2. Why yes, the SEC does have the No. 1, No. 4, No. 5, No. 7, No. 8, No. 12, No. 21, No. 26, No. 29, and No. 31 teams. Auburn and Missouri, last year's SEC title game participants, are projected sixth and 10th in the conference ... and are both in the top 31 overall.
3. UCLA is still getting held down by Rick Neuheisel. Even with a five-year history weighted heavily in favor of the last couple of seasons, the Bruins still come in only 43 in that figure. They should finish closer to fourth (the Returning Starters projection) than 43rd. Meanwhile, Boise State is the anti-UCLA, still ranking fourth overall in weighted 5-year history because of the awesomeness of 2009-11.
4. Top three projected teams in each conference:
* AAC: UCF (No. 24), Houston (No. 41), Cincinnati (No. 54)
* ACC: Florida State (No. 2), Clemson (No. 14), Louisville (No. 20)
* Big 12: Oklahoma (No. 9), Oklahoma State (No. 16), Baylor (No. 25)
* Big Ten: Ohio State (No. 10), Michigan State (No. 13), Wisconsin (No. 19)
* Conference USA: Marshall (No. 59), UTSA (No. 75), Rice (No. 88)
* MAC: NIU (No. 51), Toledo (No. 53), Bowling Green (No. 60)
* MWC: Boise State (No. 18), Fresno State (No. 46), Nevada (No. 62)
* Pac-12: Oregon (No. 3), Stanford (No. 6), USC (No. 11)
* SEC: Alabama (No. 1), South Carolina (No. 4), LSU (No. 5)
* Sun Belt: UL-Lafayette (No. 79), Arkansas State (No. 84), South Alabama (No. 92)
In Phil Steele parlance, I'm using THREE SETS OF POWER RANKINGS. Below are the projections. (NOTE: By the time the FO Almanac rolls around, we'll have come up with rough projections for the FBS newbies -- Georgia Southern, Appalachian State, Old Dominion -- but for now these are just the FBS teams that were also FBS teams last year.)
2014 College football rankings: Initial S&P+ Projections - Football Study Hall
Edited by Noah, 10 February 2014 - 02:23 PM.