Online since June of 1999, CFP is independently owned and operated.
It hosts the Congrove Computer Rankings created by Dave Congrove, a college football fanatic who wanted to create an unbiased comparison of major college football teams. He was looking for answers, and not attempting to validate a theory. Thus, he devised a formula that contains only hard data and nothing which could be perceived as opinion. In 1993, the Congrove Computer Rankings were born and were initially syndicated on radio with a twice-weekly show. When the website was launched in 1999, the radio show was retired.
The rankings and website have been referenced by numerous newspapers, sports radio stations, college game day programs, and school media guides across the country. Mr. Congrove has been interviewed on ESPN radio affiliates and other sports stations across the country.
Congrove's approach is vastly different from the numerous computer rankings available and the goals can be summarized in two words – simplicity and accountability.
The computer program is designed to predict who is supposed to beat who and by how much.
What actually happens when the game is played directly alters subsequent predictions. A unique season-averaging variable prevents wild fluctuations due to anomalies, and renders it meaningless to run up the score.
A strong team that is supposed to whip an obviously out-matched opponent by 40, but wins by 60, only sees a fraction of the difference added to their power rating. If they win by only 20, the failure to "cover" the other 20 points also declines their power rating only fractionally.
The rise and fall of a team's Power Rating is relevant to the strength of the team it played, whether it won or lost, and how other teams fared against similar opponents.
The Congrove Computer Rankings are designed to predict the outcome. Success is determined by how many games were predicted correctly.
CollegeFootballPoll.com not only publishes the rankings, but also provides the computer's pick of every game and tracks the success rate. Our users can plainly see where the computer is right, and where it is wrong.
Dave Congrove is a voting member for the College Football Hall Of Fame, Vince Lombardi Award, Fred Biletnikoff Award, Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, and the Ray Guy Award. He's also a nominating member for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy, and the FWAA All-America Team.
Additionally, Congrove is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, and the Intercollegiate Football Researchers Association. CFP is a proud partner of USATODAY Sports Digital Properties.