College Preview: In-Depth Analysis

Last updated on 8/15/2013

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The Predictalator has already played the 2013 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. 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 Braxton Miller is clearly the "most valuable" offensive player to the Ohio State Buckeyes, Taylor Decker, a first year starter at tackle who will be stepping in as the only new starter along the line 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 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 2013 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 2013. 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

Bowl matchups below reflect our best projection based on the results from our predicted season. 

In the most likely BCS Championship game, Alabama tops Ohio State, to give the Crimson Tide a third consecutive National Championship and their fourth in the last five seasons, which is also the SEC's eighth straight BCS title (to close out the "BCS era"). Alabama wins the game at the Rose Bowl 71.8% of the time and by an average score of 31-16 (yeah, not so close). The Crimson Tide retain their dominant ways that have kept the team at the top of our College Football Power Rankings for 39 consecutive college football weeks (and seemingly well on their way to 50-plus in that streak. 

There is some subjectivity to this analysis (as there tends to be in any college football conversation). Interestingly, Ohio State ranks just eighth in our initial Power Rankings, but the Buckeyes are the second most likely team in the country (from any conference) to go undefeated and would unlikely lose that spot to Louisville, the most likely undefeated team. Yet again, with four of the top six teams in the country, the SEC beats up on itself (after Alabama), while the Big 12 and Pac-12 each have multiple true national championship contenders, making it difficult for one to stand out. Ohio State may be a decent bet to make the BCS National Championship based on schedule and hype, but Alabama, Texas A&M (with Johnny Manziel starting every game), Oregon, Georgia, Texas, South Carolina and Stanford are better teams and would be favored over the Buckeyes on a neutral field. 

In other BCS Bowls, the Big Ten Championship game loser, Nebraska, falls to the Pac-12 champion, Oregon in a Rose Bowl shootout 38-27. The Sugar Bowl features the SEC Championship runner up, Georgia, overcoming the Pac-12 runner-up Stanford with a 33-31 Bulldogs victory. In another great offensive battle, ACC winner Florida State bests Big 12 runner-up Oklahoma State 31-30 in the Orange Bowl. And Big 12 winner Texas puts away an overmatched Louisville team that rides an easy schedule and conference ties to make a BCS bowl with a 35-27 victory in the Fiesta Bowl. Meanwhile, Texas A&M (#2), South Carolina (#6) and TCU (#9) are top ten teams from our Power Rankings that narrowly miss making BCS game appearances. And lastly, for the fun of it, a four-team playoff with these results would likely see Alabama (#1) taking out Florida State (#4) and Oregon (#3) defeating Ohio State (#2) to set up an Alabama vs. Oregon National Championship.

Also, because it warrants clarification at this point, we are assuming that Johnny Manziel starts every game for Texas A&M this season. If he does, the Aggies are our #2 team in the country and win 9.2 games. If he misses every game, Texas A&M still wins 7.2 games, yet falls to #46 in the Power Rankings (and a likely berth in the Liberty Bowl). 

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

Louisville Cardinals
Power Rank: 23
Offensive Rank: 30
Defensive Rank: 14
Projected Regular Season Record: 10.5 - 1.5
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Fiesta Bowl

Cincinnati Bearcats
Power Rank: 39
Offensive Rank: 16
Defensive Rank: 60
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.9 - 3.1
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Russell Athletic Bowl

UCF Knights
Power Rank: 71
Offensive Rank: 80
Defensive Rank: 64
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.4 - 4.6
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Belk Bowl

Rutgers Knights
Power Rank: 67
Offensive Rank: 109
Defensive Rank: 33
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.9 - 5.1
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Pinstripe Bowl

Connecticut Huskies
Power Rank: 78
Offensive Rank: 105
Defensive Rank: 42
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.0 - 6.0
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

Southern Methodist Mustangs
Power Rank: 75
Offensive Rank: 85
Defensive Rank: 62
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.6 - 6.4
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: BBVA Compass Bowl

South Florida Bulls
Power Rank: 87
Offensive Rank: 108
Defensive Rank: 52
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.6 - 6.4
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: None

Houston Cougars
Power Rank: 97
Offensive Rank: 56
Defensive Rank: 121
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.5 - 6.5
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: None

Memphis Tigers
Power Rank: 95
Offensive Rank: 122
Defensive Rank: 73
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.3 - 6.7
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None

Temple Owls
Power Rank: 106
Offensive Rank: 117
Defensive Rank: 90
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.6 - 8.4
Conference Standing: 10
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: 12
Offensive Rank: 32
Defensive Rank: 4
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.9 - 2.1
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Orange Bowl
Biggest Strength: Pass Defense (Still)
Greatest Weakness: Quarterback (uncertainty with new QB)
Most Important Offensive Player: Jameis Winston, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Timmy Jernigan, DT
Breakout Candidate: Jameis Winston, QB

