ESPN released its 2015 Football Power Index (FPI) this week. For those new to the game, the FPI is a way to estimate a team's projected strength on all sides of the ball. It doesn't necessarily mean a team will win a certain amount of games, but it instead gives a window into how you can expect a team to perform on a particular side of the ball. But while it doesn't measure wins or losses, the top three teams in last year's FPI made the College Football Playoff.
Of the 14 teams in the ACC, the Boston College Eagles ranked.....? 14th.
Bear in mind that the FPI balances the 2014 team efficiency against the returning starts and head coach information, then factors in the recruiting rankings. As efficient as BC could've been last year, they lost a good chunk of their offense, including the entire quarterback and offensive line positions. Their recruiting, while good for depth and attentive to singular positions, wasn't elite. There's also no way to project how a coach can "coach up" a recruit or how they can gameplan for particular teams. This is based solely on numbers and by not taking the nuances of actual football games into consideration.
Last season, the Eagles projected around the same spot with a projected win total of anywhere from under five wins to just over seven. Clearly, BC played on the higher end of that projection and was able to maximize the most of what they had. If they're able to do it again, they should have a record right around where they were at last season. Seven wins is the requirement in 2015 for bowl eligibility because of the two FCS games.
If you would like to see where BC slots against the rest of the ACC, here are the rankings:
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