This week’s college football league standings will be more stable than last week’s Monday edition when only five ranked teams lost with Oklahoma being the only top 10 to drop. Of course, this isn’t the same as the top 25 polls, so teams can move around even if they both win. I don’t predict movement near the top of the charts this week, but it is certainly possible.
Here are the criteria committee members consider when developing the weekly CFP Leaderboard:
- The power of schedule
- Conference Championship (when decided)
- Results compared to the general opponent
- Results against ranked opponents
Thankfully, the committee’s definition of “rated competitor” is different from what you’re used to seeing. The chart they use is last week’s CFP Ranking. They don’t consider where teams are ranked when matches are played in the CFP, AP Top 25, etc. Using a match-time ranking is the most useless way to determine “ranked opponents” class”. In fact, the committee specifically prohibits the use of any pre-season polls.
There are also criteria that are not specifically listed and may never be said by anyone. These include things like win rates. Teams don’t always have their strengths in check on the schedule, but they can make strides to offset weaknesses by overwhelming the opponents they face.
Also, game controls are back! In fact, it never went away, but we’ll certainly never hear that term again. Regardless, when the committee chairman mentioned halftime scores, like Gary Barta did when he talked about the North Carolina-Notre Dame game last week, you know control of the game is important. important. It’s better to build an early lead than a late lead, even if the outcome is the same. (No game control statistics. This is purely an eye test.)
With that in mind, here’s how I expect the CFP Leaderboard to look at Tuesday night’s release.
Note: This prediction is based solely on results to date. It does not reflect Final prediction for the playoff. Predictions are not complete and complete until the end of the season is possible found here.
College Playoff Ranking Predictions
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