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2018 Preseason Consensus


This is a preliminary version. More magazines will be added as they are found.

See the "notes" file for information on the preseason consensus.

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National Top 25

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1Alabama262 112613 -111
2Clemson261 221122 -422
3Ohio State244 433531 -2113
4Georgia237 3441055 -344
5Wisconsin218 965769 -865
6Washington217 878444 -6813
7Michigan199 59182116 -10910
8Oklahoma196 105615914 -5136
9Auburn195 712931911 -779
10Penn State187 111011171212 -937
11Miami-Florida179 6878719 -14238
12Michigan State170 12111012137 -132011
13Notre Dame161 1514121988 -111912
14Stanford137 181313201520 -181015
15Florida State123 131816-1818 -21516
16Southern Cal120 211519-1616 -151214
17Texas107 2023-131010 -1717-
18Mississippi State102 142020-2113 -192118
19Boise State90 192114141423 ---22
20Texas Christian89 24-21112015 -20-17
21Virginia Tech79 16161725-21 -24-19
22Central Florida70 -202321-24 -122423
23Florida66 17--917- --15-
24Louisiana State51 -17---- -221420
25West Virginia49 22221524-- -23--

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26Oregon42 23-22-2422 --22-
27South Carolina23 -242422-- ----
28Oklahoma State22 ------ -16-24
29Northwestern20 -----17 ---25
30Iowa16 -----25 ---21
31tArizona15 ---16-- ----
31tMissouri15 ------ --16-
33tN.C. State13 ---18-- ----
33tTennessee13 ------ --18-
35Texas A&M12 25----- -25--
36Utah9 ----22- ----
37tBoston College8 ----23- ----
37tFlorida Atlantic8 ---23-- ----
39tArkansas State6 ----25- ----
39tGeorgia Tech6 --25--- ----
39tKansas State6 -25---- ----
39tUCLA6 ------ --25-
43unranked0 ------ ----

Conference predictions

American Athletic

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East
1Central Florida10 111111 1111
2South Florida22½ 32223 2222
3Temple29 233324 3333
4Cincinnati39½ 44444 4454
5East Carolina54 665656 6545
6Connecticut55 556565 5666
West
1Memphis10 111111 1111
2Navy25 22322 333
3Houston25½ 3323 222
4Southern Methodist45½ 54456 4444
5Tulane47½ 45554 5565
6Tulsa56½ 66664 6656

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Atlantic Coast

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Atlantic
1Clemson10 111111 1111
2Florida State21½ 222322 222
3N.C. State35½ 334255 335
4Louisville42 6535 5434
5Boston College46 5465 4546
6Wake Forest56 465567 6665
7Syracuse69 777776 7777
Coastal
1Miami-Florida10 111111 1111
2Virginia Tech23 222242 2232
3Georgia Tech36½ 333354 345
4Duke38 55443 432
5Pittsburgh49½ 4456 556
6North Carolina54½ 6667 664
7Virginia68½ 77777 7777

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Big Ten

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East
1Ohio State11½ 11111 1121
2Michigan27 22422 433
3Penn State28½ 33344 3212
4Michigan State33 44233 244
5Maryland51 55555 555
6Indiana61 67676 666
7Rutgers68 767677 7777
West
1Wisconsin10 111111 1111
2Iowa25½ 22223 2252
3Northwestern31½ 45332 3323
4Purdue39 334264 5444
5Nebraska46 545546 4535
6Minnesota58 666655 6666
7Illinois70 777777 7777

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Big XII

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1Oklahoma14 1113 1111
2Texas25 2341 4224
3Texas Christian34 4533 3462
4West Virginia38 322456 2545
5Oklahoma State47 575554 5353
6Kansas State58½ 7465 636
7Iowa State67 66777 777
8Texas Tech82½ 98898 8888
9Baylor84 899895 9999
10Kansas100 101010101010 10101010

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Conference USA

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East
1Florida Atlantic10½ 11111 1111
2Marshall21½ 22332 2222
3Middle Tennessee28 332233 3333
4Florida Int'l46½ 5454 444
5Old Dominion52 466445 6656
6Western Kentucky53 65456 557
7Charlotte68½ 77777 7767
West
1North Texas18 112232 1132
2Louisiana Tech22 23111 271
3UAB27 32433 314
4Southern Miss36 443444 4423
5UTSA49½ 55555 5545
6Rice60½ 66676 6666
7Texas-El Paso67 777677 7757

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Mid-American

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East
1Ohio12 111111 1131
2Miami-Ohio24½ 22322 3314
3Buffalo27½ 3323 224
4Akron38 44455 442
5Bowling Green48 555454 5555
6Kent State60 666666 6666
West
1Northern Illinois15 111113 1213
2Toledo19 222221 2141
3Western Michigan30 343532 3322
4Central Michigan44 4545 5534
5Eastern Michigan45 535644 4455
6Ball State57 6666 6666

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Mountain West

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Mountain
1Boise State10 111111 1111
2Wyoming24½ 33232 2322
3Utah State29 24323 423
4Colorado State37½ 424454 344
5Air Force49½ 55554 5555
6New Mexico59½ 66666 6666
West
1San Diego State14 112122 2111
2Fresno State16 221211 1222
3Nevada-Las Vegas32½ 334333 334
4Nevada37½ 443444 443
5Hawaii54 555666 5565
6San Jose State56 666555 6656

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Pacific 12

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North
1Washington10 111111 1111
2Stanford21 222223 2222
3Oregon29 333332 3333
4California41 444444 4445
5Washington State49½ 55555 5554
6Oregon State59½ 66666 6666
South
1Southern Cal10½ 11111 1111
2Utah25½ 222423 233
3Arizona26 34332 322
4UCLA40½ 434364 444
5Arizona State53½ 6655 656
6Colorado54 5566 5656

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Southeastern

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East
1Georgia11 111211 1111
2Florida25 233123 3233
3South Carolina26 322332 2342
4Missouri39 454444 4424
5Kentucky54 5655 5566
6Tennessee55 6466 6655
7Vanderbilt70 777777 7777
West
1Alabama10½ 11111 1111
2Auburn20 22222 222
3Mississippi State33½ 343433 335
4Louisiana State42 535354 5534
5Texas A&M44 454545 4445
6Mississippi61 666676 6666
7Arkansas69 777767 7777

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Sun Belt

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East
1Troy14½ 1121 212
2Appalachian State15½ 2212 121
3Georgia State35 334344 3443
4Georgia Southern37 443433 4354
5Coastal Carolina48 555555 5535
West
1Arkansas State10 111111 1111
2Louisiana-Monroe20 222222 2222
3Louisiana-Lafay.34½ 334334 443
4South Alabama36 44343 334
5Texas State49½ 55555 5555

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