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Since 1993, the computer has picked the winner in 74.9% of games played.
In 16 BCS seasons, the preseason forecast picked 11 BCS title game participants.

Season Preview
The Congrove Computer Rankings have been compiled and the Season Preview is here.
Scroll down for the menu of conferences and a vast array of preseason information.
 
Learn More About Our Season Preview
Millions have studied our season previews over the years and an ever-increasing multitude of sports radio shows, newspaper sportswriters and bloggers have reported our projections. Why all the interest? Our previews are based on the Congrove Computer Rankings' proprietary formula that 'plays' every game and reconciles wins and losses across the board. As a result, we can present projections for the win-loss margin of every game, the record of every team, the standings of every conference, and realistic bowl matchups based on the College Football Playoff selection procedures and bowl invitation guidelines. Everything is connected to the computer's result of playing the games - there is no independent guesswork. We plainly show you what games your favorite team should win, and which games it needs to win to improve on its anticipated finish. It's the most unbiased forecast you can get as it draws exclusively from hard numbers such as each team's recent history, returning experience, and a mathematical comparison to the teams on its schedule. It is then up to the teams, their players and coaches to live up to the high expectations or overcome the documented weaknesses. CollegeFootballPoll.com is heading into its 16th season on the internet and the featured Congrove Computer Rankings are entering their 22nd season.
 
Conference Realignment - 2014
The team rosters of five conferences, plus the make-up of the independents, will be affected by realignment in 2014 and the ranks of the Football Bowl Subdivision will increase from 125 schools to 128 as Georgia Southern and Appalachian State enter the Sun Belt, and Old Dominion enters CUSA. In 2015, UNC-Charlotte is scheduled to join CUSA to become the 129th FBS member.
See Story - 2014 Standings
 
Preseason Rankings Comparison
See which teams the season preview magazines are forecasting to rank among the top 25.
Preseason Rankings Comparison

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF 'FINAL 4' and MAJOR BOWL PROJECTIONS
College Football Playoff Champion
FSU

College Football Playoff Championship
January 12 at Arlington, Texas
FSU vs. UCLA

Playoff Semifinal
January 1 (Sugar Bowl)
  Playoff Semifinal
January 1 (Rose Bowl)
FSU vs. Oklahoma   UCLA vs. Ohio State

Orange Bowl
December 31
  Cotton Bowl
January 1
  Chick-fil-A Bowl
December 31
  Fiesta Bowl
December 31
Miami vs. South Carolina   Oregon vs. Notre Dame   Auburn vs. UCF   SC Trojans vs. Texas A&M
Complete 2014 Bowl Schedule - Complete 2014 Bowl Projections - College Football Playoff Explained

RANKINGS
2014 PROJECTED FINAL REGULAR SEASON TOP 128
CCR Top 128 The Congrove Computer Rankings (CCR) forecasted the exact national title match-up in 1993, 1998 and 2005. It has picked at least one of the national title game contestants 12 times in its 21-year history (1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011). The team it picked to win the title played in the title game seven times (1993, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005), and won the title three times (1993, 1998, 1999).
Projected Final Regular Season Top 128 -- Current Top 128 -- More Polls & Rankings
COMPUTER RANKINGS and NATIONAL TITLES
See which teams the Congrove Computer Rankings forecasted to play for the title, and which match-up actually took place, for every season since the rankings began in 1993.
Computer Rankings and National Titles

CONFERENCE PREVIEWS
2014 ACC PREVIEW   2014 AMERICAN ATHLETIC PREVIEW   2014 BIG 10 PREVIEW
ACC   American Athletic   Big Ten
2014 Preview
2014 Schedules, Picks, Results
2014 Media Poll
2014 All-ACC Team
Past Champions
  2014 Preview
2014 Schedules, Picks, Results
2014 Media Poll
Past Champions
  2014 Preview
2014 Schedules, Picks, Results
2014 Media Poll
2014 Players To Watch
Past Champions

2014 BIG 12 PREVIEW   2014 CUSA PREVIEW   2014 INDEPENDENTS PREVIEW
Big 12   CUSA   NCAA Indpendents
2014 Preview
2014 Schedules, Picks, Results
2014 Media Poll
2014 All-Big 12 Team
Past Champions
  2014 Preview
2014 Schedules, Picks, Results
2014 Coaches' Poll
2014 All-CUSA Team
Past Champions
  2014 Preview
2014 Schedules, Picks, Results

2014 MAC PREVIEW   2014 MWC PREVIEW   2014 PAC-12 PREVIEW
MAC   Mountain West   Pac 12
2014 Preview
2014 Schedules, Picks, Results
2014 Media Poll
Past Champions
  2014 Preview
2014 Schedules, Picks, Results
2014 Media Poll
2014 All-MWC Team
Past Champions
  2014 Preview
2014 Schedules, Picks, Results
2014 Media Poll
Past Champions

2014 SEC PREVIEW   2014 SUN BELT PREVIEW
SEC   Sun Belt
2014 Preview
2014 Schedules, Picks, Results
2014 Media Poll
2014 Media All-SEC Team
Past Champions
  2014 Preview
2014 Schedules, Picks, Results
2014 Coaches Poll
2014 All-Sun Belt Team
Past Champions

OTHER STUFF
2014 PROJECTED STANDINGS   2014 BOWL SCHEDULE
The computer's projects the final overall and conference record of every team.
2014 Projected Standings
2014 CCR Projected Standings vs. Conference Polls
  The complete bowl schedule for the first year of the 4-team College Football Playoff. Several new bowls add games to the postseason lineup.
2014 Bowl Schedule

AWARDS    
Heisman Trophy Winners, All-Time
Bednarik Award - 2014 Watch List - Past Winners
Biletnikoff Award - 2014 Watch List - Past Winners
Butkus Award - 2014 Watch List - Past Winners
Walter Camp POY - 2014 Watch List - Past Winners
Groza Award - 2014 Watch List - Past Winners
Guy Award - 2014 Watch List - Past Winners
Hornung Award - 2014 Watch List - Past Winners
Lombardi Award - 2014 Watch List - Past Winners
  Mackey Award - 2014 Watch List - Past Winners
Maxwell Award - 2014 Watch List - Past Winners
Nagurski Trophy - 2014 Watch List - Past Winners
O'Brien Award - 2014 Watch List - Past Winners
Outland Trophy - 2014 Watch List - Past Winners
Rimington Trophy - 2014 Watch List - Past Winners
Thorpe Award - 2014 Watch List - Past Winners
Unitas Award - 2014 Watch List - Past Winners
Walker Award - 2014 Watch List - Past Winners

ALSO SEE:    
2014 Printable Schedules (.pdf) - Updated 8/19/14
2014 Coaching Changes
2014 College Football Playoff Explained
2014 Preseason Rankings Comparison
  Rules Changes: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
Best Teams In Congrove Computer History - '93-Now
Polls, 1936-Now
National Champions
CCR Champions, Since 1993

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