NCAA FB POWER RANKINGS

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CHARLES DAVIS'   A former defensive back at Tennessee, Charles Davis is the lead college football analyst for FOX Sports.

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Posted August 29, 2012 02:25 PM EDT

FOX SPORTS NCAA FB POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

0-0 - 1/21
The best QB in the nation, Matt Barkley, returns to a team that finished 2011 on a tear. Add talented WRs Robert Woods and Marqise Lee and a young rapidly improving defense, and the SEC stranglehold on national titles could come to an end this season.
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2

0-0 - 2/13
Many will drop the Tigers because of the dismissal of All-America DB/KR Tyrann Mathieu, but I see a Tigers defense that will just use star DEs Barkevious 'KeKe' Mingo and Sam Montgomery to ratchet up the pressure on opposing QBs to allow a Mathieu replaceExpand Description
Many will drop the Tigers because of the dismissal of All-America DB/KR Tyrann Mathieu, but I see a Tigers defense that will just use star DEs Barkevious 'KeKe' Mingo and Sam Montgomery to ratchet up the pressure on opposing QBs to allow a Mathieu replacement to develop as the season goes on. And now, we'll get an even better opportunity to focus on the talents of Eric Reid, who may be the best safety in the nation.Collapse Description
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3

0-0 - 1/4
The defending national champs went 10-3 in 2010 after the last time they won it all, but it's hard to see that happening again despite the loss of so much talent (four players taken in the first round of the NFL Draft). QB A.J. McCarron will be trusted toExpand Description
The defending national champs went 10-3 in 2010 after the last time they won it all, but it's hard to see that happening again despite the loss of so much talent (four players taken in the first round of the NFL Draft). QB A.J. McCarron will be trusted to make plays in 2012, not just manage the game. Collapse Description
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4

0-0 - 1/4
The Ducks' path to Pac-12 and national titles runs through the LA Memorial Coliseum and USC on Nov. 3, and Chip Kelly's troops will eagerly accept the challenge. Speed is still the Ducks’ forte, and their defense is underrated. Five of Oregon’s first six Expand Description
The Ducks' path to Pac-12 and national titles runs through the LA Memorial Coliseum and USC on Nov. 3, and Chip Kelly's troops will eagerly accept the challenge. Speed is still the Ducks’ forte, and their defense is underrated. Five of Oregon’s first six games are at home, as is the Stanford matchup on Nov. 17.Collapse Description
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5

0-0 - 5/15
Yes, the Seminoles were picked awfully high last year, and they did not come close to fulfilling the predicted promise. I'm guessing most of us jumped the gun and 2012 sees FSU return to prominence … provided QB EJ Manuel stays healthy.
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6

0-0 - 6/19
The Sooners were the preseason No. 1 pick of many in 2011, but were unable to live up to it because of key injuries and struggles against Big 12 teams that could throw the ball well. QB Landry Jones returns, and that's a big help on offense, but the key rExpand Description
The Sooners were the preseason No. 1 pick of many in 2011, but were unable to live up to it because of key injuries and struggles against Big 12 teams that could throw the ball well. QB Landry Jones returns, and that's a big help on offense, but the key returnee is new/old defensive coordinator — and former Arizona head coach — Mike Stoops.Collapse Description
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7

0-0 - 6/7
Forget the offseason turmoil that led to former head coach Bobby Petrino's dismissal. Focus on the returns of RB Knile Davis and QB Tyler Wilson. Add defensive coordinator Paul Haynes’ full integration of his schemes, and the Hogs are thinking big in 2012Expand Description
Forget the offseason turmoil that led to former head coach Bobby Petrino's dismissal. Focus on the returns of RB Knile Davis and QB Tyler Wilson. Add defensive coordinator Paul Haynes’ full integration of his schemes, and the Hogs are thinking big in 2012. Collapse Description
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8

0-0 - 8/22
Brady Hoke did a masterful job in his first season in 2011, leading the Wolverines to an 11-2 record, a win (finally) over Ohio State and a BCS bowl win over Virginia Tech. QB Denard Robinson returns, and despite a nasty neutral-site opener against AlabamExpand Description
Brady Hoke did a masterful job in his first season in 2011, leading the Wolverines to an 11-2 record, a win (finally) over Ohio State and a BCS bowl win over Virginia Tech. QB Denard Robinson returns, and despite a nasty neutral-site opener against Alabama, Michigan has designs on a similar 2012.Collapse Description
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9

0-0 - 3/16
Another team that will scream it's being ranked too low, and it could easily have a case. If RB Marcus Lattimore is ready to resume his 2010 production, QB Connor Shaw continues to grow in the position and the Gamecocks defense adjusts after the losses ofExpand Description
Another team that will scream it's being ranked too low, and it could easily have a case. If RB Marcus Lattimore is ready to resume his 2010 production, QB Connor Shaw continues to grow in the position and the Gamecocks defense adjusts after the losses of NFL first-round picks DE/OLB Melvin Ingram and CB Stephon Gilmore … then South Carolina once again will battle Georgia for the SEC East title.Collapse Description
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10

