The week 15 college football rankings are out with Alabama and Texas at the top. The week 15 college football rankings reflect the Florida loss as well as the Clemson loss on Saturday, and have slid a few of the teams ranked below Florida above them in this latest week of rankings. The college football rankings have continued to be unkind to Boise State in week 15, as they still find themselves anchored in the #6 slot, despite winning again to finish at 13-0 and Florida losing. Florida drops only to #5 in both the AP Top 25 and the Coaches Poll, adding insult to the perfect season that Boise State just had.
One glaring note from the USA Today Poll, is that someone voted Cincinnati as the top team on one of their ballots. Both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Polls have Cincinnati down at #4 overall, but someone felt that they were the best team in the country this season. It’s possible that this voter came from the Big East, but the individual votes have not been released as of yet. Both polls also have TCU has the third ranked team in the country, with neither poll giving TCU a first place vote in the final rankings. That’s a bit of a surprise, as TCU had come on strong lately, but it means that TCU will have to settle for an at-large bid unless the computers love them in the BCS rankings.
In the AP Top 25 Alabama received 58 first place votes, with Texas receiving the other two. Over in the USA Today Poll, Alabama received 54 first place votes, Texas received four first place votes, and the last vote went to Cincinnati. It’s pretty remarkable how both poll had the same top nine teams in the exact same order, but that won’t be good news to TCU, Cincinnati, or Boise State, which all finished the 2009 season undefeated and locked out of the BCS National Championship Game. It’s one final statement that if you aren’t in a BCS conference, you aren’t going to be invited to the big dance, no matter how good you are or who you beat.
Finishing out the top 10 of the AP Top 25 was Oregon (7), Ohio State (8), Georgia Tech (9), and Iowa (10). The top ten finished slightly different for the USA Today Coaches Poll, with the ranks being Oregon, Ohio State, Penn State, and then Georgia Tech. This could throw Penn State into the mix for teams that get invited to the BCS bowls as an at-large team, but we still have to wait and see where the BCS selection committee is going to head with their Sunday night selection show.
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