NCAAF Power Rankings: Week 16

By Jesse Schule - Covers Expert

Not surprisingly the two teams who will face of in the BCS national championship are also No. 1 and No. 2 in our Power Rankings this week. Michigan State also made a big jump after upsetting Ohio State for the Big Ten title.

NCF Power Rankings

Current Rank Last Week Change Team W-L
(ATS)
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 no change in rankings Florida State 13-0
(11-2-0)
-25.0 The Seminoles got a double dose of good news this week, winning at home over Duke to clinch the ACC Title, and a spot in the National Championship Game. They also learned that star quarterback Jameis Winston will not face charges for an alleged sexual assault.
2 3 move up in rankings1 Auburn 12-1
(11-2-0)
-24.5 The Tigers scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, putting the icing on the cake of a 59-42 win over Missouri to clinch the SEC Title, and a spot in the National Championship Game.
3 8 move up in rankings5 Michigan State 12-1
(8-4-1)
-24.0 The Spartans shocked the Buckeyes, winning the Big-Ten Title, finishing 12-1. Michigan State's defense ranked #4 in the nation, allowing just 12.7 points per game.
4 4 no change in rankings Alabama 11-1
(6-5-1)
-23.5 Special teams killed the Tide in the loss to Auburn, with four missed field goals and a blocked punt. The final nail in the coffin came when the Tigers ran back a missed field go for 109 yard touchdown on the game's final play.
5 7 move up in rankings2 Stanford 11-2
(7-6-0)
-22.0 Once again the Cardinal are Pac-12 champions, and they won on the road as an underdog over Arizona State. They will face the Spartans in the Rose Bowl on New Years Day.
6 11 move up in rankings5 Baylor 11-1
(9-3-0)
-21.5 The Bears finished the season with an 11-1 record and the nation's Top ranked offense, averaging more than 53 points per game.
7 5 move down in rankings2 Missouri 11-2
(10-2-1)
-20.0 The Tigers fell short of their hopes to win the SEC Title, but the consolation prize will be a trip to the Cotton Bowl to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
8 2 move down in rankings6 Ohio State 12-1
(6-6-1)
-19.7 The Buckeyes came up short against Michigan State in the Big-Ten Championship Game. They will face Clemson in the Orange Bowl on the 3rd of January.
9 17 move up in rankings8 Oklahoma 10-2
(7-5-0)
-19.5 The Sooners shocked their rivals Oklahoma State in Stillwater, winning by a score of 33-24 with a late TD from Blake Bell.
10 10 no change in rankings South Carolina 10-2
(6-6-0)
-19.0 The Gamecocks finished the season strong with five straight wins, but they needed help from the Aggies and didn't get it.
11 6 move down in rankings5 Oklahoma State 10-2
(8-4-0)
-17.5 The Cowboys were stunned at home against the Sooners, allowing 14 points in the final 20 seconds, losing 33-24.
12 13 move up in rankings1 Louisiana State 9-3
(5-6-1)
-17.0 The Tigers had three losses this season, but all three of those came on the road. They finished the season with a win over Arkansas in a close game.
13 12 move down in rankings1 Oregon 10-2
(7-5-0)
-17.0 The Ducks fell apart down the stretch, losing to Stanford and Arizona, and only narrowly avoiding a loss in the Civil War game against the Oregon State Beavers.
14 14 no change in rankings Clemson 10-2
(6-6-0)
-16.5 The Tigers were unable to compete on the road against South Carolina, losing by a score of 31-17. Tajh Boyd was picked off twice, and didn't throw a touchdowns pass.
15 15 no change in rankings UCLA 9-3
(8-4-0)
-16.0 After losing to Arizona State the previous week, the Bruins bounced back with huge win at USC. It was the first time since 1997 that they beat the Trojans at the Coliseum.
16 16 no change in rankings Central Florida 11-1
(7-5-0)
-15.5 The Knights narrowly escaped with a win on the road at SMU, finishing the season with an 11-1 record, with their only loss coming to an SEC powerhouse (South Carolina).
17 9 move down in rankings8 Arizona State 10-3
(7-6-0)
-13.0 The Sun Devils perfect run at home came to an end against Stanford, and so did their hopes of a Pac-12 championship.
18 18 no change in rankings Wisconsin 9-3
(9-2-1)
-12.5 The Badgers finished the season 9-3, but let's not forget that officials likely cost them a victory in Arizona back in Week 3.
19 20 move up in rankings1 Texas A&M 8-4
(5-7-0)
-12.0 The Aggies faded at the end of the season, losing their last two games. Johnny Manziel threw just two TDs and a pair of INTs in those losses.
20 19 move down in rankings1 Duke 10-3
(10-3-0)
-11.8 The Blue Devils impressive run came to an end in Florida, humbled by the Seminoles in a 45-7 thrashing.
