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ESPN's College Football "Future" Power Rankings Top 25

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ESPN has updated its college football "future" power rankings. 

The "FPR" is a projection of which college football teams will dominate the sport over the next three years. 

Here's ESPN's description:

FPR is a projection of a program's strength over the next three years, not just the 2016 season. An eight-person panel of ESPN reporters and analysts -- Heather Dinich, Brad Edwards, Travis Haney, Sharon Katz, Tom Luginbill, Ted Miller, Adam Rittenberg and Mark Schlabach -- graded teams based on five criteria, which were weighed differently to account for their impact on overall sustained success. The criteria: coaching (27 percent of the formula), current talent (27 percent), recruiting (20 percent), title path (16 percent) and program foundation (10 percent).

Which team does ESPN think will rule the sport over the next three seasons? The reigning national champions.

Alabama, which was overtaken by Ohio State in the 2015 edition of the FPR, has its No. 1 spot back. The Crimson Tide continue to recruit as well as ever and, coming off a national title, they're an obvious choice for No. 1. 

Here's the rest of the top 25: 

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. FSU
  4. Clemson
  5. Michigan
  6. LSU
  7. Stanford
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Michigan State
  11. Florida
  12. Georgia
  13. USC
  14. Tennessee
  15. TCU
  16. UCLA
  17. Texas
  18. Auburn
  19. Miami
  20. Ole Miss
  21. Washington
  22. Oregon
  23. Louisville
  24. Oklahoma State
  25. Nebraska

You can view ESPN's full rankings here