College Football Top 128, Final Pre-Bowl Edition

If we were picking the four best teams in the country right now to play in the College Football Playoff, my top four would be Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Penn State, in that order. I would actually pick Oklahoma over Clemson, because the Sooners dared to play a couple of difficult non-conference games early in the season. Yes, the Tigers beat Auburn on opening day, but then later laid an egg against unranked Pittsburgh. In all honesty, at least six teams have a viable claim on the third and fourth slots in the playoff – Oklahoma, Penn State, Clemson, Washington, Western Michigan and Michigan. And that reveals what I’ve said all along – that a four-team playoff will never be expansive enough to crown a true national champion in the Football Bowl Subdivision. But now it’s all down to a small committee that will decide which four teams to include. Don’t be surprised at any of the teams that wind up playing for the title – this committee is capable of anything, including getting it right (or completely wrong).

Rank Team (APR) W L Last Week Last
1 Alabama (23) 13 0 Beat Florida, 54-16 1
2 Ohio State (43) 11 1 Regular season complete 2
3 Oklahoma (90) 10 2 Beat Oklahoma State, 38-20 3
4 Penn State (76) 11 2 Beat Wisconsin, 38-31 6
5 Clemson (11) 12 1 Beat Virginia Tech, 42-35 7
6 Washington (35) 12 1 Beat Colorado, 41-10 9
7 Western Michigan (70) 13 0 Beat Ohio, 26-20 5
8 Wisconsin (4) 10 3 Lost to Penn State, 38-31 4
9 Florida State (109) 9 3 Regular season complete 10
10 Michigan (7) 10 2 Regular season complete 11
11 USC (79) 9 3 Regular season complete 12
12 Oklahoma State (106) 9 3 Lost to Oklahoma, 38-20 8
13 LSU (117) 7 4 Regular season complete 15
14 West Virginia (111) 10 2 Beat Baylor, 24-21 19
15 Temple (42) 10 3 Beat Navy, 34-10 23
16 Virginia Tech (57) 9 4 Lost to Clemson, 42-35 16
17 Colorado (59) 10 3 Lost to Washington, 41-10 13
18 USF (82) 10 2 Regular season complete 18
19 Stanford (12) 9 3 Regular season complete 20
20 Houston (114) 9 3 Regular season complete 21
21 Auburn (15) 8 4 Regular season complete 22
22 Iowa (44) 8 4 Regular season complete 24
23 Miami (Fla.) (66) 8 4 Regular season complete 25
24 Navy (17) 9 3 Lost to Temple, 34-10 14
25 Florida (24) 8 4 Lost to Alabama, 54-16 17
26 Kansas State (29) 8 4 Beat TCU, 30-6 30
27 Nebraska (20) 9 3 Regular season complete 26
28 Pittsburgh (51) 8 4 Regular season complete 27
29 Boise State (16) 10 2 Regular season complete 28
30 BYU (93) 8 4 Regular season complete 29
31 Louisville (19) 9 3 Regular season complete 31
32 Tennessee (84) 8 4 Regular season complete 32
33 Washington State (67) 8 4 Regular season complete 33
34 North Carolina (97) 8 4 Regular season complete 34
35 Memphis (60) 8 4 Regular season complete 35
36 Air Force (9) 9 3 Regular season complete 36
37 Georgia Tech (8) 8 4 Regular season complete 38
38 Appalachian State (71) 9 3 Regular season complete 39
39 Arkansas (96) 7 5 Regular season complete 40
40 Western Kentucky (102) 10 3 Beat Louisiana Tech, 58-44 45
41 Utah (14) 8 4 Regular season complete 41
42 Texas A&M (63) 8 4 Regular season complete 42
43 Toledo (13) 9 3 Regular season complete 44
44 Minnesota (3) 8 4 Regular season complete 46
45 Tulsa (113) 8 4 Regular season complete 47
46 Northwestern (2) 6 6 Regular season complete 48
47 Vanderbilt (5) 6 6 Regular season complete 49
48 Georgia (74) 7 5 Regular season complete 50
49 TCU (126) 6 6 Lost to Kansas State, 30-6 37
50 San Diego State 10 3 Beat Wyoming, 27-24 56
51 Notre Dame (30) 4 8 Regular season complete 51
52 Kentucky (100) 7 5 Regular season complete 52
53 Colorado State (91) 7 5 Regular season complete 53
54 New Mexico (98) 8 4 Regular season complete 54
55 Indiana (22) 6 6 Regular season complete 55
56 Arkansas State (99) 7 5 Beat Texas State, 36-14 58
57 Old Dominion (94) 9 3 Regular season complete 60
58 Troy (122) 9 3 Lost to Georgia Southern, 28-24 43
59 Wyoming (86) 8 5 Lost to San Diego State, 27-24 57
