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College Football Preview

(last updated on 8/1/2011)
Last Updated: 9/7/2011 2:43 PM ET

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The Predictalator has already played the 2011 college football regular and bowl seasons 50,000 times before the games are actually played.

Below, we explain How This Works and break down every Division I college football FBS team. In each team's preview, the "Most Important Offensive Players" and "Most Important Defensive Players" are those that are most critical to their team's success. "Breakout Players" are those with tremendous ability who have shown flashes of greatness and who should now shine with increased playing time and experience. And, lastly, O/U win total lines represent the current consensus lines. View and analyze all Over/Under Win Total Picks.

See: How This Works, Bowl Summary and Conference Previews: ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, C-USA, Independents, MAC, MWC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt, WAC,

How This Works
Just as the Predictalator plays any individual game 50,000 before it's actually played, it can also play entire seasons 50,000 times before their actually played. That is what we have done for the 2011 college football (FBS) season. The actual regular season and bowl schedules have been played 50,000 times, allowing us to compute likely records, expected bowl matchups and power rankings.

Using the Predictalator is not as much of a concern to us as making sure that we have the best possible inputs for players' statistics, progression over time and age, roles, health and playing time as well as teams' coaching styles and weather.

In general, we apply strength-of-schedule-adjusted, relevant statistics from the player's most recent 24 collegiate games (approximately 2 seasons of data, weighted more heavily on the last 12 games) to a fairly traditional player development curve that considers class and previous playing time. Not only does this curve help to set average inputs, it combines health history to dictate the variance ("boom or bust" potential) of a player's inputs.

Playing time is more art than a science. We have done our best to estimate playing time for all players who are expected to see significant starting time in 2011. That being said, some playing time gaps have been filled in by our best approximations of average bench and role players on teams.

After all of the math and analysis is conducted, we import each team's schedule and play the EVERY game 50,000 times..

Season Summary
Bowl matchups below reflect our best projection based on the results from our predicted season. Rankings noted next to each team are the teams' Power Rankings. The score is the result of playing that specific matchup 50,000 times.

Alabama wins its second championship in the last three seasons - and the SEC's sixth straight BCS title - by topping Oklahoma in the BCS Championship 56.5% of the time and by a score of 27.6 - 23.1. Despite losing ultra-efficient quarterback Greg McElroy and receiving threat Julio Jones, Alabama is stacked. The Crimson Tide appears to have the best offensive line, running back and defense in the nation. I may be able to play quarterback for that team and still make a run at an SEC title.

In other BCS Bowls, the inaugural Big Ten Championship game winner, Wisconsin falls to new Pac-12 champion Oregon in a Rose Bowl shootout 41-31. Boise State, led by Kellen Moore, carries the flag of the BCS non-AQ schools into the Sugar Bowl where the Broncos take out SEC runner-up South Carolina 27-25. ACC winner Florida State shuts down Big East champion West Virginia 23-14 in the Orange Bowl. And Big 12 runner-up Texas A&M spoils Brian Kelly and Notre Dame's return to a BCS game with a 31-26 victory. Perennial BCS Bowl contender LSU and offensive power house Oklahoma State may not make BCS Bowls despite being top ten teams (two teams from the SEC and Big 12 are already in), but the Tigers and Cowboys turn the Cotton Bowl into the next best matchup, one that LSU wins 37-30. Stumbling from last year's ranks, defending champion Auburn faces Houston in the Liberty Bowl, while TCU makes the Las Vegas Bowl against Cal. And finally, in an interesting re-match from last season's Sugar Bowl, Ohio State and Arkansas lose their starting quarterbacks, yet improve over the season to ultimately meet up in the Outback Bowl. Results for every bowl game are shown below the conference recaps.

See: How This Works, Bowl Summary and Conference Previews: ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, C-USA, Independents, MAC, MWC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt, WAC,

ACC Preview

Florida State Seminoles
Power Rank: 8
Offensive Rank:
27
Defensive Rank:
5
Projected Regular Season Record:
9.7 - 2.3
Conference Standing:
1
Projected Bowl:
Orange
Biggest Strength: Defensive Line
Greatest Weakness: Pass Game
Most Important Offensive Player: E. J. Manuel, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Greg Reid, CB/PR
Breakout Candidate: Willie Haulstead, WR
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 50.5%

Virginia Tech Hokies
Power Rank: 19
Offensive Rank:
25
Defensive Rank:
23
Projected Regular Season Record:
9.3 - 2.7
Conference Standing:
2
Projected Bowl:
Chick-fil-A
Biggest Strength: Weak Schedule
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Line
Most Important Offensive Player: Logan Thomas, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Antone Exum, S
Breakout Candidate: David Wilson, RB
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 53.6%

Miami (FL) Hurricanes
Power Rank: 15
Offensive Rank:
21
Defensive Rank:
21
Projected Regular Season Record:
8.6 - 3.4
Conference Standing:
3
Projected Bowl:
Champs Sports
Biggest Strength: Pass Defense
Greatest Weakness: Turnovers
Most Important Offensive Player: Lamar Miller, RB
Most Important Defensive Player: Ray-Ray Armstrong, S
Breakout Candidate: Seantrel Henderson, OT
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 55.6%

North Carolina State Wolfpack
Power Rank: 51
Offensive Rank:
71
Defensive Rank:
17
Projected Regular Season Record:
7.3 - 4.7
Conference Standing:
4
Projected Bowl:
Belk
Biggest Strength: Defensive Back 7
Greatest Weakness: Pass Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Mike Glennon, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: J.R. Sweezy, DT
Breakout Candidate: Mike Glennon, QB
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Boston College Eagles
Power Rank: 39
Offensive Rank:
102
Defensive Rank:
4
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.5 - 5.5
Conference Standing:
5
Projected Bowl:
Music City
Biggest Strength: Rush Defense
Greatest Weakness: Scoring Points
Most Important Offensive Player: John Wetzel, OT
Most Important Defensive Player: Luke Kuechly, LB
Breakout Candidate: Dillon Quinn, DT
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Maryland Terrapins
Power Rank: 53
Offensive Rank:
69
Defensive Rank:
58
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.2 - 5.8
Conference Standing:
6
Projected Bowl:
Independence
Biggest Strength: Offensive Line
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Secondary
Most Important Offensive Player: Davin Meggett, RB
Most Important Defensive Player: Titus Till, S
Breakout Candidate: Adrian Coxson, WR
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Clemson Tigers
Power Rank: 36
Offensive Rank:
55
Defensive Rank:
25
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.1 - 4.9
Conference Standing:
7
Projected Bowl:
Sun
Biggest Strength: Rush Offense
Greatest Weakness: Pass Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Tajh Boyd, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Jonathan Meeks, S
Breakout Candidate: Malliciah Goodman, DL
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 56.3%

