Final End of Season Network Ranking

by Patrick Rhamey

Nothing changes in the final end of season ranking in the top 4.  If the CFPC is interested in sending the top four teams, those teams are Alabama, Western Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan.  Assuming they will overlook Western Michigan, they should add Washington.  

Typically in the top 5-10 you have a series of 1 loss teams with not-so-bad losses to either an undefeated team or another 1 loss team who lost to an undefeated team, and as a result, the conference championships tend to sort out these one loss teams before the final ranking is released.  This is not the case this year, beyond Alabama and Western Michigan, with all other teams having significant losses.  Further, while Western Michigan may have inferior wins to Alabama, Ohio State, or Michigan, they have better wins than Washington, as further evidence of their quality.  The chaos of this year, the most significant of any season since the Network Ranking began, highlights the importance of an unbiased, objective, evidence based method of organizing wins and losses to determine who truly earned a playoff berth.

Assuming the CFPC is set on leaving out WMU, they should have Ohio State and Michigan play a rematch from the epic game a couple weeks back on a neutral field and let Washington try their hand at Alabama.  You send Penn State to the Rose and Clemson to the Orange because the evidence just isn't there with both teams having lost to Pitt.  Furthermore, in Clemson's case, their wins just aren't there either, having the worst quality best win (Florida State) among any of the teams the CFPC is likely to consider for the playoff.

Top 25 (Explanation; Full Ranking):

  1. Alabama
  2. Western Michigan
  3. Ohio State
  4. Michigan
  5. Washington
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Clemson
  8. Nebraska
  9. Penn State
  10. USC
  11. Stanford
  12. Iowa 
  13. Colorado
  14. Northwestern
  15. Oklahoma
  16. West Virginia
  17. Florida State
  18. Minnesota
  19. Tennessee
  20. Washington State
  21. Houston
  22. LSU
  23. Texas A&M
  24. Boise State
  25. Florida