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Showing Which Teams Have the Best Win-Loss Records Considering Their Schedules—to Date

The Clemson Tigers Are #1

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  • With wins over #2 Alabama and #3 Notre Dame, undefeated Clemson—the first undefeated national champion in 5 years—posts the highest rating (.843) since Auburn in 2010-11
  • The SEC lands 6 teams in the top-25 (all in the top-12), the Big Ten 5, the Big 12 3, and the Pac-12, ACC, American Athletic, and Mountain West 2 apiece
  • Army finishes in the top-25
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Final 2017-18 Rankings
Final 17 Pre-Bowl Rankings

Rating
 W 
 L 
Sched.
Strength
Sched. 
Rank
vs. Current
Top-10
vs. Current
#11-25
Other 
Losses
1.
Clemson
.843
15
0
.573
14
2-0
2-0
0
2.
Alabama
.821
14
1
.591
3
3-1
1-0
0
3.
Notre Dame
.796
12
1
.559
25
1-1
2-0
0
4.
Ohio State
.782
13
1
.535
46
1-0
3-0
1
5.
Oklahoma
.763
12
2
.563
22
0-1
3-1
0
6.
Georgia
.750
11
3
.595
1
1-2
1-1
0
7.
LSU
.731
10
3
.581
6
2-1
0-2
0
8.
Michigan
.730
10
3
.580
8
0-2
2-1
0
9.
UCF
.720
12
1
.456
88
0-1
1-0
0
10.
Kentucky
.713
10
3
.560
24
0-1
2-1
0

Rank Team 
Rating
 W 
 L 
Sched. 
Strength
Sched. 
Rank
Conference
Rankings
Rating
W*
 L*
Sched.
Strength*
11.
Florida
.709
10
3
.555
28
  Southeastern
.647
56
12
.447
12.
Texas A&M
.701
9
4
.594
2
  Big 12
.586
26
10
.451
13.
Texas
.696
10
4
.575
12
  Atlantic Coast
.581
43
23
.490
14.
Washington St.
.695
11
2
.485
68
  Big Ten
.578
33
18
.489
15.
Fresno State
.683
12
2
.463
83
  Pac-12
.551
27
16
.474
16.
Syracuse
.675
10
3
.516
54
  Sun Belt
.461
24
20
.434
17.
Penn State
.668
9
4
.557
27
  Mountain West
.453
29
25
.431
18.
Washington
.665
10
4
.540
43
  American Athletic
.446
27
28
.452
19.
Boise State
.663
10
3
.502
60
  Mid-American
.402
19
35
.490
20.
Appalachian St.
.655
11
2
.440
100
  Conference USA
.401
26
36
.449
21.
Cincinnati
.655
11
2
.439
101
  *non-conference play
22.
Northwestern
.654
9
5
.572
15
 
23.
Army
.652
11
2
.436
103
 
24.
West Virginia
.650
8
4
.554
30
 
25.
Iowa
.649
9
4
.536
45
 
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RANK Team Rating Win Lose Schedule Strength Schedule Strength BCS Football Rankings RANK Team Rating Win Lose Schedule Strength Schedule Strength
Rank Team 
Rating
W
L
Sched. 
Strength
Sched. 
Rank
  Rank Team 
Rating
W
L
Sched. 
Strength
Sched. 
Rank
26.
Stanford
.648
9
4
.535
47
 
