14 Jan 2011
It's way too early to nominate official contenders for next year's national championship race. We'll be taking the next few months to collect new recruiting and returning starter data and re-evaluation our projection methodology. But our baseline data, five year success, is already in the books. In this week's ESPN college football feature, we update the Program FEI ratings and find (unsurprisingly) that the SEC is in the best shape. We also compare the average program strength of teams in the new conference division alignments, and identify a few teams that may be getting a bit of premature hype.