Preseason Consensus Top 25

August 20, 2017 by CFP Staff

It is our tradition to provide a comparison of our Congrove Computer Rankings rankings, preseason voter polls, and a selection of widely-read season preview magazines.

In 2014, the College Football Playoff replaced the wildly unpopular BCS. The foundation of the playoff is a 13-member committee which independently determines a "Final 4" for an end-of-season mini playoff. For the 2017 season, the committee will release its own weekly rankings beginning October 31. The final rankings, playoff seeding and other bowl matchups will be announced on December 3.

There are often amazing similarities between the preseason "voter polls" (coaches, AP) and the preseason annuals which would seemingly defy logic. After all, there is an inherent difference between a "poll" and a "preseason magazine prediction". The magazines are typically picking where they think the teams will be at the end of the year. The human are generally determining where the teams should be ranked to begin the year.

It is NOT the goal of The Congrove Computer Rankings (CCR) to try to match the rankings of the AP or Coaches' Poll, or any other rankings for that matter, but rather to present a more accurate and unbiased ranking.

The CCR Preseason Rankings are the "projections" of how teams should perform through the regular season, and the CCR Current Rankings are how the teams stack-up on day one of the season.

Here is a sampling of this season's rankings, listed in alphabetical order of the teams that appear on at least one published Top 25 list.

Abbreviation descriptions
CCR Proj - Congrove Computer Rankings - Projected Final Regular Season Rankings.
CCR Wk. 1 - Congrove Computer Rankings - Opening Week Rankings.
Cons. Rank - Consensus rankings exclude both Congrove Computer Rankings to allow for comparison to the CCR.

Team Coaches AP Athlon Lindy's Phil Steele USA
Today
Street/
Smith's
Cons. Rank CCR (Proj.) CCR (Wk.1)
Alabama 1 * 1 1 1 2 1 1 7 6
App. St.
* * * * * * * * 20 48
Army * * * * * * * * 15 26
Auburn 13 * 9 10 12 14 16 13 27 12
Boise State * * * 24 * 16 * 26 51 52
BYU * * * * * * * * 25 33
Clemson 5 * 7 7 8 9 5 7 9 8
Florida 16 * 16 16 9 22 13 14 13 17
Florida State 3 * 3 4 3 1 3 3 1 1
Georgia 15 * 15 12 22 17 14 15 40 19
Georgia Tech * * * * * * * * 10 9
Houston * * * * * * * * 23 24
Iowa * * * * * * * * 41 25
Kansas State 19 * 22 * 24 * 20 22 34 27
Louisville 17 * 18 13 17 19 15 17 55 32
LSU 12 * 11 15 13 11 10 12 32 18
Miami (Fla.) 18 * 23 19 11 * 19 20 18 16
Michigan 9 * 10 14 16 4 9 9 49 50
N.C. State
* * * * * * * * 22 23
Northwestern * * * 21 * * * 30 24 28
Notre Dame * * 20 * 19 * * 27 99 57
Ohio State 2 * 2 3 2 3 2 2 2 2
Oklahoma 8 * 8 9 5 6 6 8 5 5
Oklahoma State 11 * 14 5 15 10 11 10 14 20
Old Dominion * * * * * * * * 16 29
Oregon * * 21 * 23 * * 29 91 75
Penn State 6 * 6 6 6 8 7 5 4 4
San Diego St. * * * * * * * * 19 41
Stanford 14 * 17 18 14 15 17 15 8 7
TCU * * * 20 20 * * 28 35 31
Tennessee 24 * 19 * * 18 24 22 30 13
Texas 23 * 13 23 21 24 21 19 76 56
Tulsa * * * * * * * * 21 21
UCLA * * * * * 25 * 31 78 62
USC 4 * 5 2 4 7 4 4 17 15
USF 21 * 24 17 18 20 23 18 6 22
Utah 25 * * 25 * 21 25 24 58 49
Virginia Tech 22 * 25 * 25 13 18 21 31 14
Washington 7 * 4 8 7 5 8 5 11 10
Wash. St. * * * * * * * * 12 11
West Virginia 20 * * 22 * 23 22 25 70 72
Wisconsin 10 * 12 11 10 12 12 11 3 3