The Sporting News has released its slew of preseason college football publications onto the newsstands, and as promised I've added them into the mix with the 13 other top 25s I'd culled from various Web sites and magazines. The Google spreadsheet with the new set of rankings can be found here.
Since this is just one more ranking being thrown in with 13 others, not a lot changes to the overall top 25. The Georgia-California tie at #12 is broken, dropping the Dawgs one spot; Texas and Florida flip-flop at the #5 and #6 spots; and there's some musical chairs going on in the 18-24 spots, where everybody moves one spot in some direction. But USC is still unanimous like a mofo at #1.
1. Southern California
3. West Virginia
9. Virginia Tech
11. Ohio State
20. Penn State
21. Texas A&M
22. Texas Christian
23. Florida State
24. South Carolina
25. (tie) Boston College
25. (tie) Hawaii
25. (tie) Wake Forest
Others receiving votes who weren't receiving votes before: Southern Miss and Brigham Young.
Now, you may want to take TSN's rankings with a Costco economy-sized grain of salt -- particularly if you're a Georgia fan: Paul Westerdawg and Senator Blutarsky are both calling shenanigans on TSN's selection of the Dawgs as 14th in the land despite putting them on upset alert against Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, and Georgia Tech. LD from Gunslingers suggests that those dates on the magazine's "Calendar of Upsets" might only be possible upsets as opposed to upsets that the magazine's editors are actually predicting will occur; that certainly makes more sense than TSN saying that Georgia will lose to those three teams yet beat Florida, Tennessee, and Auburn and end up in the Capital One Bowl. I'm going to try and track down an actual copy of the magazine this afternoon and see what the deal is.
(Added 7/13: The intro to the "Calendar of Upsets" article reads, "Here are a season's worth of upsets -- 56 if you're counting -- that, if they happen, will turn stomachs and squash dreams." So the "if they happen" part seems to indicate that TSN isn't actually officially predicting these upsets, they're just saying there's a possibility. I think the confusion in the AJC article resulted from the fact that TSN predicted Georgia to finish 9-3, and someone at the AJC assumed they meant OSU, Vandy, and Georgia Tech would be those three losses. Just for comparison's sake, some of the other games on the "Calendar of Upsets" include Vandy over South Carolina, Illinois over Penn State, and Michigan State over Michigan, so . . . proceed at your own risk, I guess, is the lesson with that one.
In the meantime, as always, feel free to peruse the rankings spreadsheet and then share your thoughts in the comments on which pundits have it right and which ones appear to be talking out of their respective asses.