Preseason Consensus Poll

We are back once again with our world renowned Preseason Consensus Poll. This is where we take the various published preseason polls from national magazines and Internet sites and mold them into one poll. We take that data and also plug teams into the various BCS bowls. Ohio State, led by QB Troy Smith, is the early No. 1 pick.

Welcome once again to the first installment of the 2006 Preseason Consensus Poll.

Each year, it is my mission in life to produce an ongoing consensus preseason top 25 for college football. The premise is simple: We use the published polls on web sites and in magazines as "votes" in our own consensus poll. Teams ranked No. 1 get 25 points and so on down to one point for those ranked 25th.

We will maintain this list and add to it every time a new preseason list is released right up through the release of the preseason Associated Press media poll and the USA Today coaches poll in mid-August.

A year ago, the final edition of the Preseason Consensus Poll correctly predicted that prohibitive favorites USC and Texas would play for the national championship. (OK, the poll whiffed on the winner of that game, but to get one and two right was pretty good anyway.)

As for the other schools in the BCS bowls, their preseason poll positions were: Ohio State (fifth, which is exactly where the Buckeyes ended up), Georgia (13th), Florida State (14th), Penn State (35th) and Notre Dame and West Virginia (each unranked within the top 43).

So, although your favorite team may not be in the top 10 to start the year, that shows there is some hope that they will still play in a major bowl.

So far, we have as many as 11 preseason polls. They are Gold Sheet, Athlon Sports, The Sporting News, CBSSportsLine.com (Dennis Dodd), SI.com (Stewart Mandel), CollegeFootballNews.com, Lindy's, NationalChamps.net, Street & Smith's, Phil Steele and ESPN.com (Ivan Maisel).

And so far, those preseason prognosticators have Texas in the No. 2 spot. Interestingly, UT's Sept. 9 opponent, Ohio State, is listed No. 2. Notre Dame, Oklahoma and West Virginia round out the top five.

If you had to project the various BCS bowls off of these predictions, you would be looking at:

* Rose, Jan. 1, 5 p.m. (ABC) -- USC (Pac-10 champ) vs. Notre Dame (top at-large team on the board and Rose would have first pick, although this would create a rematch)

* Fiesta, Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. (FOX) -- Oklahoma (at-large) vs. California (last at-large spot; LSU would be out with Auburn and Florida already in)

* Orange, Jan. 2, 8 p.m. (FOX) -- West Virginia (Big East champ) vs. Florida (at-large)

* Sugar, Jan. 3, 8 p.m. (FOX) -- Auburn (SEC champ) vs. Florida State (ACC champ)

* National championship game, Jan. 8, 8 p.m. (FOX) -- Ohio State vs. Texas (a rematch, which seems unlikely with one probably knocking the other out of title contention on Sept. 9)

Here is a look at the updated Preseason Consensus Poll on June 20:

Preseason Consensus Poll

(First-Place votes; last year’s record in parentheses)

1. Ohio State (4 first-place votes; 10-2), 264 points

2. Texas (1; 13-0), 239 points

3. Notre Dame (3, 9-3), 232 points

4. Oklahoma (3, 8-4), 229 points

5. West Virginia (11-1), 225 points

6. USC (12-1), 223 points

7. Auburn (9-3), 216 points

8. Florida (9-3), 197 points

9. LSU (11-2), 190 points

10. California (8-4), 161 points

11. Louisville (9-3), 157 points

12. Florida State (8-5), 142 points

13. Michigan (7-5), 129 points

14. Miami (Fla.) (9-3), 123 points

15. Georgia (10-3), 120 points

16. Iowa (7-5), 97 points

17. Virginia Tech (11-2), 96 points

18. Clemson (8-4), 91 points

19. Nebraska (8-4), 64 points

20. Oregon (10-2), 57 points

21. Penn State (11-1), 54 points

22. Tennessee (5-6), 48 points

23. TCU (11-1), 44 points

24. Arizona State (7-5), 41 points

25. Alabama (10-2), 39 points

26. Texas Tech (9-3), 37 points

27. Utah (7-5), 23 points

28. Boston College (9-3), 18 points

29. Arkansas (4-7), 13 points

30. Boise State (9-4), 7 points

31. Navy (8-4), 6 points

32. (tie) Georgia Tech (7-5), 3 points

32. (tie) UTEP (8-4), 3 points

34. Purdue (5-6), 2 points

Athlon Sports

1. Oklahoma

2. Notre Dame

3. USC

4. Ohio State

5. Florida

6. West Virginia

7. Texas

8. California

9. Auburn

10. Louisville

11. LSU

12. Clemson

13. Michigan

14. Miami (Fla.)

15. Georgia

16. Iowa

17. Florida State

18. TCU

19. Oregon

20. Tennessee

21. Virginia Tech

22. Texas Tech

23. Utah

24. Arizona State

25. Nebraska

The Sporting News

1. Notre Dame

2. Ohio State

3. Auburn

4. LSU

5. West Virginia

6. USC

7. Texas

8. Florida

9. Oklahoma

10. Florida State

11. Iowa

12. Georgia

13. California

14. Miami (Fla.)

15. Penn State

16. Virginia Tech

17. Michigan

18. Tennessee

19. Louisville

20. Texas Tech

21. TCU

22. Nebraska

23. Oregon

24. Clemson

25. Alabama

ESPN.com (Ivan Maisel)

