Rivals Rundown 2013 College Football Preseason Top 30 Teams

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Welcome to our inaugural Rivals Rundown Preseason Top 30 Teams!!!  We are excited to present this the morning of the 2013 College Football Season.  We have published our Top 5 teams for all of the BCS Conferences and this is the culmination of all that research.  This is not our prediction of how the season will end, this is where we rank the teams as of today.  Throughout the season we will visit our Top 30 and adjust as we see fit.  Sometimes the whole thing might get flipped upside down but that’s College Football.  Here is our Rivals Rundown 2013 College Football Preseason Top 30!!!

1. Alabama Crimson Tide
2. Oregon Ducks
3. Ohio State Buckeyes
4. Georgia Bulldogs
5. Clemson Tigers
6. Louisville Cardinals
7. Texas Longhorns
8. Nebraska Cornhuskers
9. Florida State Seminoles
10. Oklahoma State Cowboys
11. South Carolina Gamecocks
12. LSU Tigers
13. USC Trojans
14. Stanford Cardinal
15. Florida Gators
16. Texas A&M Aggies
17. Oregon State Beavers
18. TCU Horned Frogs
19. Boise State Broncos
20. Oklahoma Sooners
21. Michigan Wolverines
22. Northwestern Wildcats
23. Arizona State Sun Devils
24. Fresno State Bulldogs
25. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
26. Baylor Bears
27. Washington Huskies
28. Northern Illinois Huskies
29 Miami Hurricanes
30. Ohio Bobcats

Big Update of Preseason Predictions!

The website www.stassen.com recently updated their database of preseason predictions from different websites and magazines!  As we here at rivalsrundown.com our releasing our previews we will compare and eventually add ours to the table!  Enjoy the update and get ready for kickoff!!!

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National Top 25

Rank Team Total
Points
Lindy Athlon TSN Phil
Steele
USA
Today
(mag.)
McIllece
Sports
F’Ball
Out-
siders
Arena
Fanatic
Gold
Sheet
1 Alabama 269 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
2 Oregon 247 4 3 8 5 5 2 2 2 1
3 Ohio State 243 2 2 5 2 2 6 10 4 3
4 Georgia 219 6 4 12 9 4 9 9 3 4
5 Stanford 209 3 7 2 11 3 3 5 5
6 South Carolina 197 9 5 3 14 11 13 14 6 7
7 Texas A&M 196 5 9 7 13 7 4 15 12 11
8 Clemson 183 7 6 9 15 8 15 20 8 8
9 Oklahoma State 177 11 16 6 8 19 3 6 15 18
10 Texas 171 18 18 14 4 13 11 8 10 12
11 Florida State 165 13 15 18 3 17 5 19 14 10
12 Louisiana State 160 8 12 16 17 18 4 7 6
13 Florida 157 12 13 4 18 10 5 13 16
14 Notre Dame 146 14 8 10 10 14 20 13 24 20
15 Louisville 144 10 10 11 7 12 9 14
16 Nebraska 120 21 21 21 16 9 8 21 11
17 Michigan 117 16 14 13 24 15 12 22 15
18 Boise State 116 17 11 15 6 12 9
19 Oklahoma 107 15 17 19 19 21 24 7 19
20 Texas Christian 98 22 20 21 16 18 11 20 22
21 Wisconsin 83 19 24 20 7 16 17
22 Southern Cal 66 25 6 10 17
23 Michigan State 46 20 23 17 18
24 Fresno State 42 22 22 22 16
25 Miami-Florida 38 24 22 25 21 25

Others receiving votes:

Rank Team Total
Points
Lindy Athlon TSN Phil
Steele
USA
Today
(mag.)
McIllece
Sports
F’Ball
Out-
siders
Arena
Fanatic
Gold
Sheet
26 Northwestern 36 24 20 13
27t Arizona State 33 23 16 21
27t Baylor 33 19 17 24
29 Oregon State 29 25 23 25 22
30t UCLA 27 23 20 23
30t Virginia Tech 27 12 23
32 Georgia Tech 18 19 25
33 North Caroolina 17 14
34t Kansas State 16 24 22
34t Mississippi 16 25 21
36t Cincinnati 8 23
36t Northern Illinois 8 23
38 Penn State 7 24
39 Tulsa 6 25
40 unranked 0

Notes:

  • Arena Fanatic did not list a team for #17-#19, #23, or #25, at time of this writing.

