Poll consensus has Sooners at No. 4

Based on preseason polls, OU appears headed for playoffs

     One of the hidden benefits of college football switching to a playoff format is coaches don't seem nearly as annoyed by preseason polls.

     When the Associated Press writers' poll and United Press International coaches polls determined the annual mythical national champion, underrated teams fought an uphill battle to leap-frog overrated teams unworthy of lofty preseason praise. Some suggested the season's initial polls not come out until October to better gauge the landscape after a handful of games.

     The USA Today coaches' poll eventually awarded the final No. 1 spot to the winner of the national championship game, but only after a few coaches posted "protest" votes for teams they felt belonged in the title game.

     Computer rankings were included to help calculate the annual Bowl Championship Series standings, which in the end determined No. 1 vs. No. 2.

     Starting this season, however, a 13-member College Football Playoff selection committee will determine who qualifies for the four-team playoff and also which teams will play in "contract" bowl games.

     With college football's final four in the hands of a committee, people don't seem nearly as bent out of shape about preseason polls.

     Here is the preseason poll consensus thus far:

National Top 25

Rank Team Total
Points
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1 Florida State 263 1 1 3 1 1 1 - 3 1 - 4
2 Alabama 252 2 2 4 3 2 2 - 8 2 - 2
3 Oregon 242 4 6 2 4 4 6 - 2 3 - 6
4 Oklahoma 237 3 4 1 7 8 4 - 4 6 - 5
5 Ohio State 232 5 3 9 2 3 3 - 13 8 - 1
6 Auburn 222 6 5 5 5 9 9 - 1 9 - 8
7 Georgia 202 12 8 15 8 6 7 - 7 11 - 3
8 UCLA 191 8 7 8 10 7 5 - 15 16 - 12
9 Michigan State 189 7 11 12 6 13 11 - 5 12 - 13
10 South Carolina 188 9 9 10 21 10 10 - 6 5 - 11
11 Baylor 183 10 10 7 12 5 8 - 10 15 - 19
12 Stanford 165 13 12 6 9 12 20 - 16 4 - 22
13 Louisiana State 152 11 19 11 11 15 15 - - 7 - 7
14 Southern Cal 145 15 14 16 20 18 12 - 14 10 - 15
15 Wisconsin 133 14 15 19 15 14 13 - 20 18 - 18
16 Clemson 100 17 21 - 22 11 23 - - 14 - 9
17 Notre Dame 93 19 13 14 16 - 17 - - 22 - 23
18 Mississippi 89 18 18 20 - 22 16 - 11 23 - -
19 Texas 73 22 17 23 24 - 25 - 19 - - 14
20 Nebraska 62 21 - 17 14 - - - - - - 10
21 Kansas State 58 16 20 - 13 - - - 17 - - -
22t Florida 52 25 23 22 25 21 24 - 25 - - -
22t Washington 52 23 24 21 - - - - 22 24 - 20
24 Arizona State 45 - 16 13 - - - - - 19 - -
25t Central Florida 44 - - 25 - - 21 - 9 25 - -
25t Marshall 44 - - - 19 19 19 - 23 - - -
25t Texas A&M 44 - - 18 18 - - - - 13 - -

Others receiving votes:

Rank Team Total
Points
Lindy Athlon TSN USA
Today
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28 Duke 42 - - - 17 16 - - 18 - - -
29 Michigan 32 20 - - - 24 - - - - - 17
30 Iowa 30 - - - - 20 - - 12 - - -
31 North Carolina 28 - - 24 - 23 18 - - - - -
32 Oklahoma State 21 - - - - - - - - 17 - 24
33 Penn State 19 - 22 - - - - - - - - 21
34t Boise State 17 - - - 23 - 22 - - - - -
34t Missouri 17 - 25 - - - - - - 20 - -
34t Texas Christian 17 - - - - - 14 - - - - -
37 Virginia Tech 15 - - - - - - - - - - 16
38t Cincinnati 14 24 - - - - - - 24 - - -
38t Mississippi State 14 - - - - 17 - - - - - -
40t Louisville 10 - - - - - - - - 21 - -
40t Northwestern 10 - - - - - - - 21 - - -
42t Houston 6 - - - - 25 - - - - - -
42t Miami-Florida 6 - - - - - - - - - - 25

 Source: preseason.stassen.com

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