ESPN Football Power Index: Oregon Ducks Rank Seventh, Only Pac-12 Team in Top Ten


When it come to predicing the 2015 College Football season, you can’t really do it on paper, it can only truly be done on the field, but ESPN does a solid job with their annual Football Power Index. In building the Index, game simulations are run 10,000 times(for the rest of the season) to come up with the breakdown, which is updated based on real results throughout the season. Several Pac-12 teams made the list, including the Oregon Ducks.

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On the ESPN Football Power Index Preseason List

, Ohio State is the powerhouse at the top, followed by a slew of SEC teams including LSU, Alabama, and Georgia. Florida State was no where to be found in the Top Ten, but the Oregon Ducks landed at number seven on the list and were the lone Pac-12 team in the Top Ten. UCLA and USC were just outside the Top Ten at eleven and twelve respectively.

The Index looks at Projected Wins and Losses and Oregon is at a 9.8 on the Winning Side, at 2.8 on the Losing Side. Oregon will lose a game in 2015, with just a 2.4 percent chance to win all their games, Ohio State has a better than twenty percent chance to win out according to ESPN. The Pac-12 is well represented in the top twenty with four teams between eleven and twenty on the list including UCLA(11), USC(12), Stanford(16) and Arizona State(20). Michigan State is also on the list at fourteen.

The real football begins with Oregon Ducks facing Eastern Washington at Autzen Stadium on Saturday, September 5th. (5pm Pacific Time, Pac-12 Networks)

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