We’re at a gap in the college football calendar. The season ended in January with the national championship, and last week brought National Signing Day, which means the cap to most of the 2019 recruiting cycle.
Spring football will start back up in a few weeks. While there are changes to come, we have an idea of what the 2019 college football landscape will look like.
We’ve already had a number of early 2019 rankings released, and now, one of the most comprehensive college football analytics projections is out.
Bill Connelly of SB Nation put out his 2019 S&P+ rankings on Monday.
His projections don’t merely weigh in on the top 10 or 25 teams in the country, but the entirety of the FBS.
It uses recent history of the programs, new additions of recruiting, and the returning production from the previous year’s teams to create the rankings.
Here is the top 15, from SB Nation:
- Ohio State
- Mississippi State
- Notre Dame
- Texas A&M
- Penn State
Washington is the first Pac-12 team on the list, giving the league the lowest-ranked top team among the Power Five conferences.
Boise State comes in at No. 24, first among the Group of Five clubs.
On the other end of things, the floundering UTEP program has the ignominious honor of being the bottom team in the country, at No. 130, while Rutgers (No. 108) is at the bottom of the Power Five.
The full list of teams, and further explanation for the rankings, is available at SB Nation.