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Ballot Type: hybrid

Overall Rationale:
My poll is a hybrid poll that is primarily based on a computer poll I developed. After my computer spits out the results, I take the values that are given for each team and break the ranking into tiers. I'll re-rank within tiers to allow for some adjustment for common sense. The computer poll itself has a preseason component and a performance-based component. The preseason component is based on team performance in recent years, recent recruiting, returning production, and coaching stability. This component was the entirety of my preseason poll. The performance-based component introduces winning percentage, points per game difference, and yards per play difference with strength of schedule adjustment. The overall ranking combines these two different components at different weights depending on how many games a team has played. Given the shorter and more uncertain season, I've sped up the rate at which the preseason component is phased out.3rd team in Tier J and therefore the first team out this week was Texas.

Rank Team Reason
1 BYU Cougars 1/1 in Tier A
2 Alabama Crimson Tide 1/2 in Tier B
3 Cincinnati Bearcats 2/2 in Tier B
4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1/4 in Tier C: Head-to-head win over Clemson puts them ahead of the Tigers.
5 Clemson Tigers 2/4 in Tier C
6 Ohio State Buckeyes 3/4 in Tier C
7 Marshall Thundering Herd 4/4 in Tier C
8 Wisconsin Badgers 1/2 in Tier D
9 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 2/2 in Tier D
10 Florida Gators 1/3 in Tier E
11 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns 2/3 in Tier E
12 North Carolina Tar Heels 3/3 in Tier E
13 Miami Hurricanes 1/2 in Tier F
14 Northwestern Wildcats 2/2 in Tier F
15 Texas A&M Aggies 1/3 in Tier G
16 Oklahoma State Cowboys 2/3 in Tier G
17 Oregon Ducks 3/3 in Tier G
18 Oklahoma Sooners 1/4 in Tier H
19 Appalachian State Mountaineers 2/4 in Tier H
20 UCF Knights 3/4 in Tier H
21 USC Trojans 4/4 in Tier H
22 SMU Mustangs 1/2 in Tier I
23 Washington Huskies 2/2 in Tier I
24 Georgia Bulldogs 1/3 in Tier J
25 Indiana Hoosiers 2/3 in Tier J

Submitted: Mon 16 Nov 2020 23:27