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Preseason Prediction Accuracy (2016)


This page ranks the accuracy of the preseason magazines' conference predictions for 2016, by comparing them to conference finish.

Lower scores indicate more accurate predictions; the lower the score, the closer the predictions were to the actual results. Magazines are sorted by total score for all conferences, with the best predictions (lowest total scores) at the top. The best prediction for each conference/division is highlighted in the list. For information on the scoring method, see the notes file.

Rank Magazine
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Total
Score
Amer.
Athl.
East
Amer.
Athl.
West
ACC
Atl.
ACC
Coa.
B1G
East
B1G
West
Big 12 Conf
USA
East
Conf
USA
West
MAC
East
MAC
West
MWC
Mtn
MWC
West
PAC12
North
PAC12
South
SEC
East
SEC
West
Sun
Belt
1 Athlon 137 4533 831316 115410 6795 1015
2 PickSixPreviews.com 141½ 5555 831314 117610 67108 711½
3 USA Today 144 4736 821612 7869 611125 814
4t Cap Heresy 145 4725 651114 117810 87107 1211
4t Sports Crunchers 145 4767 831511 96410 6799 1311
6 Arena Fanatic 145½ 4 0 991616 13289 86105 617½
7 ESPN 146 4454 741013 11589 77129 1017
8t McIllece Sports 147 4769 105916 9589 37115 816
8t The Sporting News 147 4745 821313 11668 8998 1115
10t DRatings.com 148 4743 831114 118610 61198 1114
10t Gold Sheet 148 4553 831114 9886 611138 1016
10t Lindy's 148 4757 1061111 11766 6999 717
10t Phil Steele 148 7 8316½15 1383 579 813
14t GamePlan 149 4744 113916 11849 611109 815
14t Media polls 149 4556 831414 118410 79104 819
16 CollegeFootballPoll.com 150 6737 115129 11947 57107 1119
17 Steve Wrathell's CPA Rankings 151 6544 831413 117610 61199 817
18 Sports Formulator 154 4737 66613 99810 67118 1321
19 compughterratings.com 154½ 4553 831211 118710 61210½8 1219
20 Compu-Picks 165 61149 1231212 1191010 611138 108

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