Preseason Consensus Poll: June 5 Update

Managing Editor
Posted Jun 5, 2005


We are back with the latest update of the Preseason Consensus Poll. Today, we add in the polls published in the yearbooks by Athlon Sports and The Sporting News. The addition of these polls has tightened the race for the top spot among the Big Ten teams.

Welcome back to our ongoing listing of preseason polls for the upcoming college football season. We will maintain this list and add to it every time a new preseason list is released right up through the release of the preseason Associated Press media poll and the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.

Each year, it is my mission in life to produce an ongoing consensus preseason top 25 for college football. The premise is simple: We use the published polls on web sites and in magazines as “votes” in our own consensus poll. Teams ranked No. 1 get 25 points and so on down to one point for those ranked 25th.

Today, we add the preseason top 25 polls from Athlon Sports and The Sporting News, as published in their preseason annuals.

So far, we have as many as 10 preseason polls. They are Athlon, TSN, CBSSportsLine.com, SI.com, CollegeFootballNews.com, Lindy’s, NationalChamps.net, Scout.com and two polls from ESPN.com (Ivan Maisel and Pat Forde).

And so far, those preseason prognosticators are unanimous in their selection of two-time defending national champion USC as the No. 1 pick. Keep in mind, a third straight national title for the Trojans would be unprecedented since the inception of the Associated Press poll in 1936. (Will anybody have the guts to pick somebody other than USC to win it all?)

A year ago, our final consensus poll contained 14 different polls. USC was the preseason No. 1 on all but three. CBSSportsLine.com and The Sporting News each picked Georgia, while Phil Steele’s College Football picked Oklahoma. Nine of the 14 polls correctly picked the final 1-2 match-up of USC and Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl.

Also, a year ago, Ohio State was ninth in the final consensus poll with rankings ranging from sixth to 14th. OSU ended up 20th in the final AP poll after beating Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl to finish the year 8-4.

The initial Preseason Consensus Poll was published on May 25. At that point, just 10 voting points separated No. 4 Ohio State from defending co-Big Ten champions Michigan and Iowa. With this update, the race for the top spot in the Big Ten has tightened. The order remains the same, but only seven voting points separate the conference’s top three teams.

In fact, the order of the poll’s top seven remains the same. The first change comes at No. 8 and 9, where Virginia Tech moves ahead of Florida. If you see a published poll that we are missing, please send a link or the list to bucknuts@bucknuts.com

Here is a look at the updated Preseason Consensus Poll on June 5:

Preseason Consensus Poll

(First-Place votes; last year’s record in parentheses)

1. USC (10; 13-0) 250 points

2. Texas (11-1) 226 points

3. Tennessee (10-3) 210 points

4. Ohio State (8-4) 197 points

5. Michigan (9-3) 193 points

6. Iowa (10-2) 190 points

7. Oklahoma (12-1) 189 points

8. Virginia Tech (10-3) 181 points

9. Florida (7-5) 177 points

10. LSU (9-3) 171 points

11. Miami (Fla.) (9-3) 166 points

12. Florida State (9-3) 133 points

13. Louisville (11-1) 127 points

14. Georgia (10-2) 124 points

15. Auburn (13-0) 102 points

16. Arizona State (9-3) 75 points

17. Texas A&M (7-5) 74 points

18. Purdue (7-5) 70 points

19. Boise State (11-1) 56 points

20. Fresno State (9-3) 52 points

21. Boston College (9-3) 35 points

22. Texas Tech (8-4) 34 points

23. Pittsburgh (8-4) 33 points

23. Cal (10-2) 33 points

25. Alabama (6-6) 25 points

26. Georgia Tech (7-5) 23 points

27. Bowling Green (9-3) 14 points

28. Wisconsin (9-3) 12 points

29. Virginia (8-4) 11 points

30. Nebraska (5-6) 10 points

31. Minnesota (7-5) 8 points

31. Oregon (5-6) 8 points

33. Wyoming (7-5) 6 points

33. Iowa State (7-5) 6 points

35. Colorado (8-5) 4 points

36. UCLA (6-6) 2 points

36. Utah (12-0) 2 points

36. UTEP (8-4) 2 points

39. Penn State (4-7) 1 point

Athlon Sports

1. USC

2. Tennessee

3. Iowa

4. Oklahoma

5. Florida State

6. Texas

7. Michigan

8. Louisville

9. LSU

10. Virginia Tech

11. Miami (Fla.)

12. Ohio State

13. Florida

14. Georgia

15. Purdue

16. Alabama

17. Boston College

18. Boise State

19. Arizona State

20. Auburn

21. Texas Tech

22. Virginia

23. Pittsburgh

24. UTEP

25. Georgia Tech

The Sporting News

1. USC

2. Tennessee

3. Ohio State

4. Virginia Tech

5. Texas

6. LSU

7. Miami (Fla.)

8. Michigan

9. Oklahoma

10. Iowa

11. Florida

12. Florida State

13. Georgia

14. Texas A&M

15. Cal

16. Auburn

17. Purdue

18. Georgia Tech

19. Louisville

20. Boise State

21. Bowling Green

22. Iowa State

23. Virginia

24. Arizona State

25. Utah

ESPN.com (Ivan Maisel)

