College Football Preview

Last updated on 8/13/2012

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The Predictalator has already played the 2012 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. Additional analysis is provided regarding strengths and weaknesses for each BCS conference team projected to play in a bowl this season. In each of these team previews, the "Most Important Offensive Players" and "Most Important Defensive Players" are those players for whom there is uncertainty and the ability to play at the player's peak is most critical to his team's success. For example, while Matt Barkley is clearly the "most valuable" offensive player to the USC Trojans, Aundrey Walker, a first year starter at left tackle who will be stepping into the position previously filled by All-American Matt Kalil is more important because of the uncertainty surrounding a new, clear starter at a critical position. "Breakout Players" are those with tremendous ability who have shown flashes of greatness and who should now shine with increased playing time and experience. 

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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 they are actually played. That is what we have done for the 2012 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 (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, 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 2012. 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. 

In the most likely BCS Championship game, USC tops Alabama, our projected BCS champion at this time last year, to keep the Crimson Tide from winning its second consecutive championship and the third in the last four seasons, which would also have been the SEC's seventh straight BCS title. USC, also the most likely team within FBS to go undefeated this season, wins over Alabama at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida 56.5% of the time and by an average score of 26.5-20.2. Despite losing Kalil and DE/OLB Nick Perry to the first round of the NFL draft this season, USC returns 15 starters, plus the punter and kicker (not to mention the addition of Silas Redd, Penn State's leading rusher from a year ago) from last season's 10-2 team that was ineligible to play in the postseason. Interestingly, Alabama ranks ahead of USC in our initial Power Rankings, but USC wins this game more often than not due to matchup advantages. It is important to note that, with three SEC teams in the top four overall (each projected to win 10+ games), eight SEC teams in our top 20 and Michigan (#13) on Alabama's schedule, USC is far more likely to make the BCS Championship game than Alabama or any other specific SEC team. That being said, with that kind of conference strength (and the gap between the SEC and all other conferences widening), the SEC this year is as close to a lock as we have ever seen to put at least one team into the BCS title game.

In other BCS Bowls, the Big Ten Championship game winner, Michigan falls to the Pac-12 championship runner-up, Oregon in a Rose Bowl shootout 41-33. The Sugar Bowl features the second best team from the SEC, LSU doing an admirable job of shutting down (though not quite as convincingly as in their regular season matchup last year) the Big 12's second place team West Virginia with a 29-25 Tiger victory. In a great defensive battle, ACC winner Florida State bests Big East champion Louisville 24-14 in the Orange Bowl. And Big 12 winner Oklahoma destroys a Wisconsin team that rides an easy schedule and bowl sanctions to two of the other five teams in its division (and Purdue, Illinois and Indiana are the other three teams) to make a BCS bowl with a 48-24 victory in the Fiesta Bowl. Meanwhile, Georgia (#4), Texas (#7) and South Carolina (#10) are top ten teams from our Power Rankings that narrowly miss making BCS game appearances. 

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: 9
Offensive Rank: 25
Defensive Rank: 5
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.6 - 2.4
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Orange
Biggest Strength: Defensive Line
Greatest Weakness: Pass Game
Most Important Offensive Player: Cameron Erving
Most Important Defensive Player: Nick Waisome
Breakout Candidate: Lamarcus Joyner

Clemson Tigers
Power Rank: 21
Offensive Rank: 11
Defensive Rank: 26
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.7 - 3.3
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Chick-fil-A
Biggest Strength: Boyd to Watkins in Passing Offense
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Line
Most Important Offensive Player: Brandon Thomas
Most Important Defensive Player: Bashaud Breeland
Breakout Candidate: Corey Crawford

Virginia Tech Hokies
Power Rank: 18
Offensive Rank: 38
Defensive Rank: 16
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.4 - 3.6
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Russell Athletic
Biggest Strength: Logan Thomas
Greatest Weakness: Turnovers
Most Important Offensive Player: Nick Becton
Most Important Defensive Player: Detrick Bonner
Breakout Candidate: Michael Holmes

