2010 Preseason Rankings Comparison
It is our tradition to provide a comparison of our Congrove Computer Rankings rankings, preseason voter polls, and a selection of widely-read season preview magazines.
The Harris Interactive Poll, which replaced the AP in the BCS in 2005, will continue in that roll this year. Harris does not publish a preseason poll and will not release its first rankings until October 10. The AP still releases a preseason poll and regular weekly rankings, and could determine a number one team independent of the BCS.
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 typically 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.
Who was better last year? Well, there actually wasn't much separation at all as each of our selectors were right on either 17 or 18 teams. The Coaches' poll, AP poll and Lindy's each had 18 teams finish in the Top 25 of either the the AP or Coaches' poll. All of the rest had 17, including the CCR. The consensus ranker pegged 18 teams.
Here is a sampling of this season's rankings, listed in alphabetical order of the teams that appear on at least one published Top 25 list.