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MacG91's picture
May 6, 2014 at 1:28pm

Heres a look at what the preseason rankings were last year and what the teams finished as. Johnny Ginter's article inspired me to research this. Just proves how idiotic preseason polls are.                 

Preseason Postseason
1. Alabama 7.
2. Ohio State 12.
3. Oregon 9.
4. Stanford 11.
5. Georgia NR.
6. South Carolina 4.
7. Texas A&M 18.
8. Clemson 8.
9. Louisville 15.
10. Florida NR.
11. Florida State 1.
12. LSU 14.
13. Oklahoma State 17.
14. Notre Dame  20.
15. Texas NR.
16. Oklahoma 6.
17. *ichigan NR.
18. Nebraska NR.
19. Boise State NR.
20. TCU NR.
21. UCLA 16,
22. Northwestern NR.
23. Wisconsin  22.
24. USC 19.
25 Oregon State NR.

Others that finished ranked but were unranked to start the season were:

2. Auburn
3. Michigan State
5. Missouri 
10. UCF
13. Baylor
21. Arizona State
23. Duke
24. Vanderbilt
25. Washington
  • One team from the preseason top 10 finished in the final top 5, that being South Carolina. 
  • No team that began the season in the top five finished the season in the top six. 
  • Four Teams from the preseason top 10 finished in the final top 10. 
  • Nine teams from the preseason top 25 finished the season unranked. 
  • 3 of the post season top five teams began the season unranked. 
  • 4 of the post season top ten began the season unranked. 

Unfortunately preseason polls influence how teams are ranked through out the season and can help a team jump through the polls when they beat an overrated team early in the season (see Clemson vs. Georgia game). One can hope that the playoff committee will not take any of these rankings into consideration when they publish their first poll this season. The media can have their fun by creating their own polls but the selection committees need to stay away. 

buckeyedexter's picture

It was infuriating listening to the credit ESPiN gave to the teams who beat Georgia "a top 5 team" last year, when the truth was Georgia sucked all year.

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Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

Georgia was a very good team last year... they were just absolutely decimated with injuries... and before anyone chimes in and says "injuries are part of the game"... I mean, 'no team sustained as many season-ending injuries to starters than Georgia' kind of decimation.

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Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

It seems like Georgia has a different excuse every single year for the last decade.

I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to yall.~~Lil Wayne

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Hovenaut's picture

That Florida preseason rank is an embarrassment (Urban, you are to blame), maybe Arkarmasas was one of the "others receiving votes".

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

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TMac's picture

Clemson - #8 start and finish!

Oh, you were looking for better than 1 out of 25  ?!?! - then preseason polls aren't for you. 

ONE Not Done!

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MacG91's picture

Well obviously, I wouldn't of written this post if I thought they were for me. The point is not getting them right on the money, the point is that there are rankings based on pure speculation and no substance that effect the course of the season. 


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TMac's picture

Serious miscommunication, as I didn't mean MacG91,but the general you....and we completely agree on the absurdity issue

ONE Not Done!

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Alpo's picture

Nice work Mac, thanks for posting. It obviously shows the flaws of preseason rankings, and like you said hopefully the committee will not look at them when they do their own analysis. Unfortunately, I'm sure they will take it into consideration.

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