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ESPN: 2016 NCAA Playoff Best Field Ever

The 2016 College Football Playoff field is set, and a national champion will be crowned next month.

No. 1 Alabama was the wire-to-wire leader atop the polls and playoff committee rankings. Our opponent-adjusted drive efficiency ratings agreed, and currently the Crimson Tide stand head and shoulders ahead of the rest of the playoff field -- in our advanced analytics models, in the betting markets, and in the eyes of many college football fans. Is Alabama a prohibitive favorite because the field isn't comparatively strong? We ranked each of the 12 teams that have been selected to the College Football Playoff in its first three years to find out.

And guess what? Statistically, this is the best field in the playoff's short history.


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