Preseason Consensus Poll: Final Update

Troy Smith

We are back one last time with the latest update of our world renowned 2006 Preseason Consensus Poll. This is where we take the various published preseason polls from national magazines and Internet sites and mold them into one poll. We take that data and also plug teams into the various BCS bowls. Ohio State, led by QB Troy Smith, is the early No. 1 pick. Click here for more.

Welcome to the fourth and final installment of the 2006 Preseason Consensus 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.

The release of the Sports Illustrated preview magazine and the preseason Associated Press media poll makes this survey complete.

A year ago, the final edition of the Preseason Consensus Poll correctly predicted that prohibitive favorites USC and Texas would play for the national championship. (OK, the poll whiffed on the winner of that game, but to get one and two right was pretty good anyway.)

As for the other schools in the BCS bowls, their preseason poll positions were: Ohio State (fifth, while the Buckeyes ended up fourth), Georgia (13th), Florida State (14th), Penn State (35th) and Notre Dame and West Virginia (each unranked within the top 43).

So, although your favorite team may not be in the top 10 to start the year, that shows there is some hope that they will still play in a major bowl.

We wrap this up with as many as 23 preseason polls. With this update, we add the AP poll and the Sports Illustrated poll.

Previously, we listed polls from Gold Sheet, Athlon Sports, The Sporting News, CBSSportsLine.com (Dennis Dodd), SI.com (Stewart Mandel), CollegeFootballNews.com, Lindy's, NationalChamps.net, Street & Smith's, Phil Steele, ESPN.com (Ivan Maisel), Atlanta Journal-Constitution, AutumnSpectacle.com, Blue Ribbon College Yearbook, RealFootball365.com, SouthernPigskin.com, StatFox.com, VegasInsider.com, the CBS SportsLine.com preseason magazine, JustCollegeFootball.com and the USA Today coaches poll.

We unveiled the first edition of the Preseason Consensus Poll on June 20. The top three schools remain unchanged with this update. They remain Ohio State, Texas and Notre Dame.

If you had to project the various BCS bowls off of these predictions, you would be looking at:

* Rose, Jan. 1, 5 p.m. (ABC) -- USC (Pac-10 champ) vs. Notre Dame (top at-large team on the board and Rose would have first pick, although this would create a rematch … boy, would it ever)

* Fiesta, Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. (FOX) -- Oklahoma (at-large) vs. California (last at-large spot; Fiesta will make good to the Bears for previous snubs; apologies to No. 9 Florida, which would not be eligible with LSU and Auburn in; as well as No. 11 Louisville and No. 13 Miami)

* Orange, Jan. 2, 8 p.m. (FOX) -- Florida State (ACC champ) vs. LSU (at-large)

* Sugar, Jan. 3, 8 p.m. (FOX) -- Auburn (SEC champ) vs. West Virginia (Big East champ)

* National championship game, Jan. 8, 8 p.m. (FOX) -- Ohio State vs. Texas (a rematch, which seems unlikely with one probably knocking the other out of title contention on Sept. 9)

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 final 2006 Preseason Consensus Poll on Aug. 20:

