College football rankings 2017: Alabama dominates composite of preseason Top 25

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Sporting News mashed together preseason college football rankings from SN, ESPN, Bleacher Report, CBS, Fox and Athlon to get a composite Top 25 for 2017.

College football rankings 2017: Alabama dominates composite of preseason Top 25

Sporting News mashed together preseason college football rankings from SN, ESPN, Bleacher Report, CBS, Fox and Athlon to get a composite Top 25 for 2017.

Preseason college football rankings are already out in full force as fans wait until the season kicks off in September.

Who is the preseason No. 1? Well, that depends on who you ask. Sporting News put its post-spring Top 25 up against five other publications — ESPN, Bleacher Report, CBSSports.com, Fox Sports and Athlon — to see what everybody else’s preseason rankings looked like. Four publications put Alabama at No. 1, while ESPN picked Ohio State and CBS Sports took Florida State.

Six schools received top-five votes across the six sites, including Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, USC, Penn State and defending national champion Clemson. Expect that to see that group make up most projected College Football Playoff fields.

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So, I've mashed together all six of those college football rankings to get a feel for how the first official preseason Top 25 polls might look in August.

Here’s how that shook out (25 points given for a No. 1 ranking, down to one point for a No. 25 ranking).

Composite Top 25 college football rankings

TEAM

POINTS

1. Alabama

147

2. Ohio State

142

3. Florida State

137

4. USC

134

5. Penn State

120

6. Clemson

119

7. Washington

111

8. Oklahoma

110

9. Oklahoma State

95

10. Auburn

92

TEAM

SN

CBS

BR

ATH

FOX

ESPN

Alabama

1

2

1

1

1

3

USC

2

4

4

5

3

4

Ohio State

3

3

3

2

2

1

Florida State

4

1

2

3

7

2

Clemson

5

7

5

8

5

7

Penn State

6

5

12

4

4

5

Oklahoma

7

9

8

6

8

8

Washington

8

6

9

7

6

9

Michigan

9

13

10

10

16

14

Georgia

10

18

13

14

12

13

Auburn

11

10

11

13

9

10

Louisville

12

14

14

15

19

17

Wisconsin

13

15

15

9

13

11

LSU

14

16

6

12

20

12

Florida

15

21

22

16

17

21

Oklahoma State

16

11

7

11

10

6

Kansas State

17

17

25

18

14

18

Stanford

18

8

17

19

11

16

Miami, Fla.

19

25

18

25

18

15

West Virginia

20

24

19

24

15

20

Texas

21

22

23

20

NR

23

South Florida

22

12

16

22

22

19

Washington State

23

NR

NR

NR

21

25

Pittsburgh

24

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

Tennessee

25

20

NR

17

NR

NR

Boise State

NR

19

24

NR

NR

24

Oregon

NR

23

20

21

NR

NR

Virginia Tech

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

22

Notre Dame

NR

NR

NR

23

NR

NR

TCU

NR

NR

21

NR

NR

NR

Nebraska

NR

NR

NR

NR

23

NR

N.C. State

NR

NR

NR

NR

24

NR

Mississippi State

NR

NR

NR

NR

25

NR

Georgia

10

18

13

14

12

13

11. Michigan

88

12. Wisconsin

80

13. LSU

76

14. Georgia

76

15. Stanford

67

16. Louisville

65

17. Kansas State

47

18. Florida

44

19. South Florida

43

20. Miami, Fla.

36

21. West Virginia

34

22. Texas

21

23. Tennessee

16

24. Oregon

14

25. Boise State

11

(as of May 4)

Comparing the Top 25 rankings

10. Auburn 92

TEAM

SN

CBS

BR

ATH

FOX

ESPN

Alabama

1

2

1

1

1

3

USC

2

4

4

5

3

4

Ohio State

3

3

3

2

2

1

Florida State

4

1

2

3

7

2

Clemson

5

7

5

8

5

7

Penn State

6

5

12

4

4

5

Oklahoma

7

9

8

6

8

8

Washington

8

6

9

7

6

9

Michigan

9

13

10

10

16

14

Georgia

10

18

13

14

12

13

Auburn

11

10

11

13

9

10

Louisville

12

14

14

15

19

17

Wisconsin

13

15

15

9

13

11

LSU

14

16

6

12

20

12

Florida

15

21

22

16

17

21

Oklahoma State

16

11

7

11

10

6

Kansas State

17

17

25

18

14

18

Stanford

18

8

17

19

11

16

Miami, Fla.

19

25

18

25

18

15

West Virginia

20

24

19

24

15

20

Texas

21

22

23

20

NR

23

South Florida

22

12

16

22

22

19

Washington State

23

NR

NR

NR

21

25

Pittsburgh

24

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

Tennessee

25

20

NR

17

NR

NR

Boise State

NR

19

24

NR

NR

24

Oregon

NR

23

20

21

NR

NR

Virginia Tech

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

22

Notre Dame

NR

NR

NR

23

NR

NR

TCU

NR

NR

21

NR

NR

NR

Nebraska

NR

NR

NR

NR

23

NR

N.C. State

NR

NR

NR

NR

24

NR

Mississippi State

NR

NR

NR

NR

25

NR

Georgia 10 18 13 14 12 13

(as of May 4)


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