Preseason polls give some teams an advantage over others, and a couple of college football teams are in danger of being left off the AP preseason poll.
Preseason rankings can often be misleading, but it gives teams an early advantage. Unranked teams need to impress every week in order to reach the BCS bowls, but ranked teams just need to win in order to stay near the top of the rankings.
The SEC is always well represented in the polls, so most of the good teams in the conference will begin the season ranked. Teams in conferences like the Big East may be snubbed based on reputation of playing in a weak group.
Every year, some teams can claim they were snubbed in the preseason polls, and here are two examples of those teams for 2012.
Boise State is in danger of being left off the AP poll based on whom they lost from last season.
Quarterback Kellen Moore, running back Doug Martin and receiver Tyler Shoemaker are all gone, so the offense will have a new look in 2012.
Moore left after four seasons and is the winningest quarterback in college football history. He put Boise State back on the map, so he will be difficult to replace.
Martin finished with around 1,300 rushing yards last season and found the end zone 16 times. Losing a quarterback is tough, but losing the lead running back will make it even tougher for a new quarterback.
As the leading receiver last season, Shoemaker had nearly 1,000 yards last season and 16 touchdowns. Moore and Shoemaker combined to form a dynamic duo.
The defense lost three linemen to the draft, and it will need to play aggressively this year in order to make up for the loss of talent.
The Broncos have been the most respected mid-major team for the past several years, but they are in jeopardy of being unranked in the preseason AP poll.
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati has won the Big East in three of the past four seasons, but it will likely get left out of the Top 25.
The Big East, as a conference, will likely get snubbed because of the reputation of the league. The conference is normally the weakest of the BCS conferences, and it lost West Virginia to the Big 12. The Mountaineers will make the AP poll, but as a member of the Big 12.
The Bearcats lost quarterback Zach Collaros and running back Isaiah Pead from last season's Big East championship team.
Collaros was a multi-dimensional quarterback and kept the team among the best in the conference.
Pead was the 2011 Big East Offensive Player of the Year and won the Senior Bowl MVP. He was the team's most important player. He was able to run, catch and return kicks. He could change a game in many ways and was a big reason for the team's success.
Cincinnati was one of the toughest defenses to score on last season, and it will continue to be one of the best in the conference.
The Bearcats will be left off the poll because of the conference they play in, but they can work their way into the poll early in the season.