ESPN Power Index has OU at No. 3

Oklahoma is ranked No. 3, behind No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Alabama, in ESPN’s Preseason Football Power Index for the 2017 college football season.

According to, this is not a ranking of who will win the most games or who will make the four-team college playoff but is a ranking based on the last four years’ performance. It includes ranking by recruiting services, number of returning players, offensive and defensive statistics, quarterback experience levels and other factors.

Oklahoma is rated No. 1 in the offense category and No. 20 in defense.

TCU is ranked No. 19, Texas is No. 24 and Oklahoma State comes in at No. 26. Tulsa is No. 67. OSU is No. 12 in offense and No. 46 in defense. TU is No. 52 in offense and No. 73 in defense.

In ESPN’s preseason Football Power Index, staff writer Chris Low lists No. 3 OU at the top of his “overvalued” list.

“…the Sooners haven’t been at their best in recent years when expectations have been at their highest. We’ll see if they can buck that trend,” Low writes.

Low has No. 26 OSU on the top of his “undervalued” list.

“We probably put too much stock in how a team finished the previous season when predicting its fortunes for that next season, but Oklahoma State has the look of a legit Big 12 championship contender in 2017,” Low wrote.