Texas Longhorns Rank #25 in 2014 Preseason FPI

Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN released its FPI preseason rankings for 2014 and the results are interesting.

The Texas Longhorns boast the #38 offense, #22 defense and bottom quartile special teams.  The overall result places them at #25 overall and 4th in the Big 12 behind OU, Baylor and OSU.

Texas Tech, TCU and & KSU are all slated for upper respectability while West Virginia, Iowa State and Kansas should limp up the rear

The methodology of FPI is curious - first, because ESPN won't release their weightings; second, because it's an objective attempt to codify the same subjective inputs we've all decided to value: returning starters, consistency, reputation, recruiting.  There's no deeper dig into which returning starters may possess more value than others (I'm partial to QB, OL, DB), how to deal with recruiting inflation, players as system beneficiaries or system creators etc.

Here's UT's schedule with opponent FPI:

North Texas #103

BYU #31

UCLA #5

@ KU #83

BU #11

OU #7

@ KSU #44

ISU #62

@ TT #33

WVU #56

@ OSU #21

TCU #36

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That's fairly sobering.  A 3-3 season start is not improbable.

Here's the rest of college football...

2014 PRESEASON FPI RATINGS

Team Offense Ranking Offense Defense Ranking Defense Special Teams Ranking Special Teams Overall Ranking Overall
1. Florida State 2 16.9 1 13.6 1 1.7 1 32.2
2. Oregon 1 17.9 10 9.8 25 0.8 2 28.5
3. Auburn 3 15.0 19 8.1 8 1.2 3 24.3
4. Alabama 10 10.9 3 11.8 5 1.4 4 24.1
5. UCLA 6 12.0 12 9.6 16 1.0 5 22.6
6. Ohio State 5 12.8 21 7.9 28 0.7 6 21.5
7. Oklahoma 19 7.9 4 11.7 38 0.6 7 20.3
8. Stanford 16 8.5 8 10.0 4 1.5 8 20.0
9. South Carolina 8 11.3 18 8.4 66 0.1 9 19.8
10. Texas A&M 7 11.9 24 7.2 46 0.5 10 19.6
11. Baylor 4 13.5 29 6.3 88 -0.2 11 19.6
12. Georgia 15 8.5 7 10.1 18 0.9 12 19.5
13. USC 12 9.7 17 8.6 12 1.1 13 19.4
14. LSU 20 7.4 14 9.4 6 1.3 14 18.2
15. Clemson 25 6.6 6 10.4 40 0.6 15 17.6
16. Arizona State 9 10.9 34 5.5 15 1.1 16 17.5
17. Mississippi State 22 7.1 9 9.8 49 0.5 17 17.4
18. Michigan 23 7.0 16 8.9 56 0.4 18 16.3
19. North Carolina 17 8.4 27 6.4 32 0.7 19 15.6
20. Ole Miss 34 5.2 11 9.7 44 0.5 20 15.4
21. Oklahoma State 35 4.9 15 9.1 11 1.1 21 15.1
22. Florida 64 1.1 2 12.2 2 1.7 22 15.0
23. Wisconsin 18 8.4 40 4.7 29 0.7 23 13.8
24. Michigan State 48 3.3 20 8.1 23 0.9 24 12.3
