Seems to be the conventional wisdom for the coming season. The variable seems to be ‘Pards or Army in the two spot. I do continue to be surprised with how we’re treated in these previews. It’s hard for me to imagine how an outsider could project us in the top half, considering the turnover. Don’t get me wrong – I’m hopeful. But I think we know more about our newcomers than these previewers would, and I am, of course, biased and optimistic. I can only assume that the program itself has built some credibility; no other reasonable explanation.
Also still feels strange to see American at the bottom, but other previews I’ve read seem to justify it.