This is the worst Power 5 team in the country, per ESPN.
ESPN put out its first preseason Football Power Index this morning. You can read all the details here.
If you’re unfamiliar with how the FPI works, you can read more about it here. In short, it is a computer ranking that relies on a myriad of factors, including returning starters, team performance over the last four seasons and recent recruiting rankings.
So who is the lowest-ranked team from the five major conferences? The Oregon State Beavers.
Oregon State, which finished 1-11 in 2017, is ranked 100th in the country. There are only 30 programs below Oregon State.
To put it in further perspective, Oregon State is 18 spots below Kansas, which has consistently been the worst team in the Power 5 conferences the last several seasons. The Beavers are behind more than a dozen non-Power 5 schools as well.
Oregon State alum Jonathan Smith is taking the reins of his alma mater this season, and he has a major rebuilding project on his hands. The Beavers haven't had a winning season or made a bowl game in five years and have won just seven games over the last three seasons.
It is tough to bring talent to Corvallis, which further complicates a rebuild.
ESPN's FPI rankings will update periodically throughout the offseason and during the season as well.
Will Oregon State exceed expectations?