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2019 Internet Playoff Tree

It's that time of year.  Here is how The Internet decides who is on the playoff tree:

Autobid for P5 Conference Champ Champs (as long as bowl eligible)
Autobid for highest ranked G5 Champ (Bowl Eligible)
Remaining Spots filled by highest ranked teams
Teams Reseeded by judging both Elo and Fake Formula

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G5 Title Tree

Now that all the G5 bowl games are complete, The Internet can share the rankings of the G5/Independent Tree with you!

  1. Appalacian State
  2. Notre Dame
  3. Cincinatti
  4. Florida Atlantic
  5. Hawai'i
  6. Temple
  7. Miami (Oh)
  8. SMU


The Final Rankings

I don't feel this should be shocking to anyone.    LSU over Clemson was a bit of a judgement call by The Internet, it admits, but the LSU strength of schedule is so much better than Clemson that even though Clemson a very dominant regular season, The Internet gave the edge to them. 

Memphis and Boise State might be the biggest surprises to anyone, but the numbers were really good, and the only teams that could theoretically rank ahead of them having two losses, the Elo and Fake formula lead The Internet to elevate them. 

All right, here are the rankings for posterity:

Week 13 & Week 14

Sorry Thaksgiving got me.

Week 12 - Not Unique

The rankings of The Internet actually look a lot like the CFP ratings this week.  One of the reasons for that is that The Internet decided to downgrade Rutgers.  In the past The Internet has treated a P5 team like a P5 team no matter what, but it's clear that Rutgers is much worse than even most G5 teams and should not get that same consideration.  The Interent is also considering lowering the value of some other P5 schools that have not had success this season.

Here are the ranks for posterity:

Week 11 - BYEs Prevail

A lot of college football was out this week, which caused a lot of the rankings to be pretty much they would've been last week had The Internet not decided to focus on Elo.  Back on its regular focus, though, and I think The Internet has put together something signifigantly more fair that what's going on in in the College Football main rankings.  There is no way that Alabama should be fourth.  They just haven't done enough to earn it this season.  It really reinforces the idea that the playoffs are just one big giant SEC wank.

Anyway, here are the ranks for posterity:

Playoff Ranks Released

So as you can probably tell, The Internet's ranks don't quite matchup with the newly released college football playoff rank score.  But it could've.  A tweak here, a tweak there, and they aren't that far off (although there isn't a formula that The Internet maintains that doesn't rank Clemson first).

Week 8: The Great DeRanking

The Internet was pretty crabby this weekend.   After several teams that It had highly ranked lost, The Internet threw a bit of a fit, and de-ranked ten teams!

It is a bit difficult progmatically to represent this on the poll's back end, so it might take a while to get updated.  Or, it might never get updated at all.  Here are the ranks though, for posterity:

Week 7 - Shuffle the Deck

The first thing you probably are noticing about Week 7 is that it's pretty much just a reshuffling of the teams from last week, despite some teams having some very prominent losses.   Which leads to some very strange ranks, such as Arizona still being ranked.  Those of you out there who know me know I'm an Arizona fan and probably think I'm fixing things to do this.  Wanting to avoid this, I asked The Internet to explain the phenomena:


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