The first results of SB Nation’s NCAA FanPulse poll are in! The individual team sites that make up the SB Nation college brand asks its most plugged-in fans to vote on a national Top 25.
The preseason top 25 rankings have been counted from each participant across multiple sites, and the results look like this:
The Michigan State Spartans come in at No. 23 nationally, which is almost on par with MSU’s coaches poll ranking of 20. This general range seems fair for a Spartans team coming off of a 7-6 season, and a team that has a lot to prove still offensively.
Unsurprisingly, Clemson and Alabama take the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State round out the top-five, while that school from Ann Arbor comes in at No. 6. Notre Dame, Florida, Texas and LSU also made the top-10.
There are no major surprises on this list. Schools such as Washington State, Syracuse, Stanford and Army received votes, but just missed the cut, as did fellow Big Ten school, Minnesota.
Some interesting findings, according to an email from SB Nation’s Matt Brown:
- Every eligible team site who voted in the poll chose Clemson as No. 1, except, of course, for Roll Bama Roll — the Alabama website, and randomly...On The Banks (not of the Red Cedar), the Rutgers website.
- Conference rivals actually had each other’s backs. For example, a fan who represents a Big Ten school was more likely to put a team such as Nebraska or Minnesota in their ballot, as opposed to picking a middle tier ACC or SEC school, and the same is true for the other conferences.
OK, enough of this nation-wide stuff. How did our community here at The Only Colors vote?
The Only Colors Preseason Top 25:
5. Ohio State
6. Notre Dame
11. Texas A&M
14. Penn State
17. Michigan State
22. Iowa State
25. Virginia Tech
Of course, the TOC respondents rank Michigan State higher than the national consensus. We are much closer to the team and approaching the season with some cautious optimism. We also bump Michigan down a few spots because, well, we’re all well aware that the Wolverines rarely match or exceed expectations.
Overall, our community results are very similar to how the rest of the SB Nation team brands see things. Our top-10 teams are the same as the national consensus, but spots six through 10 are slightly altered due to having Michigan at No. 10. We also have the exact same 25 teams, just in a slightly different order.
I’m not going to lie — my initial thought on why these are so close is because most people filling out the survey— no matter which site they’re coming from — probably left the default top-25 mostly intact. Perhaps they just moved up their teams, moved down their rivals, and gave some extra love to conference schools who they don’t quite mind — am I spot on here or nah?
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