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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Where Big 12 teams rank in preseason FPI

By Jake Trotter

ESPN Stats & Information released its automated preseason ratings on Monday for all 128 FBS teams. The ratings derive from a statistical model designed to predict how strong each team will be this coming season, based on offense, defense and special teams. Basically it’s a preseason version of last year's Football Power Index (FPI).

The methodology uses historical data such as past performance, the quantity and quality of returnees and recent recruiting trends to come up with expected points added (EPA) on offense, defense and special teams. Overall, it tells us a lot about how teams can be expected to perform the next season. The overall preseason FPI scores represent how much better or worse a team would be against an average FBS opponent on a neutral field.

Below is a breakdown of each Big 12 team ranks in each category and overall -- plus a few of my thoughts at the end:

7. Oklahoma
11. Baylor
21. Oklahoma State
25. Texas
33. Texas Tech
36. TCU
44. Kansas State
56. West Virginia

62. Iowa State
83. Kansas

A few thoughts: