Penn State ranked at No. 5, Wisconsin at No. 11 and Michigan at No. 17. There was a significant drop-off after those four, with Iowa coming in next at No. 34. The lowest team: Rutgers at No. 88.
ESPN gives Ohio State a projected win-loss record of 10.8-2.0 for the rest of the season with a 31 percent chance to win out and a whopping 57.3 percent chance to win the Big Ten. While Penn State and Wisconsin are also both projected to finish with around two losses, FPI has currently undefeated Michigan losing 3.5 games and just a 1.7 percent chance to win the Big Ten.
While it might be surprising Ohio State could rank at the top despite a home loss to Oklahoma, it makes some sense considering FPI is still likely weighing Ohio State’s preseason factors fairly heavily. Per ESPN, FPI looks at factors like “returning starters, past performance, recruiting rankings and coaching tenure,” all of which reflect fairly well on the Buckeyes.
What is more clear is that FPI still loves the SEC, ranking eight teams in the top 30 and all 14 teams in the top 60.