The 2023 College Football season is here! Check out TheLines’ current college football power ratings and rankings below. Keep up all season long with changing ratings and projections. What teams might be over- or under-valued in other rankings systems like the FPI and College Football Playoff Rankings?
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College Football Power Rankings
What Are Power Rankings?
Power rankings are based on roster talent and coaching capability. They’re a useful tool for wagering at NCAAF betting sites 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)