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Daniel Wilco | NCAA.com | October 27, 2016

College football rankings: Behind the numbers

Nine weeks into the 2016 football season, the AP Top 25 Poll has been as hectic as ever. Other than Alabama, which has been consistently ranked No. 1 since the preseason, only three teams have stayed in the same place for more than four weeks straight. 

We broke down the numbers to see just how crazy the season has been:

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  • 41 teams have been ranked at some point during the year.
  • 18 teams currently have a positive ranking movement since the preseason:
    • (Nebraska (+19), Texas A&M (+17), West Virginia (+16), Baylor (+15), Wisconsin (+15), Louisville (+14), Boise State (+13), Florida (+11), Auburn (+11), Washington (+10), Utah (+9), Western Michigan (+6), Michigan (+5), Navy (+4), Colorado (+3), Penn State (+2), North Carolina (+1), Virginia Tech (+1))
  • 17 teams have a negative ranking movement since the preseason: 
    • (Clemson (-1), Oregon (-2), Oklahoma State (-5), USC (-6), Florida State (-8), Georgia (-8), Tennessee (-9), Iowa (-9), UCLA (-10), Houston (-11), Oklahoma (-13), TCU (-13), LSU (-14), Michigan State (-14), Ole Miss (-15), Notre Dame (-16), Stanford (-18))
  • 6 teams have a net-0 ranking movement since the preseason:
    • (Alabama, Ohio State, Arkansas, Miami (Fla.), San Diego State, Texas)
  • 9 teams have never fallen in the rankings (only including teams that have been ranked for more than one week):
    • (Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska, Baylor, West Virginia, Boise State, Auburn, Western Michigan, Navy)
  • 9 teams have been ranked since the preseason:
    • (Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington, Louisville, Ohio State, Baylor, Florida State, Tennessee)
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