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College Preview - In-Depth Analysis

Last updated on 8/19/2014
Last Updated: 8/31/2014 10:16 AM ET

College Football Preview Pages:

Over/Under Win Total Picks (72 Teams)
In-Depth Team Analysis
Power Rankings
2015 NFL Draft Prospects

** If Braxton Miller is out for the season with a shoulder injury, Ohio State would fall to second in the Big Ten East. This would pit Michigan State against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game, which Wisconsin projects to win 24-21. While the Spartans benefit from Ohio State's situation, Wisconsin gets the biggest boon with a berth in the College Football Playoff as the fourth seed. Florida State wins over Wisconsin 39-25. The third biggest beneficiary of Ohio State's issues could be Baylor (our projected Big 12 Champion). The Bears are power ranked higher than Wisconsin and could get into the College Football Playoff over the Badgers even with one fewer win. In our updated POWER RANKINGS, Ohio State drops to 19th, while Baylor moves up to fourth in the country.**

The Predictalator has already played the 2014 college football regular and postseasons 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 (all 128 of them). Additional analysis is provided regarding strengths and weaknesses for each BCS conference team. "Breakout Players" are those with tremendous ability who have shown flashes of greatness and who should now shine with increased playing time and experience.

How This Works
Just as the Predictalator plays any individual game 50,000 times before it's actually played, it can also play entire seasons 50,000 times before they are actually played. That is what we have done for the 2014 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 collegiate games to a fairly traditional player development curve that is driven by class and previous playing time. Not only does this curve help to set average player inputs, it combines player health history to dictate the variance ("boom or bust" potential) of a player's inputs.

Playing time is more art than a science, especially in college football. We have done our best to estimate playing time for all players who are expected to see significant starting time in 2014. 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 EVERY game 50,000 times.

Season Summary

The bowl matchups below reflect our best projection based on the results from our predicted season. It is important to note, however, that there are not always objective means for bowl selection, especially with the the newly formed College Football Playoff and its corresponding selection committee. We do our best to project what will happen based on expected win-loss records and conference championship game results.

In the most likely College Football Playoff, ACC and defending National Champion, Florida State, tops Big Ten champion Ohio State**, by a score of 39-27 in the Rose Bowl (one of two bowls hosting the College Football Playoff Semifinals). In the Sugar Bowl, Oregon, the second-best team in the country based on the Predictalator's analysis, wins a shootout over Alabama, the most likely SEC champion, by an average score of 38-34. Meeting for the first ever College Football Playoff Championship in Arlington, Texas, Florida State wins its second-straight title, this time over Oregon and by a score of 41-34.

There is some subjectivity to this analysis (as there tends to be in any college football conversation). Interestingly, Wisconsin** wins the second most regular games among FBS teams (after Florida State), yet loses the most likely Big Ten Championship game and ranks just eighth in our initial Power Rankings. Baylor, the most likely Big 12 winner in this analysis, could be on the outside of the playoff looking in as the only "Big 5" title winner not in the four-team playoff. Not only do we expect a down year for the Big 12 (relative to where it was throughout the last decade), the lack of conference title game could be a problem. A one-loss Big 12 champion will have a tough time getting into the playoff over a one-loss Big Ten champion that also wins its conference championship. This is all theory, though, and not quite as easy to project as the win, losses and conference title game results.

In conference championship games, Florida State dominates UNC, 42-17 to cruise to another ACC victory. Alabama wins a close game over South Carolina to claim the SEC crown. Oregon tops UCLA, 45-33 for the Pac-12 title. Ohio State** gets by Wisconsin** 33-30 in the Big Ten finale. And in non-"Big 5" conference championships, Marshall edges UTSA, 28-24, for the C-USA championship, Toledo bests Bowling Green, 27-24, to take the MAC and Utah State gets by San Diego State, 29-23 to win the Mountain West.

* If Braxton Miller is out for the season with a shoulder injury, Ohio State would fall to second in the Big Ten East. This would pit Michigan State against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game, which Wisconsin projects to win 24-21. While the Spartans benefit from Ohio State's situation, Wisconsin gets the biggest boon with a berth in the College Football Playoff as the fourth seed. Florida State wins over Wisconsin 39-25. The third biggest beneficiary of Ohio State's issues could be Baylor (our projected Big 12 Champion). The Bears are power ranked higher than Wisconsin and could get into the College Football Playoff over the Badgers even with one fewer win.

