As the first FBS team in 121 years to finish with a perfect record in 15 games, Clemson is indisputably at the top of the final Power Rankings ranking of college football for the 2018 season.
The SEC ranked seven teams in the top 25, including five of the top 10 after a season of 6-6 Cups.
Here is the full summary:
1. Clemson (15-0, 8-0 ACC)
These tigers deserve to be considered by the best teams of all time. Coach Dabo Swinney said Monday night to coach Dabo Swinney, winner of first place in the standings, 44 to 16 previously, of Alabama, who won his second national title in three years. The fierce defensive front of Clemson gave the Crimson Tide a draw after the first minute of the second quarter. QB rookie Trevor Lawrence alongside teammate Justyn Ross at the jump-off left no doubt as to who was the best of the 2018 season.
2. Alabama (14-1, 8-0 SEC)
Bama has enjoyed the best division and conference and has won 12 consecutive games of more than 20 points, a feat unmatched in the history of college football. But when adversity hit this week, there was no spare quarter to bail out the tide. The story will hold from the twelfth team of Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa as one of the best not to win a title.
3. State of Ohio (13-1, 8-1 Big Ten)
Urban Meyer emerged victorious from his first playoff trip to Pasadena in his final match as coach of the Buckeyes. Dwayne Haskins scored three more touchdowns to close a record season in his last game against Ohio State. With that, a historic chapter in the school's history ends on New Year's Day, while the Buckeyes hold on to Washington 28-23 to end as the third Ohio State team with more of 12 victories.
4. Oklahoma (12-2, 8-1 Big 12)
Another Big 12 title led to a second consecutive participation in the college football playoffs, but the Sooners have not yet managed to overthrow a SEC giant. Alabama scored the first 28 points, denying OR while she converted six of her last seven rounds into the Orange Capital One. Bowl. Nevertheless, it was a remarkable start for coach Lincoln Riley, with a quarter-time winner of the Heisman Trophy in each of his two seasons at Norman.
5. Our Lady (12-1)
Time helps heal wounds. After Clemson routed Alabama, the Tigers semifinal against Irish Fighting seems more understandable. It does not hurt either, since Notre Dame was entering with a lot of hope after its unbeaten first regular season since 2012. The 30-3 defeat scored its lowest total in 37 World Cup games, but n & rsquo; Did nothing to undermine the progress made in two games. years since a finish 4-8.
Clemson is the new king, but Alabama will be back, with Georgia, Ohio State and Notre Dame, while two Texas teams are in the top 10.
Lincoln Riley has produced two consecutive wins at Heisman. He is now attacking Spencer Rattler, the country's first QB rookie.
6. Florida (10-3, 5-3 SEC)
The Gators made the SEC proud with a 41-15 Michigan rout in the Chick-Thread-A Peach Bowl. Quarterback Feleipe Franks was a brace and Florida increased their six-game winning streak from a year ago. Coach Dan Mullen, in his first season, has placed Florida at the forefront of contenders nationwide despite defeats against Kentucky and Missouri in division.
7. LSU (10-3, 5-3 SEC)
The Tigers overcame a slow start on New Year's Day to reverse the 40-32 loss to UCF, ending the Knights' 25-game winning streak while Joe Burrow scored the best goal of his career with 394 yards and four affected. For the Tigers, it was a fourth victory over an Swing Update Top-10 opponent, the largest number in a single season, and had won its first 10-win campaign since 2013 .
8. Texas (10-4, 7-2 Big 12)
They are baaa-aack. Behind Swinney's aforementioned proclamation, it was perhaps the strongest statement made during bowl season, thanks to QB Sam Ehlinger, after the Longhorns defeated Georgia 28-21 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The second student, QB, brilliantly contributed to the victory, announced by Bevo, the longhorn mascot, who seemed to aim for Uga, the bulldog, at the pre-game festivities.
9. Georgia (11-3, 7-1 SEC)
The Bulldogs came out as shy as their mascot in New Orleans, seemingly over-concordant, and never matched the intensity of Texas. Third-year coach Kirby Smart has come to an unsettling end with a near surprise from Alabama as Georgia misses a second consecutive SEC title, while noting that it remains a force on the national scene and on the conference.
10. Kentucky (10-3, 5-3 SEC)
A season of 10 wins and a crushing victory over Penn State to complete a season that included a Florida withdrawal and a 7-1 victory is a reason for celebration in Lexington. Benny Snell Jr., a Wildcats generation player, ran 144 yards in his last game and held the ball away from the Nittany Lions Rally to ensure Kentucky's first victory on the day of Year since 1952.
11. UCF (12-1, 8-0 AAC)
The Knights were ready to fight against a bigger and deeper LSU. But without injured quarterback McKenzie Milton, it was impossible to reach another six-year-old New Year's enemy. Nevertheless, the race was rather difficult: 25 consecutive victories over two seasons allowed UCF to position itself against the candidacy of the Group of 5 for the extension of the series. This will probably happen one day and this group deserves a lot of credit.
