ESPN has published its Future Power team rankings for the next three seasons in 2023, 2024, and 2025. What is said and where are the Bruins ranked?
ESPN’s future college football power rankings are a way to predict how teams will perform in the upcoming season. They are based on a number of factors, including returning starters, recruiting class rankings, and recent performance.
Here are some of the factors that ESPN considers when compiling their future college football power rankings:
Returning starters: The number of returning starters is a good indicator of how much experience a team will have in 2023. Teams with more returning starters are typically more successful.
Recruiting class rankings: Recruiting class rankings are a way to measure the talent that a team has come in. Teams with higher-ranked recruiting classes are more likely to be successful in the future.
Recent performance: Recent performance is also a factor that ESPN considers. Teams that have been successful in recent years are more likely to be successful in the future.
The ESPN future college football power rankings are a valuable resource for certain fans who are trying to get a sense of who the top teams will be in 2023. However, it is important to remember that these rankings are just a prediction, and the actual results of the season may be different.
Let’s take a look at where the Bruins are ranked in ESPN’s latest rankings.
UCLA is ranked No. 16 in ESPN’s future quarterback rankings. They wrote that Moore was ESPN’s No. 2 overall recruit for the 2023 recruiting class and that he is UCLA’s highest-rated recruit and that he is the most eagerly anticipated quarterback recruit since former Bruin quarterback Josh Rosen. ESPN also discussed other UCLA quarterbacks’ former backup, Ethan Garbers, transfer Collin Schlee, and 2023 quarterback in ESPN three-star recruit Luke Duncan.
Unfortunately, the Bruins’ defense was not ranked in the top 25 of ESPN’s Future Defense power rankings. The only teams from the state of California and in the Pac-12 that were ranked were San Diego State at No. 25, Oregon State at No. 22, and Utah at No. 8.
UCLA is ranked in the top 15 of ESPN’s Future Offense power rankings. They discuss Coach Chip Kelly building some key momentum on offense since his time as the Bruin head coach. Besides talking about the quarterback position, ESPN wrote about the potential impact of the transfer of Ball State’s Carson Steele at running back as well as the players returning in T.J. Harden and back veteran Keegan Jones.
They go on to discuss adding wide receivers from the transfer portal in Cal’s J. Michael Sturdivant and USC’s Kyle Ford as well as wide-outs returning in Logan Loya Kam Brown, and Titus Mokiao-Atimalala to their receiving core. From the incoming recruiting class, ESPN mentions ESPN 300 recruit Jeremiah McClure as a possible contributor in the near future for the Bruins at the wide receiver position.
They also discuss that UCLA is looking to be more productive at the tight end position with returner Hudson Habermehl and transfer portal addition Moliki Matavao from Oregon. Lastly, they talked about the Bruin’s offensive line as UCLA is bringing back two starters in center Duke Clemens and guard Garrett DiGiorgio. ESPN goes on to mention key additions and possible starters to the offensive line in Colorado’s Jake Wiley Purdue’s Spencer Holstege, and Old Dominion’s Khadere Kounta as well.