Clemson Tigers
Power Rank: 19
Offensive Rank: 5
Defensive Rank: 30
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.2 - 2.8
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Sun Bowl
Biggest Strength: Explosive Offense
Greatest Weakness: Two SEC Teams on the Schedule (also lost 4 of top 6 tacklers)
Most Important Offensive Player: Sammy Watkins, WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Travis Blanks, S
Breakout Candidate: Stephone Anthony, LB

Miami (FL) Hurricanes
Power Rank: 31
Offensive Rank: 10
Defensive Rank: 75
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.8 - 3.2
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Chick-fil-A Bowl
Biggest Strength: Experience (18 starters return - 10 on offense)
Greatest Weakness: Defense Susceptible to Big Plays
Most Important Offensive Player: Seantrel Henderson/Ereck Flowers T
Most Important Defensive Player: AJ Highsmith, S
Breakout Candidate: Stacy Coley, WR

Georgia Tech Jackets
Power Rank: 28
Offensive Rank: 28
Defensive Rank: 18
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.3 - 3.7
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: AdvoCare V100 Bowl
Biggest Strength: Scheme Advantage (with experience - 4 of 5 OL starters return)
Greatest Weakness: Special Teams
Most Important Offensive Player: Vlad Lee, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Jabari Hunt-Days, LB
Breakout Candidate: Darren Waller, WR

North Carolina Tar Heels
Power Rank: 41
Offensive Rank: 26
Defensive Rank: 58
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.6 - 4.4
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Music City Bowl
Biggest Strength: Quarterback and Secondary
Greatest Weakness: Everything Else
Most Important Offensive Player: James Hurst, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Shawn Underwood, DT
Breakout Candidate: Romar Morris, RB

Virginia Tech Hokies
Power Rank: 38
Offensive Rank: 61
Defensive Rank: 12
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.5 - 4.5
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: Russell Athletic Bowl
Biggest Strength: Overall Defense
Greatest Weakness: Innefficient Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Logan Thomas, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Tariq Edwards, LB
Breakout Candidate: Kendall Fuller, CB

Maryland Terrapins
Power Rank: 61
Offensive Rank: 89
Defensive Rank: 27
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.7 - 5.3
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: Belk Bowl
Biggest Strength: Playmaking Wide Receivers
Greatest Weakness: Quarterback and Pass Rush
Most Important Offensive Player: C.J. Brown, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Darius Kilgo, DT
Breakout Candidate: Deon Long, WR

North Carolina State Wolfpack
Power Rank: 92
Offensive Rank: 95
Defensive Rank: 96
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.7 - 5.3
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: Military Bowl
Biggest Strength: Favorable Schedule
Greatest Weakness: Uncertainty - Does Inexperienced Personnel Fit New Coaching Scheme?
Most Important Offensive Player: Rob Crisp, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Jarvis Byrd, S
Breakout Candidate: Brandon Mitchell, QB

Pittsburgh Panthers
Power Rank: 52
Offensive Rank: 74
Defensive Rank: 24
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.5 - 6.5
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Defensive Front Seven
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience at Skill Positions
Most Important Offensive Player: Adam Bisnowaty, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Lafayette Pitts, CB
Breakout Candidate: David Durham, DE

Wake Forest Deacons
Power Rank: 77
Offensive Rank: 100
Defensive Rank: 51
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.3 - 6.7
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Run Defense
Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
Most Important Offensive Player: Michael Campanaro, WR
Most Important Defensive Player: AJ Marshall, S
Breakout Candidate: Bud Noel, CB

Virginia Cavaliers
Power Rank: 62
Offensive Rank: 78
Defensive Rank: 43
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.7 - 7.3
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Defensive Secondary
Greatest Weakness: Lack of Offensive Playmakers
Most Important Offensive Player: David Watford, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Henry Coley, LB
Breakout Candidate: David Watford, QB

Syracuse Orange
Power Rank: 70
Offensive Rank: 50
Defensive Rank: 80
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.5 - 7.5
Conference Standing: 12
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Running Back Duo
Greatest Weakness: Everything Else
Most Important Offensive Player: Drew Allen, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Durrell Eskridge, S
Breakout Candidate: Ashton Broyld, WR/HB

Duke Devils
Power Rank: 104
Offensive Rank: 94
Defensive Rank: 104
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.5 - 7.5
Conference Standing: 13
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Favorable Schedule and Special Teams
Greatest Weakness: Turnover (on the field and off)
Most Important Offensive Player: Anthony Boone, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Ross Cockrell, CB
Breakout Candidate: Kelby Brown, LB

