There is an argument going on in college football about whether or not there should be preseason rankings to start the season. One side argues that it’s a starting ground and every team needs to be put somewhere, while the other side argues that rankings are pointless and they give some teams an unfair advantage.
I pulled some data to see how many times the USA Today Coaches Poll correctly guesses the top five teams at the end of the year in their preseason rankings. If we were to count Ohio State winning this year, and ended up being ranked in the top five, the USA Today Coaches Poll would have correctly guessed only 20 teams out of 45 that stayed in the top five. What’s more astonishing is that this year it might be only one team, and two other teams (Florida and Texas) aren’t even ranked anymore.
I decided to do a ‘then and now’ slide show to recap this year’s preseason top 25. Note: I used the USA Today coaches poll, because the BCS doesn’t use the AP top 25, and the BCS doesn't have any preseason rankings.