Preseason Consensus College Football Poll

Bucknuts.com's Preseason Consensus Poll for the 2005 season, which includes 18 different polls, has defending two-time national champion USC (and Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinhart) as the unanimous No. 1.

Thanks to the folks at the Ohio State Bucknuts.com

Welcome back to our ongoing listing of preseason polls for the upcoming college football season. With Saturday's release of the Associated Press media poll, this is the final update of the Preseason Consensus Poll for 2005.

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.

Today, we add the Sports Illustrated magazine poll as well as the AP poll.

That brings our final total to 18 preseason polls. They are AP, Sports Illustrated (magazine), USA Today coaches poll, Gold Sheet, Athlon, TSN, CBSSportsLine.com, SI.com, CollegeFootballNews.com, Lindy's, NationalChamps.net, Scout.com, Football Action, Street & Smith's, Steele and two polls from ESPN.com (Ivan Maisel and Pat Forde).

Those preseason prognosticators were unanimous in their selection of two-time defending national champion USC as the No. 1 pick. Keep in mind, a third straight national title for the Trojans would be unprecedented since the inception of the Associated Press poll in 1936.

A year ago, our final consensus poll contained 14 different polls. USC was the preseason No. 1 on all but three. CBSSportsLine.com and The Sporting News each picked Georgia, while Phil Steele's College Football picked Oklahoma. Nine of the 14 polls correctly picked the final 1-2 match-up of USC and Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl.

Also, a year ago, Ohio State was ninth in the final consensus poll with rankings ranging from sixth to 14th. OSU ended up 20th in the final AP poll after beating Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl to finish the year 8-4.

The initial Preseason Consensus Poll was published on May 25. At that point, just 10 voting points separated then-No. 4 Ohio State from defending co-Big Ten champions Michigan and Iowa. When we updated the poll June 5, the order was the same but only seven voting points separate the conference's top three teams.

On June 14, Michigan slid past OSU for the top spot among Big Ten schools. That order, with UM fourth and OSU fifth, remains the same with this update. Recent updates have dropped Iowa to 10th.

The top 12 in the final poll remain unchanged from the last poll published in mid-July. Georgia and Florida State flipped spots at 13 and 14 for the only major change in the final poll.

If you were to use this poll to plot out the Bowl Championship Series bids, you would likely have something like:

* Rose Bowl -- USC vs. Texas

* Sugar Bowl – Tennessee vs. Oklahoma

* Fiesta Bowl -- Michigan vs. Louisville

* Orange Bowl -- Virginia Tech vs. Ohio State

Obviously, LSU, Florida, Iowa and Miami (Fla.) would also be strong BCS possibilities.

Here is a look at the final Preseason Consensus Poll on Aug. 21:

