Preseason Consensus Poll: June 14 Update

Managing Editor
Posted Jun 14, 2005


We are back with the latest update of the Preseason Consensus Poll. We add in the poll data from Street & Smith's, Phil Steele's College Football and Football Action. These polls change the order slightly in the top 10.

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 Football Action, Street & Smith’s and Phil Steele’s College Football, as published in their preseason annuals.

So far, we have as many as 13 preseason polls. They are Athlon, TSN, CBSSportsLine.com, SI.com, CollegeFootballNews.com, Lindy’s, NationalChamps.net, Scout.com, Football Action, Street & Smith’s, Steele 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. (It does not seem that anybody will 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. When we updated the poll June 5, the order was the same but only seven voting points separate the conference’s top three teams.

But this update notes several changes: Michigan moves past Ohio State for the fourth overall spot. Oklahoma slides by Iowa to become No. 6. LSU leapfrogs Florida and Virginia Tech to become No. 8.

Using this poll as a guide, USC would be tops in the Pac-10, Texas would edge Oklahoma in the Big 12, Tennessee would win the SEC over LSU, Michigan would nip OSU in the Big Ten, Virginia Tech would edge out Miami (Fla.) in the ACC and Louisville would be tops in the Big East.

The WAC would be a battle between Fresno State and Boise State. Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio) would be the class of the MAC and Wyoming and Utah would be tops in the Mountain West.

Looking at possible bowl match-ups, you might see: Rose (USC-Texas), Sugar (Tennessee-Ohio State), Fiesta (Michigan-Oklahoma), Orange (Virginia Tech-Louisville), Capital One (Iowa-LSU rematch) and Outback (Purdue-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 14:

Preseason Consensus Poll

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

1. USC (13; 13-0) 325 points

2. Texas (11-1) 295 points

3. Tennessee (10-3) 267 points

4. Michigan (9-3) 255 points

5. Ohio State (8-4) 245 points

6. Oklahoma (12-1) 244 points

7. Iowa (10-2) 235 points

8. LSU (9-3) 233 points

9. Virginia Tech (10-3) 230 points

9. Florida (7-5) 230 points

11. Miami (Fla.) (9-3) 218 points

12. Louisville (11-1) 179 points

13. Florida State (9-3) 165 points

14. Georgia (10-2) 162 points

15. Auburn (13-0) 125 points

16. Purdue (7-5) 122 points

17. Texas A&M (7-5) 94 points

18. Fresno State (9-3) 84 points

19. Arizona State (9-3) 75 points

19. Boise State (11-1) 75 points

21. Cal (10-2) 49 points

22. Texas Tech (8-4) 46 points

23. Pittsburgh (8-4) 37 points

24. Boston College (9-3) 35 points

25. Georgia Tech (7-5) 29 points

26. Alabama (6-6) 26 points

27. Bowling Green (9-3) 22 points

28. Oregon (5-6) 16 points

28. Virginia (8-4) 16 points

30. Wisconsin (9-3) 12 points

31. Nebraska (5-6) 10 points

31. N.C. State (5-6) 10 points

33. Penn State (4-7) 8 points

33. Minnesota (7-5) 8 points

35. Wyoming (7-5) 6 points

35. Iowa State (7-5) 6 points

37. Colorado (8-5) 4 points

38. Utah (12-0) 3 points

38. Miami (Ohio) (8-5) 3 points

40. UCLA (6-6) 2 points

40. UTEP (8-4) 2 points

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

Street & Smith’s

1. USC

2. Texas

3. Tennessee

4. Oklahoma

5. Michigan

6. LSU

7. Virginia Tech

8. Miami (Fla.)

9. Florida

10. Purdue

11. Georgia

12. Ohio State

13. Iowa

14. Auburn

15. Louisville

16. Boise State

17. Texas A&M

18. Florida State

19. Fresno State

20. Cal

21. Virginia

22. Oregon

23. Pittsburgh

24. Texas Tech

25. Utah

Phil Steele’s College Football

1. USC

2. LSU

3. Purdue

4. Louisville

5. Texas

6. Miami (Fla.)

7. Michigan

8. Oklahoma

9. Ohio State

10. Georgia

11. Florida

12. Virginia Tech

13. Florida State

14. Iowa

15. Tennessee

16. N.C. State

17. Auburn

18. Texas A&M

19. Penn State

20. Cal

21. Texas Tech

22. Oregon

23. Miami (Ohio)

24. Fresno State

25. Alabama

Football Action

1. USC

2. Texas

3. Tennessee

4. Michigan

5. Florida

6. Iowa

7. Louisville

8. LSU

9. Ohio State

10. Virginia Tech

11. Oklahoma

12. Miami (Fla.)

13. Purdue

14. Fresno State

15. Florida State

16. Arizona State

17. Boise State

18. Bowling Green

19. Georgia

20. Georgia Tech

21. Texas Tech

22. Cal

23. Texas A&M

24. Auburn

25. Pittsburgh



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