2012 College Football Rankings: Alabama, LSU Top Composite Top 25

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.

Confusion and discord! Time for a look at the wisdom of a crowd of crowds. Included in the composite Top 25 below are the Coaches' and AP polls, Football Outsiders' projected F/+ rankings, the SI.com Top 25*, and our own SB Nation Studios Top 25 Countdown. Yet to be included: the final preseason BlogPoll, which will go up next week.

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.

Coaches AP BlogPoll SB Nation Studios SI.com Football Outsiders Composite

1 Alabama 2 2 2 1 1 1.600

2 LSU 1 3 1 3 2 2.000

3 USC 3 1 4 2 6 3.200

4 Oregon 5 5 3 4 4 4.200

5 Oklahoma 4 4 5 5 3 4.200

6 Georgia 6 6 6 9 8 7.000

7 Florida State 7 7 7 11 7 7.800

8 South Carolina 9 9 10 7 17 10.400

9 Michigan 8 8 8 13 16 10.600

10 Arkansas 10 10 9 12 15 11.200

11 Wisconsin 12 12 15 6 19 12.800

12 Texas 15 15 13 15 9 13.400

13 West Virginia 11 11 16 10 20 13.600

14 Michigan State 13 13 20 8 24 15.600

15 Stanford 18 21 14 17 11 16.200

16 TCU 17 20 11 21 12 16.200

17 Oklahoma State 19 19 12 26 5 16.200

18 Clemson 14 14 21 14 21 16.800

19 Ohio State NA 18 17 22 13 17.500

20 Virginia Tech 20 16 18 18 18 18.000

21 Nebraska 16 17 23 19 23 19.600

22 Florida 23 23 19 26 10 20.200

23 Notre Dame 24 26 22 26 14 22.400

24 Boise St. 22 24 24 23 26 23.800

25 Auburn 25 28 26 24 22 25.000

While we’re here, let’s watch some of the many fine college football videos from SB Nation’s YouTube channel:

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