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
Utah Utes
1
6–0
Next week: Saturday at USC
2
Clemson Tigers
2
6–0
Last week: Beat Boston College 34–17 Next week: Saturday at Miami
3
Baylor Bears
3
6–0
Last week: Beat West Virginia 62–38 Next week: Saturday vs. Iowa State
4
LSU Tigers
4
6–0
Last week: Beat Florida 35–28 Next week: Saturday vs. Western Kentucky
5
Alabama Crimson Tide
6
6–1
Last week: Beat Texas A&M 41–23 Next week: Saturday vs. Tennessee • ELLIS: Alabama remains contender in SEC
6
TCU Horned Frogs
8
7–0
Last week: Beat Iowa State 45–21 Next week: Bye week
7
Ohio State Buckeyes
10
7–0
Last week: Beat Penn State 38–10 Next week: Saturday at Rutgers
8
Michigan State Spartans
11
7–0
Last week: Beat Michigan 27–23 Next week: Saturday vs. Indiana
9
Florida Gators
5
6–1
Last week: Lost to LSU 35–28 Next week: Bye week
10
Iowa Hawkeyes
14
7–0
Last week: Beat Northwestern 40–10 Next week: Bye week • JOHNSON: Iowa on path to B1G title game
11
Oklahoma State Cowboys
13
6–0
Last week: Bye week Next week: Saturday vs. Kansas
12
Florida State Seminoles
16
6–0
Last week: Beat Louisville 41–21 Next week: Saturday at Georgia Tech
13
Stanford Cardinal
18
5–1
Last week: Beat UCLA 56–35 Next week: Saturday vs. Washington
14
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
15
6–1
Last week: Beat USC 41–31 Next week: Bye week
15
Texas A&M Aggies
7
5–1
Last week: Lost to Alabama 41–23 Next week: Saturday at Ole Miss • ELLIS: A&M blows big chance vs. Alabama
16
Michigan Wolverines
9
5–2
Last week: Lost to Michigan State 27–23 Next week: Bye week
17
Memphis Tigers
6–0
Last week: Beat Ole Miss 37–24 Next week: Friday at Tulsa
18
Oklahoma Sooners
20
5–1
Last week: Beat Kansas State 55–0 Next week: Saturday vs. Texas Tech
19
Houston Cougars
21
6–0
Last week: Beat Tulane 42–7 Next week: Saturday at UCF
20
California Golden Bears
22
5–1
Last week: Bye week Next week: Thursday at UCLA • BECHT: Biggest takeaways from Week 7
21
Pittsburgh Panthers
5–1
Last week: Beat Georgia Tech 31–28 Next week: Saturday at Syracuse
22
Toledo Rockets
24
6–0
Last week: Beat Eastern Michigan 63–20 Next week: Saturday at UMass
23
Duke Blue Devils
25
5–1
Last week: Bye week Next week: Saturday at Virginia Tech
24
Temple Owls
6–0
Last week: Beat UCF 30–16 Next week: Thursday at East Carolina
25
Ole Miss Rebels
12
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