1. Ohio State

2. Oklahoma

3. West Virginia

4. Texas

5. Florida State

6. USC

7. California

8. Notre Dame

9. Auburn

10. Iowa

11. Clemson

12. Florida

13. LSU

14. Oregon

15. Nebraska

16. Michigan

17. Louisville

18. Miami (Fla.)

19. TCU

20. Boston College

21. Penn State

22. Georgia

23. UTEP

24. Virginia Tech

25. Texas Tech

CBSSportsLine.com (Dennis Dodd)

1. Ohio State

2. West Virginia

3. Auburn

4. LSU

5. Oklahoma

6. Texas

7. Notre Dame

8. USC

9. Florida

10. Georgia

11. Louisville

12. Oregon

13. Virginia Tech

14. Iowa

15. Clemson

16. Boston College

17. California

18. TCU

19. Nebraska

20. Miami (Fla.)

21. Michigan

22. Florida State

23. Penn State

24. Arizona State

25. Georgia Tech

NationalChamps.net

1. Notre Dame

2. Texas

3. Ohio State

4. LSU

5. USC

6. West Virginia

7. Florida

8. Oklahoma

9. Auburn

10. Michigan

11. Miami (Fla.)

12. Louisville

13. Georgia

14. Alabama

15. Florida State

16. Virginia Tech

17. Penn State

18. California

19. Clemson

20. Oregon

21. Nebraska

22. Arizona State

23. Iowa

24. Texas Tech

25. TCU

Lindy’s

1. Notre Dame

2. Ohio State

3. West Virginia

4. Texas

5. Florida

6. USC

7. Oklahoma

8. Auburn

9. California

10. LSU

11. Louisville

12. Michigan

13. Louisville

14. Georgia

15. Utah

16. Miami (Fla.)

17. TCU

18. Clemson

19. Arizona State

20. Virginia Tech

21. Penn State

22. Nebraska

23. Oregon

24. Texas Tech

25. Iowa

CollegeFootballNews.com

1. Texas

2. Florida

3. USC

4. LSU

5. Ohio State

6. Auburn

7. Oklahoma

8. Florida State

9. Tennessee

10. West Virginia

11. Notre Dame

12. California

13. Virginia Tech

14. Miami (Fla.)

15. Arizona State

16. Louisville

17. Nebraska

18. Penn State

19. Michigan

20. Alabama

21. Georgia

22. Texas Tech

23. Iowa

24. Georgia Tech

25. Clemson

SI.com (Stewart Mandel)

1. Ohio State

2. Texas

3. Notre Dame

4. West Virginia

5. LSU

6. Oklahoma

7. USC

8. California

9. Michigan

10. Auburn

11. Florida

12. Florida State

13. Georgia

14. Clemson

15. Louisville

16. Nebraska

17. Oregon

18. Iowa

19. Penn State

20. Miami (Fla.)

21. TCU

22. Alabama

23. Arizona State

24. Virginia Tech

25. Utah

Street & Smith’s

1. Ohio State

2. West Virginia

3. Texas

4. Notre Dame

5. Florida

6. California

7. USC

8. Auburn

9. LSU

10. Oklahoma

11. Florida State

12. Michigan

13. Louisville

14. Miami (Fla.)

15. Virginia Tech

16. Arizona State

17. Nebraska

18. Alabama

19. Georgia

20. Penn State

21. Iowa

22. Texas Tech

23. Clemson

24. Oregon

25. TCU

Phil Steele’s College Football

1. Oklahoma

2. Auburn

3. Louisville

4. USC

5. Texas

6. Miami (Fla.)

7. Notre Dame

8. Ohio State

9. Virginia Tech

10. Florida State

11. Michigan

12. Tennessee

13. Arkansas

14. Georgia

15. Iowa

16. California

17. West Virginia

18. Clemson

19. Boise State

20. Florida

21. LSU

22. Nebraska

23. Utah

24. Purdue

25. Oregon

The Gold Sheet

1. Oklahoma

2. Auburn

3. West Virginia

4. Ohio State

5. Florida

6. Texas

7. USC

8. Florida State

9. Notre Dame

10. California

11. LSU

12. Texas Tech

13. Iowa

14. Georgia

15. Louisville

16. Miami (Fla.)

17. Michigan

18. Alabama

19. Virginia Tech

20. Navy

21. Utah

22. Arizona State

23. Tennessee

24. Boston College

25. Georgia Tech


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