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BOZICH | Will Louisville be a pre-season Top 20 team? Checking the magazines

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Four major college football pre-season magazines have arrived for the 2016 season. Four major college football pre-season magazines have arrived for the 2016 season.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- I tucked a fourth college football preview magazine into my backpack Thursday – the ESPN edition, which featured LSU halfback Leonard Fournette on magazine available in Louisville.

I have purchased four – ESPN, Lindy’s, Athlon and The Sporting News.

That’s enough documentation for me to project how the preseason Associated Press rankings will look when they are released in August. I tallied the numbers from the four publications and calculated the consensus rankings.

One consensus is unquestioned. Alabama is the team to beat. The Crimson Tide were ranked first in every publication. No other team held the same spot in every ranking.

In fact, only five programs – Bama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida State and Michigan – made the top 10 in all four magazines.

Overall, there is considerable consensus. Only 30 programs drew Top 25 votes from ESPN, Athlon, Lindy’s and The Sporting News.

Here is your consensus Top 20. (It’s too tricky to calculate a top 25 because two of the magazines only ranked the top 25 teams while the other two ranked teams from 1-to-128.)

1. Alabama – Speak out against the Crimson Tide at your own risk, although I remember that everybody loved Ohio State before last season.

2. Clemson – Athlon ranked the Tigers fourth, the only publication not to have Dabo Swinney’s team second.

3. Oklahoma – I guess Bob Stoops gets a pass for how awful the Sooners looked against Clemson during the 2015 playoff.

4. Florida State – That’s correct, two of the top four teams in the nation compete in Louisville’s ACC division.

5. Ohio State – The Buckeyes must have a stream of young talent, because they lost some remarkable players to the NFL.

6. Michigan – Here comes Jim Harbaugh, America. Are you ready?

7. Baylor – These magazines were published before Art Briles got the ziggy.

8. Louisiana State – Les Miles is off the hot seat, unless he loses the opener to Wisconsin in Green Bay.

9. Notre Dame – There’s no way the Irish can suffer as many injuries as they did last season.

10. Stanford – David Shaw quietly does solid work in Palo Alto.

11. Ole Miss – NCAA investigators might have something to say about this.

12. Tennessee – Apparently, the Vols will be a trendy pick this season.

13. Houston – Louisville makes its trip to play coach Tom Herman’s team in November.

14. Michigan State – Look for a slight step back by the Spartans this season.

15. USC – Who’s coaching the Trojans these days? I can’t keep track.

16. Georgia – I know who is coaching the Bulldogs. It’s time for Kirby Smart.

17. Washington – It’s year three for Chris Peterson, time for the Huskies to make their move.

18. Oklahoma State – The Cowboys are positioned to take advantage of the turmoil at Baylor.

19. Iowa – I’m still not convinced the Hawkeyes were as good as their record was in 2015. In fact, I don’t believe they were.

20. Louisville – The Cards are ranked as high as 14th by Lindy’s and as low as 25th by ESPN.

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