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Three Ways to Rate Major College Football Teams

The Associated Press canvasses a rotating panel of sportswriters and broadcasters for its poll, while USA Today/CNN asks college coaches to rank teams. The New York Times computer ranking factors in scores, caliber of competition, even home-field advantage.

Rank Team Record

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1 Nebraska 10-0-0

2 Ohio State 10-0-0

3 Florida 9-0-0

4 Tennessee 8-1-0

5 Northwestern 9-1-0

6 Florida State 8-1-0

7 Kansas State 9-1-0

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8 Notre Dame 8-2-0

9 Colorado 8-2-0

10 Texas 7-1-1

11 Southern Cal 8-1-1

12 Michigan 8-2-0

13 Virginia 8-3-0

14 Arkansas 8-2-0

15 Kansas 8-2-0

16 Oregon 8-2-0

17 Alabama 8-2-0

18 Texas A&M 6-2-0

19 Penn State 6-3-0

20 Virginia Tech 8-2-0

21 Auburn 7-3-0

22 Washington 6-3-1

23 Syracuse 7-2-0

24 Clemson 7-3-0

25 Miami 6-3-0

USA Today/CNN

Rank Team Record

1 Nebraska 10-0-0

2 Ohio State 10-0-0

3 Florida 9-0-0

4 Tennessee 8-1-0

5 Northwestern 9-1-0

6 Florida State 8-1-0

7 Kansas State 9-1-0

8 Texas 7-1-1

9 Colorado 8-2-0

10 Notre Dame 8-2-0

11 Southern Cal 8-1-1

12 Virginia 8-3-0

13 Arkansas 8-2-0

14 Michigan 8-2-0

15 Texas A&M 6-2-0

16 Oregon 8-2-0

17 Kansas 8-2-0

18 Virginia Tech 8-2-0

19 Alabama 8-2-0

20 Auburn 7-3-0

21 Penn State 6-3-0

22 Syracuse 7-2-0

23 Washington 6-3-1

24 Clemson 7-3-0

25 Brigham Young 6-3-0

The New York Times

Rank Team Record

1 Nebraska 10-0-0

2 Florida 9-0-0

3 Tennessee 8-1-0

4 Ohio State 10-0-0

5 Northwestern 9-1-0

6 Notre Dame 8-2-0

7 Florida State 8-1-0

8 Kansas State 9-1-0

9 Colorado 8-2-0

10 Texas 7-1-1

11 Washington 6-3-1

12 Arkansas 8-2-0

13 Michigan 8-2-0

14 Virginia Tech 8-2-0

15 Virginia 8-3-0

16 Brigham Young 6-3-0

17 Alabama 8-2-0

18 Southern Cal 8-1-1

19 Oregon 8-2-0

20 Kansas 8-2-0

21 Auburn 7-3-0

22 Air Force 7-3-0

23 Toledo 9-0-1

24 Texas Tech 6-3-0

25 Texas A&M 6-2-0