Way-Too-Early 2013 Football Rankings

John Biever/Sports Illustrated

My in-season rankings are usually wrong, but they do not compare to my Way-Too-Early rankings, which are usually spectacularly wrong. Last year, for example, I had LSU, USC and Arkansas in my top four in January. I came to my senses and ranked Alabama No. 1 heading into the season, but the sheer stupidity of my earliest crack at the 2012 season is mind-boggling.

So, in an attempt to hedge my bets, the 2013 edition of the Way-Too-Early rankings will include sections that will allow me to weasel out of my picks in either direction. I'll tell you why I might have ranked each team too low and why I might have ranked each team too high. Either way, come September, I'll still be wrong.

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