If you were wondering how big Stanford’s game-winning field goal to defeat Notre Dame, all you have to do is look at the release of the College Football Top 25 Coaches Poll on Sunday.
Due to Stanford’s two point win, the Cardinal moved up five spots to No.7 in the country. More importantly, they remained alive for one of the four College Football Playoff spots. However, the Fighting Irish dropped six spots to No.10, and their College Football Playoff hopes were dashed. With one kick, the fortunes of each team changed the course of the 2015 season. However, they weren’t the only teams battling on the final day of the regular season.
The top three teams remained the same in the Coaches Poll, but they all have one more game. The No.1 Clemson Tigers survived a battle with the South Carolina Gamecocks. Meanwhile, the No.2 Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Auburn Tigers. The surprise of the bunch continues to be the No.3 Iowa Hawkeyes. They completed an undefeated regular season by beating Nebraska on Friday. Despite their lofty rankings, none of these teams are locks for the College Football Playoff.
However, the No.4 Oklahoma Sooners might be the only sure thing as we head into the conference championship games. The Sooners are done with their season, and they even received a pair of first place votes. Will they be in the Top 4 after next week?
The No.5 Michigan State Spartans moved up one spot. They earned the Big Ten East title, and will face the Hawkeyes in the Big Ten championship game. The No.6 Ohio State Buckeyes are right behind the Spartans.
The No.8 North Carolina Tarheels and No.9 Florida State Seminoles round out the Top 10. If they were able to pull the upset over Clemson in the ACC title game, the Tarheels could move all the way up into the Top 4.
Here’s the entire Top 25 Coaches Poll.
1. Clemson (first place votes — 58)
2. Alabama (8)
3. Iowa (1)
4. Oklahoma (2)
5. Michigan State
6. Ohio State
8. North Carolina
9. Florida State
10. Notre Dame
14. Oklahoma State
17. Ole Miss