North Carolina Tar Heels
Power Rank: 48
Offensive Rank:
58
Defensive Rank:
38
Projected Regular Season Record:
5.9 - 6.1
Conference Standing:
8
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Defensive Line
Greatest Weakness: Coaching Situation
Most Important Offensive Player: Bryn Renner, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Jabari Price, CB
Breakout Candidate: Jheranie Boyd, WR
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 59.2%

Virginia Cavaliers
Power Rank: 64
Offensive Rank:
56
Defensive Rank:
73
Projected Regular Season Record:
5.8 - 6.2
Conference Standing:
9
Projected Bowl:
Military
Biggest Strength: Experience (Especially On D)
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience At QB
Most Important Offensive Player: Morgan Moses, OT
Most Important Defensive Player: Chase Minnifield, CB
Breakout Candidate: Perry Jones, RB
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Power Rank: 60
Offensive Rank:
81
Defensive Rank:
45
Projected Regular Season Record:
5.7 - 6.3
Conference Standing:
10
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Rush Offense
Greatest Weakness: Pass Game
Most Important Offensive Player: Tanner Price, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Kyle Wilber, LB
Breakout Candidate: Scott Betros, LB
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 53.2%

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Power Rank: 72
Offensive Rank:
70
Defensive Rank:
67
Projected Regular Season Record:
5.7 - 6.3
Conference Standing:
11
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Defensive Front 7
Greatest Weakness: Turnovers
Most Important Offensive Player: Jay Finch, C
Most Important Defensive Player: Ryan Ayers, CB
Breakout Candidate: Orwin Smith, RB
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Duke Blue Devils
Power Rank: 74
Offensive Rank:
34
Defensive Rank:
91
Projected Regular Season Record:
4.3 - 7.7
Conference Standing:
12
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Experience In Pass Game
Greatest Weakness: Rush Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: Conner Vernon, WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Austin Campbell, Devil
Breakout Candidate: Desmond Scott, RB
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

See: How This Works, Bowl Summary and Conference Previews: ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, C-USA, Independents, MAC, MWC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt, WAC,

Big 12 Preview

Oklahoma Sooners
Power Rank: 2
Offensive Rank:
1
Defensive Rank:
18
Projected Regular Season Record:
10.5 - 1.5
Conference Standing:
1
Projected Bowl:
BCS Championship
Biggest Strength: Scoring Points
Greatest Weakness: Rush Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: Ryan Broyles, WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Tom Wort, LB
Breakout Candidate: Brandon Williams, RB
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 55.5%

Texas A&M Aggies
Power Rank: 6
Offensive Rank:
3
Defensive Rank:
31
Projected Regular Season Record:
9.8 - 2.2
Conference Standing:
2
Projected Bowl:
Fiesta
Biggest Strength: Balanced Offense
Greatest Weakness: Linebacker Experience
Most Important Offensive Player: Jeff Fuller, WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Damonte Moore, Joker
Breakout Candidate: Damonte Moore, Joker
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 60.5%

Oklahoma State Cowboys
Power Rank: 10
Offensive Rank:
4
Defensive Rank:
80
Projected Regular Season Record:
8.7 - 3.3
Conference Standing:
3
Projected Bowl:
Cotton
Biggest Strength: Pass Offense
Greatest Weakness: Allowing Points
Most Important Offensive Player: Levy Adcock, OT
Most Important Defensive Player: Caleb Lavey, LB
Breakout Candidate: Jamie Blatnick, DE
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 54.8%

Texas Longhorns
Power Rank: 26
Offensive Rank:
46
Defensive Rank:
12
Projected Regular Season Record:
7.2 - 4.8
Conference Standing:
4
Projected Bowl:
Alamo
Biggest Strength: Defensive Balance
Greatest Weakness: Mistakes
Most Important Offensive Player: Garrett Gilbert, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Jordan Hicks, LB
Breakout Candidate: Malcolm Brown, RB
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 56.3%

Missouri Tigers
Power Rank: 33
Offensive Rank:
30
Defensive Rank:
35
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.8 - 5.2
Conference Standing:
5
Projected Bowl:
Insight
Biggest Strength: Pressuring the Quarterback
Greatest Weakness: Rush Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: James Franklin, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Sheldon Richardson, DT
Breakout Candidate: Brad Madison, DE
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 54.0%

Baylor Bears
Power Rank: 38
Offensive Rank:
7
Defensive Rank:
108
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.6 - 5.4
Conference Standing:
6
Projected Bowl:
Holiday
Biggest Strength: Offensive Playmakers
Greatest Weakness: Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: Cyril Richardson, OT
Most Important Defensive Player: Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, DT
Breakout Candidate: Ahmad Dixon, CB
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 54.6%

Texas Tech Red Raiders
Power Rank: 58
Offensive Rank:
23
Defensive Rank:
96
Projected Regular Season Record:
5.3 - 6.7
Conference Standing:
7
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Offensive Line
Greatest Weakness: Pass Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: Seth Doege, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Tre' Porter, S
Breakout Candidate: Scott Smith, DE
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 60.5%

Kansas State Wildcats
Power Rank: 71
Offensive Rank:
78
Defensive Rank:
72
Projected Regular Season Record:
4.1 - 7.9
Conference Standing:
8
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Defensive Secondary
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience On Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Bryce Brown, RB
Most Important Defensive Player: Brandon Harold, DE
Breakout Candidate: Justin Tuggle, QB
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 57.5%