Boston College Eagles
Power Rank: 76
Offensive Rank: 101
Defensive Rank: 49
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.4 - 7.6
Conference Standing: 14
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Experience (18 starters return - 10 on defense)
Greatest Weakness: Those 18 Starters Were 2-10 Last Season
Most Important Offensive Player: Matt Patchan, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB
Breakout Candidate: Matt Patchan, T

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

Texas Longhorns
Power Rank: 5
Offensive Rank: 9
Defensive Rank: 16
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.5 - 2.5
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Fiesta Bowl
Biggest Strength: Talent and Experience (19 starters return - all of the offensive line)
Greatest Weakness: Run Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: David Ash, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Jordan Hicks, LB
Breakout Candidate: Malcolm Brown (Either of them - RB or DT)

Oklahoma State Cowboys
Power Rank: 10
Offensive Rank: 4
Defensive Rank: 54
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.8 - 3.2
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Orange Bowl
Biggest Strength: Pass Offense and Defense
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Front Seven
Most Important Offensive Player: Devin Davis, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Calvin Barnett, DT
Breakout Candidate: Jeremy Smith, RB

TCU Frogs
Power Rank: 9
Offensive Rank: 31
Defensive Rank: 5
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.5 - 3.5
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Cotton Bowl
Biggest Strength: Overall Defense
Greatest Weakness: Off-field and Health Concerns
Most Important Offensive Player: Casey Pachall, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Johnathan Anderson LB/S
Breakout Candidate: Sam Carter, S

Baylor Bears
Power Rank: 25
Offensive Rank: 6
Defensive Rank: 82
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.0 - 4.0
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Holiday Bowl
Biggest Strength: Explosive Offense
Greatest Weakness: Pass Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: Lache Seastrunk, RB
Most Important Defensive Player: Ahmad Dixon, S
Breakout Candidate: Tevin Reese, WR

Oklahoma Sooners
Power Rank: 15
Offensive Rank: 2
Defensive Rank: 47
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.5 - 4.5
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Alamo Bowl
Biggest Strength: Offensive Line
Greatest Weakness: Run Defense (lost 4 of top 5 tacklers)
Most Important Offensive Player: Blake Bell, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Corey Nelson, LB
Breakout Candidate: Jordan Phillips, DT

Kansas State Wildcats
Power Rank: 44
Offensive Rank: 58
Defensive Rank: 28
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.1 - 4.9
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Biggest Strength: Bill Snyder (and the offensive line)
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience (lost QB and 6 of top 7 tacklers)
Most Important Offensive Player: Jake Waters/Daniel Sams, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Ty Zimmerman, S
Breakout Candidate: John Hubert, RB

Texas Tech Raiders
Power Rank: 37
Offensive Rank: 14
Defensive Rank: 63
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.5 - 5.5
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: Pinstripe Bowl
Biggest Strength: Defensive Front Seven (return all starters)
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Secondary and Offensive Uncertainty
Most Important Offensive Player: Le'Raven Clark, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Tre Porter, S
Breakout Candidate: Michael Brewer, QB

West Virginia Mountaineers
Power Rank: 57
Offensive Rank: 29
Defensive Rank: 86
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.8 - 7.2
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Big Play Talents
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience on Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Charles Sims, RB/WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Darwin Cook, S
Breakout Candidate: Wes Tonkery, LB/S

Iowa State Cyclones
Power Rank: 69
Offensive Rank: 68
Defensive Rank: 76
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.6 - 7.4
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Special Teams
Greatest Weakness: Passing Game (Offense and Defense)
Most Important Offensive Player: Sam Richardson, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Deon Broomfield, S
Breakout Candidate: Ernst Brun, TE

Kansas Jayhawks
Power Rank: 72
Offensive Rank: 59
Defensive Rank: 79
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.4 - 8.6
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Favorable Schedule
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience (lost QB and 6 of top 7 tacklers)
Most Important Offensive Player: Jake Heaps, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Dexter McDonald, CB
Breakout Candidate: Tony Pierson, RB

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

Ohio State Buckeyes
Power Rank: 8
Offensive Rank: 17
Defensive Rank: 23
Projected Regular Season Record: 10.4 - 1.6
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: BCS National Championship
Biggest Strength: Favorable Schedule (and a lot of talent)
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Front Seven (more uncertainty and inexperience than lack of talent)
Most Important Offensive Player: Taylor Decker, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Josh Perry, LB
Breakout Candidate: Adolphus Washington, DE

