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DBD 9.2.09 2008's Preseason Poll, a look back

I compared 2008's preseason poll with the 2008 final regular season poll (before the bowl games).  Then, I played around a bit.

Rank, Team, Final Rank, Accolades

1.  Georgia......unranked (-a lot)

2.  Ohio St......10 (-8)......2nd in Big-10

3.  USC......5 (-2)......Pac-10 Title

4.  Oklahoma......1 (+3)......Big-12 Title

5.  Florida......2 (+3)......National Title, SEC Title

6.  Missouri......21 (-15)......Big-12 North Title

7.  LSU......unranked (-a lot)

8.  West Virginia......unranked (-a lot)

9.  Clemson......unranked (-a lot)

10.  Auburn......unranked (-a lot)

11.  Texas......3 (+8)......Tied for Big-12 South Title

12.  Texas Tech......7 (+5)......Tied for Big-12 South Title

13.  Wisconsin......unranked (-a lot)

14.  Kansas......unranked (-a lot)

15.  Arizona St.......unranked (-a lot)

16.  BYU......16 (even)

17.  Virginia Tech......19 (-2)......ACC Title

18.  Tennessee......unranked (-a lot)

19.  South Florida......unranked (-a lot)

20.  Illinois......unranked (-a lot)

21.  Oregon......17 (+4)......2nd in Pac-10

22.  Penn St.......8 (+14)......Big-10 Title

23.  Wake Forest......unranked (-a lot)

24.  Alabama......4 (+20)......SEC West Title

25.  Pittsburgh......20 (+5)......2nd in Big East

 

Random Facts:

Number of preseason ranked teams that finished in the Top 25......12 (48%)

Number of teams ranked 6-15 that finished in the Top 25......3 (30%), oddly all Big-12 teams, they all also shared or won a divison title.

Number of Teams that finished in the Top 25 by Preseason Rank:

#1-5:  4 (80%)

#6-10:  1 (20%)

#11-15:  2 (40%)

#16-20:  2 (40%)

#21-25:  4 (80%)

5 of the 6 Conferences had a preseason Top 25 win their conference title, with 3 conference champions residing in the Top 5.

Teams finishing unranked by conference:

ACC:  Clemson (9), Wake Forest (23)

Big-10:  Wisconsin (13), Illinois (20)

Big-12:  Kansas (14)

Big East:  West Virginia (8), South Florida (19)

Pac-10:  Arizona st. (15)

SEC:  Georgia (1), LSU (7), Auburn (10), Tennessee (18)

5 of the 6 conference runner-ups started in the preseason top 25 (ACC was the exception)

Super Random Facts:

The Eastern Time Zone has 11 representatives, Central has 10, and both the Mountain and Pacific Time Zones have two representatives.

21 different states were represented in the preseason poll, with Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Alabama having duplicates.

4 Teams are from states bordering Mexico, while 3 teams border Canada (all of whom needed help from Lake Eire to achieve this).  Out of these 7 teams, only ASU fell out of the rankings.

5 of the original 13 colonies/states were represented, only Pennsylvania & Virginia ended in the top 25.

5 Private schools were represented, and only 2 remained in the Top 25.

12 schools are from landlocked states, half of whom didn't make the final preseason poll.

 

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