2012 Preseason College Football Rankings

***UPDATE***

USA Today has released the preseason coaches rankings and now the AP Poll is out as well. Here they are:

USA Today
1. LSU (18)
2. Alabama (20)
3. USC (19)
4. Oklahoma
5. Oregon
6. Georgia
7. Florida State
8. Michigan
9. South Carolina
10. Arkansas
11. West Virginia
12. Wisconsin
13. Michigan State
14. Clemson
15. Texas
16. Nebraska
17. TCU
18. Stanford
19. Oklahoma State
20. Virginia Tech
21. Kansas State
22. Boise State
23. Florida
24. Notre Dame
25. Auburn

Others receiving votes: Washington 64, Louisville 46, Georgia Tech 35, Cincinnati 32, Texas A&M 28, Baylor 23, Utah 22, Mississippi State 21, SOUFLA 12, NCSTATE 11, Louisiana Tech 10, Brigham Young 10, Virginia 9, Houston 7, Southern Miss 6, Rutgers 5, UCF 5, Tennessee 3, Missouri 3, FLAINTL 3, Northern Illinois 2, TEXASTECH 1

AP Poll
1. USC (25)
2. Alabama (17)
3. LSU (16)
4. Oklahoma (1)
5. Oregon
6. Georgia
7. Florida State
8. Michigan (1)
9. South Carolina
10. Arkansas
11. West Virginia
12. Wisconsin
13. Michigan State
14. Clemson
15. Texas
16. Virginia Tech
17. Nebraska
18. Ohio State
19. Oklahoma State
20. TCU
21. Stanford
22. Kansas State
23. Florida
24. Boise State
25. Louisville

Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 83, Washington 55, Auburn 53, North Carolina 32, Utah 30, Georgia Tech 25, Brigham Young 22, Tennessee 15, South Florida 11, Baylor 9, Texas A&M 5, UCF 4, Missouri 3, North Carolina State 3, Cincinnati 3, Houston 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Mississippi State 1, Northern Illinois 1

It’s that time of year again, the time when one season ends and all the hype starts to build for the next season. And nowhere is preseason hype for 2012 more evident than in 2012 preseason college football rankings. Just like I did with the 2011 preseason rankings, the 2010 preseason rankings and the 2009 preseason rankings, I’m going to pool together all of the way too early 2012 preseason rankings and combine them to give you an idea of what the actual preseason rankings for 2012 will look like when they are released in August.

The AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll are just the averages taken from the polls of random voters. Neither poll uses more than 60 or 70 voters. Now there aren’t 60 or 70 preseason polls out there just yet, but there are quite a few. So I have taken polls from Bleacher Report writers, Athlon Sports, Chat Sports, ESPN writers and anyone else I could find, as well as input my own poll. After adding up all the votes, here is what you can expect to see in the 2012 college football preseason rankings:

1. LSU (9)
2. USC (2)
3. Alabama (1)
4. Oregon
5. Oklahoma
6. Georgia
7. Arkansas
8. Michigan
9. South Carolina
10. Florida State
11. West Virginia
12. Michigan State
13. Clemson
14. Virginia Tech
15. Ohio State
16. Nebraska
17. Wisconsin
18. Kansas State
19. Texas
20. TCU
21. Notre Dame
22. Oklahoma State
23. Boise State
24. Florida
25. Auburn

Others receiving votes: Stanford, Louisville, Baylor, Washington, Missouri, Georgia Tech, Utah, Rutgers, BYU, Texas A&M, Cal, North Carolina State, Louisiana Tech

And there you have it, the 2012 preseason rankings. They are going to look darn close to this. This is the combined data from 12 different preseason polls that different people online have released. They are subject to change due to players declaring for the draft and recruiting getting underway. As of right now this is what you can expect. A few observations:

1. LSU will definitely be the No. 1 team in the 2012 preseason polls. However, USC and Alabama should get some first place votes and round out the top three.

2. It is very likely that five of the top ten will be SEC teams.

3. Michigan will definitely have its highest preseason ranking in a long time.

4. A lot of people are going to be disappointed in Florida State…again. No way should they be preseason top ten until they prove something.

5. A few teams have big question marks for me. Michigan State lost their QB. Virginia Tech lost their RB. Did Kansas State just have a fluke year in 2011? Can TCU compete in the Big 12?

6. The two big surprises to me were Louisville and Washington. I didn’t think they would get many votes, but they look to be just outside the top 25 at this point.

In case any of you are wondering, here are the 12 polls I found so you can see them for yourself. As a side note, the Big Lead poll only had a preseason top 20.


