Here is the point system for tiers:
- 5 points – National Champion. 4 points – National Championship Game Participant. 3 Points – Elite Season (Any team that finishes in the Top 5 of the Final AP Poll or any team in the Top 15 that has defeated another Elite Team). 2 Points – Big Boy Season (the non-elite top 15 teams in the final AP Poll and any top 25 team that has defeated a top 15 team). 1 point – Fringe Top 25 Season (Any team left in the top 25 or has a winning record and has defeated a top 25 team). 0 Points – Mediocre Season (any team left with a winning record or any team with a .500 record that has beaten an FBS team with a winning record). -1 Points – Weak Season (Any team left with a .500 record or a team with a losing record that has beaten an FBS team with a winning record). -2 Points – Bottom Feeder (A team with a losing record that has not beaten an FBS team with a winning record)
The 2-year Snapshot incorporates the previous year’s results as well. Therefore, the 2018 ranking includes both 2018 and 2017. The 2017 ranking includes both 2017 and 2016, and so on. The goal here is to capture the perception of each team’s fans as to how the program is doing. Elite Programs for that year are in their team colors.