Most people don’t put a lot of stock in the preseason polls but it’s hard not to be attracted to them, especially when all you have to look forward to is golf and baseball.
It’s absolutely up for discussion as to whether or not the preseason polls mean anything beyond their entertainment value and then if they have any affect what so ever on what actually happens during the season.
You could make a good argument that the polls put pressure on the teams that are ranked high but it’s more difficult to get a sense for what (again, if any) impact a lower ranking has on quality teams, that in fact, could be ranked higher.
Does it give these teams further motivation to “prove” themselves, a golden opportunity to “fly under the radar” or instead do lower rankings equal less notice and therefore less favor with the all important voters?
The following slideshow identifies eight teams that may be hurt, rather than helped, by a “lower” ranking in the preseason polls.
As a note, I have utilized a combination of both the Athlon and Sporting News preseason rankings to establish where (if at all) these teams fall in the national listings.