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Preseason mags' top 25

Posted on: July 7, 2010 4:50 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2010 5:51 pm
 

We love the polls. College football polls to be specific. Preseason college football polls to be exact.

There is the annual cry to get rid of them. Hogwash. First, the Associated Press isn't going to disappoint its subscribers by scrapping one of its most popular offerings of the year. Second, there would be no preseason magazines without preseason top 25s.

And last time I checked, the magazines aren't going away either. We need them. We want them. The likes of Athlon and Lindy's are selling better than ever. There are regional editions. Sure, some of them outdated by the time they hit the stands. (USC No. 3, Athlon? Really?) That's OK. The sport is year-round now. It's not going to stop for a printing press.

The mags' arrival officially stirs the juices. Suddenly, it's OK to break down the Sun Belt, predict the WAC. Argue about the SEC East. That's why this blog is devoted to one of my annual obsessions -- a combined poll from all the preseason magazines.

I combined five polls, from The Sporting News, Phil Steele, Lindy's, Athlon. Yahoo Sports and CBSSports.com. Our official preseason poll won't come out until late August. For this purpose, then, I'm using my post-spring top 25.

A few notes, rules and notifications:

*Each school was assigned a number in descending order. Twenty-five points for a No. 1 ranking, 24 for No. 2, etc.

*Schools are then ranked from highest-point total to lowest.

*I also included an average poll rank, mostly because not all the schools were named in all five polls. Example: Oregon State finished No. 25 because it got 11 points from being ranked No. 15 in The Sporting News.  The likes of Cincinnati (eight points) and Utah (five) were ranked in two polls but finished with fewer total points than Oregon State.

*Thirty seven schools received votes.

*Alabama was not a consensus No. 1. Phil Steele made some waves by picking Oklahoma No. 1.

The annual compilation:

1. Alabama: Duh. Haven't lost an SEC regular-season game since 2007. Highest rank, No. 1. Lowest, No. 3 (148 points, Avg. rank between No. 1 and No. 2)

2. Ohio State: The Big Ten is back. Ohio State never left. Highest rank, No. 2. Lowest rank, No. 3. (142 points. Avg. rank between No. 2 and No. 3)

3. Boise State: Should be a consensus top five pick with major polls debut next month. Highest rank, No. 2. Lowest rank, No. No. 6. (136 points. Average rank between No. 3 and No. 4)

4. Florida: Fastest team in the country, again. Highest rank, No. 4. Lowest rank, No. 7. (123 points. Avg. rank between No. 5 and No. 6)

5. TCU: Nation's best defense the past two seasons. Highest rank, No. 4. Lowest rank, No. 11. (113 points. Avg. rank between No. 7 and No. 8)

6. Nebraska: Fitting that these two are tied. They hate each other. Highest rank, No. 5. Lowest rank, No. 11 (112 points. Average rank between No. 7 and No. 8)

7. Oregon: Most talent in the Pac-10. Highest rank, No. 6. Lowest rank, No. 15 (111 points. Avg. rank between No. 7 and No. 8)

8. Texas: Adding physicality to offense. Highest rank, No. 4. Lowest rank, No. No. 11 (110 points. Avg. rank between No. 7 and No. 8)

9. Oklahoma: Rebuilding into Big 12 and national power again. Highest rank, No. 1. Lowest rank, No. 12. (106 points. Avg. rank between No. 8 and No. 9)

10. Virginia Tech: Class of the ACC until further notice. Highest rank, No. 8. Lowest rank, No. 13. (94 points. Avg. rank between No. 10 and No. 11)

11. (tie) USC: Two-year bowl ban begins. Does the dynasty continue? Highest rank, No. 3. Lowest rank, No. 16. (90 points. Avg. rank No. 11)

Iowa: Sexy dark horse pick in the Big Ten. Highest rank, No. 8. Lowest rank, No. 14. (90 points. Avg. rank No. 11)

13. Wisconsin: Fresh from pounding Miami. Factor in Big Ten. Highest rank, No. 6. Lowest rank, No. 23. (82 points. Avg. rank between No. 12 and No. 13)

14. Miami: Starting to look like Canes of old. Highest rank, No. 4. Lowest rank, No. 14. (79 points. Avg. rank between No. 12 and No. 13)

15. Florida State: New coach, healthy quarterback. Great prospects. Highest rank, No. 14. Lowest rank, No. 20. (60 points, Avg. rank No. 16)

16. Arkansas: Petrino starting to work his magic with Ryan Mallett. Highest rank, No. 16. Lowest rank, No. 21. (50 points, Avg. rank between No. 17 and No. 18)

17. North Carolina: Nation's best defense? Highest rank, No. 12. Lowest rank, No. 24. (48 points. Avg. rank No. 18)

18. Pittsburgh: Coming first 10 win season since 1981. Highest rank, No. 14. Not ranked by Steele. (45 points. Avg. rank No. 17)

