The preseason AP top 25 poll will be released next week, and we have made it our mission to successfully predict all 25 spots in the rankings. Why not?
Preseason polls hold up surprisingly well -- better, one might venture, than the hypersensitive seismographs known as in-season rankings. In a few weeks the polls will already be parroting the longest winning streaks, an evaluative approach that has obvious merit (winning is the object of the sport) but can also occasionally lead us astray. Only in the preseason do we derive the benefits of a longer view.
Here's what we'll see from the AP preseason poll for 2016-17.