2014 College Football Preseason Rankings

UPDATE: The Coaches Poll has been released:

1. Florida State (56)
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma (3)
4. Oregon (1)
5. Auburn
6. Ohio State (1)
7. UCLA
8. Michigan State
9. South Carolina (1)
10. Baylor
11. Stanford
12. Georgia
13. LSU
14. Wisconsin
15. USC
16. Clemson
17. Notre Dame
18. Arizona State
19. Ole Miss
20. Texas A&M
21. Kansas State
22. Nebraska
23. North Carolina
24. Texas
25. Washington

To say we were a bit off this year would be an understatement. Missouri, UCF, Oklahoma State and Louisville didn’t end up in the top 25 at all. Texas, Nebraska, North Carolina and Kansas State did end up in the top 25. Stanford was much worse than anticipated. Oklahoma was much better than anticipated. Everyone else we had within a spot or two. Fortunately this is the coaches poll, infamously terrible, so we’ll wait and see the AP poll.

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
2. Alabama
3. Auburn
4. Oregon
5. Stanford
6. Ohio State
7. Michigan State
8. Oklahoma
9. UCLA
10. LSU
11. Baylor
12. South Carolina
13. Georgia
14. USC
15. Missouri
16. Wisconsin
17. Clemson
18. Arizona State
19. UCF
20. Texas A&M
21. Notre Dame
22. Ole Miss
23. Oklahoma State
24. Washington
25. Louisville

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.

Biggest surprises

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.

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