Michael BonnerThe Jackson Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS)
Twitter: @mikebbonner
About: My journey to The Clarion-Ledger began in Millbury, Massachusetts, where I was born and raised. Apparently, there's video evidence that shows me dropping my R's but I lost that habit at Syracuse University. I spent two more years in Central New York with The Citizen, before working in Upstate New York for a year with the Post-Star. I moved west in 2012 to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to work at the Gazette and KCRG-TV. I played catch with my dad at the Field of Dreams and bought a moto-meter from the American Pickers. I've covered Mississippi State since 2013, writing about a College World Series finals, an Orange Bowl and the football program's rise to No. 1.

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Aug 21, 2016Pre-Season Rankings for Michael Bonner
1Alabama (33)
14-1Actual: 1
Highest: 1 - 33 Voters
Lowest: 5 - 5 Voters
1469
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2Clemson (16)
14-1Actual: 2
Highest: 1 - 16 Voters
Lowest: 7 - 2 Voters
1443
Points
3Florida State (5)
10-3Actual: 4
Highest: 1 - 5 Voters
Lowest: 15 - Rob Long
1325
Points
4Michigan (1)
10-3Actual: 7
Highest: 1 - Scott Wolf
Lowest: 14 - Kirk Bohls
1147
Points
5LSU (1)
9-3Actual: 5
Highest: 1 - Sam McKewon
Lowest: 16 - Rob Long
1269
Points
6Oklahoma (4)
11-2Actual: 3
Highest: 1 - 4 Voters
Lowest: 11 - Jon Wilner
1352
Points
7Stanford
12-2Actual: 8
Highest: 4 - Mitch Vingle
Lowest: NR - Sam McKewon
1029
Points
8Tennessee
9-4Actual: 9
Highest: 2 - Michael Lev
Lowest: 23 - Rob Long
1021
Points
9Ohio State (1)
12-1Actual: 6
Highest: 1 - Jon Wilner
Lowest: 12 - Garry Smits
1224
Points
10Notre Dame
10-3Actual: 10
Highest: 2 - Mitch Vingle
Lowest: 16 - Mike Barber
1006
Points
11Ole Miss
10-3Actual: 11
Highest: 8 - Garland Gillen
Lowest: NR - 2 Voters
718
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12USC
8-6Actual: 20
Highest: 8 - Mitch Vingle
Lowest: NR - 14 Voters
344
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13Oklahoma State
10-3Actual: 21
Highest: 11 - Marc Weiszer
Lowest: NR - 5 Voters
316
Points
14Georgia
10-3Actual: 18
Highest: 8 - Eric Hansen
Lowest: NR - 9 Voters
448
Points
15Houston
13-1Actual: 15
Highest: 10 - 3 Voters
Lowest: NR - 2 Voters
644
Points
16Washington
7-6Actual: 14
Highest: 7 - Kirk Bohls
Lowest: NR - 2 Voters
651
Points
17UCLA
8-5Actual: 16
Highest: 8 - Michael Lev
Lowest: NR - 5 Voters
496
Points
18Iowa
12-2Actual: 17
Highest: 8 - Kirk Bohls
Lowest: NR - 6 Voters
484
Points
19Louisville
8-5Actual: 19
Highest: 9 - Jeff Miller
Lowest: NR - 5 Voters
447
Points
20North Carolina
11-3Actual: 22
Highest: 13 - Brett McMurphy
Lowest: NR - 8 Voters
283
Points
21Oregon
9-4Actual: 24
Highest: 17 - 2 Voters
Lowest: NR - 19 Voters
218
Points
22Florida
10-4Actual: 25
Highest: 11 - Tom Murphy
Lowest: NR - 28 Voters
180
Points

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23Western Kentucky
12-2Actual: 40
Highest: 23 - Michael Bonner
Lowest: NR - 59 Voters
4
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24Boise State
9-4Actual: 30
Highest: 13 - Kirk Bohls
Lowest: NR - 51 Voters
49
Points
25Baylor
10-3Actual: 23
Highest: 10 - Ferd Lewis
Lowest: NR - 22 Voters
280
Points