ESPN's computer released its college football 2019 preseason rankings earlier in the week. Unsurprisingly, these rankings are getting criticized fairly harshly.
The Football Power Index ranked every team in the country heading into the 2019 season. The rankings came out on Thursday.
The top 10 is pretty controversial, as it includes Michigan but not Ohio State. Texas, a popular preseason top 10 team, is nowhere to be found, either.
Ohio State is not happy.
"I ain’t gone lie this list is trash," Ohio State wide receiver Johnnie Dixon tweeted.
ESPN was criticized for not having Texas anywhere near its top 10, too. The Longhorns came in at No. 26 in ESPN's preseason Football Power Index rankings.
ESPN's computer says Texas is "not back."
Here’s why, per ESPN:
One of the teams expected to generate plenty of preseason buzz is Texas. But not from FPI.
The hype that the Longhorns have finally produced is, in our model’s estimation, overstated. Tom Herman’s team checks in at No. 26 in our rankings, just missing the cut for our accompanying table (you can find them in the full rankings at the end of this post).
Though Texas took strides last season, it had the benefit of starting 13 seniors and graduate students. Even with a cumulative top-five recruiting rank over the past four seasons, the fact that Texas is returning just eight starters is very likely to be a problem.
As a result, FPI believes Texas is not one of the top 25 teams in college football and will more closely resemble Iowa State or Baylor than Oklahoma in 2019.
Preseason polls are always going to be controversial, but the one from ESPN's Football Power Index seems to have really hit some nerves.