21 21 no change in rankings Northern Illinois 12-1
(8-5-0)
-11.5 The Huskies racked up 12 straight wins against unranked teams, but they ran into a brick wall against a pretty good Bowling Green team. It makes you wonder if they could really compete with any of the Top 25 teams?
22 22 no change in rankings Louisville 11-1
(5-7-0)
-11.0 The Cardinals needed overtime to get past Cincinnati, but they finish with an 11-1 record and the country's #3 ranked defense.
23 23 no change in rankings Cincinnati 9-3
(6-6-0)
-10.8 The Bearcats came up just short in the Keg of Nails game, losing to Louisville in overtime. Cincy finished with a 9-3 record and the 12th ranked defense in the nation.
24 24 no change in rankings Fresno State 11-1
(5-7-0)
-10.3 The Bulldogs held on to win a close game against the Aggies in the Mountain West Championship Game, with a final score of 24-17. Still their 11-1 record didn't see them play a single ranked opponent.
25 32 move up in rankings7 Notre Dame 8-4
(5-6-1)
-10.0 The Irish finished with a record of 8-4, and they will be heading to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, taking on Rutgers.
26 26 no change in rankings Mississippi 7-5
(6-6-0)
-9.8
27 27 no change in rankings Southern California 9-4
(6-7-0)
-9.5
28 28 no change in rankings Florida 4-8
(4-8-0)
-9.0
29 29 no change in rankings Virginia Tech 8-4
(4-7-1)
-8.8
30 30 no change in rankings Oregon State 6-6
(6-6-0)
-8.5
31 31 no change in rankings Georgia 8-4
(3-8-1)
-8.3
32 25 move down in rankings7 Texas 8-4
(6-6-0)
-8.0
33 49 move up in rankings16 Iowa 8-4
(7-5-0)
-7.7
34 34 no change in rankings Brigham Young 8-4
(5-6-1)
-7.5
35 35 no change in rankings Miami 9-3
(5-7-0)
-7.4
36 36 no change in rankings Houston 8-4
(10-2-0)
-7.2
37 37 no change in rankings Utah State 8-5
(8-5-0)
-7.0
38 38 no change in rankings East Carolina 9-3
(6-6-0)
-6.9
39 39 no change in rankings Nebraska 8-4
(6-6-0)
-6.7
40 40 no change in rankings Arizona 7-5
(5-7-0)
-6.5
41 41 no change in rankings Minnesota 8-4
(9-3-0)
-6.3
42 42 no change in rankings Washington 8-4
(6-6-0)
-6.0
43 43 no change in rankings UL Lafayette 8-4
(4-8-0)
-5.5
44 44 no change in rankings Michigan 7-5
(7-5-0)
-5.5
45 45 no change in rankings Bowling Green 10-3
(10-3-0)
-5.3
46 46 no change in rankings Toledo 7-5
(7-4-1)
-5.0
47 47 no change in rankings Buffalo 8-4
(8-4-0)
-4.7
48 48 no change in rankings Ball State 10-2
(8-4-0)
-4.5
49 33 move down in rankings16 Northwestern 5-7
(3-9-0)
-4.2
50 51 move up in rankings1 Marshall 9-4
(8-5-0)
-4.2
51 53 move up in rankings2 North Texas 8-4
(9-3-0)
-4.2
52 55 move up in rankings3 Kansas State 7-5
(7-5-0)
-4.2
53 56 move up in rankings3 Boise State 8-4
(6-6-0)
-4.2
54 57 move up in rankings3 Rice 10-3
(8-5-0)
-4.2
55 54 move down in rankings1 Penn State 7-5
(5-7-0)
-3.6
56 50 move down in rankings6 Mississippi State 6-6
(7-5-0)
-3.3
57 59 move up in rankings2 Georgia Tech 7-5
(5-6-1)
-3.1
58 60 move up in rankings2 Texas Tech 7-5
(5-7-0)
-3.0
59 58 move down in rankings1 Vanderbilt 8-4
(6-6-0)
-3.0
60 52 move down in rankings8 Boston College 7-5
(7-5-0)
-2.9
61 65 move up in rankings4 North Carolina 6-6
(7-5-0)
-2.1
62 66 move up in rankings4 Colorado State 7-6
(9-4-0)
-1.9
63 61 move down in rankings2 San Diego State 7-5
(6-6-0)
-1.6
64 63 move down in rankings1 Pittsburgh 6-6
(5-7-0)
-1.4
65 67 move up in rankings2 Navy 7-4
(8-3-0)
-1.2
