Sometimes Phil Steele Is Right

I’ve heard a lot of criticism for Phil Steele’s recent 2007 College Football preview. Most of the criticism seems to be coming from the Auburn fanbase, which is understandable since they are ranked #41 in his magazine. Alabama on the other hand, is rated #17. Here is the actual list:

Phil Steele’s 2007 Preseason Top 50 (well, 41)

1. USC
2. LSU
3. Oklahoma
4. West Virginia
5. Michigan
6. Texas
7. Louisville
8. Florida State
9. Virginia Tech
10. Penn State
11. Georgia
12. Hawaii
13. South Carolina
14. Florida
15. Ohio State
16. Wisconsin
17. Alabama
18. Oregon
19. Missouri
20. Texas A&M
21. UCLA
22. Nebraska
23. TCU
24. South Florida
25. Tennessee
26. Arizona State
27. Miami
28. California
29. Iowa
30. Rutgers
31. Boise State
32. Memphis
33. Southern Miss
34. BYU
35. Purdue
36. Virginia
37. Arkansas
38. Notre Dame
39. Oregon State
40. Oklahoma State
41. Auburn

I don’t think Mr. Steele’s predictions are 100% correct, but you do need to be careful when you claim this man is totally wrong and off-base. He did predict Alabama as a darkhorse contender in the SEC in 2005. He also predicted the same for Arkansas last season in 2006. He does have a track record that is better than most, although it isn’t perfect by any means. I don’t know how he does nationally, but he seems to do well with the SEC.

So for now just sit back and lets see how this season plays out. If Alabama is anywhere close to #17 be the end of the year I think most would consider that to be a big time success for Coach Saban.

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One Response to “Sometimes Phil Steele Is Right”

  1. WesCrimson Says:

    This looks like this has a lot of personal bias distorting reality.

    Bama should be a few slots higher into the top 11 to 15.
    Auburn is way off, the should be in the top 16 to 20, at worse.
    Tennessee should move up at least 10 spots into the top 11 to 15.
    Arkansas would fit better in the top 21 to 25 .
    FSU would be a better fit lower ranked in the top 16 to 20.
    Louisville needs to drop down into the top 11 to 15.
    VPI should move down to the top 11 to 15.
    West Virginia will tumble down to the top 11 to 15.
    Penn State will drift down to the to 16 to 20.
    Texas A&M will switch places with Oklahoma State.
    Hawaii should drift down to the top 26 to 30.
    Notre dame will end up at the least in the top 21 to 25.

    Other than that I don’t see much to change since it is a wild guess. 🙂


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