Atlantic Coast Convos Far-Too-Early 2012 Top 25 (June 4)

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Once every month until college football returns, this blog will be posting a top 25 ranking list that (similar to the polls that decide who plays in the National Championship Game) matter very little overall. Obviously, these can change based on new recruits, depth chart changes and other, unpredictable off-the-field factors (Petrino, transfers, Watkins, TCU weed bonanza, etc.). Disagree with these? (likely) Share your thoughts below.

Atlantic Coast Convos Top 25 (Far-Too-Early for 2012: June 4 Edition)

1. USC Trojans (LW: 1)

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (LW: 2)

3. LSU Tigers (LW: 3)

4. Oklahoma Sooners (LW: 4)

5. Florida State Seminoles (LW: 5)

6. Georgia Bulldogs (LW: 12)

7. Oregon Ducks (LW: 9)

8. Michigan Wolverines (LW: 6)

9. West Virginia Mountaineers (LW: 7)

10. Michigan State Spartans (LW: 8)

11. Kansas State Wildcats (LW: 11)

12. South Carolina Gamecocks (LW: 13)

13. Stanford Cardinal (LW: 18)

14. Clemson Tigers (LW: 12)

15. Nebraska Cornhuskers (LW: 15)

16. Wisconsin Badgers (LW: 17)

17. Texas Longhorns (LW: 16)

18. TCU Horned Frogs (LW: 15)

19. Florida Gators (LW: 20)

20. Boise State Broncos (LW: 21)

21. Arkansas Razorbacks (LW: 22)

22. Louisville Cardinals (LW: 19)

23. Ohio State Buckeyes (LW: 24)

24. Virginia Tech Hokies (LW: 25)

25. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (LW: 23)

Next Five: NC State, Oklahoma State, Washington, Auburn, Georgia Tech

Per conference: SEC (6), Big 12 (5), Big Ten (5), ACC (3), Pac-12 (3), Big East (1), MWC (1), Independent (1)

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4 thoughts on “Atlantic Coast Convos Far-Too-Early 2012 Top 25 (June 4)

    • Would be, yes. But makes it easier to replicate the post on a weekly basis later on by just leaving it as ‘LW’. For the most part, it’s just understood that for the offseason ‘last month’ is ‘last week’.

  1. It’s interesting to see K-State so high. They recruit at a pretty low level (77th in 4-year average according to CFBMatrix), and I lean towards last season being more of a fluke than a coming-back party. The schedule gets tougher with WVU and TCU replacing A&M and MIzzou, The Wildcats won too many games by too narrow margins last season, and I think there has to be some regression to the mean–I’m thinking they’re about a 7-5 team.

    Beyond that, I agree broadly with most of the rankings. I’m pretty bullish on Ohio this season, but that’s more a result of their schedule than their talent, and I suppose it’s become habit to include a trendy mid-major higher than they actually deserve–Phil Steele has UCF at 15, after all.

    • I’ll admit I may be higher on K-State than most, but a lot of that traces to how impressed I am with Collin Klein. If he delivers at the same level as last year, I’d be shocked to see them win less than nine games.

      As far as mid-majors go, my bet’s on Arkansas State to go 10-2. A lot of talent headed there, from a player and coaching standpoint, and with the Sun Belt not being incredibly difficult, they could impress. On Steele, I think he’s a bit too high on the Florida schools this year. UF, FSU, UCF and USF all appeared amongst his top 20. Also confused how UCF is better than the Bulls. If anything, USF is poised for a breakout season with huge opportunities against Miami and Florida State, along with a wide-open Big East. I think UCF still has some holes to fill, though I could see them as a fringe Top-25 team.

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