19. LSU: Les Miles on the hot seat? Highest rank, No. 18. Not ranked by Steele. (35 points. Avg. rank No. 19)

20. Georgia Tech:
Defending ACC champs seem to have gotten better. Highest rank, No. 13. Not ranked by Steele, Yahoo and Athlon. (30 points. Avg. rank No. 16)

21. Auburn: Chizik not ready to cede state to Alabama. Highest rank, No. 15. Not ranked by Lindy's and Yahoo. (29 points. Avg. rank between No. 18 and No. 19)

22. Penn State: JoePa going for No. 400. Highest rank, No. 18. Not ranked by Sporting News. (27 points. Avg. rank No.  20 and No. 21)

23. Georgia: New AD could be the least of Dawgs' problems. Highest rank, No. 15. Not ranked by CBSSports.com and Sporting News. (24 points. Avg. rank No. 20)

24. West Virginia: Noel Devine could carry 'Neers to a BCS bowl. Highest rank, No. 19. Not ranked by Athlon and Yahoo. (16 points. Avg. rank No. 22)

25. Oregon State: Mike Riley always has Beavers in contention. Highest rank, No. 15. Not ranked by CBSSports.com, Steele, Lindy's and Athlon. (15 points. Avg. rank between No. 18 and No. 19)

Other teams receiving votes: Notre Dame, Connecticut, Missouri, South Carolina, Cincinnati, Utah, Houston, Clemson, Arizona, Stanford, Washington, Navy.

Notes: To no one's surprise the SEC led all conferences with six teams in the top 25 (Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Georgia) ... To everyone's surprise, the ACC was second with five teams (Virginia Tech, Miami, Florida State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech) ... The Big 12 had three of the top 10 (Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska) ... The ACC, Big Ten and Big 12 each had three teams in the top 15 ... Every national champion since 1999 is represented in the top 25 ... Six states had multiple teams in the poll. Florida led all states with three (Miami, Florida, Florida State).

 

Comments

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: July 16, 2010 1:33 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Well said, Dennis.  If they did away with this 'between the seasons' stuff, what are we supposed to do, "Buy eight months of tickets to the Symphony?"

I'm not even a 'sports fan'.  I'm a college football fan who might, while looking for college FB news, read about something else.  If I watch an NFL game, it's because a former college player of whom I followed is on the NFL team.  I watched the Vikings some last year because, former OU great, Adrian Peterson plays for them.  I'm sure I'll watch St Louis some now because of Sam Bradford.

Keep those pre-season polls and Mags coming.  If Oklahoma beats a good Florida State team, at Norman; a good Cincinnati team, at Cincy; doesn't fall into a trap while playing a good Mountain West Air Force team; and beats Texas, where do you predict the Sooners will be ranked in mid-October?  (Remember, we came within three points of Texas last year.)



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2010 2:58 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

You're on crack..




Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2010 12:36 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Maybe I cant read but Dodd says in the Nebraska comment that"fitting these two teams are tied" yet I dont see who they are tied with.....TCU #5 Nebraska #6 and Oregon # 7 ....I wish these writers would get better editers b/c they make way too many mistakes to be considered relevent



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2010 9:28 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

rju:

You're not reading it right. Penn State has an average rank between No. 20 and No. 21. Its highest rank is No. 18. It is not ranked by two magazines. It's point total puts it at No. 22.
dd



Since: Jun 9, 2010
Posted on: July 12, 2010 4:54 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Preseason top 25s are fun but they mean absolutely zero.  It's fun to see who the darlings of June are.  Boise State could stay in the top 5 because once they get into the conference schedule they should go undefeated.  Even when they move to the MWC they have a good chance of going undefeated.  TCU at number 5 is interesting to say the least.  Alabama at number one is understandable.  They return a lot of quality players and they should stay at the top of the heap until they are knocked off.  I'm not sure that Auburn and Arkansas will still be in the top 25 midway through the season, but, we'll see.  I feel the same about Oregon State.  It will be interesting who comes out of nowhere to bust into the top 15.  Let's get the 2010 season going already.  I'm ready.



Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2010 10:52 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25



there you go chief! next time try to know what your talking about before run you mouth!



Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2010 10:48 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

how is that the case? the SEC has more teams ranked then any other conference! call me crazy but isn't a SEC team picked no. 1. so congrats on your preseason championship.



Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2010 12:08 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Someone from Iowa calling another region a Hee-Haw region.  That's rich...




Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:15 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

WVU fans- why would you assume that its something to brag about that Nick Saban is form WV? Isnt that an insult that he is from there and doesnt want to coach the team. Bear Bryant is from Arkansas, yet he will never be associated with Arkansas because he coached Alabama, something your boy Saban is doing. I think its just a reach to say "Saban is from WV" the same way it would be to say "Well, Bryant is from Arkansas"(and I'm an Akansas fan) I mean come on, make a better defense for yourself than that!



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:13 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

I can understand your anger at SEC teams, since your team has NEVER beaten one in football. But if SEC teams are so overrated, what does that make the Buckeyes?


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