SB Nation
LSU
Alabama
USC
Oregon
Florida State
Georgia
Oklahoma
Arkansas
Michigan
Texas
West Virginia
TCU
South Carolina
Ohio State
Boise State
Notre Dame
Wisconsin
Clemson
Missouri
Michigan State
Stanford
Rutgers
Florida
Kansas State
Louisiana Tech

Athlon Sports
LSU
USC
Oregon
Alabama
Georgia
Ohio State
Oklahoma
Florida State
Michigan
Virginia Tech
Arkansas
Clemson
Michigan State
Nebraska
South Carolina
Notre Dame
Texas
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Boise State
Baylor
Kansas State
Louisville
Washington
TCU

Mark Schlabach
LSU
USC
Alabama
Oregon
Oklahoma
Georgia
West Virginia
Florida State
Michigan State
South Carolina
Mighian
Kansas State
Nebraska
Arkansas
TCU
Oklahoma State
Stanford
Virginia Tech
Wisconsin
Boise State
Texas
Clemson
Notre Dame
North Carolina State
Louisville


ChatSports
LSU
Oregon
USC
Alabama
Michigan
Oklahoma
Virginia Tech
Arkansas
Clemson
Georgia
South Carolina
Nebraska
Texas
West Virginia
Michigan State
Wisconsin
Florida State
Washington
Stanford
Florida
Georgia Tech
Boise State
Ohio State
Auburn
Notre Dame

Brett McMurphy
LSU
USC
Georgia
Alabama
Oregon
South Carolina
Oklahoma
Arkansas
Baylor
Michigan
TCU
West Virginia
Clemson
Nebraska
Florida State
Ohio State
Oklahoma State
Michigan State
Virginia Tech
Kansas State
Utah
Wisconsin
Florida
Rutgers
Louisville

Mike Huguenin
LSU
USC
Alabama
Oregon
Oklahoma
Arkansas
South Carolina
Michigan
Georgia
Florida State
West Virginia
Texas
Michigan State
Wisconsin
TCU
Oklahoma State
Nebraska
Ohio State
Clemson
Stanford
Virginia Tech
Kansas State
Louisville
Utah
Washington


Orlando Sentinel
USC
LSU
Oregon
Alabama
Oklahoma
Georgia
Florida State
Michigan
South Carolina
Ohio State
Kansas State
Michigan State
Arkansas
Nebraska
Clemson
Auburn
Virginia Tech
West Virginia
Texas
TCU
Wisconsin
Texas A&M
Washington
Baylor
Boise State

Lost Letterman
LSU
USC
Oregon
Alabama
Arkansas
Oklahoma
Georgia
Wisconsin
Kansas State
South Carolina
Florida State
West Virginia
Michigan
TCU
Clemson
Oklahoma State
Michigan State
Missouri
Virginia Tech
Auburn
Notre Dame
Texas
Washington
Nebraska
BYU

Mercury News
LSU
USC
Alabama
Oregon
Oklahoma
Michigan
Georgia
South Carolina
Ohio State
Kansas State
Arkansas
Texas
Louisville
Auburn
Notre Dame
Florida State
Michigan State
Nebraska
West Virginia
Florida
Virginia Tech
Boise State
Cal
Clemson
Wisconsin


Dave Miller
Alabama
LSU
Oregon
Oklahoma
USC
Arkansas
Virginia Tech
South Carolina
Michigan State
Georgia
West Virginia
Clemson
TCU
Michigan
Florida State
Wisconsin
Texas
Kansas State
Notre Dame
Georgia Tech
Nebraska
Stanford
Oklahoma State
Auburn
Boise State

Sloppy Joe
USC
Alabama
Oklahoma
LSU
Oregon
Michigan
Arkansas
Clemson
West Virginia
Georgia
South Carolina
Kansas State
TCU
Wisconsin
Nebraska
Michigan State
Florida State
Notre Dame
Louisville
Boise State
Florida
Virginia Tech
BYU
Ohio State
Utah

Big Lead
LSU
USC
Oregon
Alabama
Florida State
Georgia
Oklahoma
South Carolina
Ohio State
Arkansas
Michigan State
Michigan
Virginia Tech
Florida
Notre Dame
West Virginia
Clemson
Texas
Wisconsin
Nebraska

Again I would say that January is too early to tell what the 2012 preseason rankings will actually be as college football stays pretty busy during the off season. Once we know who is leaving, who is staying and who commits to where we can get a better idea. I know that since Robert Griffin III is going to the NFL a lot of the votes Baylor got will probably disappear. Other changes could happen. Either way, at least this gives us something to look forward to in 2012!

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