See "notes" following the table for more information on its contents.
|Surefire Scouting [Web Site]||3||444||134½||150½||159|
|CPA Rankings [Web Site]||4||448||136½||141||170½|
|Southern College Sports [Web Site]||5||459||150||140||169|
|The Sporting News||7||464||154||140||170|
|CBSSportsLine.com [Web Site]||11||475||157||177||141|
This page shows the accuracy of preseason magazines' conference predictions for the three-year span 2006-2008 ("the last three years" going into the 2009 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 "2004-2008 (last five years)" table, a "1999-2008 (last ten years)" table, and a "1993-2008 (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.