Major Schools, Major Bowls, and Major Selectors
What is a Major School?
Our college football game scores are provided by James Howell, and
we are relying on his expertise when we classify a school as a "major"
program. Here is Mr. Howell's description of the process he used to classify
"In general, if a school was part of an FBS-equivalent conference, or if a
school played a majority of their games against other rated schools, then I
included them. If the number of games was 50%, then I made a judgment call
(usually based on the year before and after). Sometimes, a school played fewer
games against other rated schools, but I included them to avoid 'holes' in the
data. At times there were just plain subjective decisions. In the very early
years it was a little more esoteric. In deciding who to include it was as much
art as science."
What is a Major Bowl?
A major bowl is defined to be a bowl game
in which at least one of the participants is considered to be a major
What is a Major Selector?
A major selector is a selector whose
national champion is used to determine the consensus national champion.
The major selectors used on this site are:
- National Championship Foundation (1869-1935)
- Helms Athletic Foundation (1883-1935)
- Associated Press (1936-present)
- United Press International (1950-1995)
- Football Writer's Association of America (1954-present)
- National Football Foundation (1959-present)
- USA Today/CNN (1982-1996)
- USA Today/ESPN (1997-2004)
- USA Today (2005-present)