ESPN's FPI predicts win-loss record for every B1G team
ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) has been pretty high on the B1G throughout the course of the offseason. There are seven teams ranked inside the top 25 and three squads have been given better than a 20 percent chance of reaching the College Football Playoff (Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State).
From top to bottom, the B1G will be one of the deepest conferences in college football again. There won’t be many easy wins for teams during the 2020 season.
The FPI has recently projected the win totals for every team in college football. It should be no surprise that Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State are predicted to have the highest number of wins for the 2020 campaign, also projected to hit the 10-win mark. After that, there’s a bit of a drop off.
No other team is projected to get over 7.7 wins. Here’s a look at how the FPI is predicting each team’s record right now:
- Ohio State — 11.3-1.3
- Wisconsin — 10.8-2.1
- Penn State — 10.1-2.2
- Indiana — 7.7-4.3
- Northwestern — 7.7-4.3
- Minnesota — 7.6-4.5
- Michigan — 7.4-4.6
- Iowa — 7.0-5.0
- Nebraska — 5.8-6.2
- Illinois — 5.4-6.6
- Purdue — 4.9-7.1
- Rutgers — 4.2-7.8
- Michigan State — 4.0-8.0
- Maryland — 3.8-8.2
If you were to round up, this would give the B1G nine bowl eligible teams by the end of the season, with Nebraska squeaking in at 6-6. ESPN’s calculations also don’t have a favorable year for Michigan and isn’t too high on Maryland as it enters its second season of the Mike Locksley era.
Indiana and Northwestern pushing potentially eight wins is also a significant note from the FPI projections. The Hoosiers won eight games a season ago, but the Wildcats finished with a 3-9 mark, the worst record of the Pat Fitzgerald era.
You can view ESPN’s full FPI projections here.