1. USC

2. Texas

3. Michigan

4. Iowa

5. Florida

6. Virginia Tech

7. Auburn

8. Miami (Fla.)

9. Oklahoma

10. Tennessee

11. Ohio State

12. Louisville

13. Texas A&M

14. Florida State

15. Georgia

16. Nebraska

17. Arizona State

18. LSU

19. Boise State

20. Wisconsin

21. Cal

22. Wyoming

23. Alabama

24. Georgia Tech

25. Bowling Green

ESPN.com (Pat Forde)

1. USC

2. Michigan

3. Texas

4. Tennessee

5. Iowa

6. Oklahoma

7. Ohio State

8. Florida

9. Miami (Fla.)

10. Louisville

11. LSU

12. Florida State

13. Virginia Tech

14. Georgia

15. Boise State

16. Texas Tech

17. Auburn

18. Texas A&M

19. Fresno State

20. Arizona State

21. Bowling Green

22. Cal

23. Pittsburgh

24. Iowa State

25. Wyoming

Scout.com

1. USC

2. Texas

3. Ohio State

4. Tennessee

5. Oklahoma

6. Michigan

7. LSU

8. Florida

9. Iowa

10. Miami (Fla.)

11. Virginia Tech

12. Louisville

13. Florida State

14. Georgia

15. Arizona State

16. Texas A&M

17. Texas Tech

18. Fresno State

19. Auburn

20. Wisconsin

21. Boston College

22. Purdue

23. Pittsburgh

24. Alabama

25. Cal

CBSSportsLine.com

1. USC

2. Iowa

3. Tennessee

4. Texas

5. Ohio State

6. Virginia Tech

7. Oklahoma

8. Florida

9. Michigan

10. Louisville

11. LSU

12. Miami (Fla.)

13. Georgia

14. Florida State

15. Fresno State

16. Arizona State

17. Pittsburgh

18. Texas A&M

19. Purdue

20. Boston College

21. Auburn

22. Texas Tech

23. Boise State

24. Colorado

25. Utah

Collegefootballnews.com

1. USC

2. Tennessee

3. Iowa

4. Ohio State

5. Virginia Tech

6. Texas

7. Miami (Fla.)

8. LSU

9. Florida

10. Oklahoma

11. Arizona State

12. Georgia

13. Michigan

14. Purdue

15. Florida State

16. Georgia Tech

17. Boston College

18. Auburn

19. Minnesota

20. Alabama

21. Texas A&M

22. Texas Tech

23. Fresno State

24. Louisville

25. Cal

NationalChamps.net

1. USC

2. Texas

3. LSU

4. Tennessee

5. Oklahoma

6. Michigan

7. Ohio State

8. Virginia Tech

9. Miami (Fla.)

10. Auburn

11. Iowa

12. Florida

13. Georgia

14. Boise State

15. Louisville

16. Florida State

17. Fresno State

18. Texas A&M

19. Purdue

20. Cal

21. Arizona State

22. Virginia

23. Pittsburgh

24. Colorado

25. Minnesota

Lindy’s

1. USC

2. Texas

3. Michigan

4. Florida

5. Oklahoma

6. Tennessee

7. Ohio State

8. Florida State

9. LSU

10. Virginia Tech

11. Louisville

12. Miami (Fla.)

13. Purdue

14. Georgia

15. Iowa

16. Texas A&M

17. Auburn

18. Oregon

19. Pittsburgh

20. Boston College

21. Texas Tech

22. Alabama

23. Fresno State

24. UCLA

25. Penn State

SI.com

1. USC

2. Texas

3. Tennessee

4. Ohio State

5. Florida

6. Virginia Tech

7. LSU

8. Iowa

9. Miami (Fla.)

10. Michigan

11. Oklahoma

12. Louisville

13. Auburn

14. Georgia

15. Fresno State

16. Arizona State

17. Boise State

18. Florida State

19. Purdue

20. Texas Tech

21. Pittsburgh

22. Cal

23. Bowling Green

24. Georgia Tech

25. Wyoming



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