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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 Sure, some of them outdated by the time they hit the stands.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: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:16 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

From a UT fan ?

speaking of mid majors, your school may play in a big time conference, play in a massive stadium, have a great fight song but...
you lost 6 games last year
you lost 7 the year before
your great coach dumped you
Alabama and Florida have made you their bi@#ch
You got a loser coach with a good name
You have no prospects for a good seasons

You have no reason to get up in the morning 



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:12 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Hey BENVETS4EVER, Look where Saban was born.  He and Rich Rod were born within 20 miles of each other in WEST VIRGINIA.  Yes, you should be glad that Rich Rod turned the job down, because Saban is the much better coach and recruiter.  Alabama should be a TOP 5 program as long as Saban is there.  I wish we had him in West Virginia.




Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 12:06 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Askew:

You read it, dude. Another brick in the wall. Thanks.  

dd



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:49 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Nobody cares what the correct shortening of your mid-major school's nickname is.....seriously.



Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:45 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Hey G-lover, research done. Mascot and battle cry have been around for much longer than you or I. rolltide.com can answer most of your questions. As far as having things in common with Auburn, BITE YOUR TONGUE!!!!!



Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:37 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

You have to be from the North and have never played a sport. The SEC has been dominating teams for years and beating each other up while other conferences play no title game or have no one to play in their conference title. Those same teams get reloading rankings after performing great all year with their weakm out of conference schedules and dominating their conference rivals for decades. No matter how bad they get beat in BCS games or major bowl games they still get ranked. that is the case if they have lost multiple bowl games in a row. If you are guessing who they are try Ohio State(who finally won a bowl game), Oklahoma(who has lost how many bowls in a row), USC( whoi is done and never played a conference championship game) and Texas( who barely survived Nebraska and played no one. Their hardest game every year is at their State Fair). Texas also had to have a last second comeback against the SEC doormat(Ohio State) and lost to Alabama in their last two bowls. So take any of these top teams in nthe Big12 or the Big10 and they have one thing in common. Read carefully, both lost two national title games to the SEC and was not favored by multiple TD's for the first time all year. 

Just as last year and the year before, the SEC teams have to earn their rankings. You may want to check where Alabama and Florida were ranked beginning the year they won their first titles and where their opponents started.

Last of all the SEC has won how many titles in the row with different teams? Five of the last seven. If you add the two other teams from the the southeast part of the country that makes 7 of the last 11. You want to guess who won the last two national baseball titles?

Get real and play something. 



Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:36 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Saban attended Kent State I believe. We are thankful for him and that Rodriquez turned down the offer, supposedly because of his wife



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:15 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Iowa sexy? Really? You ever been to Ames?

Iowa is in Iowa City.. Iowa State is in Ames..
But neither place nor team is sexy, so I agree.



Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:59 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

It amazes me how the all the SEC Haters are fans of teams that get thumped by SEC teams every year. This year we can hang up the Tebow hype and still have the Gators Contending.



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:50 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Interesting comment coming from you.  Do a little research on your head coach. Also your team whose mascot is an elephant and you yell "Roll Tide".  That makes as much sense as the BCS and Auburn's mascot (hey you guys have something in common).


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