After Week 8 of the 2015 college football season here is a ranking of the conferences based upon how many teams are ranked in the top 25. The rankings are also based upon conference match-ups and how many undefeated teams each conference has left.
The Halloween games and on into November promises to be something special this year in college football. Soon most of the undefeated teams left in college football will start playing each other and then we will all see which teams are the best this season and which ones belong in the 2015 college football playoff.
1. SEC – 5 ranked teams
The SEC leads all college football conferences with five ranked teams after Week 8. LSU jumped a spot to #4 after beating Western Kentucky 48-20. Alabama also jumped a spot to #8 after holding on and beating Tennessee 19-14. Florida was off but the Gators jumped two spots to #11. Ole Miss jumped a big five spots to #19 after their 23-3 win over Texas A&M, who dropped from #15 to out of the top 25. Mississippi State climbed back to #25 after their 42-16 thrashing of Kentucky. Three SEC teams are still alive for the 2015 college football playoff
T-2. Big Ten – 4 ranked teams
The Big Ten is ranked as the second best college football conference this week in a tie because the conference still has three undefeated ranked teams. Ohio State stays at #1 after walloping Rutgers 49-7 on the road. Michigan State moved up a spot to #7 after whipping Indiana 52-26. Iowa jumped two spots to #10 on their bye week and Michigan stayed at #15 also on a bye week. Why Duke is ranked at #22 and Northwestern is not in the top 25 even though the Wildcats beat Duke is a mystery. Three Big Ten teams are still alive for the college football playoff.
T-2. Big 12 – 4 ranked teams
Baylor stays at #2 this week after crushing Iowa State 45-27 but the Bears may have lost QB Seth Russell to a broken bone in his neck. TCU dropped a spot to #5 on their bye week. Oklahoma State jumped two spots to #12 after crushing Kansas 58-10. Oklahoma jumped three spots to #14 after destroying Texas Tech 63-27. When the dust settles in the Big 12 this year the conference may very well regret not having 12 teams and a conference championship game again this season but all four ranked teams are still alive for the playoff at this point.
4. AAC – 3 ranked teams
Even though the ACC has four ranked teams the AAC ranks ahead of them because the three AAC teams are all unbeaten and Houston beat Louisville, East Carolina beat Virginia Tech and Cincinnati beat Miami this season. Memphis jumped two spots this week to #16 after crushing Tulsa 66-42. Houston jumped three spots to #18 after destroying UCF 59-10 and Temple jumped one spot after beating East Carolina 24-14. If any one of the three undefeated teams from the AAC goes undefeated this season that team will be in the college football playoff.
5. ACC – 4 ranked teams
Clemson moved up three spots to #3 after crushing Miami 58-0. Florida State suffered a devastating 22-16 loss to Georgia Tech which dropped the Seminoles eight spots to #17. Clemson is really the only hope this season for the ACC getting a team into the college football playoff. For reasons unknown Duke moved up a spot to #22 after they needed four OTs to beat 3-5 Virginia Tech while Pitt moved up two spots to #23 after barely beating a bad 3-4 Syracuse team 23-20.
6. Pac 12 – 3 ranked teams
Utah dropped 10 spots to #13 after they were humiliated by a much more talented USC squad 42-24. On the plus side, Stanford jumped two spots to #8 after they beat Washington 31-14. UCLA jumped back into the top 25 at #23 after they beat Cal 40-24 and knocked Cal out of the top 25. Stanford is now the likely lone hope for a Pac 12 team making the college football playoff this season.