• college football poll - championship edition

    After trouncing the Buckeyes last night, Alabama pulls into a commanding lead to finish with its fourth friedcheese.org national championship. They previously won in 2009 (the first year of the poll!), 2015, and 2016, although the latter two are retroactive (i.e., I wasn’t actively updating the poll during those seasons.)

    Not surprisingly, 32.3203125 “wins” is the lowest total for a champion yet, given that so few games were played this year in comparison to a season not taking place during a global pandemic… The next closest is Florida State’s 39.34375 “wins” in 2014.

    1 - Alabama (13-0) (32.3203125)
    2 - Louisiana (10-1) (24.53650665283203)
    3 - Coastal Carolina (11-1) (22.807388305664062)
    4 - BYU (11-1) (22.77869415283203)
    5 - Texas A&M (9-1) (22.6640625)
    6 - Ohio State (7-1) (21.255859375)
    7 - Oklahoma State (8-3) (21.0865478515625)
    8 - Ball State (7-1) (18.4404296875)
    9 - Oklahoma (9-2) (18.063720703125)
    10 - Texas (7-3) (17.0460205078125)
    11 - Iowa State (9-3) (17.0196533203125)
    12 - Cincinnati (9-1) (16.833526611328125)
    13 - Liberty (10-1) (16.540557861328125)
    14 - Notre Dame (10-2) (16.498046875)
    15 - Georgia (8-2) (16.21002197265625)
    16 - Buffalo (6-1) (15.919921875)
    17 - Clemson (10-2) (15.685546875)
    18 - San José State (7-1) (13.0771484375)
    19 - West Virginia (6-4) (12.0069580078125)
    20 - Northwestern (7-2) (11.595100402832031)
    21 - TCU (6-4) (10.821533203125)
    22 - Miami (OH) (2-1) (10.22021484375)
    23 - Nevada (7-2) (9.81689453125)
    24 - Florida (8-4) (8.2169189453125)
    25 - Appalachian State (9-3) (8.1641845703125)

    Anyway, just so I have it written down somewhere, here is a list of all the friedcheese.org national champions to date, based on the current algorithm:

    2009 - Alabama
    2010 - Auburn
    2011 - LSU
    2012 - Notre Dame
    2013 - Florida State
    2014 - Florida State
    2015 - Alabama
    2016 - Alabama
    2017 - UCF
    2018 - Clemson
    2019 - LSU
    2020 - Alabama

  • college football poll - bowl edition

    Things are finally (kind of) looking normal after bowl season. Our graph is finally connected! The Crimson Tide vault to a commanding lead before next week’s champsionship game, and their scarlet and gray opponents jump to #6. (If the Buckeyes can pull of a win, will they end up in #1? I think there’s a decent chance – they’d inherit a bunch of SEC “wins” from ‘Bama.)

    1 - Alabama (12-0) (29.3203125)
    2 - Louisiana (10-1) (24.53650665283203)
    3 - Coastal Carolina (11-1) (22.807388305664062)
    4 - BYU (11-1) (22.77869415283203)
    5 - Texas A&M (9-1) (22.6640625)
    6 - Ohio State (7-0) (22.255859375)
    7 - Oklahoma State (8-3) (21.0865478515625)
    8 - Ball State (7-1) (18.4404296875)
    9 - Oklahoma (9-2) (18.063720703125)
    10 - Texas (7-3) (17.0460205078125)
    11 - Iowa State (9-3) (17.0196533203125)
    12 - Cincinnati (9-1) (16.833526611328125)
    13 - Liberty (10-1) (16.540557861328125)
    14 - Notre Dame (10-2) (16.498046875)
    15 - Georgia (8-2) (16.21002197265625)
    16 - Buffalo (6-1) (15.919921875)
    17 - Clemson (10-2) (15.685546875)
    18 - San José State (7-1) (13.0771484375)
    19 - West Virginia (6-4) (12.0069580078125)
    20 - Northwestern (7-2) (11.970100402832031)
    21 - TCU (6-4) (10.821533203125)
    22 - Miami (OH) (2-1) (10.22021484375)
    23 - Nevada (7-2) (9.81689453125)
    24 - Florida (8-4) (8.2169189453125)
    25 - Appalachian State (9-3) (8.1641845703125)

  • college football poll - week 16

    Not many changes after conference championships.