North Carolina Tar Heels
Power Rank: 32
Offensive Rank: 23
Defensive Rank: 78
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.5 - 4.5
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: N/A 
Biggest Strength: Favorable Schedule
Greatest Weakness: Pass Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Jheranie Boyd
Most Important Defensive Player: Darien Rankin
Breakout Candidate: Erik Highsmith

North Carolina State Wolfpack
Power Rank: 45
Offensive Rank: 57
Defensive Rank: 24
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.8 - 5.2
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Sun
Biggest Strength: Defensive Secondary
Greatest Weakness: Scoring Points
Most Important Offensive Player: Tony Creecy
Most Important Defensive Player: Sterling Lucas
Breakout Candidate: Bryan Underwood

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Power Rank: 42
Offensive Rank: 52
Defensive Rank: 55
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.7 - 5.3
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: Belk
Biggest Strength: Option Offense
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Secondary
Most Important Offensive Player: Tevin Washington
Most Important Defensive Player: Jabari Hunt-Days
Breakout Candidate: Jeremiah Attaochu

Virginia Cavaliers
Power Rank: 58
Offensive Rank: 62
Defensive Rank: 53
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.2 - 5.8
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: Music City
Biggest Strength: Average Across the Board
Greatest Weakness: Pass Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Michael Rocco
Most Important Defensive Player: Anthony Harris
Breakout Candidate: Phillip Sims

Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Power Rank: 66
Offensive Rank: 58
Defensive Rank: 56
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.8 - 6.2
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: Independence
Biggest Strength: Protecting the Football
Greatest Weakness: Coaching Situation
Most Important Offensive Player: Frank Souza
Most Important Defensive Player: Scott Betros
Breakout Candidate: Desmond Floyd

Boston College Eagles
Power Rank: 83
Offensive Rank: 94
Defensive Rank: 37
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.6 - 6.4
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: Military

Miami (FL) Hurricanes
Power Rank: 69
Offensive Rank: 74
Defensive Rank: 59
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.5 - 6.5
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None

Maryland Terrapins
Power Rank: 89
Offensive Rank: 77
Defensive Rank: 68
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.5 - 7.5
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: None

Duke Blue Devils
Power Rank: 93
Offensive Rank: 75
Defensive Rank: 80
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.6 - 8.4
Conference Standing: 12
Projected Bowl: None

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: 5
Offensive Rank: 1
Defensive Rank: 10
Projected Regular Season Record: 10.2 - 1.8
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Fiesta
Biggest Strength: Scoring Points
Greatest Weakness: Road Games
Most Important Offensive Player: Dominique Whaley
Most Important Defensive Player: Javon Harris
Breakout Candidate: Trey Metoyer

West Virginia Mountaineers
Power Rank: 6
Offensive Rank: 4
Defensive Rank: 20
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.0 - 3.0
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Sugar
Biggest Strength: Dana Holgorsen's Pass Offense
Greatest Weakness: New Level of Competition
Most Important Offensive Player: Quinton Spain
Most Important Defensive Player: Terence Garvin
Breakout Candidate: Dustin Garrison

Texas Longhorns
Power Rank: 7
Offensive Rank: 6
Defensive Rank: 4
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.0 - 3.0
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Cotton
Biggest Strength: Defense
Greatest Weakness: Quarterback
Most Important Offensive Player: David Ash
Most Important Defensive Player: Steve Edmond
Breakout Candidate: Brandon Moore

Oklahoma State Cowboys
Power Rank: 17
Offensive Rank: 8
Defensive Rank: 48
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.7 - 4.3
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Alamo
Biggest Strength: Opportunistic Defense
Greatest Weakness: Offensive Turnover
Most Important Offensive Player: Wes Lunt
Most Important Defensive Player: Brodrick Brown
Breakout Candidate: Tracy Moore

Kansas State Wildcats
Power Rank: 36
Offensive Rank: 19
Defensive Rank: 14
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.1 - 4.9
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Buffalo Wild Wings
Biggest Strength: Bill Snyder
Greatest Weakness: Lack of Explosive Playmakers
Most Important Offensive Player: B.J. Finney
Most Important Defensive Player: Tre Walker
Breakout Candidate: Meshak Williams

