ESPN’s FPI ratings are a joke with these teams in the Top 10
EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans looks on against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the first half of the game at Spartan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

I have been taking shots at ESPN’s Football Power Index all season, but for the most part, I always added the caveat that the ratings would probably look better at the end of the season.

They don’t.

Here are the ratings as we head into conference championships this week:


Oklahoma being at No.1 in a ratings system is not that far-fetched, but why are they so far ahead of everyone? And why is Clemson all the way down at No. 6? Let’s not get started on three-loss Ole Miss being No. 5 and four-loss USC being No. 8.

Some of the top teams aren’t pictured here, as both Michigan State and Iowa rate outside of the Top 10. For example, Iowa is ranked at No. 26, which is behind five-loss Arkansas (16) and four-loss West Virginia (20). But hey, here’s some consolation for Iowa fans: you are nine spots ahead of nine-loss Georgia Tech, who is No. 35!

Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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