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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 Sure, some of them outdated by the time they hit the stands.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: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:20 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

You definately enforce the fact that everyone knows that ignorance and immaturity are thriving in the south.

You may also want to ask Georgia or Oklahoma about WVU being a "mid major"....

GO DUMBO !!!....or is it

GO PACADERMS !!



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 4:39 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

ignorance at its best
Iowa sexy? Really? You ever been to Ames?

first of all I wish this idiot media would actually watch A game before they post anything. iowa has probably the top defense in football and is returning most of its top players from last year. their offense could be potent. they nearly won every game last year while getting dissed weekly and making the media look silly along with everybody else.  week by week they found a excuse to call them frauds and then when they won they ignored their great play after great play.  that punt block and run of clayborn was one of the most dominant plays the entire year. the media didnt care because they were too busy kissing teblows a$$ daily. only because stanzi went down on a cheap play they might have been undefeated. the media blasted them as fakes and they lambasted them. and then in the bowl game ...you cant stop this...EXPLOSIVE offense of gergia tech.  oh they blew them up all right. THE HAWKEYES DID! to describe them as a sexy pick is as ignorant as the poster who has no clue that the university of iowa is IN IOWA CITY and not ames.  when i see idiots spouting off and have no clue where a top team even plays their games i wonder if anybody actually watches a game outside of their hyped swampness.  anybody saying miami or oregon isnt the sexy pick after getting embarrassed in their bowl game hasnt been paying attention. usc above iowa? ummmmmmmmmmmmmm dud they arent included in the rankeds douchebag because of their decade of cheating. oregon is a joke in the top ten.   and ohio state is automatically a legit contender but iowa isnt???   
 i hope you actually watch an iowa game this year instead of watching the highlights and pretend you are as ignorant and disrespectful about them as you were last year and STILL ARE.  clayborn is a stud and the rest of the team knows the media will never give them justice unless they go 30-0. yes 30-0.  i have never seen more disrespect for a team than these idiots who pretend they are experts of any sports they write about. 
second, there should be no rankings until the conference play starts. dud, if you consider creampuff U games as justification for high rankings or its that popular name game the pollsters play than why even play the season and just give the championship to the paper kings.
oh and i hate to tell you but ripping iowa the state...yes florida is such a paradise, as is all the rest of the south...NOT!  give me the hawkeye state over this heehaw region any time



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:06 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

I got a kick out of seeing the Eers fans when they came to Starkville a few years ago. I was happy to see that jean shorts and mullets were still big in West Va. 



Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:18 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Why do you even bother getting into it with the qu-eer fans?  Everyone here who is a serious college football follower knows that WVU is a mid-major.  I don't even see the need to argue the fact that this is so.  Don't egg them on - it is classier here if we keep them away.   



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:05 pm
 

Nebraska won't even win the Big 12 North

Missouri will 



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:04 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Nebraska won't even win the Big 12 North, Missouri will 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 5:46 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

"speaking of mid majors, your school may play in a big time conference, play in a massive stadium, have a great fight song but...
your great coach dumped you
You got a loser coach with a good name"


You bring up some good points....for instance you mention our coach dumping us. Yes, that was a big story about a coach leaving Tennessee that everyone was talking about...when Richrod left WVU the story was about Michigan hiring a new coach, not about you guys losing one.

You mention you know who our coach is, I have no idea what your coach's name is.
You mention we play in a massive stadium, I have no idea what your stadium is called nor its capacity.
You mention we have a great fight song, I have no idea what your fight song is and am not sure I have ever heard it.

All of this adds up to one thing - YOU DO NOT RATE!



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 5:41 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

No, but it has a little to do with playing Non-Conference schools such as: Penn St., Clemson, Texas A&M, UNC, West Virginia, GT, Colorado, Oregon, and UConn to name a few. STOP CRYING!!! Everybody plays crap schools. Ohio St. plays Youngstown St., Oregon plays Portland St., Texas plays FAU. I agree that there is no reason for any team to play a D II school, but enough already. It's impossible for everybody to play quality opponents logistically. SEC is given a "bump" because they are good, quality teams year in and year out. If you are gonna argue that the SEC is not the Top conference...fine. I disagree, but that is what makes college football great. But do us all a favor and find a better arguement than SOS.

Personally, I would be anxious to hear who your dog in the fight is. And I think everyone has figured this out as well. The Preseason Top 25 is a joke. Half of these teams won't even be there by midseason. These mags base their predicitions on performances from last year. The teams that have the most constants coming back gets moved up. They dont take into account which QB is getting pressure from agents or which RB's girl is cheating on him with the WR. Again, STOP CRYING!!!!



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 5:21 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

For the record, I bring up the academic policies b/c that is how you get players like Noel Devine who would never have even considered going to your school except for the fact that he could not qualify anywhere else.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 5:21 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

I wish they would just do away with pre-season rankings.


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