See "notes" following the table for more information on its contents.
|Compughter Ratings [Web Site]||1||399||146||126||127|
|CPA Rankings [Web Site]||7||424½||157||130||137½|
|The Sporting News||9||449||174||125||150|
|College Football Poll [Web Site]||10||466||179||148||139|
This page shows the accuracy of preseason magazines' conference predictions for the three-year span 2009-2011 ("the last three years" going into the 2012 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 "2007-2011 (last five years)" table, a "2002-2011 (last ten years)" table, and a "1993-2011 (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.