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Preseason Rankings Comparison

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2006 Preseason Rankings Comparison

Updated 8/18/06

The AP poll, though no longer a part of the BCS, still releases a preseason poll and regular weekly rankings. It could determine a number one team independent of the BCS. The Harris Interactive Poll, which replaced the AP in the BCS in 2005, will continue in that roll this year. Harris does not release its first college football rankings until September 24.

There are often amazing similarities between the preseason "voter polls" (coaches, Harris, AP) and the preseason annuals which would seemingly defy logic. After all, there is an inherent difference between a "poll" and a "preseason magazine prediction". The magazines are picking where they think the teams will be at the end of the year. The polls are determining where the teams should be ranked to begin the year. The Congrove Computer Rankings (CCR) actually release one of each method. The CCR Preseason Rankings are the "projections" of what the rankings will look like at the end of the regular season, and the CCR Current Rankings are how the teams supposedly stack-up on day one of the season.

Here is a sampling of some of the preseason rankings, listed in alphabetical order of the teams that appeared on at least one published Top 25 list.

Only four teams received number one nods with Oklahoma and Ohio State each garnering three mentions to lead Texas and Notre Dame.


Abbreviation descriptions
S&S - Street & Smith's.
CCR Proj - Congrove Computer Rankings - Projected Final Regular Season Rankings.
CCR Wk. 1 - Congrove Computer Rankings - Opening Week Rankings.
Cons. Rank - Consensus rankings exclude both Congrove Computer Rankings to allow for comparison to the CCR.

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Team Coach AP Athlon Lindy's Phil Steele Gold Sheet S&S Cons. Rank CCR (Proj.) CCR (Wk.1)
Alabama 24 * * * * 18 18 27 21 17
Arizona State * 24 24 19 * 22 16 24 * *
Arkansas * * * * 13 * * 28 * *
Auburn 6 4 9 8 2 2 8 6 10 14
Boise State * * * * 19 * * 29 16 *
Boston College * * * * * 24 * 31 * 18
California 12 9 8 9 16 10 6 9 14 24
Clemson 18 18 12 18 18 * 23 18 24 15
Florida 8 7 5 5 20 5 5 8 * 21
Florida State 10 11 17 12 10 8 11 10 13 23
Fresno State * * * * * * * * 12 29
Georgia 14 15 15 14 14 14 19 15 8 11
Georgia Tech * * * * * 25 * 33 * *
Iowa 17 16 16 25 15 13 21 17 * 25
Louisville 13 13 10 13 3 15 13 12 4 8
LSU 9 8 11 19 21 11 9 10 6 6
Memphis * * * * * * * * 23 *
Miami (Fla.) 11 12 14 16 6 16 14 13 17 7
Michigan 15 14 13 11 11 17 12 14 15 5
Navy * * * * * 20 * 30 20 *
Nebraska 22 20 25 22 22 * 17 19 * *
Notre Dame 3 2 2 1 7 9 4 2 19 13
Ohio State 1 1 4 2 8 4 1 1 5 4
Oklahoma 5 10 1 7 1 1 10 4 * 22
Oregon 20 21 19 23 25 * 24 21 25 16
Penn State 19 19 * 21 * * 20 25 18 10
Purdue * * * * 24 * * 31 * *
TCU 21 22 18 17 * * 25 23 11 19
Tennessee 23 23 20 * 12 23 * 22 * *
Texas 2 3 7 4 5 6 3 3 1 1
Texas Tech 25 25 22 24 * 12 22 20 7 9
Toledo * * * * * * * * 20 *
USC 3 6 3 6 4 7 7 5 2 2
Utah * * 23 15 23 21 * 26 * *
Virginia Tech 16 17 21 20 9 19 15 16 3 3
West Virginia 7 5 6 3 17 3 2 7 9 12