Preseason Consensus Poll

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

1. USC (18; 13-0) 450 points

2. Texas (11-1) 407 points

3. Tennessee (10-3) 381 points

4. Michigan (9-3) 359 points

5. Ohio State (8-4) 345 points

6. Oklahoma (12-1) 335 points

7. LSU (9-3) 329 points

8. Florida (7-5) 324 points

9. Virginia Tech (10-3) 318 points

10. Iowa (10-2) 306 points

11. Miami (Fla.) (9-3) 301 points

12. Louisville (11-1) 247 points

13. Georgia (10-2) 231 points

14. Florida State (9-3) 228 points

15. Purdue (7-5) 156 points

16. Auburn (13-0) 155 points

17. Texas A&M (7-5) 144 points

18. Arizona State (9-3) 111 points

19. Fresno State (9-3) 109 points

20. Boise State (11-1) 100 points

21. Cal (10-2) 86 points

22. Pittsburgh (8-4) 60 points

23. Texas Tech (8-4) 57 points

24. Boston College (9-3) 55 points

25. Bowling Green (9-3) 35 points

26. Georgia Tech (7-5) 31 points

27. Alabama (6-6) 28 points

27. Virginia (8-4) 28 points

29. Oregon (5-6) 16 points

30. Wisconsin (9-3) 12 points

30. Iowa State (7-5) 12 points

32. Nebraska (5-6) 10 points

32. N.C. State (5-6) 10 points

34. Colorado (8-5) 9 points

35. Penn State (4-7) 8 points

36. Wyoming (7-5) 7 points

37. Utah (12-0) 6 points

38. Minnesota (7-5) 4 points

39. Miami (Ohio) (8-5) 3 points

40. UCLA (6-6) 2 points

40. UTEP (8-4) 2 points

40. Clemson (6-5) 2 points

43. Oregon State (7-5) 1 point

Athlon Sports

1. USC

2. Tennessee

3. Iowa

4. Oklahoma

5. Florida State

6. Texas

7. Michigan

8. Louisville

9. LSU

10. Virginia Tech

11. Miami (Fla.)

12. Ohio State

13. Florida

14. Georgia

15. Purdue

16. Alabama

17. Boston College

18. Boise State

19. Arizona State

20. Auburn

21. Texas Tech

22. Virginia

23. Pittsburgh

24. UTEP

25. Georgia Tech

The Sporting News

1. USC

2. Tennessee

3. Ohio State

4. Virginia Tech

5. Texas

6. LSU

7. Miami (Fla.)

8. Michigan

9. Oklahoma

10. Iowa

11. Florida

12. Florida State

13. Georgia

14. Texas A&M

15. Cal

16. Auburn

17. Purdue

18. Georgia Tech

19. Louisville

20. Boise State

21. Bowling Green

22. Iowa State

23. Virginia

24. Arizona State

25. Utah

ESPN.com (Ivan Maisel)

1. USC

2. Texas

3. Michigan

4. Iowa

5. Florida

6. Virginia Tech

7. Auburn

8. Miami (Fla.)

9. Oklahoma

10. Tennessee

11. Ohio State

12. Louisville

13. Texas A&M

14. Florida State

15. Georgia

16. Nebraska

17. Arizona State

18. LSU

19. Boise State

20. Wisconsin

21. Cal

22. Wyoming

23. Alabama

24. Georgia Tech

25. Bowling Green

ESPN.com (Pat Forde)

1. USC

2. Michigan

3. Texas

4. Tennessee

5. Iowa

6. Oklahoma

7. Ohio State

8. Florida

9. Miami (Fla.)

10. Louisville

11. LSU

12. Florida State

13. Virginia Tech

14. Georgia

15. Boise State

16. Texas Tech

17. Auburn

18. Texas A&M

19. Fresno State

20. Arizona State

21. Bowling Green

22. Cal

23. Pittsburgh

24. Iowa State

25. Wyoming

Scout.com

1. USC

2. Texas

3. Ohio State

4. Tennessee

5. Oklahoma

6. Michigan

7. LSU

8. Florida

9. Iowa

10. Miami (Fla.)

11. Virginia Tech

12. Louisville

13. Florida State

14. Georgia

15. Arizona State

16. Texas A&M

17. Texas Tech

18. Fresno State

19. Auburn

20. Wisconsin

21. Boston College

22. Purdue

23. Pittsburgh

24. Alabama

25. Cal

CBSSportsLine.com

(Dennis Dodd online edition; updated July 25)

1. USC

2. Tennessee

3. Ohio State

4. Texas

5. Iowa

6. Virginia Tech

7. Oklahoma

8. Florida

9. LSU

10. Michigan

11. Louisville

12. Miami (Fla.)

13. Georgia

14. Fresno State

15. Texas A&M

16. Purdue

17. Boston College

18. Florida State

19. Arizona State

20. Pittsburgh

21. Boise State

22. Auburn

23. Colorado

24. Texas Tech

25. Bowling Green

Collegefootballnews.com (updated July 25)

