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Preseason Prediction Accuracy (2017)


This page ranks the accuracy of the preseason magazines' conference predictions for 2017, 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 ESPN Football Power Index 133 55136 56714 15850 112813 28
2 Arena Fanatic 134 32127 63813 158 831014 311
3 Cap Heresy 138 4763 651015 15852 641214 412
4 Sports Crunchers 142 46137 68611 15830 941013 415
5 Conference Media Polls 145 24113 56914 15852 921213 520
6 Athlon 146 26115 551013 14652 841213 520
7 DRatings.com 149 2597 59914 15832 921213 718
8 PickSixPreviews.com 150½ 3134 56614 17823 1041013 422
9 McIllece Sports 156 24115 76711 141058 1341013 620
10t GamePlan 157 47113 75815 141055 1321214 418
10t Lindy's 157 28115 54813 161243 1321213 521
12 Gold Sheet 158 21095 55815 15838 1041213 719
13 Phil Steele 158½ 5710½6 77813 17833 10½41115 419½
14 compughterratings.com 159½ 5574 6913½ 141042 1111213 828½
15 SportsFormulator 162 49125 571215 171043 134810 717
16 CollegeFootballPoll.com 162½ 4988 541015 17875 1301221 412½
17 Simplified Football 164 69138 77910 121082 62815 923
18 USA Today 167 48135 57614 14843 1141213 729
19 Street & Smith / The Sporting News 178 21295 5101013 151276 1141215 624

Note: Some time ago, Street & Smith was purchased by The Sporting News. After the purchase they published under TSN's name, but this year switched back to S&S.


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