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College Football 2013: Comparing All Preseason Rankings and Picks

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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.

2013 PRESEASON TOP 25 RANKINGS

Athlon

Lindy's

TSN#

USAT#

Steele%

Coaches#

AP#

SI#

1. Alabama

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

2. Ohio State

2

5

2

2

2

2

4

3. Oregon

4

8

5

5

3

3

5

4. Georgia

6

12

4

9

5

5

12

5. South Carolina

9

3

11

14

7

6

6

6. Clemson

7

9

8

15

8

8

10

7. Stanford

3

2

3

11

4

4

2

8. Notre Dame*

14

10

14

10

11

14

8

9. Texas A&M

5

7

7

13

6

7

3

10. Louisville

10

11

12

7

9

9

7

11. Boise State

17

15

6

33

19

19

20

12. LSU

8

16

18

17

13

12

14

13. Florida

12

4

10

18

10

10

9

14. Michigan

16

13

15

24

17

17

18

15. Florida State

13

18

17

3

12

11

13

16. Oklahoma State

11

6

19

8

14

13

--

17. Oklahoma

15

19

--

19

16

16

19

18. Texas

18

14

13

4

15

15

11

19. Wisconsin

26

24

--

20

23

23

--

20. TCU

22

--

16

21

20

20

16

21. Nebraska

21

21

9

16

18

18

--

22. Fresno State

33

--

22

22

--

--

--

23. Arizona State

37

--

--

27

--

--

--

24. Northwestern

28

--

--

32

22

22

22

25. Oregon State

31

23

--

29

25

25

--

Other notables:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26. USC

25

--

--

6

24

24

--

27. UCLA

23

20

--

--

21

21

21

28. Vanderbilt

32

--

--

48

--

--

23

29. Miami

24

22

--

25

--

--

--

30. Virginia Tech

38

--

--

12

--

--

25

31. Kansas State

36

--

24

39

--

--

--

32. Michigan State

20

--

--

23

--

--

15

33. Ole Miss

29

25

--

28

--

--

--

36. Baylor

19

17

--

36

--

--

17

44. Northern Illinois

27

--

23

26

--

--

24

50. Tulsa

57

--

25

36

--

--

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*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.

2013 CONFERENCE PRESEASON PICKS

*Indicates conference title game winner

 

Athlon

Lindy's

TSN

USAT

Steele

Media picks

ACC Atlantic

Clemson*

Clemson

Clemson

Clemson*

Florida State

Clemson*

ACC Coastal

Miami

Miami

Miami

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

Miami

American

Louisville

Louisville

Louisville

Louisville

Louisville

Louisville

Big 12

Oklahoma St.

Oklahoma St.

Oklahoma St.

Texas

Texas

Oklahoma St.

Big Ten Leaders

Ohio State*

Ohio State

Ohio State

Ohio State*

Ohio State

Ohio State*

Big Ten Legends

Michigan

Michigan

Michigan

Nebraska

Nebraska

Michigan

C-USA East

Marshall

East Carolina

East Carolina

East Carolina

Marshall

East Carolina

C-USA West

Tulsa*

Tulsa

Tulsa

Tulsa*

Tulsa

Tulsa

MAC East

Bowling Green

Ohio

Bowling Green

Ohio

Bowling Green

Ohio

MAC West

Northern Ill.*

Northern Ill.

Northern Ill.

Northern Ill.*

Northern Ill.

Northern Ill.*

MW Mountain

Boise State*

Boise State

Boise State

Boise State*

Boise State

Boise State

MW West

Fresno State

Fresno State

Fresno State

Fresno State

Fresno State

Fresno State

Pac-12 North

Oregon*

Stanford

Stanford

Stanford*

Oregon

Oregon

Pac-12 South

Arizona State

UCLA

UCLA

UCLA

USC

UCLA

SEC East

Georgia

Georgia

South Carolina

Georgia

Georgia

Georgia

SEC West

Alabama*

Alabama

Alabama

Alabama*

Alabama

Alabama

Sun Belt

UL Lafayette

ULM

Western Ky.

UL Lafayette

UL Lafayette

ULL/ULM (tie)


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