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    College Preview: In-Depth Analysis

    Last updated on 8/15/2013
    Last Updated: 9/1/2013 1:17 PM ET

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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. 

    Since launching in January 2010, this remarkable technology is over 60% against-the-spread with football Locks of the Week, over 57% ATS with highlighted, "normal" picks in the NFL, college football, college basketball, MLB, and the NHL and over 53% with all playable picks for all sports. With a perfect 11-0 ATS 2011 postseason, the Predictalator is now 26-8 against-the-spread in NFL playoff games. Specific to college football, during the 2012 season, all highlighted "normal" or better Over/Under and Against-the-Spread picks went 178-120 (60% ATS and O/U). Check out the Shop now to learn more.

    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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