2016 Preseason Rankings Comparison
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.