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

AAC Preview

Houston Cougars
Power Rank: 40
Offensive Rank: 30
Defensive Rank: 56
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.9 - 3.1
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Birmingham

UCF Knights
Power Rank: 38
Offensive Rank: 48
Defensive Rank: 19
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.7 - 3.3
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Miami Beach

Cincinnati Bearcats
Power Rank: 45
Offensive Rank: 40
Defensive Rank: 40
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.4 - 3.6
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Armed Forces

East Carolina Pirates
Power Rank: 61
Offensive Rank: 43
Defensive Rank: 80
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.9 - 4.1
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Beef O'Brady's

Connecticut Huskies
Power Rank: 97
Offensive Rank: 117
Defensive Rank: 63
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.7 - 6.3
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Military

Temple Owls
Power Rank: 103
Offensive Rank: 84
Defensive Rank: 116
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.1 - 6.9
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: None

South Florida Bulls
Power Rank: 102
Offensive Rank: 124
Defensive Rank: 71
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.0 - 7.0
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: None

Memphis Tigers
Power Rank: 81
Offensive Rank: 114
Defensive Rank: 67
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.5 - 7.5
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: None

Tulane Wave
Power Rank: 93
Offensive Rank: 119
Defensive Rank: 70
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.2 - 7.8
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None

Tulsa Hurricane
Power Rank: 107
Offensive Rank: 122
Defensive Rank: 84
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.9 - 8.1
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None

Southern Methodist Mustangs
Power Rank: 82
Offensive Rank: 71
Defensive Rank: 104
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.9 - 8.1
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: None

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

ACC Preview

Florida State Seminoles
Power Rank: 1
Offensive Rank: 3
Defensive Rank: 2
Projected Regular Season Record: 11.0 - 1.0
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Rose, Championship
Biggest Strength: Returning Experience (from dominant team)
Greatest Weakness: Uncertainty in Defensive Front 7
Breakout Candidate: Jalen Ramsey, CB

Clemson Tigers
Power Rank: 19
Offensive Rank: 23
Defensive Rank: 16
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.0 - 3.0
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Russell Athletic
Biggest Strength: Pass Rush
Greatest Weakness: Skill Position Inexperience
Breakout Candidate: Deshaun Watson, QB

North Carolina Tar Heels
Power Rank: 34
Offensive Rank: 24
Defensive Rank: 44
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.4 - 3.6
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Orange
Biggest Strength: Pass Offense
Greatest Weakness: Lack of True Running Game
Breakout Candidate: Marquise Williams, QB

Virginia Tech Hokies
Power Rank: 31
Offensive Rank: 62
Defensive Rank: 3
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.3 - 3.7
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Belk
Biggest Strength: Pass Defense
Greatest Weakness: Lack of Offensive Playmakers
Breakout Candidate: Dadi Nicolas, DE

Louisville Cardinals
Power Rank: 44
Offensive Rank: 60
Defensive Rank: 21
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.5 - 4.5
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Sun
Biggest Strength: Special Teams
Greatest Weakness: Uncertainty at QB and Defensive Front 7
Breakout Candidate: Will Gardner, QB

Duke Devils
Power Rank: 56
Offensive Rank: 41
Defensive Rank: 61
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.4 - 4.6
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: Detroit
Biggest Strength: Skill Positions
Greatest Weakness: Lack of Pass Rush
Breakout Candidate: Deondre Singleton, S/Devil

Pittsburgh Panthers
Power Rank: 57
Offensive Rank: 56
Defensive Rank: 38
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.2 - 4.8
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: Pinstripe
Biggest Strength: Offensive Line
Greatest Weakness: Pass Defense
Breakout Candidate: Chad Voytik, QB

Miami (FL) Hurricanes
Power Rank: 47
Offensive Rank: 50
Defensive Rank: 57
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.1 - 4.9
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: Beef 'O' Brady's
Biggest Strength: Run Offense
Greatest Weakness: Uncertainty at QB
Breakout Candidate: Stacy Coley, WR/Ret