12. Washington State (11-2, 7-2 Pac-12)
The sad state of the Pac-12 and a soft non-conference slate prevented the Cougars from getting into the top 10 even after a 28-26 win over Iowa State at Valero Alamo Bowl. Wazzu's record of school wins and a 4779 passing pass record by Gardner Minshew will be remembered as the league's top achievements this season.
13. Texas A & M (9-4, 5-3 SEC)
The Aggies closed the season as expected, beating LSU seven straight, then blew the NC State 52-13 in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. Admittedly, many obstacles are waiting for Jimbo Fisher to meet the enormous expectations that lie ahead, but he has begun on a solid note with the Aggies, who will start next season on a four-game winning streak.
14. Washington (10-4, 7-2 Pac-12)
The Huskies, champions of the Pac-12, deserve credit for winning four straight victories in November, then returned 25 points to knock out Ohio State. But that represented a third consecutive loss of the New Year for Chris Petersen's team, which allowed the Buckeyes and Haskins to crush the 65-game losing streak of the Huskies' best FBS without allowing more than two touchdowns.
15. Fresno State (12-2, 7-1 MWC)
The Bulldogs reward for winning the Mountain West? To play in the Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl, start with the slate. They handled the quick turnaround with ease, winning a record 12th record win of the 31 to 20 program on Arizona State as rookie Ronnie Rivers ran for 212 yards. Two wins over the Pac-12 – he defeated UCLA in September – was a first for the state of Fresno since 2003.
16. Syracuse (10-3, 6-2 ACC)
What a great end to the season for coach Dino Babers, who won the Orange 4-8 in his second season to 10 wins a year later for the first time since 2001. It was not a bad way to go out. Quarterback Eric Dungey, who outperformed Ryan Nassib for the most passes in the school by scoring 303 in a 34-18 loss to West Virginia in the World Bowl Camping.
17. Michigan (10-3, 8-1 Big Ten)
There is no proper explanation for the collapse of the Wolverines' two games to end the season, except it looks like what happened a year ago against Wisconsin, the Ohio State and South Carolina. But this time it was worse. After the Florida debacle, Michigan lost 19 of its last 20 games against the top 10 opponent and 9 of the top 10 coaches in the fourth year, Jim Harbaugh.
18. army (11-2)
The Black Knights beat Houston in such a resounding way – 70-14 in the Armed Forces Bowl as the Army rushed for 507 yards and did not throw an incomplete pass – to the point of causing the coach to be sacked. UH, Major Applewhite, barely a week later. The Army, which also defeated the Navy for the third year in a row, featured a legitimate star at QB Kelvin Hopkins Jr. and set a program record with 11 wins.
19. Auburn (8-5, 3-5 SEC)
The Tigers rallied in the power standings thanks to the 63-14 defeat of Purdue in which Jarrett Stidham threw for 373 yards and five touchdowns in his college final. Auburn scored an all time record with 56 points in the World Cup, raising questions about the power of his attack if Gus Malzahn had played all season.
20. Penn State (9-4, 6-3 Big Ten)
Trace McSorley deserved a better start. Senior recordman QB struggled to bring the Nittany Lions 20 points back, but the last four minutes were sidelined as Kentucky stalled. This loss in November by five touchdowns in Michigan – not to mention a setback in October compared to the state of Michigan – seems even worse after the playoffs.
21. Northwestern (9-5, 8-1 Big Ten)
The Wildcats won off the conference, their first of the season, in the final game of the season. True to his form for this team, he was unorthodox. Northwestern scored four touchdowns in the third quarter of a 31-20 win over Utah on New Year's Eve, to defeat a 17-point deficit at halftime, its biggest win back since 2009.
22. Boise State (10-3, 7-1 MWC)
The Broncos have achieved 11 wins for the 12th time since 2002 and have been lost with the cancellation of the bowl of SERVPRO first responders. The threat of bad weather in Dallas ended the game, with Boston College leading 7-0 in the first quarter.
23. Cincinnati (11-2, 6-2 AAC)
A 35-31 victory over Virginia Tech in Military Bowl, the Bearcats' first win since 2012, allowed the third season to win 11 victories in the school. Cincinnati took over Cincinnati 4-8, but was beaten only by Temple in overtime and by UCF sophomore coach Luke Fickell.
24. Oregon (9-4, 6-3 Pac-12)
Hey, a win is a win. The Ducks beat Michigan State 7 to 6 in the Redbox Bowl. Oregon became the first team to score less than 10 points in a bowl win since 2008, while quarterback Justin Herbert made a touchdown in his 28th consecutive game. For coach Mario Cristobal, nine wins in his first season are considered a positive step.
25. Iowa (9-4, 5-4 Big Ten)
The Hawkeyes' 27-22 win over the Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl marked the Big Ten's only win in four playoffs with the SEC. The Bulldogs have limited Iowa to less than 15 rushing yards, the lowest number among any teams to win a game in the past two seasons. But quarterback Nate Stanley managed 214 and three scores while Iowa topped eight wins for the second time in nine years.