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ESPN Computer Releases College Football Preseason Top 25

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05: A view of the logo during ESPN The Party on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for ESPN)

The ESPN College Football Power Index has calculated its top-25 teams heading into the 2022 season.

These rankings are calculated using the expected point margin against an average team on a neutral field (FPI).

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide
  2. Ohio State Buckeyes
  3. Georgia Bulldogs
  4. Clemson Tigers
  5. Notre Dam Fighting Irish
  6. Texas Longhorns
  7. Michigan Wolverines
  8. Oklahoma Sooners
  9. Pittsburgh Panthers
  10. Auburn Tigers
  11. LSU Tigers
  12. Penn State Nittany Lions
  13. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  14. Texas A&M Aggies
  15. Utah Utes
  16. Michigan State Spartans
  17. Ole Miss Rebels
  18. Miami Hurricanes
  19. Baylor Bears
  20. Kentucky Wildcats
  21. Wisconsin Badgers
  22. North Carolina Tar Heels
  23. Oregon Ducks
  24. Mississippi State Bulldogs
  25. Florida Gators

Nick Saban's Alabama squad find themselves in a familiar spot at the No. 1 position, despite falling to the Georgia Bulldogs in this past year's National Championship game.

Clemson's FPI has them poised as a top-5 team in the nation despite notching an uncharacteristic three-loss season in 2021. The Tigers' ACC-rival Pittsburgh Panthers also made their way into the top-10 despite losing star quarterback Kenny Pickett to the 2022 NFL draft.

The Texas A&M Aggies rank all the way back at No. 14 despite welcoming the top recruiting class in the nation this coming season.

This ranking system clearly has some flaws.

What do you think of the early top-25 list?