Michigan listed at No. 5, Ohio State omitted from ESPN's FPI Top 10
We’re six months from the start of the 2019 college football season and there’s already some controversy in ESPN’s current Football Power Index (FPI).
ESPN recently unveiled the top 10 teams in the current FPI, and only one B1G team made the list. It’s probably not the one you’re expecting, either.
Michigan was the lone conference team to crack the current top 10, coming in at No. 5. The one glaring omission? Ohio State, who didn’t quite make the list.
Here’s what ESPN’s Heather Dinich had to say about the Wolverines:
Toughest game on schedule: Nov. 30 vs. Ohio State
The committee will like: A challenging October.
Four consecutive weeks without a bye begin Oct. 5 against Iowa, a consistent winner that has derailed playoff hopes before, followed by back-to-back road games against Illinois and Penn State. The month ends at home against Notre Dame, which beat Michigan in 2018 in a game that held playoff implications all season.
The committee won’t like: No signature victories.
Michigan’s best win last season was against No. 12 Penn State, and overall it had an impressive résumé, but it went 0-for-2 against Notre Dame and Ohio State. If the Wolverines are going to take the next step and contend for a top-four spot, they’ve got to beat at least one of those opponents.
One big question: Is Michigan ready for this yet?
It has been 14 seasons since the Wolverines won the Big Ten. This is head coach Jim Harbaugh’s fifth season. He will certainly have the edge in coaching experience over Ohio State rookie Ryan Day, who replaces the retired Urban Meyer. Forget that the Big Ten champ has been excluded from the top four in each of the past three seasons. If Michigan can beat Notre Dame and win the Big Ten, it’s hard to imagine that streak continuing on Selection Day.
Michigan is coming off a 10-3 season and lost a good chunk of its defensive talent. But the Wolverines do return Shea Patterson and some quality wide receivers on the offensive side of the football.
Still, in most rankings, Ohio State is well ahead of Michigan, especially now that Justin Fields is eligible.
Below is the top 10 list from ESPN:
- Notre Dame