Steele certainly has a different point of view than a lot of other preseason prognosticators when it comes to Clemson and Florida State. And look at Washington up there ahead of Stanford in the Pac-12.
Interestingly enough, he has two pairs of teams in his top 5 who'll play eachother in late October/early November. Clemson-FSU and Alabama-LSU. Of course, we'll be playing his #3 team, Oklahoma, in September, as well.
I don't know if he's more accurate than any of the others - but I like the way Steele goes about things. Always a great deal of detail. His is one of the preseason mags I usually pick-up.
Having said that, I'll believe a Jones-coached Tennessee team belongs in the top-7 when I see it. I believe Smart will get everything he can out of Georgia in his first year and win the SEC East - only to get spanked by 'Bama in the SEC championship game.
I'm OK with where Steele has us. And it looks like I'm in good company in thinking the excessive preseason hype over Michigan is largely unwarranted.
By the way - if you subscribe to the theory that the play-off will continue to consist of only Power-5 conference champions, we should make it in this season according to his projected order of finish (by conference).
I look forward to reading how he came to his conclusions. Thanks for posting, Benwin -