Heading into the first release of the 2023 College Football Playoff Committee Rankings (10/31), Michigan still sits in the #1 spot of our power rankings…sign-stealing scandals notwithstanding.
Oregon remains #2, while undefeated Washington has slipped from the top 4 after an uncomfortably close victory over Stanford. Texas has returned to the top of the Big XII after Kansas’s upset of previously unbeaten Oklahoma. And Georgia is racing back up the poll…faster than expected based on their early-season performances.
As a reminder, these ratings are based purely on our best estimate of predictive power (in the upcoming games), not a “most-deserving” resume ranking or a prediction of how the committee will vote. Since the ratings here are intended to be predictive, they utilize both in-season results (about 75%) and preseason information (about 25%) to optimally estimate team power. The specific percentage used for in-season/preseason depends on the number of games played.
For a score prediction between two teams, compute the difference between their power ratings, and add 2.3 for home field advantage.
A rating of zero indicates an average FBS team.