The college football rankings that matter matter will arrive on Tuesday, when the College Football Playoff committee releases its first 2018 top 25, but Sunday brings a fresh load of rankings from every other outlet.
After a Week 9 in which eight AP-ranked teams lost to unranked teams and Georgia, Washington State, and Penn State won ranked games, expect everything to feel like a fresh start anyway — in the bottom half of the rankings, at least. On Monday morning, we’ll also post an article predicting what the Playoff rankings will look like, just for fun.
Below, we’re collecting major top-25 rankings as they come out after Week 9.
Think of Tuesday’s Playoff committee rankings as a preview of the rankings that will decide the postseason. And think of Sunday’s main human poll releases as a preview of that preview.
Editor’s note: Georgia and Michigan are tied in Coaches Poll votes this week.
Selection Sunday college football rankings
|Notre Dame, 12-0||3||3||6||4||7|
|Ohio State, 12-1||6||5||7||5||4|
|Penn State, 9-3||12||13||11||11||10|
|Washington State, 10-2||13||12||25||13||16|
|West Virginia, 8-3||16||15||20||18||12|
|Mississippi State, 8-4||18||18||12||15||8|
|Texas A&M, 8-4||19||21||19||17||17|
|Fresno State, 11-2||21||19||10||19||23|
|Iowa State, 8-4||24||25||-||-||-|
|Boise State, 10-3||25||23||-||22||-|
|North Dakota State, FCS||-||-||-||-||24|
|Utah State, 10-2||-||-||21||-||-|
The key thing, but not out until Tuesday nights around 7:10 p.m. ET. They’ll be in a separate post.
The historical gold standard of human polls. Releases Sundays at 2 p.m. ET.
SB Nation’s favored college football advanced stat, which tends to perform well against the Vegas spread, along with offering much deeper evaluations of teams. Usually releases Sunday afternoon.
Every poll and rating smashed into one continually updating ranking, more or less. Yep, there are dozens and dozens of weekly CFB rankings! We’ll update it a couple times throughout Sunday.
A long-running computer ranking that also includes FCS teams. Usually releases early Sunday.
Doesn’t matter much, and often is more a poll of PR directors than actual coaches. Releases around noon ET on Sundays.