Power Ranking All 124 CFB Teams
It is hard to believe, but the college football season is almost over. While it feels the season just started yesterday, we are heading into the final week and will be treated to some outstanding conference title games.
This past week, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish punched their ticket to the national title game, and the winner of the SEC title game between Alabama and Georgia will be joining Notre Dame in Miami.
Before conference title games get underway, here is a look at this week's power rankings.
No. 124- No. 85
No. 124: Southern Miss
No. 123: Massachusetts
No. 122: Idaho
No. 121: New Mexico State
No. 120: Akron
No. 119: Colorado
No. 118: Kansas
No. 117: South Alabama
No. 116: UNLV
No. 115: Hawaii
No. 114: Kentucky
No. 113: Eastern Michigan
No. 112: Army
No. 111: Tulane
No. 110: Illinois
No. 109: Boston College
No. 108: Texas State
No. 107: FIU
No. 106: Florida Atlantic
No. 105: Washington State
No. 104: UTEP
No. 103: UAB
No. 102: Cal
No. 101: South Florida
No. 100: North Texas
No. 99: Auburn
No. 98: New Mexico
No. 97: Arkansas
No. 96: Colorado State
No. 95: Wyoming
No. 94: Western Michigan
No. 93: Miami (OH)
No. 92: Buffalo
No. 91: Memphis
No. 90: Indiana
No. 89: Temple
No. 88: Iowa
No. 87: Virginia
No. 86: Maryland
No. 85: Troy
No. 84- No. 51
No. 84: Tennessee
No. 83: Utah
No. 82: Missouri
No. 81: Houston
No. 80: Marshall
No. 79: Pitt
No. 78: Wake Forest
No. 77: Connecticut
No. 76: Ole Miss
No. 75: Western Kentucky
No. 74: Central Michigan
No. 73: Georgia Tech
No. 72: Iowa State
No. 71: Minnesota
No. 70: Rice
No. 69: Air Force
No. 68: SMU
No. 67: Purdue
No. 66: Baylor
No. 65: Michigan State
No. 64: Duke
No. 63: West Virginia
No. 62: Virginia Tech
No. 61: East Carolina
No. 60: BYU
No. 59: Miami
No. 58: Navy
No. 57: Nevada
No. 56: Louisiana Lafayette
No. 55: UTSA
No. 54: NC State
No. 53: Syracuse
No. 52: Texas Tech
No. 51: Wisconsin
No. 50: Ohio
After a 7-0 start, it appeared that the Bobcats were on their way to a special season. The following week, the collapse began as Ohio lost four of its next five games.
For an offense that seemed to be clicking on all cylinders, the Bobcats struggled down the stretch and saw their outstanding season vanish.
No. 49: Washington
Washington was riding high coming into this past weekend's game but saw its season come to a rough end as the Huskies lost an overtime game to rival Washington State.
With the loss, the Huskies dropped to 7-5 and will need to bounce back and finish strong during the bowl season.
No. 48: Louisiana Monroe
The final record for Louisiana Monroe is 8-4, and the Warhawks had an up-and-down season throughout. After the promising start they had, many believed they could win the Sun Belt, but back-to-back conference losses dropped them out of contention.
No. 47: UCF
UCF finished the season 9-3, and the team is heading to the Conference USA title game and will play Tulsa. These two teams faced off a couple of weeks ago and played a close game that the Knights lost, so they will have to figure out how to be more effective the second time around.
No. 46: Tulsa
After an outstanding season, Tulsa is heading to the Conference USA title game and will be taking on UCF. Throughout the year, the Golden Hurricanes' offense and defense have been able to show outstanding balance and will be a tough matchup for UCF.
No. 45: Bowling Green
With the Bowling Green season now over, the Falcons finished the year 8-4 and finished toward the top of the MAC. Throughout the year, the Bowling Green defense was able to help this team close out wins, but the offense often came up short in big games.
No. 44: Middle Tennessee
Surprisingly, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are finishing up a strong season and are tied for first in the Sun Belt Conference. This week, they are taking on Arkansas State, and the winner of the matchup will be the conference champion.
No. 43: Louisiana Tech
Two weeks ago, Louisiana Tech had a shot at the WAC title, but now the Bulldogs find themselves on the outside looking in. The Bulldogs dropped a huge game to the Utah State Aggies, and then followed it up by stumbling against San Jose State.
No. 42: Toledo
After a promising start to the season, Toledo stumbled down the stretch as it lost two out of its last three games. While the offense did a great job in most games, the defense routinely let the team down in big spots and was the biggest reason the team came up short in the MAC.
No. 41: Arizona State
Arizona State managed to salvage its season with two straight wins to end it, including a win over Arizona to claim the Territorial Cup.
With the win, the Sun Devils finished the regular season with a 7-5 record, and it will be interesting to see if Todd Graham remains with the program, as his past has shown he is quick to move.
