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AP Top Ranked NCAA Football Teams

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    I recently read the new AP top 25 NCAA football teams list and it got me thinking. Does anyone know just how accurate these AP lists are when it comes to figuring out who will make it the farthest in the season? I know it's pretty obvious when it comes to the top ranked teams that they'll most likely be one of the best teams of the season, but does it actually mean anything for the teams after N0.1 through No.3?

    For instance, here's the top five according to AP's new Top Ranked 25 list:

    No.1 Clemson

    No.2 Alabama

    No.3 Ohio State

    No.4 Notre Dame

    No.5 Georgia

    So I would assume that Clemson, Alabama and Ohio State will probably do great this season. But what about Notre Dame, Georgia and all the teams past No.5? Do they usually fall within the area they're ranked on this list?

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    PowerPlay Wrote:

    I recently read the new AP top 25 NCAA football teams list and it got me thinking. Does anyone know just how accurate these AP lists are when it comes to figuring out who will make it the farthest in the season? I know it's pretty obvious when it comes to the top ranked teams that they'll most likely be one of the best teams of the season, but does it actually mean anything for the teams after N0.1 through No.3?

    For instance, here's the top five according to AP's new Top Ranked 25 list:

    No.1 Clemson

    No.2 Alabama

    No.3 Ohio State

    No.4 Notre Dame

    No.5 Georgia

    So I would assume that Clemson, Alabama and Ohio State will probably do great this season. But what about Notre Dame, Georgia and all the teams past No.5? Do they usually fall within the area they're ranked on this list?

    I really wouldn't think so. Especially with all of this going on right now with athletic programs trying to get back on track. Is this a top 25 of all time, or a top 25 of just 2020?
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    The AP polls are very telling, and very important for college football. They are updated every week during the regular season. They are used to help determine who goes to the playoffs, and which teams play in which bowl games.

    But they don't tell you where a team is headed. They just rank the best 25 teams in the country as of right now, based off of what they have done so far - wins, strength of the wins, how good their opponents were in the those games (how impressive the win, or loss, was), etc.

    So if a #17 team beats a #2 team, the #17 team goes up a lot after that win, because they beat a very highly ranked opponent. And the #2 team would fall a good bit, because they allowed a #17 team to beat them.

    So the short answer is AP ranks are a snapshot of where teams rank today, but not necessarily where they will end up at the end of the season. Its updated every week. But if you make it into the top 4, you are a playoff team. So that's where it becomes most important.

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    College Football Rankings

    Here's a link for it. Updates every week. Useful to see who is going to be in the CFP, at any given week. Also seems necessary if you want to discuss which team is better than another - you start with the rankings and then debate. So, there's that. Happy