After staying #1 through all the bowl games played through Saturday, Oregon finally succumbed and has fallen behind Alabama for the top spot. Why is this do you ask if neither team has played? It is because of how their opponents have done in bowl games. And more specifically, how Oregon's opponents have done.
Alabama's rating has moved just a fraction from 91.056 after the SEC title game to 91.421, the biggest benefit coming from Georgia winning by more than expected over Nebraska. But Oregon has seen their rating drop over 2 points from 93.723 to 91.369. This is due to prior opponents doing poorly in bowl games including Fresno State (43-10 loss), Arizona (closer than expected win), Washington (close loss), USC (ugly loss), and Oregon State (loss when expected to win).
Other movers include FSU and Clemson making a statement for the ACC.
The top-25 is below including games played through the Orange Bowl, full ratings through last Saturday on the site.
|4||Texas A&M||88.297||10-2||74.149||+0, -0.135|
|6||Kansas St||87.704||11-1||73.604||-1, -0.363|
|7||Notre Dame||87.091||12-0||73.812||-1, -0.394|
|8||South Carolina||86.666||11-2||74.735||+0, +0.310|
|12||Ohio State||83.474||12-0||69.788||+0, -0.164|
|13||Florida St||83.333||12-2||66.880||+5, +2.171|
|14||Utah St||82.801||11-2||65.909||-1, -0.068|
|15||Oklahoma St||82.631||8-5||72.171||-1, +0.081|
|16||Oregon St||81.906||9-4||74.198||-1, -0.547|
|22||Brigham Young||79.451||8-5||69.405||+2, +0.214|
|24||Southern Cal||78.988||7-6||74.704||-7, -2.600|