The AP Top 25 preseason college football rankings have been released and this is your opportunity to see how your favorite college football team is ranked before the fall football season begins. Note that the AP Poll is different than the USA Today Coaches’ Top 25 poll that was released a while back.
The 2009 college football season starts in just a couple weeks and most people consider the first month of college football to be the most critical of the entire season. If you lose just one time in September, the odds that you can make it to a big-league, high-profile BCS bowl game goes down precipitously and mercilessly.
AP Poll vs. USA Today Coaches’ Poll
The AP Poll has different rankings than the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, as you might expect because the AP Poll is determined from rankings by sportswriters at different news organizations while the Coaches’ Poll is calculated from coaches’ rankings.
The preseason AP Poll and the Coaches’ Poll both have the same top five teams in the same order from first to fifth. These teams are the following: Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, USC and Alabama.
Most likely at least one of these teams will play for the college football national championship. Many believe that the Florida Gators will repeat as national champion.
Pac 10 Rankings
If you are a fan of Pac-10 college football, and you know who you are, then you want to check out the AP Poll as fast as possible. ESPN has the Associated Press Poll displayed on its Web site. ESPN also shows the USA Today Coaches’ Poll on a different page.
USC Ranked #4
The University of Southern California college football team is ranked at #4 on both the AP Poll and the Coaches’ Poll. These preseason polls show a pattern of consistency for USC and that is not surprising because USC itself has been consistent over the past 10 years. This year, like many years before, they have a legitimate shot at the national championship.
California at #12
The Cal Bears football program was also ranked at the same spot in both preseason football polls. California is ranked #12 and this team should compete for the Pac-10 crown. If all goes well, they should end up with a very prestigious bowl game at the end of the season. Watch for Cal to put some pressure on USC for the conference championship.
Oregon and Oregon State
Oregon is ranked #14 in the Coaches’ Poll and is ranked #16 in the AP Poll. This inconsistency shows some confusion about how good Oregon is going to be in 2009.
Oregon State, unfortunately, did not make it into the AP Poll Top 25 list. They are team #25 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. However, Oregon State just needs to start the season with a strong win to get into the AP Poll.
AP Poll, Top 25 Preseason College Football Rankings
Coaches’ Poll, USA Today Coaches’ Poll Preseason College Football Rankings