Rivalry Weekend finally gave us some action near the top of college football’s rankings. Ohio State destroyed Michigan, Texas A&M beat LSU in one of football’s wildest games ever, Washington and Oklahoma won top-20 games, and more.
Now we head into conference championship weekend knowing who’ll play for each league title and awaiting Tuesday night’s College Football Playoff rankings reveal to set the table for the final Saturday.
We’ve updated each of the below top-25 rankings as they’ve released. Explanations for each of these rankings are below the table.
These aren’t my rankings. Three of these are produced each week by computers, while two are Sunday’s human polls.
The Playoff committee’s rankings come out Tuesday. Here are a bunch of other rankings, as they come out:
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 College Football Playoff committee rankings
The key thing, but not out until Tuesday nights around 7:10 p.m. ET. They’ll be in a separate post. Until they come, all the rest of this stuff is the best we’ve got.
The Associated Press Top 25
The historical gold standard of human polls. Releases Sundays at 2 p.m. ET.
Bill Connelly’s S&P+ ratings
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.
The Massey composite
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.
The Sagarin ratings
A long-running computer ranking that also includes FCS teams. Usually releases early Sunday.
The USA Today Coaches Poll
Doesn’t matter much, and often is more a poll of PR directors than actual coaches. Releases around noon ET on Sundays.