Conference predictions

AAC (former Big East)

Rank Team Total
Points
Lindy Athlon TSN Phil
Steele
USA
Today
(mag.)
McIllece
Sports
F’Ball
Out-
siders
Arena
Fanatic
Gold
Sheet
1 Louisville 11½ 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1
2 Cincinnati 23½ 3 2 3 3 1 1 2 4
3 Central Florida 31 4 4 5 2 3 5 3
4 Rutgers 32 2 3 2 8 4 3 2
5t Connecticut 55½ 6 6 4 7 9 5 4 6
5t Houston 55½ 5 7 10 4 6 6 8 5
7 Southern Methodist 59½ 7 8 6 7 4 9 6 7
8 South Florida 64 8 5 7 8 6 7 8 7 8
9 Temple 78½ 10 10 8 10 5 7 10 10
10 Memphis 84 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 9 9

Notes:

  • Phil Steele predicted a tie between Rutgers and Southern Methodist for 5th-6th place in the AAC.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Central Florida and Rutgers for 2nd-3rd place in the AAC.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Cincinnati and Houston for 4th-5th place in the AAC.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Connecticut and Temple for 8th-9th place in the AAC.
  • McIllece Sports predicted a tie between Central Florida and Louisville for 2nd-3rd place in the AAC.

Atlantic Coast

Rank Team Total
Points
Lindy Athlon TSN Phil
Steele
USA
Today
(mag.)
McIllece
Sports
F’Ball
Out-
siders
Arena
Fanatic
Gold
Sheet
Atlantic
1 Clemson 12 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1
2 Florida State 15 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 2 2
3 N.C. State 33 4 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 3
4 Maryland 40 3 3 4 4 5 6 7 3 5
5t Syracuse 48 6 6 5 7 5 3 3 7 6
5t Wake Forest 48 7 5 6 4 5 7 5 5 4
7 Boston College 56 5 7 7 6 7 5 6 6 7
Coastal
1 Miami-Florida 16½ 1 1 1 2 3 2 2 3
2 Virginia Tech 21½ 3 2 4 1 4 1 3 2
3 Georgia Tech 23½ 2 3 3 4 2 4 1 1
4 North Carolina 28½ 4 4 2 3 1 3 4 4
5 Pittsburgh 49½ 5 5 5 6 7 5 5 6
6 Virginia 54½ 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7
7 Duke 58 7 7 7 6 7 5 7 7 5

Notes:

  • Phil Steele predicted a three-way tie between Maryland, N.C. State, and Wake Forest, for 3rd-5th place in the ACC Atlantic division.
  • Phil Steele predicted a tie between Georgia Tech and North Carolina for 3rd-4th place in the ACC Coastal division.
  • Phil Steele predicted a three-way tie between Duke, Pittsburgh, and Virginia, for 5th-7th place in the ACC Coastal division.
  • USA Today predicted a three-way tie between Maryland, Syracuse, and Wake Forest, for 4th-6th place in the ACC Atlantic division.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Miami-Florida and Virginia Tech for 1st-2nd place in the ACC Coastal division.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Pittsburgh and Virginia for 5th-6th place in the ACC Coastal division.

Big Ten

Rank Team Total
Points
Lindy Athlon TSN Phil
Steele
USA
Today
(mag.)
McIllece
Sports
F’Ball
Out-
siders
Arena
Fanatic
Gold
Sheet
Leaders
1 Ohio State 10 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1
2 Wisconsin 17 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2
3 Penn State 28 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3
4 Indiana 36 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 3 4
5 Purdue 44½ 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5
6 Illinois 53½ 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Legends
1 Nebraska 14½ 3 2 2 1 1 2 1 1
2 Michigan 19 1 1 1 2 3 2 3
3 Michigan State 24 2 4 4 4 1 3 2
4 Northwestern 32½ 4 3 3 3 4 4 4 4
5 Iowa 47 5 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5
6 Minnesota 52 6 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6

Notes:

  • Lindy’s swapped Purdue/Illinois and Iowa/Minnesota in their division predictions — they had Iowa/Monnesota in Leaders and Purdue/Illinois in Legends. Since they predicted each pair of teams 5th/6th (in the wrong division), I counted that as a prediciton of 5th/6th in the proper one.
  • Phil Steele predicted a tie between Michigan State and Nebraska for 1st-2nd place in the Big Ten Legends division.
  • Phil Steele predicted a tie between Michigan and Northwestern for 3rd-4th place in the Big Ten Legends division.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Illinois and Purdue for 5th-6th place in the Big Ten Leaders division.
  • McIllece Sports predicted a tie between Michigan and Michigan State for 2nd-3rd place in the Big Ten Legends division.