0-0 - 5/24
Spend a little time with head coach David Shaw, and if you are not impressed, we'll check your pulse. The departure of QB Andrew Luck does not signal the end of a run for the Cardinal. We'll learn a lot about them when they host USC on Sept. 15. Physical Expand Description
Spend a little time with head coach David Shaw, and if you are not impressed, we'll check your pulse. The departure of QB Andrew Luck does not signal the end of a run for the Cardinal. We'll learn a lot about them when they host USC on Sept. 15. Physical and nasty still will be the Stanford way.Collapse Description
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11

0-0 - 5/14
Another national program that has made its move to the Big 12 (along with TCU), head coach Dana Holgorsen's high-octane offense has the perfect leader in QB Geno Smith. The 3-3-5 defense, long a staple of WVU, will be a 3-4 scheme with something to prove Expand Description
Another national program that has made its move to the Big 12 (along with TCU), head coach Dana Holgorsen's high-octane offense has the perfect leader in QB Geno Smith. The 3-3-5 defense, long a staple of WVU, will be a 3-4 scheme with something to prove in 2012. An Nov. 17 showdown with Oklahoma looms large for the Mountaineers.Collapse Description
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12

0-0 - 12/18
The defending Big Ten champs lose QB Russell Wilson, but they'll likely replace him with Maryland transfer Danny O'Brien and continue to bludgeon people with their offensive line and Heisman finalist RB Montee Ball (when he's healthy). And, in case you haExpand Description
The defending Big Ten champs lose QB Russell Wilson, but they'll likely replace him with Maryland transfer Danny O'Brien and continue to bludgeon people with their offensive line and Heisman finalist RB Montee Ball (when he's healthy). And, in case you haven't noticed, head coach Bret Bielema's resume stacks up with the best in the nation.Collapse Description
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13

0-0 - 3/13
What a run the ’Dawgs went on last year after starting 0-2 (losses to Boise State and South Carolina). They stormed back to win the SEC East, and expect to challenge for the same honors this year, led by QB Aaron Murray and nine returning starters on defeExpand Description
What a run the ’Dawgs went on last year after starting 0-2 (losses to Boise State and South Carolina). They stormed back to win the SEC East, and expect to challenge for the same honors this year, led by QB Aaron Murray and nine returning starters on defense. And, do you "hear" the silence regarding head coach Mark Richt's job security? What a difference from last season.Collapse Description
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14

0-0 - 10/14
Might have this team ranked a tad high, but I’m a huge believer in head coach Gary Patterson — and his program that continues to churn out double-digit winning seasons. Yes, the move to the Big 12 makes things more difficult, but QB Casey Pachall set schoExpand Description
Might have this team ranked a tad high, but I’m a huge believer in head coach Gary Patterson — and his program that continues to churn out double-digit winning seasons. Yes, the move to the Big 12 makes things more difficult, but QB Casey Pachall set school records for passing in his first season as a starter and appears undaunted by the better competition.Collapse Description
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15

0-0 - 9/19
For a team that beat Michigan for the fourth straight year and took conference champ Wisconsin to the wire in the Big Ten title game (after beating it in the regular season on a last-second score), the Spartans have not gotten their due. Coach Mark DantonExpand Description
For a team that beat Michigan for the fourth straight year and took conference champ Wisconsin to the wire in the Big Ten title game (after beating it in the regular season on a last-second score), the Spartans have not gotten their due. Coach Mark Dantonio's calm, but steely command makes Michigan State a threat every year. Almost forgot … the Spartans beat an SEC team (Georgia) in their bowl game, too.Collapse Description
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16

0-0 - 3/16
By the time it's all said and done, Ohio State easily could be a top-10 team in 2012, despite being ineligible for a the Big Ten conference championship and a bowl. New head coach Urban Meyer is back in his home state, and he has a nice building block in Expand Description
By the time it's all said and done, Ohio State easily could be a top-10 team in 2012, despite being ineligible for a the Big Ten conference championship and a bowl. New head coach Urban Meyer is back in his home state, and he has a nice building block in young QB Braxton Miller. Add nine starters returning on defense — and a considerable chip on their shoulders about last year's disappointing season — and the Buckeyes are a team to watch.Collapse Description
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17

0-0 - 14/22
Rebuild, as was the case in the past when Oklahoma State lost a lot of talent, or reload as the big boys do? The Cowboys are one of the big boys now, and while true freshman Wes Lunt surprised most by winning the starting QB job in the spring, longtime OKExpand Description
Rebuild, as was the case in the past when Oklahoma State lost a lot of talent, or reload as the big boys do? The Cowboys are one of the big boys now, and while true freshman Wes Lunt surprised most by winning the starting QB job in the spring, longtime OK State observers tell me he is the real deal. The defense forced an FBS-leading 44 turnovers last year; while that's not likely again, the Cowboys should still provide quality opportunities for their offense.Collapse Description
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18