Nebraska Cornhuskers
Power Rank: 18
Offensive Rank: 18
Defensive Rank: 29
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.7 - 2.3
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Rose Bowl
Biggest Strength: Run Offense
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Front Seven (more uncertainty and inexperience than lack of talent)
Most Important Offensive Player: Kenny Bell, WR
Most Important Defensive Player: David Santos, LB
Breakout Candidate: Randy Gregory, DE

Wisconsin Badgers
Power Rank: 33
Offensive Rank: 35
Defensive Rank: 40
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.6 - 3.4
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Outback Bowl
Biggest Strength: Defensive Front Seven (despite change in scheme)
Greatest Weakness: Uncertainty - Does Inexperienced Personnel Fit New Coaching Scheme?
Most Important Offensive Player: Dan Voltz, C
Most Important Defensive Player: Darius Hillary, CB
Breakout Candidate: Vince Biegel, LB

Michigan Wolverines
Power Rank: 13
Offensive Rank: 27
Defensive Rank: 13
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.5 - 3.5
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Capital One Bowl
Biggest Strength: Favorable Schedule
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience (may start 10+ Freshmen or Sophomores)
Most Important Offensive Player: Devin Gardner, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Cam Gordon/Jake Ryan, LB
Breakout Candidate: Derrick Green, RB

Michigan State Spartans
Power Rank: 21
Offensive Rank: 62
Defensive Rank: 2
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.1 - 3.9
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Gator Bowl
Biggest Strength: Overall Defense
Greatest Weakness: Overall Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Andrew Maxwell, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Darqueze Dennard, CB
Breakout Candidate: Shilique Calhoun, DE

Northwestern Wildcats
Power Rank: 27
Offensive Rank: 37
Defensive Rank: 26
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.7 - 4.3
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: Texas Bowl
Biggest Strength: Special Teams (and Colter/Mark tandem)
Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
Most Important Offensive Player: Jack Konopka, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Ibraheim Campbell, S
Breakout Candidate: Dan Vitale, WR

Penn State Lions
Power Rank: 45
Offensive Rank: 52
Defensive Rank: 31
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.6 - 4.4
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: *N/A
Biggest Strength: Pass Defense
Greatest Weakness: Run Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Donovan Smith, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Glenn Carson, LB
Breakout Candidate: Christian Hackenberg, QB

Indiana Hoosiers
Power Rank: 47
Offensive Rank: 23
Defensive Rank: 78
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.7 - 6.3
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Biggest Strength: Experience (19 starters return)
Greatest Weakness: Those 19 Starters Were 4-8 Last Season
Most Important Offensive Player: Jason Spriggs, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Alex Todd, DT
Breakout Candidate: Stephen Houston, RB

Minnesota Gophers
Power Rank: 66
Offensive Rank: 92
Defensive Rank: 44
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.1 - 6.9
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Pass Defense and Favorable Schedule
Greatest Weakness: Everything Else
Most Important Offensive Player: Phillip Nelson, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Damien Wilson, LB
Breakout Candidate: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT

Iowa Hawkeyes
Power Rank: 82
Offensive Rank: 116
Defensive Rank: 41
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.8 - 7.2
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Run Defense
Greatest Weakness: Overall Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Mark Weisman, RB
Most Important Defensive Player: BJ Lowery, CB
Breakout Candidate: CJ Fiedorowicz, TE

Purdue Boilermakers
Power Rank: 81
Offensive Rank: 102
Defensive Rank: 61
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.8 - 8.2
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Inexperience on Offense
Greatest Weakness: Pass Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: Rob Henry, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Bruce Gaston, DT
Breakout Candidate: Akeem Hunt, RB

Illinois Illini
Power Rank: 89
Offensive Rank: 107
Defensive Rank: 55
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.3 - 8.7
Conference Standing: 12
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Special Teams
Greatest Weakness: Everything Else
Most Important Offensive Player: Nate Scheelhaase, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Justin DuVernois, P
Breakout Candidate: Darius Mosely, 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

C-USA Preview

Marshall Herd
Power Rank: 59
Offensive Rank: 19
Defensive Rank: 97
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.7 - 2.3
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Liberty Bowl

Rice Owls
Power Rank: 65
Offensive Rank: 48
Defensive Rank: 74
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.6 - 3.4
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Military Bowl

Tulsa Hurricane
Power Rank: 58
Offensive Rank: 55
Defensive Rank: 56
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.6 - 3.4
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Heart of Dallas Bowl

East Carolina Pirates
Power Rank: 60
Offensive Rank: 57
Defensive Rank: 68
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.7 - 4.3
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Hawaii Bowl

Southern Miss Eagles
Power Rank: 107
Offensive Rank: 84
Defensive Rank: 116
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.1 - 5.9
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Beef 'O' Brady Bowl

