New college football conferences are in a state of upheaval, but the playoff system isn’t.
The playoff committee, which includes coaches and the presidents of each conference, has yet to decide which schools should participate.
The current rankings, compiled by ESPN, were released Tuesday night and the committee will release its own rankings later this week.
The committee’s new rankings are based on a statistical analysis of each school’s performance over the past four years.
Each school is awarded points based on the average points per game each team scored per opponent.
Each team is awarded one point per game, while the opponent’s points are used as a baseline.
The rankings were calculated using data from all 32 conferences, as well as all 32 conference schools.
Here’s a look at how the rankings break down.
New College Rankings Ranking School #1 Ohio State: 7,816 points (16th) #2 Clemson: 6,724 points (13th)#3 LSU: 6 in the top 10 (#4 Ohio State) #5 Alabama: 6.8 points (15th) LSU’s top ranking is due to a 3-0 record in the Orange Bowl against the Sooners.
The Tigers’ overall record was 4-2 last season.
#6 Michigan: 5,811 points (12th) Michigan’s #6 ranking is a result of a 7-2 season.
The Wolverines’ overall win total was 4,723.
Ohio State has the most points in the country over the last four years and the Buckeyes are also tied for the most total points in history.
Michigan has won 12 games in a row and was in the thick of the SEC East race last season, but they missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
#7 Michigan State: 5.3 points (10th) In this ranking, the Spartans are tied for 10th.
Michigan State won the Big Ten Championship, and the Spartans were a national championship contender in 2014.
#8 Clemson: 4,828 points (17th) Clemson’s #8 ranking is because of a 9-3 season.
Clemson’s overall record is 4-1 and the Tigers won the ACC Championship.
#9 Wisconsin: 4.3 in the Top 10 (#10 Michigan) #10 Oklahoma State: 4 in the No. 6 ranking (#11 Texas A&M) #12 Texas A & M: 4 points (11th) Texas A-State won the national championship last season and was ranked No. 1 in the AP poll for the third straight year.
The Aggies finished 8-4, but Texas A was ranked second.
Texas A finished 9-4 in 2013 and had a winning record for the last three seasons.
#13 Florida State: 3.9 in the Bottom 10 (#14 Texas A) #15 LSU: 3 in the #5 ranking (#16 Michigan State) The Tigers lost their final two games in the Big 12 and were ranked dead last in the league for the second straight year, losing to Kansas State and Baylor in the semifinals.
#16 Alabama: 2.5 in the Tier 2 (#17 Ohio State, #18 Michigan State, LSU) Ohio State finished in the bottom 10 last season with a 6-10 record, and it is tied for third with a 9.3 percent win rate.
Alabama finished 8th last season but is ranked 14th in the poll.
LSU was ranked 20th last year and finished with a 2-13 record, but is in the College Football playoff hunt.
#18 USC: 2 in the Elite Eight (#19 Wisconsin) #20 Auburn: 2nd in the East (#21 LSU) #22 Clemson: 2 #23 Florida: 2in the Top 25 (#24 Florida State) Auburn finished 8–3 last season before falling to the undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship.
The Seminoles had a 6–7 record, which was the second-worst record in FBS football.
#25 Florida State and LSU both finished 8 or higher in the polls last season (Florida State’s 8–4 finish was the best in the nation).
Both teams are ranked #2 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, and both finished with wins over teams ranked in the first eight.
Clemson won the 2013 SEC Championship after beating South Carolina and Auburn, and Auburn won the 2014 national championship after beating Alabama and Florida State.
Alabama beat Florida State in the Rose Bowl in 2016, but Auburn lost to Clemson in the Sugar Bowl in 2015.
#26 Arizona State: 2#27 Florida: 1 in Division I (#28 Georgia) The Sun Devils went 5–6 in 2016 but are ranked in 11th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA rankings.
Georgia is ranked 18th in DVOA.
#29 LSU: 1st in the Atlantic Coast Conference (#30 Georgia Tech) LSU is in a tough spot in the ACC Coastal Division with Virginia