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2013 NCAA Football: Preseason vs. Final AP Top 25 Rankings

The Florida State Seminoles Went From 11th To National Champions In 2013

The Florida State Seminoles Went From 11th To National Champions In 2013

So, how did the AP do this year in predicting the final outcome of the 2013 NCAA Football season?

Not too good, actually. Perhaps the prognosticators were a bit optimistic back in August when they came out with their preseason rankings. Or pessimistic, depending on how you look at it.

Eighteen of the preseason top 25 finished lower than expected, and nine of them finished off the grid. Only four of the preseason top 10 finished in the top 10, with two falling out of the rankings all together.

The 2013 National Champions, Florida State, were ranked 11th at the season’s start. The Seminoles and the Oklahoma Sooners were the biggest jumpers within the rankings, leaping 10 slots by season’s end.

Auburn, this year’s runner-up, wasn’t ranked at all back in August. Neither was No. 3, Michigan State. Nor No. 5, Missouri. Nor No. 10, Central Florida.

Below, take a look at the preseason and final rankings comparison, and also those schools that busted into the top 25 out of nowhere.

2013 NCAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON VS. FINAL RANKINGS

PRESEASON 2013 RANKING TEAM FINAL 2013 RANKING FINAL 2013 RECORD UP OR DOWN? DIFF.
1. Alabama 7 11-2 DOWN -6
2. Ohio State 12 12-2 DOWN -10
3. Oregon 9 11-2 DOWN -6
4. Stanford 11 11-3 DOWN -7
5. Georgia NR 8-5 DOWN OFF
6. South Carolina 4 11-2 UP +2
7. Texas A&M 18 9-4 DOWN -11
8. Clemson 8 11-2 SAME 0
9. Louisville 15 12-1 DOWN -6
10. Florida NR 4-8 DOWN OFF
11. Florida State 1 14-0 UP +10
12. LSU 14 10-3 DOWN -2
13. Oklahoma State 17 10-3 DOWN -4
14. Notre Dame 20 9-4 DOWN -6
15. Texas NR 8-5 DOWN OFF
16. Oklahoma 6 11-2 UP +10
17. Michigan NR 7-6 DOWN OFF
18. Nebraska NR 9-4 DOWN OFF
19. Boise State NR 8-5 DOWN OFF
20. TCU NR 4-8 DOWN OFF
21. UCLA 16 10-3 UP +5
22. Northwestern NR 5-7 DOWN OFF
23. Wisconsin 22 9-4 UP +1
24. USC 19 10-4 UP +5
25. Oregon State NR 7-6 DOWN OFF

2013 NCAA FOOTBALL: FROM NOT RANKED TO RANKED

PRESEASON 2013 RANKING TEAM FINAL 2013 RANKING FINAL 2013 RECORD
NR Auburn 2 12-2
NR Michigan State 3 13-1
NR Missouri 5 12-2
NR UCF 10 12-1
NR Baylor 13 11-2
NR Arizona State 21 10-4
NR Duke 23 10-4
NR Vanderbilt 24 9-4
NR Washington 25 9-4

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Texas and Schools with the Most Cotton Bowl Wins and Appearances

The Texas Longhorns Own The Cotton Bowl Classic

The Texas Longhorns Own The Cotton Bowl Classic

The Missouri Tigers have won their second Cotton Bowl tonight, besting the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 41-31.

But it’s the Texas Longhorns who have the most Cotton Bowl (or “Cotton Bowl Classic” as it is now called) wins ever – a way ahead 11, and one tie to boot.

They are, after all, the home team. The CBC has been played in Texas since it’s inception in 1937 (at the end of the 1936 season).

