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Let’s collect 2018’s first in-season college football rankings as they roll in

A long Week 1 is in the books. Here’s where the chips have fallen, for now.

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The college football season is actually happening now, so we’re getting top-25 rankings with actual meaning, instead of fleeting preseason lists that default to having Texas at No. 23. The sport’s major rankings roll out throughout the day on Tuesday.

There isn’t ton of movement at the top, though teams like Auburn, Notre Dame, and Virginia Tech are moving up across the board after big ranked wins.

The usual disclaimers apply. The only ranking that matters in the end is the Playoff selection committee’s ranking on Selection Sunday, and the committee can change its mind suddenly. It doesn’t even start to release weekly Playoff rankings until around Halloween.

We’ll update each of the following rankings as they release. These are usually out on Sundays, but because of Week 1’s weird schedule, it’s Tuesday this time.

The Associated Press Top 25

The historical gold standard of human polls.

  1. Alabama (48 first-place votes)
  2. Clemson (12)
  3. Georgia
  4. Ohio State
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Auburn
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Washington
  10. Stanford
  11. LSU
  12. Virginia Tech
  13. Penn State
  14. West Virginia
  15. Michigan State
  16. TCU
  17. USC
  18. Missisippi State
  19. UCF
  20. Boise State
  21. Michigan
  22. Miami
  23. Oregon
  24. South Carolina
  25. Florida

The Massey composite

Every poll and rating smashed into one continually updating ranking, more or less. We’ll update this one a couple times throughout the day when rankings come out.

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Georgia
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Auburn
  8. Penn State
  9. Notre Dame
  10. LSU
  11. Stanford
  12. Washington
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. Michigan State
  15. USC
  16. Oklahoma State
  17. TCU
  18. Boise State
  19. UCF
  20. Mississippi State
  21. Iowa
  22. Northwestern
  23. Miami (T-23)
  24. Michigan (T-23)
  25. NC State

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.

  1. Alabama
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Clemson
  4. Ohio State
  5. Georgia
  6. MISSISSIPPI STATE!
  7. Auburn
  8. Notre Dame
  9. LSU
  10. BOISE STATE!
  11. Washington
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Wisconsin
  14. Utah
  15. MEMPHIS!
  16. TCU
  17. Stanford
  18. Penn State
  19. Florida
  20. Oregon
  21. Texas A&M
  22. Michigan
  23. UCF
  24. BOSTON COLLEGE!
  25. Ole Miss

The Sagarin ratings

A long-running computer that also includes FCS teams.

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Clemson
  5. Auburn
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Washington
  8. Virginia Tech
  9. IOWA!
  10. Georgia
  11. Mississippi State
  12. Stanford
  13. LSU
  14. Oklahoma State
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Penn State
  17. Michigan State
  18. Michigan
  19. USC
  20. TCU
  21. Texas A&M
  22. West Virginia
  23. Boise State
  24. Utah
  25. BOSTON COLLEGE!

The USA Today Coaches Poll

Doesn’t matter much, and often is more a poll of PR directors than actual coaches.

  1. Alabama (59 first-place votes)
  2. Clemson (3)
  3. Georgia
  4. Ohio State (1)
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Auburn
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Stanford
  10. Penn State
  11. Washington
  12. USC
  13. Michigan State
  14. Virginia Tech
  15. LSU
  16. TCU
  17. West Virginia
  18. Mississippi State
  19. Boise State
  20. UCF
  21. Miami
  22. Michigan
  23. Oklahoma State
  24. South Carolina
  25. Florida