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We’re in the fourth year of the College Football Playoff, which represents almost an entire recruiting cycle – the true freshmen in the 2014 season are now seniors. It feels like a good time to evaluate which teams have been ranked the most often, and the highest on average, in the playoff era.

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While 58 schools have been ranked at some point by the College Football Playoff selection committee, just three have been ranked in every edition of the rankings.

Here’s the full breakdown:

Ranked the most

Here are the schools that have the 10 highest totals for the number of weeks ranked in the College Football Playoff rankings. Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State – the three schools that have won a national championship in the CFP era – have appeared in every set of rankings since the first on Oct. 28, 2014.













School Weeks Ranked Active Streak
Alabama 22 22 weeks
Clemson 22 22 weeks
Ohio State 22 22 weeks
Oklahoma 20 15 weeks
Florida State 19 0 weeks
Utah 19 0 weeks
LSU 18 5 weeks
Wisconsin 17 9 weeks
Auburn 16 9 weeks
Michigan State 16 3 weeks
TCU 16 3 weeks

Ranked the highest on average

Which schools have the highest average rankings when they appear in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s top 25? Alabama has a ridiculous average ranking of 2.05. The Crimson Tide’s worst ranking in the CFP era was sixth, which was in the committee’s first rankings in 2014.

Miami, of course, benefits from its undefeated start this season. The Hurricanes were never ranked in the past three years of the College Football Playoff, so their average ranking is based on only a three-week sample size.












School Average Ranking (Weeks ranked)
Alabama 2.05 (22 weeks)
Ohio State 6.23 (22 weeks)
Miami 6.67 (3 weeks)
Notre Dame 7.25 (12 weeks)
Iowa 7.43 (7 weeks)
Washington 7.44 (9 weeks)
Oregon 8.18 (11 weeks)
Penn State 8.89 (9 weeks)
TCU 9.00 (16 weeks)
Baylor 9.43 (14 weeks)

Selection day darlings

Only seven schools have been ranked on selection day in each of the last three seasons. Four of the seven have made the College Football Playoff, with three of them making the playoff multiple times. The other three schools – USC, Utah and LSU – have been staples in the College Football Playoff rankings, but they have never finished better than ninth.









School 2014 2015 2016 Average Final Ranking
Alabama 1 2 1 1.33
Ohio State 4 7 3 4.67
Clemson 17 1 2 6.67
Florida State 3 9  11 7.67
USC 24 25 9 19.33
Utah 22 22 19 21.00
LSU 23 20 20 21.00

Complete breakdown

Here is the overall breakdown of each of the 58 schools that have been ranked in the top 25 by the College Football Playoff selection committee, along with their average ranking and their ranking on selection day during each of the last three seasons.




























































School Weeks Ranked Average Ranking 2014 Finish 2015 Finish 2016 Finish
Alabama 22 2.05 1 2 1
Ohio State 22 6.23 4 7 3
Clemson 22 7.82 17 1 2
Oklahoma 20 10.50 NR 4 7
Florida State 19 10.05 3 9 11
Utah 19 18.53 22 22 19
LSU 18 17.94 23 20 20
Wisconsin 17 12.94 18 NR 8
TCU 16 9.00 6 11 NR
Michigan State 16 10.00 8 3 NR
Auburn 16 11.63 19 NR 14
Oklahoma State 15 12.33 NR 16 12
Baylor 14 9.43 5 17 NR
USC 14 17.21 24 25 9
Michigan 13 9.92 NR 14 6
Mississippi State 13 10.31 7 NR NR
Notre Dame 12 7.25 NR 8 NR
Ole Miss 12 13.00 9 12 NR
Stanford 12 14.83 NR 6 18
Oregon 11 8.18 2 15 NR
Florida 11 14.45 NR 19 17
Louisville 11 15.27 21 NR 13
Georgia 10 10.10 13 NR NR
UCLA 10 16.10 14 NR NR
Washington 9 7.44 NR NR 4
Penn State 9 8.89 NR NR 5
Arizona 8 13.75 10 NR NR
Nebraska 8 16.25 NR NR NR
West Virginia 8 17.88 NR NR 16
Northwestern 8 18.75 NR 13 NR
Navy 8 20.50 NR 21 25
Washington State 8 21.38 NR NR NR
Boise State 8 21.88 20 NR NR
Iowa 7 7.43 NR 5 NR
Kansas State 7 10.43 11 NR NR
Arizona State 7 12.43 15 NR NR
North Carolina 7 16.00 NR 10 NR
Houston 7 21.29 NR 18 NR
Colorado 6 10.67 NR NR 10
Georgia Tech 6 17.17 12 NR NR
Virginia Tech 6 18.00 NR NR 22
Western Michigan 6 19.67 NR NR 15
Memphis 6 20.17 NR NR NR
Tennessee 6 21.17 NR 23 21
Temple 6 23.17 NR 24 24
Texas A&M 5 16.00 NR NR NR
Missouri 4 17.25 16 NR NR
Minnesota 4 23.25 25 NR NR
Miami 3 6.67 NR NR NR
UCF 3 17.00 NR NR NR
N.C. State 3 20.67 NR NR NR
Duke 3 22.33 NR NR NR
Iowa State 2 18.00 NR NR NR
Pittsburgh 2 24.00 NR NR 23
Toledo 2 24.00 NR NR NR
East Carolina 1 23.00 NR NR NR
Marshall 1 24.00 NR NR NR
Arkansas 1 25.00 NR NR NR

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