Preseason Consensus Poll

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

1. Ohio State (11 first-place votes; 10-2), 552 points

2. Texas (2, 13-0), 497 points

3. Notre Dame (4, 9-3), 494.5 points

4. West Virginia (1, 11-1), 477 points

5. USC (12-1), 465.5 points

6. Auburn (1, 9-3), 455 points

7. Oklahoma (4, 8-4), 449 points

8. LSU (11-2), 422 points

9. Florida (9-3), 413 points

10. Florida State (8-5), 337 points

11. Louisville (9-3), 311 points

12. California (8-4), 309 points

13. Miami (Fla.) (9-3), 288 points

14. Michigan (7-5), 287 points

15. Georgia (10-3), 250 points

16. Iowa (7-5), 213 points

17. Virginia Tech (11-2), 197 points

18. Clemson (8-4), 178 points

19. Nebraska (8-4), 147 points

20. Penn State (11-1), 135 points

21. Oregon (10-2), 117 points

22. Tennessee (5-6), 86 points

23. Arizona State (7-5), 78 points

24. TCU (11-1), 77 points

25. Texas Tech (9-3), 60 points

26. Alabama (10-2), 50 points

27. Boston College (9-3), 38 points

28. Utah (7-5), 24 points

29. Boise State (9-4), 23 points

30. Georgia Tech (7-5), 16 points

31. Arkansas (4-7), 15 points

32. Michigan State (5-6), 11 points

33. (tie) Fresno State (8-5), 6 points

33. (tie) Navy (8-4), 6 points

35. Texas A&M (5-6), 5 points

36. South Carolina (7-5), 4 points

37. (tie) UTEP (8-4), 3 points

37. (tie) Wisconsin (10-3), 3 points

39. Purdue (5-6), 2 points

40. UCLA (10-2), 1 point

Athlon Sports

1. Oklahoma

2. Notre Dame

3. USC

4. Ohio State

5. Florida

6. West Virginia

7. Texas

8. California

9. Auburn

10. Louisville

11. LSU

12. Clemson

13. Michigan

14. Miami (Fla.)

15. Georgia

16. Iowa

17. Florida State

18. TCU

19. Oregon

20. Tennessee

21. Virginia Tech

22. Texas Tech

23. Utah

24. Arizona State

25. Nebraska

The Sporting News

1. Notre Dame

2. Ohio State

3. Auburn

4. LSU

5. West Virginia

6. USC

7. Texas

8. Florida

9. Oklahoma

10. Florida State

11. Iowa

12. Georgia

13. California

14. Miami (Fla.)

15. Penn State

16. Virginia Tech

17. Michigan

18. Tennessee

19. Louisville

20. Texas Tech

21. TCU

22. Nebraska

23. Oregon

24. Clemson

25. Alabama

ESPN.com (Ivan Maisel)

1. Ohio State

2. Oklahoma

3. West Virginia

4. Texas

5. Florida State

6. USC

7. California

8. Notre Dame

9. Auburn

10. Iowa

11. Clemson

12. Florida

13. LSU

14. Oregon

15. Nebraska

16. Michigan

17. Louisville

18. Miami (Fla.)

19. TCU

20. Boston College

21. Penn State

22. Georgia

23. UTEP

24. Virginia Tech

25. Texas Tech

CBSSportsLine.com (Dennis Dodd)

1. Ohio State

2. West Virginia

3. Auburn

4. LSU

5. Texas

6. Notre Dame

7. USC

8. California

9. Florida

10. Georgia

11. Miami (Fla.)

12. Florida State

13. Oregon

14. Virginia Tech

15. Oklahoma

16. Iowa

17. Louisville

18. Clemson

19. Penn State

20. Michigan

21. Boston College

22. Nebraska

23. TCU

24. Arizona State

25. Georgia Tech

NationalChamps.net

1. Notre Dame

2. Texas

3. Ohio State

4. LSU

5. USC

6. West Virginia

7. Florida

8. Oklahoma

9. Auburn

10. Michigan

11. Miami (Fla.)

12. Louisville

13. Georgia

14. Alabama

15. Florida State

16. Virginia Tech

17. Penn State

18. California

19. Clemson

20. Oregon

21. Nebraska

22. Arizona State

23. Iowa

24. Texas Tech

25. TCU

Lindy's

1. Notre Dame

2. Ohio State

3. West Virginia

4. Texas

5. Florida

6. USC

7. Oklahoma

8. Auburn

9. California

10. LSU

11. Louisville

12. Michigan

13. Louisville

14. Georgia

15. Utah

16. Miami (Fla.)

17. TCU

18. Clemson

19. Arizona State

20. Virginia Tech

21. Penn State

22. Nebraska

23. Oregon

24. Texas Tech

25. Iowa

CollegeFootballNews.com

1. Texas

2. Florida

3. USC

4. LSU

5. Ohio State

6. Auburn

7. Oklahoma

8. Florida State

9. Tennessee

10. West Virginia

11. Notre Dame

12. California

13. Virginia Tech

14. Miami (Fla.)

15. Arizona State

16. Louisville

17. Nebraska

18. Penn State

19. Michigan

20. Alabama

21. Georgia

22. Texas Tech

23. Iowa

24. Georgia Tech

25. Clemson

SI.com (Stewart Mandel)

