Playboy Reveals First College-Sportswriter Preseason Top 25

Nation’s Best Student Sportswriters Vote on Top 25 College Football Teams

NEW YORK, Aug. 20 / — The Playboy All America team has been a fixture on the college football landscape since 1957. Now, Playboy’s free site mixing collegiate journalism, entertainment, and cross-campus dialogue, has polled college sportswriters and editors ( from student newspapers at top universities nationwide to compile the “Playboy College Sportswriter Top 25 Poll,” the first-ever survey of its kind. The feature is available for public viewing on

“We’re glad to have students from so many great schools participate in this inaugural poll,” said Gary Cole, Playboy magazine’s sports editor and the man who chooses the prestigious Playboy All America Team. “It’s great to be able to add the opinions of these college journalists to Playboy’s coverage of college football and college sports in general … even if their ultimate pick of Georgia over my preseason number one, Oklahoma, is dead wrong.”

Indeed, the college sportswriters picked the University of Georgia No. 1; the Bulldogs narrowly edged out the University of Southern California. Rounding out the top five are Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Florida. The 31 student-pollsters include representatives from nearly every major Division I conference, as well as the Ivy League. Student journalists from the University of Florida, University of Georgia, USC, UCLA, The Ohio State University, Harvard University, University of Notre Dame, and 24 other schools submitted ballots for the preseason top 25 college football teams. The journalists will be on debating their votes with fellow college students (see below for complete list of participating journalists).

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Playboy’s College Sportswriters Top 25

Rank Team Points   Rank Team Points
1 Georgia 729 13 Texas Tech 374
2 USC 724 14 Kansas 330
3 Ohio State 698 15 Virginia Tech 318
4 Oklahoma 680 16 BYU 295
5 Florida 675 17 Arizona State 291
6 Missouri 605 18 Tennessee 280
7 LSU 566 19 Illinois 208
8 West Virginia 517 20 Oregon 185
9 Clemson 494 21 South Florida 168
10 Texas 486 22 Penn State 126
11 Auburn 451 23 Fresno State 87
12 Wisconsin 404 24 Wake Forest 64
        25 Alabama 57

The Pollsters:

Mary Moore Albl
Boise State University
Sports Editor, The Arbiter

Andrew Bartholomew
Yale University
Sports Editor, Yale Daily News

Cory Bennett
Cornell University
Sports Editor,
The Cornell Daily Sun

Ben Breiner
University of Wisconsin
Sports Editor, The Daily Cardinal

John Clayton
Syracuse University
Sports Editor, The Daily Orange

Corey DeMoss
University of Oklahoma
Sports Editor,
The Oklahoma Daily

Rustin Dodd
The University of Kansas
Sports Editor,
The University Daily Kansan

Brian Eller
Penn State
Football Editor,
The Daily Collegian

Michael Fitzpatrick
University of Georgia
Sports Editor, The Red and Black

Brian Gawthrop
West Virginia State University
Associate Sports Editor,
The Daily Athenaeum

Lenny Goldman
University of Missouri
Sports Editor, The Maneater

Matt Gottfried
The Ohio State University
Editor in Chief, The Lantern

Andrew Joseph Greif
University of Oregon
Sports Editor,
Oregon Daily Emerald

David Gurian-Peck
University of Pennsylvania
Sports Editor,
The Daily Pennsylvanian

David Harding
The University of Cincinnati
Sports Editor, The News Record

Jennifer Hart
Princeton University
Executive Editor for Sports,
The Daily Princetonian

David R. Henry
The University of Texas at Austin
Interim Sports Editor,
The Daily Texan

Adi Joseph
The University of Maryland
Sports Editor, The Diamondback

Gavin LaPaille
University of Louisville
Sports Editor, Louisville Cardinal

Eric Lindsey
University of Kentucky
Sports Columnist and Managing
Editor, The Kentucky Kernel

Dixon McPhillips
Harvard University
Associate Sports Editor,
The Harvard Crimson

Brad Merritt
University of Tennessee
Sports Editor, The Daily Beacon

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz
University of Southern California
Sports Editor, Daily Trojan

Brian Murphy
University of Central Florida
Sports Editor,
Central Florida Future

Dan Murphy
University of Notre Dame
Sports Editor, The Observer

Todd Orodenker
Temple University
Sports Editor, The Temple News

Tony F. Pizza
The University of Utah
Sports Editor,
The Daily Utah Chronicle

Sarah Salam
Sports Editor, Daily Bruin

Nate Sandals
University of Michigan
Managing Sports Editor,
The Michigan Daily

Brian Steele
University of Florida
Sports Editor, The Daily Alligator

Bobby Stover
The University of Arizona
Sports Editor,
Arizona Daily Wildcat

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