College football rankings: Week 15, 2020

By Kevin Kelley -

College football rankings for week 15 of the 2020 season have been released. Alabama remains the top-ranked team, while Coastal Carolina moved up to No. 11 in the AP Poll.

Alabama retained their hold on the top spot following their 55-17 victory on the road over the LSU Tigers. Notre Dame remains in second place after defeating Syracuse at home, 45-21.

Ohio State remained third in the AP Poll and fourth in the Coaches Poll following their 52-12 win at Michigan State. Clemson won on the road at Virginia Tech, 45-10, and held at third in the Coaches Poll and fourth in the AP Poll.

Texas A&M and Florida both won on Saturday, but the Aggies jumped the Gators in the Coaches Poll and are now fifth in both polls while Florida is sixth.

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (10-0) scheduled then AP No. 8 BYU and defeated the Cougars 22-17. The win moved the Chanticleers up three spots to No. 11 in the AP Poll and up one spot to No. 13 in the Coaches Poll.

Marshall (15), Oklahoma State (19), Oregon (21), and Washington (23) each dropped out of both polls following their losses in Week 14.

Cincinnati is currently the highest-ranked non-power conference team at No. 7. The next closest team is Coastal Carolina at No. 11.

Below are the full AP and FBS Coaches polls for Week 15 of the 2020 season (first-place votes in parentheses):

AP Poll – Week 15

1. Alabama (62)
2. Notre Dame
3. Ohio State
4. Clemson
5. Texas A&M
6. Florida
7. Cincinnati
8. Indiana
9. Miami
10. Iowa Stat
11. Coastal Carolina
12. Georgia
13. Oklahoma
14. BYU
15. Northwestern
16. USC
17. Louisiana
18. Tulsa
19. Iowa
20. North Carolina
21. Colorado
22. Liberty
23. Texas
24. Buffalo
25. Wisconsin

Others receiving votes: NC State 98, Marshall 66, San José State 66, Oklahoma State 33, UCF 11, Washington 10, Boise State 10, Auburn 9, Missouri 8, Nevada 5, Army 2, UCLA 1, TCU 1

Dropped from rankings: Marshall 15, Oklahoma State 19, Oregon 21, Washington 23

FBS Coaches Poll – Week 15

1. Alabama (59)
2. Notre Dame (2)
3. Clemson
4. Ohio State (1)
5. Texas A&M
6. Florida
7. Cincinnati
8. Miami
9. Indiana
10. Georgia
11. Iowa State
12. Oklahoma
13. Coastal Carolina
14. Northwestern
15. USC
16. BYU
17. Louisiana
18. Iowa
19. Tulsa
20. North Carolina
21. Liberty
22. Colorado
23. Texas
24. NC State
25. Wisconsin

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma State 100, Missouri 88, Marshall 77, San José State 68, Buffalo 59, Nevada 48, Auburn 42, Oregon 30, Boise State 26, Army 25, Washington 19, SMU 10, Appalachian State 3

Dropped from rankings: Marshall 15, Oklahoma State 18, Oregon 20, Washington 23

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Comments (6)

In my opinion, the AAC is now the strongest G5 program, surpassing the MWC. Sun Belt has passed both the MAC and C-USA.

Did you forget that Cincinnati is in the American? Or did they get that long rumored invite to the Big 12 and I missed it!

Iowa State with two losses is ahead of the undefeated Coastal Carolina.

They have a common opponent, Louisiana. Louisiana is a one loss team. Only loss is to Coastal. THEY BEAT two loss Iowa State.

Rankings are a joke.

Even if they go as far to say Iowa State beat Oklahoma…well, so did Kansas State a team that lost to Sun Belt struggler Arkansas State.