Rankings on RoadTripSports.com
NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)
There are numerous organizations that rank the major colleges of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision on a weekly basis. As members of the Football Writers Association of America, our official poll at RoadTripSports.com is the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll. Our Publisher Kendall Webb also weighs in on a weekly basis with his own rankings – the College Football America 130 – which is a continuation of the preseason rankings in the College Football America Yearbook that is released each summer by our staff.
The official College Football Playoff rankings are the rankings that matter the most these days as they determine which four teams will compete in the College Football Playoff in January. The College Football Playoff selection committee members will meet weekly, in person, on Mondays and Tuesdays to produce rankings. The committee will issue its first rankings the first Tuesday in November. The committee’s rankings will be announced on ESPN each Tuesday evening continuing for the next five weeks.
The FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll was established at the conclusion of the 2013 season by long-time partners, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF). Voters rank the top 16 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, and the results will be released every Sunday of the 2017 season; the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The first poll of the regular season will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 5, to account for the games that will be played on Labor Day. The final poll will be released Dec. 3. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective. The poll utilizes a program designed by Sports Systems to compile the rankings.
Publisher Webb’s weekly rankings of all the teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.
The College Football Playoff Pool is Webb’s weekly ranking of the teams that are still in the running for the College Football Playoff listed in order of four groups that will receive priority. Group 1 is for undefeated teams from Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC). Group 2 is for one-loss teams from these same five conferences. Group 3 is for two-loss (or more) teams (primarily conference champions) from these five conferences that might receive consideration for the playoff if there are not enough undefeated or one-loss teams. And Group 4 is for undefeated teams from the remaining five FBS conferences (American, C-USA, MAC, Mountain West and Sun Belt) that might receive consideration from the playoff committee if there are not enough Power 5 teams that are considered worthy. The rankings vary from week-to-week based on each team’s upcoming opponent and how likely they are to remain in that group based on that match-up. Higher-ranked teams in each group are considered more likely to win while lower-ranked teams in each group are considered more likely to be upset.
NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)
The FCS Coaches Poll is voted on by coaches of FCS teams, and it is released on Mondays during football season.
NCAA Division II
The American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches Poll is voted on by coaches of Division II teams, and it is generally released on Mondays during football season.
NCAA Division III
The American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches Poll is voted on by coaches of Division III teams, and it is released early in the week (usually by Tuesday) during football season.
The NAIA Football Coaches Top 25 Poll is voted on by coaches of NAIA teams, and it is generally released on Mondays during football season.
The NCCAA Victory Bowl Rankings are released on Mondays during football season. Teams are ranked according to their Massey rating, and all NCCAA football members including those that hold dual membership in the NCAA or NAIA are included in the rankings. The top two teams in the rankings have the honor of playing in the Victory Bowl although sometimes that includes teams that may be eligible for the NAIA or NCAA playoffs. Bids are ultimately extended to the top two teams that are available to participate.
There’s only four football members of the USCAA, but we haven’t forgot about them. These aren’t actually rankings of how good we think each team is, but rather, just standings for the four teams that hold USCAA membership.
NJCAA and CCCAA Junior Colleges
There is no official junior college rankings that include both NJCAA and CCCAA teams although there are individual organizations that release combined rankings. So we take matters into our own hands, and each week Publisher Webb issues the College Football America Juco Top 30, a continuation of our preseason rankings in the College Football America Yearbook issued each summer.
Canada’s U Sports
Each week Publisher Webb also ranks all 27 of Canada’s college football programs in The U Sports 27.
Rankings from other websites and publications