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Official College Football Playoff Power Rankings Week 15

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And so the regular season we weren’t sure at one point would happen comes to an end. It’s been a season like no other, a season where COVID cancellations became almost commonplace. A season of empty stands and masks. But we pushed through, and by the grace of god didn’t lose a single player to this plague. And these kids played on. Because this is America, and that’s what we do.

If not for COVID, these power rankings my kids and I have been doing these last couple of months would never have happened. It’s not something we would have ever in life had time for. But in the year of COVID, time is something we do have. I own a sports bar, and our community has had restrictions on us for months.

(If you’re not interested in what this guy has to say, you can click here to skip right to the rankings.)

Like many fans, my boys and I love power rankings, and like many football fans, we always thought we could do them much better than the “experts”. And so we tried. It has been rewarding in ways I could never have imagined. Many late nights with our index cards labeled with teams and scores and records spread all over the floor, bouncing back and forth between taking ourselves far too seriously and not seriously enough. Lots of football, more laughter.

We have, of course, realized that we aren’t the experts we thought we were. But hell, it’s power rankings. The whole point is that they are subjective. No one is an expert, and everyone is. For those who have joined us along the way, you’ve seen that one of the great joys we’ve found is the artwork, and use of the helmet designs we found along the way. My youngest, at 15, has been our “graphics designer”. While we’ve all spent hours upon hours researching (mainly watching an obscene amount of highlights and pouring over stats), but for him this has become a temporary passion.

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As we’ve gone along, he collected all of the amazing helmet articles we all found; helmets past and concepts created by folks all over the web. What you’ll find below is the best helmet we found for every college team. Take a few moments after you’re done with the rankings and the further realization that we’re not actual sports writers, just fans with laptops, and check some of them out. Some are absolutely brilliant; pause here to look at Rutgers, Navy, and LSU and you’ll see what I mean. And if you enjoy them, click a helmet. Any one will work. The kid has created a network with them; you can bounce from one team’s page to the next. College and NFL alike; 200 and some altogether, all connected. maybe drop a comment if you like them, let the kid know others appreciate his effort.

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If you find yourself with time during this pandemic as we have, I encourage any and all to give this thing a shot. Its an absolute blast. If, like us, a small part of you always wanted to be a sports writer, it’s a great way to play the role for a bit. Don’t do it for the money; if you know anything about writing online you’ll know there isn’t any. Our first weekend we amassed an incredible (to us, at least) 2k views. My oldest suggested we put ads on the page, maybe raise a few bucks to pit toward something; we eventually settled on our church’s Christmas fund; toys and food for folks in need and such. The youngest even put together all of those Christmas ads you see on the left over there; every one of them. I couldn’t tell you how it works; someone clicks, they go to Fanatics and the page with that teams’ merch. If they buy something, we gets a cut. Unfortunately, through 2 months and 60k views, we’ve made a grand total of about 40 bucks. So if you’re looking for a nice supplemental income, this is not the way. (Mandalorean reference there). And if you’ve got some last minute sports shopping to do ,hell… find your team over there and click it.

I pray our world is back to normal by the time next season arrives; While I’ve enjoyed the chance to spend this time with my kids, I’m damned tired of COVID. I’m ready for a world where I don’t have this much extra time.

One thing we’ve learned; football fans in general are amazing. We put links to this thing in some message boards each week, and while we’ve encountered a few jerks along the way, we’ve also encountered some fan bases and people we never would have otherwise. Learned that the different bases have personalities as a whole. ‘Bama fans tend to have a bit of attitude, but maybe winning all the damn time does that. Same with Ohio State fans, at least the ones we encountered. And Marshall, for some reason. A few I wanted to mention: Iowa State’s fans are awesome. Texas A&M’s as well. BYU may have the most educated fans out there. I’m pretty sure Colorado’s fans are all mile high; happy bastards.

So take a look through our power rankings one more time, and enjoy the art work. We didn’t bother with our deep insights for this last week; even we realize we don’t really know what the hell we’re talking about most of the time. For those who have shared this journey with us, thank you. This world may be falling apart, but there’s still comfort to be found in people, and in football. We pray all who read this stay safe and well.

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1. Alabama (10-0)

Beat Arkansas 52-3

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2. Clemson (9-1)

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3. Ohio State (5-0)

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4. Notre Dame (10-0)

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5. Iowa State (8-2)

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6. Texas A&M (7-1)

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7. Oklahoma (7-2)

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8. Cincinnati (8-0)

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9. Indiana (6-1)

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10. Florida (8-2)

Lost to LSU 37-34

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11. Coastal Carolina  (11-0)

Beat Troy 42-38

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12. BYU (10-1)

Beat San Diego State 28-14

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13. Georgia (7-2)

Beat Missouri 49-14

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14. USC (5-0)

Beat UCLA 43-38

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15. North Carolina (8-3)

Beat Miami 62-26

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16. Miami (8-2)

Lost to North Carolina 62-26

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17. Northwestern (6-1)

Beat Illinois 28-10

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18. Iowa (6-2)

Beat WIsconsin 28-7

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19. Texas (6-3)

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20. NC State (8-3)

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21. Louisiana (9-1)

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22. Auburn (6-4)

Beat Mississippi State 24-10

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23. UCF (6-3)

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24. Oklahoma State (7-3)

Beat Baylor 42-3

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25. Boston College (6-5)

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26. Tulsa (6-1)

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27. Oregon (3-2)

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28. Boise State (5-1)

Beat Wyoming 17-9

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29. Liberty (9-1)

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30. Army (8-2)

Beat Navy 15-0

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31. Appalachian State (8-3)

Beat Georgia Southern 34-26

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32. West Virginia (5-4)