College Football Rankings, Week 9

Updated rankings through Week 9. These ranking are used in Ken Massey’s composite ratings.

Rankings are representative of on-field results only; no preseason information or future projections are used. As a result teams may move a lot week to week, especially early in the season.

Early Playoff Outlook

The first CFP Top 25 for 2016 will be revealed on Tuesday. Now that there are only 4 undefeated teams from Power 5 conferences (Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, Washington), it is extremely likely that these 4 will be in the first edition of the playoff field. Western Michigan is the only other undefeated FBS team, and should be featured in the first CFP poll, but history has shown that the playoff committee does not look too kindly upon G5 teams. Expect the Broncos to be in the poll, but don’t be surprised to see them ranked lower here than in the AP or coaches (or BoW) poll. It is possible that the current 4 undefeated Power 5 teams remain undefeated, as none of them will play each other in the regular season or conference championship games. However, it is very unlikely that all 4 run the table. Clemson has the clearest path after getting past their biggest hurdle on Saturday, but Alabama, Michigan, and Washington each have at least one game remaining which could trip them up.

Right now, it looks like the playoff field will be comprised of Alabama, Clemson, the winner of Michigan/Ohio State, and Washington. The Big XII likely played themselves out of a bid with losses by Baylor and West Virginia on Saturday, and the only G5 with even a sliver of a chance is Western Michigan and they’ll need a lot of outside help and favorable view from the committee to be in the conversation at the end of November.

Rank Team Conference
1 Alabama SEC
2 Clemson ACC
3 Michigan B1G
4 Ohio State B1G
5 Washington PAC12
6 Penn State B1G
7 Texas A&M SEC
8 Wisconsin B1G
9 Colorado PAC12
10 Virginia Tech ACC
11 Louisville ACC
12 Nebraska B1G
13 Auburn SEC
14 USC PAC12
15 Western Michigan MAC
16 Boise State MtnW
17 Florida SEC
18 West Virginia XII
19 Oklahoma XII
20 Tennessee SEC
21 Washington State PAC12
22 Stanford PAC12
23 North Carolina ACC
24 Oklahoma State XII
25 Utah PAC12
26 Florida State ACC
27 Troy SunBelt
28 Houston Amer
29 Baylor XII
31 Minnesota B1G
32 Pitt ACC
33 South Florida Amer
34 Appalachian State SunBelt
35 San Diego State MtnW
36 Kentucky SEC
37 Tulsa Amer
38 Wyoming MtnW
39 Arkansas SEC
40 Kansas State XII
41 California PAC12
42 Western Kentucky CUSA
43 Arizona State PAC12
44 Temple Amer
45 Georgia Tech ACC
46 Texas XII
47 Northwestern B1G
48 Middle Tennessee CUSA
49 Syracuse ACC
50 Navy Amer
51 Wake Forest ACC
52 Vanderbilt SEC
53 Louisiana Tech CUSA
54 Maryland B1G
55 Miami FL ACC
56 Georgia SEC
57 BYU Ind
58 Oregon PAC12
59 Texas Tech XII
60 North Carolina State ACC
61 Iowa B1G
62 Indiana B1G
63 Southern Miss CUSA
64 South Carolina SEC
65 Toledo MAC
66 Ole Miss SEC
67 Boston College ACC
69 Old Dominion CUSA
70 Colorado State MtnW
71 Central Florida Amer
72 SMU Amer
73 Idaho SunBelt
74 Oregon State PAC12
75 Memphis Amer
76 Army West Point Ind
78 Air Force MtnW
79 New Mexico MtnW
80 Akron MAC
81 Central Michigan MAC
82 Ohio MAC
83 South Alabama SunBelt
84 North Texas CUSA
85 Duke ACC
86 Georgia Southern SunBelt
87 Notre Dame Ind
88 Mississippi State SEC
89 Cincinnati Amer
90 East Carolina Amer
91 Eastern Michigan MAC
92 Rutgers B1G
93 Utah State MtnW
94 Illinois B1G
95 Purdue B1G
96 Michigan State B1G
97 Missouri SEC
99 Arizona PAC12
100 Arkansas State SunBelt
101 Louisiana-Lafayette SunBelt
102 Hawaii MtnW
103 Connecticut Amer
104 Georgia State SunBelt
105 Tulane Amer
106 San Jose State MtnW
107 Ball State MAC
108 New Mexico State SunBelt
109 Virginia ACC
110 Louisiana-Monroe SunBelt
111 Kent State MAC
112 Northern Illinois MAC
113 Kansas XII
114 Nevada MtnW
115 Iowa State XII
116 Miami OH MAC
117 UNLV MtnW
118 Rice CUSA
119 Texas State SunBelt
120 Charlotte CUSA
121 Marshall CUSA
122 Florida International CUSA
124 Massachusetts Ind
125 Fresno State MtnW
126 Bowling Green MAC
127 Buffalo MAC
128 Florida Atlantic CUSA


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