We’re just over one month away from the start of the 2019 college football season, and earlier this week, ESPN officially unveiled the latest version of its Football Power Index for the campaign. Unsurprisingly, Clemson and Alabama are the top two ranked squads.
Here’s a reminder of what FPI actually is, per ESPN:
The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.
The highest-ranked Big Ten team in the bunch is Michigan, which comes in at No. 5. Let’s take a look at what the Big Ten standings would look like at year’s end if FPI would up being accurate.
A reminder that projected records include conference title games, if it’s possible your team could play in one.
Big Ten East:
- Michigan (10.5-2.1)
- Penn State (8.9-3.2)
- Michigan State (8.8-3.3)
- Ohio State (8.7-3.4)
- Indiana (6.6-5.5)
- Maryland (4.1-7.9)
- Rutgers (3.5-8.5)
Big Ten West:
- Minnesota (8.3-4.0)
- Nebraska (8.1-4.2)
- Iowa (7.9-4.4)
- Wisconsin (6.6-5.5)
- Northwestern (5.7-6.3)
- Purdue (4.8-7.2)
- Illinois (4.7-7.3)
A reminder that this is not based on FPI ranking – just the projected record.
Ohio State being projected to win the fourth-most games in the Big Ten East is pretty wild. That said, the Buckeyes will have a new head coach in Ryan Day and a new quarterback in Justin Fields.
Big Ten fans – does this look accurate?