Big XII

Rank Team Total
Points
Lindy Athlon TSN Phil
Steele
USA
Today
(mag.)
McIllece
Sports
F’Ball
Out-
siders
Arena
Fanatic
Gold
Sheet
1 Oklahoma State 14 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 2
2 Texas 17 3 3 2 1 1 2 3 1 1
3 Oklahoma 24½ 2 2 3 3 3 2 3 3
4 Texas Christian 37½ 5 4 6 4 3 4 4 4
5 Baylor 47½ 4 6 4 5 6 5 6 5
6 Kansas State 49 6 5 5 6 5 5 6 5 6
7 Texas Tech 69 8 7 7 7 8 8 8 7 9
8 West Virginia 73½ 9 8 9 8 10 7 9 7
9 Iowa State 75 7 9 8 7 9 8 8
10 Kansas 88 10 10 10 9 10 10 10

Notes:

  • Phil Steele predicted a tie between Iowa State and Kansas for 9th-10th place in the Big XII.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Baylor and West Virginia for 6th-7th place in the Big XII.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Iowa State and Kansas for 9th-10th place in the Big XII.
  • McIllece Sports predicted a tie between Oklahoma and Texas Christian for 3rd-4th place in the Big XII.

Conference USA

Rank Team Total
Points
Lindy Athlon TSN Phil
Steele
USA
Today
(mag.)
McIllece
Sports
F’Ball
Out-
siders
Arena
Fanatic
Gold
Sheet
East
1 East Carolina 11½ 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1
2 Marshall 20 3 1 3 1 2 2 4
3 Middle Tennessee 29 2 3 2 5 4 4 4 3 2
4 Southern Miss 40 5 5 4 3 3 6 5
5 UAB 41 4 4 5 7 5 4 3
6 Florida Atlantic 53½ 6 6 6 7 5 6
7 Florida Int’l 57 7 7 7 7 6 7 7
West
1 Tulsa 9 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Rice 20 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 2
3 Louisiana Tech 32½ 4 3 3 2 5 4
4 Texas-El Paso 40 3 4 4 6 6 5 5 2 5
5 North Texas 41½ 5 6 5 4 4 6
6 Tulane 48 6 5 6 3 5 7 7 6 3
7 UTSA 61 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 7 7

Notes:

  • Phil Steele predicted a tie between Southern Mississippi and UAB for 3rd-4th place in CUSA East.
  • Phil Steele predicted a tie between Florida Atlantic and Florida International for 6th-7th place in CUSA East.
  • Phil Steele predicted a tie between Louisiana Tech and North Texas for 4th-5th place in CUSA West.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between East Carolina and Marshall for 1st-2nd place in CUSA East.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Florida Atlantic and UAB for 5th-6th place in CUSA East.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Louisiana Tech and North Texas for 3rd-4th place in CUSA West.
  • McIllece Sports predicted a tie between Florida International and Marshall for 2nd-3rd place in CUSA East.
  • McIllece Sports predicted a tie between Florida Atlantic and Southern Mississippi for 5th-6th place in CUSA East.
  • McIllece Sports predicted a tie between Louisiana Tech and North Texas for 3rd-4th place in CUSA West.

Mid-American

Rank Team Total
Points
Lindy Athlon TSN Phil
Steele
USA
Today
(mag.)
McIllece
Sports
F’Ball
Out-
siders
Arena
Fanatic
Gold
Sheet
East
1 Bowling Green 13 3 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2
2 Ohio 16 1 2 3 2 1 2 2 2 1
3 Buffalo 29 2 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 4
4 Kent State 33 4 3 2 4 5 4 4 4 3
5 Miami-Ohio 45 6 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5
6 Akron 56 7 6 7 6 6 6 6 6 6
7 Massachusetts 60 5 7 6 7 7 7 7 7 7
West
1 Northern Illinois 9 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2t Ball State 22½ 2 2 3 3 3 3 2 2
2t Toledo 22½ 3 3 2 2 2 2 3 3
4 Western Michigan 37 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4
5 Central Michigan 44 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 5
6 Eastern Michigan 54 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

Notes:

  • McIllece Sports predicted a tie between Ball State and Toledo for 2nd-3rd place in the MAC West.

