The college football playoff rankings for Week 11 of the season are out. Here is a ranking of the college football conferences for Week 11 of the season based upon how many teams each conference has in the college football playoff rankings.
For the second week in a row one conference is clearly ahead of all the others because it has two more ranked teams than any other conference. The conference rankings are likely to change by the time the final college football playoff poll is released in early December but it’s interesting to see where each conference is now.
1. Big Ten – 6 ranked teams
For the second week in a row the Big Ten easily leads the conference rankings in college football with six ranked teams. At the top Ohio State stays at #3 after beating Illinois and Iowa stays at #5 after beating Minnesota. Michigan State moved up four spots to #9 after beating Maryland. Michigan jumped two spots to #12 after beating Indiana. Northwestern fell two spots to #20 after beating Purdue and Wisconsin stayed at #25.
To go undefeated in the 2015 regular season, Ohio State has to beat Michigan State this week at home and then beat Michigan in the Big House next week. Iowa has to beat Purdue at home this week and then beat Nebraska on the road next week. If both teams win out the Big Ten title game will be a lot of fun this year as the college football playoff berth will be on the line.
T-2. SEC – 4 ranked teams
The SEC stays at four ranked teams but Mississippi State is out after losing to Alabama who stays at #2 and Ole Miss jumps into the rankings at #22 even though they were on a bye week. LSU lost to Arkansas and they tumbled six spots to #15. Florida moved up three spots to #8 after beating South Carolina.
The big game this week in the SEC is LSU at Ole Miss. The winner can move up in the poll while the loser could certainly drop out of the rankings. Alabama is basically playing a practice game this week vs Charleston Southern while Florida is taking on Florida Atlantic.
T-2. Big 12 – 4 ranked teams
The Big 12 still has four ranked teams but they moved up into a tie with the SEC this week because they now have three teams ranked in the top 10. Oklahoma State moved up three spots to #6 after barely beating Iowa State. Oklahoma jumped up five spots to #7 after taking down previously undefeated Baylor who tumbled four spots to #10 after the loss. TCU tumbled down three spots to #18 after barely beating 0-10 Kansas.
The big games this week in the Big 12 are Baylor at Oklahoma State and Oklahoma at TCU. There’s a ton on the line for the Big 12 this week. If Oklahoma State and Oklahoma both lose this weekend it could very well be the end of any college football playoff hopes for any Big 12 team this season.
4. Pac-12 – 4 ranked teams
The Pac-12 now has four ranked teams in the college football playoff rankings but due to the fact that no Pac-12 team is in the top 10 the conference ranks behind the SEC and the Big 12. Stanford dropped four spots this week to #11 after they lost to Oregon who makes their debut this week in the rankings at #23. Utah, who lost in double OT to Arizona in a fun game to watch, drops three spots to #13. USC makes its debut in the playoff rankings this week at #24. The Trojans clearly have more talented players than many teams above them in the rankings.
Is the Pac-12 now out of the college football playoff picture? Most likely the conference is out but Stanford does play Notre Dame in two weeks and the Fighting Irish are ranked #4. To get into the playoff Stanford would have to beat Cal this week, Notre Dame next week and win the Pac-12 championship game and have almost every team above them falter.
5. ACC – 3 ranked teams
The ACC is holding steady with three ranked teams. Clemson remains at #1 after beating Syracuse 37-27. Syracuse stinks so Clemson is certainly a vulnerable #1 team. Florida State moved up two spots to #14 after beating North Carolina State. North Carolina jumped up six big spots to #17 after crushing Miami 59-21.
With two losses Florida State has no shot at making the college football playoff this year but what about North Carolina? The Tar Heels lost in Week 1 of the season to South Carolina but have since won nine straight games. If North Carolina beat Virginia Tech this week and North Carolina State next week and then beat a #1 ranked Clemson team in the ACC championship game could they make the playoff?
6. AAC – 3 ranked teams
The bloom has come off the rose for the AAC conference this year. The conference is down to three ranked teams from four after Temple got crushed 44-23 by South Florida and dropped out of the rankings. The good news is that Navy jumped up four spots to #16 after they crushed SMU. Houston jumped up five big spots to #19 after they beat Memphis 35-34 in a thriller. The Tigers stayed at #21 despite the loss.
The big game remaining for the AAC this year is Navy at Houston on November 27, 2015. If Houston beats UConn this week the winner of the Navy vs Houston game will still be alive for the college football playoff while the loser will be out. Realistically, though, Temple’s loss last week probably ruined any college football playoff hopes for the AAC. If Temple could have remained ranked then Houston or Navy could have won another needed game over a ranked team in the AAC championship game.