THE “Preseason” Uncle Popov Top 23

As promised, below is the new, restructured Uncle Popov Top 23.  Because it is a ranking that measures previous seasons, it is technically NOT a “preseason” poll, but just the first release of the new season.  And because it is the first, all 120 teams will be listed.  Future rankings for the 2011 season will only include the Top 23.

Also for this release, I will quickly highlight the Top Five.  Starting with…

#5. LSU Tigers

Despite a weak 2008 season, LSU has come on strong in each of the past two seasons.  They are 26-10 over the past three season with two bowl wins.  They were also ninth in the conference measure, and 20th in recruiting.

#4. Utah Utes

The first of what will likely be two surprises in the Top Five.  Utah gets a slight boost from its affiliation with the Pac-12, which aids in the recruiting measure.  However, Utah has earned it by ranking seventh in the winning percentage measure, tenth in points, and 21st in statistics.  That the Utes have an undefeated season during the last three years helps as well.

#3. Florida Gators

Holding the number one ranking in the conference measure and going 3-0 in bowl games helps catapult the Florida Gators into the number three slot.  The winning from 2008 and 2009 is enough to overcome the dismal 2010 season.  The Gators are top eight across all measures, including recruiting, statistics, and points.

#2. TCU Horned Frogs

The second “surprise” is not Boise State, but TCU.  The Horned Frogs are carried by their 34-2 regular season record, second only to Boise State (36-1).  Despite a weak conference measure, TCU is helped out by strong showings elsewhere, including tops in stats and points, and third in recruiting.

#1. Alabama Crimson Tide

No bias; just the way the formula worked.  But consider that Alabama is 34-4 over the last three seasons, including an undefeated season (2009).  Alabama also performs well in the SEC, has solid recruiting (11th), and is second in stats and fourth in points.  But, as you will see below, the difference between Alabama, TCU and Florida are miniscule.

THE RANKINGS!!!

Rank

TEAM

Points

1

Alabama

17.89043

2

TCU

17.78707

3

Florida

17.07217

4

Utah

15.55214

5

LSU

14.85859

6

Boise State

14.82636

7

Oklahoma

14.592

8

Ohio State

14.4307

9

Oregon

14.43032

10

Auburn

13.81816

11

Oklahoma State

13.57177

12

BYU

13.24133

13

Penn State

13.24096

14

Texas

13.24059

15

West Virginia

13.194

16

Pittsburgh

13.06162

17

Georgia

12.98201

18

Virginia Tech

12.83015

19

Texas Tech

12.69613

20

Nebraska

12.62053

21

Southern California

12.58605

22

Missouri

12.4964

23

Cincinnati

12.48971

24

Arkansas

12.47013

25

Wisconsin

12.32671

26

South Carolina

12.21475

27

Florida State

12.16305

28

USF

12.04429

29

Iowa

11.9862

30

Air Force

11.8588

31

Georgia Tech

11.78414

32

Michigan State

11.71923

33

Connecticut

11.61153

34

Miami (FL)

11.51217

35

Mississippi

11.38115

36

Stanford

11.37862

37

Nevada

11.31841

38

North Carolina

11.26269

39

Navy

10.86184

40

Boston College

10.80299

41

Kentucky

10.68246

42

Arizona

10.63471

43

Clemson

10.5661

44

Rutgers

10.44809

45

Oregon State

10.40784

46

Northwestern

10.34275

47

California

10.23592

48

Tulsa

10.22405

49

Tennessee

10.09603

50

Fresno State

10.08547

51

Notre Dame

10.08151

52

Mississippi State

9.958831

53

Troy

9.912303

54

East Carolina

9.882497

55

North Carolina State

9.71354

56

Houston

9.628767

57

Southern Miss

9.455657

58

Texas A&M

9.451425

59

Central Florida

9.449188

60

Hawai’i

9.218204

61

Northern Illinois

9.061393

62

Maryland

8.797542

63

Central Michigan

8.758142

64

Temple

8.705429

65

Louisville

8.633115

66

Kansas State

8.553864

67

Ohio

8.246658

68

Western Michigan

8.136687

69

Baylor

8.115785

70

Middle Tennessee State

8.113156

71

Syracuse

8.06747

72

Minnesota

8.066282

73

Michigan

8.063975

74

Kansas

7.939731

75

Wake Forest

7.84697

76

Louisiana Tech

7.76822

77

Illinois

7.757467

78

Arizona State

7.69264

79

California-Los Angeles

7.67088

80

San Diego State

7.492249

81

SMU

7.39699

82

Iowa State

7.334595

83

Wyoming

7.241344

84

Marshall

7.224152

85

Toledo

7.153301

86

Colorado

7.110038

87

Rice

7.086567

88

Ball State

7.047262

89

Purdue

7.025077

90

Colorado State

6.953747

91

Idaho

6.91076

92

Vanderbilt

6.898837

93

Bowling Green

6.809728

94

UTEP

6.808983

95

Washington

6.758992

96

Virginia

6.715944

97

Florida International

6.706673

98

Florida Atlantic

6.696029

99

UL-Monroe

6.569504

100

Buffalo

6.560032

101

UL-Lafayette

6.522496

102

Arkansas State

6.442433

103

Duke

6.423796

104

Army

6.377014

105

Kent State

6.37058

106

UAB

6.317981

107

UNLV

6.308696

108

Indiana

6.270129

109

Utah State

6.033528

110

Miami (OH)

6.005618

111

Memphis

5.321399

112

Tulane

5.2164

113

San Jose State

5.165937

114

Akron

4.781107

115

New Mexico State

4.696945

116

New Mexico

4.597747

117

North Texas

4.222444

118

Washington State

3.948354

119

Eastern Michigan

3.936388

120

Western Kentucky

3.781831

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