Syracuse Orange
Power Rank: 48
Offensive Rank: 57
Defensive Rank: 36
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.2 - 5.8
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: Military
Biggest Strength: Running Game (Offense and Defense)
Greatest Weakness: Pass Offense
Breakout Candidate: Brisly Estime, WR/H-Back

North Carolina State Wolfpack
Power Rank: 69
Offensive Rank: 63
Defensive Rank: 64
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.1 - 5.9
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: Independence
Biggest Strength: Legitimate Quarterback
Greatest Weakness: Lack of Explosive Playmakers
Breakout Candidate: Jacoby Brissett, QB

Georgia Tech Jackets
Power Rank: 59
Offensive Rank: 54
Defensive Rank: 42
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.1 - 5.9
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: Music City
Biggest Strength: Run Offense
Greatest Weakness: Defense (all of it)
Breakout Candidate: Broderick Snoddy, RB

Virginia Cavaliers
Power Rank: 60
Offensive Rank: 69
Defensive Rank: 37
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.9 - 8.1
Conference Standing: 12
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Experience (17 Returning Starters Plus PK and P)
Greatest Weakness: Innefficent Pass Offense
Breakout Candidate: Andrew Brown, DT

Boston College Eagles
Power Rank: 80
Offensive Rank: 92
Defensive Rank: 81
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.9 - 8.1
Conference Standing: 13
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Experienced Secondary
Greatest Weakness: Inexperienced Everything Else
Breakout Candidate: Mehdi Abdesmad, DT

Wake Forest Deacons
Power Rank: 106
Offensive Rank: 125
Defensive Rank: 68
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.5 - 8.5
Conference Standing: 14
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Pass Defense
Greatest Weakness: Turnover(s) - Coaching, Player and On the Field
Breakout Candidate: Tyree Harris, WR/Ret

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

Big 12 Preview

Baylor Bears
Power Rank: 5
Offensive Rank: 1
Defensive Rank: 54
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.9 - 2.1
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Cotton
Biggest Strength: Explosive Speed and Athleticism
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Inexperience
Breakout Candidate: Shawn Oakman, DE

Oklahoma Sooners
Power Rank: 11
Offensive Rank: 17
Defensive Rank: 11
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.6 - 2.4
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Fiesta
Biggest Strength: Balance (Above Average at Everything)
Greatest Weakness: Skill Position Inexperience
Breakout Candidate: Sterling Shepard, WR

Texas Tech Raiders
Power Rank: 25
Offensive Rank: 4
Defensive Rank: 82
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.5 - 4.5
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Russell Athletic
Biggest Strength: Pass Offense
Greatest Weakness: Pass Defense
Breakout Candidate: Rika Levi, DT

Kansas State Wildcats
Power Rank: 32
Offensive Rank: 45
Defensive Rank: 27
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.5 - 4.5
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Alamo
Biggest Strength: Balance (Above Average at Everything)
Greatest Weakness: Just Above Average (Not Elite in Anything - Except Coaching)
Breakout Candidate: Glenn Gronkowski, FB/TE

Texas Longhorns
Power Rank: 35
Offensive Rank: 32
Defensive Rank: 30
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.2 - 4.8
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Liberty
Biggest Strength: Defensive Talent and Experience
Greatest Weakness: Special Teams
Breakout Candidate: Shiro Davis, DE

TCU Frogs
Power Rank: 36
Offensive Rank: 75
Defensive Rank: 10
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.1 - 4.9
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: Buffalo Wild Wings
Biggest Strength: Defense (all of it)
Greatest Weakness: Uncertainty at QB (and Departure of Devonte Fields)
Breakout Candidate: Ja'Juan Story, WR

Oklahoma State Cowboys
Power Rank: 33
Offensive Rank: 22
Defensive Rank: 60
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.6 - 5.4
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: Texas
Biggest Strength: Explosive Playmakers
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience (just eight returning starters)
Breakout Candidate: Deric Robertson, S