0-0 - 10/20
This could be the surprise team of the Top 25. The defense, led by coordinator Manny Diaz, improved greatly. The key to 2012 is going to be QB play as youngsters David Ash and Case McCoy showed flashes, but lacked consistency last season. Look for the ’HoExpand Description
This could be the surprise team of the Top 25. The defense, led by coordinator Manny Diaz, improved greatly. The key to 2012 is going to be QB play as youngsters David Ash and Case McCoy showed flashes, but lacked consistency last season. Look for the ’Horns to lean on youthful RBs Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron early.Collapse Description
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19

0-0 - 8/20
Hold the jokes about how 2011 ended for the Tigers in the Orange Bowl, with West Virginia dropping 70 on them and winning by 37. Instead, remember that this team returns QB Tajh Boyd, RB Andre Ellington and WRs Sammy Watkins (who's suspended for the firstExpand Description
Hold the jokes about how 2011 ended for the Tigers in the Orange Bowl, with West Virginia dropping 70 on them and winning by 37. Instead, remember that this team returns QB Tajh Boyd, RB Andre Ellington and WRs Sammy Watkins (who's suspended for the first two games) and DeAndre Hopkins. New defensive coordinator Brent Venables brings his high-energy, attack mode schemes to Clemson from Oklahoma and wants to prove a few things himself. Collapse Description
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20

0-0 - 12/24
The Cornhuskers believe this is the year that they break out, and really challenge for a conference title, something they haven't done since 1999 (in the Big 12). Once again, QB Taylor Martinez holds the keys to the season, but keep an eye on RB Rex BurkhExpand Description
The Cornhuskers believe this is the year that they break out, and really challenge for a conference title, something they haven't done since 1999 (in the Big 12). Once again, QB Taylor Martinez holds the keys to the season, but keep an eye on RB Rex Burkhead, who is one of the best runners in the country despite operating below the radar. The vaunted "Blackshirts" defense suffered some key losses, too, including All-America LB Lavonte David.Collapse Description
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21

0-0 - 17/21
Despite two losses to Clemson, one in the ACC title game, the Hokies found their way into a BCS bowl game and fought Michigan to the final seconds before falling short. Defense, usually a given in Blacksburg, should return to form. But on offense, 6-foot-Expand Description
Despite two losses to Clemson, one in the ACC title game, the Hokies found their way into a BCS bowl game and fought Michigan to the final seconds before falling short. Defense, usually a given in Blacksburg, should return to form. But on offense, 6-foot-6 QB Logan Thomas lost top RB David Wilson and four starters on the offensive line. That said, doubting Frank Beamer's track record would be a mistake.Collapse Description
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22

0-0 - 3/22
Second-year head coach Will Muschamp heads into 2012 with plenty of questions on offense, including having to pick a starting QB between Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett. But Muschamp, the former LSU and Texas defensive coordinator, feels the Gators’ defeExpand Description
Second-year head coach Will Muschamp heads into 2012 with plenty of questions on offense, including having to pick a starting QB between Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett. But Muschamp, the former LSU and Texas defensive coordinator, feels the Gators’ defense could be special, especially in the front seven.Collapse Description
Home | Stats | Schedule | Fightin Gators
23

0-0 - 2/23
Head coach Bill Snyder took home a raft of well-deserved "coach of the year" awards with perhaps the most opportunistic team in the country in 2011. With talented QB Collin Klein and LB Arthur Brown back, anything again is possible in Manhattan. Klein ranExpand Description
Head coach Bill Snyder took home a raft of well-deserved "coach of the year" awards with perhaps the most opportunistic team in the country in 2011. With talented QB Collin Klein and LB Arthur Brown back, anything again is possible in Manhattan. Klein ran for 1,141 yards and 27 TDs last year, passed for 1,918 yards and 13 scores, and made everyone compare him to Tim Tebow. This year's schedule though is a load: at Oklahoma, West Virginia, TCU, and Baylor.Collapse Description
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24

0-0 - 17/24
As usual, many will question the Broncos, and likely most of us will think of them as underrated. (I may have by placing them at this position.) But it's tough to overlook the losses of record-setting QB Kellen Moore and two NFL first-round picks in RB DoExpand Description
As usual, many will question the Broncos, and likely most of us will think of them as underrated. (I may have by placing them at this position.) But it's tough to overlook the losses of record-setting QB Kellen Moore and two NFL first-round picks in RB Doug Martin and DE Shea McClellin. They also open this season at Big Ten title contender Michigan State. So, why rank them at all? Coach Chris Petersen has won at least 10 games in each of his six seasons at the helm and Boise State has finished in the top 11 of the AP poll in five of them. They are truly a solid program.Collapse Description
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25

0-0 - 25/25
Surprise! George O'Leary's Knights have been trying to push their way into the top 25 for the past few years, and this is golden opportunity. Two seasons ago, Central Florida smacked Georgia in the Liberty Bowl, but it disappointed in 2011 with a 5-7 finiExpand Description
Surprise! George O'Leary's Knights have been trying to push their way into the top 25 for the past few years, and this is golden opportunity. Two seasons ago, Central Florida smacked Georgia in the Liberty Bowl, but it disappointed in 2011 with a 5-7 finish. Why the optimism in 2012? UCF should be favored in 10 games this year and win the Conference USA title. The QB controversy is over with Blake Bortles clearly in command. Collapse Description
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