10 SEC teams ranked in top 20 of ESPN's debut 2019 Football Power Index
The offseason hype for the 2019 college football season is starting early in the Southeastern Conference as ESPN’s projectional rankings are incredible high on the league looking ahead to the upcoming season.
ESPN debuted its initial 2019 Football Power Index rankings on Thursday and 10 of the top 20 teams in the metric hail from the nation’s best college football conference.
If you are unclear as to what exactly the Football Power Index rankings are, here is how ESPN defines the rankings:
The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.
While Clemson debuts at No. 1 in the rankings, the SEC has three of the top five spots and five of the top 10. The biggest surprise on the list is Tennessee, which is listed below at No. 15 nationally coming off a 5-7 season. South Carolina and Mississippi State in the top 20 are also intersting.
It should also be noted that FPI does not rank Texas as a top 25 team despite the fact the Longhorns are coming off a Sugar Bowl win over Georgia.
Here is how every Southeastern Conference team ranks in ESPN’s debut FPI rankings: