And now for the Rundown…

Rundown of Day 1 College Football 2013

August 30th, 2013

The 2013 College Football season is in motion and we celebrated by having over 12 hours of fantastic football.  Incase you missed some of the action or highlights here are our favorite plays, moments or factoids from the Kick-Off of the 2013 Season!

Puke and Rally!

This might be the best and worst moment of the year all wrapped into one.  Jordan Matthews, one of the premier receivers in all of college football and an All-SEC player made a catch coming over the middle late in the Vandy-Ole Miss game, in doing so he got absolutely crushed with a hit on his side by Ole Miss backer Cody Prewitt.  As Matthews tried to get to his feet he was visibly hurt and motioned to the sidelide to come out of the game.  With Vandy in hurry-up mode and not using a timeout, he was able to stand, get to the line of scrimmage for the next play.  After that play, it appeared he was going to make it to the sideline, stopped and went to one knee and that when the vomit came.  After Matthews was done losing his lunch, the training staff took him to the sidelines where he got some water, waited and on the next play, in classic college style Matthews puked ‘n rallied to make a huge catch on 4th and 18 and the game on the line.  Now, the problem we have, is with all of the concern about player safety at all levels of football, the Vandy staff shoul’ve never let Matthews return so quickly.  There is no way they could tell what condition the player was in.  They needed to let him stay on the sideline for a couple more minutes, while they professional assessed his situation but they didn’t and so we got one of the top plays of the season on day one.  Here is a link from SBNation showin the Rundown of this one!     http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2013/8/30/4674808/jordan-matthews-catch

 

Was that the Hoosiers or the Ducks?

In a game that only fans in Indiana watched or crazies like us watch, Indiana put an Oregon style offensive beat down to Indiana State with a final score of 73-35.  After the game, the Hoosier players were upset, why? Because Indiana was within 3 points of tying or beating the all-time record for points scored in school history of 76.  Now, normally we don’t agree with running the score up but when you are that close to a historical marker, kick the field goal, tie the record and give your boys something they will have for some years to come in the record book.  Now, Indiana is our pick for the surprise team in the country, picking them at 9 wins, now we know this was a gimmie game but the Indiana offense looked like an experienced one firing on all cylinders, now they just have to stay healthy.

 

USC Might be the Boys of Troy…

This one is hard for us to swallow, we picked USC to win the PAC 12 South division but if they can’t figure out how to run an offense they might be finishing behind ASU, UCLA, and Utah.  Before we get carried away reading too much into an opening day road game to Hawaii, let’s look at the positives.  USC’s defense will keep them in games, at the start of the game USC looked like a classic team that thought they were going to be able to show up and win the game, it took until almost halftime for them to figure out that they were going to have to take it and no one was giving them anything.  The side of the ball that changed the game was defense, they started to make plays on the ball getting 4 int. and holding the Hawaii QB to 16-41.  We liked USC because they have one of the easiest schedules in the PAC 12 but if they expect to compete we are guessing they are going to have to bring a lot more then what they had in Hawaii.

 

GAME OF THE NIGHT!!!

No it’s not Ole Miss-Vandy for all you East Coaster Bias out there, it was Fresno State-Rutgers without a shadow of a doubt.  If you missed that game because your mom wouldn’t let you stay up past your bedtime, we urge you, if you are a real college football fan, to find that game and watch it start to finish.  It had more lead changes than a NASCAR race and more scores than Robin Thicke.  It was from start to finish one of the best games and even had a classic OT finish of the away team going for the two-points to win!!!  Freakin Classic, a QB making his outside Heisman Campaign going 52-73 456 yards and 5 touchdowns, in Derek Carr and a Rutgers team saying we might have some holes but we can score too, Nova for Rutgers also threw for 5 TD’s.  This game should be on ESPN Classic sometime soon, look it up and enjoy.  We’re just thankful that Fresno made it out with the win, that game is going to do wonders for their confidence and we have them winning the Mountain West over Boise State… 

Our @PAC12 2013 Preseason Top5* Rundown

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2013 Pac 12 Conference Preseason Top 5* Rundown

The PAC 12 has quickly risen to the second toughest conference in all of BCS Football.  The diehards of every conference, well at least the major ones, will make an argument for their conference supremacy, so we here at the Rivals Rundown, will make the argument that the PAC 12 is the toughest conference top to bottom…ok not really, but the PAC is clearly the number 2 conference behind the SEC and here is why, welcome to our PAC 12 Conference Top5* Rundown:

1.  Oregon Ducks11-1 (PAC 12 Champions) (North Champions)

No real surprise here to us although it might be to some, considering 7 out of 16 major preseason publications have Stanford winning the PAC 12.  We here at the R&R see it a little different, with the fact that Oregon or Stanford both would’ve been a better show in the National Championship game last year, the only real difference this year, revenge.  Oregon will be like an unstoppable rocket heading directly for Stanford with only a trap game on the road to Washington standing in their way.  That’s right, we’re ignoring road games against UCLA and Virginia, seeing Washington as the only team that could trip Oregon before the Stanford showdown.  Oregon is loaded with 9 returners on offense and 7 returners on defense, with tons of top recruits ready to be plugged into the Ducks system.  We don’t think that Oregon can survive a complete year undefeated but we will be cheering for them if it comes down the stretch and they are the PAC’s best chance to represent in the National Title Game.

2.  USC Trojans  10-3 (South Champions)

If you look around, everyone loves Stanford at this spot, we don’t but we also don’t love USC.  We just think that they are too talented and have too easy of a schedule not to finish 10-3.  Anything less then 10-3, with the roster they have, with a schedule bypassing Oregon and Washington from the north, and home games of Stanford and UCLA, Coach Kiffin better do the right thing and just quit if they can’t reach double digits.  Look for a September match-up with Arizona St. to let everyone know who is in the driver seat for the South Title.  (Secretly we will be cheering for this pick to be wrong and for the Sun Devils to win the South, the PAC 12 and the National Championship…but we do that every year!!!)

3. Oregon State Beavers 9-3 

Sometimes preseason rankings make no sense to us, this is the case with the national media’s treatment of Oregon St.  So, last year the Beavers weren’t on anyone’s preseason radar to have the type of season they produced.  They had solid wins against Wisconsin, UCLA, BYU, Arizona St, and suffered two of their four losses (including the bowl game to Texas) to Stanford and Oregon…this year the Beavers have a non-conference schedule featuring Eastern Washington, Hawaii, and SDSU, they get Stanford, USC and Washington all at home…yet everyone has them on the outside looking in.  Well, not us here at the Rundown, we like the Beavers to have a chance to ruin Oregon’s BCS title game hopes on the last game of the regular season thus giving Oregon St. a shot at the PAC 12 Title.  Now, let’s clarify one thing, we are picking Oregon but we’re taking Oregon St over Stanford.

3.  Stanford Cardinal 9-3 

The Cardinal have posted double digit season for the past three years, since then, the Coach who got them there is now coaching in Super Bowls, the QB who got them there had one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history and yet the Cardinal is now being talked about as a “reload” type of program and 2013 is the year they can prove it… we don’t think so.  The 2013 campaign to us looks a lot like a season that will be successful for Shaw and the Cardinal but not up to the level of the last three.  We like the chances for USC and Oregon St to take back wins against the Cardinal as well as Oregon, that leads us to drop the Cardinal to this position, although we think they are a better overall team than Oregon St, we like the Beavers in the head to head game.

4.  Arizona State Sun Devils 9-3

(Homer Alert)  So yes, ASU is our home team here at the Rundown but being fair we think some of the preseason hype surrounding the Devils right now needs to calm down just a little bit.  The Devils need to get through one of the toughest stretches in all of college football, in-fact, we challenge you to find one tougher then Wisconsin, Stanford, USC, and Notre Dame.  If the Sun Devils get through that 2-2 it’s a win and with Oregon St and Washington at home, we like the Devils to make it to December with a chance to play for the PAC 12 Title.  (Now, our hearts say the Devils are going undefeated and I better get tickets and book a trip to the National Championship game…but that’s what I want every year)

5.  Washington Huskies 8-4 & UCLA Bruins 8-4

Before we get ahead of ourselves and cover every team in the PAC 12 that could have a winning season, we are going to lump these two programs together, maybe we should’ve done that with the Ducks and Cardinal.  Anyways, Washington and UCLA both are on the verge of bringing their programs back to national relevance, if that happens, then the PAC 12 will have an argument that they are the second best conference in college football.  We will call these two teams, our sleepers for the 2013 season, now we know that a lot of people are talking about UCLA winning the South but we need more proof, this year would be it.  UCLA is facing a revenge schedule, meaning, last year UCLA got wins against Nebraska, USC and ASU, we don’t see that happening two years in a row.  For the Huskies, they will break in a brand new stadium on opening day against, Boise St, if they can take that game, which might be a blow out for the Huskies (not kidding here) then look out for them to go 4-0 riding a ton of confidence into Stanford, Oregon, and Arizona St.  Those three games will determine if the Huskies are back.  And that’s why UCLA and Washington are our sleepers.

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.