Texas Tech Red Raiders
Power Rank: 40
Offensive Rank: 5
Defensive Rank: 60
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.7 - 5.3
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: Holiday
Biggest Strength: Experience
Greatest Weakness: Lack of Pass Rush
Most Important Offensive Player: Ryan Bustin
Most Important Defensive Player: Delvon Simmons
Breakout Candidate: Branden Jackson

Baylor Bears
Power Rank: 31
Offensive Rank: 9
Defensive Rank: 65
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.6 - 5.4
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: Meineke Car Care
Biggest Strength: Defensive Back Seven
Greatest Weakness: Offensive Turnover
Most Important Offensive Player: Nick Florence
Most Important Defensive Player: Kaeron Johnson
Breakout Candidate: Lache Seastrunk

TCU Horned Frogs
Power Rank: 23
Offensive Rank: 35
Defensive Rank: 45
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.9 - 6.1
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: Pinstripe
Biggest Strength: Defensive Line
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience (Especially at Level of Competition)
Most Important Offensive Player: Tayo Fabuluje
Most Important Defensive Player: Kenny Cain
Breakout Candidate: Waymon James

Iowa State Cyclones
Power Rank: 50
Offensive Rank: 16
Defensive Rank: 47
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.4 - 7.6
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None

Kansas Jayhawks
Power Rank: 81
Offensive Rank: 27
Defensive Rank: 63
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.8 - 8.2
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None

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

Louisville Cardinals
Power Rank: 33
Offensive Rank: 49
Defensive Rank: 18
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.7 - 3.3
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Orange
Biggest Strength: Experienced, Young Talent
Greatest Weakness: Run Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Dominque Brown
Most Important Defensive Player: Andrew Johnson
Breakout Candidate: DeVante Parker

South Florida Bulls
Power Rank: 29
Offensive Rank: 32
Defensive Rank: 46
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.9 - 4.1
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Russell Athletic
Biggest Strength: Experience
Greatest Weakness: Pass Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: B.J. Daniels
Most Important Defensive Player: Ryne Giddins
Breakout Candidate: Lindsey Lamar

Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Power Rank: 48
Offensive Rank: 84
Defensive Rank: 25
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.1 - 4.9
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Belk
Biggest Strength: Pass Defense
Greatest Weakness: Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Gary Nova
Most Important Defensive Player: Lorenzo Waters
Breakout Candidate: Darius Hamilton

Pittsburgh Panthers
Power Rank: 55
Offensive Rank: 55
Defensive Rank: 41
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.1 - 4.9
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Pinstripe
Biggest Strength: Offensive Stability
Greatest Weakness: Coaching Turnover
Most Important Offensive Player: Cory King
Most Important Defensive Player: Shane Gordon
Breakout Candidate: Hubie Graham

Cincinnati Bearcats
Power Rank: 49
Offensive Rank: 65
Defensive Rank: 49
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.1 - 4.9
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: BBVA Compass
Biggest Strength: Easy Schedule
Greatest Weakness: Offensive Turnover
Most Important Offensive Player: Munchie Legaux
Most Important Defensive Player: Jordan Stepp
Breakout Candidate: Jameel Poteat

Connecticut Huskies
Power Rank: 59
Offensive Rank: 78
Defensive Rank: 51
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.3 - 5.7
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: Beef 'O' Brady's
Biggest Strength: Defensive Front Seven
Greatest Weakness: Lack of Explosive Offensive Weapons
Most Important Offensive Player: Chandler Whitmer
Most Important Defensive Player: Ryan Wirth
Breakout Candidate: Ryan Griffin

Syracuse Orange
Power Rank: 67
Offensive Rank: 64
Defensive Rank: 69
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.1 - 6.9
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: None

Temple Owls
Power Rank: 80
Offensive Rank: 103
Defensive Rank: 77
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.6 - 7.4
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: None