Iowa State Cyclones
Power Rank: 81
Offensive Rank:
103
Defensive Rank:
44
Projected Regular Season Record:
3.6 - 8.4
Conference Standing:
9
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Special Teams
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience
Most Important Offensive Player: Kelechi Osemele, OT
Most Important Defensive Player: Leonard Johnson, CB
Breakout Candidate: Stephen Ruempolhamer, DT
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover %: NA**

Kansas Jayhawks
Power Rank: 94
Offensive Rank:
64
Defensive Rank:
98
Projected Regular Season Record:
3.4 - 8.6
Conference Standing:
10
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Youth (Athleticism)
Greatest Weakness: Youth (Inexperience)
Most Important Offensive Player: James Sims, RB
Most Important Defensive Player: Toben Opurum, DE
Breakout Candidate: Bradley McDougald, S
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

See: How This Works, Bowl Summary and Conference Previews: ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, C-USA, Independents, MAC, MWC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt, WAC,

Big East Preview

West Virginia Mountaineers
Power Rank: 20
Offensive Rank:
35
Defensive Rank:
10
Projected Regular Season Record:
8.7 - 3.3
Conference Standing:
1
Projected Bowl:
Orange
Biggest Strength: Defensive Playmakers
Greatest Weakness: Coaching Situation
Most Important Offensive Player: Tavon Austin, WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Bruce Irvin, DE
Breakout Candidate: Tavon Austin, WR
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 50.7%

Pittsburgh Panthers
Power Rank: 32
Offensive Rank:
31
Defensive Rank:
36
Projected Regular Season Record:
8.3 - 3.7
Conference Standing:
2
Projected Bowl:
Champs Sports
Biggest Strength: Experience On Defense
Greatest Weakness: Coaching Transition
Most Important Offensive Player: Tino Sunseri, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Myles Caragein, DT
Breakout Candidate: Jared Holley, S
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Cincinnati Bearcats
Power Rank: 42
Offensive Rank:
40
Defensive Rank:
46
Projected Regular Season Record:
7.6 - 4.4
Conference Standing:
3
Projected Bowl:
Belk
Biggest Strength: Rush Defense
Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
Most Important Offensive Player: Sean Hooey, OT
Most Important Defensive Player: Derek Wolfe, DT
Breakout Candidate: Kenbrell Thompkins, WR
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

South Florida Bulls
Power Rank: 54
Offensive Rank:
92
Defensive Rank:
16
Projected Regular Season Record:
7.2 - 4.8
Conference Standing:
4
Projected Bowl:
Pinstripe
Biggest Strength: Pass Defense
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience
Most Important Offensive Player: B.J. Daniels, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Ryan Giddins, DE
Breakout Candidate: Darrell Scott, RB
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 56.1%

Connecticut Huskies
Power Rank: 65
Offensive Rank:
98
Defensive Rank:
29
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.6 - 5.4
Conference Standing:
5
Projected Bowl:
St. Petersburg
Biggest Strength: Balanced Defense
Greatest Weakness: Pass Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Michael Smith, WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Sio Moore, LB
Breakout Candidate: Dwayne Gratz, CB
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Syracuse Orange
Power Rank: 67
Offensive Rank:
90
Defensive Rank:
50
Projected Regular Season Record:
5.9 - 6.1
Conference Standing:
6
Projected Bowl:
BBVA Compass Bank
Biggest Strength: Experience On Offense
Greatest Weakness: Linebackers
Most Important Offensive Player: Justin Pugh, OT
Most Important Defensive Player: Marquis Sprull, LB
Breakout Candidate: Marcus Sales, WR
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 51.6%

Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Power Rank: 79
Offensive Rank:
74
Defensive Rank:
75
Projected Regular Season Record:
5.9 - 6.1
Conference Standing:
7
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Big Receivers
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Secondary
Most Important Offensive Player: Andre Civil, OT
Most Important Defensive Player: David Rowe, S
Breakout Candidate: Savon Huggins, RB
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Louisville Cardinals
Power Rank: 78
Offensive Rank:
94
Defensive Rank:
53
Projected Regular Season Record:
5.2 - 6.8
Conference Standing:
8
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Special Teams
Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
Most Important Offensive Player: Mario Benavides, C
Most Important Defensive Player: Preston Pace, CB
Breakout Candidate: Josh Chichester, TE
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

See: How This Works, Bowl Summary and Conference Previews: ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, C-USA, Independents, MAC, MWC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt, WAC,

Big Ten Preview

Wisconsin Badgers
Power Rank: 12
Offensive Rank:
22
Defensive Rank:
7
Projected Regular Season Record:
9.7 - 2.3
Conference Standing:
1
Projected Bowl:
Rose
Biggest Strength: Size/Physicality
Greatest Weakness: Health (Especially On Defense)
Most Important Offensive Player: Josh Ogelsby, OT
Most Important Defensive Player: Chris Borland, LB
Breakout Candidate: Jacob Pedersen, TE
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 54.8%

Nebraska Cornhuskers
Power Rank: 16
Offensive Rank:
45
Defensive Rank:
14
Projected Regular Season Record:
8.7 - 3.3
Conference Standing:
2
Projected Bowl:
Capital One
Biggest Strength: Pass Defense
Greatest Weakness: Pass Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Taylor Martinez, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Alfonzo Dennard, CB
Breakout Candidate: Courtney Osborne, S
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 57.2%

Ohio State Buckeyes
Power Rank: 18
Offensive Rank:
36
Defensive Rank:
6
Projected Regular Season Record:
8.1 - 3.9
Conference Standing:
3
Projected Bowl:
Outback
Biggest Strength: Elite Talent
Greatest Weakness: Program In Turmoil
Most Important Offensive Player: Braxton Miller, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Etienne Sabino, LB
Breakout Candidate: Jake Stoneburner, TE
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 53.4%