    1 - Coastal Carolina (11-0) (24.75)
    2 - BYU (10-1) (22.34375)
    3 - Cincinnati (9-0) (20.609375)
    4 - Louisiana (9-1) (20.1552734375)
    5 - Notre Dame (10-1) (17.1912841796875)
    6 - Clemson (10-1) (16.3787841796875)
    7 - San José State (7-0) (12.20703125)
    8 - Miami (8-2) (12.1214599609375)
    9 - Alabama (11-0) (12.0)
    10 - Army (9-2) (10.8701171875)
    11 - Liberty (9-1) (10.71697998046875)
    12 - Tulsa (6-2) (10.623046875)
    13 - Ohio State (6-0) (9.25)
    14 - Oklahoma State (7-3) (9.1953125)
    15 - UCF (6-3) (9.1123046875)
    16 - Texas A&M (8-1) (9.0)
    17 - Boise State (5-2) (7.95703125)
    18 - NC State (8-3) (7.79144287109375)
    19 - Appalachian State (8-3) (7.7646484375)
    20 - Indiana (6-1) (7.5)
    21 - Ball State (6-1) (7.0)
    22 - North Carolina (8-3) (6.9578857421875)
    23 - Tulane (6-5) (6.849609375)
    24 - Colorado (4-1) (6.8125)
    25 - SMU (7-3) (6.69140625)

  • college football poll - week 15

    Not many changes this week.

    1 - Coastal Carolina (11-0) (24.625)
    2 - BYU (10-1) (22.125)
    3 - Louisiana (9-1) (19.8125)
    4 - Cincinnati (8-0) (18.125)
    5 - Notre Dame (10-0) (18.0703125)
    6 - Clemson (9-1) (14.6328125)
    7 - Miami (8-2) (11.53173828125)
    8 - Alabama (10-0) (11.5)
    9 - San José State (6-0) (11.203125)
    10 - Tulsa (6-1) (10.833984375)
    11 - Liberty (9-1) (10.703369140625)
    12 - Boise State (5-1) (8.953125)
    13 - Oklahoma State (7-3) (8.82421875)
    14 - Appalachian State (8-3) (8.640625)
    15 - Texas A&M (7-1) (8.5)
    16 - UCF (6-3) (8.3544921875)
    17 - Ohio State (5-0) (8.25)
    18 - USC (5-0) (8.125)
    19 - Army (8-2) (7.8857421875)
    20 - NC State (8-3) (7.77783203125)
    21 - Air Force (3-2) (7.59375)
    22 - Indiana (6-1) (7.5)
    23 - Iowa State (8-2) (7.396484375)
    24 - Colorado (4-1) (7.0625)
    25 - Buffalo (5-0) (6.875)

  • college football poll - week 14

    Coastal Carolina moves to the front of the pack after its win over BYU, who stays in the #2 spot.

    1 - Coastal Carolina (10-0) (22.927734375)
    2 - BYU (9-1) (20.35546875)
    3 - Louisiana (9-1) (19.208984375)
    4 - Notre Dame (10-0) (17.97265625)
    5 - Cincinnati (8-0) (17.96875)
    6 - Miami (8-1) (15.31640625)
    7 - Clemson (9-1) (14.26953125)
    8 - Alabama (9-0) (11.0)
    9 - San José State (5-0) (10.599609375)
    10 - Tulsa (6-1) (10.427734375)
    11 - Liberty (9-1) (9.455078125)
    12 - Colorado (4-0) (9.375)
    13 - Texas A&M (7-1) (8.5)
    14 - Ohio State (5-0) (8.25)
    15 - Boise State (4-1) (8.099609375)
    16 - UCF (6-3) (8.0341796875)
    17 - Florida (8-1) (8.0)
    18 - Oklahoma State (6-3) (7.90234375)
    19 - Marshall (7-1) (7.8544921875)
    20 - Appalachian State (7-3) (7.787109375)
    21 - Indiana (6-1) (7.5)
    22 - NC State (8-3) (7.064453125)
    23 - Air Force (3-2) (6.82421875)
    24 - Buffalo (4-0) (6.375)
    25 - Memphis (6-3) (5.740234375)

  • college football poll - week 13

    Thanks to COVID, a last-minute Colorado v. SDSU game was played on Saturday, merging the Pac-12 component of the graph in with the mega-component occupied the ACC, Big 12, and friends. The Buffs’ win was good enough for them to become the first Pac-12 team to break into the Top 25, to boot.

