See "notes" following the table for more information on its contents.
|The Sporting News||1||410||133||146||131|
|College Football News [Web Site]||3||438½||127||149½||162|
|CPA Rankings [Web Site]||4||439½||155||138½||146|
|Street & Smith||7||445||143||147||155|
This page shows the accuracy of preseason magazines' conference predictions for the three-year span 2002-2004 ("the last three years" going into the 2005 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 "2000-2004 (last five years)" table, and a "1993-2004 (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.