No. 40: North Carolina
The first season for Larry Fedora was okay at North Carolina, as the Tar Heels went 8-4 on the year. Overall, the offense was great this season, but the defense let them down in key games and in big moments, ultimately leading to the four losses.
No. 39: Mississippi State
With an 8-3 record heading into their game against rival Ole Miss, Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs were one win away from putting an exclamation point on a solid year. The season came to end on a bad note as they lost to the Rebels.
This loss was Mullen's first in this rivalry, something he vowed would never happen.
No. 38: Ball State
While it will not be heading to the MAC title game, Ball State has a lot to be happy about as the Cardinals just finished up a 9-3 season.
With teams like Kent State and Northern Illinois stepping up this year, it will be interesting to see if Ball State can keep things rolling into next year in what is now a loaded Mid-American Conference.
No. 37: Arizona
A 7-5 record and a loss to Arizona State to end the year was not what fans had in mind when Rich Rodriguez took over the Wildcats program.
Throughout the year, the Wildcats have had one of the nation's worst defenses but one of the best offenses, a trait that has followed Rodriguez from Michigan.
No. 36: Cincinnati
The entire Big East is in a holding pattern until it sees what Rutgers does against Louisville this coming week.
Cincinnati has had a strong season, currently 8-3, and while it's seemingly out of the conference title race, a win over Connecticut would give it a nine-win season and a solid end to the year.
No. 35: USC
Coming into this season, USC had hopes of winning the Pac-12 title and heading to the national title game. What happened this year was far from those hopes.
After already being out of the Pac-12 and national title races, USC lost Matt Barkley for its game against Notre Dame and could not slow down the Irish.
No. 34: Arkansas State
For Arkansas State, everything comes down to this coming week as it holds a tie for the Sun Belt lead and will face the team it's tied with, Middle Tennessee State
With a lot riding on this week's game, the Red Wolves need a solid performance from their offense if they want to wrap up a conference title.
No. 33: Fresno State
The Mountain West Conference has featured some strong teams this year, and one of those teams is Fresno State. The Bulldogs are 9-3 and were able to finish strong with a five-game winning streak.
No. 32: San Diego State
Early on in 2012, it looked like San Diego State would struggle, but quickly the Aztecs (9-3) got things turned around.
To finish the year, San Diego State won seven straight games and did so with a strong effort from both sides of the ball.
No. 31: Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt truly found a way to get its season turned around. Midway through the year, the Commodores were 2-4. After that midway point, they turned things around and managed to rattle off six straight wins and finish with a strong 8-4 record.
No. 30: Rutgers
With things as complicated as ever in the Big East, Rutgers got upset this past week by Pittsburgh 27-6.
Throughout the year, the Scarlet Knights have leaned on their defense and will need them to step back up this week against Louisville.
No. 29: Penn State
After all of the offseason distractions and transfers, the Penn State Nittany Lions still found a way to put together an eight-win season.
Much like last year, Penn State lived and died with its defense, but ultimately the lack of depth hurt this team all year long.
No. 28: TCU
While 7-4 may not seem that great, in their first season in the Big 12 the Horned Frogs have shown that they can compete but will need to make vast improvements in the offseason if they want Big 12 glory.
They earned a nice win over Texas last week and have a new challenge this weekend as Oklahoma comes to town.
No. 27: Louisville
After a 9-0 start to the year, the wheels have come falling off for the Louisville Cardinals. In consecutive weeks, the Cardinals have lost conference games, and this past week's loss hurts as they dropped an overtime game to Connecticut.
No. 26: Michigan
Going into the game, Michigan knew that it could not win its division because Nebraska had won the day before. While this may have been true, the Wolverines rarely need a motive to want to beat Ohio State.
While the game was close at half, it was clear that the Buckeyes made good halftime adjustments and kept the Wolverines at bay in the second half.
No. 25: San Jose State
While it may have come up short of a WAC title, 10-2 is a great season for San Jose State. With the success that the Spartans had this year, they will certainly be able to build off of this and hopefully remain in conference contention for years to come.
No. 24: Boise State
With still a game remaining, the Broncos may be having a down year but still have a shot at a 10-win season if they can earn a win over Nevada in the final week of the regular season.
The key this season has been the offense. When the Broncos get some help from their offense, the defense has been more than good enough to deliver a win.
No. 23: Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State (7-4) suffered a tough loss this past weekend. With a lead late in the game, the Cowboys gave up a game-tying touchdown with less than 10 seconds remaining.
To make things worse, the Cowboys only managed a field goal in overtime and lost when the Sooners put the ball in the end zone.
No. 22: Texas
Despite its loss to TCU this past weekend, Texas has still had an impressive season, and it has a chance to play spoiler this week against Kansas State.
Oklahoma will be rooting for Texas this week because if the Longhorns beat the Wildcats, the Sooners would win the conference with a win against TCU.
No. 21: Northwestern
Not many people saw this coming, especially after the loss of Dan Persa, but with their win this past week the Wildcats finished the season with nine wins.