25. Texas 38 4.6 22 7.9 94 -0.3 25 12.2
26. Miami 26 6.3 39 4.9 19 0.9 26 12.1
27. Washington 21 7.3 41 4.5 59 0.3 27 12.1
28. Oregon State 14 8.9 53 2.2 41 0.6 28 11.7
29. Notre Dame 41 4.1 25 6.9 54 0.4 29 11.4
30. Missouri 39 4.2 31 5.9 13 1.1 30 11.3
31. BYU 32 5.3 36 5.2 34 0.7 31 11.2
32. Arizona 36 4.9 28 6.4 87 -0.2 32 11.0
33. Texas Tech 13 9.3 59 1.6 107 -0.5 33 10.4
34. Houston 52 2.6 30 6.2 7 1.3 34 10.1
35. Virginia Tech 75 -0.6 13 9.5 20 0.9 35 9.8
36. TCU 87 -2.6 5 11.2 26 0.8 36 9.4
37. Iowa 51 2.7 32 5.9 43 0.6 37 9.2
38. Indiana 11 10.0 76 -0.8 81 0.0 38 9.1
39. Maryland 63 1.3 26 6.7 22 0.9 39 8.9
40. Utah 53 2.6 42 4.5 3 1.7 40 8.7
41. Pittsburgh 50 2.9 37 5.1 50 0.5 41 8.5
42. Duke 30 5.6 60 1.3 10 1.1 42 8.1
43. Nebraska 54 2.3 35 5.4 58 0.3 43 8.0
44. Kansas State 31 5.5 61 1.3 9 1.1 44 7.9
45. Arkansas 40 4.2 48 2.9 55 0.4 45 7.4
46. Penn State 56 2.1 33 5.8 106 -0.5 46 7.4
47. Georgia Tech 29 5.8 62 1.2 64 0.2 47 7.2
48. UCF 43 3.9 54 2.0 21 0.9 48 6.8
49. Wash. State 47 3.4 45 3.1 77 0.0 49 6.6
50. Louisville 37 4.7 56 1.7 72 0.0 50 6.5
51. Tennessee 68 0.7 38 5.0 33 0.7 51 6.5
52. Northwestern 61 1.4 43 3.8 35 0.7 52 5.9
53. Boise State 58 1.9 51 2.4 24 0.9 53 5.1
54. Kentucky 44 3.6 63 0.8 47 0.5 54 5.0
55. Syracuse 57 2.1 49 2.8 75 0.0 55 4.9
56. West Virginia 65 1.1 44 3.6 90 -0.2 56 4.5
57. Marshall 33 5.3 72 -0.5 98 -0.3 57 4.5
58. Cincinnati 55 2.3 57 1.6 96 -0.3 58 3.6
59. Rutgers 60 1.5 65 0.6 14 1.1 59 3.2
60. Navy 28 6.1 94 -3.4 52 0.4 60 3.1
61. Virginia 101 -5.4 23 7.9 70 0.1 61 2.5
62. Iowa State 46 3.4 79 -1.1 71 0.1 62 2.4
63. California 45 3.5 74 -0.8 99 -0.4 63 2.4
64. Northern Illinois 27 6.1 97 -3.7 101 -0.4 64 1.9
65. Nevada 42 4.1 86 -2.1 86 -0.2 65 1.8
66. Colorado 74 -0.5 50 2.6 111 -0.6 66 1.5
67. Minnesota 77 -0.9 58 1.6 30 0.7 67 1.4
68. Fresno State 67 0.9 69 0.3 92 -0.2 68 0.9
69. Vanderbilt 72 -0.4 66 0.6 39 0.6 69 0.8
70. NC State 91 -3.3 46 3.1 42 0.6 70 0.4
71. Louisiana-Lafayette 59 1.8 75 -0.8 117 -0.8 71 0.2
72. Toledo 69 0.7 80 -1.3 36 0.7 72 0.1
73. Illinois 66 1.0 71 -0.2 115 -0.7 73 0.0
74. UTSA 70 0.5 78 -1.0 79 0.0 74 -0.5
75. East Carolina 49 3.3 96 -3.7 85 -0.2 75 -0.6
76. Utah State 90 -3.2 55 1.8 57 0.3 76 -1.1
77. Old Dominion 24 6.9 116 -7.5 126 -1.3 77 -1.9
78. Colorado State 71 -0.2 89 -2.6 83 -0.1 78 -2.9
79. Tulsa 102 -5.4 52 2.2 65 0.2 79 -3.0
80. Boston College 88 -2.9 73 -0.6 60 0.3 80 -3.4
