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College football rankings reactions heading into Week 15

The BYU-Coastal Carolina game was a ton of fun, but it did more harm to the loser than good for the winner in the poll this week.

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers players Tyler Wagner, DE Tarron Jackson and Brayden Matts head toward the locker room at halftime during game featuring the Texas State Bobcats and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers on November 28, 2020 at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, TX. Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Things were mostly copasetic at the top of both polls, with only Texas A&M moving up one slot to fifth and Florida down one to sixth in the Coaches Poll. It likely won’t matter much however, as the Florida Gators will face the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship and have a chance to move widely based on that game.

The other big team to take a hit was the Wisconsin Badgers, who fell to the Indiana Hoosiers 14-6 despite being a two touchdown favorite. Indiana moved up two spots in both polls; to eighth in the AP and ninth in the Coaches. But somehow 2-2 Wisconsin continues to be a Top 25 team: They fell seven AP spots and six Coaches places, but both polls have them as the #25 team in America still.

Finally the BYU Cougars took a chance and lost, losing six spots in the AP an eight in the Coaches for taking on the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers on short notice across the country and falling 22-17. And for the win Coastal didn’t get so much credit either: They moved up three spots in the AP and just one in the Coaches sample for beating a Top 10 team on several days notice.

Here are the college football rankings for December 6th and heading into Week 15.

AP Poll

AP Poll Week 15

Ranking Team Record Points Movement
Ranking Team Record Points Movement
1 Alabama 9-0 1550 -
2 Notre Dame 10-0 1482 -
3 Ohio State 5-0 1407 -
4 Clemson 9-1 1387 -
5 Texas A&M 7-1 1274 -
6 Florida 8-1 1233 -
7 Cincinnati 8-0 1204 -
8 Indiana 6-1 1047 +2
9 Miami 8-1 1039 -
10 Iowa State 8-2 947 +2
11 Coastal Carolina 10-0 923 +3
12 Georgia 6-2 914 -1
13 Oklahoma 7-2 837 -
14 Brigham Young 9-1 713 -6
15 Northwestern 5-1 647 -1
16 USC 3-0 624 -1
17 Louisiana-Lafayette 9-1 560 -3
18 Tulsa 6-1 444 -4
19 Iowa 5-2 424 -5
20 North Carolina 7-3 306 -
21 Colorado 4-0 253 -
22 Liberty 9-1 191 +3
23 Texas 6-3 164 -
24 Buffalo 4-0 145 -
25 Wisconsin 2-2 115 -7

Coaches Poll

Week 15 Coaches Poll

Ranking Team (1st place votes) Record Points Movement
Ranking Team (1st place votes) Record Points Movement
1 Alabama(59) 9-0 1547 -
2 Notre Dame(2) 10-0 1479 -
3 Clemson 9-1 1395 -
4 Ohio State(1) 5-0 1387 -
5 Texas A&M 7-1 1266 +1
6 Florida 8-1 1258 -1
7 Cincinnati 8-0 1172 -
8 Miami 8-1 1050 +1
9 Indiana 6-1 1000 +2
10 Georgia 6-2 987 -
11 Iowa State 8-2 958 +1
12 Oklahoma 7-2 860 +1
13 Coastal Carolina 10-0 838 +1
14 Northwestern 5-1 683 +3
15 USC 3-0 615 +1
16 BYU 9-1 598 -8
17 Louisiana 9-1 500 +4
18 Iowa 5-2 396 +6
19 Tulsa 6-1 394 +6
20 North Carolina 7-3 370 NR
21 Liberty 9-1 185 +4
22 Colorado 4-0 178 NR
23 Texas 6-3 161 NR
24 NC State 8-3 154 NR
25 Wisconsin 2-2 124 -6