On Thursday, ESPN released it Football Power Index rankings for the 2018 college football season. Although the Big Ten was left out of the College Football Playoff last season, the conference was well represented among the top teams in the nation in these rankings.
ESPN ranked three Big Ten schools in its top 10 for 2018, as Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State made the cut. Not surprisingly, Ohio State is the highest-ranked Big Ten school at No. 4. Penn State was four spots behind at No. 8, and Michigan State rounded out the top 10 at No. 10.
The other schools in the top 10 are Clemson (No. 1), Alabama (No. 2), Georgia (No. 3), Notre Dame (No. 5), Washington (No. 6), Auburn (No. 7) and Oklahoma (No. 9).
Michigan and Wisconsin are just outside of the top 10, as the Wolverines are ranked No. 11 and the Badgers are No. 12.
The next highest-ranked Big Ten team in the rankings is Iowa at No. 25. Northwestern (No. 31), Purdue (No. 47) and Nebraska (No. 50) all were ranked among ESPN’s top 50.
The final five Big Ten schools each made ESPN’s top 75. Minnesota and Maryland are ranked No. 60 and 61, respectively. Indiana is ranked No. 66 and Rutgers came in at No. 68. Illinois was the lowest-ranked Big Ten team, as the Fighting Illini is ranked No. 70.
To see ESPN’s full FPI rankings for 2018, click here.