ESPN put out a new thing because people are stupidly bored and can't wait for the season to start. I expected us to fall pretty low here, but hey, we're ranked just behind BC, and ahead of Temple, Buffalo, and UCONN...which instantly makes me an even happier fan based on those last three.
The methodology is:
Program Power: Combination of strength of records from 2012-2016 and current FPI compared to recent history
Rivalry Dominance: Combination of wins above expectation over rivals in past five seasons and how a team's FPI compares to rivals'.
Coaching Stability: How close a coach is to being fired, based on Phil Steele's coaching stability rankings.
Recruiting Trend: Difference in percentage of five-, four-, and three-star recruits in current class vs. expectations.
Revenue Growth: Difference between revenue earned in 2016 season relative to 2012-2015 average. Data derived from US Department of Education Equity in Athletics Database.
Twitter Buzz: Percentage of tweets from fans that are positive, based on social media sentiment analysis.
We come in 117th overall with these ratings:
Coaching Stability: 28
Recruiting Trend: 43
Revenue Growth: 87
Twitter Buzz: 81
Good job tweeting happy thoughts everyone. Apparently it helped us beat UCONN.