West Virginia Mountaineers
Power Rank: 63
Offensive Rank: 49
Defensive Rank: 74
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.2 - 7.8
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Run Defense
Greatest Weakness: Pass Defense (and a Brutal Schedule)
Breakout Candidate: Mario Alford, WR/Ret

Iowa State Cyclones
Power Rank: 71
Offensive Rank: 65
Defensive Rank: 90
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.6 - 8.4
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Experienced Offense
Greatest Weakness: Innefficent (in almost every respect)
Breakout Candidate: D'Vario Montgomery, WR

Kansas Jayhawks
Power Rank: 76
Offensive Rank: 107
Defensive Rank: 52
Projected Regular Season Record: 2.8 - 9.2
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Pass Defense
Greatest Weakness: Quarterback
Breakout Candidate: Kevin Short, CB

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

Big 10 Preview

Wisconsin Badgers **
Power Rank: 8
Offensive Rank: 19
Defensive Rank: 9
Projected Regular Season Record: 10.1 - 1.9
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Cotton
Biggest Strength: Easy Schedule (After opener against LSU)
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Front 7 Turnover and Inexperience
Breakout Candidate: Chikew Obasih, DE

Ohio State Buckeyes **
Power Rank: 4
Offensive Rank: 6
Defensive Rank: 25
Projected Regular Season Record: 10.0 - 2.0
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Rose
Biggest Strength: Explosive Run Offense
Greatest Weakness: Inexperienced Secondary
Breakout Candidate: Ezekiel Elliott, RB

Michigan State Spartans
Power Rank: 12
Offensive Rank: 55
Defensive Rank: 1
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.6 - 2.4
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Capitol One
Biggest Strength: Overall Defense
Greatest Weakness: Inefficient Offense
Breakout Candidate: Ed Davis, LB

Northwestern Wildcats
Power Rank: 26
Offensive Rank: 28
Defensive Rank: 33
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.0 - 4.0
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Outback
Biggest Strength: Pass Defense
Greatest Weakness: Special Teams
Breakout Candidate: Matthew Harris, CB/Ret

Michigan Wolverines
Power Rank: 21
Offensive Rank: 51
Defensive Rank: 7
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.0 - 4.0
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Holiday
Biggest Strength: Passing Game (Offense and Defense)
Greatest Weakness: Tough Road Schedule
Breakout Candidate: Jabrill Peppers, CB/S

Iowa Hawkeyes
Power Rank: 37
Offensive Rank: 70
Defensive Rank: 8
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.7 - 4.3
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: Pinstripe
Biggest Strength: Offensive Line
Greatest Weakness: Lack of Explosive Playmakers
Breakout Candidate: Andrew Donnal, OT

Maryland Terrapins
Power Rank: 29
Offensive Rank: 52
Defensive Rank: 17
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.1 - 4.9
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: Heart of Dallas
Biggest Strength: Experienced Talent (17 Returning Starters Plus PK and P)
Greatest Weakness: Lack of Big Ten Size (No Lineman 300+ LBs)
Breakout Candidate: William Likely CB/Ret

Nebraska Cornhuskers
Power Rank: 43
Offensive Rank: 61
Defensive Rank: 31
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.1 - 4.9
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: San Francisco
Biggest Strength: Explosive Playmakers
Greatest Weakness: Turnover(s) - Roster and On the Field
Breakout Candidate: Randy Gregory, DE

Penn State Lions
Power Rank: 46
Offensive Rank: 47
Defensive Rank: 45
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.6 - 5.4
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Christian Hackenberg
Greatest Weakness: Running Game (Offense and Defense)
Breakout Candidate: Trevor Williams, CB

Indiana Hoosiers
Power Rank: 42
Offensive Rank: 11
Defensive Rank: 106
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.5 - 6.5
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: Detroit
Biggest Strength: Experienced and Balanced Offense
Greatest Weakness: Overall Defense
Breakout Candidate: Dominique Booth, WR

Illinois Illini
Power Rank: 64
Offensive Rank: 25
Defensive Rank: 96
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.6 - 7.1
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Legitimate Quarterback
Greatest Weakness: Defense (all of it)
Breakout Candidate: Wes Lunt, QB