Northwestern Wildcats
Power Rank: 30
Offensive Rank:
12
Defensive Rank:
64
Projected Regular Season Record:
8.1 - 3.9
Conference Standing:
4
Projected Bowl:
Insight
Biggest Strength: Pass Offense
Greatest Weakness: Rush Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: Jeff Budzien, K
Most Important Defensive Player: David Nwabuisi, LB
Breakout Candidate: Vince Browne, DE
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Michigan Wolverines
Power Rank: 25
Offensive Rank:
16
Defensive Rank:
57
Projected Regular Season Record:
7.8 - 4.2
Conference Standing:
5
Projected Bowl:
Gator
Biggest Strength: Rush Offense
Greatest Weakness: Pass Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: Mark Huyge, OT
Most Important Defensive Player: Troy Woolfolk, CB
Breakout Candidate: Michael Shaw, RB
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 58.8%

Michigan State Spartans
Power Rank: 28
Offensive Rank:
28
Defensive Rank:
49
Projected Regular Season Record:
7.7 - 4.3
Conference Standing:
6
Projected Bowl:
Meineke Car Care
Biggest Strength: Balanced Offense
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Back 7
Most Important Offensive Player: Fou Fonoti, OT
Most Important Defensive Player: Max Bullough, LB
Breakout Candidate: William Gholston, DE
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 53.0%

Penn State Nittany Lions
Power Rank: 23
Offensive Rank:
47
Defensive Rank:
11
Projected Regular Season Record:
7.6 - 4.4
Conference Standing:
7
Projected Bowl:
TicketCity
Biggest Strength: Defensive Secondary
Greatest Weakness: Brutal Schedule
Most Important Offensive Player: Rob Bolden, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Michael Mauti, LB
Breakout Candidate: Silas Redd, RB
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 54.4%

Iowa Hawkeyes
Power Rank: 49
Offensive Rank:
53
Defensive Rank:
47
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.7 - 5.3
Conference Standing:
8
Projected Bowl:
Little Caesars
Biggest Strength: Offensive Line
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience
Most Important Offensive Player: James Vanderburg, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Micah Hyde, S
Breakout Candidate: Mike Daniels, DT
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 57.8%

Purdue Boilermakers
Power Rank: 57
Offensive Rank:
88
Defensive Rank:
34
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.4 - 5.6
Conference Standing:
9
Projected Bowl:
Pinstripe
Biggest Strength: Experience (Especially On D)
Greatest Weakness: Mediocre Talent Level
Most Important Offensive Player: Ralph Bolden, RB
Most Important Defensive Player: Gerald Gooden, DE
Breakout Candidate: Josh Johnson, CB
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Illinois Fighting Illini
Power Rank: 66
Offensive Rank:
62
Defensive Rank:
66
Projected Regular Season Record:
5.6 - 6.4
Conference Standing:
10
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Athleticism
Greatest Weakness: (Lack Of) Defensive Playmakers
Most Important Offensive Player: Nathan Scheelhasse, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Terry Hawthorne, CB
Breakout Candidate: Michael Buchanan, DE
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Minnesota Golden Gophers
Power Rank: 80
Offensive Rank:
77
Defensive Rank:
56
Projected Regular Season Record:
4.3 - 7.7
Conference Standing:
11
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Rush Offense
Greatest Weakness: Pass Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: Lamonte Edwards, RB
Most Important Defensive Player: Troy Stoudermire, CB/KR
Breakout Candidate: Marqueis Gray, QB
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Indiana Hoosiers
Power Rank: 96
Offensive Rank:
82
Defensive Rank:
79
Projected Regular Season Record:
4.1 - 7.9
Conference Standing:
12
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Coaching Transition
Greatest Weakness: Below Average Talent
Most Important Offensive Player: Andrew McDonald, OT
Most Important Defensive Player: Darius Johnson, DE
Breakout Candidate: Darius Willis, RB
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

See: How This Works, Bowl Summary and Conference Previews: ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, C-USA, Independents, MAC, MWC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt, WAC,

C-USA Preview

Houston Cougars
Power Rank: 46
Offensive Rank:
9
Defensive Rank:
89
Projected Regular Season Record:
8.5 - 3.5
Conference Standing:
1
Projected Bowl:
Liberty Bowl
Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Power Rank: 52
Offensive Rank:
29
Defensive Rank:
55
Projected Regular Season Record:
8.5 - 3.5
Conference Standing:
2
Projected Bowl:
St. Petersburg
Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Southern Methodist Mustangs
Power Rank: 31
Offensive Rank:
26
Defensive Rank:
33
Projected Regular Season Record:
8.3 - 3.7
Conference Standing:
3
Projected Bowl:
Armed Forces
Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

UCF Knights
Power Rank: 55
Offensive Rank:
61
Defensive Rank:
39
Projected Regular Season Record:
7.7 - 4.3
Conference Standing:
4
Projected Bowl:
TicketCity
Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Power Rank: 50
Offensive Rank:
10
Defensive Rank:
93
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.5 - 5.5
Conference Standing:
5
Projected Bowl:
New Orleans
Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Tulane Green Wave
Power Rank: 98
Offensive Rank:
84
Defensive Rank:
84
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.2 - 6.8
Conference Standing:
6
Projected Bowl:
Hawaii
Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

UAB Blazers
Power Rank: 90
Offensive Rank:
66
Defensive Rank:
99
Projected Regular Season Record:
4.9 - 7.1
Conference Standing:
7
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

East Carolina Pirates
Power Rank: 89
Offensive Rank:
42
Defensive Rank:
115
Projected Regular Season Record:
4.8 - 7.2
Conference Standing:
8
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Rice Owls
Power Rank: 86
Offensive Rank:
52
Defensive Rank:
106
Projected Regular Season Record:
4 - 8
Conference Standing:
9
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Marshall Thundering Herd
Power Rank: 101
Offensive Rank:
111
Defensive Rank:
82
Projected Regular Season Record:
3.9 - 8.1
Conference Standing:
10
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

UTEP Miners
Power Rank: 114
Offensive Rank:
117
Defensive Rank:
102
Projected Regular Season Record:
3.3 - 8.7
Conference Standing:
11
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Memphis Tigers
Power Rank: 120
Offensive Rank:
119
Defensive Rank:
117
Projected Regular Season Record:
2.9 - 9.1
Conference Standing:
12
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

