Utah holds on to No. 1 spot in college football midseason Power Rankings

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

PREVIOUS: 1

RECORD: 6-0

Next week: Saturday at USC

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2. Clemson Tigers

PREVIOUS: 2

RECORD: 6-0

Last week: Beat Boston College 34–17 Next week: Saturday at Miami

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3. Baylor Bears

PREVIOUS: 3

RECORD: 6-0

Last week: Beat West Virginia 62–38 Next week: Saturday vs. Iowa State

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4. LSU Tigers

PREVIOUS: 4

RECORD: 6-0

Last week: Beat Florida 35–28 Next week: Saturday vs. Western Kentucky

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5. Alabama Crimson Tide

PREVIOUS: 6

RECORD: 6-1

Last week: Beat Texas A&M 41–23 Next week: Saturday vs. Tennessee • ELLIS: Alabama remains contender in SEC

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6. TCU Horned Frogs

PREVIOUS: 8

RECORD: 7-0

Last week: Beat Iowa State 45–21 Next week: Bye week

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7. Ohio State Buckeyes

PREVIOUS: 10

RECORD: 7-0

Last week: Beat Penn State 38–10 Next week: Saturday at Rutgers

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8. Michigan State Spartans

PREVIOUS: 11

RECORD: 7-0

Last week: Beat Michigan 27–23 Next week: Saturday vs. Indiana

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9. Florida Gators

PREVIOUS: 5

RECORD: 6-1

Last week: Lost to LSU 35–28 Next week: Bye week

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10. Iowa Hawkeyes

PREVIOUS: 14

RECORD: 7-0

Last week: Beat Northwestern 40–10 Next week: Bye week • JOHNSON: Iowa on path to B1G title game

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11. Oklahoma State Cowboys

PREVIOUS: 13

RECORD: 6-0

Last week: Bye week Next week: Saturday vs. Kansas

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12. Florida State Seminoles

PREVIOUS: 16

RECORD: 6-0

Last week: Beat Louisville 41–21 Next week: Saturday at Georgia Tech

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13. Stanford Cardinal

PREVIOUS: 18

RECORD: 5-1

Last week: Beat UCLA 56–35 Next week: Saturday vs. Washington

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14. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

PREVIOUS: 15

RECORD: 6-1

Last week: Beat USC 41–31 Next week: Bye week

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15. Texas A&M Aggies

PREVIOUS: 7

RECORD: 5-1

Last week: Lost to Alabama 41–23 Next week: Saturday at Ole Miss • ELLIS: A&M blows big chance vs. Alabama

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16. Michigan Wolverines

PREVIOUS: 9

RECORD: 5-2

Last week: Lost to Michigan State 27–23 Next week: Bye week

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17. Memphis Tigers

RECORD: 6-0

Last week: Beat Ole Miss 37–24 Next week: Friday at Tulsa

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18. Oklahoma Sooners

PREVIOUS: 20

RECORD: 5-1

Last week: Beat Kansas State 55–0 Next week: Saturday vs. Texas Tech

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19. Houston Cougars

PREVIOUS: 21

RECORD: 6-0

Last week: Beat Tulane 42–7 Next week: Saturday at UCF

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20. California Golden Bears

PREVIOUS: 22

RECORD: 5-1

Last week: Bye week Next week: Thursday at UCLA • BECHT: Biggest takeaways from Week 7

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21. Pittsburgh Panthers

RECORD: 5-1

Last week: Beat Georgia Tech 31–28 Next week: Saturday at Syracuse

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22. Toledo Rockets

PREVIOUS: 24

RECORD: 6-0

Last week: Beat Eastern Michigan 63–20 Next week: Saturday at UMass

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23. Duke Blue Devils

PREVIOUS: 25

RECORD: 5-1

Last week: Bye week Next week: Saturday at Virginia Tech

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24. Temple Owls

RECORD: 6-0

Last week: Beat UCF 30–16 Next week: Thursday at East Carolina

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25. Ole Miss Rebels

PREVIOUS: 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