Steve Deace: 2013 college football power rankings

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By Steve Deace --- View more of Steve's work at SteveDeace.com 

Each year I begin my college football predictions by assessing the talent on each team in the country. I then project their potential win total within a two-game range based on the overall strength of schedule that talent faces. Teams that return a quality upperclassman starting quarterback are given an extra win bonus. After compiling my power ratings I then predict the outcome of each team’s season game-by-game to finalize my predictions (which you’ll read in my preview later this summer).

Below is how I rate the talent of each major college team in the country by conference. The talent assessment win total is in parentheses. Teams with a “*” are those given a bonus in my power ratings for returning a quality upperclassman starting quarterback. Keep in mind these are strictly power ratings, and not necessarily how my final predictions will shake out. Look at this as simply a framework.  

American Athletic

*1. Louisville (9-11)

*2. Central Florida (7-9)

3. Cincinnati (7-9)

4. Rutgers (6-8)

*5. Houston (6-8)

*7. SMU (5-7)

6. Connecticut (4-6)

*8. Memphis (3-5)

9. South Florida (3-5)

10. Temple (3-5)

ACC

*1. Clemson (9-11)

*2. Virginia Tech (8-10)

3. Florida State (8-10)

*4. Miami, Fla. (7-9)

*5. North Carolina (7-9)

6. Georgia Tech (6-8)

*7. Wake Forest (6-8)

8. Pittsburgh (5-7)

9. Maryland (4-6)

10. N.C. State (4-6)

11. Virginia (4-6)

*12. Boston College (3-5)

13. Syracuse (3-5)

14. Duke (2-4)

 Big Ten

*1. Ohio State (10-12)

*2. Michigan (9-11)

*3. Nebraska (9-11)

*4. Northwestern (8-10)

5. Michigan State (7-9)

6. Wisconsin (7-9)

7. Penn State (6-8)

8. Indiana (5-7)

9. Minnesota (5-7)

10. Purdue (4-6)

11. Iowa (3-5)

*12. Illinois (3-5)

Big 12

*1. Texas (9-11)

*2. TCU (9-11)

*3. Oklahoma State (8-10)

4. Oklahoma (8-10)

5. Baylor (8-10)

6. Kansas State (7-9)

7. Texas Tech (5-7)

8. Iowa State (4-6)

9. West Virginia (4-6)

10. Kansas (3-5)  

Conference USA

*1. East Carolina (8-10)

*2. Tulsa (8-10)

*3. Middle Tennessee (7-9)

*4. Rice (7-9)

*5. Marshall (6-8)

*6. Texas-San Antonio (4-6)

7. North Texas (4-6)

8. UAB (4-6)

9. UTEP (4-6)

10. Louisiana Tech (4-6)

11. Southern Mississippi (3-5)

12. Tulane (2-4)

13. Florida Atlantic (2-4)

14. Florida International (2-4)

MAC

*1. Bowling Green (8-10)

*2. Northern Illinois (8-10)

*3. Toledo (7-9)

*4. Ball State (7-9)

*5. Ohio University (6-8)

6. Kent State (6-8)

7. Buffalo (5-7)

8. Western Michigan (4-6)

9. Central Michigan (4-6)

10. Akron (3-5)

11. Miami (3-5)

12. Eastern Michigan (2-4)

13. Massachusetts (2-4)

Mountain West

*1. Utah State (8-10)

*2. San Diego State (8-10)

*3. Fresno State (8-10)

*4. Boise State (8-10)

*5. San Jose State (7-9)  

*6. Nevada (5-7)

*7. Wyoming (5-7)

8. Air Force (5-7)

9. Colorado State (4-6)

10. New Mexico (3-5)

11. Hawaii (3-5)

12. UNLV (2-4)

Pac-12

*1. Oregon (10-12)

2. Stanford (9-11)

*3. Oregon State (8-10)

4. USC (8-10)

*5. Arizona State (7-9)

*6. Washington (7-9)

7. UCLA (7-9)

8. California (5-7)

9. Arizona (5-7)

10. Washington State (4-6)

11. Utah (4-6)

12. Colorado (2-4)

SEC

*1. Alabama (10-12)

*2. South Carolina (9-11)

*3. Georgia (9-11)

4. Texas A&M (8-10)

5. Florida (8-10)

6. LSU (8-10)

*7. Mississippi (7-9)

*8. Mississippi State (6-8)

*9. Missouri (6-8)

10. Tennessee (5-7)

11. Vanderbilt (5-7)            

12. Auburn (4-6)

13. Arkansas (4-6)

14. Kentucky (2-4)  

Independents

*1. Notre Dame (8-10)

2. Navy (7-9)

3. BYU (6-8)

 

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