Chris MurrayReno Gazette-Journal (Reno, NV)
Twitter: @MurrayRGJ
About: Chris Murray has been the Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal’s Nevada Wolf Pack basketball beat writer since 2007 and the newspaper’s football beat writer since 2010. He’s also held the role of assistant sports editor and won multiple APSE and Nevada Press Association awards for feature writing, project writing and explanatory journalism.

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Aug 21, 2016Pre-Season Rankings for Chris Murray
1Alabama (33)
14-1Actual: 1
Highest: 1 - 33 Voters
Lowest: 5 - 5 Voters
1469
Points
2Clemson (16)
14-1Actual: 2
Highest: 1 - 16 Voters
Lowest: 7 - 2 Voters
1443
Points
3Oklahoma (4)
11-2Actual: 3
Highest: 1 - 4 Voters
Lowest: 11 - Jon Wilner
1352
Points
4Florida State (5)
10-3Actual: 4
Highest: 1 - 5 Voters
Lowest: 15 - Rob Long
1325
Points

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5Notre Dame
10-3Actual: 10
Highest: 2 - Mitch Vingle
Lowest: 16 - Mike Barber
1006
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6Ohio State (1)
12-1Actual: 6
Highest: 1 - Jon Wilner
Lowest: 12 - Garry Smits
1224
Points
7LSU (1)
9-3Actual: 5
Highest: 1 - Sam McKewon
Lowest: 16 - Rob Long
1269
Points
8Stanford
12-2Actual: 8
Highest: 4 - Mitch Vingle
Lowest: NR - Sam McKewon
1029
Points
9Michigan (1)
10-3Actual: 7
Highest: 1 - Scott Wolf
Lowest: 14 - Kirk Bohls
1147
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10TCU
11-2Actual: 13
Highest: 6 - Rob Long
Lowest: NR - 5 Voters
707
Points
11Ole Miss
10-3Actual: 11
Highest: 8 - Garland Gillen
Lowest: NR - 2 Voters
718
Points
12Tennessee
9-4Actual: 9
Highest: 2 - Michael Lev
Lowest: 23 - Rob Long
1021
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13UCLA
8-5Actual: 16
Highest: 8 - Michael Lev
Lowest: NR - 5 Voters
496
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14Michigan State
12-2Actual: 12
Highest: 7 - Rob Long
Lowest: NR - 3 Voters
710
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15Houston
13-1Actual: 15
Highest: 10 - 3 Voters
Lowest: NR - 2 Voters
644
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16Louisville
8-5Actual: 19
Highest: 9 - Jeff Miller
Lowest: NR - 5 Voters
447
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17Utah
10-3Actual: 28
Highest: 16 - Adam Jude
Lowest: NR - 46 Voters
74
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18Washington
7-6Actual: 14
Highest: 7 - Kirk Bohls
Lowest: NR - 2 Voters
651
Points
19Iowa
12-2Actual: 17
Highest: 8 - Kirk Bohls
Lowest: NR - 6 Voters
484
Points
20Oklahoma State
10-3Actual: 21
Highest: 11 - Marc Weiszer
Lowest: NR - 5 Voters
316
Points
21Georgia
10-3Actual: 18
Highest: 8 - Eric Hansen
Lowest: NR - 9 Voters
448
Points
22North Carolina
11-3Actual: 22
Highest: 13 - Brett McMurphy
Lowest: NR - 8 Voters
283
Points
23USC
8-6Actual: 20
Highest: 8 - Mitch Vingle
Lowest: NR - 14 Voters
344
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24Baylor
10-3Actual: 23
Highest: 10 - Ferd Lewis
Lowest: NR - 22 Voters
280
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25San Diego State
11-3Actual: 31
Highest: 15 - Sam McKewon
Lowest: NR - 49 Voters
46
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