    Not much change at the top, as #1 - 8 remain the same as last week.

    1 - BYU (9-0) (20.060546875)
    2 - Cincinnati (8-0) (17.53125)
    3 - Notre Dame (9-0) (17.34765625)
    4 - Coastal Carolina (9-0) (17.083984375)
    5 - Louisiana (8-1) (16.904296875)
    6 - Marshall (7-0) (14.7607421875)
    7 - Miami (7-1) (14.19140625)
    8 - Clemson (8-1) (13.69140625)
    9 - Appalachian State (7-2) (11.583984375)
    10 - Alabama (8-0) (10.5)
    11 - Tulsa (5-1) (10.076171875)
    12 - Florida Atlantic (5-1) (9.330810546875)
    13 - UCF (6-3) (8.6787109375)
    14 - Liberty (9-1) (8.64935302734375)
    15 - San José State (4-0) (8.6083984375)
    16 - Oklahoma State (6-2) (8.41796875)
    17 - Boise State (4-1) (8.3583984375)
    18 - Texas A&M (6-1) (8.0)
    19 - Florida (7-1) (7.5)
    20 - Memphis (6-2) (7.466796875)
    21 - Ohio State (4-0) (7.125)
    22 - Colorado (3-0) (6.5)
       - Indiana (5-1) (6.5)
    24 - Buffalo (4-0) (5.75)
    25 - NC State (7-3) (5.7281494140625)

  • college football poll - week 12

    The Bearcats are closing in on the Cougars after their win over UCF yesterday.

    The Pac-12 finally occupies a single connected component of the graph (we’re down to 5 total now!), with Oregon leading the pack at #32.

    1 - BYU (9-0) (18.9404296875)
    2 - Cincinnati (8-0) (17.25)
    3 - Notre Dame (8-0) (16.2294921875)
    4 - Coastal Carolina (8-0) (15.7705078125)
    5 - Louisiana (7-1) (15.66796875)
    6 - Marshall (7-0) (14.17041015625)
    7 - Miami (7-1) (13.16162109375)
    8 - Clemson (7-1) (12.9482421875)
    9 - SMU (7-2) (10.8896484375)
    10 - Tulsa (5-1) (10.044921875)
    11 - Alabama (7-0) (10.0)
    12 - Appalachian State (6-2) (9.2373046875)
    13 - Florida Atlantic (5-1) (9.210205078125)
    14 - Memphis (5-2) (8.94482421875)
    15 - Oklahoma State (5-2) (7.90234375)
    16 - San José State (4-0) (7.89129638671875)
    17 - Northwestern (5-0) (7.75)
    18 - Liberty (8-1) (7.74456787109375)
    19 - UCF (5-3) (7.4150390625)
    20 - Texas A&M (5-1) (7.25)
    21 - Boise State (4-1) (7.20379638671875)
    22 - Florida (6-1) (7.0)
    23 - Nevada (5-0) (5.875)
    24 - Ohio State (4-0) (5.5625)
    25 - Texas (5-2) (5.21484375)

  • college football poll - week 11

    I don’t think anyone is going to touch BYU as long as they keep winning, at least until bowl season.

    I did a little analyzing of the data, and there are currently six different components of our graph:

    • ACC, Big 12, and non-MAC G5 conferences. This component has 75 teams, which is why the poll is currently so skewed toward this group.
    • SEC
    • Big Ten
    • MAC
    • There are two Pac-12 groups! So far, the Arizona schools and USC have only played each other, so they’re still separated from the rest of the conference.