1. Ohio State

2. Texas

3. Notre Dame

4. West Virginia

5. LSU

6. Oklahoma

7. USC

8. California

9. Michigan

10. Auburn

11. Florida

12. Florida State

13. Georgia

14. Clemson

15. Louisville

16. Nebraska

17. Oregon

18. Iowa

19. Penn State

20. Miami (Fla.)

21. TCU

22. Alabama

23. Arizona State

24. Virginia Tech

25. Utah

Street & Smith's

1. Ohio State

2. West Virginia

3. Texas

4. Notre Dame

5. Florida

6. California

7. USC

8. Auburn

9. LSU

10. Oklahoma

11. Florida State

12. Michigan

13. Louisville

14. Miami (Fla.)

15. Virginia Tech

16. Arizona State

17. Nebraska

18. Alabama

19. Georgia

20. Penn State

21. Iowa

22. Texas Tech

23. Clemson

24. Oregon

25. TCU

Phil Steele's College Football

1. Oklahoma

2. Auburn

3. Louisville

4. USC

5. Texas

6. Miami (Fla.)

7. Notre Dame

8. Ohio State

9. Virginia Tech

10. Florida State

11. Michigan

12. Tennessee

13. Arkansas

14. Georgia

15. Iowa

16. California

17. West Virginia

18. Clemson

19. Boise State

20. Florida

21. LSU

22. Nebraska

23. Utah

24. Purdue

25. Oregon

The Gold Sheet

1. Oklahoma

2. Auburn

3. West Virginia

4. Ohio State

5. Florida

6. Texas

7. USC

8. Florida State

9. Notre Dame

10. California

11. LSU

12. Texas Tech

13. Iowa

14. Georgia

15. Louisville

16. Miami (Fla.)

17. Michigan

18. Alabama

19. Virginia Tech

20. Navy

21. Utah

22. Arizona State

23. Tennessee

24. Boston College

25. Georgia Tech

CBS SportsLine.com (preview magazine)

1. Ohio State

2. West Virginia

3. LSU

4. Notre Dame

5. Auburn

6. Oklahoma

7. Texas

8. USC

9. Florida

10. Oregon

11. Georgia

12. Florida State

13. Virginia Tech

14. Iowa

15. Louisville

16. California

17. Clemson

18. Penn State

19. Michigan

20. Miami (Fla.)

21. Boston College

22. Nebraska

23. TCU

24. Georgia Tech

25. UCLA

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Tony Barnhart)