79.
San Diego State
.488
7
6
.465
82
27.
Mississippi State
.644
8
5
.578
9
 
80.
Louisiana Tech
.484
8
5
.415
116
28.
Utah State
.638
11
2
.422
111
 
81.
Memphis
.479
8
6
.437
102
29.
Auburn
.638
8
5
.571
16
 
82.
Wyoming
.475
6
6
.475
72
30.
Missouri
.636
8
5
.570
19
 
83.
Louisiana 
.470
7
7
.470
76
31.
Iowa State
.617
8
5
.549
34
 
84.
South Florida
.468
7
6
.445
94
32.
Utah
.617
9
5
.532
48
 
85.
Nebraska
.463
4
8
.564
20
33.
N.C. State
.612
9
4
.497
61
 
86.
Miami, Ohio
.452
6
6
.452
90
34.
Duke
.610
8
5
.542
39
 
87.
LA Monroe
.442
6
6
.442
97
35.
Troy
.606
10
3
.441
99
 
88.
Western Michigan
.440
7
6
.418
112
36.
UAB
.603
11
3
.426
109
 
89.
Southern Miss
.440
6
5
.413
120
37.
South Carolina
.599
7
6
.577
11
 
90.
Arizona
.438
5
7
.488
66
38.
Georgia Southern
.597
10
3
.431
105
 
91.
Eastern Michigan
.436
7
6
.414
118
39.
Oregon
.594
9
4
.477
71
 
92.
SMU
.431
5
7
.481
69
40.
Wisconsin
.585
8
5
.516
52
 
93.
UCLA
.429
3
9
.583
4
41.
Pittsburgh
.583
7
7
.583
5
 
94.
Colorado
.429
5
7
.479
70
42.
TCU
.580
7
6
.558
26
 
95.
Toledo
.426
7
6
.404
124
43.
Michigan State
.576
7
6
.554
29
 
96.
Florida Atlantic
.419
5
7
.468
79
44.
Oklahoma State
.575
7
6
.552
32
 
97.
Coastal Carolina
.418
5
7
.467
80
45.
Boston College
.573
7
5
.523
49
 
98.
Liberty
.417
6
6
.417
114
46.
Minnesota
.572
7
6
.549
35
 
99.
Air Force
.406
5
7
.455
89
47.
Baylor
.564
7
6
.541
40
 
100.
Illinois
.396
4
8
.496
62
48.
Wake Forest
.562
7
6
.539
44
 
101.
Charlotte
.394
5
7
.443
95
49.
Virginia
.559
8
5
.489
65
 
102.
Massachusetts
.372
4
8
.470
77
50.
Purdue
.557
6
7
.580
7
 
103.
Kansas
.367
3
9
.519
50
51.
Vanderbilt
.551
6
7
.573
13
 
104.
Louisville
.362
2
10
.570
18
52.
Arizona State
.539
7
6
.516
53
 
105.
Navy
.349
3
10
.511
56
53.
Miami, Fla.
.534
7
6
.511
57
 
106.
Arkansas
.347
2
10
.554
31
54.
Georgia Tech
.534
7
6
.511
58
 
107.
UNLV
.339
4
8
.435
104
55.
Marshall
.533
9
4
.416
115
 
108.
Oregon State
.335
2
10
.540
41
56.
Temple
.531
8
5
.462
86
 
109.
Akron
.335
4
8
.430
108
57.
Buffalo
.528
10
4
.398
127
 
110.
South Alabama
.324
3
9
.471
74
58.
Tennessee
.528
5
7
.577
10
 
111.
North Carolina
.320
2
9
.513
55
59.
Florida State
.521
5
7
.571
17
 
112.
New Mexico
.320
3
9
.466
81
60.
Ohio
.519
9
4
.403
125
 
113.
Colorado State
.316
3
9
.462
84
61.
BYU
.517
7
6
.494
63
 
114.
East Carolina
.316
3
9
.462
85
62.
Mid. Tenn. St.
.517
8
6
.474
73
 
115.
Ball State
.315
4
8
.409
121
63.
Indiana
.513
5
7
.563
21
 
116.
Old Dominion
.312
4
8
.405
123
64.
California
.513
7
6
.490
64
 
117.
UTSA
.302
3
9
.446
93
65.
Nevada
.511
8
5
.442
98
 
118.
Tulsa
.299
3
9
.442
96
66.
Maryland
.511
5
7
.561
23
 
119.
Rutgers
.290
1
11
.551
33
67.
North Texas
.507
9
4
.392
129
 
120.
New Mexico State
.290
3
9
.431
107
68.
Fla. International
.506
9
4
.391
130
 
121.
Texas State
.275
3
9
.413
119
69.
Northern Illinois
.502
8
6
.459
87
 
122.
Georgia State
.274
2
10
.469
78
70.
Arkansas State
.501
8
5
.431
106
 
123.
Bowling Green
.269
3
9
.407
122
71.
Texas Tech
.498
5
7
.548
36
 
124.
Western Kentucky
.264
3
9
.400
126
72.
Kansas State
.498
5
7
.548
37
 
125.
San Jose State
.257
1
11
.510
59
73.
Tulane
.494
7
6
.471
75
 
126.
Rice
.250
2
11
.446
92
74.
Virginia Tech
.493
6
7
.517
51
 
127.
Connecticut
.240
1
11
.486
67
75.
Mississippi
.492
5
7
.542
38
 
128.
Kent State
.232
2
10
.414
117
76.
Houston
.492
8
5
.423
110
 
129.
Central Michigan
.192
1
11
.417
113
77.
USC
.490
5
7
.540
42
 
130.
UTEP
.180
1
11
.397
128
78.
Hawaii
.489
8
6
.446
91
 
 

 
The Anderson & Hester Rankings are distinct in four ways: 

1. Unlike the polls, these rankings do not reward teams for running up scores.  Teams are rewarded for beating quality opponents, which is the object of the game.  Posting large margins of victory, which is not the object of the game, is not considered. 

2. Unlike the polls, these rankings do not prejudge teams.  These rankings first appear after the season's sixth week, and each team's ranking reflects its actual accomplishments — on the field, to date — not its perceived potential. 

3. These rankings compute the most accurate strength of schedule ratings.  Each team's opponents and opponents' opponents are judged not only by their won-lost records but also, uniquely, by their conferences' strength (see #4). 

4. These rankings provide the most accurate conference ratings.  Each conference is rated according to its non-conference won-lost record and the difficulty of its non-conference schedule. 


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