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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 Sure, some of them outdated by the time they hit the stands.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: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:27 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Iowa sexy? Really? You ever been to Ames?




Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:19 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Wait...your conference has 6 teams ranked in this top 25 and you have the audacity to call any other conference overrated?  I guarantee that after the SEC's typical joke of a pre-conference schedule, it will have 8 or 9 teams ranked by October 1st. Oh, I know... playing a "pre-conference schedule" with the likes of Northwestern, Penn State, Oregon, North Carolina, Memphis, Clemson, Duke, West Virginia, Southern Miss, UConn, and Louisville is hard for you to fathom;  but you'll understand the coming day, when the Big Whine finally incorporates a Championship Game into your crowded schedule.





Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:00 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Hey tidejunky7, "Mid-level"?  I don't think you mind being coached by West Virginian named Saban after the coaching job was turned down by another West Virginian named Rodriguez.  Your West Virginia Coach has brought Alabama back to the top of college football, where they belong.  Over the past 10 years, WVU's record is comparable to Alabama's (except for the National Championship).  I'm not saying that they will be comparable over the next 10 years, but it is a West Virginian who is responsible for getting you back on the throne of college football.  Good Luck to you on what should be another National Title Run!



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:00 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Oh and TideJunky...good post...but most importantly thanks for beating the $h!t out of the Gators I'm an Ohio State fan (bc I was born in Ohio) and an FSU fan bc I moed down here when I was 9 and go to school there but I think I hate the Gators more then Michigan



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:56 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Being from South Florida (lots of Canes fans) and currently attending FSU, the use of Canes and Noles is very comment so shut up and if you have someothing to say talk about UF... people on this site can be so dumb




Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:52 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Re: Big Ten Primetime!!!

Ain't it the truth, lol. Reminds me of George Steinbrenner on Reggie Jackson and Dave Winfield. Dave was Mr May and Reggie was Mr October. Looks like the Big Ten is the "August"* conference and all the rest of them (particularly the SEC) are the November Boys.


*I mean august as a double entendre, date and stature.

 



Wait...your conference has 6 teams ranked in this top 25 and you have the audacity to call any other conference overrated?  I guarantee that after the SEC's typical joke of a pre-conference schedule, it will have 8 or 9 teams ranked by October 1st.




Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:46 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but how can Penn State have an average ranking of 16, but their highest ranking is 18 and they weren't ranked by the Sporting News?Because Penn State is that awesome... We defy the laws of mathematics.Tongue out



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:43 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Oregon at 9?  I just don't see why Oregon is in the top 10.  They have a great stable of RBs but they lost their QB who ran the offense perfectly.  Plus the defense was a screen door towards the end of the year giving up an average of 34.4 pts/game in their last 5 games.  I know they return a lot of experience on defense, but until proven otherwise, i'm not convinced this is a top 10 team.  I'd put them below Miami/Wisconsin.

Nebraska at 7?  I love nebraska's defense. It's really fun to watch.  The offense, however, is like watching a high school team.  I know they put up a lot of points against Arizona in the bowl game, but I can't see the #7 team in the country having an offense that bad.  It will likely be better, but the chance of having an iowa state repeat is still there IMO.  Plus, who knows what the impact of losing Suh will be.  I know everyone is saying Crick will be great, but to say he will be as dominant as Suh is a reach IMO.  Suh manhandled everyone with loads of attention, which gave other guys more freedom to work.  I'd put Nebraska at 10 and slide VTech ahead of them.

And why is Miami ahead of Wisconsin? Miami very well might turn out to be a better team, but last I checked the badgers beat the canes not too long ago, and the teams are very similar in terms of returning talent. 

I'm a little surprised UConn, Cinci and Utah are not ranked.  UConn returns a lot of players and have a great defense.  Cinci still has collaros (sp) and get Vidal Hazleton at WR.  Utah didnt' lose much from a solid team and their QB (forget his name right now) will have more experience.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:34 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but how can Penn State have an average ranking of 16, but their highest ranking is 18 and they weren't ranked by the Sporting News?  Then, they're ranked 23?  

No wonder we get destroyed by other countries on the math standarized tests... 




Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:32 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Maybe what he meant by that was that WV "neer"ly  makes it to the top some years but never really gets there. How about this? Don't try to discredit a persons journalism by focusing on them not getting the shortened name of some mid-level football team right.



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