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ESPN unveiled their initial Preseason Football Power Index (FPI) Rankings this week for the 2017 season and pegged LSU at No. 6.

The No. 1 team in the rankings is Ohio State, followed by Alabama at No.2

Ohio State sits at No. 1 in the first iteration of preseason FPI. Entering his sixth season as head coach at Ohio State, Urban Meyer is returning eight offensive starters, including quarterback J.T. Barrett. The Buckeyes are returning seven starters to a defense that finished last season ranked second in defensive efficiency. Meyer again added depth to the team with a top-10 recruiting class for the fifth straight year.
Preseason FPI Rankings - Version 1.0
1. Ohio State 28.9
2. Alabama 25.9
3. Oklahoma 24.5
4. Florida State 24.3
5. Auburn 21.5
6. LSU 19.6
7. Clemson 19.6
8. Penn State 18.9
9. Washington 18.7
10. Wisconsin 17.4
11. Stanford 16.7
12. USC 16.3
13. Georgia 15.6
14. Louisville 14.9
15. Florida 14.5
16. Miami (FL) 14.4
17. Notre Dame 14.2
18. Michigan 13.7
19. TCU 13.5
20. Tennessee 13.4
21. Oregon 12.3
22. North Carolina State 12.2
23. UCLA 12.1
24. Texas 11.8
25. Washington State 11.7
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Ohio State was blanked by Clemson. Nuf said.
Reply6 months
The only team ESPN will rank ahead of Bama is outside of the SEC: you guessed it, Ohio St. And possibly USC. They are in love with these 2 teams and always will be. What surprises me is they ranked LSU as high as #6! Amazing! I don't understand the love that Auburn is getting in these meaningless polls. What have they got that I don't know about?
Reply6 months
Why would any team in the SEC be ranked above Bama in any recent preseason polls?
6 months
Bama loses too much on Defense is the reason I believe they are dropping.
Reply6 months
The computer algorithms must be messed up. Alabama is not ranked #1 on something put out by ESPN. Something is very wrong, the SEC office will be calling on this one for sure.
Reply6 months
ESPN lives here and when all sources point to Bama # 1 in EVERYTHING - time to tap the brakes. Upsets viewers and we turn off the four letter network, especially for the racially charged new 6 pm Sportscenter.
Reply6 months
Wait, so you're telling me that ESPN doesn't have Alabama #1? Thought I'd seen everything, but guess I was wrong.
Reply6 months
But they have Auburn #5.
6 months
22. North Carolina State 12.2 what the shit
Reply6 months
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