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

Week 14 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 12-0
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(5-6-0)
-21 Oklahoma
The Sooners crushed the Mountaineers in Morgantown, and now Bedlam awaits.
8 8 same 9-2
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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 25 down 2 9-3
(6-5-1)
-9.5 San Diego State
28 22 down 6 8-4
(4-8-0)
-9 Texas A&M
29 20 down 9 9-3
(5-7-0)
-8.8 Houston
30 30 same 6-5
(2-9-0)
-8.5 Baylor
31 23 down 8 8-4
(6-6-0)
-8.3 Washington State
32 32 same 8-4
(5-7-0)
-8 Tennessee
33 33 same 9-3
(11-1-0)
-7.7 Temple
34 19 down 15 10-2
(3-9-0)
-7.5 Boise State
35 35 same 9-2
(6-5-0)
-7.4 Troy
36 36 same 9-3
(7-5-0)
-7.2 Toledo
37 38 up 1 8-4
(5-7-0)
-7 Pittsburgh
38 39 up 1 7-5
(5-7-0)
-6.9 Arkansas
39 40 up 1 5-7
(4-8-0)
-6.7 Mississippi
40 41 up 1 9-3
(5-7-0)
-6.5 Western Kentucky
41 42 up 1 8-4
(6-6-0)
-6.3 Ohio
42 65 up 23 8-4
(6-4-1)
-6 Georgia Tech
43 44 up 1 5-7
(8-4-0)
-5.5 Texas Tech
44 45 up 1 8-4
(7-5-0)
-5.5 Wyoming
45 57 up 12 9-3
(5-7-0)
-5.3 Air Force
46 48 up 2 8-4
(8-4-0)
-5 Miami
47 51 up 4 8-4
(4-5-3)
-4.7 Minnesota
48 52 up 4 8-4
(9-3-0)
-4.5 Brigham Young
49 53 up 4 6-5
(3-8-0)
-4.2 Texas Christian
50 54 up 4 9-3
(8-4-0)
-4 Tulsa
51 49 down 2 8-4
(5-7-0)
-3.9 Memphis
52 47 down 5 8-4
(8-4-0)
-3.8 Louisiana Tech
53 50 down 3 9-3
(6-6-0)
-3.7 Appalachian State
54 43 down 11 7-5
(5-7-0)
-3.6 Georgia
55 37 down 18 3-9
(4-8-0)
-3.5 Michigan State
56 46 down 10 5-7
(6-6-0)
-3.4 Texas
57 56 down 1 7-4
(4-7-0)
-3.4 Kansas State
58 55 down 3 6-6
(7-5-0)
-3.4 Northwestern
59 59 same 4-8
(4-8-0)
-2.8 Notre Dame
60 61 up 1 6-6
(8-4-0)
-2.5 Central Florida
61 60 down 1 6-6
(5-7-0)
-2 Indiana
62 62 same 6-6
(8-4-0)
-2 North Carolina State
63 58 down 5 4-8
(4-8-0)
-1.7 UCLA
64 70 up 6 7-5
(10-2-0)
-1.4 Colorado State
65 69 up 4 9-3
(8-3-1)
-1.4 Old Dominion
66 63 down 3 6-5
(6-5-0)
-1.4 Army
67 67 same 8-4
(6-6-0)
-1.2 New Mexico
68 66 down 2 6-6
(7-5-0)
-0.5 Wake Forest
69 68 down 1 8-4
(6-5-1)
-0.5 Middle Tennessee
70 64 down 6 5-7
(5-7-0)
-0.4 California
71 72 up 1 6-5
(6-5-0)
-0.4 Arkansas State
72 71 down 1 6-6
(6-6-0)
-0.1 Texas-San Antonio
73 73 same 6-6
(7-5-0)
0.2 Vanderbilt
74 75 up 1 5-7
(6-6-0)
0.3 Northern Illinois
75 78 up 3 7-5
(7-5-0)
