Ever year at the College Football Cafeteria we comb the Internet for all the speculation about the preseason rankings for the upcoming season. We have found quite a bit for the 2014 preseason rankings. We have added them all up the same way the AP poll uses the ballots of voters to create their rankings. With that in mind, we have a very good idea as to what the 2014 college football preseason rankings will look like when they are released in August.
Here is our best guess after combining all the rankings people have put out there so far:
1. Florida State
6. Ohio State
7. Michigan State
12. South Carolina
18. Arizona State
20. Texas A&M
21. Notre Dame
22. Ole Miss
23. Oklahoma State
Others receiving votes: North Carolina, Texas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oregon State, Michigan, Minnesota, Arizona, Florida, Kansas State
You can count on that being pretty darn close to what the actual rankings will look like in August. A few observations.
Teams too high
LSU- They lose their QB and both top receivers. Can’t believe people think they should be top ten.
UCF- They lose their QB and RB. They will only finish the season ranked because they play in the AAC which will be without Rutgers and Louisville next year.
Texas A&M- They lose anyone with talent they had and still can’t play defense. Not even top 25 material.
Louisville- Lost their coach and QB. Now playing in a competitive ACC. Give me a break.
Teams too low
North Carolina- Winners of 6 of the last 7. Finished the season very hot. Not losing anyone really, I would expect them to be higher.
Wisconsin- They won 9 games in a new head coach’s first year? Gordon is coming back and coach is staying, they will only be better.
Oklahoma- I would think top 5 here for them, at least ahead of Ohio State and Michigan State.
If I had to pick 5 teams to be in the top 25 at the end of the season who aren’t starting there, I would say North Carolina, Iowa, Arizona, Minnesota and BYU. If I had to pick 5 teams to not be in the top 25 at the end of the season who started there, I would say Texas A&M, Louisville, Notre Dame, Baylor and Missouri.
We’ll see how the actual preseason college football rankings for 2014 look in August, but for now, this is the best guess we’ve got as to how they will look.