Middle Tennessee Raiders
Power Rank: 84
Offensive Rank: 77
Defensive Rank: 89
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.0 - 6.0
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: New Orleans Bowl

Tulane Wave
Power Rank: 110
Offensive Rank: 119
Defensive Rank: 99
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.7 - 6.3
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: None

UAB Blazers
Power Rank: 86
Offensive Rank: 67
Defensive Rank: 88
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.5 - 6.5
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: None

North Texas Green
Power Rank: 90
Offensive Rank: 88
Defensive Rank: 81
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.4 - 6.6
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Power Rank: 122
Offensive Rank: 93
Defensive Rank: 122
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.0 - 7.0
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None

UTEP Miners
Power Rank: 103
Offensive Rank: 96
Defensive Rank: 102
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.6 - 7.4
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: None

Florida International Panthers
Power Rank: 112
Offensive Rank: 99
Defensive Rank: 113
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.2 - 8.8
Conference Standing: 12
Projected Bowl: None

UTSA Roadrunners
Power Rank: 73
Offensive Rank: 82
Defensive Rank: 71
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.2 - 8.8
Conference Standing: 13
Projected Bowl: None

Florida Atlantic Owls
Power Rank: 120
Offensive Rank: 121
Defensive Rank: 98
Projected Regular Season Record: 2.6 - 9.4
Conference Standing: 14
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

Notre Dame Irish
Power Rank: 22
Offensive Rank: 46
Defensive Rank: 9
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.1 - 3.9
Projected Bowl: Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Biggest Strength: Defensive Line
Greatest Weakness: Tough Schedule and Quarterback Concerns
Most Important Offensive Player: Tommy Rees, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Jarrett Grace, LB
Breakout Candidate: Troy Niklas, TE

Brigham Young Cougars
Power Rank: 42
Offensive Rank: 64
Defensive Rank: 10
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.1 - 3.9
Projected Bowl: Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Biggest Strength: Playmaking Skill Position Players
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience on Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: Taysom Hill, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Craig Bills, S
Breakout Candidate: Mitch Mathews, WR

Army Knights
Power Rank: 116
Offensive Rank: 83
Defensive Rank: 110
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.9 - 7.1
Projected Bowl: None

Navy Midshipmen
Power Rank: 88
Offensive Rank: 97
Defensive Rank: 72
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.7 - 5.3
Projected Bowl: Armed Forces Bowl

New Mexico State Aggies
Power Rank: 119
Offensive Rank: 86
Defensive Rank: 123
Projected Regular Season Record: 2.9 - 9.1
Projected Bowl: None

Idaho Vandals
Power Rank: 123
Offensive Rank: 120
Defensive Rank: 124
Projected Regular Season Record: 1.6 - 10.4
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

Northern Illinois Huskies
Power Rank: 51
Offensive Rank: 42
Defensive Rank: 77
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.8 - 2.2
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: GoDaddy Bowl

Bowling Green Falcons
Power Rank: 54
Offensive Rank: 91
Defensive Rank: 19
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.2 - 2.8
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

Ball State Cardinals
Power Rank: 79
Offensive Rank: 38
Defensive Rank: 103
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.9 - 3.1
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Ohio Bobcats
Power Rank: 98
Offensive Rank: 79
Defensive Rank: 92
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.8 - 3.2
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Poinsettia Bowl

Toledo Rockets
Power Rank: 80
Offensive Rank: 45
Defensive Rank: 109
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.0 - 5.0
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Heart of Dallas Bowl

Western Michigan Broncos
Power Rank: 85
Offensive Rank: 70
Defensive Rank: 91
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.0 - 5.0
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: None

Buffalo Bulls
Power Rank: 93
Offensive Rank: 104
Defensive Rank: 69
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.2 - 5.8
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: None

Kent State Flashes
Power Rank: 105
Offensive Rank: 112
Defensive Rank: 94
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.1 - 6.9
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: None

Miami (OH) Redhawks
Power Rank: 101
Offensive Rank: 76
Defensive Rank: 108
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.5 - 7.5
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None

Central Michigan Chippewas
Power Rank: 118
Offensive Rank: 114
Defensive Rank: 112
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.0 - 8.0
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None

Akron Zips
Power Rank: 117
Offensive Rank: 98
Defensive Rank: 119
Projected Regular Season Record: 2.8 - 9.2
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: None

Eastern Michigan Eagles
Power Rank: 121
Offensive Rank: 118
Defensive Rank: 115
Projected Regular Season Record: 2.5 - 9.5
Conference Standing: 12
Projected Bowl: None

Massachusetts Minutemen
Power Rank: 124
Offensive Rank: 124
Defensive Rank: 120
Projected Regular Season Record: 1.3 - 10.7
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

