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Understanding ESPN Team Rankings

Updated: November 11, 2013, 11:08 AM ET
By Dean Oliver | ESPN Stats & Info

Every year in November, the debate over which teams should compete for college football's championship grows in volume and passion.

Unlike some other debates that come up in sports, this one really matters. Beginning with the 2014 season, there are four playoff spots available to teams who -- through the judgment of a committee -- are deemed worthy. Debating those four teams (or two during the BCS era) is a challenge that really does decide winning and losing.

The debate that the ...

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