Pat CaputoThe Oakland Press (Pontiac, MI)
Twitter: @patcaputo98
About: Pat Caputo is a sports columnist for The Oakland Press. Caputo covered the Tigers from 1986-98, and Lions from 1998-2002 for The Oakland Press before becoming a columnist. Caputo was raised in Birmingham and played baseball and football at Groves High School. His photograph playing high school sports appeared in The Oakland Press. He has won numerous writing awards, including first place in column writing from the Michigan Associated Press and the Michigan Press Association, and from the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has been named among the Top Ten sports columnists in the nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE), and has won honors in four of the APSE's six national award categories. He has garnered top national honors for his column writing and sports writing from the Local Media Association. Caputo, who has resided in Oakland County since he was nine years old, currently lives in Lake Orion. Caputo has a radio show weeknights and weekends on 97.1 FM, The Ticket, which is the flagship station for the Tigers, Lions and Red Wings. He also appears regularly on FOX 2 television on "SportsWorks."

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Aug 21, 2016Pre-Season Rankings for Pat Caputo
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
5Ohio State (1)
12-1Actual: 6
Highest: 1 - Jon Wilner
Lowest: 12 - Garry Smits
1224
Points
6Michigan (1)
10-3Actual: 7
Highest: 1 - Scott Wolf
Lowest: 14 - Kirk Bohls
1147
Points
7LSU (1)
9-3Actual: 5
Highest: 1 - Sam McKewon
Lowest: 16 - Rob Long
1269
Points
8Tennessee
9-4Actual: 9
Highest: 2 - Michael Lev
Lowest: 23 - Rob Long
1021
Points
9Stanford
12-2Actual: 8
Highest: 4 - Mitch Vingle
Lowest: NR - Sam McKewon
1029
Points
10Notre Dame
10-3Actual: 10
Highest: 2 - Mitch Vingle
Lowest: 16 - Mike Barber
1006
Points
11Washington
7-6Actual: 14
Highest: 7 - Kirk Bohls
Lowest: NR - 2 Voters
651
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12Georgia
10-3Actual: 18
Highest: 8 - Eric Hansen
Lowest: NR - 9 Voters
448
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13Ole Miss
10-3Actual: 11
Highest: 8 - Garland Gillen
Lowest: NR - 2 Voters
718
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14USC
8-6Actual: 20
Highest: 8 - Mitch Vingle
Lowest: NR - 14 Voters
344
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15Michigan State
12-2Actual: 12
Highest: 7 - Rob Long
Lowest: NR - 3 Voters
710
Points
16Houston
13-1Actual: 15
Highest: 10 - 3 Voters
Lowest: NR - 2 Voters
644
Points
17UCLA
8-5Actual: 16
Highest: 8 - Michael Lev
Lowest: NR - 5 Voters
496
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18Louisville
8-5Actual: 19
Highest: 9 - Jeff Miller
Lowest: NR - 5 Voters
447
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19Iowa
12-2Actual: 17
Highest: 8 - Kirk Bohls
Lowest: NR - 6 Voters
484
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20Miami (FL)
8-5Actual: 26
Highest: 11 - Sam McKewon
Lowest: NR - 33 Voters
159
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21Baylor
10-3Actual: 23
Highest: 10 - Ferd Lewis
Lowest: NR - 22 Voters
280
Points
22Oregon
9-4Actual: 24
Highest: 17 - 2 Voters
Lowest: NR - 19 Voters
218
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23Texas A&M
8-5Actual: 27
Highest: 16 - Jerry DiPaola
Lowest: NR - 44 Voters
81
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24North Carolina
11-3Actual: 22
Highest: 13 - Brett McMurphy
Lowest: NR - 8 Voters
283
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25Washington State
9-4Actual: 29
Highest: 15 - Michael Lev
Lowest: NR - 44 Voters
68
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