Top-ranked Alabama, after a dominant home victory over Tennessee, received all 48 first-place votes for a second straight week in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll.
Penn State and Notre Dame opened a can on Michigan and USC, respectively, on Saturday while most of the top-ranked teams had relatively easy outings as we draw closer to the first College Football Playoff Committee Rankings of 2017, to be released on Halloween night.
After a 45-7 home win over Tennessee, Alabama keeps the top spot in the Congrove Computer Rankings (CCR Top 130) for the 5th consecutive week, maintaining its lead over a trio of Big Ten teams. Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State continue to hold the 2-through-4 positions while Georgia remains in 5th.
CFP founder Dave Congrove is a voting member in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Football Poll, as well as the College Football Hall Of Fame, Vince Lombardi Award, Fred Biletnikoff Award, Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, Ray Guy Award, plus Maxwell and Bednarik Awards.
He's also a nominating member for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy, and the FWAA All-America Team
College Momentum from the Maxwell Football Club presents a list of must-see games this week that features the 2017 edition of the rivalry between USC and Notre Dame. The two traditional powers clash on Saturday in South Bend for the 89th all-time meeting in the series which the Irish lead 46-37-5.
Mike Mitchell has studied the computer's picks and selected 6 games he believes have the best chance at being correct. Hiss feature picks this week include games involving Army, Florida State, Oklahoma and Mississippi State.
Two weeks to go before the playoff committee releases its first rankings of the 2017 season and as we learned last week, no one is granted immunity from the upset bug. Only 8 teams remain undefeated, of which just 6 hail from Power 5 conferences - Alabama, Georgia, Miami (Fla.), Penn State, TCU and Wisconsin. Of those, Georgia is idle this week with its annual grudge match with Florida just around the corner.
Unless your head has been buried in the sand, you know Alabama is at the top of the list of the betting odds to win the national championship. So the real question is, at this point, does anyone else get any real consideration and, honestly, the answer is "no".
Every week, the computer projects the winner and margin of every game. Upsets galore made last week a tough one with the computer going 36-23 overall, and 27-32 against the spread. That performance lowered the season marks to 76.1% straight up and 50.8% ATS.
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
SEC juggernaut Alabama is No. 1 for the 4th straight week in the Congrove Computer Rankings (CCR Top 130). The rankings were released Sunday afternoon following the conclusion of the Akron-Western Michigan game which was washed out Saturday by heavy rains in Kalamazoo. Three Big Ten teams follow the Tide with Penn State staying at No.2 while Wisconsin moves up to 3rd, just ahead of Ohio State. Another SEC team, Georgia, slides into 5th.
Alabama strengthened its grip on the top spot of the FWAA-NFF Super 16 college football poll, garnering all 48 first-place votes. But there was some major reshuffling behind the unbeaten Crimson Tide after previously unbeaten and 2nd-ranked Clemson was upset at unranked Syracuse, while Washington and Washington State both lost road games to unranked teams.