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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