Just recently we wrote about how excited we are to have our Hour Glass rankings back for 2018 and how we are doubling down on last year’s success by expanding our coverage. You can read about that here. As we detail out our power rankings, how the system we use works and more.
In our initial story we explain the analytics, the criteria and give you our initial power rankings for 2018. Now it’s time to look at how we think the season will look come post conference championship weekend.
We have tons of data coming your way in the form of conference and team previews, but today we want to focus on who we think will be in the College Football Playoff, the New Year’s Day Six and more.
Power Rankings differ from final rankings because schedules come into play – who you play, when, where, order off opponents and more factor into how good a team could be. It is important to understand our power rankings stand as basically a measuring stick of how strong teams are; almost like a Vegas line.
As always there will be some drama as we approach the College Football Playoff, but it will most likely always be that way, until this hot puppy is expanded – even then there will be controversy.
The SEC, ACC and BIG 10 look to again be the power players in college football, which means you should expect a representative from those conference in the playoff. That leaves us with the BIG12 and PAC12 or a very unlikely scenario where we see a Group of Five team crash the party.
While we saw two teams from the same conference in the playoff this past year in Georgia and Alabama, I wouldn’t look for that to become a common thing. This year, both the BIG12 and PAC12 have some interesting teams, but the BIG12 looks like it will cannibalize itself and we will discuss that more in our BIG12 primer.
The PAC12 however should be a fun league this year and all eyes will be on Washington in week one as they play Auburn to open the season on a neutral field. Make no mistake this ballgame with Washington and Auburn is a week one College Football Playoff elimination game. If Washington can win that ball game they will be the team to beat early on in the PAC12 and could run all the way to the playoff.
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