College Football AP Poll Week 15: How high did Penn State climb?

Nov 5, 2016; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Mike Gesicki (88) reacts to a play against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second quarter at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Iowa 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2016; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Mike Gesicki (88) reacts to a play against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second quarter at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Iowa 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports /
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The regular season is over in College Football and it’s time to pick the College Football Playoff, but will the latest AP Poll factor into that?

Championship Week is now behind us, and it was one to remember. But will it impact the College Football Playoff at all? That question might not really factor in the AP Poll that will be released on Sunday, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see a new poll released.

Penn State is hoping to take as high a leap as possible after beating Wisconsin and claiming the Big Ten title. Washington is going to be watching their backs, although they’ve been locked into that No. 4 slot in the AP Poll for most of the year.

Here’s a look at the AP Poll for Week 15 in College Football:

Note: The AP Poll will be released at 2pm ET. Here is a projection of the poll, which will be updated as soon as it goes live. 

1. Alabama (13-0)
2. Ohio State (11-1)
3. Clemson (12-1)
4. Washington (12-1)

That’s what we think the College Football Playoff will look like, but that could all change. The official selection isn’t until later today, and there is a lot of evidence to support the claim that Penn State and Michigan deserve to be in, especially if Ohio State is in. Chances are, no matter where Penn State ends up in the AP Poll, they won’t be making it into the College Football Playoff.

5. Michigan (10-2)
6. Penn State (11-2)
7. Oklahoma (10-2)
8. USC (9-3)
9. Wisconsin (10-3)
10. Florida State (9-3)
11. Western Michigan (13-0)
12. Colorado (10-3)
13. West Virginia (10-2)
14. Louisville (9-3)
15. Stanford (9-3)
16. Auburn (8-4)
17. Oklahoma State (9-3)
18. Virginia Tech (9-4)
19. LSU (7-4)
20. Iowa (8-4)
21. Florida (8-4)
22. Nebraska (9-3)
23. South Florida (10-2)
24. Pittsburgh (8-4)
25. Houston (9-3)

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There is only one game next week, with the annual Army-Navy game. That won’t impact the poll much, but it will send off the regular season before the bowl games get under way.