MSU #7, Michigan #17 in first CFB Playoff Poll

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The first College Football Playoff Poll has been released, and Michigan State is within striking distance of one of the four playoff spots.

The Spartans (8-0) open the poll as ranked seventh in the country heading into their final four games of the season.

Michigan (6-2) is at #17 in the first poll of 2015.

The new CFB Playoff Top 25 looks like this:

  1. Clemson
  2. LSU
  3. Ohio State
  4. Alabama
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Baylor
  7. Michigan State
  8. TCU
  9. Iowa
  10. Florida
  11. Stanford
  12. Utah
  13. Memphis
  14. Oklahoma State
  15. Oklahoma
  16. Florida State
  17. Michigan
  18. Ole Miss
  19. Texas A&M
  20. Mississippi State
  21. Northwestern
  22. Temple
  23. UCLA
  24. Toledo
  25. Houston

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1 Comment

  • An Anonymous Freakonomist

    More crooked than the NFL.
    This system is completely whacked. The metrics used are so numerous, so arbitrary, so convoluted, and applied in such a mathematically unsound manner, that they can be easily manipulated to favor any one team or any group of teams. Or more accurately, to exclude certain groups of teams *cough, cough, B1G 12, cough, cough*.

    The college playoff ranking system is a **deliberate** snow-job being foisted upon a mathematically-challenged public by a group of individuals with a vested financial interest in the placement of certain teams in certain positions. Note the word “deliberate” there. This accusation itself can be mathematically proven, by the way, using techniques established by economist Steven Levitt. I have run the numbers myself, and will release them if major reforms do not take place within the next year.

    The current system is deliberately rigged, folks. Numbers don’t lie. And anyone with an advanced knowledge of math can prove it fairly easily.

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