NCAAF Power Rankings: Week 14

By Jesse Schule - Covers Expert

The wild college football regular season concluded with a major shake-up at the top of our weekly NCAAF Power Rankings. The Alabama Crimson Tide's loss to the Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl dropped them out of our top four and the Oklahoma Sooners took full advantage - sliding up three spots from No. 4 to No. 1.

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Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 4 up 3 11-1-0
-25 Oklahoma
The Sooners have the nation's best quarterback, and that makes them the favorite to win the national championship.
2 5 up 3 11-1-0
-24.5 Clemson
The defending champions are one game away from a return to the College Football Playoffs, standing in their way is Miami.
3 3 same 12-0-0
-24 Wisconsin
The only undefeated team in the BIG10, the Badgers rank 2nd nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 12 points per game.
4 6 up 2 10-2-0
-23.5 Auburn
The Tigers will be favored to win when they play Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.
5 1 down 4 11-1-0
-22 Alabama
After losing on the road at Auburn, Nick Saban's team is going to need a bit of help to get into the playoffs.
6 7 up 1 11-1-0
-21.5 Georgia
The Bulldogs ran all over Georgia Tech, winning the "Clean Old Fashioned Hate" match by a score of 38-7. They will face Auburn in the SEC Championship Game.
7 2 down 5 10-1-0
-21 Miami
The Hurricanes can still make the playoffs with a win over Clemson in the ACC Championship Game, but they will be a big underdog.
8 8 same 10-2-0
-20 Ohio State
The Buckeyes are still the favorite to win the BIG10, but a pair of ugly losses make them a long shot to make the playoffs.
9 9 same 10-2-0
-19.5 Southern California
The Trojans have put together four solid wins since losing to Notre Dame, and they are the favorite to win the PAC12.
10 10 same 10-2-0
-19 Texas Christian
The Horned Frogs have the best defense in the BIG12, and for that reason I have them ranked ahead of Oklahoma State.
11 13 up 2 11-0-0
-18.5 Central Florida
The Knights lead the nation in scoring, averaging 47.5 points per game.
12 12 same 10-2-0
-18 Penn State
The Nittany Lions are ranked 7th nationally in scoring defense, allowing 15.5 points per game.
13 15 up 2 10-2-0
-17 Washington
The Huskies ran for 328 yards and five TDs in an emphatic win over rivals Washington State in their season finale.
14 19 up 5 10-1-0
-16.5 Memphis
The Tigers will be a seven point underdog versus UCF in the AAC Championship Game.
15 20 up 5 9-3-0
-16 Stanford
The Cardinal will play USC in the PAC12 Championship Game Friday, looking for their fourth conference title in seven seasons.
16 17 up 1 9-3-0
-15.5 Oklahoma State
The Cowboys rank 2nd nationally in scoring, averaging over 46.3 points per game. Their defense has been terrible though, ranking 87th nationally in points allowed.
17 21 up 4 9-3-0
-15 Louisiana State
The Tigers finished the season strong, winning six of their final seven games.
18 11 down 7 9-3-0
-14.5 Notre Dame
The Irish fell apart at the end of the season, losing two of their last three. They played four ranked teams in 2017, losing three of those four games.
19 25 up 6 9-3-0
-14 Virginia Tech
The Hokies pitched a shutout in a 10-0 win over Virginia in their season finale.
20 24 up 4 9-3-0
-13.5 Northwestern
Northwestern won seven straight games to finish the season 9-3.
21 22 up 1 9-3-0
-13 Michigan State
The Spartans ran for 209 yards and three TDs in a 40-7 win over Maryland in their final game.
22 14 down 8 9-3-0
-12.5 Washington State
The Cougars had their destiny in their own hands, but failed to rise to the occasion in a blowout loss at Washington in Week 13.
23 16 down 7 8-4-0
-12 Mississippi State
The Bulldogs lost to rivals Mississippi in the Egg Bowl, and then lost their coach Dan Mullen to Florida.
24 N/R N/R 10-2-0
-11.5 San Diego State
The Aztecs will not play in the Mountain West Championship Game, despite being the only 10 win team in the conference.
25 N/R N/R 9-3-0
-11 Fresno State
This final spot was a toss-up between Fresno State and Boise State. Given the fact that Fresno beat them 28-17 as 6.5-point dogs last week - the Bulldogs get the nod. They play again this week in the Mountain West Championship and Boise State are favored by 8.5.

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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