The Season Preview Magazines' 2012 Top 25

Top 25 polls produced by season preview magazines has to be squarely among the category of sh*t this man does not have time for.

It is that mid-summer moment when the arrival of the college football preseason magazines give us something to scry over as we try and forget there are still weeks upon weeks before our glorious game has returned to us. As usual, Alabama is among the top teams of most magazine's pre-season polls and, as usual, there's some new hotness they've chosen to put above the Crimson Tide. Except for USA Today, who seem to have a reasonable amount of common sense even though they can't figure out exactly why. So here's the tally with the SEC teams in bold.

2012 Season Preview Magazines' Top 25
USA Today Phil Steele Athlon Lindy's
1 Alabama Florida State USC LSU
2 USC Oklahoma LSU USC
3 LSU LSU Alabama Alabama
4 Oregon USC Oregon Oklahoma
5 Oklahoma Alabama Oklahoma Oregon
6 S. Carolina Oregon Ohio State Georgia
7 Florida State Texas Michigan Michigan
8 Ohio State Georgia Georgia Florida State
9 Michigan Wisconsin Florida State Arkansas
10 Arkansas Florida S. Carolina West Virginia
11 Texas Ohio State Texas S. Carolina
12 Georgia Oklahoma St. West Virginia Michigan St.
13 West Virginia UNC Arkansas Clemson
14 Florida Clemson Nebraska Ohio State
15 TCU UCF Clemson TCU
16 Wisconsin Arkansas Virginia Tech Oklahoma St.
17 Oklahoma St. Nebraska Wisconsin Wisconsin
18 Nebraska Stanford Michigan St. Virginia Tech
19 Notre Dame Michigan St. Oklahoma St. Texas
20 Michigan St. USF Notre Dame Florida
21 Stanford Notre Dame Stanford Stanford
22 Boise State Michigan TCU Kansas State
23 Clemson S. Carolina Louisville Louisville
24 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Boise State Boise State
25 Kansas State West Virginia Washington Nebraska
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