Minnesota Gophers
Power Rank: 65
Offensive Rank: 88
Defensive Rank: 28
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.8 - 7.7
Conference Standing: 12
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Returning Experience (from bowl team)
Greatest Weakness: Brutal Road Schedule
Breakout Candidate: Ben Lauer, OT

Rutgers Knights
Power Rank: 68
Offensive Rank: 76
Defensive Rank: 85
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.4 - 8.4
Conference Standing: 13
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Run Defense
Greatest Weakness: Lack of Big Ten Talent
Breakout Candidate: Ruhann Peele, WR/Ret

Purdue Boilermakers
Power Rank: 94
Offensive Rank: 116
Defensive Rank: 75
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.2 - 8.8
Conference Standing: 14
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Special Teams
Greatest Weakness: Everything Else
Breakout Candidate: Raheem Mostert, RB/Ret

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

C-USA Preview

Marshall Herd
Power Rank: 39
Offensive Rank: 37
Defensive Rank: 41
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.9 - 3.1
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Peach

UTSA Roadrunners
Power Rank: 53
Offensive Rank: 64
Defensive Rank: 55
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.3 - 3.7
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Heart of Dallas

Rice Owls
Power Rank: 95
Offensive Rank: 98
Defensive Rank: 77
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.0 - 6.0
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: New Mexico

North Texas Green
Power Rank: 90
Offensive Rank: 106
Defensive Rank: 69
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.0 - 6.0
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Bahamas

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Power Rank: 84
Offensive Rank: 79
Defensive Rank: 83
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.8 - 6.2
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Boca Raton

Middle Tennessee Raiders
Power Rank: 92
Offensive Rank: 105
Defensive Rank: 78
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.6 - 6.4
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: Independence

Florida Atlantic Owls
Power Rank: 85
Offensive Rank: 108
Defensive Rank: 48
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.2 - 6.8
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: None

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Power Rank: 113
Offensive Rank: 118
Defensive Rank: 101
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.6 - 8.4
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: None

Southern Miss Eagles
Power Rank: 110
Offensive Rank: 121
Defensive Rank: 87
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.0 - 9.0
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None

Old Dominion Monarchs
Power Rank: 83
Offensive Rank: 87
Defensive Rank: 95
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.0 - 9.0
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None

UTEP Miners
Power Rank: 124
Offensive Rank: 120
Defensive Rank: 118
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.0 - 9.0
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: None

UAB Blazers
Power Rank: 121
Offensive Rank: 103
Defensive Rank: 125
Projected Regular Season Record: 2.6 - 9.4
Conference Standing: 12
Projected Bowl: None

Florida International Panthers
Power Rank: 126
Offensive Rank: 128
Defensive Rank: 109
Projected Regular Season Record: 1.6 - 10.4
Conference Standing: 13
Projected Bowl: None

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

Independents Preview

Brigham Young Cougars
Power Rank: 17
Offensive Rank: 7
Defensive Rank: 39
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.2 - 2.8
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Miami Beach

Navy Midshipmen
Power Rank: 54
Offensive Rank: 44
Defensive Rank: 43
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.7 - 4.3
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Poinsettia

Notre Dame Irish
Power Rank: 23
Offensive Rank: 35
Defensive Rank: 18
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.4 - 4.6
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Gator

Army Knights
Power Rank: 119
Offensive Rank: 110
Defensive Rank: 114
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.2 - 7.8
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: None

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

MAC Preview

Toledo Rockets
Power Rank: 67
Offensive Rank: 68
Defensive Rank: 72
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.8 - 3.2
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Potato

Bowling Green Falcons
Power Rank: 74
Offensive Rank: 67
Defensive Rank: 79
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.4 - 3.6
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Boca Raton

Northern Illinois Huskies
Power Rank: 77
Offensive Rank: 39
Defensive Rank: 113
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.3 - 3.7
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Bahamas

Ball State Cardinals
Power Rank: 91
Offensive Rank: 78
Defensive Rank: 102
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.1 - 3.9
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: GoDaddy

Central Michigan Chippewas
Power Rank: 88
Offensive Rank: 104
Defensive Rank: 66
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.6 - 4.4
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Camellia

Buffalo Bulls
Power Rank: 108
Offensive Rank: 90
Defensive Rank: 105
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.2 - 4.8
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: Armed Forces

