You know what Eliteness says, but what do the most popular algorithms say? Who do they think are the top Playoff and National Championship contenders? In this article, we’ll take a look with something I call “AlgoStats.”
How This Works
I went through the most popular algorithms, took their rankings from prior to conference championship weekend, and then determined which algorithms best predicted the 4 playoff teams as well as the national champion. I then weighted the top four algorithms based on their accuracy. Then I created two different rankings below. The one on the left is based on “College Football Playoff” selection accuracy. The one on the right is based on eventual “National Champion” accuracy. For a team to be included, they have to be ranked within the top 20 of one of these algorithms.
(Disclaimer: I’m sure the fine people who came up with these algorithms will say that the purpose I am using them for is not exactly what they are designed to do. I acknowledge that and believe that the way I am using them is beneficial to readers.)
Here are the AlgoStats standings after Week 3.
Heading into week 4, the AlgoStas have these current playoff favorites:
- #1 Alabama
- #2 Clemson
- #3 Ohio State
- #4 LSU
The current favorite to win the National Championship is Alabama.