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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 Sure, some of them outdated by the time they hit the stands.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 2, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:26 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Gee, I wonder why the SEC leads the way with 6 teams in the top 25.  I mean it couldn't have anything to do with 3 teams who weren't even ranked last year being in the top 25, could it?  Three teams that pretty much have NO defense and play in the conference that claims to have the best defenses--and somehow people think these teams are going to do something besides lose a lot of games?  Obviously no bias exhibited here, of course you have to bump up them SEC SOS's somehow since playing the Citadel, Troy, and Charleston Southern won't do it.



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:16 am
 

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.




Since: Jun 14, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 8:49 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

why on earth would u wanna call urselves "eers" what to stop someone from throwing a "qu" on that they cant do it with neers hes trying to protect u guys from outside slander since WV is the punchline of too many jokes already. 



Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:59 am
 

Big Ten Primetime!!!

Of course the Big Ten is back!
It's the Preseason.  This is the time of year when sportswriters from across the Northeast declare Ohio State, Michigan, and/or Notre Dame the team to beat.  Maybe now Nebraska will start making the top-5 again.  Being in the Big Ten should give them a ten-slot preseason boost, at least.
Hail the Big Ten, Preseason Champs!



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:45 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Wait, wait, wait stuz ... You never hear fans call them the Canes or the Noles??? How about the Canes spell out Miami does multiple times every game -- ooooooooooh, C-A-N-E-S CANES!? Or the "Let's Go Canes" and "Let's Go Noles" chants? Heck, both schools promote their teams by those nicknames everywhere.

I think you need to get in better touch with your intrastate rivals.



Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:43 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

Great work Dodd, as always it's a great article....taking the work of every preseason mag and compiling it all together with about a 7 word sentence that is your own thoughts.  This is insightful stuff right here.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 4:37 am
 

Preseason mags' top 25

I agree with all of the comments about the cutesie name shortenings.  This is definitely a media invention which while ostensibly having its roots in team familiarity and the ever present need to save space in pribt media, comes out looking like pure laziness.  Being from Florida and a graduate of U-F, I can say authoritatively that the only people who mouth the words "''Noles" or "Canes" are reporters.  And bow Dodd is helping to take this trend to a new low by butchering the team nickname for West Virginia.




Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:41 pm
 

Not 'Neer Beer

So, on a whim, I decided to look at webster.com to see where that reference divides the syllables:

mountaineer

Main Entry: moun·tain·eer

Pronunciation: \ˌ ma n-tə-ˈ nir\ Function: noun Date: 1610

1 : a native or inhabitant of a region
2 : a person who climbs for


Clearly, the final syllable stands alone without the second "n."  In other late-breaking headlines, Lindsay Lohan asks jail matron whether she can score her a Cosmo.





Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:33 pm
 

Not 'Neer Beer

Yeah, I was going to post the same irritated comment, but the first poster beat me to it.  That's not going to stop me from being superfluous, however.  How would the FSU fans like it if nickname of their beloved team were suddenly shortened to the "Oles?"  Sounds like something out of the Texas Penal League.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 8:04 pm
 

Preseason mags' top 25

for the millionth time dodd, its 'eers. continuously calling the mountaineers, 'neers, only makes it look like your familiarity with the teams you cover is lacking. please change it. thanks in advance.


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