Phil Steele’s Top 25 preseason poll gives great details on each team with a two-page in-depth breakdown of projected starters, schedule, stats and recent history. However, Steele’s poll is published in June and is not as up-to-date on recent transfers, injuries, etc. (he does update players lost on his website). (Click on team names on Phil Steele poll below to review the 2-page PDF on each team.)
The Coaches Poll counts as one-third of the final BCS standings, so its preseason Top 25 lays the framework for the entire season. The football rankings are compiled by the USA TODAY Board of Coaches made up of 59 head coaches at Division I FBS institutions. All coaches are members of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
|Phil Steele Top 25||Coaches Poll Top 25|
|1. Alabama||1. Oklahoma|
|2. Oklahoma||2. Alabama|
|3. Boise State||3. Oregon|
|4. Oregon||4. LSU|
|5. Virginia Tech||5. Florida State|
|6. Notre Dame||6. Stanford|
|7. LSU||7. Boise State|
|8. Texas A&M||8. Oklahoma State|
|9. Georgia||9. Texas A&M|
|10. Florida State||10. Wisconsin|
|11. TCU||11. Nebraska|
|12. Nebraska||12. South Carolina|
|13. Arkansas||13. Virginia Tech|
|14. South Carolina||14. Arkansas|
|15. Ohio State||15. TCU|
|16. Stanford||16. Ohio State|
|17. USC||17. Michigan State|
|18. Texas||18. Notre Dame|
|19. Oklahoma State||19. Auburn|
|20. Southern Miss||20. Mississippi State|
|21. Houston||21. Missouri|
|22. Arizona State||22. Georgia|
|23. Wisconsin||23. Florida|
|24. Penn State||24. Texas|
|25. USF||25. Penn State|
Auburn, Florida, Michigan State, Mississippi State, and Missouri are the teams included in the Coaches Poll and missing from Phil Steele’s Top 25.
USC is serving an NCAA bowl ban and is not eligible to receive votes in the Coaches Poll.
Arizona State, Houston, Southern Miss, USF are the teams included in Steele’s list and not included in the Top 25 of the Coaches Poll. However, Arizona State did receive enough votes to be ranked #26, Houston would be #37, USF would be #38, and Southern Miss would be #42.