So I've been a bit of a nerd this offseason. Starting on July 1, I began previewing the top75 teams across the nation. I relied heavily on Bill Connelly of footballstudyhall.com's summaries and advanced stats but would adjust rankings based on my own thoughts and returning talent. These aren't necessarily record predictions and order of finish, just me assessing each team and ranking them accordingly.
1. SEC - 13 teams ranked inside my top 75 with an average ranking of 26
- Ole Miss
- Texas A&M
- Mississippi State
- South Carolina
I am high on Florida - I'm picking them to win the East despite everyone saying its Tennessee's to lose.
2. Big 10 - 12 teams ranked ; average ranking of 35
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
- Penn State
I'm buying into the talent in Columbus and even though its green, I think it's hungry.
3. PAC 12 - 10 teams ranked; average ranking of 36
- Washington State
- Arizona State
If I had to guess, I think Washington is ranked too high and Oregon too low.
4. ACC - 14 teams ranked; average ranking of 38
- Florida State
- Virginia Tech
- Boston College
- North Carolina
- NC State
- Wake Forest
- Georgia Tech
I'm probably way too high on BC solely cause of their defense. I'm too low on UNC and probably Miami.
5. Big 12 - 9 teams; avg ranking 37 (higher than ACC by 1 but 9 vs 14 teams gives nod to ACC)
- Oklahoma State
- West Virginia
- Texas Tech
- Kansas State
- Iowa State
I am too high on Baylor - in reality, I think they fall apart this year. I'm too low on Texas Tech. If that defense becomes even mediocre, their offense is good enough to win 9 or 10 games.
As you can see, i think it's really tight between the Big10, Pac12, ACC and Big12 as to which conference is the 2nd best. Each has quality depth. There is clear separation in my rankings between the SEC and the rest though. I fully admit, bias could've entered the equation. But the foundation of my rankings was cold hard advanced stats in passing efficiency, run blocking, pass rushing and run defense from last year adjusted for returning/incoming players. So definitely subjectivity mixed in there.