We're about a month away from the release of the Associated Press' preseason top 25 college football poll. Which, until the first college football playoff rankings come out in November, will set the benchmark for how we view the profiles of this season's college football teams.
In general, there are two rules of thumb when it comes to the preseason AP Poll:
Teams that won a noteworthy bowl game to end last season, and then return their starting quarterback, are always valued by the voters.
On average, two teams in the preseason top 12 won't be ranked at the end of the regular season. In 2018, preseason No.4 Wisconsin and No.8 Miami (FL) finished unranked. In 2017, preseason No.3 Florida State and No.11 Michigan held that dubious distinction. In 2016, it was preseason No.10 Notre Dame and No.12 Michigan State. By now, you see the trend.
With that out of the way, this is how I project the AP's preseason poll to look next month:
Again, these aren't my rankings, but what I predict the AP Poll will say. What say you?