College Football 2013: Comparing All Preseason Rankings and Picks

Athlon is but a seat at the table in offseason debate. Here are everyone else's picks.

Hope is plentiful during the college football offseason. Every practice is great. Every signing class brings promise. Most players are injury-free and improving.

Just as healthy and vibrant is offseason debate. Who’s No. 1? Who is the preseason conference favorite? Who is headed for a fall?

Athlon Sports is proud to be part of your offseason preparation with our national and regional preview annuals. We understand we’re not the only game in town.

Everyone has opinions, and we figured we would provide a quick snapshot of how things are shaking out in those top 25 rankings, months before the season starts.

A few picks lined up across the board — Alabama is a unanimous preseason No. 1 — but a handful of top-25 and conference champion predictions varied wildly.

Now that all publications are on newsstands, we wanted to see how Athlon compared to preseason rankings and picks for other major publications. We looked at rankings for Lindy's, The Sporting News (TSN), USA Today (USAT) and Phil Steele.

If you're the kind of person who buys every preseason magazine or just the ones that rank your favorite team the highest, here's your guide to the guides for 2013 college football.




1. Alabama1111111
2. Ohio State2522224
3. Oregon4855335
4. Georgia612495512
5. South Carolina931114766
6. Clemson798158810
7. Stanford32311442
8. Notre Dame*1410141011148
9. Texas A&M57713673
10. Louisville1011127997
11. Boise State1715633191920
12. LSU8161817131214
13. Florida124101810109
14. Michigan16131524171718
15. Florida State1318173121113
16. Oklahoma State1161981413--
17. Oklahoma1519--19161619
18. Texas1814134151511
19. Wisconsin2624--202323--
20. TCU22--1621202016
21. Nebraska21219161818--
22. Fresno State33--2222------
23. Arizona State37----27------
24. Northwestern28----32222222
25. Oregon State3123--292525--
Other notables:       
26. USC25----62424--
27. UCLA2320----212121
28. Vanderbilt32----48----23
29. Miami2422--25------
30. Virginia Tech38----12----25
31. Kansas State36--2439------
32. Michigan State20----23----15
33. Ole Miss2925--28------
36. Baylor1917--36----17
44. Northern Illinois27--2326----24
50. Tulsa57--2536------

*Notre Dame was ranked No. 8 in Athlon's preseason magazine but moved to No. 10 in an updated ranking following the departure of starting quarterback Everett Golson.

# Published a top 25 only.

%Derived from Phil Steele's Preseason Top 40.


*Indicates conference title game winner

 AthlonLindy'sTSNUSATSteeleMedia picks
ACC AtlanticClemson*ClemsonClemsonClemson*Florida StateClemson*
ACC CoastalMiamiMiamiMiamiVirginia TechVirginia TechMiami
Big 12Oklahoma St.Oklahoma St.Oklahoma St.TexasTexasOklahoma St.
Big Ten LeadersOhio State*Ohio StateOhio StateOhio State*Ohio StateOhio State*
Big Ten LegendsMichiganMichiganMichiganNebraskaNebraskaMichigan
C-USA EastMarshallEast CarolinaEast CarolinaEast CarolinaMarshallEast Carolina
C-USA WestTulsa*TulsaTulsaTulsa*TulsaTulsa
MAC EastBowling GreenOhioBowling GreenOhioBowling GreenOhio
MAC WestNorthern Ill.*Northern Ill.Northern Ill.Northern Ill.*Northern Ill.Northern Ill.*
MW MountainBoise State*Boise StateBoise StateBoise State*Boise StateBoise State
MW WestFresno StateFresno StateFresno StateFresno StateFresno StateFresno State
Pac-12 NorthOregon*StanfordStanfordStanford*OregonOregon
SEC EastGeorgiaGeorgiaSouth CarolinaGeorgiaGeorgiaGeorgia
SEC WestAlabama*AlabamaAlabamaAlabama*AlabamaAlabama
Sun BeltUL LafayetteULMWestern Ky.UL LafayetteUL LafayetteULL/ULM (tie)

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