Today, and since the 2009 game, the Cotton Bowl has been hosted at the Dallas Cowboys‘ state of the art AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Before that it was played in Dallas at Cotton Bowl Stadium, which is still standing and is now the home of the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

The Longhorns have 22 appearances in the Cotton Bowl, again way ahead of second place – but they’re not really the only home team. Texas schools – the Longhorns, Texas A&M Aggies, Texas Christian Horned Frogs, Houston Cougars, Rice Owls, Southern Methodist Mustangs, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Baylor Bears, and Randolph Field Ramblers – have appeared in a combined 60 Cotton Bowls.

Overall, 46 different schools have participated.

MOST COTTON BOWL WINS

  WINS WINNER/TIE SEASON* PTS LOSER/TIE PTS
1. 11 Texas 2002 35 Louisiana State 20
      1998 38 Mississippi State 11
      1981 14 Alabama 12
      1972 17 Alabama 13
      1969 21 Notre Dame 17
      1968 36 Tennessee 13
      1963 28 Navy 6
      1961 12 Mississippi 7
      1952 16 Tennessee 0
      1945 40 Missouri 27
      1942 14 Georgia Tech 7
  TIE   1943 7 Randolph Field 7
             
2. 5 Notre Dame 1993 24 Texas A&M 21
      1992 28 Texas A&M 3
      1978 35 Houston 34
      1977 38 Texas 10
      1970 24 Texas 11
             
2. 5 Texas A&M 2012 41 Oklahoma 13
      1987 35 Notre Dame 10
      1985 36 Auburn 16
      1967 20 Alabama 16
      1940 13 Fordham 12
             
4. 4 Arkansas 2011 29 Kansas State 16
        27 Texas 6
        31 Georgia 10
        10 Nebraska 7
             
4. 4 Mississippi 2009 21 Oklahoma State 7
      2008 47 Texas Tech 34
      2003 31 Oklahoma State 28
      1955 14 Texas Christian 13
             
6. 3 Louisiana State 2010 41 Texas A&M 24
      1965 14 Arkansas 7
      1962 13 Texas 0
  TIE   1946 0 Arkansas 0
             
6. 3 Alabama 2005 13 Texas Tech 10
      1980 30 Baylor 2
      1941 29 Texas A&M 21
             
6. 3 Rice 1953 28 Alabama 6
      1949 27 North Carolina 13
      1937 28 Colorado 14
             
6. 3 Tennessee 2004 38 Texas A&M 7
      1989 31 Arkansas 27
      1950 20 Texas 14
             
10. 2 Penn State 1974 41 Baylor 20
      1971 30 Texas 6
  TIE   1947 13 Southern Methodist 13
             
10. 2 Georgia 1983 10 Texas 9
      1966 24 Southern Methodist 9
             
10. 2 Houston 1979 17 Nebraska 14
      1976 30 Maryland 21
             
10. 2 Missouri 2013 41 Oklahoma State 31
2007 38 Arkansas 7
10. 2 Southern Methodist 1982 7 Pittsburgh 3
      1948 21 Oregon 13
             
10. 2 Texas Christian 1956 28 Syracuse 27
      1936 16 Marquette 6
             
10. 2 UCLA 1997 29 Texas A&M 23
      1988 17 Arkansas 3
             
17. 1 Auburn 2006 17 Nebraska 14
17. 1 Boston College 1984 45 Houston 28
17. 1 Brigham Young 1996 19 Kansas State 15
17. 1 Clemson 1939 6 Boston College 3
17. 1 Colorado 1995 38 Oregon 6
17. 1 Duke 1960 7 Arkansas 6
17. 1 Florida State 1991 10 Texas A&M 2
17. 1 Georgia Tech 1954 14 Arkansas 6
17. 1 Kansas State 2000 35 Tennessee 21
17. 1 Kentucky 1951 20 Texas Christian 7
17. 1 Miami (FL) 1990 46 Texas 3
17. 1 Navy 1957 20 Rice 7
17. 1 Nebraska 1973 19 Texas 3
17. 1 Ohio State 1986 28 Texas A&M 12
17. 1 Oklahoma 2001 10 Arkansas 3
17. 1 Oklahoma State 1944 34 Texas Christian 0
17. 1 Saint Mary’s (CA) 1938 20 Texas Tech 13
17. 1 Southern California 1994 55 Texas Tech 14
17. 1 Syracuse 1959 23 Texas 14
             
