Hey, college football starts Thursday! Guess we better take a look at the Top 25 rankings, huh? Some combination of USC, LSU and Alabama makes for the top three in almost all of them, with Oregon and Oklahoma trading off after that. Then it all goes to crackers.
If you hear both LSU and USC being referred to as "preseason No. 1" this year, just know that both are correct. According to the numbers below, Alabama can also claim a preseason national title. It's among the murkiest Top 25 pictures in recent memory, with teams as far down as Michigan and Oklahoma earning No. 1 votes in major polls.
As you can see, USC, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Oklahoma State and Florida are among the most controversial teams, while everyone pretty much agrees on where to slot Oregon, Oklahoma, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Boise State. Your thoughts?
* Some consensus top 25 teams weren't included in SI's, which only went to 25. I added a No. 26 ranking in that column for teams that would've otherwise finished with averages better than 25. This dinged their overall scores somewhat, in order to reflect their omission from SI.