2008 BlogPoll, Preseason

Rank Team Delta
1 Oklahoma 25
2 Georgia 24
3 Ohio State 23
4 Southern Cal 22
5 Florida 21
6 Missouri 20
7 LSU 19
8 West Virginia 18
9 Clemson 17
10 Wisconsin 16
11 Texas 15
12 Texas Tech 14
13 Illinois 13
14 Virginia Tech 12
15 Penn State 11
16 Arizona State 10
17 Brigham Young 9
18 Oregon 8
19 South Florida 7
20 Kansas 6
21 Alabama 5
22 Tennessee 4
23 Wake Forest 3
24 Cincinnati 2
25 Michigan 1

Dropped Out:

I’m heading out tomorrow morning for a week of vacation, so I don’t have a lot of time to discuss our preseason BlogPoll ballot, but I will say I hate preseason rankings and I will be throwing mine out after week one and starting over fresh.

Again, we have 5 of our writers voting and I tally up all the rankings and submit a colloborative ballot. Either way, your comments, suggestions and what-not are always welcome.


  1. My question: What has Oklahoma done since 2000 to warrant pre-season #1 status?

    A: A decent 2004 regular season.


  2. I totally agree with what one of you guys said earlier…stop the pre-season polls, PLEASE!!
    I’ll be up in Columbus for the Troy game.

  3. Nick – all four of us had the same teams in the top five, just in different orders. Therefore, the difference between OK and Fla in our poll was only a five-pt separation (compared to ten points between #5 and #6).

    In other words, collectively, we don’t see much difference between any of those five teams.

    To answer your question – “what has OK done to deserve #1?” – it comes down to what the philosophy behind the poll is.

    In the preseason blogpoll, previous efforts/seasons are not considered (the ranking is based on _this_ season, after all). Our directive is to cast our vote on perceived season quality. OK is high because of their solid team, favorable schedule, and # of returning starters. While I personally didn’t give them a #1 ranking, I can easily see them going undefeated in the regular season.

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