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ESPN Predicts College Football's Top 5 Defenses In 2020

Clemson's Xavier Thomas celebrates a play vs. Ohio State.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 28: Xavier Thomas #3 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates the play against the Ohio State Buckeyes dfirst half during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

ESPN's latest Football Power Index (FPI) projections are out. They do more than just provide an early overall ranking of every team in Division I.

The formula also predicts which teams will have the best offensive and defensive units in college football next season. Officially, the FPI is "a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team's performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is."

Right now, not only does the ESPN computer project Clemson as the No. 1 team in the FPI, it also feels that the Tigers have the top offense and defense in the nation. They are the only team to rank in the top five in both categories.

The top five projected defenses are below. As you might expect, they belong to five of the most elite overall programs in the country.

  1. Clemson
  2. Georgia
  3. Oregon
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Auburn

Not surprisingly, all five of these schools rate highly in the FPI team rankings. Clemson is No. 1, while Wisconsin is No. 6. Georgia is 10th, followed by Oregon (14th) and Auburn (15th).

You can view the full FPI rankings and breakdown from ESPN here.

The FPI will change multiple times throughout the season and will update on a daily basis once the games get underway next fall.