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How do This Week’s CFP Rankings Compare to the Computers?



Here’s a quick update to the CFP vs. 100+ computer polls I posted last week. Let’s see how the Committee stacks up this week.

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Green means you are rated higher by the CFP committee than the computer polls. Red means you are rated lower. A few notes:

Iowa remains at No. 8 in the computer polls, but their 40-20 win over 2-9 Purdue was enough to push them up a spot in the Committee’s rankings. They are now rated four spots higher than the computers rank them.

Michigan State moved up four spots in both sets of rankings this week — CFP and computers. Still, they remain two spots higher in the CFP rankings than they do in the computer polls.

Ohio State dropped from 3rd to 8th in the CFP rankings, but only dropped one spot in the computer polls. As a result, they are now 4 spots lower in the CFP poll than the computer polls.

Northwestern gained respect in both sets of rankings this week, but the Committee remains enamored with them, as they have defeated three Committee members’ schools (Stanford, Nebraska, Wisconsin). I’m sure that doesn’t have anything to do with it, though.

TCU dropped five spots in the computer polls this week, but the Committee only dropped them one spot after OU’s 1-point win in Norman. This seems like either a sign from the Committee that they got TCU wrong last week, or – more likely – shows the Committee’s newfound respect for OU.

Washington State. I had to check to make sure I had this one right. The Committee was impressed enough with Wazzu’s win over Colorado that they moved them into the rankings at No. 20. Meanwhile, the computers have them 16 spots lower at No. 36.

Temple’s win over Memphis propelled them to No. 25 in the CFP rankings, eight spots higher than the computers.

Who got left out? LSU is 20th in the computer poll but unranked by the CFP Committee.

Here’s how it looks by conference:

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The Pac 12 looks way out of wack, but that is really just one team – Washington State. Outside of that anomaly,once again it’s the Big 10 that is favored by the Committee and the Big 12 that is frowned upon.

Here’s how the conferences stack up according to the computer polls this week:

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