Oklahoma moves into the top four of SI.com's college football power rankings after week 13.

By Colin Becht
December 01, 2015

The 2015 regular season is in the books, so let’s take a quick look back before championship Saturday settles the College Football Playoff picture.

Only four teams held the No. 1 spot this season. Ohio State started with it before Michigan State took over. Utah claimed the top ranking after Week 4, but the Utes’ Week 8 loss to USC allowed Clemson to move up. The Tigers have held it ever since.

Among teams in the current top four, Iowa began the season unranked and didn’t enter the top 25 until after Week 5. Oklahoma dropped to No. 20 after its loss to Texas before climbing back into the playoff field. When Alabama fell to Ole Miss and followed that up with a shaky offensive performance against Louisiana-Monroe, the Crimson Tide sunk to No. 14. And Clemson bottomed at No. 13 before its victory over Notre Dame shot it back up.

A lot changes over the course of 13 weeks, as the path of each of the top four teams illustrates. That’s what makes this fun.

1
Clemson Tigers
1
12–0
Last week: Beat South Carolina 37-32Next week: Saturday vs. North Carolina
2
Alabama Crimson Tide
2
11–1
Last week: Beat Auburn 29-13Next week: Saturday vs. Florida
3
Oklahoma Sooners
6
11–1
Last week: Beat Oklahoma State 58-23Next week: No game
4
Iowa Hawkeyes
3
12–0
Last week: Beat Nebraska 28-20Next week: Saturday vs. Michigan State
5
Michigan State Spartans
4
11–1
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6
Ohio State Buckeyes
9
11–1
Last week: Beat Michigan 42-13 Next week: No game
7
Stanford Cardinal
13
10–2
Last week: Beat Notre Dame 38-36Next week: Saturday vs. USC
8
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
5
10–2
Last week: Lost to Stanford 38-36 Next week: No game
9
TCU Horned Frogs
16
10–2
Last week: Beat Baylor 28-21 in 2OT Next week: No game
10
Baylor Bears
7
10–2
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11
North Carolina Tar Heels
12
11–1
Last week: Beat North Carolina State 45-34 Next week: Saturday vs. Clemson
12
Oklahoma State Cowboys
8
10–2
Last week: Lost to Oklahoma 58-23 Next week: No game
13
Northwestern Wildcats
14
10–2
Last week: Beat Illinois 24-14 Next week: No game
14
Florida State Seminoles
17
10–2
Last week: Beat Florida 27-2 Next week: No game
15
Florida Gators
10
10–2
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16
Ole Miss Rebels
19
9–3
Last week: Beat Mississippi State 38-27 Next week: No game
17
Oregon Ducks
18
9–3
Last week: Beat Oregon State 52-42 Next week: No game
18
Houston Cougars
21
11–1
Last week: Beat Navy 52-31 Next week: Saturday vs. Temple
19
Michigan Wolverines
11
9–3
Last week: Lost to Ohio State 42-13 Next week: No game
20
Temple Owls
22
10–2
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21
Navy Midshipmen
15
9–2
Last week: Lost to Houston 52-31 Next week: No game
22
LSU Tigers
23
8–3
Last week: Beat Texas A&M 19-7 Next week: No game
23
Utah Utes
9–3
Last week: Beat Colorado 20-14 Next week: No game
24
Wisconsin Badgers
9–3
Last week: Beat Minnesota 31-21 Next week: No game
25
Memphis Tigers
9–3
Last week: Beat SMU 63-0 Next week: No game

Dropped out: Toledo, Washington State, UCLA
Next five: USC, Georgia, Toledo, Western Kentucky, UCLA

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