See "notes" following the table for more information on its contents.
|CPA Rankings [Web Site]||1||439½||138½||146||155|
|The Sporting News||2||450||146||131||173|
|Street & Smith||9||482||147||155||180|
|College Football News [Web Site]||10||491½||149½||162||180|
This page shows the accuracy of preseason magazines' conference predictions for the three-year span 2001-2003 ("the last three years" going into the 2004 season). In order to qualify for either table, a magazine must have been published for every year used in that table.
There is also a "1999-2003 (last five years)" table, and a "1993-2003 (all-time)" table.
Tables with more years have the advantage of having a larger sample of data: a single unusually lucky or unlucky year has less impact on the standings. However, tables with fewer years have the advantage of including more magazines: several of the magazines available today were not published if one goes back far enough.