College Football Top 25: Buying or selling the 2015 preseason rankings

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Jan 12, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes mascot Brutus plays with the College Playoff trophy after the game against the Oregon Ducks for the 2015 CFP National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

With all the major media outlets having released their preseason college football top 25 lists, it’s time to break it down and see if we are buying or selling these rankings.

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On the whole, preseason rankings in college football are pretty useless…about as handy as screen doors on a submarine…but that doesn’t stop every major media outlet from releasing their list, and it’s certainly not going to stop me from picking it apart.

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The preseason top 25 is always a major point of debate in every college football season, until about week six, when everyone has forgotten who was ranked where (other than number one) and we actually have seen some of these teams play.

Thankfully, with the BCS gone, the preseason rankings can no longer be a hindrance to teams who were ranked low or even went unranked. The College Football Playoff Committee won’t be releasing their first set of rankings until Nov. 3, one of the things about this new system that actually makes a lot of sense.

I’ve looked at the rankings from the Associated Press, Athlon Sports, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and the Amway Coaches poll, and have averaged out the rankings for the teams. From there, I’ll let you know if I’m buying or selling where they fall in the rankings.

Texas A&M, Missouri, Tennessee, Arizona and Mississippi State are the only teams who did not appear in all the major polls, so there will be more than 25 teams listed here.

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