Preseason Top 30

Les Miles and his LSU Tigers are ranked #1 in our Preseason Top 30 (US Presswire)

We are only 17 days away from college football games being played. To be exact, we're 412 hours -- but who's counting? -- away from kickoff as of the time this post is being published. Then the five month battle to find out who the best team in the country is will begin.

Who will that team be? Well, there are plenty of candidates, but in the Preseason Top 30 -- which was voted on by writers -- we're starting with LSU.

  1. LSU
  2. USC
  3. Alabama
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Oregon
  6. Georgia
  7. Florida State
  8. South Carolina
  9. Michigan
  10. West Virginia
  11. Arkansas
  12. Wisconsin
  13. Clemson
  14. Michigan State
  15. Ohio State
  16. TCU
  17. Texas
  18. Virginia Tech
  19. Oklahoma State
  20. Nebraska
  21. Stanford
  22. Kansas State
  23. Florida
  24. Utah
  25. Boise State
  26. Auburn
  27. Notre Dame
  28. Baylor
  29. Louisville
  30. North Carolina

When comparing our poll to the Coaches Poll, you can see that our top ten teams are similar, but with a few exceptions.

We have USC ahead of Alabama and South Carolina ahead of Michigan. The Coaches Poll has it the other way. The other major difference is we have West Virginia making its way into the top ten, which is a spot the coaches gave to Arkansas.

So what do you think? Is our preseason poll spot on, or will we be eating our words come January?

You can also check out our individual team previews for each team in our Top 30 right here, starting with LSU.

CBS Sports Writer

Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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