If preseason projections were ignored, Ohio State and Michigan would rank as the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country, according to the S&P+ advanced analytics ratings system. The Buckeyes and Wolverines are currently ranked second and fourth, respectively, in the latest AP Top 25 poll.
S&P+ top 10 if no preseason projections involved: 1 Oh St, 2 Mich, 3 L’ville, 4 Bama, 5 Wash, 6 Miami, 7 Houston, 8 Clemson, 9 Fla, 10 COLO!
— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) October 6, 2016
According to Football Outsiders, “The S&P+ Ratings are a college football ratings system derived from the play-by-play and drive data of all 800+ of a season’s FBS college football games (and 140,000+ plays).” From there, the ranking adjusts for what football reporter Bill Connelly calls the “Five Factors of college football”: efficiency, explosiveness, field position, finishing drives and turnovers.
S&P+ currently has Ohio State ranked No. 1 by a considerable margin, followed by Alabama, Michigan, Clemson and Louisville.