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

Photo: nydailynews.com

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