Collecting final 2014 college football rankings as soon as each releases
We’ll add the Coaches Poll here around noon ET, the AP around 2 p.m. ET, and the one that actually matters — the Playoff top 25 — around 3 p.m. ET. For now, here are the computers.
The top of the rankings were unaffected by upsets on championship weekend, as Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State, Baylor and TCU all handled business on the last weekend of regular season college football.
Instead, the arguments shifted to the strength of the wins, as only FSU’s victory over Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship was a single-digit margin of victory. But FSU secured a conference title with the win, as did Alabama, Oregon and Ohio State, while TCU and Baylor have to settle for a split of the Big 12 title. Here’s our guess on how that shakes out for the College Football Playoff.
The selection committee will release its final rankings of the year on Sunday afternoon, setting the table for the first-ever Playoff and the remainder of the New Year’s Six bowls. We’ll add it right here, plus the others as they hit the streets.
Here are the rankings after the final week of the regular season:
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The four rankings here:
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The College Football Playoff rankings: The one that matters. The top four teams make the semifinals, while the other New Year’s Six bowls are matched up based on the rest of the rankings.
The Associated Press Top 25: The longest-running and best-respected human poll. Usually comes out Sundays around 2 p.m. ET.
The USA Today Coaches Poll: Formerly part of the BCS, and now just a poll. Though polling athletic departments in order to rank other athletic departments is dubious, we still want multiple human polls in here, and it’s the other big one. Releases early Sunday afternoons.
The Massey computer composite: A collection of … every computer rating out there, plus a couple polls. By including it here, we’re giving extra weight to the two human polls, since they’re already two of the dozens of ratings included in the Massey. It changes over the course of the week as more rankings arrive, so we’ve included the latest version as of publication.