CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- You might believe the most important men in college football are NCAA president Mark Emmert and Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive.
But you might check out guys like Mitch Light and Rob Doster.
If you're scratching your head, it's understandable. Together, the pair has about 1,700 Twitter followers.
They, however, are the managing editor and senior editor, respectively, of Athlon Sports magazine. They are in charge of producing one of the four celebrated preseason college football magazines. (The others are Sporting News, Lindy's and Phil Steele.)
And they set the table for your Top 25 polls.
Perhaps more correctly, they set your Top 25 polls.
They and their writers (full disclosure: I am one) do research. Others copy the work.
Athlon ranked the top nine teams in its magazine like this: 1. Alabama, 2. Ohio State, 3. Oregon, 4. Georgia, 5. South Carolina, 6. Clemson, 7. Stanford, 8. Texas A&M and 9. Louisville.
Then the coaches' poll came out. It is 1. Alabama, 2. Ohio State, 3. Oregon, 4. Stanford, 5. Georgia, 6. Texas A&M, 7. South Carolina, 8. Clemson and 9. Louisville.
Look familiar? Same teams in a slightly altered order.
Give the coaches credit, though. At least there was some variation. When the Associated Press poll was released, the writers almost copied the coaches verbatim.
The only difference among the top nine teams in the two polls was a switch of Texas A&M and South Carolina.
I kid you not. In a preseason poll. With more combinations and scenarios possible than in a Powerball drawing.
One would expect major differences between preseason polls, right? There are no results on which to base votes. There are no right or wrong answers. You have many, many voters from different parts of the country supposedly doing their own research.