Ben PortnoyThe State (Columbia, SC)
Twitter: @bportnoy15
About: Ben Portnoy is The State’s South Carolina Gamecocks football beat writer. He’s a five-time Associated Press Sports Editors award honoree and has earned recognition from the Mississippi Press Association and the National Sports Media Association. Portnoy previously covered Mississippi State for the Columbus Commercial Dispatch and Indiana football for the Journal Gazette in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.


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Aug 16, 2021Pre-Season Rankings for Ben Portnoy
1Ohio State (1)
0-0Actual: 4
Highest: 1 - Ben Portnoy
Lowest: 7 - Kirk Bohls
1393
Points
2Georgia (3)
0-0Actual: 5
Highest: 1 - 3 Voters
Lowest: 7 - 6 Voters
1364
Points
3Oklahoma (6)
0-0Actual: 2
Highest: 1 - 6 Voters
Lowest: 5 - 4 Voters
1462
Points
4Clemson (6)
0-0Actual: 3
Highest: 1 - 6 Voters
Lowest: 6 - 2 Voters
1447
Points
5Alabama (47)
0-0Actual: 1
Highest: 1 - 47 Voters
Lowest: 5 - Ben Portnoy
1548
Points
6Notre Dame
0-0Actual: 9
Highest: 5 - Ryan Aber
Lowest: 20 - Don Williams
1009
Points
7Iowa State
0-0Actual: 7
Highest: 5 - 3 Voters
Lowest: 13 - Nathan Baird
1160
Points
8Texas A&M
0-0Actual: 6
Highest: 3 - 2 Voters
Lowest: 12 - 2 Voters
1223
Points
9Cincinnati
0-0Actual: 8
Highest: 5 - 2 Voters
Lowest: 22 - Nathan Baird
1014
Points
10North Carolina
0-0Actual: 10
Highest: 5 - Jon Wilner
Lowest: 18 - Kirk Bohls
999
Points
11Wisconsin
0-0Actual: 12
Highest: 6 - James Kratch
Lowest: NR - Kirk Bohls
743
Points
12Oregon
0-0Actual: 11
Highest: 6 - 4 Voters
Lowest: 21 - Sam McKewon
968
Points
13Miami (FL)
0-0Actual: 14
Highest: 7 - Nathan Baird
Lowest: NR - 2 Voters
663
Points
14Indiana
0-0Actual: 17
Highest: 10 - 3 Voters
Lowest: NR - 2 Voters
549
Points
15Florida
0-0Actual: 13
Highest: 7 - Garland Gillen
Lowest: NR - 4 Voters
728
Points
16Iowa
0-0Actual: 18
Highest: 10 - 2 Voters
Lowest: NR - 2 Voters
513
Points
17LSU
0-0Actual: 16
Highest: 8 - Jonas Pope
Lowest: 25 - Jon Wilner
631
Points
18Penn State
0-0Actual: 19
Highest: 8 - Brett McMurphy
Lowest: NR - 2 Voters
456
Points
19Ole Miss
0-0Actual: 27
Highest: 17 - 2 Voters
Lowest: NR - 32 Voters
106
Points

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20USC
0-0Actual: 15
Highest: 8 - Kirk Bohls
Lowest: 23 - 2 Voters
660
Points
21Texas
0-0Actual: 21
Highest: 13 - Brett McMurphy
Lowest: NR - 8 Voters
350
Points

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22Liberty
0-0Actual: 29
Highest: 16 - Sam McKewon
Lowest: NR - 51 Voters
36
Points
23Washington
0-0Actual: 20
Highest: 6 - 2 Voters
Lowest: NR - Garland Gillen
449
Points
24Louisiana-Lafayette
0-0Actual: 23
Highest: 12 - 2 Voters
Lowest: NR - 17 Voters
208
Points
25Coastal Carolina
0-0Actual: 22
Highest: 10 - James Kratch
Lowest: NR - 11 Voters
232
Points