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ESPN Predicts 3 Teams That Will Surprise In 2019

Kirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDay

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN's College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

ESPN has released some more predictions for the 2019 college football season. The Football Power Index has been updated ahead of the upcoming year.

For those unfamiliar with the FPI:

FPI is our predictive rating and ranking system for college football. It's set to the scale of points per game above average, and it fuels all of our predictions and projections (out later this offseason) before and during the season.

On Monday, we covered five teams that ESPN's computer is projecting will disappoint during the 2019 season. There are some notable teams on the list.

Today, we're covering teams that will do the opposite.

Which teams are projected to be better than expected in 2019?

Here are three.

1. Michigan

FPI rating: No. 5

jim harbaugh on the sideline at the ohio state game

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks up at the scoreboard in the third quarter after the Ohio State Buckeyes scored at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 62-39. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

2. LSU

FPI rating: No. 4

lsu quarterback joe burrow drops back against alabama

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA - NOVEMBER 03: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers looks to pass in the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide of their game at Tiger Stadium on November 03, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

3. Penn State

FPI rating: No. 12

Juwan Johnson and DaeSean Hamilton celebrate a Penn State touchdown.

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: DaeSean Hamilton #5 of the Penn State Nittany Lions celebrates with teammate Juwan Johnson #84 after scoring a touchdown on a 48 yard reception during the first quarter against the Washington Huskies during the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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You can view the full FPI ratings here.