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

Michigan Wolverines
Power Rank: 13
Offensive Rank: 20
Defensive Rank: 8
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.3 - 2.7
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Rose
Biggest Strength: Defensive Back Seven
Greatest Weakness: Brutal Schedule
Most Important Offensive Player: Denard Robinson
Most Important Defensive Player: William Campbell
Breakout Candidate: Devin Gardner

Ohio State Buckeyes
Power Rank: 12
Offensive Rank: 18
Defensive Rank: 15
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.3 - 2.7
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: N/A

Wisconsin Badgers
Power Rank: 15
Offensive Rank: 26
Defensive Rank: 19
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.6 - 3.4
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Fiesta
Biggest Strength: Run Offense
Greatest Weakness: Special Teams
Most Important Offensive Player: Danny O'Brien
Most Important Defensive Player: Devin Smith
Breakout Candidate: Beau Allen

Nebraska Cornhuskers
Power Rank: 24
Offensive Rank: 29
Defensive Rank: 21
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.4 - 3.6
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Capital One
Biggest Strength: Run Offense
Greatest Weakness: Pass Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Jeremiah Sirles
Most Important Defensive Player: PJ Smith
Breakout Candidate: Zaire Anderson

Michigan State Spartans
Power Rank: 14
Offensive Rank: 40
Defensive Rank: 13
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.2 - 3.8
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Outback
Biggest Strength: Defense
Greatest Weakness: Offensive Turnover
Most Important Offensive Player: Andrew Maxwell
Most Important Defensive Player: Anthony Rashad White
Breakout Candidate: Dion Sims

Iowa Hawkeyes
Power Rank: 52
Offensive Rank: 45
Defensive Rank: 50
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.2 - 4.8
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: Buffalo Wild Wings
Biggest Strength: Favorable Schedule
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience
Most Important Offensive Player: Brandon Scherff
Most Important Defensive Player: Nico Law
Breakout Candidate: Greg Garmon

Purdue Boilermakers
Power Rank: 56
Offensive Rank: 48
Defensive Rank: 54
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.4 - 5.6
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: Meineke Car Care
Biggest Strength: Balance
Greatest Weakness: Lack of Explosive Playmakers
Most Important Offensive Player: Trevor Foy
Most Important Defensive Player: Ryan Russell
Breakout Candidate: Antavian Edison

Minnesota Golden Gophers
Power Rank: 72
Offensive Rank: 47
Defensive Rank: 57
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.8 - 6.2
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: TicketCity
Biggest Strength: Favorable Schedule
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Front Seven
Most Important Offensive Player: MarQueis Gray
Most Important Defensive Player: Derrick Wells
Breakout Candidate: James Gillum

Penn State Nittany Lions
Power Rank: 62
Offensive Rank: 82
Defensive Rank: 31
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.9 - 6.1
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: N/A

Illinois Fighting Illini
Power Rank: 46
Offensive Rank: 73
Defensive Rank: 29
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.5 - 6.5
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: Little Caesars
Biggest Strength: Experience
Greatest Weakness: Coaching Turnover
Most Important Offensive Player: Darius Millines
Most Important Defensive Player: Michael Buchanan
Breakout Candidate: Donovonn Young

Northwestern Wildcats
Power Rank: 75
Offensive Rank: 43
Defensive Rank: 62
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.2 - 7.8
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: None

Indiana Hoosiers
Power Rank: 104
Offensive Rank: 63
Defensive Rank: 90
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.2 - 7.8
Conference Standing: 12
Projected Bowl: None

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

UCF Knights
Power Rank: 30
Offensive Rank: 69
Defensive Rank: 43
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.0 - 3.0
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: N/A

Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Power Rank: 60
Offensive Rank: 66
Defensive Rank: 75
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.1 - 3.9
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Liberty

East Carolina Pirates
Power Rank: 82
Offensive Rank: 66
Defensive Rank: 99
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.6 - 4.4
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Hawaii

Houston Cougars
Power Rank: 54
Offensive Rank: 85
Defensive Rank: 91
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.5 - 4.5
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Armed Forces

Marshall Thundering Herd
Power Rank: 90
Offensive Rank: 76
Defensive Rank: 65
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.6 - 5.4
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Beef 'O' Brady's

Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Power Rank: 61
Offensive Rank: 92
Defensive Rank: 84
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.3 - 5.7
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: TicketCity

Southern Methodist Mustangs
Power Rank: 68
Offensive Rank: 97
Defensive Rank: 71
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.9 - 6.1
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: New Orleans

Rice Owls
Power Rank: 105
Offensive Rank: 89
Defensive Rank: 87
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.9 - 7.1
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: None

UTEP Miners
Power Rank: 90
Offensive Rank: 86
Defensive Rank: 81
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.8 - 7.2
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None

UAB Blazers
Power Rank: 119
Offensive Rank: 100
Defensive Rank: 120
Projected Regular Season Record: 2.9 - 9.1
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None

Tulane Green Wave
Power Rank: 116
Offensive Rank: 118
Defensive Rank: 109
Projected Regular Season Record: 2.4 - 9.6
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: None

Memphis Tigers
Power Rank: 122
Offensive Rank: 122
Defensive Rank: 121
Projected Regular Season Record: 2.2 - 9.8
Conference Standing: 12
Projected Bowl: None

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

Independents Preview

Brigham Young Cougars
Power Rank: 41
Offensive Rank: 60
Defensive Rank: 32
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.8 - 3.2
Conference Standing: N/A
Projected Bowl: Kraft Fight Hunger

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Power Rank: 25
Offensive Rank: 28
Defensive Rank: 27
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.5 - 4.5
Conference Standing: N/A
Projected Bowl: Gator
Biggest Strength: Linebackers
Greatest Weakness: Typically Tough Schedule
Most Important Offensive Player: Theo Reddick
Most Important Defensive Player: Jamoris Slaughter
Breakout Candidate: Theo Reddick

Navy Midshipmen
Power Rank: 86
Offensive Rank: 81
Defensive Rank: 67
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.7 - 5.3
Conference Standing: N/A
Projected Bowl: Poinsettia

Army Black Knights
Power Rank: 85
Offensive Rank: 85
Defensive Rank: 58
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.2 - 6.8
Conference Standing: N/A
Projected Bowl: None

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

MAC Preview

Ohio Bobcats
Power Rank: 53
Offensive Rank: 79
Defensive Rank: 79
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.8 - 2.2
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: GoDaddy.com

Bowling Green Falcons
Power Rank: 65
Offensive Rank: 70
Defensive Rank: 69
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.4 - 3.6 
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Little Caesars

Miami (OH) RedHawks
Power Rank: 70
Offensive Rank: 76
Defensive Rank: 70
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.3 - 3.7 
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Famous Idaho Potato

Toledo Rockets
Power Rank: 71
Offensive Rank: 53
Defensive Rank: 94
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.5 - 4.5 
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: None

Northern Illinois Huskies
Power Rank: 95
Offensive Rank: 96
Defensive Rank: 110
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.5 - 4.5
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: None

Western Michigan Broncos
Power Rank: 64
Offensive Rank: 46
Defensive Rank: 100
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.2 - 4.8 
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: None

Kent State Golden Flashes
Power Rank: 88
Offensive Rank: 114
Defensive Rank: 42
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.6 - 6.4
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: None

Central Michigan Chippewas
Power Rank: 94
Offensive Rank: 93
Defensive Rank: 93
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.3 - 6.7
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: None

Buffalo Bulls
Power Rank: 97
Offensive Rank: 99
Defensive Rank: 92
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.2 - 7.8 
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None

Ball State Cardinals
Power Rank: 109
Offensive Rank: 64
Defensive Rank: 115
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.3 - 8.7
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None

Eastern Michigan Eagles
Power Rank: 102
Offensive Rank: 110
Defensive Rank: 102
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.2 - 8.8 
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: None

Akron Zips
Power Rank: 123
Offensive Rank: 119
Defensive Rank: 118
Projected Regular Season Record: 2.3 - 9.7
Conference Standing: 12
Projected Bowl: None