Now that the regular season is over, it will be interesting to see whether Northwestern can finally bring its bowl-win drought to an end.
No. 20: Utah State
After its huge win over Louisiana Tech, Utah State wrapped up the WAC title this past weekend with a win over Idaho.
While the offense has performed well, the Aggies defense was the difference this year, as they went 10-2.
No. 19: Kent State
Kent State is on its way to the MAC title game, but before heading there it turned in an impressive performance against Ohio, holding the Bobcats to only six points.
If the Golden Flashes hope to have the same kind of success against Northern Illinois, then their defense must play even better than it did this past week.
No. 18: Northern Illinois
After an 11-1 season, the Northern Illinois Huskies are heading back to the MAC title game, and this year they will be taking on Kent State.
The Huskies offense has been flying, so as long as they can continue to get a solid effort out of their defense, the Huskies should be fine.
No. 17: Oregon State
While the start of the season was strong for Oregon State, the way that it finished was not. This past week, the Beavers lost their fifth straight Civil War to Oregon.
The Beavers cannot figure out how to slow down the Ducks offense.
No. 16: UCLA
Not sure if the decision weighed on their mind, but after an Oregon win on Saturday, the Bruins knew a win would mean a trip to Autzen while a loss would result in a rematch with Stanford.
Either way, the Bruins were dominated at home by the Cardinal and will now see them again on Friday for the Pac-12 title.
No. 15: Clemson
Clemson fell short of both of its goals this year, including another ACC title and shot at the national title. A loss to South Carolina was not the way it wanted to finish the season up.
No. 14: Nebraska
It may not have been pretty, but the Cornhuskers were able to take down Iowa and punch their ticket to the Big Ten title game.
Down the stretch, Nebraska played well and showed that it had the ability to close out some close games.
No. 13: Florida State
Florida State had a 20-13 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but the wheels fell off as Florida scored 24 unanswered points and knocked out EJ Manuel in the process.
After the 37-26 loss, the Seminoles will still be heading to the ACC title game.
No. 12: Oklahoma
Oklahoma was able to come back late in the game this past week and earn a victory over rival Oklahoma State. The game went to overtime, but the Sooners were able to score a touchdown after the Cowboys put up a field goal.
The season comes to an end this week when the Sooners take on TCU with a shot at a conference title still alive.
No. 11: South Carolina
After back-to-back losses to LSU and Florida in the middle of the season, South Carolina bounced back with four straight wins.
This past weekend, the Gamecocks were able to contain Clemson and held them to 17 points. The effort helped them finish with a 10-win season.
No. 10: Texas A&M
No team finished the year stronger than Texas A&M, and the win this past weekend will give the team plenty of momentum as it heads into its bowl game this year.
As teams begin to prepare for the bowl season, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel may be preparing a speech for a prestigious trophy of his own.
No. 9: LSU
Despite how close its game was against Arkansas, LSU came away with the win and finished the season strong.
Coming into the year, LSU had aspirations of repeating as SEC champions but came up short due to a home loss to Alabama.
No. 8: Stanford
After a huge win on the road over Oregon, Stanford remained focused and finished the job by beating UCLA on the road to clinch the Pac-12 North title.
With the win, Stanford will face UCLA again this week for the Pac-12 title, but this time it will be at Stanford Stadium.
No. 7: Kansas State
With Oklahoma's win over Oklahoma State this past weekend, the Wildcats know that they need to take care of business this week against Texas.
After a strong season, the Wildcats need to make sure they finish just as strong or this season will have been for nothing.
No. 6: Ohio State
Despite the sanctions that will keep them out of postseason play, Ohio State ended the season with a 12-0 record and sent a message to the Big Ten for next year.
After one great season with the Buckeyes, it is clear that Urban Meyer is the right choice and will have the Buckeyes in the thick of things next year.
No. 5: Florida
Florida continues to climb the rankings, and with its win over Florida State to end the year, the Gators are in a great position despite not playing in the SEC title game.
While being on the outside looking in, the Gators will be playing in a BCS game.
No. 4: Georgia
The Bulldogs made sure that they were not looking ahead to the SEC title game and took care of their game against Georgia Tech.
Now that the regular season is out of the way, the Bulldogs also have a shot of going to the national title game but will need to take down the Tide for the SEC title.
No. 3: Oregon
After their stunning loss to Stanford, the Ducks returned to their scoring ways by rolling over Oregon State to win their fifth straight game in the rivalry.
With the win, Oregon is still left out of the Pac-12 title game but will likely still be heading to its fourth straight BCS bowl game.
No. 2: Alabama
Alabama got ready for the SEC title game by putting a beating on rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl. With the win, the Tide will head to the SEC title game on a high note and are a win over Georgia away from heading back to the national championship game.
No. 1: Notre Dame
Notre Dame completed the dream regular season by going on the road and taking down USC. The defense has been spectacular this year, and now the Irish will turn their focus to the national championship and await their opponent.