ESPN's FPI predicts wide open B1G West following Week 2
ESPN’s Football Power Index thinks the Big Ten West is up for grabs.
Wisconsin is the favorite with a 72.4 percent chance to win the West, per FPI.
However, the Badgers are dealing with COVID-19 outbreak and could be in danger of not being eligible to win the division. Per Big Ten rules, each team must play in at least six of the eight regular season games to qualify for a division championship.
If Wisconsin can’t play vs. Purdue this weekend, its margin for error would be gone.
Behind the Badgers is Northwestern at 23.2 percent. The Wildcats are currently the No. 3 defense in the country according to SP+ after holding their first two opponents to a combined 23 points.
The only other undefeated team in this division through two weeks is Purdue. The Boilermakers are coming off an upset win over Iowa and a solid victory over Illinois. FPI gives them a 3.8 percent chance to represent the West.
Minnesota was a popular pick to win the division before the season started, but have surprisingly started off 0-2. The Gophers are missing several key players due to coronavirus, but it’s still not the start to the season that PJ Fleck’s squad hoped for. Due to the 0-2 start, FPI gives Minnesota a zero percent chance of winning the Big Ten West.
Here’s how FPI sees things moving forward:
- Wisconsin: 72.4 precent
- Northwestern: 23.2 percent
- Purdue: 3.8 percent
- Nebraska: 0.5 precent
- Iowa: 0.1 percent
- Minnesota: 0 percent
- Illinois: 0 percent