See "notes" following the table for more information on its contents.
|CPA Rankings [Web Site]||1||415||137½||136½||141|
|Surefire Scouting [Web Site]||3||419½||134½||134½||150½|
|Southern College Sports [Web Site]||8||438½||148½||150||140|
|The Sporting News||9||444||150||154||140|
|College Football News [Web Site]||12||458||145½||160½||152|
This page shows the accuracy of preseason magazines' conference predictions for the three-year span 2007-2009 ("the last three years" going into the 2010 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 "2005-2009 (last five years)" table, a "2000-2009 (last ten years)" table, and a "1993-2009 (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.