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Independents Preview

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Power Rank: 11
Offensive Rank:
15
Defensive Rank:
9
Projected Regular Season Record:
8.7 - 3.3
Conference Standing:
N/A
Projected Bowl:
Fiesta
Biggest Strength: Balanced Defense
Greatest Weakness: Quarterback Uncertainty
Most Important Offensive Player: Michael Floyd, WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Prince Shembo, DE
Breakout Candidate: Louis Nix, DT
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 53.3%

Brigham Young Cougars
Power Rank: 24
Offensive Rank:
19
Defensive Rank:
32
Projected Regular Season Record:
8.4 - 3.6
Conference Standing:
N/A
Projected Bowl:
Armed Forces
Biggest Strength: Experience On Offense
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience On Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: Jake Heaps, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Uona Kaveinga, LB
Breakout Candidate: Hebron Fangupo, DT
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 52.8%

Navy Midshipmen
Power Rank: 75
Offensive Rank:
73
Defensive Rank:
77
Projected Regular Season Record:
5.7 - 6.3
Conference Standing:
N/A
Projected Bowl:
Military
Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Army Black Knights
Power Rank: 105
Offensive Rank:
105
Defensive Rank:
70
Projected Regular Season Record:
4.4 - 7.6
Conference Standing:
N/A
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

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MAC Preview

Northern Illinois Huskies
Power Rank: 77
Offensive Rank:
39
Defensive Rank:
100
Projected Regular Season Record:
7.4 - 4.6
Conference Standing:
1
Projected Bowl:
Little Caesars
Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Temple Owls
Power Rank: 82
Offensive Rank:
101
Defensive Rank:
61
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.9 - 5.1
Conference Standing:
2
Projected Bowl:
GoDaddy.com
Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Toledo Rockets
Power Rank: 70
Offensive Rank:
83
Defensive Rank:
74
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.8 - 5.2
Conference Standing:
3
Projected Bowl:
Famous Idaho Potato
Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Miami (OH) RedHawks
Power Rank: 73
Offensive Rank:
91
Defensive Rank:
43
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.8 - 5.2
Conference Standing:
4
Projected Bowl:
BBVA Compass
Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Central Michigan Chippewas
Power Rank: 91
Offensive Rank:
76
Defensive Rank:
87
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.5 - 5.5
Conference Standing:
5
Projected Bowl:
Poinsettia
Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Kent State Golden Flashes
Power Rank: 92
Offensive Rank:
110
Defensive Rank:
68
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.3 - 5.7
Conference Standing:
6
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Buffalo Bulls
Power Rank: 102
Offensive Rank:
116
Defensive Rank:
63
Projected Regular Season Record:
6 - 6
Conference Standing:
7
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Ohio Bobcats
Power Rank: 112
Offensive Rank:
114
Defensive Rank:
110
Projected Regular Season Record:
5.1 - 6.9
Conference Standing:
8
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Western Michigan Broncos
Power Rank: 106
Offensive Rank:
89
Defensive Rank:
114
Projected Regular Season Record:
5 - 7
Conference Standing:
9
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Bowling Green Falcons
Power Rank: 111
Offensive Rank:
113
Defensive Rank:
105
Projected Regular Season Record:
4.3 - 7.7
Conference Standing:
10
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Eastern Michigan Eagles
Power Rank: 118
Offensive Rank:
108
Defensive Rank:
119
Projected Regular Season Record:
4 - 8
Conference Standing:
11
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Ball State Cardinals
Power Rank: 109
Offensive Rank:
109
Defensive Rank:
107
Projected Regular Season Record:
3.6 - 8.4
Conference Standing:
12
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Akron Zips
Power Rank: 119
Offensive Rank:
120
Defensive Rank:
112
Projected Regular Season Record:
3.4 - 8.6
Conference Standing:
13
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

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MWC Preview

Boise State Broncos
Power Rank: 4
Offensive Rank:
6
Defensive Rank:
8
Projected Regular Season Record:
10.5 - 1.5
Conference Standing:
1
Projected Bowl:
Sugar
Biggest Strength: Balanced Offense
Greatest Weakness: Special Teams
Most Important Offensive Player: Tyler Shoemaker, WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Jamar Taylor, CB
Breakout Candidate: Chris Potter, WR
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 50.3%

TCU Horned Frogs
Power Rank: 21
Offensive Rank:
41
Defensive Rank:
3
Projected Regular Season Record:
8.6 - 3.4
Conference Standing:
2
Projected Bowl:
Las Vegas
Biggest Strength: Balanced Defense
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience (Especially On O)
Most Important Offensive Player: Casey Pachall, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Stansly Maponga, DE
Breakout Candidate: Josh Boyce, WR
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 51.8%

Air Force Falcons
Power Rank: 34
Offensive Rank:
37
Defensive Rank:
28
Projected Regular Season Record:
8.6 - 3.4
Conference Standing:
3
Projected Bowl:
Independence
Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

San Diego State Aztecs
Power Rank: 35
Offensive Rank:
32
Defensive Rank:
40
Projected Regular Season Record:
8.5 - 3.5
Conference Standing:
4
Projected Bowl:
Poinsettia
Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Colorado State Rams
Power Rank: 87
Offensive Rank:
87
Defensive Rank:
76
Projected Regular Season Record:
5.7 - 6.3
Conference Standing:
5
Projected Bowl:
New Mexico
Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Wyoming Cowboys
Power Rank: 99
Offensive Rank:
106
Defensive Rank:
78
Projected Regular Season Record:
5.3 - 6.7
Conference Standing:
6
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

New Mexico Lobos
Power Rank: 113
Offensive Rank:
115
Defensive Rank:
97
Projected Regular Season Record:
3.1 - 8.9
Conference Standing:
7
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

UNLV Rebels
Power Rank: 110
Offensive Rank:
112
Defensive Rank:
95
Projected Regular Season Record:
2.7 - 9.3
Conference Standing:
8
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Special Teams
Greatest Weakness: Everything Else
Most Important Offensive Player: Sean Reilly, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Chase Lansford, P/K
Breakout Candidate: Princeton Jackson, LB
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 56.0%

