Looking over the final college football playoff rankings for the 2015 season, there are four teams who are ranked who have zero wins over any other ranked team. One of those teams is ranked pretty high at #10, while the other three teams are ranked at #21, #23 and #24.
Can you name the four teams who are ranked in 2015 by the college football playoff committee who have zero wins over any other ranked team? Here is a list of those four teams with comments about their respective schedules this season and who they did beat and which bowl games they will play in.
- #10 North Carolina
There’s no question North Carolina had a fine season in 2015 and they were totally robbed of the chance to record a big win when the refs blew the call in the ACC championship game incorrectly calling North Carolina offside after they recovered an onside kick late in the game and they could have tied the game with the ball. But in the end, North Carolina went 11-2 this season without beating a single team who is ranked in the final rankings.
On the season, North Carolina did beat Pitt (8-4), Miami (8-4), Duke (7-5) and NC State (7-5) who all had winning records. But not one of those teams is ranked in the final college football playoff rankings. North Carolina plays Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl on December 29, which should be a high octane fun game to watch if Baylor can find a QB.
- #21 Navy
Navy also had a great season in 2015, likely winning 10 games after they beat Army this week and Navy is ranked at #21. But the Midshipmen did not beat a team who is ranked in the final CFP rankings. Navy did beat Air Force (8-5), South Florida (8-4) and Memphis (9-3) this season but none of those teams are ranked. In fairness, Memphis should be ranked over the next team on this list. Navy plays Pitt in the Armed Forces Bowl on December 28 in what should be a good high scoring and watchable bowl game.
- #23 Tennessee
The Tennessee Volunteers went 8-4 on the season but did not beat any ranked team. Tennessee did beat MAC champion Bowling Green (10-3) and Georgia (9-3) this season but neither team finished ranked. It’s a joke that Tennessee is ranked over its in-state rival Memphis this season. Tennessee plays Northwestern in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day.
- #24 Temple
The fourth ranked team in the final college football playoff rankings who did not beat a ranked team is Temple. The Owls went 10-3 this season and they beat Penn State (7-5), Cincinnati (7-5), and Memphis (9-3) but those teams ended up not ranked. Both Navy and Temple did beat Memphis who does deserve to be ranked certainly over Tennessee. Temple plays Toledo in the Boca Raton Bowl on December 22.