See "notes" following the table for more information on its contents.
|The Sporting News||10||767||153||151||148||141||174|
|College Football Poll||11||808½||161&Frac12;||175||125||168||179|
This page shows the accuracy of preseason magazines' conference predictions for the five-year span 2011-2015 ("the last five years" going into the 2016 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 "2013-2015 (last three years)" table, a "2006-2015 (last ten years)" table, and a "1993-2015 (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.