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Pac-12 Preview

Oregon Ducks
Power Rank: 3
Offensive Rank:
2
Defensive Rank:
37
Projected Regular Season Record:
10.2 - 1.8
Conference Standing:
1
Projected Bowl:
Rose
Biggest Strength: Team Speed
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience (Especially On Lines)
Most Important Offensive Player: Karrington Armstrong, C
Most Important Defensive Player: Cliff Harris, CB/PR
Breakout Candidate: David Paulson, TE
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 56.3%

Stanford Cardinal
Power Rank: 9
Offensive Rank:
8
Defensive Rank:
15
Projected Regular Season Record:
9.7 - 2.3
Conference Standing:
2
Projected Bowl:
Alamo
Biggest Strength: Balanced Offense
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience (Especially On Lines)
Most Important Offensive Player: Jonathan Martin, OT
Most Important Defensive Player: Chase Thomas, LB
Breakout Candidate: Delano Howell, S
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 57.9%

Arizona State Sun Devils
Power Rank: 17
Offensive Rank:
13
Defensive Rank:
41
Projected Regular Season Record:
8.3 - 3.7
Conference Standing:
3
Projected Bowl:
Holiday
Biggest Strength: Rush Defense
Greatest Weakness: Special Teams
Most Important Offensive Player: Brock Osweiler, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Clint Floyd, S
Breakout Candidate: Brock Osweiler, QB
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 55.6%

USC Trojans
Power Rank: 22
Offensive Rank:
18
Defensive Rank:
48
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.9 - 5.1
Conference Standing:
4
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Offensive Playmakers
Greatest Weakness: Pass Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: Kevin Graf OT/OG
Most Important Defensive Player: Chris Galippo, LB
Breakout Candidate: Dillon Baxter, RB
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 54.1%

Utah Utes
Power Rank: 40
Offensive Rank:
68
Defensive Rank:
27
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.5 - 5.5
Conference Standing:
5
Projected Bowl:
Sun
Biggest Strength: Linebackers
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Secondary
Most Important Offensive Player: Jordan Wynn, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Keith McGill, S
Breakout Candidate: Ryan Lacy, CB/KR
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 57.3%

California Golden Bears
Power Rank: 44
Offensive Rank:
79
Defensive Rank:
24
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.1 - 5.9
Conference Standing:
6
Projected Bowl:
Las Vegas
Biggest Strength: Pass Defense
Greatest Weakness: Pass Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Zach Maynard, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: D.J. Holt, LB
Breakout Candidate: Isi Sofele, RB
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Arizona Wildcats
Power Rank: 41
Offensive Rank:
33
Defensive Rank:
54
Projected Regular Season Record:
5.9 - 6.1
Conference Standing:
7
Projected Bowl:
Kraft Fight Hunger
Biggest Strength: Downfield Passing Offense
Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
Most Important Offensive Player: Kyle Quinn, C
Most Important Defensive Player: Robert Golden, S
Breakout Candidate: Justin Washington, DE
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 53.6%

Oregon State Beavers
Power Rank: 43
Offensive Rank:
38
Defensive Rank:
60
Projected Regular Season Record:
5.7 - 6.3
Conference Standing:
8
Projected Bowl:
Meineke Car Care
Biggest Strength: Experience On Offense
Greatest Weakness: (Lack Of) Defensive Playmakers
Most Important Offensive Player: Jovan Stevenson, RB
Most Important Defensive Player: Dominic Glover, DE
Breakout Candidate: Michael Doctor, LB
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 55.7%

Washington Huskies
Power Rank: 56
Offensive Rank:
59
Defensive Rank:
52
Projected Regular Season Record:
5.3 - 6.7
Conference Standing:
9
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Defensive Line
Greatest Weakness: Pass Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Keith Price, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Cort Dennison, LB
Breakout Candidate: Josh Shirley, DE
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Washington State Cougars
Power Rank: 68
Offensive Rank:
48
Defensive Rank:
83
Projected Regular Season Record:
4.7 - 7.3
Conference Standing:
10
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Pass Offense
Greatest Weakness: Mediocre Talent Level
Most Important Offensive Player: Rickey Galvin, RB
Most Important Defensive Player: Travis Long, DE
Breakout Candidate: Sekope Kaufusi, LB
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

UCLA Bruins
Power Rank: 61
Offensive Rank:
67
Defensive Rank:
62
Projected Regular Season Record:
4.3 - 7.7
Conference Standing:
11
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Rush Offense
Greatest Weakness: Quarterback Play
Most Important Offensive Player: Jonathan Franklin, RB
Most Important Defensive Player: Dalton Hilliard, S
Breakout Candidate: Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 60.3%

Colorado Buffaloes
Power Rank: 62
Offensive Rank:
43
Defensive Rank:
81
Projected Regular Season Record:
4.2 - 8.8
Conference Standing:
12
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Experience (Especially On O)
Greatest Weakness: Brutal Schedule
Most Important Offensive Player: David Bakhtiari, OT
Most Important Defensive Player: Jon Major, LB
Breakout Candidate: Ray Polk, S
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

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SEC Preview

Alabama Crimson Tide
Power Rank: 1
Offensive Rank:
5
Defensive Rank:
1
Projected Regular Season Record:
11.5 - 0.5
Conference Standing:
1
Projected Bowl:
BCS Championship
Biggest Strength: Everything Except
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience In Pass Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: A.J. McCarron, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Josh Chapman, DT
Breakout Candidate: Duron Carter, WR
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 60.6%

South Carolina Gamecocks
Power Rank: 7
Offensive Rank:
14
Defensive Rank:
13
Projected Regular Season Record:
9.9 - 2.1
Conference Standing:
2
Projected Bowl:
Sugar
Biggest Strength: Playmakers
Greatest Weakness: Special Teams
Most Important Offensive Player: Alshon Jeffery, WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Shaq Wilson, LB
Breakout Candidate: Jadevon Clowney, DE
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 60.1%

