See "notes" following the table for more information on its contents.
|CPA Rankings [Web Site]||4||715½||130||137½||136½||141||170½|
|The Sporting News||5||739||125||150||154||140||170|
|Southern College Sports [Web Site]||7||745||137½||148½||150||140||169|
|Gold Sheet [Web Site]||8||757||121||160||143||154||179|
This page shows the accuracy of preseason magazines' conference predictions for the five-year span 2006-2010 ("the last five 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 "2008-2010 (last three 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.