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NCAA Power Rankings: USC Preseason No. 1

NCAA football preseason power rankings

By Jake Westrich - WhatIfSports.com
August 27, 2012

WhatIfSports.com utilizes its NCAA football simulation to present the most comprehensive and unbiased ranking of all 124 FBS teams. We simulated thousands of games and used those winning percentages to evaluate every team. All 124 teams are ranked below with their average points for and against from the simulated games. Simulations are based on updated rosters and depth charts so significant week-to-week changes may occur once the regular season kicks off.

Teams Ranked by Winning Percentage
(everyone plays everyone 100 times)

 TeamWin PctPS/GPA/G
1.USC Trojans86.436.418.7
2.Alabama Crimson Tide85.332.115.6
3.LSU Tigers83.431.316.0
4.Georgia Bulldogs82.031.217.0
5.Oregon Ducks78.731.519.1
6.Florida State Seminoles78.629.618.0
7.Arkansas Razorbacks78.032.519.7
8.Oklahoma Sooners77.831.519.4
9.Michigan Wolverines76.730.119.1
10.West Virginia Mountaineers75.332.321.4
11.Wisconsin Badgers74.731.620.9
12.Stanford Cardinal74.529.219.4
13.South Carolina Gamecocks73.527.217.6
14.Oklahoma State Cowboys72.929.820.5
15.Michigan State Spartans72.927.418.1
16.Virginia Tech Hokies72.427.618.4
17.Ohio State Buckeyes71.728.419.1
18.Texas Longhorns71.626.818.0
19.TCU Horned Frogs71.530.321.1
20.Clemson Tigers70.429.721.3
 TeamWin PctPS/GPA/G
21.Nebraska Cornhuskers69.128.520.6
22.Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets68.828.621.0
23.North Carolina Tar Heels68.529.121.8
24.Washington Huskies67.729.522.5
25.Notre Dame Fighting Irish67.628.321.1
26.Boise State Broncos66.228.922.3
27.Louisville Cardinals66.026.920.8
28.Florida Gators65.924.317.9
29.Tennessee Volunteers65.325.719.8
30.Brigham Young Cougars64.626.821.0
31.North Carolina State Wolfpack64.425.820.1
32.Missouri Tigers64.026.420.4
33.Utah Utes64.024.319.1
34.South Florida Bulls62.625.620.5
35.Houston Cougars62.531.726.3
36.Kansas State Wildcats62.226.221.1
37.California Golden Bears61.926.021.0
38.Texas A&M Aggies61.926.021.1
39.Washington State Cougars61.327.923.3
40.Vanderbilt Commodores61.224.119.5
 TeamWin PctPS/GPA/G
41.Iowa Hawkeyes61.126.222.0
42.UCLA Bruins60.625.821.5
43.Virginia Cavaliers60.326.121.6
44.Baylor Bears60.226.822.9
45.Mississippi State Bulldogs60.023.820.0
46.Illinois Fighting Illini59.823.619.6
47.Arizona State Sun Devils59.626.522.8
48.Arizona Wildcats59.428.023.9
49.Purdue Boilermakers58.425.922.0
50.Auburn Tigers58.124.521.4
51.Northwestern Wildcats57.927.223.6
52.Miami (FL) Hurricanes57.825.622.3
53.Oregon State Beavers56.626.023.0
54.Texas Tech Red Raiders56.628.225.3
55.Pittsburgh Panthers55.824.321.8
56.Cincinnati Bearcats55.423.620.9
57.Rutgers Scarlet Knights54.922.520.6
58.Iowa State Cyclones54.724.622.6
59.Syracuse Orange52.124.623.2
60.Wake Forest Demon Deacons52.123.322.2
 TeamWin PctPS/GPA/G
61.Temple Owls52.023.322.4
62.Ohio Bobcats51.924.223.4
63.Navy Midshipmen51.325.324.1
64.UCF Knights51.125.124.6
65.Tulsa Golden Hurricane50.926.025.2
66.Nevada Wolf Pack50.424.223.7
67.Toledo Rockets50.225.625.5
68.Boston College Eagles49.122.723.1
69.Connecticut Huskies49.021.121.2
70.Penn State Nittany Lions48.721.321.8
71.Duke Blue Devils47.224.825.8
72.Kansas Jayhawks47.124.825.9
73.Western Michigan Broncos47.126.427.0
74.Northern Illinois Huskies47.023.124.3
75.Kentucky Wildcats46.720.021.1
76.Marshall Thundering Herd45.924.626.2
77.Maryland Terrapins45.621.723.6
78.Southern Miss Golden Eagles45.223.625.4
79.Minnesota Golden Gophers45.222.524.0
80.Arkansas State Red Wolves45.024.926.9
 TeamWin PctPS/GPA/G
81.Mississippi Rebels44.420.422.5
82.Colorado Buffaloes44.022.524.7
83.Fresno State Bulldogs42.823.726.4
84.Southern Methodist Mustangs41.522.926.0
85.Indiana Hoosiers40.722.425.8
86.Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns40.724.228.1
87.Miami (OH) RedHawks40.321.525.2
88.FIU Golden Panthers39.922.826.3
89.Wyoming Cowboys38.922.226.3
90.Louisiana Tech Bulldogs38.523.227.2
91.Bowling Green Falcons38.421.826.0
92.Utah State Aggies37.622.627.1
93.San Diego State Aztecs37.519.925.1
94.Hawaii Warriors36.820.325.3
95.East Carolina Pirates36.321.426.7
96.Air Force Falcons36.121.526.7
97.Eastern Michigan Eagles34.819.925.5
98.UTEP Miners33.521.328.0
99.Army Black Knights33.319.325.7
100.Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks31.620.528.2
 TeamWin PctPS/GPA/G
101.Colorado State Rams30.318.626.5
102.Ball State Cardinals30.120.428.7
103.Rice Owls29.720.828.6
104.Tulane Green Wave29.519.227.6
105.Troy Trojans28.621.330.1
106.Central Michigan Chippewas28.419.728.6
107.North Texas Mean Green28.219.928.7
108.Kent State Golden Flashes27.515.224.1
109.Buffalo Bulls26.117.427.1
110.Western Kentucky Hilltoppers26.118.328.6
111.Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders25.320.030.7
112.UAB Blazers23.819.630.3
113.New Mexico State Aggies23.620.030.9
114.San Jose State Spartans22.619.030.8
115.Florida Atlantic Owls18.315.829.5
116.Idaho Vandals18.116.330.5
117.Memphis Tigers18.115.829.8
118.UNLV Rebels17.615.029.1
119.New Mexico Lobos17.415.930.3
120.Akron Zips14.413.930.9
 TeamWin PctPS/GPA/G
121.South Alabama Jaguars13.114.832.0
122.Texas State Bobcats12.514.132.2
123.Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners10.514.634.0
124.Massachusetts Minutemen9.511.732.0

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