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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 Sure, some of them outdated by the time they hit the stands.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: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 5:20 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Michigan and Tennessee are currently more "big-time" programs than WVU, not to mention the near future. Which is why big time programs, i.e. Michigan can steal your coach at any given time, regardless of their record. Which is why you are a little bitty mid-major that nobody cares about with the weakest academic policies in the country.



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 4:19 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Iowa is in Iowa City dork!!!



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 4:06 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

I think all the pre-season magazines would do just fine with out a Top 25 ranking. I mostly look for the magazines write about each team. Like PITT, you could write that you think PITT will be a Top 25 team by the time the rankings come out. I would be interest in reading about that. Or if you thought PITT could win the Big East and make it to a BCS game. I read were Steele has PITT's top recruit starting as a DT and he was recruited to play DE, T.J. Cummings was not even on campus when Steele wrote that. If guessing is how you guy's come up with who's going to start, how well are you going to be with ranking teams. It makes all the since in the world to wait and see who will be playing in what position before you rank a team.




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:24 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Nedreck, you sound like a Michigan fan.  Keep pretending that you'll be a big time program in the near future.  Wow, calling WVU a mid-major is pretty hillarious, and also ridiculous.



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:22 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

All I have say is Nebraska is underrated.The defense is going to dominate a lot of frontlines this year. and texas won't know what hit them.Bo has brought back the pride and joy of Nebraska football and we will see Alabama in the title game this year...Then they will go to the Big Ten and show them how football is played.




Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:12 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Thanks, rolltide - coming from someone in Alabama that means a lot.




Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:10 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Thank you Dodd for compiling this.  It saves me the trouble of peeing away $50 on getting all of the magazines like I usually do.  Now I can just choose the one that aligns most closely with what I think will happen.

As for abbreviating team names, give it a rest WV fans.  I've never heard anyone complain about Phil Steele referring to U-M as the Wolves, which is a completely different animal than a wolverine.




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 2:16 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

you lost 6 games last year
you lost 7 the year before
your great coach dumped you

wasn't michigan losing a bunch of games right before your coach left your program for theirs? Exactly. You are nothing, always will be.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 2:13 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Believing that WVU is a better program than Tennessee is exactly what makes you mid-major. Tennessee fans know what position our program is in right now but we have been higher than any West Virginia fan will ever get to experience. We are the winningest program over the course of the last 80 years and we will be back just like all the great programs....keep believing that you are a big time program, its embarrassing.



Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 2:06 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

All that and probably still better than WV



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