About the Ranking Comparison

Purpose | Content | Format | Key | Credits


The first college football ranking comparison was published in 1995. It contained 5-10 ranking systems. Now that number has grown to nearly 100! David Wilson has categorized all college football rankings on the web, and maintains a
list of links. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank him for his efforts, they are much appreciated.

The primary purpose of the ranking comparison is to present the large variety of rankings in an easily accessible and understood format. By displaying all the rankings in one web page, teams and rating systems may be easily compared with each other.

The comparison is open to any set of well developed computer generated ratings, as well as widely published national polls such as the AP or USA Today Coaches'. If you have a set of rankings that you think should be included, please let me know.


The ranking comparison gladly accepts any ranking that results from: The current policy is to exclude the following (although some may be grandfathered in):
  • Independent fan or small group human polls.
  • Meta-rankings, which are just compilations of other systems.
  • Ad hoc calculator feasible formula systems.
If you are aware of any rankings that meet the criteria that are not currently included in the comparison, please email me.


It is a challenge to present so much information clearly on one web page. As the number of rankings has grown, a convienent display of them has become more difficult. Because it seems unneccessary to list the actual continuous scale ratings, I list only the ordinal rankings (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd,...). This provides sufficient information to accomplish the goal of comparing teams and rating systems.

The plain text version sorts the teams by consensus ranking vertically, and sorts the ranking systems by correlation horizontally. Team names are listed at regular intervals so that they will always be visible. The high (red) and low (blue) rankings for each team are highlighted.

At the top of the comparison, the rankings are arranged in groups of five with links to their corresponding web sites. Each ranking system is also assigned a three character abreviation, which is displayed every ten teams. For example the Massey Ratings are abreviated by MAS. Consensus and correlation measures are displayed to the right and bottom of the page.



I would like to thank everyone who has provided comments and suggestions regarding the ranking comparison. Many of the emails I have received were very insightful. Special appreciation goes to those individuals who have allowed me to include their computer rankings in the comparison. I hope the effort has been helpful to us, as well as a valuable resource to the college football fan.
Kenneth Massey | Revised September 7, 2006 | Massey Ratings