The 2018 CollegeFootballPoll.com SEASON PREVIEW is underway. Those who know us have discovered over the years that it is never our goal to be the first preview out. Instead, we like to wait as late as possible so that we can incorporate as much up-to-date data as possible.
The Congrove Computer Rankings released the projected final regular season rankings early Tuesday morning with Michigan State topping the chart. Oklahoma, Clemson, Washington and Miami (FLA) fill out the top 5.
Southern California's three-way competition for the starting job at quarterback will go down to the final weekend before the season
Clemson is a huge favorite to capture a 4th straight ACC title in 2018, running the table with relative ease in the regular season before facing Miami as a 4.90-point favorite in the conference championship game.
The Prediction Tracker, which monitors more than 60 computer rating systems, presented the Congrove Computer Rankings an award for having the best against-the-spread record of any system in 2016.
The CCR was also awarded for the best (least) bias in 2006 and straight-up predictions in the second-half of 2014
The 2018 preseason Congrove Computer Rankings give us a surprising Big Ten conference championship game matchup of Michigan State and Northwestern with the Spartans favored by 4.79 points to wrap a perfect season and advancement as the top seed to the College Football Playoff.
Oklahoma won its third consecutive conference title in 2017, this time beating TCU in the first conference championship playoff game held since 2010 which, incidentally, was also won by the Sooners.
D'Andre Swift, Elijah Holyfield could be No. 3 Georgia's top options to replace tailbacks Nick Chubb, Sony Michel
Georgia won the 2017 SEC title, beating Auburn 28-7. But Alabama still got the last laugh as it entered the CFP Playoff as the 4-seed, defeated defending champ and #1 seed Clemson in the 1st round, and then edged #3 Georgia in overtime for its second national championship in the playoff era (2014-present).
This can't be true. Media predicts Alabama to win 2018 SEC Championship. That's a stretch! Who'd a thunk it.… https://t.co/GAvRa7NBwk
2018 opens in the PAC-12 with a massive amount of coaching turnover as Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA will begin new eras.
Parity? Not so much, unless you're comparing apples to apples. In this case, the apples are the Power 5 conferences and Notre Dame. The rest of the field would be the oranges.
The Congrove Computer Rankings is celebrating its' 26th year of accurate picks and team rankings.
While the CFP website started in 1999, the rankings began with the 1993 season.
I am happy to say that I, Mike Mitchell, am back with my Feature Picks for a 14th consecutive season. My function is to highlight certain picks from the computer rankings that I believe have the best chance of being correct - the idea of which is to combined the accuracy of the algorithm with the intelligence of a human. My wife has often argued that I am not all that intelligent, and at times, not very human. But I digress.
It's only 4 games, but the college football season officially opens a week from today (Saturday, August 25). Get the computer's picks now.