Week 15 College Football Power Rankings, Auburn upsets Alabama

Rivalry lived up to the hype this weekend. There were great college football games across the board, and saw an upset in the Iron Bowl. Here are the final college football power rankings.
ohio state buckeyes

1. Ohio State 12-0

last week: Win at Michigan 56-27
next week: Big Ten Championship Game
The Buckeyes continue their dominance over Michigan with a convincing win. However, Shea Patterson was able to exploit the Ohio State secondary at times, which could be a concern come post-season.
lsu tigers

2. LSU 12-0

last week: Win vs. Texas A&M
next week: SEC Championship Game
LSU made a statement over Texas A&M to finish off their season. The Tigers offense has been solid all year, but their defense had a much needed performance going into the SEC Championship Game.
clemson tigers

3. Clemson 12-0

last week: Win at South Carolina 38-3
next week: ACC Championship Game
This was never in doubt against their rival this week. Clemson is playing their best football down the stretch, and are going to be the favorite to win it all again during playoffs.
georgia bulldogs

4. Georgia 11-1

last week: Win at Georgia Tech 52-7
next week: SEC Championship Game
The Bulldogs took care of business and will be ready for LSU next week. However, they will be miss receivers Lawrence Cager (injured), and George Pickens, who will be suspended for the first half.
utah utes

5. Utah 11-1

last week: Win vs. Colorado 45-15
next week: Pac-12 Championship Game
After a slow start, Utah dominated Colorado in their season finale. They control their own destiny, and have a legit shot at making the playoff if they beat Oregon next week.
oklahoma sooners

6. Oklahoma 11-1

last week: Win at Oklahoma State 34-16
next week: Big 12 Championship Game
Oklahoma is looking at an outside chance to make the playoff. They were written off after their loss to Kansas St, but they find themselves ranked sixth and an outside chance to make it. They’ll need help to get the four spot.
alabama crimson tide

7. Alabama 10-2

last week: Loss at Auburn 48-45
next week: Bowl Season
Alabama loses a heart breaker in the Iron Bowl. Mac Jones played well, but couldn’t do enough down the stretch. Maybe one day Nick Saban will find a reliable kicker. Also, Alabama has an NFL receiving core.
florida gators

8. Florida 10-2

last week: Win vs. Florida State 40-17
next week: Bowl Season
The Gators beat their rival convincingly Saturday night. Kyle Trask finished off the season with 343 yards and three touchdowns in their win. Florida will most likely play in a New Yer’s Day bowl.
oregon ducks

9. Oregon 10-2

last week: Win vs. Oregon State 24-10
next week: Pac-12 Championship Game
Oregon played a little flat in their win over Oregon State, which was expected considering they aren’t playing for a playoff spot anymore. They’ll have a chance to spoil Utah’s season next week.
notre dame fighting irish

10. Notre Dame 10-2

last week: Win at Stanford 45-24
next week: Bowl Season
Brian Kelly goes on a rampage as Notre Dame covers the spread in their last four games. Kelly clearly needed to have some convincing wins to at least give himself a chance to keep his job next season. Urban Meyer rumors will still be swirling.
baylor bears

11. Baylor 11-1

last week: Win at Kansas 61-6
next week: Big 12 Championship Game
Baylor made a convincing statement last week that they want to be talked about for a spot in the playoff. The problem is that the statement was against Kansas, and will need to make another one against Oklahoma next week.
wisconsin badgers

12. Wisconsin 10-2

last week: Win at Minnesota 38-17
next week: Big Ten Championship Game
Weather helped Wisconsin in their win over Minnesota to secure the Paul Bunyan Axe, and the Big Ten West. They’ll have a chance to get their revenge over Ohio State next week. Easier said than done.
auburn tigers

13. Auburn 9-3

last week: Win vs. Alabama 48-45
next week: Bowl Season
What an incredible win for Auburn to finish off their season. Gus Malzahn now has three wins over Saban since becoming head coach in 2013.
minnesota golden gophers

14. Minnesota 10-2

last week: Loss vs. Wisconsin 38-17
next week: Bowl Season
This was going to be a tough game for Minnesota given the weather. They weren’t able to pass the ball like they have this season, and it showed throughout. However, PJ Fleck has a great season and this team will be around over the next few years.
1200px Penn State Nittany Lions logo

15. Penn State 10-2

last week: Win vs. Rutgers 27-6
next week: Bowl Season
This was a meaningless game for Penn State, but they didn’t look great against an awful Rutgers team. Rutgers has more yards of offense than Penn State.
michigan wolverines

16. Michigan 9-3

last week: Loss vs. Ohio State 56-27
next week: Bowl Season
Jim Harbaugh brings his record to 0-5 against Ohio State. Michigan needed to play perfect football to have a chance at the upset, but shot themselves in the foot too many times for it to happen.
boise state broncos

17. Boise State 11-1

last week: Win at Colorado State 31-24
next week: Mountain West Championship Game
A bit of a sloppy game for Boise State, but they get the job done in their season finale. They may have been slightly looking ahead to Hawaii next week.
1200px Memphis Tigers logo

18. Memphis 11-1

last week: Win at Cincinnati 34-24
next week: AAC Championship Game
Memphis takes care of Cincinnati, and will play them again next week. They should be favored based off how the Bearcats finished the season.
iowa hawkeyes

19. Iowa 9-3

last week: Win at Nebraska 27-24
next week: Bowl Season
Iowa should find themselves in another New Year’s Day bowl. If they had more consistency on offense, then they could’ve won the Big Ten West.
iowa state cyclones

20. Iowa State 7-5

last week: Loss at Kansas State 27-17
next week: Bowl Season
The Cyclones finish with another mediocre season. Despite the metrics saying this team is better than their record, they still have had only one season with over nine wins in their history.
texas a&m aggies

21. Texas A&M 7-5

last week: Loss at LSU 50-7
next week: Bowl Season
Texas A&M had one of the toughest schedules in college football, and finished it off with a 50-7 loss to LSU. Maybe Jimbo Fisher can get make a positive step towards winning a tough SEC West next season.
cincinnati bearcats

22. Cincinnati 10-2

last week: Loss vs. Memphis 34-24
next week: AAC Championship Game
The Bearcats loss to Memphis didn’t matter as they already clinched a spot in their championship game, and they will face Memphis again next week. Cincinnati has been very lucky the last few weeks in their wins.
oklahoma state cowboys

23. Oklahoma State 8-4

last week: Loss vs. Oklahoma 34-16
next week: Bowl Season
Mike Gundy’s hair looked incredible on Saturday night, but his team didn’t. The Cowboys will finish the season 8-4 on the season with a late December bowl game to be played.
washington huskies

24. Washington 7-5

last week: Win vs. Washington State 31-13
next week: Bowl Season
Washington finishes up a mediocre season with an Apple Cup win. This team had potential to win the PAC-12, and it wasn’t there this year.
usc trojans

25. USC 8-4

last week: Bye
next week: Bowl Season
The Trojans have the season finale off this week. They finished with a win over rival UCLA.

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