Let the Countdown Begin!

Today marks the beginning of The Victory Formation’s top-40 countdown. The poll was based on 5 of our writers submitting their own top-40 and then averaging out each poll. We will do one preview each week day until we get to the final two teams. The final two will be unveiled Thursday, September 1st. The previews won’t be written by just one or two people, so hopefully you’ll get a different take on many of the teams in the countdown. While we can all agree that official preseason polls are not good for the game, the unofficial ones coming from random bloggers are fantastic, right? Some things to ponder before we get this show underway: Will the SEC make it 6 consecutive national championships? Will Ohio State crumble under the weight of the NCAA banhammer? Can Notre Dame get back to the BCS? Will Jordan Jefferson continue to be the reason LSU can’t get back to the SEC title game? How will Auburn recover from it’s losses? Will Chip Kelly be the Oregon coach in December? How will Nebraska handle moving to the Big 10? Is either Boise State or TCU a top-10 team? There are so many story lines in college football, and we are just 52 days shy of opening night. The excitement is palpable.

Here are some things to know about the poll.

  • The teams were based on how we think the polls will look after the conference title games
  • The top two teams were separated by just two points.
  • The SEC leads with 8 teams
  • The B1G Big 10 and Pac 12 each have 7
  • The ACC has 6
  • The Big 12 has 5
  • The Big East and the Mountain West each have 2 teams
  • No conference has more than 2 teams in the top 10
  • The SEC leads with 7 top-25 teams
  • The Big 10 has 5 in the top 25
  • The Big 12 has 4 in the top 25
  • The Pac 12 has 3 in the top 25
  • The ACC has 2 in the top 25
  • The Big East has 1 in the top 25
  • arkbadger

    w00t!! let me know if y’all need anyone to write up any of the team posts. I would obviously do a completely (un) biased look at the 2012 National Championship winning Arkansas Razorbacks, but hell, I could write something up on New Mexico State if someone asked. can’t wait for these.

  • Trey

    I’ll tell you this. Parrish didn’t really care for where I put Arkansas…does that make me the good guy or bad guy for you? Stay Tuned!

    As for writing, shoot us an email.

  • ParrishWalton

    I’ll tell you this. Parrish didn’t really care for where I put Arkansas

    I did not. I also didn’t care for where you put South Carolina.

  • Trey

    Quit overrating/underrating teams Parrish.

  • Triston27

    The ACC has 6, The Big 12 has 4 in the top 25

    Really?

  • Trey

    The Big 12 isn’t very good this year.

  • Triston27

    Exactly. The quote doesn’t read well but I was surprised with the ACC having 6 in the top 40 and the Big 12 having 4 in the top 25. I’m guessing someone put Missouri or Texas up there. Neither of which is top 25. Missouri might be by mid season but not in the beginning with a RS freshman QB.

  • arkbadger

    I’ll tell you this. Parrish didn’t really care for where I put Arkansas

    I have seen them all around the top 15, but mostly in the 11-13 range. just don’t know what to expect from LSU and Jefferson. the top 3 from the west are so beastly, and the Hogs have to play at bammer and LSU.

  • ParrishWalton

    Triston: One voter put Texas pretty high. Same one put UF absurdly high.

  • Trey

    That was NOT me. Promise.

  • Triston27

    Who were the 5 voting writers?

  • ParrishWalton

    Who were the 5 voting writers?

    Myself
    Trey
    Watson
    Sparty
    Big D

  • ParrishWalton

    Quit overrating/underrating teams Parrish.

    We’ll see who’s right.

  • tallguy

    If duke didn’t get a 40th vote from someone, I’ll know that steve spurrier didn’t vote in this poll.

    /Bowl game or bust!
    //by “bowl game” I mean 4 win season

  • cycledan

    Well as long at that single top 25 team from the Big East is Syracuse, I am OK with that.

  • Triston27

    Triston: One voter put Texas pretty high. Same one put UF absurdly high.

    Trey said it’s not him so I’m going with Big D. Reason being that Texas is for some reason getting very favorable odds for both the BCS and Big 12 titles. Big D saw this and it has influenced his vote.

  • mrejr8234
  • http://armchairsportsblogger.blogspot.com jp manahan

    The SEC leads with 7 top-25 teams

    Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas?

    The Big 10 has 5 in the top 25

    Michigan State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Nebraska, Iowa?

    The Big 12 has 4 in the top 25

    Oklahoma, Texas, Mizzou, Oklahoma State?

    The Pac 12 has 3 in the top 25

    Oregon, Stanford, Utah?

    The ACC has 2 in the top 25

    Florida State and Virginia Tech?

    The Big East has 1 in the top 25

    TCU?

  • Johnny

    Iowa?!?!?

    You mean Ohio State JP

  • Triston27

    Oklahoma, Texas, Mizzou, Oklahoma State?

    Replace Missouri with Texas A&M and you got it. Personally, I’d have OU, OkSU, A&M and that’s it.

  • http://armchairsportsblogger.blogspot.com jp manahan

    Iowa?!?!?

    You mean Ohio State JP

    I am already integrating the sanctions in.

    However, if no sanctions, yes, the Buckeyes ease out Iowa.

  • http://armchairsportsblogger.blogspot.com jp manahan

    Replace Missouri with Texas A&M and you got it. Personally, I’d have OU, OkSU, A&M and that’s it.

    The Aggies were the other team i was thinking of.

  • knightwhosaysni

    I won’t be waiting by the phone for a call to do a Purdue preview.