Identifying 2013 sleepers

A deeper look at the numbers reveals that USC's offense was better than most thought in 2012. Jonathan Moore/Getty Images

Trying to determine which college football teams are better than others has long been a fruitless exercise, with teams that are seemingly equal having such a small sample of games and sometimes no common opponents. But computers are allowing us to connect those dots like never before, and advanced metrics have been developed that can dig into game data and better analyze team performance -- which can be a useful tool as we evaluate teams for next season.