Texas Longhorns wide receiver Armanti Foreman celebrates a first quarter touchdown against the Baylor Bears during the NCAA college football game, Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas No. 24 in ESPN’s preseason Football Power Index ranking

Posted February 13th, 2017

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We’re inching closer and closer to the started the college football season. … about six months away!

With plenty of time to go until then, it hasn’t stopped many publications from blasting out their preseason rankings; and Texas has been a fixture in many of those articles.

And that includes one of the first “scientific” poll released.

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ESPN published its first version of the FPI  on Monday, and the Longhorns are No. 24.

What is the “Football Power Index?” Well, it’s a combination of a lot of – some could say too many – things.

We’ll let ESPN explain:

“The model comprises four major components: the last four seasons of performance on offense, defense and special teams, with the most recent season counting most; information on offensive and defensive returning starters, with special consideration given to a team returning its starting quarterback or gaining a transfer quarterback with experience; a four-year average recruiting ranking of four systems (ESPN, Scouts, Rivals and Phil Steele); and head coaching tenure. These four components interact and are assigned different weights depending on the team to produce preseason FPI.”

So yes. All those things make Texas the No. 24 ranked team. Ohio State is No. 1 in the ranking, followed by the little up-start underdog program Alabama. Oklahoma is No. 3 and fellow Big 12 rival TCU is No. 19.

Oddly enough, despite having a quality quarterback and more dynamite offensive players, Oklahoma State ranks two spots lower than Texas. This caused ESPN to critique its own list.  

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