Massachusetts Minutemen
Power Rank: 124
Offensive Rank: 124
Defensive Rank: 122
Projected Regular Season Record: 1.2 - 10.8 
Conference Standing: 13
Projected Bowl: None

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

Mountain West Preview

Boise State Broncos
Power Rank: 28
Offensive Rank: 39
Defensive Rank: 35
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.0 - 3.0
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Las Vegas

Nevada Wolf Pack
Power Rank: 37
Offensive Rank: 37
Defensive Rank: 74
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.7 - 3.3
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Poinsettia

Wyoming Cowboys
Power Rank: 96
Offensive Rank: 91
Defensive Rank: 97
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.2 - 4.8
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Armed Forces

Fresno State Bulldogs
Power Rank: 92
Offensive Rank: 68
Defensive Rank: 103
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.1 - 4.9
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: New Mexico

San Diego State Aztecs
Power Rank: 76
Offensive Rank: 80
Defensive Rank: 95
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.0 - 5.0
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Hawaii

Hawaii Warriors
Power Rank: 99
Offensive Rank: 101
Defensive Rank: 105
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.5 - 6.5
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: None

Colorado State Rams
Power Rank: 107
Offensive Rank: 115
Defensive Rank: 107
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.9 - 7.1
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: None

New Mexico Lobos
Power Rank: 118
Offensive Rank: 105
Defensive Rank: 111
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.7 - 8.3
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: None

Air Force Falcons
Power Rank: 100
Offensive Rank: 102
Defensive Rank: 113
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.4 - 7.6
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl:

UNLV Rebels
Power Rank: 115
Offensive Rank: 109
Defensive Rank: 106
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.3 - 9.7
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl:

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Pac-12 Preview

USC Trojans
Power Rank: 3
Offensive Rank: 2
Defensive Rank: 9
Projected Regular Season Record: 11.1 - 0.9
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: BCS Championship
Biggest Strength: Everything Else
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Line
Most Important Offensive Player: Aundrey Walker
Most Important Defensive Player: Wes Horton
Breakout Candidate: Lamar Dawson

Oregon Ducks
Power Rank: 8
Offensive Rank: 3
Defensive Rank: 44
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.8 - 2.2
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Rose
Biggest Strength: Explosive Run Offense
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Turnover
Most Important Offensive Player: Marcus Mariota
Most Important Defensive Player: Kiko Alonso
Breakout Candidate: Arik Armstead

Utah Utes
Power Rank: 27
Offensive Rank: 51
Defensive Rank: 12
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.0 - 4.0
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Alamo
Biggest Strength: Run Defense
Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line Turnover
Most Important Offensive Player: Percy Taumoelau
Most Important Defensive Player: Trevor Reilly
Breakout Candidate: Kenneth Scott

Stanford Cardinal
Power Rank: 22
Offensive Rank: 24
Defensive Rank: 30
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.1 - 4.9
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Holiday
Biggest Strength: Linebackers
Greatest Weakness: Quarterback Uncertainty
Most Important Offensive Player: Josh Nunes
Most Important Defensive Player: Shayne Skov
Breakout Candidate: Wayne Lyons

UCLA Bruins
Power Rank: 39
Offensive Rank: 34
Defensive Rank: 38
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.7 - 5.3
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Sun
Biggest Strength: Experienced Defense
Greatest Weakness: More Coaching Turnover
Most Important Offensive Player: Johnathan Franklin
Most Important Defensive Player: Brandon Willis
Breakout Candidate: Brett Hundley

Washington Huskies
Power Rank: 43
Offensive Rank: 15
Defensive Rank: 61
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.7 - 5.3
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: Las Vegas
Biggest Strength: Keith Price
Greatest Weakness: Giving Up Big Plays
Most Important Offensive Player: Micah Hatchie
Most Important Defensive Player: Hau'oli Jamora
Breakout Candidate: Bishop Sankey

Washington State Cougars
Power Rank: 38
Offensive Rank: 10
Defensive Rank: 82
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.4 - 5.6
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: Kraft Fight Hunger
Biggest Strength: Mike Leach's Passing Offense
Greatest Weakness: Everything Else
Most Important Offensive Player: Jeff Tuel
Most Important Defensive Player: Chester Su'a
Breakout Candidate: Kristoff Williams