Mountain West

Rank Team Total
Points
Lindy Athlon TSN Phil
Steele
USA
Today
(mag.)
McIllece
Sports
F’Ball
Out-
siders
Arena
Fanatic
Gold
Sheet
West
1 Fresno State 10 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1
2 San Diego State 22 3 3 2 2 2 3 3 2 2
3 San Jose State 23½ 2 2 3 3 1 2 3 3
4 Nevada 36 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 5 4
5 Nevada-Las Vegas 48 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 4 5
6 Hawaii 49½ 6 6 6 5 5 5 6 6
Mountain
1 Boise State 10 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1
2 Utah State 17 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2
3 Air Force 28½ 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3
4 Wyoming 39½ 4 4 4 5 5 4 3 5
5 Colorado State 44 5 5 5 4 5 5 6
6 New Mexico 50 6 6 6 6 4 6 6 6 4

Notes:

  • Phil Steele predicted a tie between Air Force and Colorado State for 3rd-4th place in the MWC Mountain division.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Hawai’i and San Jose State for 4th-5th place in the MWC West division.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Colorado State and Wyoming for 5th-6th place in the MWC Mountain division.

Pacific 12

Rank Team Total
Points
Lindy Athlon TSN Phil
Steele
USA
Today
(mag.)
McIllece
Sports
F’Ball
Out-
siders
Arena
Fanatic
Gold
Sheet
North
1 Oregon 11½ 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1
2 Stanford 16½ 1 2 1 2 3 2 2 2
3 Oregon State 28½ 4 3 3 3 2 3 4 3
4 Washington 33½ 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 4
5 California 48 5 5 5 6 6 5 5 5 6
6 Washington State 51 6 6 6 5 5 6 6 6 5
South
1 Southern Cal 17½ 2 2 4 1 1 1 1 3
2 Arizona State 19½ 3 1 2 2 2 3 3 1
3 UCLA 21 1 3 1 3 1 3 5 2 2
4 Arizona 33½ 4 4 3 4 4 2 4 4
5 Utah 43½ 5 5 5 5 5 4 5 5
6 Colorado 54 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

Notes:

  • USA Today predicted a tie between Oregon and Stanford for 1st-2nd place in the PAC 12 North.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Oregon State and Washington for 3rd-4th place in the PAC 12 North.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Arizona State and Southern Cal for 2nd-3rd place in the PAC 12 South.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Arizona and Utah for 4th-5th place in the PAC 12 South.

Southeastern

Rank Team Total
Points
Lindy Athlon TSN Phil
Steele
USA
Today
(mag.)
McIllece
Sports
F’Ball
Out-
siders
Arena
Fanatic
Gold
Sheet
East
1 Georgia 12 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 2
2 South Carolina 18 2 2 1 2 3 2 1
3 Florida 24 3 3 2 3 2 3 3
4 Vanderbilt 39½ 4 4 4 4 4 6 4 4
5 Tennessee 47½ 5 5 5 4 6 5 6 6
6 Missouri 48 6 6 6 5 4 5 5
7 Kentucky 63 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
West
1 Alabama 9 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Texas A&M 20½ 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 2
3 Louisiana State 24½ 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 3
4 Mississippi 36½ 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
5 Mississippi State 50 5 5 7 5 6 6 5
6 Arkansas 55½ 6 7 5 5 7 5 7 7
7 Auburn 56 7 6 6 6 7 5 6

Notes:

  • Phil Steele predicted a tie between Florida and South Carolina for 2nd-3rd place in the SEC East.
  • Phil Steele predicted a tie between Missouri and Vanderbilt for 5th-6th place in the SEC East.
  • Phil Steele predicted a tie between Louisiana State and Texas A&M for 2nd-3rd place in the SEC West.
  • Phil Steele predicted a tie between Auburn and Mississippi State for 6th-7th place in the SEC West.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Florida and South Carolina for 2nd-3rd place in the SEC East.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Missouri and Tenneessee for 5th-6th place in the SEC East.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Mississippi and Mississippi State for 4th-5th place in the SEC West.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Arkansas and Auburn for 6th-7th place in the SEC West.

