See "notes" following the table for more information on its contents.
|Southern College Sports [Web Site]||5||450||140||169||141|
|The Sporting News||6||455||140||170||145|
|CPA Rankings [Web Site]||7||455½||141||170½||144|
|Street & Smith||8||457||150||168||139|
|CBSSportsLine.com [Web Site]||11||475||157||177||141|
This page shows the accuracy of preseason magazines' conference predictions for the three-year span 2005-2007 ("the last three years" going into the 2008 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 "2003-2007 (last five years)" table, and a "1993-2007 (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.