Fresno State Bulldogs
Power Rank: 35
Offensive Rank: 25
Defensive Rank: 32
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.9 - 2.1
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Armed Forces Bowl

Boise State Broncos
Power Rank: 26
Offensive Rank: 53
Defensive Rank: 3
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.5 - 2.5
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Las Vegas Bowl

Utah State Aggies
Power Rank: 40
Offensive Rank: 41
Defensive Rank: 45
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.9 - 4.1
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Hawaii Bowl

San Diego State Aztecs
Power Rank: 56
Offensive Rank: 75
Defensive Rank: 38
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.8 - 5.2
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Poinsettia Bowl

San Jose State Spartans
Power Rank: 53
Offensive Rank: 47
Defensive Rank: 53
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.8 - 5.2
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Nevada Pack
Power Rank: 91
Offensive Rank: 49
Defensive Rank: 114
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.9 - 6.1
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: New Mexico Bowl

Wyoming Cowboys
Power Rank: 99
Offensive Rank: 81
Defensive Rank: 107
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.9 - 6.1
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: None

Colorado State Rams
Power Rank: 96
Offensive Rank: 106
Defensive Rank: 85
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.6 - 7.4
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: None

Air Force Falcons
Power Rank: 111
Offensive Rank: 115
Defensive Rank: 100
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.3 - 6.7
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None

New Mexico Lobos
Power Rank: 108
Offensive Rank: 90
Defensive Rank: 111
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.3 - 7.7
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None

UNLV Rebels
Power Rank: 109
Offensive Rank: 111
Defensive Rank: 101
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.2 - 7.8
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: None

Hawaii Warriors
Power Rank: 114
Offensive Rank: 123
Defensive Rank: 87
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.1 - 8.9
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: 3
Offensive Rank: 3
Defensive Rank: 21
Projected Regular Season Record: 10.1 - 1.9
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: Rose Bowl
Biggest Strength: Speed and Experience (it's everywhere)
Greatest Weakness: Coaching Turnover (and having to go to Stanford)
Most Important Offensive Player: Hroniss Grasu, C
Most Important Defensive Player: Tyson Coleman, LB
Breakout Candidate: Arik Armstead, DE

Stanford Cardinal
Power Rank: 7
Offensive Rank: 22
Defensive Rank: 8
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.1 - 2.9
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Sugar Bowl
Biggest Strength: Own the Trenches (offensive and defensive lines)
Greatest Weakness: Quarterback (good but not elite)
Most Important Offensive Player: Kevin Hogan, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Shayne Skov, LB
Breakout Candidate: Andrus Peat, O'T

Oregon State Beavers
Power Rank: 11
Offensive Rank: 13
Defensive Rank: 15
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.6 - 3.4
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Sun Bowl
Biggest Strength: Passing Game (offense and defense)
Greatest Weakness: Run Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: Brandin Cooks, WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Edwin Delva, DT
Breakout Candidate: Victor Bolden, WR

USC Trojans
Power Rank: 24
Offensive Rank: 24
Defensive Rank: 46
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.5 - 4.5
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Holiday Bowl
Biggest Strength: Run Offense
Greatest Weakness: Quarterback Uncertainty and Overall Depth
Most Important Offensive Player: Marqise Lee, WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Devon Kennard, LB
Breakout Candidate: Nelson Agholor, WR

Arizona State Devils
Power Rank: 20
Offensive Rank: 15
Defensive Rank: 17
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.5 - 4.5
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Alamo Bowl
Biggest Strength: Pass Rush and Secondary
Greatest Weakness: Run Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: Evan Finkenberg, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Allen Darby, S
Breakout Candidate: Carlos Mendoza, LB

Arizona Wildcats
Power Rank: 32
Offensive Rank: 8
Defensive Rank: 67
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.1 - 4.9
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Biggest Strength: Experience on Defense
Greatest Weakness: Pass Offense/QB Fit
Most Important Offensive Player: BJ Denker, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Shaquille Richardson, CB
Breakout Candidate: Marquis Flowers, LB

Washington Huskies
Power Rank: 30
Offensive Rank: 33
Defensive Rank: 22
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.0 - 5.0
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: Las Vegas Bowl
Biggest Strength: Experience (18 returning starters - 10 on offense)
Greatest Weakness: Tough Schedule and Special Teams
Most Important Offensive Player: Keith Price, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Shaq Thompson, LB
Breakout Candidate: Travis Freeney, LB

UCLA Bruins
Power Rank: 29
Offensive Rank: 11
Defensive Rank: 57
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.0 - 6.0
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: New Mexico Bowl
Biggest Strength: Above Average in Almost Everything
Greatest Weakness: Not Elite in Anything (and the secondary is pretty suspect)
Most Important Offensive Player: Simon Goines, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Randall Goforth, S
Breakout Candidate: Thomas Duarte, TE

