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Rankings

Rankings are very serious business. Serious business is boring business. The Top Whatever (see the latest edition below -- the editions before that one will probably not work) is the only college football ranking that takes itself appropriately seriously. For real, none of them actually matter, outside of like one month at the end of the season.

The BVP Award: Celebrating CFB’s most CFB players

Finally, an award that honors college football’s history of THAT GUYs. Let’s use the whole 21st century so far as reference.

156 rivalry trophies, ranked by a merchant in a role-playing game

We love all these objects. But what if we had to depend on them in order to defeat a horde of level 50 mutant capybaras?

2019’s CFP field is loaded, compared to 2014-2018

In most years, there’s a clear dropoff between the top team or two and the rest.

5 ways to improve college football’s Selection Sunday

The ESPN show will remain three hours long regardless, so we might as well have some more fun with it.

Bad Idea Time: Replace conference title games with FLEX GAMES

Two teams in your conference can play a 13th game against each other. Spend it more wisely.

6 things every rivalry can learn from great Thanksgiving rivalries

Let’s apply some semi-science to figure out what makes a great Rivalry Week battle, then try to apply it to every game.

The Auburn Tigers, college football’s greatest ruiner of things

A short history of a long story: Auburn’s crimes against football.

College football’s many GAMES OF THE CENTURY, somewhat ranked

Every few years, we get a game of the century. Let’s codify that a little bit and see which GAMES OF THE CENTURY are truly OF THE CENTURY.

How Playoff rankings actually work: short and long versions

The committee’s rankings release every Tuesday in the latter half of the season.

Bad Idea Time: Let every conference share Rutgers

The Scarlet Knights provide one of the most valuable services in all of college football.

Actually, the AP Poll is great ... if you use it right

Don’t pay too much attention to weekly fluctuation. Instead, look at how this week fits into a decades-long history.

How to tell if your CFB season has an unusual number of contenders

It probably doesn’t, but here are two charts to check just in case.

Blood Week: How to spot a truly chaotic college football weekend

The joyous phenomenon, defined and explained.

A history of CFB’s 44 last-place games, from 1869 to 2019

Here’s one way of finding every season in which the two worst major-level CFB teams played each other.

There’s more to life than strength of schedule

The source of endless argument is far from the only way to decide which teams are good.

Notre Dame’s schedule strength is pretty much always fine

Check the numbers.

Best vs. most deserving: top-4 teams will often miss the CFP

You gotta win your games.

College football rankings, ranked

How important are FBS’ many numbers?

How the BCS’ endless self-tinkering influenced the Playoff

Twenty years ago, the BCS unveiled its original formula, and college football was never controversial ever again.