Phil Steele Blog • February 27, 2017

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Phil Steele's Projected AP Top 10.

Right now I'm halfway (65 teams) through the second write through process of the 2017 Phil Steele's College Football Preview. Generally I do all 130 teams, and can go through about 4 teams per day as it takes me anywhere from 3 to 4 hours per team.

Today I’m releasing my 2017 Projected AP Top 10, then in the next few days I’ll release a blog giving you more detail on why I chose these 10 teams. It is important to make the point that this is NOT my preseason Top 10 for next season, rather what I am projecting the AP Top 10 will look like to start the season.

My predicted AP Top 10 was a perfect 10-for-10 in 2016! The EIGHT year totals are very strong. When I predict the AP Top 10 in February/March (about a HALF YEAR ahead of the actual AP poll), I have now hit on 76 of 80 teams. That means hitting all 10 teams in four of the eight years and missing by just one team in the other four years. Once again, predicting the top ten teams in the AP poll 5-6 MONTHS in advance, the record is now 76 out of 80 or 95%!

Here is my 2017 Projected AP Top 10.

1.  Alabama
2.  Ohio State
3.  Florida State
4.  USC
5.  Oklahoma
6.  Clemson
7.  Penn State
8.  Washington
9.  Wisconsin
10. Florida

Phil Steele's 2017 College Football Preview will be hitting stores nation wide on June 27th. The first magazines must be sent to the distributor and then redistributed to the 7 national retailers where the magazine will be available. They are Barnes and Nobles, Books-a-Million, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Publix and Walmart. You can also pre-order the Magazine through us here on the store.