When trying to put together power ratings for college football teams, you’ve got to start somewhere. One thing that I like to do is pool together the top 25 rankings from the four major college football preview magazines — Phil Steele, Athlon Sports, Lindy’s and The Sporting News — and then come up with a consensus ranking.
It obviously won’t serve as my power ratings when college football season kicks off on Sept. 1, but it does give me a starting point. The next 78 days will be spent finalizing projections and seeing which teams belong where.
What follows is a consensus ranking of the top 20 teams in college football. I’ve awarded one point to each team based on their rank in the various magazines. A team receives 1 point if it’s ranked No. 1, 10 points if it’s ranked No. 10, 15 points if it’s ranked No. 15, and so on. Unranked teams receive 26 points.
Continue reading to see which teams made the top 20.
Not surprisingly, Andrew Luck is the favorite to win the 2011 Heisman Trophy, according to Bodog.eu odds released Tuesday afternoon.
Luck, of Stanford, is listed at 9/2, while Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones is 13/2 and South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore is 7/1.
Other sportsbooks released their Heisman odds earlier this month, including TheGreek.com, which has Luck as a favorite but far from the overwhelming favorite. TheGreek lists luck at 3/1, with Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and Lattimore at 5/1.
You can view all of Bodog’s odds by clicking here.