The Week 10 college football playoff rankings are out. Here is a ranking of the college football conferences in 2015 based upon how many teams each conference has in the rankings and where the teams from each conference are ranked.
One conference is clearly ahead of all the others this week because that conference has two more teams ranked in the college football playoff rankings than any other conference. One thing is for sure, these rankings will change plenty by the time the decision for who is in the college football playoff rolls around on December 6, 2015.
1. Big Ten – 6 ranked teams
The Big Ten leads all college football conferences with six ranked teams in the Week 10 College Football Playoff rankings poll. Ohio State is ranked #3, Iowa is ranked #5, Michigan State is #13, Michigan is #14, Northwestern is #18 and Wisconsin is now ranked #25.
Things get pretty interesting in the Big Ten over the next few weeks as Ohio State will play Michigan State and Michigan in consecutive weeks beginning on November 21st. Iowa’s road to an undefeated regular season has them playing Minnesota this week and Purdue next week followed by their regular season finale at Nebraska.
After the Cornhuskers took down previously undefeated Michigan State at home that Nebraska game could be a problem for Iowa. If both Iowa and Ohio State win their remaining three regular season games how big and how much fun will the Big Ten championship game be as two undefeated teams battle it out for the college football -playoff?
2. SEC – 4 ranked teams
The SEC is down to four ranked teams from five last week as Ole Miss lost that wild game to Arkansas in OT and dropped out of the Top 25 rankings. Alabama is now ranked at #2 after beating LSU which dropped to #9, Florida is at #11, and Mississippi State is at #17. The big game in the SEC this week is Alabama at Mississippi State. The Tide cannot let down this week after their big win last week over LSU.
3. Big 12 – 4 ranked teams
The Big 12 still has four ranked teams in the college football rankings. Baylor is at #6, Oklahoma State moved up to #9 after their big win over TCU who tumbled to #15, and Oklahoma is ranked at #12. The big game this week in the Big 12 is Oklahoma at Baylor.
You can already see that the Big 12 is in big trouble in terms of getting a team into the college football playoff. Oklahoma State is undefeated but ranked just #9 and TCU with one loss is way down to #15. If the ranked Big 12 teams keep knocking each other off the lack of a Big 12 championship game will cost the conference again. Why not add independent BYU and somebody else to get to 12 teams and have the championship game?
4. AAC – 4 ranked teams
For the first time this season the AAC has four ranked teams. Navy jumped all the way from out of the rankings to #20 after their big 45-20 win over Memphis who dropped to #21. Temple is ranked at #22 and undefeated Houston is ranked at #24. The big game this week in the AAC is Memphis at Houston.
If Houston wins they can start moving up in the ranks. The Cougars play Navy in their last regular season game on November 27. If Navy wins out this season including a win over Temple in the AAC championship game here’s how the Midshipmen can make the college football playoff.
5. ACC – 3 ranked teams
Even though Clemson is ranked as the #1 team in the country, the ACC ranks as the last conference because they only have three ranked teams. Florida State is at #16 and North Carolina makes their debut this week at #23. Clemson’s three remaining games this season are vs Syracuse, Wake Forest and South Carolina.
The Gamecocks stink this year as does Syracuse and Wake Forest. The only thing standing in the way of Clemson going undefeated is the ACC championship game which right now would be vs North Carolina. Could the Tar Heels beat Clemson? They probably have enough talent to give them a game.