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College football polls: Updated AP Top 25, Coaches Poll rankings after Week 14



How closely will the final AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll polls mirror the final College Football Playoff rankings?

The traditional top-25 rankings have diminished importance at this point of the season, as college football faithful hang on to every decision of the CFP selection committee. But they’re still worth monitoring, as it gives an early indication of how the committee could order its final top 25 and, more importantly, its top four.

MORE: College Football Playoff Picture for Week 15

Four games from Saturday will order the top of the rankings of the AP and Coaches polls: No. 1 Georgia’s 41-24 loss to No. 3 Alabama in the SEC championship; No. 2 Michigan’s 42-3 win over No. 13 Iowa in the Big Ten championship; No. 4 Cincinnati’s 35-20 win over No. 16 Houston in the AAC championship; and No. 5 Oklahoma State’s 21-16 loss to No. 9 Baylor in the Big 12 championship.

Those games will have the biggest impact at the top of the rankings, but there was more to conference championship weekend than just those games. No. 17 Utah shellacked No. 10 Oregon again in a 38-10 win in the Pac-12 championship game, setting up the Utes for their first-ever Rose Bowl berth. And No. 15 Pitt whipped No. 16 Wake Forest 45-21, setting up a New Year’s Day 6 berth in either the Peach or Fiesta bowl for the ACC champions.

Sporting News takes a look at how those games and more affected the latest AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll rankings following conference champion weekend:

TOP-5 LOSSES: Oklahoma State | Georgia

College football rankings for Week 15

AP Top 25

Rank Team Record Points (No. 1 votes)
1 Alabama 12-1 1,535 (50)
2 Michigan 12-1 1,480 (9)
3 Georgia 12-1 1,408
4 Cincinnati 13-0 1,404 (3)
5 Notre Dame 11-1 1,280
6 Baylor 11-2 1,228
7 Ohio State 10-2 1,177
8 Ole Miss 10-2 1,101
9 Oklahoma State 11-2 1,060
10 Utah 10-3 929
11 Michigan State 10-2 895
12 BYU 10-2 854
13 Pitt 11-2 838
14 Oklahoma 10-2 807
15 Oregon 10-3 595
16 Louisiana 12-1 480
17 Iowa 10-3 447
18 N.C. State 9-3 405
19 Clemson 9-3 396
20 Wake Forest 10-3 394
21 Houston 11-2 359
22 Arkansas 8-4 280
23 Texas A&M 8-4 172
24 UTSA 12-1 147
25 Kentucky 9-3 131

Others receiving votes: Utah State 109; Wisconsin 66; San Diego State 63; Minnesota 38; Purdue 36; Louisiana Tech 11; App State 9; Army 7; Mississippi State 4; Penn State 4; Northern Illinois 1.

MORE: College Football Playoff: Comparing Georgia’s resume to Notre Dame, Baylor’s

Coaches Poll

Rank Team Record Points (No. 1 votes)
1 Alabama 12-1 1,540 (54)
2 Michigan 12-1 1,474 (5)
3 Georgia 12-1 1,420
4 Cincinnati 13-0 1,392 (3)
5 Notre Dame 11-1 1,266
6 Baylor 11-2 1,204
7 Ohio State 10-2 1,170
8 Ole Miss 10-2 1,134
9 Oklahoma State 11-2 1,036
10 Michigan State 10-2 903
11 Utah 10-3 893
12 Pitt 11-2 886
13 Oklahoma 10-2 853
14 BYU 10-2 792
15 Oregon 10-3 589
16 Iowa 10-3 561
17 Louisiana 12-1 444
18 N.C. State 9-3 436
19 Wake Forest 10-3 389
20 Kentucky 9-3 327
21 Houston 11-2 315
22 Clemson 9-3 252
23 Texas A&M 8-4 239
24 Arkansas 8-4 185
25 UTSA 12-1 146

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 105; Utah State 85; San Diego State 62; Minnesota 17; Air Force 15; Penn State 5; Fresno State 5; UCLA 3; Mississippi State 2; Coastal Carolina 2; App State 2; Purdue 1.



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