LSU Tigers
Power Rank: 5
Offensive Rank:
17
Defensive Rank:
2
Projected Regular Season Record:
9.3 - 2.7
Conference Standing:
3
Projected Bowl:
Cotton
Biggest Strength: Elite Talent
Greatest Weakness: Quarterback Play
Most Important Offensive Player: Jordan Jefferson, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Tyran Mathieu, CB/PR
Breakout Candidate: Spencer Ware, RB
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 51.2%

Arkansas Razorbacks
Power Rank: 13
Offensive Rank:
11
Defensive Rank:
26
Projected Regular Season Record:
8.2 - 3.8
Conference Standing:
4
Projected Bowl:
Outback
Biggest Strength: Offensive Playmakers
Greatest Weakness: Pass Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: Grant Freeman, OT
Most Important Defensive Player: Tramain Thomas, S
Breakout Candidate: Chris Gragg, TE
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 50.9%

Mississippi State Bulldogs
Power Rank: 14
Offensive Rank:
20
Defensive Rank:
20
Projected Regular Season Record:
7.9 - 4.1
Conference Standing:
5
Projected Bowl:
Capital One
Biggest Strength: Experience/Balance
Greatest Weakness: Linebackers
Most Important Offensive Player: James Carmon, OT
Most Important Defensive Player: Brandon Maye, LB
Breakout Candidate: Jonathan Banks, CB
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 55.4%

Georgia Bulldogs
Power Rank: 29
Offensive Rank:
44
Defensive Rank:
19
Projected Regular Season Record:
7.8 - 4.2
Conference Standing:
6
Projected Bowl:
Chick-fil-A
Biggest Strength: Special Teams
Greatest Weakness: Health/Depth/Off-field
Most Important Offensive Player: Isaiah Crowell, RB
Most Important Defensive Player: Bacarri Rambo, S
Breakout Candidate: Isaiah Crowell, RB
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 54.1%

Kentucky Wildcats
Power Rank: 45
Offensive Rank:
51
Defensive Rank:
30
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.8 - 5.2
Conference Standing:
7
Projected Bowl:
Gator
Biggest Strength: Defensive Experience
Greatest Weakness: (Lack Of) Offensive Playmakers
Most Important Offensive Player: Morgan Newtown, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Mister Cobble, DT
Breakout Candidate: Randall Burdenn, CB
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 59.7%

Auburn Tigers
Power Rank: 27
Offensive Rank:
24
Defensive Rank:
59
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.5 - 5.5
Conference Standing:
8
Projected Bowl:
Liberty
Biggest Strength: Rush Offense
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience
Most Important Offensive Player: A.J. Greene, OT
Most Important Defensive Player: T'Sharvan Bell, CB
Breakout Candidate: Nosa Eguae, DE
O/U Pick: Over
Cover%: 53.3%

Florida Gators
Power Rank: 37
Offensive Rank:
63
Defensive Rank:
22
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.1 - 5.9
Conference Standing:
9
Projected Bowl:
Kraft Fight Hunger
Biggest Strength: Elite Talent
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience
Most Important Offensive Player: Charlie Weis, OC
Most Important Defensive Player: Ronald Powell, Buck
Breakout Candidate: Ronald Powell, Buck
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 58.1%

Tennessee Volunteers
Power Rank: 47
Offensive Rank:
54
Defensive Rank:
42
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.1 - 5.9
Conference Standing:
10
Projected Bowl:
Music City
Biggest Strength: Secondary
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Front 7
Most Important Offensive Player: Tyler Bray, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: John Propst, LB
Breakout Candidate: Dallas Thomas, OT
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 53.5%

Vanderbilt Commodores
Power Rank: 69
Offensive Rank:
80
Defensive Rank:
69
Projected Regular Season Record:
4.7 - 7.3
Conference Standing:
11
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Experience (Especially on O)
Greatest Weakness: Mediocre Talent Level
Most Important Offensive Player: Warren Norman, RB
Most Important Defensive Player: Casey Hayward, CB
Breakout Candidate: Jordan Rodgers, QB
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Mississippi Rebels
Power Rank: 76
Offensive Rank:
50
Defensive Rank:
86
Projected Regular Season Record:
3.8 - 8.2
Conference Standing:
12
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: Rush Offense
Greatest Weakness: Allowing Points
Most Important Offensive Player: Randall Mackey, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Damien Jackson, S
Breakout Candidate: Melvin Harris, WR
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

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Sun Belt Preview

FIU Golden Panthers
Power Rank: 84
Offensive Rank:
85
Defensive Rank:
85
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.9 - 5.1
Conference Standing:
1
Projected Bowl:
New Orleans
Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Arkansas State Red Wolves
Power Rank: 100
Offensive Rank:
75
Defensive Rank:
111
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.4 - 5.6
Conference Standing:
2
Projected Bowl:
GoDaddy.com
Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Troy Trojans
Power Rank: 85
Offensive Rank:
57
Defensive Rank:
104
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.1 - 5.9
Conference Standing:
3
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
Power Rank: 93
Offensive Rank:
86
Defensive Rank:
92
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.1 - 5.9
Conference Standing:
4
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Power Rank: 103
Offensive Rank:
95
Defensive Rank:
94
Projected Regular Season Record:
5.4 - 6.6
Conference Standing:
5
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
Power Rank: 108
Offensive Rank:
97
Defensive Rank:
109
Projected Regular Season Record:
4.9 - 7.1
Conference Standing:
6
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

North Texas Mean Green
Power Rank: 115
Offensive Rank:
104
Defensive Rank:
116
Projected Regular Season Record:
3.5 - 8.5
Conference Standing:
7
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Power Rank: 116
Offensive Rank:
107
Defensive Rank:
120
Projected Regular Season Record:
3.5 - 8.5
Conference Standing:
8
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Florida Atlantic Owls
Power Rank: 117
Offensive Rank:
118
Defensive Rank:
118
Projected Regular Season Record:
2.9 - 9.1
Conference Standing:
9
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

