Where every B1G team is ranked on post-spring SP+ rankings for 2023 season
With spring practices behind us and most of the transfer portal movement behind us entering the summer, teams have a better idea of what their rosters will look like to begin in the fall.
Now that a much clearer idea of how teams will open the season is in place, ESPN’s Bill Connelly unveiled the latest SP+ rankings for the 2023 season. At the top — and to little surprise — two-time defending national champion Georgia take the No. 1 spot per the SP+.
Out of the B1G, a trio of teams landed in the top 10 of the projections with the usual heavy hitters featured. Ohio State — despite back-to-back losses to Michigan came in at No. 2 with Michigan right behind at No. 3.
The only top-25 program from the B1G was Wisconsin, checking in at No. 19 ahead of Luke Fickell’s first season in Madison. Here is where every B1G program landed on the SP+ rankings ahead of the summer:
2. Ohio State (29.6 SP+ rating)
3. Michigan (29.2)
8. Penn State (23.5)
19. Wisconsin (15.8)
29. Iowa (13.2)
31. Minnesota (12)
40. Maryland (9)
42. Michigan State (7.9)
44. Illinois (7)
48. Purdue (5.7)
49. Nebraska (5.3)
71. Indiana (-3.4)
73. Rutgers (-4)
83. Northwestern (-6.7)
Here is the full description of the SP+ system:
SP+ is a tempo- and opponent-adjusted measure of college football efficiency. It is a predictive measure of the most sustainable and predictable aspects of football, not a résumé ranking, and along those same lines, these projections aren’t intended to be a guess at what the AP Top 25 will look like at the end of the year. These are simply early offseason power rankings based on the information we have been able to gather to date.