81. Bowling Green 82 -1.6 85 -2.0 80 0.0 81 -3.6
82. Memphis 103 -5.6 64 0.8 17 1.0 82 -3.8
83. Kansas 110 -7.1 47 2.9 67 0.1 83 -4.1
84. SMU 89 -3.1 77 -1.0 97 -0.3 84 -4.4
85. Temple 76 -0.7 100 -4.0 63 0.2 85 -4.6
86. South Florida 105 -6.1 67 0.5 48 0.5 86 -5.2
87. San Diego State 94 -3.7 83 -1.8 73 0.0 87 -5.4
88. San Jose State 80 -1.4 99 -3.8 89 -0.2 88 -5.5
89. Rice 97 -4.1 87 -2.3 31 0.7 89 -5.7
90. South Alabama 81 -1.5 102 -4.1 102 -0.4 90 -6.0
91. Ball State 78 -1.3 107 -5.5 37 0.6 91 -6.1
92. Central Michigan 86 -2.6 95 -3.6 100 -0.4 92 -6.6
93. Connecticut 98 -4.7 82 -1.8 91 -0.2 93 -6.7
94. Tulane 112 -7.4 68 0.3 69 0.1 94 -7.0
95. UNLV 79 -1.3 105 -4.9 120 -0.9 95 -7.2
96. Purdue 95 -4.0 98 -3.8 68 0.1 96 -7.7
97. Wake Forest 118 -8.5 70 0.3 95 -0.3 97 -8.5
98. Kent State 93 -3.6 104 -4.8 84 -0.1 98 -8.5
99. Western Kentucky 85 -2.5 112 -6.3 76 0.0 99 -8.8
100. Buffalo 99 -4.9 101 -4.1 93 -0.3 100 -9.2
101. Hawaii 106 -6.7 93 -3.2 53 0.4 101 -9.4
102. Army 92 -3.4 108 -5.6 108 -0.6 102 -9.6
103. North Texas 115 -7.6 90 -2.8 27 0.8 103 -9.6
104. Air Force 73 -0.4 119 -8.9 104 -0.5 104 -9.8
105. Wyoming 96 -4.0 106 -5.2 118 -0.9 105 -10.1
106. Ohio 114 -7.5 92 -3.1 62 0.2 106 -10.4
107. Middle Tennessee 116 -7.7 91 -3.1 78 0.0 107 -10.8
108. Arkansas State 123 -9.0 84 -1.8 105 -0.5 108 -11.3
109. New Mexico 62 1.4 127 -12.3 109 -0.6 109 -11.5
110. Louisiana Tech 111 -7.1 103 -4.8 61 0.3 110 -11.6
111. Louisiana-Monroe 125 -9.4 81 -1.7 123 -1.1 111 -12.2
112. Texas State 109 -7.0 110 -6.1 45 0.5 112 -12.6
113. UTEP 83 -1.9 125 -11.3 51 0.4 113 -12.7
114. Florida Atlantic 126 -9.7 88 -2.4 119 -0.9 114 -13.0
115. Akron 104 -5.7 113 -6.4 122 -1.0 115 -13.1
116. Troy 84 -2.4 123 -10.4 113 -0.7 116 -13.6
117. Southern Miss 113 -7.4 109 -6.0 103 -0.5 117 -13.9
118. Western Michigan 107 -6.8 115 -7.5 110 -0.6 118 -14.9
119. FIU 122 -8.7 114 -7.0 112 -0.7 119 -16.4
120. Idaho 117 -8.2 117 -8.0 116 -0.8 120 -17.0
121. UAB 119 -8.5 120 -9.0 82 -0.1 121 -17.6
122. Eastern Michigan 100 -5.3 126 -11.3 127 -1.3 122 -17.9
123. Miami (OH) 128 -12.8 111 -6.2 74 0.0 123 -19.0
124 App. State 120 -8.6 121 -9.7 124 -1.2 124 -19.5
125. Georgia Southern 121 -8.6 122 -9.7 125 -1.2 125 -19.5
126. UMass 127 -10.9 118 -8.5 114 -0.7 126 -20.2
127. Georgia State 124 -9.0 124 -10.7 121 -0.9 127 -20.6
128. New Mexico State 108 -6.8 128 -14.4 128 -1.5 128

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