Sun Belt

Rank Team Total
Points
Lindy Athlon TSN Phil
Steele
USA
Today
(mag.)
McIllece
Sports
F’Ball
Out-
siders
Arena
Fanatic
Gold
Sheet
1 Louisiana-Lafay. 17½ 3 1 2 1 1 3 2 3
2 Louisiana-Monroe 21½ 1 2 3 3 3 2 1 2
3 Arkansas State 25 2 4 4 3 1 4 1
4 Western Kentucky 28½ 4 3 1 3 4 4 3 4
5 Troy 42½ 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
6 Texas State 54½ 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
7 South Alabama 63½ 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 7
8 Georgia State 71 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 8

Notes:

  • Phil Steele predicted a three-way tie between Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, and Western Kentucky, for 2nd-4th place in the Sun Belt.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Troy and Western Kentucky for 2nd-3rd place in the Sun Belt.
  • USA Today predicted a tie between Arkansas State and Louisiana-Monroe for 4th-5th place in the Sun Belt.
  • McIllece Sports predicted a tie between Arkansas State and Louisiana-Lafayette for 1st-2nd place in the Sun Belt.
  • McIllece Sports predicted a tie between South Alabama and Texas State for 6th-7th place in the Sun Belt.

Ranger Pool: The Official College Football Fantasy Game

ncaa_football_top58attendance07_cSo, a little back story before you ready the blog further, I am a second generation participant, this game was started by my father and his college buddies as a way to put some friendly bets on the college football season.  It’s a blast, mainly because once the season starts, your rosters are set.  It’s not something you have to check on weekly, it’s there and you start following and rooting for teams all over the country.  When I explain it to non-hardocre college fans, they usually laugh at the fact that the University of Ohio or Boise St. (before they played on the national stage) or any other mid-major was selected before Florida or USC, they don’t get it.  Those of us who live and die preseason reading, Phil Steele or Athlon Sports or The Sporting News or Lindy’s, we get it.  This football season, if you or your friends start a pool please let me know!  As our draft approaches I’ll be posting who I think will go in what round and will also post the draft results for the public to comment on.

 

The story goes, a long, long, time ago, in a gentleman’s club somewhere in what once was called East Phoenix, AZ, now it’s just Central Phoenix or Arcadia, a group of college aged friends created a college football pool for them to bet against each other.  The pool has continued for well over 30+ years across multiple states and including a number of participates in this underground fantasy game.

Well, now for the first time ever, the Official Rules of The Ranger Pool will be released and written for public viewing.

Over the years and with the expansion of Division I Football the rules have evolved but the format has stayed the same.

 

Ranger Pool:  The Official College Football Fantasy Game.

  1. There will be a number of 10 participates within the pool, no more no less.
  2. Each participate will draft 8 teams.
  3. The draft will take place before the first kick-off of the College Football Season
  4. Each participate will pick 1 team per draft round, therefore the are 8 rounds in the draft.
  5. A team can only be drafted once.
  6. There will be an official rules committee in place to enforce these rules, the official committee can be either voted on or establish by a majority of players.
  7. The Rules Committee will decide what the pool of draftable teams are.  For example, most leagues will only pick teams from Dvision I or FBS Division of Teams or whatever the major division of college football will be called in the future.  However, some leagues based on geographical area might want to include conferences from sub-divisions to increase the available pool of teams.
  8. The draft is a snake formula, however it is mathematically perfect, for example if you draft 1 overall in round 1, then round 2 you would draft 10th, round 3 you would draft 2. and so on and so forth.  The official drafting order for each participate can be emailed or sent by the official rules committee.  Note, this is different from Snake Drafts that you always pick the same picks in alternating rounds.
  9. Once the draft is completed and all participates have 8 college football teams on their roster, the league is set and ready for the season to begin.
  10. WInners and Losers:  The beautiful part of this Fantasy game is it’s simplicity.
  11. Victory is achieved by having the overall highest combined winning percentage of a participants teams!  For example:
    1. Participant 1 Teams-

Alabama 11-0

Texas      9-2

Arizona St. 8-4

Louisville    5-7

Georgia Tech  6-5

UNLV             7-4

Northwestern   3-8

Toledo             9-2

Win Total- 58 Loss Total- 32

Percentage- 64.44%

  1. Order of Finish will be determined using the above formula for each participant.
  2. The regular season of college football games count only, no conference championship games, no bowl games.  An alternative version can be played by using championship or bowl games as a tie-breaker.
  3. Payout:  If used for better purposes, buy-in is collected prior to draft and payout is to the top three finishers after the season has been completed.  It is recommend that payout occurs at an end of year banquet with all participants in Las Vegas during bowl season.