66 69 move up in rankings3 South Alabama 6-6
(8-4-0)
-1.1
67 62 move down in rankings5 Utah 5-7
(6-6-0)
-1.0
68 68 no change in rankings Western Kentucky 8-4
(5-7-0)
-1.0
69 64 move down in rankings5 Indiana 5-7
(5-6-1)
-0.9
70 71 move up in rankings1 Florida Atlantic 6-6
(9-3-0)
-0.7
71 70 move down in rankings1 Tulane 7-5
(9-3-0)
-0.5
72 72 no change in rankings Maryland 7-5
(7-5-0)
0.0
73 75 move up in rankings2 Texas-San Antonio 7-5
(8-4-0)
0.1
74 74 no change in rankings Washington State 6-6
(9-3-0)
0.5
75 78 move up in rankings3 Middle Tennessee 8-4
(5-7-0)
0.6
76 73 move down in rankings3 Rutgers 6-6
(4-8-0)
1.2
77 77 no change in rankings Texas Christian 4-8
(4-8-0)
1.2
78 76 move down in rankings2 Ohio 7-5
(6-6-0)
1.2
79 79 no change in rankings Arkansas State 7-5
(5-6-1)
1.3
80 80 no change in rankings Memphis 3-9
(6-6-0)
2.5
81 81 no change in rankings Texas State 6-6
(5-7-0)
2.6
82 89 move up in rankings7 UNLV 7-5
(8-4-0)
3.0
83 84 move up in rankings1 San Jose State 6-6
(6-6-0)
3.0
84 87 move up in rankings3 Syracuse 6-6
(7-5-0)
3.2
85 82 move down in rankings3 Illinois 4-8
(6-6-0)
3.3
86 83 move down in rankings3 Tennessee 5-7
(5-7-0)
3.4
87 88 move up in rankings1 Wake Forest 4-8
(5-7-0)
3.5
88 85 move down in rankings3 North Carolina State 3-9
(4-8-0)
3.8
89 86 move down in rankings3 Wyoming 5-7
(5-7-0)
3.8
90 91 move up in rankings1 Southern Methodist 5-7
(6-6-0)
4.1
91 92 move up in rankings1 Temple 2-10
(8-4-0)
4.2
92 90 move down in rankings2 West Virginia 4-8
(3-9-0)
4.4
93 94 move up in rankings1 Army 3-8
(4-7-0)
4.7
94 96 move up in rankings2 Troy 6-6
(5-6-1)
4.9
95 95 no change in rankings Louisiana Tech 4-8
(4-8-0)
5.2
96 93 move down in rankings3 New Mexico 3-9
(6-6-0)
5.3
97 101 move up in rankings4 Central Michigan 6-6
(6-6-0)
5.6
98 99 move up in rankings1 Kent State 4-8
(4-8-0)
5.8
99 100 move up in rankings1 Akron 5-7
(6-6-0)
6.0
100 98 move down in rankings2 Arkansas 3-9
(4-8-0)
6.4
101 97 move down in rankings4 South Florida 2-10
(5-7-0)
6.5
102 102 no change in rankings Nevada 4-8
(6-6-0)
6.7
103 103 no change in rankings Iowa State 3-9
(6-6-0)
6.9
104 105 move up in rankings1 UL Monroe 6-6
(5-7-0)
7.1
105 107 move up in rankings2 Connecticut 3-9
(5-7-0)
7.3
106 104 move down in rankings2 Kentucky 2-10
(4-8-0)
7.7
107 106 move down in rankings1 Tulsa 3-9
(3-9-0)
7.8
108 108 no change in rankings Hawaii 1-11
(7-5-0)
8.1
109 109 no change in rankings Georgia State 0-12
(8-3-1)
9.1
110 112 move up in rankings2 Colorado 4-8
(7-5-0)
10.0
111 110 move down in rankings1 Texas El Paso 2-10
(2-10-0)
10.3
112 111 move down in rankings1 Kansas 3-9
(4-8-0)
10.3
113 113 no change in rankings Air Force 2-10
(3-9-0)
10.5
114 114 no change in rankings Virginia 2-10
(5-6-1)
11.0
115 115 no change in rankings Alabama-Birmingham 2-10
(4-8-0)
11.5
116 116 no change in rankings Western Michigan 1-11
(4-8-0)
11.9
117 117 no change in rankings Massachusetts 1-11
(5-7-0)
12.6
118 118 no change in rankings California 1-11
(2-10-0)
14.7
119 119 no change in rankings Purdue 1-11
(3-8-1)
14.9
120 120 no change in rankings Miami (Ohio) 0-12
(3-9-0)
15.5
121 121 no change in rankings Florida International 1-11
(4-8-0)
15.7
122 123 move up in rankings1 New Mexico State 2-10
(4-7-0)
16.0
123 122 move down in rankings1 Eastern Michigan 2-10
(2-10-0)
16.4
124 125 move up in rankings1 Southern Mississippi 1-11
(3-9-0)
16.7
125 124 move down in rankings1 Idaho 1-11
(3-9-0)
16.8