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Elite Points for the 2019 Season

Current Elite Programs are in school colors below. A green number beside the team name means that the program moved up in the standings this year. That doesn’t mean that they have more points than last year. It often just means that teams in front of them dropped down.

Clemson is tied for their highest ranking in the CFP era at #2. Clemson was also at #2 for the 2017 season as well. The difference between then and now is that Clemson was 70 points behind Bama in 2017, and just 13 points behind them in 2019. Alabama has held the #1 spot in Elite Points since 2016. Florida State had it in 2014 and Ohio State had it in 2015.


The biggest drop this year comes with Georgia. According to Elite Points, all the good work they did in 2017, was nullified by the 3 losses in 2018. Georgia went from #19 heading into 2017 to #3 heading into 2018, back to #14 for 2019. Granted, the difference between #14 and #6 is just 16 points, but I think this could be a point of contention because I don’t think southerners feel like UGA is 14th in the pecking order. This will be interesting for me to follow next year and a spot I have already identified where I might have to re-evaluate the system. Or maybe not. The thing I like most about the point system is that it identifies the beneficiaries of another team’s plunge.

Heading into 2019, Elite Points says that next year is likely going to be Ohio State and the Pac 12’s turn to get back into the playoff. The CFP playoff committee has show us that while they do remember past results, they will also eventually come around and give past losing programs another shot. If you are a gambling type, maybe you look at CFP odds on Stanford, Oregon, USC, and Washington.

2014

  • Playoff Teams: 1. Alabama 12-1 (EP #2), 2. Oregon 12-1 (EP #12), 3. Florida State 13-0 (EP #1), 4. Ohio State 12-1 (EP #5)
  • Left Out: 5. Baylor 11-1 (EP #14), 6. TCU 11-1 (EP #23)

The higher team in EP (Ohio State) got in over the lower 2 teams in EP. We’re told Ohio State got in over Baylor and TCU because “the Big 12 doesn’t have a championship game.” Riiiight.

2015

  • Playoff Teams: 1. Clemson 13-0 (EP #27), 2. Alabama 12-1 (EP #3) 3. Michigan State 12-1 (EP #6)  4. Oklahoma 11-1 (EP #8)
  • Left Out: 5. Iowa 12-1 (EP #39) 6. Stanford 11-2 (#12)

The higher team in EP (Oklahoma) got in over the lower 2 teams in EP. The committee must’ve forgotten that the Big 12 doesn’t have a championship game.

2016

  • Playoff Teams: 1. Alabama 13-0 (EP #1), 2. Clemson 12-1 (EP #5), 3. Ohio State 11-1 (EP #2) 4. Washington 12-1 (EP #43)
  • Left Out: 5. Penn State 11-2 (EP #40), 6. Michigan 10-2 (EP #26)

This year may be the most telling, except that the most controversy happened at the #3 seed, not the #4. Non-division winner, Ohio State, got in over Big 10 Champion, Penn State, whom they lost to on the field. Then, on top of that, they are the #3 seed over Pac 12 Conference Champion, Washington. Then, in the CFP you saw Clemson 31, Ohio State 0.

2017

  • Playoff Teams: 1. Clemson 12-1 (EP #2) 2. Oklahoma 12-1 (EP #5) 3. Georgia 12-1 (EP #19) 4. Alabama 11-1 (EP #1)
  • Left Out: 5. Ohio State 11-2 (EP #3), 6. Wisconsin 12-1 (EP #32)

Non-division winner, Alabama, in the exact same position that Ohio State was in the previous year, gets in over Big 10 Champion, Ohio State and runner up, Wisconsin.

2018

  • Playoff Teams: 1. Alabama 13-0 (EP #1), 2. Clemson 13-0 (EP #6), 3. Notre Dame 12-0 (EP #26), 4. Oklahoma 12-1 (EP #2)
  • Left Out: 5. Georgia 11-2 (EP #3) 6. Ohio State 12-1 (EP #4)

Most college football fans probably thought Georgia was the better team, but OU got in over both them and Ohio State. Had Georgia not blown the lead against Alabama in the SECCG, Elite Points agrees with Kirk Herbstreit’s take that both Georgia and Alabama would’ve made it in over Oklahoma. Do you agree?