ESPN Power Index: Ohio State Still Clear-Cut Big Ten Favorites

By D.J. Byrnes on August 22, 2014 at 11:05 am
Ohio State given 29.5% chance to win the title.

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Despite losing their offensive talisman, Ohio State is still favored to win the Big Ten, according to ESPN's Power Index.

What is ESPN's Power Index? Glad you asked:

The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team's performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.

Wisconsin, surprisingly, is Ohio State's closest challenger.

Even more surprising, however, might be the computers' favoring of Michigan (17.8) over Michigan State (10.8).

Iowa also appears to have a puncher's chance at taking down the Big Ten crown. 

Lastly: Poor, poor Nebraska.

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