Utah keeps the No. 1 spot in college football Power Rankings midway through the 2015 season.

By Colin Becht
October 19, 2015

We’re well past the point in the season where we know absolutely nothing. We’ve learned some things through seven weeks—even if what we’ve learned has only revealed more that we don’t know.

Still, as we enter the part of the season when we begin projecting College Football Playoff brackets with some serious consideration, it’s undeniable that things will change. At this point last year, the top four teams in the AP poll were Mississippi State, Florida State, Ole Miss and Baylor. Although the Seminoles held on to make the playoff, their fellow semifinalists were ranked No. 7 (Alabama), No. 9 (Oregon) and No. 13 (Ohio State).

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So we can say with some confidence that the teams that will make the playoff this year likely reside in the current top 25, possibly even the top 15—though given the shakiness nearly every team has shown this season I wouldn’t rule out teams in the low 20s. Beyond that level of certainty, not much else is clear.

On to the second half! But for now, here’s the midseason top 25:

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1
1Utah Utes
last week: 1
record: 6–0

Next week: Saturday at USC

2
2Clemson Tigers
last week: 2
record: 6–0

Last week: Beat Boston College 34–17
Next week: Saturday at Miami
3
3Baylor Bears
last week: 3
record: 6–0

Last week: Beat West Virginia 62–38
Next week: Saturday vs. Iowa State
4
4LSU Tigers
last week: 4
record: 6–0

Last week: Beat Florida 35–28
Next week: Saturday vs. Western Kentucky
5
5Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 6
record: 6–1

Last week: Beat Texas A&M 41–23
Next week: Saturday vs. Tennessee
 
6
6TCU Horned Frogs
last week: 8
record: 7–0

Last week: Beat Iowa State 45–21
Next week: Bye week
7
7Ohio State Buckeyes
last week: 10
record: 7–0

Last week: Beat Penn State 38–10
Next week: Saturday at Rutgers
8
8Michigan State Spartans
last week: 11
record: 7–0

Last week: Beat Michigan 27–23
Next week: Saturday vs. Indiana
9
9Florida Gators
last week: 5
record: 6–1

Last week: Lost to LSU 35–28
Next week: Bye week
10
10Iowa Hawkeyes
last week: 14
record: 7–0

Last week: Beat Northwestern 40–10
Next week: Bye week
 
11
11Oklahoma State Cowboys
last week: 13
record: 6–0

Last week: Bye week
Next week: Saturday vs. Kansas
12
12Florida State Seminoles
last week: 16
record: 6–0

Last week: Beat Louisville 41–21
Next week: Saturday at Georgia Tech
13
13Stanford Cardinal
last week: 18
record: 5–1

Last week: Beat UCLA 56–35
Next week: Saturday vs. Washington
14
14Notre Dame Fighting Irish
last week: 15
record: 6–1

Last week: Beat USC 41–31
Next week: Bye week
15
15Texas A&M Aggies
last week: 7
record: 5–1

Last week: Lost to Alabama 41–23
Next week: Saturday at Ole Miss
 
16
16Michigan Wolverines
last week: 9
record: 5–2

Last week: Lost to Michigan State 27–23
Next week: Bye week
17
17Memphis Tigers
last week: NR
record: 6–0

Last week: Beat Ole Miss 37–24
Next week: Friday at Tulsa
18
18Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 20
record: 5–1

Last week: Beat Kansas State 55–0
Next week: Saturday vs. Texas Tech
19
19Houston Cougars
last week: 21
record: 6–0

Last week: Beat Tulane 42–7
Next week: Saturday at UCF
20
20California Golden Bears
last week: 22
record: 5–1

Last week: Bye week
Next week: Thursday at UCLA
 
21
21Pittsburgh Panthers
last week: NR
record: 5–1

Last week: Beat Georgia Tech 31–28
Next week: Saturday at Syracuse
22
22Toledo Rockets
last week: 24
record: 6–0

Last week: Beat Eastern Michigan 63–20
Next week: Saturday at UMass
23
23Duke Blue Devils
last week: 25
record: 5–1

Last week: Bye week
Next week: Saturday at Virginia Tech
24
24Temple Owls
last week: NR
record: 6–0

Last week: Beat UCF 30–16
Next week: Thursday at East Carolina
25
25Ole Miss Rebels
last week: 12
record: 5–2

Last week: Lost to Memphis 37–24
Next week: Saturday vs. Texas A&M

Dropped out: Northwestern, UCLA, Boise State
Next five: Northwestern, North Carolina, Mississippi State, Wisconsin, UCLA

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