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The Countdown: 2011 List

Hey, what’s this? You know the drill: I shudder at the thought of not having all of last season’s Countdown saved for posterity — all that work down the drain and so forth, but also because man can only learn from his mistakes, and as last summer’s work eventually illustrated, I’ve made a few. So consider this post both a place-saver for the 2011 Countdown and a refresher of how mistakes have been made and will most assuredly be made again. From here, I’ll link to this page at the bottom of the growing list of previews soon to accumulate along the right sidebar. How soon? Very, very soon. More on that later today.

For now, a look back at the tremendous mistakes from last summer. I stand corrected, and humbled, on the following projections: Nebraska at No. 7, B.Y.U. at No. 12, Oklahoma State at No. 16, Ohio State at No. 17, Mississippi State at No. 22, Air Force at No. 23, Miami (Fla.) at No. 24… this is just among the top 25. Anyway, last year’s full list, with links:

1. Alabama
2. Boise State
3. Oklahoma
4. Florida State
5. Stanford
6. L.S.U.
7. Nebraska
8. Virginia Tech
9. Oregon
10. Texas A&M
11. Wisconsin
12. B.Y.U.
13. Arkansas
14. South Carolina
15. Notre Dame
16. Oklahoma State
17. Ohio State
18. Texas
19. T.C.U.
20. Penn State
21. West Virginia
22. Mississippi State
23. Air Force
24. Miami (Fla.)
25. Houston
26. Georgia
27. Utah
28. Missouri
29. Michigan
30. Florida
31. U.C.F.
32. U.S.C.
33. Auburn
34. Pittsburgh
35. Northwestern
36. North Carolina
37. Clemson
38. Iowa
39. South Florida
40. Tulsa
41. Michigan State
42. Arizona State
43. Georgia Tech
44. San Diego State
45. Texas Tech
46. Washington
47. S.M.U.
48. N.C. State
49. Tennessee
50. California
51. Hawaii
52. Ohio
53. Nevada
54. Navy
55. Cincinnati
56. Toledo
57. Illinois
58. Southern Mississippi
59. Northern Illinois
60. Arizona
61. Kansas State
62. Boston College
63. Fresno State
64. Baylor
65. Mississippi
66. Oregon State
67. Connecticut
68. Troy
69. Maryland
70. Florida International
71. Western Michigan
72. Kentucky
73. Syracuse
74. Louisiana Tech
75. Temple
76. Purdue
77. Army
78. Virginia
79. Louisville
80. Arkansas State
81. U.C.L.A.
82. East Carolina
83. Miami (Ohio)
84. Utah State
85. Washington State
86. Wyoming
87. Colorado
88. Iowa State
89. Duke
90. Rutgers
91. Middle Tennessee
92. Minnesota
93. Colorado State
94. La.-Monroe
95. Idaho
96. Wake Forest
97. Marshall
98. Ball State
99. U.A.B.
100. Kansas
101. Bowling Green
102. North Texas
103. Indiana
104. UTEP
105. Rice
106. Florida Atlantic
107. San Jose State
108. Eastern Michigan
109. Western Kentucky
110. Vanderbilt
111. Buffalo
112. New Mexico
113. Kent State
114. Tulane
115. Central Michigan
116. U.N.L.V.
117. Louisiana-Lafayette
118. New Mexico State
119. Akron
120. Memphis

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Comments

  1. Jeremy says:

    When do you plan on doing a breakdown of the Texas State Football Program, or have you already?

    Paul: The list works in reverse order, from worst to first. So far, I’ve previewed Texas-San Antonio and South Alabama. And Texas State isn’t team No. 122. So no, not yet. But soon. Before too long.

  2. KDRLAX says:

    I’m not sure at all, but I’ll take a stab…

    Next up is FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL…

    Florida schools on their schedule this season are:

    UCF
    Floriday Atlantic

    I’m just guessing they’ve played all the other FL. schools except UCF at some point along the way….
    Well, I guess I’ll know whether I was close or not soon enough!

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