It’s May at a college football blog, part two

One thing does in the preseason is compile composite rankings of the projections from all the preseason college football mags.  Three are out — Athlon, Lindy’s and Street and Smith — so here’s what that batch looks like.


National Top 25


Rank Team Total
Athlon Street
1 Alabama 89 1 1 2
2 Clemson 88 2 2 1
3 Ohio State 83 4 3 3
4 Georgia 82 3 4 4
5 Wisconsin 73 9 6 5
6t Miami-Florida 72 6 8 7
6t Oklahoma 72 10 5 6
8 Washington 70 8 7 8
9 Auburn 65 7 12 9
10t Michigan 61 5 9 18
10t Penn State 61 11 10 11
12 Michigan State 60 12 11 10
13 Notre Dame 52 15 14 12
14 Stanford 49 18 13 13
15 Florida State 46 13 18 16
16 Virginia Tech 44 16 16 17
17t Boise State 39 19 21 14
17t Mississippi State 39 14 20 20
19 Southern Cal 38 21 15 19
20 West Virginia 34 22 22 15
21t Central Florida 19 20 23
21t Texas 19 20 23
23t Oregon 17 23 22
23t Texas Christian 17 24 21
25t Florida 14 17
25t Louisiana State 14 17
25t South Carolina 14 24 24

If that holds up, you’ve got a noticeable gap between fourth and fifth, which should make the selection committee’s job pretty obvious.  Which means it’ll be the Big 12 and Pac-12 getting shut out of the playoffs.  Makes me wonder how long Bill Hancock’s “all is well” shtick will hold up if that’s the case.



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8 responses to “It’s May at a college football blog, part two

  1. TomReagan

    I wonder how the new LSU quarterback would’ve impacted their ranking.


  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Lotta Clemson love out there. I guess they’re the new Florida State big fish in a small pond.


  3. Dave

    My expectations have changed so quickly, to be slightly disappointed in a #4 composite (to this point) ranking.

    Looks like Athlon needs a pin that says “I’m With Har(baugh)”


  4. AusDawg85

    Hard to imagine the scenario that gets 2 SEC teams in the playoffs again. SEC East too weak to let UGA in without winning it all, and you need Auburn or LSU to have a magical season to repeat the events from last season that let Bama in (again) with one loss and no conference championship.


    • TomReagan

      I think if we and Bama are both undefeated with convincing wins all season then the loser could still make it in.

      A #1 v. #2 SEC title game would generate a lot of talk about how it shouldn’t be a de-facto play in game for what would otherwise be the two highest seeds in the tournament.


  5. 3rdandGrantham

    I’m shocked they ranked the defending national champs – UCF – so low in the polls. Shouldn’t the champion be ranked in the top 10 pre-season out of respect alone and regardless of who they lost? Instead, they are pushed down below the likes of Boise State and Miss State.

    Michigan and Wisconsin are ranked way, way too high. Michigan is coming off a 5 loss season and are going backwards during the last few years under Harbaugh. Pray tell how you justify throwing them in the top 10? Athlon in particular ranking a 5 loss team at #5 has a lot of explaining to do. As for Wisky, they got embarrassed by OSU in the champ game and frankly got exposed, as they have a less than talented roster with something like only five four star guys total.


    • Macallanlover

      Agree about both Wisky and Michigan, but wish it were true because anyone knocking off ohio would please me greatly. And I am shocked ucf didn’t win over any converts outside their alums and the empty suits on ESPN’s staff. Their case was soooo strong. Embarrassing way to end what could have been a respectable season. Even Bama fans wouldn’t claim that title.


  6. UGA '97

    We play all 4 common opponents- Mizzou, LSU, AU, UT – before bama plays them. Hopefully their ranking’s will be higher for us at time of game.