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Where Alabama stands in old BCS computer rankings

For the first time this season, Alabama is the unanimous No. 1 in the Associated Press poll. It also got all but two first-place votes in the coaches poll after beating Tennessee 58-21 and moving to 8-0.

But what about the computers?

Those old equations that made up one-third of the old BCS formula are still spitting out rankings even if that postseason format is dead.

Of those six, Alabama is No. 1 in just two. The Sagarin and Massey ratings have the Crimson Tide on top while it is as low as No. 3 in three of them.

Strength of schedule is the biggest issue in the (relatively) lower rankings. Alabama is as low as No. 64 in the Colley Matrix ranking of schedules. That figures to improve with AP No. 4 LSU up next Nov. 3 in Baton Rouge.

Either way, it’s just for fun since none of these rankings have any direct impact on the College Football Playoff. The first round of standings is set for release Oct. 30, but this is always interesting when putting the season into context after eight weeks.

Sagarin

1. Alabama 102.92 … SOS 51

2. Clemson 96.56

3. Oklahoma 92.47

4. Michigan 92.19

5. Ohio State 90.20

Anderson Sports

1. Clemson .825

2. Notre Dame .824

3. Alabama .815 … SOS 43

4. Ohio State .809

5. LSU .781

Billingsley

1. Notre Dame 316.618

2. Alabama 313.618 … SOS 39

3. Clemson 308.907

4. LSU 304.469

5. Georgia 296.251

Colley Matrix

1. Notre Dame 0.964949

2. Clemson 0.948705

3. Alabama 0.913877 … SOS 64

4. LSU 0.903267

5. Michigan 0.887663

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Massey

1. Alabama 2.68 … SOS 35

2. Clemson 2.43

3. Georgia 2.41

4. LSU 2.38

5. Michigan 2.30

Wolfe

1. Clemson 9.974

2. Notre Dame 9.796

3. Alabama 9.437

4. LSU 9.045

5. Michigan 8.956

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