The 2011 preseason AP poll, which comes out this Saturday, is sure to have either the Oklahoma Sooners or the Alabama Crimson Tide at the top.
This leaves one to wonder how the pollsters have done in the past. How many duds have they picked? How many times have they gotten it right?
Is it a curse beginning the season at No. 1?
After all, the teams that begin the season at the top of the polls are always of a select group of blue blood programs. In fact, every team that began the season at No. 1 over the last 10 years has been amongst the top 20 winningest programs of all time in terms of winning percentage.
And when the teams in question start the year at No. 1, it means that nothing less than a bid to the national championship game will suffice.
The following slideshow will look at the past 10 years of preseason AP polls, and who opened up at No. 1 on each of them. It will further look at how that team did during the season, as well as which team wound up on top.