1. USC

2. LSU

3. Tennessee

4. Miami (Fla.)

5. Ohio State

6. Georgia

7. Michigan

8. Florida

9. Texas

10. Virginia Tech

11. Florida State

12. Oklahoma

13. Arizona State

14. Boston College

15. Auburn

16. Purdue

17. Cal

18. Iowa

19. Virginia

20. Georgia Tech

21. Alabama

22. Pittsburgh

23. Minnesota

24. Clemson

25. Oregon State

NationalChamps.net

1. USC

2. Texas

3. LSU

4. Tennessee

5. Oklahoma

6. Michigan

7. Ohio State

8. Virginia Tech

9. Miami (Fla.)

10. Auburn

11. Iowa

12. Florida

13. Georgia

14. Boise State

15. Louisville

16. Florida State

17. Fresno State

18. Texas A&M

19. Purdue

20. Cal

21. Arizona State

22. Virginia

23. Pittsburgh

24. Colorado

25. Minnesota

Lindy's

1. USC

2. Texas

3. Michigan

4. Florida

5. Oklahoma

6. Tennessee

7. Ohio State

8. Florida State

9. LSU

10. Virginia Tech

11. Louisville

12. Miami (Fla.)

13. Purdue

14. Georgia

15. Iowa

16. Texas A&M

17. Auburn

18. Oregon

19. Pittsburgh

20. Boston College

21. Texas Tech

22. Alabama

23. Fresno State

24. UCLA

25. Penn State

SI.com

1. USC

2. Texas

3. Tennessee

4. Ohio State

5. Florida

6. Virginia Tech

7. LSU

8. Iowa

9. Miami (Fla.)

10. Michigan

11. Oklahoma

12. Louisville

13. Auburn

14. Georgia

15. Fresno State

16. Arizona State

17. Boise State

18. Florida State

19. Purdue

20. Texas Tech

21. Pittsburgh

22. Cal

23. Bowling Green

24. Georgia Tech

25. Wyoming

Street & Smith's

1. USC

2. Texas

3. Tennessee

4. Oklahoma

5. Michigan

6. LSU

7. Virginia Tech

8. Miami (Fla.)

9. Florida

10. Purdue

11. Georgia

12. Ohio State

13. Iowa

14. Auburn

15. Louisville

16. Boise State

17. Texas A&M

18. Florida State

19. Fresno State

20. Cal

21. Virginia

22. Oregon

23. Pittsburgh

24. Texas Tech

25. Utah

Phil Steele's College Football

1. USC

2. LSU

3. Purdue

4. Louisville

5. Texas

6. Miami (Fla.)

7. Michigan

8. Oklahoma

9. Ohio State

10. Georgia

11. Florida

12. Virginia Tech

13. Florida State

14. Iowa

15. Tennessee

16. N.C. State

17. Auburn

18. Texas A&M

19. Penn State

20. Cal

21. Texas Tech

22. Oregon

23. Miami (Ohio)

24. Fresno State

25. Alabama

Football Action

1. USC

2. Texas

3. Tennessee

4. Michigan

5. Florida

6. Iowa

7. Louisville

8. LSU

9. Ohio State

10. Virginia Tech

11. Oklahoma

12. Miami (Fla.)

13. Purdue

14. Fresno State

15. Florida State

16. Arizona State

17. Boise State

18. Bowling Green

19. Georgia

20. Georgia Tech

21. Texas Tech

22. Cal

23. Texas A&M

24. Auburn

25. Pittsburgh

The Gold Sheet

1. USC

2. Tennessee

3. Ohio State

4. Florida

5. Texas

6. Iowa

7. Virginia Tech

8. LSU

9. Michigan

10. Louisville

11. Oklahoma

12. Florida State

13. Texas A&M

14. Fresno State

15. Arizona State

16. Miami (Fla.)

17. Bowling Green

18. Georgia

19. Cal

20. Iowa State

21. Georgia Tech

22. Utah

23. Texas Tech

24. Pittsburgh

25. Alabama

CBSSportsLine.com (magazine edition)

1. USC

2. Iowa

3. Tennessee

4. Texas

5. Ohio State

6. Virginia Tech

7. Oklahoma

8. LSU

9. Florida

10. Michigan

11. Miami (Fla.)

12. Louisville

13. Georgia

14. Florida State

15. Pittsburgh

16. Arizona State

17. Texas A&M

18. Purdue

19. Boston College

20. Fresno State

21. Auburn

22. Texas Tech

23. Boise State

24. Colorado

25. Georgia Tech

USA Today coaches poll

1. USC

2. Texas

3. Tennessee

4. Michigan

5. Oklahoma

6. LSU

7. Virginia Tech

8. Miami (Fla.)

9. Ohio State

10. Iowa

11. Florida

12. Florida State

13. Georgia

14. Louisville

15. Auburn

16. Purdue

17. Texas A&M

18. Arizona State

19. Boise State

20. Cal

21. Texas Tech

22. Boston College

23. Virginia

24. Alabama

25. Pittsburgh

Sports Illustrated (magazine)

1. USC

2. Texas

3. Florida

4. Michigan

5. Tennessee

6. Miami (Fla.)

7. Oklahoma

8. Ohio State

9. Virginia Tech

10. Georgia

11. Louisville

12. Iowa

13. LSU

14. Texas A&M

15. Florida State

16. Boise State

17. Cal

18. Auburn

19. Fresno State

20. Arizona State

21. Pittsburgh

22. Purdue

23. Bowling Green

24. Colorado

25. Wyoming

The Associted Press

1. USC

2. Texas

3. Tennessee

4. Michigan

5. LSU

6. Ohio State

7. Oklahoma

8. Virginia Tech

9. Miami (Fla.)

10. Florida

11. Iowa

12. Louisville

13. Georgia

14. Florida State

15. Purdue

16. Auburn

17. Texas A&M

18. Boise State

19. Cal

20. Arizona State

21. Texas Tech

22. Boston College

23. Pittsburgh

24. Fresno State

25. Virginia


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