#CFBrank by the numbers: Ohio State leads the way

Player Rankings Spotlight: Scooby and Boykin

Mark Schlabach looks at a pair of players ranked in the top 5 of ESPN's 2015 CFB player rankings who weren't even on the radar at the start of last season.

It should be no surprise that defending national champion and preseason favorite Ohio State has the most players (nine) in the preseason edition of #CFBrank, ESPN.com's list of the 100 best college football players heading into the 2015 season. But it might be a surprise to learn which team has the second-most players in #CFBrank -- Baylor. With 39 teams represented, here's a closer look at the players who made #CFBrank, by team:

9: Ohio State

7: Baylor

5: Alabama, Ole Miss and USC

4: Arkansas, LSU, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Notre Dame and Tennessee

3: Auburn, Clemson, Florida State and Georgia

2: Mississippi State, Penn State, Pitt, TCU, Virginia Tech, UCLA and Wisconsin

1: Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Cal, Colorado State, Duke, Florida, Georgia Tech, Miami (FL), Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas A&M, Utah and Virginia

More numbers of note:

  • 102: Because of ties -- including five people at No. 98 -- the #CFBrank features 102 players.

  • 0: Among the teams with no players picked in #CFBrank: Iowa, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Missouri, Northwestern, Texas, Washington and West Virginia.

  • 2: TCU, which was picked by the media to win the Big 12, has only two players in our list: QB Trevone Boykin at No. 5 and WR Josh Doctson at No. 63.

  • 1: Ohio State's Pat Elflein (No. 47) is the lone offensive guard on the list.

  • 0: No freshmen made our list. Juniors led the way with 43.

  • 2: The Group of 5 has two players in #CFBrank -- Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins at No. 49 and BYU QB Taysom Hill at No. 81.

  • 16: 59 offensive players made the list, 16 more than defensive players (43).

  • 2: Our panel of experts picked two players who didn't play a down in 2014 -- Auburn DE Carl Lawson (injury) at No. 51 and Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell (suspension) at No. 77.

  • 0: No kickers or punters made our list.

Full #CFBrank player rankings

1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 51-60 | 61-70 | 71-80 | 81-90 | 91-100