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Overall Rationale:
The 5 teams who just missed my ranking: Oregon, USC, Army, NDSU, and App State. The biggest changes to my ranking (+5 spots): Iowa State (-5), USC (UR), Buffalo (UR), Oklahoma St (NEW), and Ball State (NEW). I treated my top 4 as if I was ranking for the playoffs. I see Alabama and Clemson in a tier by themselves. Then I see teams like A&M, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Indiana, Georgia, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, and Florida as the next tier. All these teams feel fairly equal to me. I left Notre Dame out because they lost big in the second match to Clemson, and I'm not looking to see a third match between them. People have a point when they say A&M also lost big in their one shot against Alabama. I'm going with the mindset that a team can improve as the season goes along, this is not the same A&M team that squeaked out a win against Vandy. A&M invites these close games with the slow pace they play at. I also have them at 3 instead of Ohio State because this would avoid the Alabama vs Texas A&M rematch unless A&M were to make the national title game. Neither Coastal or Cincy made it because I couldn't decide between them and see them as fairly equal. I've had Coastal actually ahead of Cincy the last couple weeks and just now bumped Cincinnati over for them winning their conference championship game. And my last reason for my "playoff" ranking is because I'm a homer and knew that A&M wouldn't make the real playoffs. A man can dream...

Rank Team Reason
1 Alabama Crimson Tide
2 Clemson Tigers
3 Texas A&M Aggies
4 Ohio State Buckeyes
5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
6 Indiana Hoosiers
7 Georgia Bulldogs
8 Cincinnati Bearcats
9 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
10 Florida Gators
11 Oklahoma Sooners
12 BYU Cougars
13 Iowa State Cyclones
14 Northwestern Wildcats
15 North Carolina Tar Heels
16 San José State Spartans
17 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns
18 Tulsa Golden Hurricane
19 Miami Hurricanes
20 Iowa Hawkeyes
21 Texas Longhorns
22 NC State Wolfpack
23 Liberty Flames
24 Oklahoma State Cowboys
25 Ball State Cardinals

Submitted: Tue 22 Dec 2020 15:08