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.

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Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 13-0
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(10-3-0)
-19 Colorado
The Buffaloes had no answer for Washington in the PAC12 Championship game.
11 11 same 9-3
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(12-1-0)
-13.5 Temple
The Owls upset Navy, winning the AAC Championship.
22 22 same 10-2
(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
(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
(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
(6-6-0)
-11.5 Iowa
Iowa finished the season strong with wins over Michigan and Nebraska in November.
26 26 same 8-4
(7-5-0)
-9.8 North Carolina
27 21 down 6 9-3
(7-4-1)
-9.5 Navy
28 28 same 8-4
(4-8-0)
-9 Texas A&M
29 29 same 9-3
(5-7-0)
-8.8 Houston
30 30 same 6-6
(3-9-0)
-8.5 Baylor
31 31 same 8-4
(6-6-0)
-8.3 Washington State
32 32 same 8-4
(5-7-0)
-8 Tennessee
33 27 down 6 10-3
(6-6-1)
-7.7 San Diego State
34 34 same 10-2
(3-9-0)
-7.5 Boise State
35 35 same 9-3
(6-6-0)
-7.4 Troy
36 36 same 9-3
(7-5-0)
-7.2 Toledo
37 37 same 8-4
(5-7-0)
-7 Pittsburgh
38 38 same 7-5
(5-7-0)
-6.9 Arkansas
39 39 same 5-7
(4-8-0)
-6.7 Mississippi
40 40 same 10-3
(6-7-0)
-6.5 Western Kentucky
41 41 same 8-5
(7-6-0)
-6.3 Ohio
42 42 same 8-4
(6-4-1)
-6 Georgia Tech
43 43 same 5-7
(8-4-0)
-5.5 Texas Tech
44 44 same 8-5
(8-5-0)
-5.5 Wyoming
45 45 same 9-3
(5-7-0)
-5.3 Air Force
46 46 same 8-4
(8-4-0)
-5 Miami
47 47 same 8-4
(4-5-3)
-4.7 Minnesota
48 48 same 8-4
(9-3-0)
-4.5 Brigham Young
49 49 same 6-6
(3-9-0)
-4.2 Texas Christian
50 50 same 9-3
(8-4-0)
-4 Tulsa
51 51 same 8-4
(5-7-0)
-4 Memphis
52 53 up 1 9-3
(6-6-0)
-4 Appalachian State
53 52 down 1 8-5
(8-5-0)
-3.9 Louisiana Tech
54 57 up 3 8-4
(5-7-0)
-3.9 Kansas State
55 58 up 3 6-6
(7-5-0)
-3.6 Northwestern
56 54 down 2 7-5
(5-7-0)
-3 Georgia
57 60 up 3 6-6
(8-4-0)
-2.6 Central Florida
58 59 up 1 4-8
(4-8-0)
-2.6 Notre Dame
59 56 down 3 5-7
(6-6-0)
-2.5 Texas
60 64 up 4 7-5
(10-2-0)
-2.5 Colorado State
61 65 up 4 9-3
(8-3-1)
-1.9 Old Dominion
62 62 same 6-6
(8-4-0)
-1.9 North Carolina State
63 55 down 8 3-9
(4-8-0)
-1.7 Michigan State
64 61 down 3 6-6
(5-7-0)
-1.6 Indiana
65 67 up 2 8-4
(6-6-0)
-1.5 New Mexico
66 71 up 5 7-5
(6-6-0)
-1.1 Arkansas State
67 66 down 1 6-5
(6-5-0)
-1 Army
68 63 down 5 4-8
(4-8-0)
-0.7 UCLA
69 69 same 8-4
(6-5-1)
-0.3 Middle Tennessee
