Though all eyes are on the Alabama Crimson Tide to be the top rated team coming into the 2013 season, there is no reason that the true No. 1 isn’t nestled somewhere else among the top tier of teams.
Indeed, after winning back-to-back titles including destroying former No. 1 Notre Dame in this year’s championship, who wouldn’t have the Tide at the top of their listings?
But, before we all run out and declare the 2013 race a sealed deal, keep in mind that it’s been eight years since the preseason AP No. 1 team actually won the BCS National Championship. The last time that happened was in 2004 when USC began the season ranked No. 1 in the AP and then finished as BCS champs.
The following slideshow utilizes this open-minded approach and presents a case for eight of the top teams going into 2013 to be earmarked as the preseason No. 1 squad.
In retrospect and based on the overwhelming evidence, you’d almost have to say that the quest to be the preseason No. 1 team is futile and leads only to disappointment and shattered dreams.
Early returning starter data (adjusted with the latest draft information) in this presentation comes via NationalChamps.net, recruiting class ranking data is drawn from Rivals.com and underclassmen declaring early for the 2013 NFL draft data is courtesy of CBSSports.com.