NCAA College Football Polls

College Football Polls the Morris Poll

The Morris Poll is a computer generated composite college football poll made up of four inputs.  The  average of the AP poll and the Coach's Poll are weighted 20% of the total.

A computer algorithm which generates power ratings of each Division 1 team is also 40% of the total. These power ratings are formulated to not only reflect the wins and loses of each team, but also the strength for their competition to thirty-six levels. Also a team's power rating form the season before is factored and the power ranking of the conference in which they play. There is a bonus for wins by 20 or more points or if the team allows no more than 6 points in a win, but only if the opposing team has a power rating equal to or greater than the team being ranked. The is also a penalty for loses of greater than 20 points or if a team scores less than 6 point is a lose. The mathematics behind the power ratings are a closely guarded secret because historically they can predict the outcome of a particular game to such a high degree of accuracy that it would undermine the game.

An expert poll is also factored at 40%. Our experts are coaches, writers, sports editors, athletes, and others who are well versed in college football. These experts represent a diverse geographical, social economic, and cultural group.

Because of the computer generated power score, teams will drop down or out of the top 25 with a loss, partially early in the season. As more games are played a loss will not lower the power score as much because there are more wins to offset the loss. Losing to a team with a low power score will reduce that team's power score much more that losing to a team with a high power score. Actually it is possible for a team with a very low power ranking to lose to a team with a very high power ranking and the losing team increase its poser ranking. Similarly, winning against a team with a high power score will raise that team's power score more that winning against a team with a low power score.

By the time teams have played five or six games, the power scores are very good predictors of who will win the game.

Other Division 1 Football Polls

Harris Interactive College Football Poll - the  Top 25 results compiled from rankings submitted by the Harris Interactive panel of former coaches, players and administrators, and current and former members of the media.

Jeff Sagarin NCAA football ratings

Billingsley Report on Major College Football

Colley's Bias Free College Football Rankings

Massey College Football Ratings