ESPN’s Football Power Index is out for the 2018 season, and Ohio State is projected as the best Big Ten team, and fourth overall in the country.
The ESPN FPI Has Ohio State No. 4 In The Country
These sorts of things don’t mean squat because the games still have to be played, but it’s always interesting to see the various computer models that come out, and we’re already seeing some of them.
ESPN’s FPI (Football Power Index) is one of the newer models out there, and it’s been released as a precursor already for the 2018 season. There’s some familiar teams at the top.
According to 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.”
That’s fancy jargon for which teams are predicted to do the best in a given year. The FPI always moves up and down during the season based on a team’s performance during the year, but obviously the model is taking into account what the model feels the team has in the cupboard before all the fun starts in 2018.
So what about Ohio State? Well, you’ll be happy to know that the Buckeyes come in as the highest rated Big Ten team at No. 4 overall. Clemson (1), Alabama (2), and Georgia (3) are the top three teams ahead of Ohio State, with Notre Dame (5) cranking up the annual over-hyped machine to round out the top five.
Other Big Ten teams include Penn State (8), Michigan State (10), Michigan (11) and Wisconsin (12). No other conference has more than three in the top twelve, but again — it doesn’t really amount to a hill of beans.
To see the complete FPI, click here and browse the list yourself, but be ready to pitch them in the shredder once all the games begin.