60 Louisiana Tech (127) 8 4 Lost to Western Kentucky, 58-44 59
61 California (77) 5 7 Regular season complete 61
62 Baylor (52) 6 6 Lost to West Virginia, 24-21 62
63 Ohio (68) 8 5 Lost to Western Michigan, 29-23 63
64 Boston College (21) 6 6 Regular season complete 64
65 Maryland (28) 6 6 Regular season complete 65
66 NC State (54) 6 6 Regular season complete 66
67 Mississippi State (41) 5 7 Regular season complete 67
68 Texas Tech (118) 5 7 Regular season complete 68
69 Southern Miss (88) 6 6 Regular season complete 69
70 Eastern Michigan (105) 7 5 Regular season complete 70
71 Louisiana-Lafayette (101) 6 6 Beat ULM, 30-3 74
72 Ole Miss (81) 5 7 Regular season complete 71
73 Texas (45) 5 7 Regular season complete 72
74 Missouri (26) 4 8 Regular season complete 73
75 UCLA (39) 4 8 Regular season complete 75
76 UTSA (85) 6 6 Regular season complete 76
77 Miami (Ohio) (53) 6 6 Regular season complete 77
78 Arizona State (75) 5 7 Regular season complete 78
79 Oregon State (103) 4 8 Regular season complete 79
80 Oregon (56) 4 8 Regular season complete 80
81 Duke (1) 4 8 Regular season complete 81
82 South Carolina (40) 6 6 Regular season complete 82
83 Central Michigan (62) 6 6 Regular season complete 83
84 Northern Illinois (48) 5 7 Regular season complete 84
85 Middle Tennessee (31) 8 4 Regular season complete 85
86 Idaho (128) 8 4 Beat Georgia State, 37-12 89
87 Army (6) 6 5 OFF 86
88 Wake Forest (61) 6 6 Regular season complete 87
89 UCF (13) 6 6 Regular season complete 88
90 Georgia Southern (119) 5 7 Beat Troy, 28-24 98
91 Michigan State (25) 4 8 Regular season complete 90
92 SMU (110) 5 7 Regular season complete 91
93 North Texas (10) 5 7 Regular season complete 92
94 Bowling Green (92) 4 8 Regular season complete 93
95 Syracuse (36) 4 8 Regular season complete 94
96 Iowa State (80) 3 9 Regular season complete 95
97 Hawaii (46) 6 7 Regular season complete 96
98 Purdue (58) 3 9 Regular season complete 97
99 Arizona (89) 3 9 Regular season complete 99
100 Nevada (104) 5 7 Regular season complete 100
101 UTEP (37) 4 8 Regular season complete 101
102 South Alabama (108) 6 6 Beat New Mexico State, 35-28 107
103 Cincinnati (65) 4 8 Regular season complete 102
104 UNLV (124) 4 8 Regular season complete 103
105 Virginia (34) 2 10 Regular season complete 104
106 San Jose State (69) 4 8 Regular season complete 105
107 Akron (107) 5 7 Regular season complete 106
108 FIU (121) 4 8 Regular season complete 108
109 Tulane (49) 4 8 Regular season complete 110
110 Rice (32) 3 9 Regular season complete 111
111 Kansas (123) 2 10 Regular season complete 112
112 Charlotte (87) 4 8 Regular season complete 113
113 Illinois (18) 3 9 Regular season complete 114
114 Georgia State (112) 3 9 Lost to Idaho, 37-12 109
115 Kent State (72) 3 9 Regular season complete 116
116 Marshall (47) 3 9 Regular season complete 117
117 Connecticut (55) 3 9 Regular season complete 118
118 ULM (65) 4 8 Lost to Louisiana-Lafayette, 30-6 115
119 Utah State (27) 3 9 Regular season complete 119
120 Ball State (83) 4 8 Regular season complete 120
121 East Carolina (115) 3 9 Regular season complete 121
122 New Mexico State (125) 3 9 Lost to South Alabama, 35-28 122
123 Buffalo (50) 2 10 Regular season complete 123
124 Rutgers (38) 2 10 Regular season complete 124
125 FAU (116) 3 9 Regular season complete 125
126 Massachusetts (120) 2 10 Regular season complete 127
127 Texas State (73) 2 10 Lost to Arkansas State, 36-14 126
128 Fresno State (95) 1 11 Regular season complete 128

Copyright © 2016 Doug DeBolt
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About Doug DeBolt

Capnpen is a writer who was a newspaper and magazine journalist in a previous life. A college journalism major, he now works as an administrator, but gets his writing fix by blogging about a variety of topics, including politics, religion, movies and television. When he's not working or blogging, Capnpen spends time with his family, plays a little golf (badly) and loves to learn about virtually anything.
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