Unless you're 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.
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.
The Congrove Computer Rankings is celebrating its' 25th year of accurate picks and team rankings.
While the CFP website started in 1999, the rankings started during the 1993 season
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.
Thirteen teams entered the college football weekend undefeated. Only eight exited the weekend still unscathed. Clemson, Washington, Washington State, Navy and San Diego State all absorbed their first loss of the season.
Four of this week's must-see games include an ACC battle for supremacy in the Coastal division, an SEC Western division tussle between 2 of the 3 teams in the conference nicknamed Tigers, a PAC-12 South showdown with USC facing a recent nemesis, and the 112th edition of the Red River Rivalry.
Conference races are the focus this week as only three games feature non-conference skirmishes - Tulane at FIU, BYU at Mississippi State, and Eastern Michigan at Army. Of the 13 remaining unbeaten teams, only Penn State is idle. None of this week's 59 games match undefeated teams against each other.
It is essentially the halfway point of the season and only 13 teams remain undefeated in the quest for a Final 4 playoff spot. Of those 13 teams, all but Penn State sees action this week and a check on the College Football betting odds for Week 7 lists only Navy as an underdog.
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
Mike Mitchell has studied the computer's picks and selected 6 games he believes have the best chance at being correct. Among his feature picks this week are 3 ACC games as Georgia Tech invades Miami, N.C. State journeys to Pittsburgh, and Florida State travels to Duke.
Every week, the computer projects the winner and margin of every game. Through the first seven weeks it has correctly tabbed the winner in 78.4% of all games played while hitting just under 52% against the spread.