California Bears
Power Rank: 55
Offensive Rank: 21
Defensive Rank: 95
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.6 - 7.4
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Youth and Athleticism (especially paired with new coaching regime)
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience (especially with a regime change)
Most Important Offensive Player: Freddie Tagaloa, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Stefan McClure, CB
Breakout Candidate: Brendan Bigelow, RB

Utah Utes
Power Rank: 68
Offensive Rank: 87
Defensive Rank: 50
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.6 - 7.4
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Coaching Staff
Greatest Weakness: Lack of Experience and Depth
Most Important Offensive Player: Travis Wilson, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Eric Rowe, S
Breakout Candidate: Kenneth Scott, WR

Washington State Cougars
Power Rank: 64
Offensive Rank: 66
Defensive Rank: 66
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.0 - 8.0
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Experience (16 starters return plus QB with significant experience)
Greatest Weakness: Those Players Went 3-9 in 2012
Most Important Offensive Player: Connor Halliday, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Darryl Monroe, LB
Breakout Candidate: Teondray Caldwell, RB

Colorado Buffaloes
Power Rank: 113
Offensive Rank: 113
Defensive Rank: 105
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.1 - 8.9
Conference Standing: 12
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Defensive Experience (to go with defensive-oriented head coach)
Greatest Weakness: Those Players Went 1-11 in 2012
Most Important Offensive Player: Connor Wood, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Kenneth Crawley, CB
Breakout Candidate: Connor Wood, 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

SEC Preview

Alabama Tide
Power Rank: 1
Offensive Rank: 12
Defensive Rank: 1
Projected Regular Season Record: 10.5 - 1.5
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: BCS National Championship
Biggest Strength: Dominant Talent, Coaching and Depth
Greatest Weakness: Turnover on Lines (offensive and defensive)
Most Important Offensive Player: Austin Shepherd, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Brandon Ivory, DT
Breakout Candidate: Chris Black, WR

Texas A&M Aggies
Power Rank: 2
Offensive Rank: 1
Defensive Rank: 48
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.2 - 2.8
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: Cotton Bowl
Biggest Strength: Johnny Manziel (on the field)
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience (only 11 returning starters, plus concern at QB if Manziel ineligible)
Most Important Offensive Player: Johnny Manziel, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Donnie Baggs, LB
Breakout Candidate: Tyrell Taylor, DE/LB

Georgia Bulldogs
Power Rank: 4
Offensive Rank: 7
Defensive Rank: 36
Projected Regular Season Record: 9.2 - 2.8
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Sugar Bowl
Biggest Strength: Experience and Talent on Offense
Greatest Weakness: Inexperience on Defense (just 3 returning starters)
Most Important Offensive Player: Malcolm Mitchell/Michael Bennett, WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Josh Harvey-Clemons/Corey Moore, S
Breakout Candidate: Jordan Jenkins, LB

South Carolina Gamecocks
Power Rank: 6
Offensive Rank: 34
Defensive Rank: 6
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.7 - 3.3
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: Outback Bowl
Biggest Strength: Youth, Athleticism and Talent
Greatest Weakness: Mistake Prone and Inexperience on Defense (lost top four tacklers and six of top eight)
Most Important Offensive Player: Connor Shaw, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Kaiwan Lewis, LB
Breakout Candidate: Shaq Roland, WR

Ole Miss Rebels
Power Rank: 16
Offensive Rank: 20
Defensive Rank: 20
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.3 - 3.7
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: Capital One Bowl
Biggest Strength: Talent and Experience (a top recruiting class plus 18 starters return)
Greatest Weakness: Playing in Brutal SEC West (and struggle with turnovers)
Most Important Offensive Player: Bo Wallace, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Robert Nkemdiche, DE
Breakout Candidate: Robert Nkemdiche, DE

Florida Gators
Power Rank: 14
Offensive Rank: 60
Defensive Rank: 7
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.3 - 3.7
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: Gator Bowl
Biggest Strength: Youth, Athleticism and Talent
Greatest Weakness: Mistake Prone and Inexperience on Defense (lost top five or six tacklers)
Most Important Offensive Player: DJ Humprhies, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Ronald Powell, DE/LB
Breakout Candidate: Loucheiz Purifoy, WR/CB

LSU Tigers
Power Rank: 17
Offensive Rank: 44
Defensive Rank: 11
Projected Regular Season Record: 7.9 - 4.1
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: Chick-fil-A Bowl
Biggest Strength: Overall Defense
Greatest Weakness: Brutal Schedule
Most Important Offensive Player: La'el Collins, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Craig Loston, S
Breakout Candidate: Anthony Johnson, DT

