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2016 Preseason Rankings Comparison

Updated 8/26/16

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 2016 season, the committee (reduced to 12 members due to the illness of Lloyd Carr), will release its own weekly rankings beginning October 30. The final rankings, playoff seeding and other bowl matchups will be announced on December 5.

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
TSN - The Sporting News
SI - Sports Illustrated
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.

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Team Coaches AP Athlon Lindy's Phil Steele TSN SI Cons. Rank CCR (Proj.) CCR (Wk.1)
Alabama 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1
Appalachian State * * * * * * * * 14 27
Arkansas * * * * * 23 * 32 28 18
Baylor 21 23 14 5 18 5 * 19 69 60
Boise State * * * * 16 * 25 26 32 46
BYU * * * * * * * * 8 10
Clemson 2 2 4 2 5 2 2 2 10 13
Florida 25 25 21 * * * * 25 67 57
Florida State 4 4 2 8 1 6 3 4 2 2
Georgia 16 18 17 18 23 19 16 17 31 34
Houston 13 15 16 12 20 14 8 13 11 19
Iowa 15 17 20 15 14 17 14 15 18 22
Louisville 23 19 19 14 21 22 15 18 27 16
LSU 6 5 9 9 4 12 5 6 6 3
Memphis * * * * * * * * 22 33
Miami (Fla.) * * * * 19 * * 30 84 49
Michigan 8 7 5 7 12 8 4 7 34 17
Michigan State 11 12 13 22 13 11 13 12 4 7
Mississippi 12 11 10 13 17 7 19 11 36 21
Nebraska * * * * 22 * * 31 58 52
North Carolina 20 22 22 25 * 18 22 23 17 14
Northwestern * * * * * * * * 20 9
Notre Dame 9 10 8 11 9 10 12 10 39 31
Ohio State 5 6 3 4 6 4 9 5 24 12
Oklahoma 3 3 6 3 3 3 6 3 3 4
Oklahoma State 19 21 25 16 * 16 17 20 9 11
Oregon 22 24 24 24 * 21 21 24 55 35
Pittsburgh * * * * * * * * 25 15
San Diego State * * * 19 * * 24 27 7 28
Stanford 7 8 12 10 10 9 11 9 5 8
TCU 14 13 18 20 11 25 20 16 19 23
Tennessee 10 9 7 6 7 13 10 8 12 5
Texas * * * * 24 24 * 28 64 54
Toledo * * * * * * * * 23 40
UCLA 24 16 15 23 15 * 23 21 52 32
USC 17 20 23 17 25 15 * 22 35 20
Utah * * * * * * * * 26 25
Washington 18 14 11 21 8 20 7 14 29 24
Washington State * * * * * * 18 29 15 29
Western Kentucky * * * * * * * * 13 26
Western Michigan * * * * * * * * 16 38
Wisconsin * * * * * * * * 21 6


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