Why 2012 Was the Worst Preseason Poll of the BCS Era

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Why 2012 Was the Worst Preseason Poll of the BCS Era
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Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson

The 2012 Preseason AP Top 25 poll, compared to the current poll, is about as divergent from its descendant as a panther is from a goldfish.

Sure, the preseason poll is simply the media's attempt to generate excitement about football season and doesn't hold much meaning, but one would expect the teams listed to wind up having solid seasons.

However, that wasn't the case this season; when multiple six-loss teams grace the polished confines of preseason rankings, you have a problem. Overall, this season's preseason poll was unprecedented in its abundance of overrated teams and its lack of recognition for top-tier teams. 

Let's take a look at the teams included (and excluded) from this season's preseason poll to see why it is the worst preseason poll of the BCS era (since 1998).  

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