    1 - BYU (8-0) (17.563232421875)
    2 - Louisiana (7-1) (14.8857421875)
    3 - Cincinnati (7-0) (14.859375)
    4 - Notre Dame (8-0) (14.5625)
    5 - Coastal Carolina (7-0) (13.69287109375)
    6 - Marshall (7-0) (13.67431640625)
    7 - Miami (7-1) (11.875)
    8 - Liberty (8-0) (11.5)
       - Clemson (7-1) (11.5)
    10 - SMU (7-2) (10.671875)
    11 - Alabama (6-0) (9.5)
    12 - Oklahoma State (5-1) (9.484375)
    13 - Tulsa (4-1) (9.1484375)
    14 - Appalachian State (6-1) (8.92041015625)
    15 - Memphis (4-2) (8.8359375)
    16 - San José State (4-0) (7.6484375)
    17 - UCF (5-2) (7.390625)
    18 - Texas A&M (5-1) (7.25)
    19 - Florida Atlantic (4-1) (6.875)
    20 - Georgia Southern (6-2) (6.77099609375)
    21 - Northwestern (4-0) (6.5)
       - Florida (5-1) (6.5)
    23 - Texas (5-2) (5.625)
    24 - Boise State (3-1) (5.2734375)
    25 - Nevada (4-0) (4.875)

  • college football poll - week 10

    BYU pulls ahead even more from the rest of the pack after its win over Boise State on Friday, and Clemson drops from the top 3 after losing in epic double-overtime duel to now-#5 Notre Dame.

    We finally have some Big Ten teams in the Top 25, with my Northwestern Wildcats coming in at #22 and WINdiana joining UGA at #25.

    The Pac-12 season started this week, and the 1-0 teams out west are all tied for #42.

    1 - BYU (8-0) (16.02001953125)
    2 - Cincinnati (6-0) (13.96875)
    3 - Louisiana (6-1) (13.814453125)
    4 - Coastal Carolina (7-0) (13.5947265625)
    5 - Notre Dame (7-0) (13.5)
    6 - Marshall (6-0) (12.093994140625)
    7 - SMU (7-1) (12.0)
    8 - Liberty (7-0) (11.5)
       - Clemson (7-1) (11.5)
    10 - Miami (6-1) (10.75)
    11 - Alabama (6-0) (9.5)
       - Memphis (4-2) (9.5)
    13 - Appalachian State (5-1) (7.75634765625)
    14 - Oklahoma State (5-1) (7.59375)
    15 - Texas A&M (5-1) (7.25)
    16 - Georgia Southern (5-2) (6.25146484375)
    17 - San José State (3-0) (5.875)
       - Florida Atlantic (3-1) (5.875)
    19 - Florida (4-1) (5.75)
    20 - UCF (4-2) (5.59375)
    21 - Army (6-1) (5.125)
    22 - Northwestern (3-0) (5.0)
    23 - Texas (5-2) (4.765625)
    24 - Tulsa (3-1) (4.515625)
    25 - Indiana (3-0) (4.25)
       - Georgia (4-2) (4.25)

  • college football poll - week 9

    The top few spots remain dominated by G5 teams who’ve actually had non-conference games. I’m guessing that it may be bowl season before we see any of the usual suspects rise to the top, although the winner of next week’s Clemson/Notre Dame game may have a shot.

    Meanwhile, the Big Ten is slowly but surely rising after their second week of play. WINdiana leads the pack, currently at #30. Will any of them break through into the Top 25 next week?

    Also, Pac-12 play begins next week. How long will it take for any of those teams to appear?

    1 - BYU (7-0) (14.0196533203125)
    2 - Cincinnati (5-0) (13.1953125)
    3 - Coastal Carolina (6-0) (12.593994140625)
    4 - Louisiana (5-1) (12.43798828125)
    5 - Clemson (7-0) (12.25)
    6 - SMU (6-1) (11.2265625)
    7 - Marshall (5-0) (10.84375)
    8 - Notre Dame (6-0) (10.3125)
    9 - Miami (5-1) (10.125)
    10 - Alabama (6-0) (9.5)
    11 - Memphis (3-2) (8.828125)
    12 - Liberty (6-0) (7.7421875)
    13 - Oklahoma State (4-1) (7.1015625)
    14 - Appalachian State (4-1) (6.880859375)
    15 - Georgia (4-1) (5.75)
    16 - Texas A&M (4-1) (5.625)
    17 - UCF (4-2) (5.4921875)
    18 - Army (6-1) (5.125)
    19 - Florida Atlantic (2-1) (5.0)
    20 - Tulsa (3-1) (4.4765625)
    21 - Florida (3-1) (4.25)
    22 - Virginia Tech (4-2) (4.16845703125)
    23 - Texas (4-2) (4.06640625)
    24 - San José State (2-0) (3.875)
       - Boise State (2-0) (3.875)

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