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)
This shows the strength of the conferences based on the tier points system.