Finishing the season undefeated is the goal for every college football team when it starts the season. Rarely does a team finish with that kind of accomplishment.
But there’s always a chance.
This week, ESPN updated its Football Power Index (FPI) rankings, which ranked all 130 FBS teams ahead of the 2019 season. One of the factors included in that equation is each team’s chances to go undefeated.
Michigan was listed among the top four teams with the best chance to finish the regular season 12-0. Ohio State came in the top 15.
According to ESPN’s FPI, the Wolverines have an 8.2 percent chance to finish the year undefeated. The Buckeyes chances are at a 0.7 percentage. Here’s a look at which programs have the highest percentages, per ESPN:
- Clemson — 48.9%
- Alabama — 14.2%
- Oklahoma — 10.2%
- Michigan — 8.2%
- Notre Dame –2.6%
If Michigan or Ohio State was to finish the year undefeated and win the B1G title, it would almost certainly guarantee a spot in the College Football Playoff. The conference has not had a team in the four-team field in the last two seasons.
It’ll be interesting to see how much those percentages change once the season kicks off.