 4-8-0
(5-6-1)
7.408486 Florida International
108 107 down 1 3-9-0
(2-9-1)
7.89525 Connecticut
109 111 up 2 6-7-0
(5-7-0)
7.96732 Hawaii
110 108 down 2 4-8-0
(5-7-0)
8.073202 Syracuse
111 110 down 1 3-9-0
(4-7-1)
8.108479 Marshall
112 113 up 1 4-8-0
(5-7-0)
8.264588 Charlotte
113 118 up 5 4-8-0
(5-6-1)
8.457722 Texas El Paso
114 112 down 2 3-9-0
(5-7-0)
8.491307 Purdue
115 117 up 2 4-8-0
(5-6-0)
8.595778 San Jose State
116 115 down 1 3-9-0
(7-5-0)
8.633674 New Mexico State
117 116 down 1 2-10-0
(7-5-0)
8.865211 Massachusetts
118 120 up 2 3-9-0
(2-9-1)
9.003449 Florida Atlantic
119 114 down 5 3-9-0
(5-7-0)
9.067152 Illinois
120 119 down 1 3-9-0
(2-10-0)
9.093638 Arizona
121 122 up 1 3-9-0
(6-5-1)
9.147905 Rice
122 121 down 1 2-10-0
(4-8-0)
9.237341 Buffalo
123 123 same 4-8-0
(6-6-0)
10.083 UL Monroe
124 125 up 1 4-8-0
(4-8-0)
10.52177 Bowling Green
125 124 down 1 1-11-0
(7-4-0)
10.65613 Fresno State
126 127 up 1 2-10-0
(6-6-0)
13.31541 Kansas
127 126 down 1 2-10-0
(5-7-0)
13.78061 Texas State
128 128 same 2-10-0
(4-8-0)
14.88323 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.