When a team wins 78-0, it’s going to grab headlines. But it’s also going to give a team a boost statistically.
Michigan benefited greatly from the 78-point rout of Rutgers in ESPN’s Football Power Index ratings. The Wolverines are now No. 1 in the nation according to FPI. Michigan also has a 34.4-percent chance to win out and a 49.9-percent chance to win the Big Ten. Perhaps most important, the Wolverines now are seen as only a small underdog at Ohio State: 49.6 percent.
That’s a big difference going back to last week, when Michigan was given only a 16.5-percent chance to win out. Ohio State also was at 66.3 percent to beat Michigan only a few days ago.
The Buckeyes, who beat Indiana 38-17, are No. 5 in the FPI behind Michigan, Alabama, Clemson and Louisville. Ohio State is a giant favorite in every game until Michigan, including Saturday’s upcoming trip to Wisconsin, which is at 70.6 percent.
The FPI has Wisconsin No. 15 and Nebraska only 25. The FPI has the Huskers clear underdogs against Wisconsin (34.1) and Ohio State (11.2) with a 0.1-percent chance of winning out.
— Sharon Katz (@skatz23) October 9, 2016