Sports analytics from Laura Albert's team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering

NCAA college football rankings: October 3, 2016

We are kicking off our college football rankings a bit earlier this year, although we don’t really have enough completed games to use as input to our math model, and therefore some of the teams in our top 25 look like they don’t belong (We’re looking at you, Georgia Tech!). Stay tuned! In future weeks our rankings will improve with more data.

1 Michigan
2 Tennessee
3 Alabama
4 Louisville
5 Clemson
6 Washington
7 Texas A+M
8 Ohio State
9 Nebraska
10 Western Michigan
11 Wisconsin
12 Miami-Florida
13 Florida
14 Houston
15 Georgia Tech
16 Colorado
17 West Virginia
18 Appalachian State
19 Air Force
20 Auburn
21 Baylor
22 U.C.L.A.
23 Troy
24 Maryland
25 Boise State