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College Football Rankings: NCAAF Top 25 (After Week 16)

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Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The 16th weekend of the 2020 season was headlined by Alabama's SEC title victory over Florida, Ohio State's Big Ten Championship win over Northwestern, and Clemson's blowout against Notre Dame in the ACC Championship. Additionally, Week 16 saw Oregon, Oklahoma, Cincinnati, Ball State, San Jose State and UAB win conference title games. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Notre Dame take the top four spots, with Texas A&M at No. 5 and Cincinnati at No. 6 in the post-Week 16 top 25 rankings. With the 16th week of the 2020 season officially in the books, here are the top 25 teams in college football:

College Football Top 25 Rankings

1. Alabama (11-0)

Week 16 Result: Defeated Florida

Crimson Tide capped one of the best single seasons in SEC history with a 52-46 win over Florida in the conference title game. And as expected, huge games by quarterback Mac Jones, running back Najee Harris and receiver DeVonta Smith led the way.

2. Clemson (10-1)

Week 16 Result: Defeated Notre Dame

Clemson gets revenge over Notre Dame thanks to a strong effort in the trenches, along with a big performance by quarterback Trevor Lawrence (412 total yards and three touchdowns).

3. Ohio State (6-0)

Week 16 Result: Defeated Northwestern

Justin Fields and the passing game struggled, but running back Trey Sermon and defense was enough to beat Northwestern for the Big Ten title.

4. Notre Dame (10-1)

Week 16 Result: Lost to Clemson

Winning the battle in the trenches was crucial to Notre Dame’s win over Clemson in South Bend, but coach Brian Kelly’s team lost the rematch in Charlotte.

5. Texas A&M (8-1)

Week 16 Result: Defeated Tennessee

Aggies thoroughly dominated in the trenches against Tennessee to finish regular season at 8-1.

6. Cincinnati (9-0)

Week 16 Result: Defeated Tulsa

Bearcats complete perfect 9-0 season and should be the highest-ranked Group of 5 team thanks to last-second field goal to beat Tulsa 27-24.

7. Oklahoma (8-2)

Week 16 Result: Defeated Iowa State

Sooners clinch sixth consecutive Big 12 title after late interception holds off Iowa State comeback.

8. Florida (8-3)

Week 16 Result: Lost to Alabama

Gators gave Alabama all it could handle, but first half mistakes and defensive issues were too much to overcome.

9. Georgia (7-2)

Week 16 Result: No Game

The Week 16 game between Georgia and Vanderbilt was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

10. Indiana (6-1)

Week 16 Result: No Game

The Hoosiers completed their regular season on Dec. 5 with a 14-6 win over Wisconsin.

11. Coastal Carolina (11-0)

Week 16 Result: No Game

Coastal Carolina’s matchup against Louisiana in the Sun Belt Championship was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

12. Iowa State (8-3)

Week 16 Result: Lost to Oklahoma

Even though the Cyclones came up short, the 2020 season was still a historic one for coach Matt Campbell and a program on the rise. 

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13. North Carolina (8-3)

Week 16 Result: No Game

The Tar Heels completed their 2020 regular season with a 62-26 win over Miami on Dec. 12.

14. BYU (10-1)

Week 16 Result: No Game

BYU did not play in Week 16 but is slated to take on UCF on Dec. 22 in the Boca Raton Bowl.

15. Northwestern (6-2)

Week 16 Result: Lost to Ohio State

The Wildcats had a good chance to beat Ohio State, but coach Pat Fitzgerald’s team just had too many missed opportunities and struggled mightily on defense against the run.

16. Iowa (6-2)

Week 16 Result: No Game

Iowa’s Week 16 game against Michigan was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

17. USC (5-1)

Week 16 Result: Lost to Oregon

Trojans outgained Oregon 358 to 243 but suspect offensive play and three interceptions were just too much to overcome.

18. Louisiana (9-1)

Week 16 Result: No Game

Louisiana’s Week 16 matchup against Coastal Carolina in the Sun Belt Championship was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

19. Miami (8-2)

Week 16 Result: No Game

The Hurricanes completed their regular season on Dec. 12 with a 62-26 loss to North Carolina.

20. San Jose State (7-0)

Week 16 Result: Defeated Boise State

San Jose State’s rise under Brent Brennan is one of the best stories of the 2020 season. The Spartans beat Boise State 34-20 to claim the Mountain West title.

21. NC State (8-3)

Week 16 Result: No Game

The Wolfpack finished their 2020 regular season on Dec. 5 with a 23-13 win over Georgia Tech.

22. Liberty (9-1)

Week 16 Result: No Game

The Flames closed out their regular season on Nov. 27 with a 45-0 win over UMass.

23. Tulsa (6-2)

Week 16 Result: Lost to Cincinnati

The Golden Hurricane fell short of winning the AAC title, but coach Philip Montgomery’s team still exceeded expectations a 6-1 record and trip to the conference championship.

24. Texas (6-3)

Week 16 Result: No Game

The Longhorns finished their regular season on Dec. 5 with a 69-31 win over Kansas State.

25. Oregon (4-2)

Week 16 Result: Defeated USC

Ducks cashed in on USC’s mistakes to win Pac-12 title for second year in a row.