The Buckeyes will be the best team in the country this season, per the FPI.
ESPN's "Football Power Index" updated today. The FPI now includes projected win-loss records, projected conference champions, percent chance of going undefeated and more.
One team stands above the rest in these rankings.
Ohio State is the country's No. 1 team heading into the season, according to the FPI.
The Buckeyes have:
- The No. 1 overall rating in the FPI of 29.0, more than 3 points higher than the No. 2 team (Alabama at 25.9)
- A projected final record of 12-1
- A 32.8 percent chance of going undefeated
- A 69 percent chance to win the Big Ten
Ohio State's undefeated probability is the stat that jumps out the most. No other team even has a 10 percent chance of going undefeated, per the FPI. The next-closest teams are Alabama at 9.1 percent and Oklahoma at 7.3 percent.
The Buckeyes open the 2017 season on Thursday, Aug. 31 at Indiana. ESPN's FPI gives Urban Meyer's team a 95.7 percent chance to win that game.