With college football almost back, ESPN released a new set of power rankings. Instead of looking ahead to this fall, it viewed the history of some of the best programs in the country.
ESPN released its rankings based on which programs produce the best talent at each position. The positions that were taken into account were quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, offensive line, defensive line, linebacker and defensive back.
Not only does these power rankings show which schools are trending upward, but it also shows which have sustained success.
It’s fair to say that more than a couple of these rankings will spark a debate.
Let’s see which teams they have ranked as the top three schools for each position (In order from first to third).
Quarterback: USC, Oklahoma, Oregon
Running Back: Alabama, Wisconsin, LSU
Wide Receiver: USC, Ohio State, Florida State
Tight End: Miami, Iowa, Stanford
Offensive Line: Alabama, Wisconsin, Oklahoma
Defensive Line: Alabama, Clemson, Penn State
Linebacker: Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State
Defensive Back: Ohio State, LSU, Alabama
A few of these rankings are controversial, but the two most noticeable ones are Georgia as ‘Linebacker U’ and Ohio State as ‘DBU.’ For years, Penn State held the title of the top program for linebackers, whereas LSU is often considered a football factory for defensive backs.
Despite the recent fall in production at USC, it’s clear that ESPN won’t let that affect its view of the program. ESPN could have gone with Oklahoma for ‘Quarterback U,’ due to its recent success of producing Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. However, it opted for USC’s trio of Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Sam Darnold.
While ESPN gives Miami the honor of being ‘Tight End U,’ Iowa is climbing up the rankings in large part because of George Kittle, Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson.
Do you agree with these rankings?