PSR ANYTIME. ANYWHERE. Introducing the Pittsburgh Sports Report eMagazine. Click to read and watch the best sports coverage in the region.
Thursday November 27 2014
Leave this field empty.

College Football: Preseason Rankings

PSR Logo
The 2012 college football season is just over one week away. Can Southern Cal bounce back from NCAA sanctions to challenge for a national title? How will Penn State respond? Will WVU succeed in the Big 12? Can Pitt make noise in their final Big East season?

With traditional powers Southern Cal, Georgia, Michigan and Florida State facing the pressure of high expectations, the season gets underway Thursday night, Aug. 30 with nine games on the slate.


PSR's Top 25
1. USC
2. AlabamaLSU head coach Les Miles
3. Oklahoma
4. Oregon
5. Georgia
6. LSU
7. Florida St.
8. South Carolina
9. Michigan
10. Arkansas
11. West Virginia
12. TCU
13. Ohio State
14. Virginia Tech
15. Michigan State
16. Kansas State
17. Nebraska
18. Wisconsin
19. Clemson
Brendan Maloney, US Presswire20. Texas
21. Stanford
22. Oklahoma State
23. Notre Dame
24. Boise State
25. Auburn


Preseason Media Rankings
Big 12
1. Oklahoma
2. West Virginia
3. Texas
4. Oklahoma State
5. TCU
6. Kansas State
7. Baylor
8. Iowa State
U of L9. Texas Tech
10. Kansas


Big East
1. Louisville (24)
2. South Florida (4)
3. Rutgers
4. Cincinnati
5. Pitt
6. Connecticut
7. Syracuse'
8. Temple


Big Ten
Legends Division

1 Michigan (16)
2 Michigan State (7)
3 Nebraska (1)
4 Iowa
5 NorthwesternPhoto by Charles LeClaire
6 Minnesota
 
Leaders Division
1 Wisconsin (19)
2 Ohio State (5)*
3 Purdue
4 Illinois
5 Penn State*
6 Indiana


*ineligible for conference title due to NCAA sanctions

This is not a great time for the National Football League. America's richest and most successful sports league is being taken to task by everyone from media to protest groups to longtime fans.
Editor's DeskFeature One
When the Penguins dealt Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and the No. 8 overall pick on Draft Day 2012, they were coming off a string of disappointing playoff finishes.
Blue LineFeature Two
The six western Pennsylvania quarterbacks in the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Joe Namath, George Blanda and Johnny Unitas -- will be honored in Pittsburgh next summer.
Feature ThreePure Steel
From 2004 to 2011, the Steelers led the league or finished second in fewest points allowed per game five times. Those squads were marshaled by Steelers greats such as nose tackle Casey Hampton and receiver Hines Ward, who recently made headlines for calling his old team's defense “soft.”
Feature FourPure Steel
PSR VIDEO
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 1 Steelers TV Channel
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 2Xfinity HS FootballHigh School TV Channel
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 3Steelers TV Channel
The 2014-15 season is underway and plenty of high-end talent dots the top teams in America. Here is PSR's early peek at some of the best players in the land.
Custom 1National
There were smiles after a Plum football game late last season, for the first time in more than two years. The Mustangs finally came out on the winning end of a game.
Custom 2High School
At Pitt Basketball’s 2014 Midnight Madness event, Joseph Uchebo did not win the dunk contest. He did, however, win over the fans.
Custom 3Pitt Basketball
Can John Calipari load up for another title run with what is perhaps America's most talented roster? Does UConn have enough to repeat? Will the Tar Heels big men lead UNC to the promised land?
Custom 4National