Predicting the Associated Press Preseason Top 25 College Football Poll

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Predicting the Associated Press Preseason Top 25 College Football Poll
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The 2012 Associated Press Preseason poll should be released on or near Saturday, Aug. 18, which is a mere 55 days away.

Though we all know that the early polls aren’t really indicative of how teams will actually perform in-season, they do give us a fairly good idea of who will be in the championship mix when November and December roll around.

To illustrate this point, of the 10 teams who ultimately played in the 2011-12 BCS, eight of them were listed in the AP Preseason Top 25, and seven were among the top 13.

The following slideshow boldly forecasts the AP’s earliest ranked survey, and therefore serves as the opening salvo in what will soon become a firestorm of debate over which teams will rise above the rest in the glorious 2012 edition of college football.

As a note, the returning starter/experience ratings in this presentation come via Phil Steele and the recruiting stats com from Rivals.com’s comprehensive rankings.

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