FOXSports.com NCAA football power rankings
By Charles Davis
A former defensive back at Tennessee, Charles Davis is the lead college football analyst for FOX Sports.
With Auburn’s miraculous win over Alabama in Week 14, Florida State moves into the No. 1 spot in Charles Davis’ latest top 25 rankings.
1 Florida State Seminoles 12-0 +1
The Seminoles are the new and deserved No. 1 team in the nation, with one of the best players in the country in QB Jameis Winston. Duke can’t spoil the party … can it?
2 Ohio State Buckeyes 12-0 +1
What a battle at Michigan, and Ohio State showed plenty of grit. It only gets tougher with Michigan State in the Big Ten title game next up.
3 Auburn Tigers 11-1 +1
What a game, what a win — instant lore! WAR EAGLE. Now the Tigers play Missouri for the SEC title and potentially a national title appearance (with some help).
4 Missouri Tigers 11-1 +2
Who had Missouri vs. Auburn for the SEC title in the preseason? This will be some game. What a special year in Columbia, and it could get better.
5 Alabama Crimson Tide 11-1 -4
Not currently in the national title picture, but what if Florida State and Ohio State both lose their conference title games? Dare they hope?
6 Michigan State Spartans 11-1 +2
Overlooked, but the Spartans are in focus now. The best defense in the nation believes it can shut down anyone. Will it shut down Ohio State?
7 Oklahoma State Cowboys 10-1 -2
Cowboys! The Big 12 title is on the line at home in “Bedlam” this week against Oklahoma. Will the head coach “do the Gundy” one more time after another win?
8 Baylor Bears 10-1 +1
Our sympathies to head coach Art Briles on the loss of his brother. The Bears can share the Big 12 title with a win over Texas and win it outright with some help.
9 Stanford Cardinal 10-2 +5
More than willing to “thump” with anyone, the Cardinal bruised their way past Notre Dame and are now off to Tempe to play Arizona State for the Pac-12 crown.
10 South Carolina Gamecocks 10-2 +1
QB Connor Shaw isn’t just one the toughest players in college football — he has skills, too! What a career and win over Clemson.
11 Arizona State Sun Devils 10-2 +1
Head coach Todd Graham has the Sun Devils hosting the Pac-12 title game against Stanford in just his second season at the helm.
12 Oregon Ducks 10-2 +3
The Ducks outlasted Oregon State in the “Civil War” game and still have designs on being the second BCS team from the Pac-12.
13 Clemson Tigers 10-2 -6
The Tigers fell 10-2 in the regular season after losing to South Carolina and now await their bowl fate.
14 Central Florida Knights 10-1 +2
Expected to whack I-4 rival South Florida, the Knights found a way to win instead. By the way, that’s what good teams do. They can’t slip up at SMU on Saturday.
15 LSU Tigers 9-3 +2
Tigers survived a tough battle over Arkansas to finish their regular season. Bowl game is next.
16 Northern Illinois Huskies 12-0 +4
QB Jordan Lynch IS a Heisman contender. Truly. Seriously. Watch him play in the MAC title game vs. Bowling Green on Friday.
17 Louisville Cardinals 10-1 +4
Has a team gone 10-1 and been off the radar as much as Louisville has this season? The Cardinals finish with Cincinnati on Thursday.
18 UCLA Bruins 9-3 +4
BIG win over rival USC, and that’s two in a row. Yes, Bruins, you own L.A. and now head to a bowl game.
19 Wisconsin Badgers 9-3 -9
I did not see the loss to Penn State coming, and now a BCS bowl is off the table. Some other lucky bowl will welcome the Badgers.
20 Oklahoma Sooners 9-2 -1
It’s not often that Oklahoma plays spoiler, but the Sooners are looking forward to trying to knock off Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
21 Duke Blue Devils 10-2 +3
Congratulations to the Blue Devils. Ten wins, a division title and a chance to win the ACC title against Florida State. David Cutcliffe for Coach of the Year!
22 Texas Longhorns 8-3 +6
Longhorns had an impressive win on Thanksgiving night against Texas Tech. Beat Baylor in Waco, get some help from Oklahoma and the Longhorns win the Big 12.
23 USC Trojans 9-4 -10
They finished with a disappointing loss at home to UCLA, but what a turnaround for the Trojans. Bowl game, yes, but who will be named the full-time head coach?
24 Texas A&M Aggies 8-4 -6
It’s little solace, but the Aggies’ losses were to Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Missouri. At least head coach Kevin Sumlin will be back in 2014.
25 Vanderbilt Commodores 8-4 (unranked last week)
They had a tough start, but right now the Commodores are not a team to take lightly. They beat Georgia at home and Florida and Tennessee on the road.