36. TIE Air Force 1958 0 Texas Christian 0

MOST COTTON BOWL APPEARANCES

  SCHOOL COTTON BOWL APPEARANCES
1. Texas  22
2. Texas A&M  13
3. Arkansas  12
4. Alabama  7
4. Notre Dame  7
6. Tennessee  6
6. Texas Christian  6
8. Louisiana State  5
8. Mississippi  5
10. Houston  4
10. Nebraska  4
10. Oklahoma State 4
10. Rice  4
10. Southern Methodist  4
10. Texas Tech  4
16. Georgia  3
16. Kansas State  3
16. Missouri 3
16. Penn State  3
20. Auburn  2
20. Baylor  2
20. Boston College  2
20. Colorado  2
20. Georgia Tech  2
20. Navy  2
20. Oklahoma  2
20. Oregon  2
20. Syracuse  2
20. UCLA  2
30. Air Force  1
30. Brigham Young  1
30. Clemson  1
30. Duke  1
30. Florida State  1
30. Fordham  1
30. Kentucky  1
30. Marquette  1
30. Maryland  1
30. Miami (FL)  1
30. Mississippi State  1
30. North Carolina  1
30. Ohio State  1
30. Pittsburgh  1
30. Randolph Field  1
30. Saint Mary’s (CA)  1
30. Southern California  1

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Alabama and Schools with the Most Sugar Bowl Wins and Appearances

The Sugar Bowl Was Played At Tulane University's Tulane Stadium Between 1935 And 1974

The Sugar Bowl Was Played At Tulane University’s Tulane Stadium Between 1935 And 1974 Before Moving To The Superdome

Alabama may have lost in tonight’s Sugar Bowl, 45-31 to Oklahoma, but the Crimson Tide still own the most Sugar Bowl wins (eight) and appearances (14) of all.

The Sugar Bowl has been played since the 1934 college football season. All 80 Bowls but one (Georgia, January 2, 2006, after Hurricane Katrina), have been played down in New Orleans, Louisiana. There has only been one tie, in 1987.

Tulane University’s Tulane Stadium hosted the first 41 Sugar Bowls before the game moved to The Superdome in 1975. The Tulane Green Wave, the home team, won the first on January 1, 1935, defeating the Temple Owls 20-14.

Fifty-one schools have played in the Sugar Bowl, with 36 different winners.

MOST SUGAR BOWL WINS

  WINS WINNER SEASON* PTS LOSER PTS
1. 8 Alabama 1992 34 Miami (FL) 13
      1979 24 Arkansas 9
      1978 14 Penn State 7
      1977 35 Ohio State 6
      1975 13 Penn State 6
      1966 34 Nebraska 7
      1963 12 Mississippi 7
      1961 10 Arkansas 3
             
2. 6 Louisiana State 2006 41 Notre Dame 14
      2003 21 Oklahoma 14
      2001 47 Illinois 34
      1967 20 Wyoming 13
      1964 13 Syracuse 10
      1958 7 Clemson 0
             
3. 5 Mississippi 1969 27 Arkansas 22
      1962 17 Arkansas 13
      1960 14 Rice 6
      1959 21 Louisiana State 0
      1957 39 Texas 7
             
3. 5 Oklahoma 2013 45 Alabama 31
      1972 14 Penn State 0
      1971 40 Auburn 22
      1949 35 Louisiana State 0
      1948 14 North Carolina 6
             
5. 4 Florida State 1999 46 Virginia Tech 29
      1997 31 Ohio State 14
      1994 23 Florida 17
      1988 13 Auburn 7
             
5. 4 Georgia 2007 41 Hawaii 10
      2002 26 Florida State 13
      1980 17 Notre Dame 10
      1946 20 North Carolina 10
             
