According to his Twitter bio, Powers once worked with Phil Steele and his specialty is devising power ratings. He describes his methodology as follows:
This early set of power ratings takes into consideration the amount of returning production, the number of returning starters and other key factors (turnovers, close wins/losses, recruiting, etc).
The interesting thing to me about his 2019 list isn’t that there are five SEC teams in his top ten. What’s interesting to me is how his ratings have moved, year-to-year.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and Georgia catching Alabama for the long haul wasn’t something I expected to occur overnight, no matter how much sleeping giant talk we’ve heard about the program Kirby Smart took over. Progress, though, seems undeniable. Georgia has managed to cut the gap between it and the defending national champs essentially in half, as shown by Powers’ numbers, and come close to doing the same with ‘Bama.
Obviously, there’s still work to be done, but it’s nice to see third-party confirmation like this. I’ll be curious to see if Steele tracks this as well when his preview mag hits the stands in the next couple of weeks.