College Football Power Rankings

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The 2022 College Football season is underway. What teams might be over or under-valued in other rankings systems like the FPI and AP Poll?

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2022 College Football Power Rankings

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1Georgia4-01
2Alabama4-02
3Ohio State4-03

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4Michigan4-05
5Clemson4-04
6Tennessee4-07
7Oklahoma State4-08

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8Kentucky4-09
9Penn State4-010
10Oklahoma3-16
11USC4-012
12Oregon3-114
13Utah3-116
14Washington4-017

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15NC State4-019
16Texas A&M3-124
17Florida2-215
18Arkansas3-111
19BYU3-120
20Cincinnati3-121
21Minnesota4-0NR
22Baylor3-122
23Pitt3-123
24Wake Forest3-1NR
25Mississippi State3-1NR

What Are Power Rankings?

Power rankings are based on roster talent and coaching capability. They’re a useful tool for betting as they are based on power ratings rather than arbitrary votes like the AP Poll. Established power ratings systems like the FPI and SP+ can be used to gauge how much a team can be expected to win by and compare against their set lines.

Power rankings are NOT a prediction of season outcome. For example, Wake Forest ranked higher than Clemson in the final 2021 College Football Playoff poll. However, Clemson was a -4 home favorite in that game and won it handily, 48-27. Power ratings – and by virtue power rankings – would still have Clemson ahead of Wake Forest.

What Factors Went Into These Rankings?

Power ratings and rankings systems are notoriously secretive about what goes into their rankings. Not so here. The strongest factors I took into account are:

  • Roster Talent (special consideration to QB and DL strength)
  • Coaching Prowess
  • Conference Prestige
  • Explosiveness and Scoring
  • Aggregate Power Ratings (FPI, SP+)
  • Incoming Recruiting Class
  • Existing Opening Lines (when applicable)

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