Akron Zips
Power Rank: 98
Offensive Rank: 111
Defensive Rank: 86
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.1 - 5.9
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: None

Ohio Bobcats
Power Rank: 105
Offensive Rank: 102
Defensive Rank: 93
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.8 - 6.2
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: None

Kent State Flashes
Power Rank: 101
Offensive Rank: 93
Defensive Rank: 91
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.1 - 6.9
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None

Western Michigan Broncos
Power Rank: 116
Offensive Rank: 115
Defensive Rank: 107
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.5 - 7.5
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None

Eastern Michigan Eagles
Power Rank: 122
Offensive Rank: 99
Defensive Rank: 123
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.5 - 8.5
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: None

Miami (OH) Redhawks
Power Rank: 123
Offensive Rank: 127
Defensive Rank: 117
Projected Regular Season Record: 2.9 - 9.1
Conference Standing: 12
Projected Bowl: None

Massachusetts Minutemen
Power Rank: 125
Offensive Rank: 126
Defensive Rank: 111
Projected Regular Season Record: 1.9 - 10.1
Conference Standing: 13
Projected Bowl: None

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

Mountain West Preview

Utah State Aggies
Power Rank: 66
Offensive Rank: 74
Defensive Rank: 49
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.9 - 3.1
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Las Vegas

Boise State Broncos
Power Rank: 51
Offensive Rank: 36
Defensive Rank: 73
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.7 - 3.3
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Potato

Colorado State Rams
Power Rank: 75
Offensive Rank: 53
Defensive Rank: 98
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.7 - 4.3
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Hawaii

San Diego State Aztecs
Power Rank: 79
Offensive Rank: 73
Defensive Rank: 97
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.2 - 4.8
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Poinsettia

Nevada Pack
Power Rank: 70
Offensive Rank: 31
Defensive Rank: 99
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.0 - 5.0
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: New Mexico

Fresno State Bulldogs
Power Rank: 73
Offensive Rank: 42
Defensive Rank: 100
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.7 - 5.3
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: New Orleans

San Jose State Spartans
Power Rank: 86
Offensive Rank: 66
Defensive Rank: 108
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.4 - 6.6
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: None

Wyoming Cowboys
Power Rank: 104
Offensive Rank: 85
Defensive Rank: 119
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.0 - 7.0
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: None

Air Force Falcons
Power Rank: 109
Offensive Rank: 101
Defensive Rank: 110
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.7 - 7.3
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None

UNLV Rebels
Power Rank: 100
Offensive Rank: 89
Defensive Rank: 103
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.5 - 7.5
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None

New Mexico Lobos
Power Rank: 118
Offensive Rank: 91
Defensive Rank: 122
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.0 - 9.0
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: None

Hawaii Warriors
Power Rank: 120
Offensive Rank: 100
Defensive Rank: 127
Projected Regular Season Record: 2.8 - 10.2
Conference Standing: 12
Projected Bowl: None

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

Pac-12 Preview

Oregon Ducks
Power Rank: 2
Offensive Rank: 2
Defensive Rank: 22
Projected Regular Season Record: 10.1 - 1.9
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Sugar, Championship
Biggest Strength: Speed and Depth
Greatest Weakness: Tough Schedule (though not too bad for Pac-12)
Breakout Candidate: Dwayne Stanford, WR

UCLA Bruins
Power Rank: 7
Offensive Rank: 5
Defensive Rank: 26
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.2 - 2.8
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Fiesta
Biggest Strength: Offensive Talent and Experience
Greatest Weakness: Depth Issues - Mostly in Defensive Front 7 and at RB
Breakout Candidate: Eddie Vanderdoes, DT/DE

Stanford Cardinal
Power Rank: 16
Offensive Rank: 29
Defensive Rank: 12
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.2 - 3.8
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Alamo
Biggest Strength: Physical, Balanced Defense
Greatest Weakness: Ineffecient Run Offense (coupled with interior line inexperience)
Breakout Candidate: Andrus Peat, OT

USC Trojans
Power Rank: 20
Offensive Rank: 38
Defensive Rank: 13
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.1 - 3.9
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Holiday
Biggest Strength: Pass Defense
Greatest Weakness: Run Defense
Breakout Candidate: Josh Shaw, CB

