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NEW ESPN POWER RANKINGS ARE OUT

It’s getting close now.

We have just 40 days (give or take) until the college football season finally kicks off. This last week of July ends the downtime we have as fans, because as soon as August hit – and the players hit fall camp – it is football all the way until the New Year.

Noticing how close we are to the days where we can all forget about baseball and concentrate on a better sport again, ESPN has updated its college football power rankings. Whether this is a crucial step to staying up to date or a way to stay relevant as very soon the Coaches and AP Polls will be out is up for debate.

It does give us something to talk about though. Here is the list (projected win/loss records from the FPI included):

  1. Ohio State (11.9 – 0.9)
    2. Alabama (10.7 – 1.9)
    3. FSU (10.2 – 2.4)
    4. Oklahoma (10.8 – 2.1)
    5. Auburn (9.6 – 2.7)
    6. Clemson (9.5 – 2.8)
    7. Washington (10.2 – 2.3)
    8. Penn State (9.8 – 2.3)
    9. Wisconsin (10.7 – 2.2)
    10. LSU (8.4 – 3.6)
    11. Stanford (9.1 – 3.2)
    12. USC (9.3 – 3.4)
    13. Georgia (8.4 – 4.0)
    14. Florida (7.9 – 4.4)

    15. Miami (9.2 – 3.3)
    16. Michigan (8.4 – 3.6)
    17. Louisville (8.6 – 3.5)
    18. TCU (8.7 – 3.7)
    19. Tennessee (8.0 – 4.2)
    20. Notre Dame (8.0 – 4.0)
    21. Oregon (8.4 – 3.7)
    22. NC State (7.7 – 4.3)
    23. UCLA (7.6 – 4.6)
    24. Washington State (8.1 – 4.0)
    25. Texas (7.5 – 4.7)

NOTES:

  • The SEC places six teams in the top 25 as we close in on the season. The expected three teams from each division make up that total.
  • It still appears that no one knows how to separate Florida and Georgia as we near the season’s beginning.
  • There is a decent sized gap between Oklahoma at four and Auburn at five, but that gap is narrowing.
  • Other Power 5 conferences: ACC (5), Big Ten (4), Big 12 (3), Pac-12 (6).
  • Also Notre Dame.
  • The Pac-12 may have equaled the SEC in school numbers, but three of those are in the 21-25 range.
  • Dropping on the list we find the lowest ranked SEC school is Vanderbilt at 46.

 

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