The first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2017 season are out, and Penn State debuts at No. 7. Read on for the Nittany Lions' CFP résumé and their road to the national title, and weigh in on how you see their season playing out from here.
CONF WIN %: Percent of season simulations in which team won its conference, incorporating chance of getting to and winning conference championship game (if applicable). Accounts for shared conference titles in conferences that allow them.
FPI: Football Power Index that measures team's true strength on net points scale; expected point margin vs. average opponent on neutral field.
GC: Game control -- Reflects chance that an average Top 25 team would control games from start to end the way this team did, given the schedule.
PROJ W-L: Projected overall win-loss record, accounting for results to date and FPI-based projections for remaining scheduled games (and potential conference championship games). Might not sum to a whole number because of differing number of games played in each simulation.
REM SOS RK: Rank among all FBS teams of remaining schedule strength, from perspective of an average FBS team.
SOR: Strength of record -- Reflects chance that an average Top 25 team would have team's record or better, given the schedule.
WIN OUT %: Percent of season simulations in which team won all remaining scheduled games, as well as conference championship game (if applicable).