ESPN's FPI predicts the SEC's 5 best offenses in 2019
The first version of ESPN’s 2019 Football Power Index was released Thursday, and Alabama wasn’t ranked No. 1. That belonged to defending national champion Clemson. The Tide checked in at No. 2.
Ten of the nation’s top 20 teams were from the SEC, with Georgia (3), LSU (4), Florida (8) and Auburn (9) all ranked in the top 10.
The biggest surprise in the rankings? Tennessee at No. 15. The Vols do return 10 starters on offense with new OC Jim Chaney. UT’s offense is ranked No. 18 in the country, according to the FPI, with its defense ranked No. 19. The No. 18 offensive ranking wasn’t good enough to get in the SEC’s top five, however.
The first version of FPI predicted the SEC’s 5 best offenses:
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
2. Georgia Bulldogs
3. Texas A&M Aggies
4. LSU Tigers
5. Missouri Tigers
There’s no surprise that Alabama — led by Tua Tagovailoa — is predicted to be the SEC’s top offense. Clemson, however, is predicted to be No. 1 in the nation with QB Trevor Lawrence. The Tide led the SEC in 2018 scoring 45.6 points per game. The next highest was Georgia with 37.9 points per game.
Also somewhat surprising was the exclusion of Florida. Dan Mullen really improved Florida’s offense this past season. The Gators averaged 35 points per game, good for fifth in the SEC. The FPI predicts Florida to have the 25th best offense in the nation in 2019, lower than LSU, Missouri and Tennessee.