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2017 Preseason Rankings Comparison

Updated 6/21/17

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
USAT - USA Today
S&S - Street & Smith's (formerly The Sporting News)
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 USAT S&S Cons. Rank CCR (Proj.) CCR (Wk.1)
Alabama * * 1 1 1 2 1 1 * *
Auburn * * 9 10 12 14 16 13 * *
Boise State * * * 24 * 16 * 27 * *
Clemson * * 7 7 8 9 5 8 * *
Florida * * 16 16 9 22 13 14 * *
Florida State * * 3 4 3 1 3 3 * *
Georgia * * 15 12 22 17 14 15 * *
Kansas State * * 22 * 24 * 20 23 * *
Louisville * * 18 13 17 19 15 17 * *
LSU * * 11 15 13 11 10 12 * *
Miami (Fla.) * * 23 19 11 * 19 20 * *
Michigan * * 10 14 16 4 9 10 * *
Northwestern * * * 21 * * * 30 * *
Notre Dame * * 20 * 19 * * 26 * *
Ohio State * * 2 3 2 3 2 2 * *
Oklahoma * * 8 9 5 6 6 7 * *
Oklahoma State * * 14 5 15 10 11 9 * *
Oregon * * 21 * 23 * * 29 * *
Penn State * * 6 6 6 8 7 6 * *
Stanford * * 17 18 14 15 17 16 * *
TCU * * * 20 20 * * 27 * *
Tennessee * * 19 * * 18 24 22 * *
Texas * * 13 23 21 24 21 18 * *
UCLA * * * * * 25 * 31 * *
USC * * 5 2 4 7 4 4 * *
USF * * 24 17 18 20 23 18 * *
Utah * * * 25 * 21 25 25 * *
Virginia Tech * * 25 * 25 13 18 21 * *
Washington * * 4 8 7 5 8 5 * *
West Virginia * * * 22 * 23 22 24 * *
Wisconsin * * 12 11 10 12 12 11 * *


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