California Golden Bears
Power Rank: 35
Offensive Rank: 30
Defensive Rank: 36
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.8 - 6.2
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: New Mexico
Biggest Strength: No Glaring Weaknesses
Greatest Weakness: Ridiculously Brutal Schedule
Most Important Offensive Player: Keenan Allen
Most Important Defensive Player: Khairi Fortt
Breakout Candidate: Cole Leininger

Oregon State Beavers
Power Rank: 47
Offensive Rank: 36
Defensive Rank: 33
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.7 - 6.3
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None

Arizona State Sun Devils
Power Rank: 77
Offensive Rank: 42
Defensive Rank: 83
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.0 - 7.0
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None

Arizona Wildcats
Power Rank: 63
Offensive Rank: 21
Defensive Rank: 86
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.0 - 7.0
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: None

Colorado Buffaloes
Power Rank: 103
Offensive Rank: 71
Defensive Rank: 89
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.0 - 9.0
Conference Standing: 12
Projected Bowl: None

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SEC Preview

Alabama Crimson Tide
Power Rank: 1
Offensive Rank: 7
Defensive Rank: 2
Projected Regular Season Record: 10.9 - 1.1
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: BCS Championship
Biggest Strength: Talent and Depth
Greatest Weakness: Difficult Schedule
Most Important Offensive Player: Eddie Lacy
Most Important Defensive Player: Dee Milliner
Breakout Candidate: Cyrus Kouandijo

Georgia Bulldogs
Power Rank: 4
Offensive Rank: 12
Defensive Rank: 3
Projected Regular Season Record: 10.6 - 1.4
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Capital One
Biggest Strength: Talent and Experience
Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
Most Important Offensive Player: Kenarious Gates
Most Important Defensive Player: Branden Smith
Breakout Candidate: Arthur Lynch

LSU Tigers
Power Rank: 2
Offensive Rank: 17
Defensive Rank: 1
Projected Regular Season Record: 10.1 - 1.9
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Sugar
Biggest Strength: Offensive and Defensive Lines
Greatest Weakness: Quarterback Uncertainty
Most Important Offensive Player: Zach Mettenberger
Most Important Defensive Player: Craig Loston
Breakout Candidate: Zach Mettenberger

Arkansas Razorbacks
Power Rank: 11
Offensive Rank: 13
Defensive Rank: 23
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.4 - 3.6
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Outback
Biggest Strength: Pass Offense
Greatest Weakness: Coaching Turnover
Most Important Offensive Player: Brey Cook
Most Important Defensive Player: Tenarius Wright
Breakout Candidate: Cobi Hamilton

South Carolina Gamecocks
Power Rank: 10
Offensive Rank: 33
Defensive Rank: 6
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.0 - 4.0
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Cotton
Biggest Strength: Pass Rush
Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
Most Important Offensive Player: Marcus Lattimore
Most Important Defensive Player: Victor Hampton
Breakout Candidate: Damiere Byrd

Tennessee Volunteers
Power Rank: 19
Offensive Rank: 31
Defensive Rank: 11
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.8 - 4.2
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: Chick-fil-A
Biggest Strength: Returning Depth
Greatest Weakness: Run Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Marlin Lane
Most Important Defensive Player: Maurice Couch
Breakout Candidate: Justin Hunter

Florida Gators
Power Rank: 20
Offensive Rank: 44
Defensive Rank: 7
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.2 - 4.8
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: Gator
Biggest Strength: Defensive Experience and Speed
Greatest Weakness: Pass Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Jeff Driskel
Most Important Defensive Player: Lerentee McCray
Breakout Candidate: Mike Gillislee

Missouri Tigers
Power Rank: 16
Offensive Rank: 14
Defensive Rank: 39
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.9 - 5.1
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: Music City
Biggest Strength: Offensive Balance
Greatest Weakness: Offensive and Defensive Lines
Most Important Offensive Player: Elvis Fisher
Most Important Defensive Player: Will Ebner
Breakout Candidate: Dorial Green-Beckham