See: How This Works, Bowl Summary and Conference Previews: ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, C-USA, Independents, MAC, MWC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt, WAC,

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Hawaii Warriors
Power Rank: 63
Offensive Rank:
65
Defensive Rank:
65
Projected Regular Season Record:
8.3 - 4.7
Conference Standing:
1
Projected Bowl:
Hawaii
Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Nevada Wolf Pack
Power Rank: 59
Offensive Rank:
49
Defensive Rank:
51
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.8 - 5.2
Conference Standing:
2
Projected Bowl:
Humanitarian
Biggest Strength: Scheme/Coaching
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience
Most Important Offensive Player: Tyler Lantrip, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Isaiah Frey, CB
Breakout Candidate: Mike Ball, RB
O/U Pick: Under
Cover%: 57.1%

Utah State Aggies
Power Rank: 83
Offensive Rank:
72
Defensive Rank:
90
Projected Regular Season Record:
6.1 - 5.9
Conference Standing:
3
Projected Bowl:
New Mexico
Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Fresno State Bulldogs
Power Rank: 88
Offensive Rank:
96
Defensive Rank:
71
Projected Regular Season Record:
5.3 - 7.7
Conference Standing:
4
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Power Rank: 95
Offensive Rank:
60
Defensive Rank:
113
Projected Regular Season Record:
5 - 7
Conference Standing:
5
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

Idaho Vandals
Power Rank: 104
Offensive Rank:
93
Defensive Rank:
103
Projected Regular Season Record:
4.7 - 7.3
Conference Standing:
6
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

San Jose State Spartans
Power Rank: 97
Offensive Rank:
100
Defensive Rank:
88
Projected Regular Season Record:
4.1 - 7.9
Conference Standing:
7
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

New Mexico State Aggies
Power Rank: 107
Offensive Rank:
99
Defensive Rank:
101
Projected Regular Season Record:
4 - 9
Conference Standing:
8
Projected Bowl:

Biggest Strength: N/A*
Greatest Weakness: N/A*
Most Important Offensive Player: N/A*
Most Important Defensive Player: N/A*
Breakout Candidate: N/A*
O/U Pick: NA**
Cover%: NA**

* - Only BCS-AQ and teams for which there are posted O/U win total lines have complete breakdowns.

** - No line available for this team at this time.

See: How This Works, Bowl Summary and Conference Previews: ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, C-USA, Independents, MAC, MWC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt, WAC,

Bowl Summary

Conference Championship Results

Date Conference Matchup Result
Dec. 2 MAC #77 Northern Illinois 29 - #82 Temple 26
Dec. 3 SEC #1 Alabama 24 - #7 South Carolina 14
Dec. 3 Big Ten #12 Wisconsin 23 - #16 Nebraska 21
Dec. 3 ACC #8 Florida State 23 - #19 Virginia Tech 20
Dec. 3 Pac-12 #3 Oregon 35 - #17 Arizona State 21
Dec. 3 C-USA #46 Houston 40 - #52 Southern Miss 37
Date Bowl Matchup Result
Dec. 17 New Orleans #50 Tulsa 40 - #84 FIU 26
Dec. 17 Humanitarian #59 Nevada 27 - #70 Toledo 23
Dec. 17 Gildan New Mexico #83 Utah State 29 - #87 Colorado State 27
Dec. 20 St. Petersburg #52 Southern Miss 23 - #64 Connecticut 18
Dec. 21 Poinsettia #35 San Diego State 36 - #91 Central Michigan 17
Dec. 22 Maaco Las Vegas #21 TCU 23 - #44 Cal 16
Dec. 24 Sheraton Hawaii #63 Hawaii 37 - #98 Tulane 23
Dec. 26 Independence #34 Air Force 28 - #53 Maryland 20
Dec. 27 Belk #42 Cincinnati 21 - #51 NC State 19
Dec. 27 Little Caesars #49 Iowa 31 - #77 Northern Illinois 24
Dec. 28 Bridgepoint Holiday #17 Arizona State 41 - #38 Baylor 33
Dec. 28 Military #62 Virginia 28 - #75 Navy 27
Dec. 29 Valero Alamo #9 Stanford 34 - #26 Texas 21
Dec. 29 Champs Sports #15 Miami (FL) 27 - #32 Pitt 21
Dec. 30 Insight #30 Northwestern 30 - #33 Missouri 29
Dec. 30 Music City #47 Tennessee 17 - #39 Boston College 16
Dec. 30 New Era Pinstripe #54 South Florida 19 - #57 Purdue 17
Dec. 30 Armed Forces #31 SMU 31 - #24 BYU 30
Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A #19 Virginia Tech 30 - #29 Georgia 20
Dec. 31 Kraft Fight Hunger #37 Florida 23 - #41 Arizona 21
Dec. 31 AutoZone Liberty #27 Auburn 41 - #46 Houston 37
Dec. 31 Hyundai Sun #40 Utah 22 - #36 Clemson 21
Dec. 31 Meineke Car Care #28 Michigan State 33 - #43 Oregon State 27
Jan. 2 Gator #25 Michigan 31 - #45 Kentucky 26
Jan. 2 Capital One #14 Mississippi State 25 - #16 Nebraska 23
Jan. 2 Outback #13 Arkansas 28 - #18 Ohio State 24
Jan. 2 TicketCity #23 Penn State 27 - #55 UCF 17
Jan. 6 ATT&T Cotton #5 LSU 37 - #10 Oklahoma State 30
Jan. 7 BBVA Compass #67 Syracuse 21 - #73 Miami (OH) 20
Jan. 8 GoDaddy.com #82 Temple 29 - #100 Arkansas State 24
Date BCS Bowl Matchup Result
Jan. 2 Rose #3 Oregon 41 - #12 Wisconsin 31
Jan. 3 Orange #8 Florida State 23 - #20 West Virginia 14
Jan. 3 Sugar #4 Boise State 27 - #7 South Carolina 25
Jan. 5 Fiesta #6 Texas A&M 31 - #11 Notre Dame 26
Jan. 9 BCS Championship #1 Alabama 28 - #2 Oklahoma 23

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