Washington Huskies
Power Rank: 24
Offensive Rank: 15
Defensive Rank: 51
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.0 - 5.0
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: San Francisco
Biggest Strength: Experienced Offensive and Defensive Lines
Greatest Weakness: Lack of Discipline (Penalties, Inexperienced QB, Off-Field Concerns)
Breakout Candidate: Dwayne Washington, RB

Oregon State Beavers
Power Rank: 30
Offensive Rank: 13
Defensive Rank: 53
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.0 - 5.0
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: Las Vegas
Biggest Strength: Sean Mannion and Passing Attack
Greatest Weakness: Running Game (Offense and Defense)
Breakout Candidate: Victor Bolden, WR

Arizona State Devils
Power Rank: 22
Offensive Rank: 16
Defensive Rank: 23
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.3 - 4.7
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: Sun
Biggest Strength: Offensive Balance
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Turnover and Inexperience
Breakout Candidate: D.J. Calhoun, LB

Arizona Wildcats
Power Rank: 41
Offensive Rank: 34
Defensive Rank: 32
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.4 - 5.6
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: Buffalo Wild Wings
Biggest Strength: Pass Defense
Greatest Weakness: Lack of Offensive Passing Attack
Breakout Candidate: Zach Green, RB

Washington State Cougars
Power Rank: 49
Offensive Rank: 33
Defensive Rank: 62
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.7 - 6.3
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: Hawaii
Biggest Strength: Connor Halliday and Experienced Passing Game
Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
Breakout Candidate: Xavier Cooper, DT/DE

Utah Utes
Power Rank: 50
Offensive Rank: 46
Defensive Rank: 59
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.6 - 7.4
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Run Defense (as usual)
Greatest Weakness: Lack of Enough True Pac-12 Talent
Breakout Candidate: Jeremiah Poutasi, OT

Colorado Buffaloes
Power Rank: 55
Offensive Rank: 58
Defensive Rank: 47
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.1 - 7.9
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Favorable Schedule (for Pac-12)
Greatest Weakness: Weak Skill Position Talent
Breakout Candidate: Addison Gillam, LB

California Bears
Power Rank: 89
Offensive Rank: 26
Defensive Rank: 120
Projected Regular Season Record: 2.3 - 9.7
Conference Standing: 12
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Youth with Experience
Greatest Weakness: Defense (all of it)
Breakout Candidate: Jared Goff, QB

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

Sun Belt Preview

Louisiana-Lafayette Cajuns
Power Rank: 62
Offensive Rank: 59
Defensive Rank: 58
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.5 - 3.5
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: GoDaddy

South Alabama Jaguars
Power Rank: 87
Offensive Rank: 82
Defensive Rank: 92
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.2 - 4.8
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: New Orleans

Georgia Southern Eagles
Power Rank: 99
Offensive Rank: 94
Defensive Rank: 89
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.1 - 4.9
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: N/A

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
Power Rank: 96
Offensive Rank: 97
Defensive Rank: 88
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.7 - 5.3
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Camellia

Texas State Bobcats
Power Rank: 114
Offensive Rank: 113
Defensive Rank: 112
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.4 - 5.6
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: None

Arkansas State Wolves
Power Rank: 111
Offensive Rank: 95
Defensive Rank: 115
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.8 - 6.2
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: None

Idaho Vandals
Power Rank: 115
Offensive Rank: 86
Defensive Rank: 121
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.5 - 6.5
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: None

Troy Trojans
Power Rank: 117
Offensive Rank: 80
Defensive Rank: 124
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.1 - 6.9
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: None

Appalachian State Mountaineers
Power Rank: 112
Offensive Rank: 112
Defensive Rank: 94
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.0 - 7.0
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None

New Mexico State Aggies
Power Rank: 127
Offensive Rank: 109
Defensive Rank: 128
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.9 - 8.1
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None

Georgia State Panthers
Power Rank: 128
Offensive Rank: 123
Defensive Rank: 126
Projected Regular Season Record: 1.4 - 10.6
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: None

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

SEC Preview

Alabama Tide
Power Rank: 3
Offensive Rank: 12
Defensive Rank: 4
Projected Regular Season Record: 10.0 - 2.0
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Sugar
Biggest Strength: Incredible Talent, Depth and Coaching
Greatest Weakness: Uncertainty at QB and Defensive Front 7
Breakout Candidate: Jacob Coker, QB

South Carolina Gamecocks
Power Rank: 6
Offensive Rank: 9
Defensive Rank: 15
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.5 - 2.5
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Peach
Biggest Strength: Offensive Experience, Depth and Efficiency
Greatest Weakness: Run Defense
Breakout Candidate: Dylan Thompson, QB

Georgia Bulldogs
Power Rank: 9
Offensive Rank: 10
Defensive Rank: 24
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.5 - 2.5
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Orange
Biggest Strength: Defensive Front 7
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Secondary
Breakout Candidate: Damian Swann, CB

Auburn Tigers
Power Rank: 13
Offensive Rank: 8
Defensive Rank: 46
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.2 - 3.8
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Capitol One
Biggest Strength: Offensive Efficiency and Tempo
Greatest Weakness: Inevitable Regression of Luck
Breakout Candidate: Shon Coleman, OT

LSU Tigers
Power Rank: 10
Offensive Rank: 21
Defensive Rank: 20
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.0 - 4.0
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Outback
Biggest Strength: Defensive Secondary
Greatest Weakness: Skill Position Inexperience
Breakout Candidate: Leonard Fournette, RB

Mississippi State Bulldogs
Power Rank: 18
Offensive Rank: 27
Defensive Rank: 6
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.7 - 4.3
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: Gator
Biggest Strength: Run Defense
Greatest Weakness: Special Teams
Breakout Candidate: Josh Robinson, RB

Ole Miss Rebels
Power Rank: 14
Offensive Rank: 20
Defensive Rank: 14
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.7 - 4.3
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: Music City
Biggest Strength: Experienced Talent
Greatest Weakness: Brutal Division/Schedule
Breakout Candidate: Laquon Treadwell, WR

Texas A&M Aggies
Power Rank: 15
Offensive Rank: 14
Defensive Rank: 35
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.3 - 4.7
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: Belk
Biggest Strength: Offensive and Defensive Lines
Greatest Weakness: Replacing Johnny Manziel
Breakout Candidate: Ricky Seals-Jones, WR/TE

Missouri Tigers
Power Rank: 27
Offensive Rank: 18
Defensive Rank: 76
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.4 - 5.6
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: Liberty
Biggest Strength: Balanced Offense
Greatest Weakness: Only Eight Returning Starters
Breakout Candidate: Markus Golden, DE

Florida Gators
Power Rank: 28
Offensive Rank: 72
Defensive Rank: 5
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.6 - 5.4
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: Birmingham
Biggest Strength: Run Defense
Greatest Weakness: Lack of Offensive Explosiveness
Breakout Candidate: Dante Fowler, LB

Tennessee Volunteers
Power Rank: 52
Offensive Rank: 77
Defensive Rank: 29
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.7 - 6.3
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: Texas
Biggest Strength: Skill Positions
Greatest Weakness: Offensive and Defensive Lines (0 returning starters on either)
Breakout Candidate: Marquez North, WR

Vanderbilt Commodores
Power Rank: 78
Offensive Rank: 96
Defensive Rank: 50
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.9 - 7.1
Conference Standing: 12
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Defensive Front 7
Greatest Weakness: Turnover(s) - Coaching, Player and On the Field
Breakout Candidate: Andrew Jelks, OT

Arkansas Razorbacks
Power Rank: 58
Offensive Rank: 81
Defensive Rank: 34
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.5 - 7.5
Conference Standing: 13
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Run Offense
Greatest Weakness: #Karma (actually, it's pretty much everything besides the Run Offense)
Breakout Candidate: Trey Flowers, DE

Kentucky Wildcats
Power Rank: 72
Offensive Rank: 83
Defensive Rank: 65
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.6 - 8.4
Conference Standing: 14
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Special Teams
Greatest Weakness: Lack of Enough True SEC Talent
Breakout Candidate: Ryan Flannigan, LB

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