5. 4 Georgia Tech 1955 7 Pittsburgh 0
      1953 42 West Virginia 19
      1952 24 Mississippi 7
      1943 20 Tulsa 18
             
5. 4 Tennessee 1990 23 Virginia 22
      1985 35 Miami (FL) 7
      1970 34 Air Force 13
      1942 14 Tulsa 7
             
9. 3 Florida 2009 51 Cincinnati 24
      1996 52 Florida State 20
      1993 41 West Virginia 7
             
9. 3 Nebraska 1986 30 Louisiana State 15
      1984 28 Louisiana State 10
      1974 13 Florida 10
             
11. 2 Auburn 2004 16 Virginia Tech 13
      1983 9 Michigan 7
             
11. 2 Miami (FL) 2000 37 Florida 20
      1989 33 Alabama 25
             
11. 2 Notre Dame 1991 39 Florida 28
      1973 24 Alabama 23
             
11. 2 Ohio State 2010 31 Arkansas 26
      1998 24 Texas A&M 14
             
11. 2 Pittsburgh 1981 24 Georgia 20
      1976 27 Georgia 3
             
11. 2 Santa Clara 1937 6 Louisiana State 0
      1936 21 Louisiana State 14
             
11. 2 Texas Christian 1938 15 Carnegie Mellon 7
      1935 3 Louisiana State 2
             
18. 1 Arkansas 1968 16 Georgia 2
18. 1 Baylor 1956 13 Tennessee 7
18. 1 Boston College 1940 19 Tennessee 13
18. 1 Duke 1944 29 Alabama 26
18. 1 Fordham 1941 2 Missouri 0
18. 1 Kentucky 1950 13 Oklahoma 7
18. 1 Louisville 2012 33 Florida 23
18. 1 Maryland 1951 28 Tennessee 13
18. 1 Michigan 2011 23 Virginia Tech 20
18. 1 Missouri 1965 20 Florida 18
18. 1 Navy 1954 21 Mississippi 0
18. 1 Oklahoma State 1945 33 Saint Mary’s (CA) 13
18. 1 Penn State 1982 27 Georgia 23
18. 1 Texas 1947 27 Alabama 7
18. 1 Texas A&M 1939 14 Tulane 13
18. 1 Tulane 1934 20 Temple 14
18. 1 Utah 2008 31 Alabama 17
18. 1 Virginia Tech 1995 28 Texas 10
18. 1 West Virginia 2005 38 Georgia 35
37. TIE Syracuse 1987 16 Auburn 16

MOST SUGAR BOWL APPEARANCES

  SCHOOL SUGAR BOWL APPEARANCES
1. Alabama 14
2. Louisiana State 13
3. Florida 9
3. Georgia 9
5. Mississippi 8
6. Tennessee 7
6. Oklahoma 7
8. Arkansas 6
8. Florida State 6
10. Auburn 5
11. Georgia Tech 4
11. Miami (FL) 4
11. Nebraska 4
11. Notre Dame 4
11. Notre Dame 4
11. Ohio State 4
11. Penn State 4
11. Virginia Tech 4
19. Pittsburgh 3
19. Texas 3
19. West Virginia 3
22. Michigan 2
22. Missouri 2
22. North Carolina 2
22. Santa Clara 2
22. Syracuse 2
22. Texas A&M 2
22. Texas Christian 2
22. Tulane 2
22. Tulsa 2
31. Air Force 1
31. Baylor 1
31. Boston College 1
31. Carnegie Mellon 1
31. Cincinnati 1
31. Clemson 1
31. Duke 1
31. Fordham 1
31. Hawaii 1
31. Illinois 1
31. Kentucky 1
31. Louisville 1
31. Maryland 1
31. Navy 1
31. Oklahoma State 1
31. Rice 1
31. Saint Mary’s (CA) 1
31. Temple 1
31. Utah 1
31. Virginia 1
31. Wyoming 1

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