Chris Vannini (The Athletic) — College football is back, and so is The Athletic 130.
Something to keep in mind: As the season goes on, these rankings will be heavily based on results. Expect a lot of fluctuation early as games get going. If you think your team is too low and another is too high right now, that could change quickly. Preseason rankings are a semi-educated guess, but a guess nonetheless. Moving forward, narrow losses to better teams might not result in a drop. Sometimes, close wins against a bad team could result in a drop, depending on what other teams do. It’s all relative.
This is subjective. Advanced statistical rankings systems are plentiful, and though they may be part of the research, it’s not the only factor. This isn’t the Playoff committee, either.