Yesterday, ESPN College GameDay had tweeted out their Preseason Football Power Index, listing the UCLA Football team at #5 overall. According to the Index, UCLA ranks 6th among offenses, 12th among defenses and 16th for special teams. Florida State, Oregon, Auburn and Alabama are the only teams that rakn above them overall.
Preseason Football Power Index: 1. Florida State 2. Oregon 3. Auburn 4. Alabama 5. UCLA Full Rankings: http://t.co/u5hWx2q7VD
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) June 3, 2014
And how were these rankings developed? According to ESPN.com:
This spring, ESPN Stats & Information created an automated set of preseason ratings for all FBS teams heading into the 2014 season, designed to predict how strong each team will be this coming season. This is essentially a preseason version of the Football Power Index (FPI) used last year.
Of the Pac-12 schools listed in the Top 25, Stanford is 8th, USC 13th and Arizona State came in ranked at 16. That is five Pac-12 teams in the potential Top 25 of the FPI. Not only will the country have to be on the look out for UCLA, but the rest of the Pac-12 as well.