70 72 up 2 6-6
(6-6-0)
-0.2 Texas-San Antonio
71 68 down 3 6-6
(7-5-0)
-0.1 Wake Forest
72 73 up 1 6-6
(7-5-0)
-0.1 Vanderbilt
73 74 up 1 5-7
(6-6-0)
0 Northern Illinois
74 70 down 4 5-7
(5-7-0)
0.4 California
75 75 same 7-5
(7-5-0)
0.8 Kentucky
76 78 up 2 6-6
(8-4-0)
1 Miami (Ohio)
77 77 same 5-7
(5-7-0)
1.2 Mississippi State
78 76 down 2 6-6
(3-8-1)
1.3 Southern Mississippi
79 80 up 1 6-6
(3-9-0)
1.7 South Alabama
80 81 up 1 7-5
(9-3-0)
1.9 Eastern Michigan
81 79 down 2 6-6
(5-7-0)
2 Central Michigan
82 88 up 6 6-6
(8-4-0)
2.4 UL Lafayette
83 82 down 1 6-6
(5-6-1)
2.4 South Carolina
84 86 up 2 3-9
(7-5-0)
2.5 Iowa State
85 84 down 1 4-8
(7-5-0)
2.7 Ball State
86 85 down 1 6-6
(4-8-0)
3 Maryland
87 91 up 4 8-4
(8-4-0)
3.1 Idaho
88 89 up 1 5-7
(3-9-0)
3.2 Georgia Southern
89 83 down 6 5-7
(6-6-0)
3.2 Arizona State
90 87 down 3 4-8
(7-5-0)
3.4 Duke
91 94 up 3 5-7
(4-8-0)
3.7 Nevada
92 92 same 4-8
(5-7-0)
4 Missouri
93 97 up 4 4-8
(9-3-0)
4.3 Oregon State
94 93 down 1 5-7
(8-4-0)
4.3 Southern Methodist
95 95 same 4-8
(2-9-1)
4.5 Oregon
96 90 down 6 2-10
(4-7-1)
4.6 Virginia
97 96 down 1 4-8
(6-5-1)
4.6 Tulane
98 102 up 4 6-6
(5-6-1)
4.9 Boston College
99 98 down 1 3-9
(7-5-0)
5.1 Georgia State
100 101 up 1 5-7
(4-8-0)
5.1 Akron
101 100 down 1 4-8
(6-6-0)
5.2 UNLV
102 99 down 3 5-7
(6-5-1)
5.2 North Texas
103 103 same 3-9
(6-6-0)
5.4 Kent State
104 104 same 4-8
(3-9-0)
5.5 Cincinnati
105 105 same 3-9
(3-9-0)
5.6 Utah State
106 106 same 3-9
(3-9-0)
7.3 East Carolina
107 109 up 2 4-8
(5-6-1)
7.4 Florida International
108 107 down 1 3-9
(2-9-1)
7.9 Connecticut
109 111 up 2 6-7
(5-7-0)
8 Hawaii
110 108 down 2 4-8
(5-7-0)
8.1 Syracuse
111 110 down 1 3-9
(4-7-1)
8.1 Marshall
112 113 up 1 4-8
(5-7-0)
8.3 Charlotte
113 118 up 5 4-8
(5-6-1)
8.5 Texas El Paso
114 112 down 2 3-9
(5-7-0)
8.5 Purdue
115 117 up 2 4-8
(5-6-0)
8.6 San Jose State
116 115 down 1 3-9
(7-5-0)
8.6 New Mexico State
117 116 down 1 2-10
(7-5-0)
8.9 Massachusetts
118 120 up 2 3-9
(2-9-1)
9 Florida Atlantic
119 114 down 5 3-9
(5-7-0)
9.1 Illinois
120 119 down 1 3-9
(2-10-0)
9.1 Arizona
121 122 up 1 3-9
(6-5-1)
9.1 Rice
122 121 down 1 2-10
(4-8-0)
9.2 Buffalo
123 123 same 4-8
(6-6-0)
10.1 UL Monroe
124 125 up 1 4-8
(4-8-0)
10.5 Bowling Green
125 124 down 1 1-11
(7-4-0)
10.7 Fresno State
126 127 up 1 2-10
(6-6-0)
13.3 Kansas
127 126 down 1 2-10
(5-7-0)
13.8 Texas State
128 128 same 2-10
(4-8-0)
14.9 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.