Vanderbilt Commodores
Power Rank: 43
Offensive Rank: 71
Defensive Rank: 25
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.5 - 5.5
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: Liberty Bowl
Biggest Strength: Pass Defense
Greatest Weakness: Lines (offensive and defensive)
Most Important Offensive Player: Austyn Carta-Samuels, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Walker May, DE
Breakout Candidate: Brian Kimbrow, RB

Missouri Tigers
Power Rank: 34
Offensive Rank: 36
Defensive Rank: 39
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.2 - 5.8
Conference Standing: 9
Projected Bowl: AdvoCare V100 Bowl
Biggest Strength: Running Game (offense and defense)
Greatest Weakness: Health Concerns and Inconsistency
Most Important Offensive Player: James Franklin, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Braylon Webb, S
Breakout Candidate: Michael Sam, DE

Auburn Tigers
Power Rank: 36
Offensive Rank: 40
Defensive Rank: 37
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.1 - 5.9
Conference Standing: 10
Projected Bowl: Music City Bowl
Biggest Strength: Average (Nationally) at Almost Everything
Greatest Weakness: Not Well Above Average at Anything
Most Important Offensive Player: Greg Robinson, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Jermaine Whitehead, S
Breakout Candidate: Nick Marshall, QB

Mississippi State Bulldogs
Power Rank: 46
Offensive Rank: 54
Defensive Rank: 35
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.6 - 6.4
Conference Standing: 11
Projected Bowl: BBVA Compass Bowl
Biggest Strength: Offensive Line
Greatest Weakness: Run Defense (also lost top 4 pass catchers)
Most Important Offensive Player: LaDarius Perkins, RB
Most Important Defensive Player: Benardrick McKinney, LB
Breakout Candidate: Joe Morrow, WR

Tennessee Volunteers
Power Rank: 48
Offensive Rank: 43
Defensive Rank: 70
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.4 - 6.6
Conference Standing: 12
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Offensive Line
Greatest Weakness: Passing Game (Offense and Defense)
Most Important Offensive Player: Justin Worley, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Justin Coleman, CB
Breakout Candidate: Marquez North, WR

Arkansas Razorbacks
Power Rank: 49
Offensive Rank: 72
Defensive Rank: 34
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.3 - 6.7
Conference Standing: 13
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Run Defense
Greatest Weakness: Everything Else (relative to the SEC)
Most Important Offensive Player: Brandon Allen, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Tevin Mitchel, CB
Breakout Candidate: Trey Flowers, DE

Kentucky Wildcats
Power Rank: 63
Offensive Rank: 69
Defensive Rank: 65
Projected Regular Season Record: 4.2 - 7.8
Conference Standing: 14
Projected Bowl: None
Biggest Strength: Defensive Front Seven
Greatest Weakness: Everything Else (relative to the SEC)
Most Important Offensive Player: Raymond Sanders, RB
Most Important Defensive Player: Cody Quinn, CB
Breakout Candidate: Raymond Sanders, RB

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-Monroe Warhawks
Power Rank: 50
Offensive Rank: 39
Defensive Rank: 59
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.1 - 3.9
Conference Standing: 1
Projected Bowl: GoDaddy Bowl

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Power Rank: 74
Offensive Rank: 65
Defensive Rank: 84
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.1 - 3.9
Conference Standing: 2
Projected Bowl: New Orleans Bowl

Louisiana-Lafayette Cajuns
Power Rank: 83
Offensive Rank: 63
Defensive Rank: 106
Projected Regular Season Record: 8.0 - 4.0
Conference Standing: 3
Projected Bowl: Texas Bowl

Arkansas State Wolves
Power Rank: 94
Offensive Rank: 73
Defensive Rank: 93
Projected Regular Season Record: 6.9 - 5.1
Conference Standing: 4
Projected Bowl: None

Troy Trojans
Power Rank: 100
Offensive Rank: 51
Defensive Rank: 117
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.9 - 6.1
Conference Standing: 5
Projected Bowl: None

Texas State Bobcats
Power Rank: 115
Offensive Rank: 103
Defensive Rank: 118
Projected Regular Season Record: 5.4 - 6.6
Conference Standing: 6
Projected Bowl: None

South Alabama Jaguars
Power Rank: 102
Offensive Rank: 110
Defensive Rank: 83
Projected Regular Season Record: 3.8 - 8.2
Conference Standing: 7
Projected Bowl: None

Georgia State Panthers
Power Rank: 125
Offensive Rank: 125
Defensive Rank: 125
Projected Regular Season Record: 2.6 - 9.4
Conference Standing: 8
Projected Bowl: None

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