Auburn Tigers
Power Rank: 51
Offensive Rank: 41
Defensive Rank: 22
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.4 - 5.6
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: Liberty
Biggest Strength: Defensive Experience
Greatest Weakness: Pass Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Kiehl Frazier
Most Important Defensive Player: Jake Holland
Breakout Candidate: Tre Mason

Texas A&M Aggies
Power Rank: 26
Offensive Rank: 22
Defensive Rank: 52
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.0 - 6.0
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: BBVA Compass
Biggest Strength: Run Offense
Greatest Weakness: Coaching and Quarterback Turnover
Most Important Offensive Player: Luke Joeckel
Most Important Defensive Player: Kirby Ennis
Breakout Candidate: Johnny Manziel

Vanderbilt Commodores
Power Rank: 34
Offensive Rank: 22
Defensive Rank: 52
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.0 - 6.0
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: Independence
Biggest Strength: Defensive Front Seven
Greatest Weakness: Turnovers
Most Important Offensive Player: Jordan Rodgers
Most Important Defensive Player: Andre Hal
Breakout Candidate: Jordan Rodgers

Mississippi State Bulldogs
Power Rank: 44
Offensive Rank: 61
Defensive Rank: 34
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.0 - 6.0
Conference Standing: 12
Projected Bowl: None

Mississippi Rebels
Power Rank: 74
Offensive Rank: 50
Defensive Rank: 28
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.5 - 7.5
Conference Standing: 13
Projected Bowl: None

Kentucky Wildcats
Power Rank: 91
Offensive Rank: 88
Defensive Rank: 40
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.2 - 7.8
Conference Standing: 14
Projected Bowl: None

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Sun Belt Preview

Arkansas State Red Wolves
Power Rank: 79
Offensive Rank: 113
Defensive Rank: 73
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.2 - 3.8
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: New Orleans

FIU Golden Panthers
Power Rank: 78
Offensive Rank: 109
Defensive Rank: 91
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.1 - 3.9
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: GoDaddy.com

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
Power Rank: 87
Offensive Rank: 87
Defensive Rank: 114
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.4 - 4.6
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: None

Troy Trojans
Power Rank: 110
Offensive Rank: 95
Defensive Rank: 117
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.9 - 5.1
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: None

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Power Rank: 101
Offensive Rank: 111
Defensive Rank: 99
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.5 - 6.5
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: None

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
Power Rank: 84
Offensive Rank: 98
Defensive Rank: 88
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.2 - 6.8
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: None

North Texas Mean Green
Power Rank: 106
Offensive Rank: 107
Defensive Rank: 111
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.8 - 7.2
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: None

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Power Rank: 108
Offensive Rank: 104
Defensive Rank: 116
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.5 - 7.5
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: None

Florida Atlantic Owls
Power Rank: 113
Offensive Rank: 121
Defensive Rank: 96
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.2 - 8.8
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None

South Alabama Jaguars
Power Rank: 117
Offensive Rank: 123
Defensive Rank: 108
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.0 - 10.0
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None

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WAC Preview

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Power Rank: 57
Offensive Rank: 56
Defensive Rank: 72
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.6 - 2.4
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Famous Idaho Potato

Utah State Aggies
Power Rank: 73
Offensive Rank: 72
Defensive Rank: 62
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.9 - 4.1
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Military

San Jose State Spartans
Power Rank: 111
Offensive Rank: 112
Defensive Rank: 104
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.1 - 5.9
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: None

Idaho Vandals
Power Rank: 112
Offensive Rank: 106
Defensive Rank: 112
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.2 - 6.8
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: None

Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners
Power Rank: 114
Offensive Rank: 117
Defensive Rank: 119
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.0 - 8.0
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: None

New Mexico State Aggies
Power Rank: 120
Offensive Rank: 116
Defensive Rank: 123
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.1 - 8.9
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: None

Texas State Bobcats
Power Rank: 121
Offensive Rank: 120
Defensive Rank: 124
Projected Regular Season Record: 2.8 - 9.2
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: None

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