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2013 Preseason Rankings Comparison

Updated 8/27/13

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 13. 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.

However, it is NOT the goal of The Congrove Computer Rankings (CCR) to try to match the year-end rankings of the AP or Coaches' Poll, but rather to present a more accurate and unbiased ranking.

The CCR Preseason Rankings are the "projections" of how teams should perform through the regular season, and the CCR Current Rankings are how the teams stack-up on day one of the season.

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.

Abbreviation descriptions
USAT - USA Today
TSN - The Sporting News
SI - Sports Illustrated
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 Coaches AP Athlon Lindy's Phil Steele USAT TSN SI Cons. Rank CCR (Proj.) CCR (Wk.1)
Alabama 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 9
Arizona State * * 23 * * * * * 33 45 23
Baylor * * * 19 * * 17 17 24 65 38
Boise State 19 19 11 17 * 6 15 20 17 59 51
Bowling Green * * * * * * * * * 22 31
BYU * * * * * * * * * 31 21
Clemson 8 8 6 7 15 8 9 10 8 16 13
Florida 10 10 13 12 18 10 4 9 10 30 17
Florida State 12 11 15 13 3 17 18 13 12 24 36
Fresno State * * 22 * 22 22 * * 26 26 43
Georgia 5 5 4 6 9 4 12 12 6 3 5
Georgia Tech * * * * * * * * * 40 19
Kansas State * * * * * 24 * * 35 47 33
Kent State * * * * * * * * * 21 30
Louisiana-Lafayette * * * * * * * * * 15 45
Louisville 9 9 9 10 7 12 11 7 9 6 18
LSU 13 12 12 8 17 18 16 14 14 14 7
Miami (Fla.) * * * 24 25 * 22   27 20 29
Michigan 17 17 14 16 24 15 13 18 15 56 44
Michigan State * * * 20 23 * * 15 25 19 28
Mississippi * * 11 * * * 25 * 30 55 27
Nebraska 18 18 21 21 16 9 21 * 19 58 49
Northern Illinois * * * * * 23 * 24 32 52 57
Northwestern 22 22 24 * * 20 * 22 23 4 11
Notre Dame 11 14 10 14 10 14 10 8 11 5 2
Ohio State 2 2 2 2 2 2 5 4 2 10 10
Oklahoma 16 16 17 15 19 21 19 19 16 17 4
Oklahoma State 14 13 16 11 8 19 6 * 17 8 8
Oregon 3 3 3 4 5 5 8 5 3 7 6
Oregon State 25 25 25 * * * 23 * 29 28 14
San Diego State * * * * * * * * * 11 12
San Jose State * * * * * * * * * 25 37
South Carolina 7 6 5 9 14 11 3 6 7 13 16
Stanford 4 4 7 3 11 3 2 2 3 1 1
TCU 20 20 20 22 21 16 * 16 20 64 24
Texas 15 15 18 18 4 13 14 11 13 2 3
Texas A&M 6 7 8 5 13 7 7 3 5 12 15
Tulsa * * * * * 25 * * 36 23 35
UCLA 21 21 * 23 * * 20 21 21 66 40
USC 24 24 * 25 6 * * * 28 43 42
Vanderbilt * * * * * * * 23 33 18 25
Virginia Tech * * * * 12 * * 25 31 33 34
Washington * * * * * * * * * 41 20
Wisconsin 23 23 19 * 20 * 24 * 22 49 41


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