By the way, welcome, readers of David Ching's Georgia blog -- keep checking in periodically, as there'll be lots more Georgia stuff on here as we get closer to football season.
THANK YOU, SIR, MAY I HAVE ANOTHER?: The Sporting News's rankings are in. View the updated rankings here.
As requested by a commenter, I've located Phil Steele's preseason top 25 (viewable here if you don't have a copy of Steele's JAMPACKED WITH INFORMATION! preseason mag yet) and factored his rankings into the rankings matrix I put together last week to round out a baker's dozen of preseason top-25 guesses by some of the more prominent pundits. Not all that many major changes, but given Steele's penchant for swinging for the fences with his predictions, there were a few shake-ups in the overall rankings. Here's the new 25:
1. Southern California
3. West Virginia
9. Virginia Tech
11. Ohio State
12. (tie) California
12. (tie) Georgia
20. Texas A&M
21. Penn State
22. Texas Christian
23. South Carolina
24. Florida State
25. (tie) Boston College
25. (tie) Hawaii
25. (tie) Wake Forest
Others receiving votes who weren't receiving votes before: Oregon and Missouri.
View the full expanded statistics in a Google spreadsheet here.
What's changed: Georgia jumps
What hasn't: Everything at
What has me scratching my head: Hawaii at number twelve, Phil? Auburn and Arkansas out entirely, and Tennessee just managing to make the cut? Florida State eighth in the nation after needing an Emerald Bowl just to secure a winning record in '06?
Then again, we all laughed when Phil said Arkansas was going to be the shit last year, so maybe I should just shut up.
(Previous thoughts and analysis -- most of which is still applicable, shockingly -- can be read here.)