1 Kentucky
76 76 same 6-6
(3-8-1)
1.1 Southern Mississippi
77 79 up 2 5-7
(5-7-0)
1.2 Mississippi State
78 82 up 4 6-6
(8-4-0)
1.2 Miami (Ohio)
79 77 down 2 6-6
(5-7-0)
1.5 Central Michigan
80 81 up 1 5-6
(3-8-0)
1.6 South Alabama
81 84 up 3 7-5
(9-3-0)
1.8 Eastern Michigan
82 80 down 2 6-6
(5-6-1)
1.9 South Carolina
83 74 down 9 5-7
(6-6-0)
2.1 Arizona State
84 86 up 2 4-8
(7-5-0)
2.3 Ball State
85 83 down 2 6-6
(4-8-0)
2.4 Maryland
86 89 up 3 3-9
(7-5-0)
2.6 Iowa State
87 85 down 2 4-8
(7-5-0)
2.7 Duke
88 90 up 2 5-6
(7-4-0)
2.9 UL Lafayette
89 88 down 1 4-7
(2-9-0)
3 Georgia Southern
90 87 down 3 2-10
(4-7-1)
3.7 Virginia
91 99 up 8 7-4
(7-4-0)
3.7 Idaho
92 93 up 1 4-8
(5-7-0)
3.7 Missouri
93 92 down 1 5-7
(8-4-0)
3.8 Southern Methodist
94 97 up 3 5-7
(4-8-0)
3.8 Nevada
95 91 down 4 4-8
(2-9-1)
3.9 Oregon
96 96 same 4-8
(6-5-1)
4.3 Tulane
97 103 up 6 4-8
(9-3-0)
4.3 Oregon State
98 102 up 4 3-8
(7-4-0)
4.5 Georgia State
99 94 down 5 5-7
(6-5-1)
4.6 North Texas
100 95 down 5 4-8
(6-6-0)
4.6 UNLV
101 100 down 1 5-7
(4-8-0)
4.7 Akron
102 105 up 3 6-6
(5-6-1)
4.7 Boston College
103 98 down 5 3-9
(6-6-0)
4.8 Kent State
104 101 down 3 4-8
(3-9-0)
5 Cincinnati
105 104 down 1 3-9
(3-9-0)
5.1 Utah State
106 106 same 3-9
(3-9-0)
6.4 East Carolina
107 107 same 3-9
(2-9-1)
7 Connecticut
108 108 same 4-8
(5-7-0)
7.2 Syracuse
109 113 up 4 4-8
(5-6-1)
7.2 Florida International
110 109 down 1 3-9
(4-7-1)
7.3 Marshall
111 111 same 6-7
(5-7-0)
7.5 Hawaii
112 110 down 2 3-9
(5-7-0)
7.7 Purdue
113 116 up 3 4-8
(5-7-0)
7.9 Charlotte
114 112 down 2 3-9
(5-7-0)
8.1 Illinois
115 118 up 3 3-8
(6-5-0)
8.2 New Mexico State
116 114 down 2 2-10
(7-5-0)
8.2 Massachusetts
117 120 up 3 4-8
(5-6-0)
8.4 San Jose State
118 121 up 3 4-8
(5-6-1)
8.4 Texas El Paso
119 117 down 2 3-9
(2-10-0)
8.4 Arizona
120 119 down 1 3-9
(2-9-1)
8.5 Florida Atlantic
121 115 down 6 2-10
(4-8-0)
8.5 Buffalo
122 122 same 3-9
(6-5-1)
8.8 Rice
123 123 same 4-7
(6-5-0)
9.3 UL Monroe
124 124 same 1-11
(7-4-0)
10.2 Fresno State
125 126 up 1 4-8
(4-8-0)
10.7 Bowling Green
126 125 down 1 2-9
(4-7-0)
12.2 Texas State
127 127 same 2-10
(6-6-0)
12.7 Kansas
128 128 same 2-10
(4-8-0)
13.7 Rutgers
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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.

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