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2015 Preseason Rankings Comparison

Updated 7/30/15

It is our tradition to provide a comparison of our Congrove Computer Rankings rankings, preseason voter polls, and a selection of widely-read season preview magazines.

Last year, the College Football Playoff replaced the wildly unpopular BCS. The foundation of the playoff is a 13-member committee which independently determines a "Final 4" for an end-of-season mini playoff. For the 2015 season, the committee will release its own weekly rankings beginning November 3. The final rankings, playoff seeding and other bowl matchups will be announced on December 6.

There are often amazing similarities between the preseason "voter polls" (coaches, AP) and the preseason annuals which would seemingly defy logic. After all, there is an inherent difference between a "poll" and a "preseason magazine prediction". The magazines are typically picking where they think the teams will be at the end of the year. The human are generally determining where the teams should be ranked to begin the year.

It is NOT the goal of The Congrove Computer Rankings (CCR) to try to match the rankings of the AP or Coaches' Poll, or any other rankings for that matter, but rather to present a more accurate and unbiased ranking.

The CCR Preseason Rankings are the "projections" of how teams should perform through the regular season, and the CCR Current Rankings are how the teams stack-up on day one of the season.

Here is a sampling of this season's rankings, listed in alphabetical order of the teams that appear on at least one published Top 25 list.

Abbreviation descriptions
USAT - USA Today
TSN - The Sporting News
SI - Sports Illustrated
CCR Proj - Congrove Computer Rankings - Projected Final Regular Season Rankings.
CCR Wk. 1 - Congrove Computer Rankings - Opening Week Rankings.
Cons. Rank - Consensus rankings exclude both Congrove Computer Rankings to allow for comparison to the CCR.

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Team Coaches AP Athlon Lindy's Phil Steele USAT TSN SI Cons. Rank CCR (Proj.) CCR (Wk.1)
Alabama 3 * 2 3 4 5 5 5 3 * *
Arizona 22 * * 19 * 15 17 17 25 * *
Arizona State 16 * 13 14 * 11 19 19 18 * *
Arkansas 20 * 16 * 22 * 15 15 24 * *
Auburn 7 * 4 8 14 2 3 3 5 * *
Baylor 4 * 3 5 5 6 7 7 4 * *
Boise State 24 * 25 22 23 16 21 21 16 * *
Clemson 12 * 14 9 17 12 11 11 12 * *
Florida State 8 * 9 12 8 7 9 9 9 * *
Georgia 9 * 10 10 6 14 18 18 11 * *
Georgia Tech 17 * 18 15 * 23 12 12 19 * *
LSU 13 * 15 13 10 19 14 14 13 * *
Miami (Fla.) * * 7 6 21 8 * 8 31 * *
Michigan State 6 * * * 9 * 8 * 7 * *
Mississippi 15 * 11 * 20 9 16 16 17 * *
Mississippi State * * 21 * * * 25 25 26 * *
Missouri 23 * * 25 24 18 23 23 22 * *
Nebraska * * * * * 25 * * 32 * *
Notre Dame 11 * 12 7 12 22 10 10 10 * *
Ohio State 1 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 * *
Oklahoma 19 * 17 21 18 21 20 20 15 * *
Oklahoma State * * * 18 * 24 * * 28 * *
Oregon 5 * 8 4 11 10 4 4 6 * *
Penn State * * * * 19 * * * 30 * *
Stanford 21 * 24 * 7 4 24 24 20 * *
TCU 2 * 5 2 2 3 2 2 2 * *
Tennessee 25 * 22 17 25 * 22 22 21 * *
Texas A&M * * 20 23 * * * * 29 * *
UCLA 14 * 23 20 15 17 13 13 14 * *
USC 10 * 6 11 3 13 6 6 8 * *
Virginia Tech * * * 24 16 * * * 27 * *
Wisconsin 18 * 19 16 13 20 * * 23 * *


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