See "notes" following the table for more information on its contents.
|CPA Rankings [Web Site]||4t||404||130||137½||136½|
|Gold Sheet [Web Site]||7||424||121||160||143|
|The Sporting News||8||429||125||150||154|
|College Football Poll [Web Site]||9||433||148||139||146|
|Southern College Sports [Web Site]||11||436||137½||148½||150|
|College Football News [Web Site]||12||438½||132½||145½||152|
This page shows the accuracy of preseason magazines' conference predictions for the three-year span 2008-2010 ("the last three years" going into the 2011 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 "2006-2010 (last five years)" table, a "2001-2010 (last ten years)" table, and a "1993-2010 (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.