1. Ohio State

2. Texas

3. USC

4. West Virginia

5. Notre Dame

6. Oklahoma

7. Auburn

8. Miami (Fla.)

9. Florida

10. Florida State

11. LSU

12. Clemson

13. Georgia

14. California

15. Iowa

16. Oregon

17. Louisville

18. Virginia Tech

19. Michigan

20. Nebraska

21. Boston College

22. Tennessee

23. TCU

24. Georgia Tech

25. Penn State

AutumnSpectacle.com

1. Notre Dame

2. Oklahoma

3. Ohio State

4. Auburn

5. Texas

6. LSU

7. USC

8. Louisville

9. Michigan

10. Florida

11. West Virginia

12. Miami (Fla.)

13. Iowa

14. Florida State

15. Virginia Tech

16. Nebraska

17. Georgia

18. Boise State

19. California

20. Arizona State

21. Tennessee

22. Texas Tech

23. Wisconsin

24. Boston College

25. South Carolina

Blue Ribbon College Yearbook

1. Ohio State

2. Notre Dame

3. Texas

4. West Virginia

5. Florida

6. Oklahoma

7. California

8. USC

9. Miami (Fla.)

10. Auburn

11. Florida State

12. LSU

13. Iowa

14. Louisville

15. Penn State

16. Clemson

17. Nebraska

18. Michigan

19. Georgia

20. TCU

21. Arizona State

22. Virginia Tech

23. Texas Tech

24. Tennessee

25. Utah

RealFootball365.com

1. Oklahoma

2. Florida State

3. West Virginia

4. Michigan

5. LSU

6. Texas

7. USC

8. Ohio State

9. Auburn

10. Penn State

11. Florida

12. Notre Dame

13. TCU

14. Miami (Fla.)

15. Michigan State

16. Nebraska

17. Louisville

18. Georgia Tech

19. Texas Tech

20. Alabama

21. Texas A&M

22. Oregon

23. Georgia

24. Iowa

25. Arizona State

SouthernPigskin.com

1. Ohio State

2. Oklahoma

3. West Virginia

4. Notre Dame

5. LSU

6. Florida

7. Texas

8. Auburn

9. USC

10. Florida State

11. Louisville

12. Michigan

13. California

14. Virginia Tech

15. Miami (Fla.)

16. Penn State

17. Clemson

18. Georgia

19. Nebraska

20. Iowa

21. Oregon

22. Tennessee

23. Alabama

24. Arizona State

25. Texas Tech

StatFox.com

1. Texas

2. Ohio State

3. USC

4. LSU

5. West Virginia

6. Oklahoma

7. Notre Dame

8. Auburn

9. Florida

10. Louisville

11. Florida State

12. Georgia

13. California

14. Michigan

15. Miami (Fla.)

16. Virginia Tech

17. Tennessee

18. Clemson

19. Nebraska

20. Penn State

21. Iowa

22. Arizona State

23. TCU

24. Boston College

25. Texas Tech

VegasInsider.com

1. West Virginia

2. Ohio State

3. Notre Dame

4. Auburn

5. LSU

6. Michigan

7. USC

8. Iowa

9. Florida

10. Georgia

11. Virginia Tech

12. Miami (Fla.)

13. Texas

14. Louisville

15. Boston College

16. Florida State

17. Oregon

18. Oklahoma

19. California

20. Fresno State

21. Nebraska

22. Arizona State

23. South Carolina

24. Penn State

25. Georgia Tech

JustCollegeFootball.com

1. Auburn

2. Ohio State

3. Texas

4. USC

5. Notre Dame

6. Oklahoma

7. Louisville

8. Florida State

9. West Virginia

10. LSU

11. Miami (Fla.)

12. Iowa

13. Clemson

14. Florida

15. Michigan

16. Nebraska

17. California

18. Tennessee

19. Georgia

20. Virginia Tech

21. Boise State

22. Texas Tech

23. Arizona State

24. Penn State

25. TCU

USA Today Coaches Poll

1. Ohio State

2. Texas

3. (tie) Notre Dame

3. (tie) USC

5. Oklahoma

6. Auburn

7. West Virginia

8. Florida

9. LSU

10. Florida State

11. Miami (Fla.)

12. California

13. Louisville

14. Georgia

15. Michigan

16. Virginia Tech

17. Iowa

18. Clemson

19. Penn State

20. Oregon

21. TCU

22. Nebraska

23. Tennessee

24. Alabama

25. Texas Tech

Sports Illustrated (magazine)

1. Ohio State

2. Notre Dame

3. Texas

4. LSU

5. USC

6. West Virginia

7. Auburn

8. California

9. Florida

10. Michigan

11. Georgia

12. Florida State

13. Louisville

14. Oklahoma

15. Clemson

16. Arizona State

17. Miami (Fla.)

18. Nebraska

19. Penn State

20. Oregon

21. Iowa

22. Virginia Tech

23. Boise State

24. Arkansas

25. Texas Tech

Associated Press media poll

1. Ohio State

2. Notre Dame

3. Texas

4. Auburn

5. West Virginia

6. USC

7. Florida

8. LSU

9. California

10. Oklahoma

11. Florida State

12. Miami (Fla.)

13. Louisville

14. Michigan

15. Georgia

16. Iowa

17. Virginia Tech

18. Clemson

19. Penn State

20. Nebraska

21. Oregon

22. TCU

23. Tennessee

24. Arizona State

25. Texas Tech

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