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Preseason Prediction Accuracy (2018)


This page ranks the accuracy of the preseason magazines' conference predictions for 2018, 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
East
Sun
Belt
West
1 Gold Sheet 107 451311 44813 4200 56116 722
2 Athlon 109 451111 04713 3342 9695 742
3 DRatings.com 114½ 441215 231211 242 9695 723
4 SportsFormulator 115½ 4512 141115 434 769 923
5t PickSixPreviews.com 119 371416 451113 3222 9654 922
5t Street & Smith / The Sporting News 119 651011 261011 2326 96109 542
7 Lindy's 120 441513 431412 4244 5676 724
8 Sports Crunchers 121 641311 231311 4344 76910 524
9 GamePlan 122 641315 431311 3242 11675 742
10 Conference Media Polls 123 641013 451411 3226 7696 744
11 ESPN Football Power Index 126 641417 631312 3322 8685 806
12 Phil Steele 126½ 21420 261414 1410 9685 922
13 Football Outsiders 127 641517 651215 2324 5495 724
14 compughterratings.com 129½ 41311 431712 4575 8478 742
15 CollegeFootballPoll.com 131 541412½ 802211 321 74710 1134
16 Arena Fanatic 132 651111 41214 373 116128 643
17 McIllece Sports 132½ 61416 221411 4355 9797 724
18 Simplified Football 141 651419 351210 5654 96118 544
19 CollegeFootballNews.com 148½ 871315 6612½16 8156 85108 734

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