Steve WisemanThe Herald-Sun (Durham, NC)
About: Steve Wiseman, the Duke beat writer for the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun, has written about sports for daily newspapers since graduating from Illinois State University in 1989. He has covered ACC and SEC sports beats, as well as the NFL's Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. He also spent two years covering the South Carolina General Assembly. Prior to coming to Durham, he worked for the Columbia (S.C.) State, Biloxi (Miss.) Sun-Herald, Spartanburg (S.C.) Herald-Journal, Charlotte Observer and Hickory (NC) Daily Record.


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Aug 24, 2020Pre-Season Rankings for Steve Wiseman
1Clemson (38)
14-1Actual: 1
Highest: 1 - 38 Voters
Lowest: 4 - Dylan Sinn
1520
Points
2Ohio State (21)
13-1Actual: 2
Highest: 1 - 21 Voters
Lowest: 3 - 5 Voters
1504
Points
3Alabama (2)
11-2Actual: 3
Highest: 1 - 2 Voters
Lowest: 6 - Sam McKewon
1422
Points
4Georgia
12-2Actual: 4
Highest: 3 - 3 Voters
Lowest: 11 - Brian Howell
1270
Points
5LSU (1)
15-0Actual: 6
Highest: 1 - Dylan Sinn
Lowest: 15 - Jon Wilner
1186
Points
6Oregon
12-2Actual: 9
Highest: 4 - 3 Voters
Lowest: 14 - Jon Wilner
1119
Points
7Penn State
11-2Actual: 7
Highest: 4 - 5 Voters
Lowest: NR - Michael Vega
1147
Points
8Florida
11-2Actual: 8
Highest: 4 - 2 Voters
Lowest: 15 - Sam McKewon
1125
Points
9Oklahoma
12-2Actual: 5
Highest: 4 - 20 Voters
Lowest: 11 - Colten Bartholomew
1269
Points
10Notre Dame
11-2Actual: 10
Highest: 6 - 3 Voters
Lowest: 16 - Pete Martini
995
Points
11Wisconsin
10-4Actual: 12
Highest: 5 - Jon Wilner
Lowest: 18 - 2 Voters
840
Points
12Auburn
9-4Actual: 11
Highest: 4 - Eric Hansen
Lowest: 25 - Sam McKewon
852
Points

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13Minnesota
11-2Actual: 19
Highest: 10 - Bob Asmussen
Lowest: NR - 7 Voters
451
Points
14Michigan
9-4Actual: 16
Highest: 12 - 3 Voters
Lowest: NR - Robert Cessna
611
Points
15Texas
8-5Actual: 14
Highest: 10 - 4 Voters
Lowest: NR - Sam McKewon
703
Points
16North Carolina
7-6Actual: 18
Highest: 12 - 3 Voters
Lowest: NR - Adam Grosbard
496
Points
17Oklahoma State
8-5Actual: 15
Highest: 9 - Conor O'Neill
Lowest: 23 - Adam Zucker
672
Points

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18Texas A&M
0-0Actual: 13
Highest: 4 - Rece Davis
Lowest: NR - Colten Bartholomew
764
Points
19Utah
11-3Actual: 22
Highest: 15 - Dylan Sinn
Lowest: NR - 22 Voters
211
Points
20USC
8-5Actual: 17
Highest: 8 - Sam McKewon
Lowest: NR - 4 Voters
534
Points
21Iowa
10-3Actual: 24
Highest: 18 - Adam Grosbard
Lowest: NR - 25 Voters
134
Points
22UCF
10-3Actual: 21
Highest: 17 - 3 Voters
Lowest: NR - 15 Voters
229
Points
23Iowa State
7-6Actual: 23
Highest: 15 - Brett McMurphy
Lowest: NR - 16 Voters
199
Points
24Cincinnati
11-3Actual: 20
Highest: 15 - 2 Voters
Lowest: NR - 14 Voters
234
Points
25Virginia Tech
8-5Actual: 27
Highest: 17 - Parrish Alford
Lowest: NR - 35 Voters
85
Points