Huskers stay steady among Big Ten's drastic changes in FPI ranking

The Nebraska Cornhuskers enjoyed the first of their two bye weeks on Sept. 24 while the rest of the Big Ten duked it out on the field.

The 1-3 Huskers unsurprisingly did not see much of a change in the Football Power Index (FPI) ranking, which is released by ESPN each week of the college football season.

The FPI metric, according to ESPN, “measures team’s true strength on a net points scale; expected point margin vs. average opponent on neutral field.”

The FPI also projects teams’ record, chances to win out, chances of winning out the rest of the season, including conference championship games, winning their conference, making the College Football Playoff, and winning the National Championship.

As a whole, it was a much different story for the Big Ten as a handful of teams experienced sharp changes in their ranking. Six of the conferences’ 14 teams moved either up or down at least five spots in the rankings.

Maryland and Indiana moved up in the FPI despite losses to No. 4 Michigan and Cincinnati, respectively.

Purdue and Northwestern experienced opposite fates in close games with the Boilermakers eking out a win over Florida Atlantic and the Wildcats falling 17-14 to Miami (Ohio). Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio State all won in convincing fashion.

Overall, six teams in the Big Ten slid up in the rankings, seven teams dropped, and one team retained the same ranking from last week.

Read next to see where the Huskers and the rest of the Big Ten stack up in the FPI:

Ohio State FPI Ranking (Previous week’s ranking): 2 (3) Projected W-L: 11.7-1.0 Chances of winning 6 games: 100% Chances of winning the division: 70.0% Chances of winning the Big Ten: 58.1% Chances of making the College Football Playoff: 78.3% Chances of winning the National Championship: 28.3%

Michigan FPI Ranking (Previous week’s ranking): 4 (4) Projected W-L: 11.4-1.2 Chances of winning 6 games: 100% Chances of winning the division: 18.2% Chances of winning the Big Ten: 11.9% Chances of making the College Football Playoff: 30.3% Chances of winning the National Championship: 3.6%

Penn State FPI Ranking (Previous week’s ranking): 13 (10) Projected W-L: 9.5-2.6 Chances of winning 6 games: 100% Chances of winning the division: 11.2% Chances of winning the Big Ten: 6.3% Chances of making the College Football Playoff: 9.6% Chances of winning the National Championship: 0.5%

Minnesota FPI Ranking (Previous week’s ranking): 14 (18) Projected W-L: 10.3-2.4 Chances of winning 6 games: 100% Chances of winning the division: 73.7% Chances of winning the Big Ten: 19.6% Chances of making the College Football Playoff: 10.0% Chances of winning the National Championship: 0.7%

Wisconsin FPI Ranking (Previous week’s ranking): 23 (19) Projected W-L: 7.2-5.0 Chances of winning 6 games: 89.6% Chances of winning the division: 15.0% Chances of winning the Big Ten: 2.7% Chances of making the College Football Playoff: 0.0% Chances of winning the National Championship: 0.0%

Maryland FPI Ranking (Previous week’s ranking): 24 (29) Projected W-L: 7.7-4.3 Chances of winning 6 games: 97.3% Chances of winning the division: 0.5% Chances of winning the Big Ten: 0.2% Chances of making the College Football Playoff: 0.1% Chances of winning the National Championship: 0.0%

Michigan State FPI Ranking (Previous week’s ranking): 29 (16) Projected W-L: 5.6-6.4 Chances of winning 6 games: 53.5% Chances of winning the division: 0.1% Chances of winning the Big Ten: 0.1% Chances of making the College Football Playoff: 0.0% Chances of winning the National Championship: 0.0%

Purdue FPI Ranking (Previous week’s ranking): 35 (30) Projected W-L: 6.4-5.6 Chances of winning 6 games: 78.0% Chances of winning the division: 4.9% Chances of winning the Big Ten: 0.6% Chances of making the College Football Playoff: 0.0% Chances of winning the National Championship: 0.0%

Iowa FPI Ranking (Previous week’s ranking): 41 (48) Projected W-L: 6.5-5.6 Chances of winning 6 games: 79.9% Chances of winning the division: 4.7% Chances of winning the Big Ten: 0.4% Chances of making the College Football Playoff: 0.0% Chances of winning the National Championship: 0.0%

Illinois FPI Ranking (Previous week’s ranking): 49 (56) Projected W-L: 6.4-5.6 Chances of winning 6 games: 77.6% Chances of winning the division: 1.4% Chances of winning the Big Ten: 0.1% Chances of making the College Football Playoff: 0.0% Chances of winning the National Championship: 0.0%

Indiana FPI Ranking (Previous week’s ranking): 75 (79) Projected W-L: 4.8-7.2 Chances of winning 6 games: 25.1% Chances of winning the division: 0.0% Chances of winning the Big Ten: 0.0% Chances of making the College Football Playoff: 0.0% Chances of winning the National Championship: 0.0%

Nebraska FPI Ranking (Previous week’s ranking): 77 (76) Projected W-L: 3.2-8.8 Chances of winning 6 games: 2.5% Chances of winning the division: 0.1% Chances of winning the Big Ten: 0.0% Chances of making the College Football Playoff: 0.0% Chances of winning the National Championship: 0.0%

Rutgers FPI Ranking (Previous week’s ranking): 79 (72) Projected W-L: 4.8-7.2 Chances of winning 6 games: 20.9% Chances of winning the division: 0.0% Chances of winning the Big Ten: 0.0% Chances of making the College Football Playoff: 0.0% Chances of winning the National Championship: 0.0%

Northwestern FPI Ranking (Previous week’s ranking): 103 (100) Projected W-L: 1.6-10.4 Chances of winning 6 games: 0.0% Chances of winning the division: 0.0% Chances of winning the Big Ten: 0.0% Chances of making the College Football Playoff: 0.0% Chances of winning the National Championship: 0.0%

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