AP College Football Poll 2020: Week 15 Top 25 Rankings Announced

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2020

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) runs for gain during an NCAA college football game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
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The top teams in college football continued to prove themselves over the weekend, but there was still some movement in the latest Associated Press poll. 

Alabama and Notre Dame remain on top going into Week 15 after blowout victories, although losses by BYU and Wisconsin caused some shifts in the middle of the rankings with time running out in the 2020 season.

Here is the latest Top 25 with only two more weeks remaining before the final College Football Playoff rankings.


AP Poll

1. Alabama

2. Notre Dame

3. Ohio State

4. Clemson

5. Texas A&M

6. Florida

7. Cincinnati

8. Indiana

9. Miami (Florida)

10. Iowa State

11. Coastal Carolina

12. Georgia

13. Oklahoma

14. BYU

15. Northwestern

16. USC

17. Louisiana-Lafayette

18. Tulsa

19. Iowa

20. North Carolina

21. Colorado

22. Liberty

23. Texas

24. Buffalo

25. Wisconsin


No one would have expected it coming into the season, but Coastal Carolina and BYU were involved in arguably the biggest game of Week 14.

The late addition to the schedule created a matchup of undefeated Group of Five teams trying to impress voters with a resume-building win.

The result was a low-scoring battle in which BYU quarterback Zach Wilson was mostly kept in check. The Cougars had one last shot at a win but were stopped just before the goal line on the final play:

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Coastal Carolina edges out BYU to stay undefeated 👀 (via @CFBONFOX) https://t.co/zZsWNqtb2t

CJ Marable rushed for 132 yards and two scores as the Chanticleers improved to 10-0, moving up to No. 11 in the latest rankings.

BYU fell from No. 8 to No. 14, ruining any hope of earning a playoff spot in the process. 

The Big Ten featured another matchup of highly touted teams as Indiana survived a 14-6 battle against Wisconsin. The Hoosiers now sit at No. 8 in the rankings, while the Badgers are left to wonder "What if?" after a 2-0 start.

There was little drama at the top of the rankings, with Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Clemson all winning by at least 20.

Alabama ran up the score on rival LSU with a 55-17 win, featuring an outstanding performance from DeVonta Smith. The receiver finished with 231 receiving yards and three scores, most of it coming in the first half:

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DEVONTA SMITH IS UNREAL 🔥 (via @CBSSports) https://t.co/wWmEEznvVI

Justin Fields also lit up the box score for Ohio State, totaling 199 passing yards, 104 rushing yards and four scores.

Texas A&M faced the toughest challenge among the title contenders in a competitive one against Auburn. Tigers quarterback Bo Nix kept the game close, including one of the most impressive individual plays of the day:

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Bo Nix with the most absurd play of the day 😱 (via @SECNetwork) https://t.co/8afMPw9063

The Aggies still came through with a 31-20 win thanks to a physical performance from both the offensive and defensive lines. It was enough to stay in the playoff hunt and strengthened an impressive resume that includes a win over Florida.

Week 15 will give No. 7 Cincinnati a chance to impress voters with a matchup against Tulsa, while Ohio State will try to build its profile with a game against Michigan.


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