ESPN Predicts The Big Ten’s 5 Best Teams In 2019

first_imgJim Harbaugh and James Franklin shakes hands after game.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: James Franklin head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions congratulates Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines after the game at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. The Wolverines won 28-16. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)There’s over six months remaining until the 2019 college football season kicks off, but predictions are already ramping up. Plenty of change has come to the Big Ten Conference, which could seriously alter the balance of power.On Thursday, ESPN released its early preseason rankings via the Football Power Index (FPI). With the advanced metric, we got a quick preview of the Big Ten as well – and the results are interesting to say the least.Per ESPN’s FPI, Michigan is slated to be the top team in the conference, coming in at No. 5. But the Buckeyes might be a little bit peeved at who comes ranked next in the conference.The second-highest rated team is not the Ohio State Buckeyes, but the Penn State Nittany Lions.Penn State was ranked No. 12, while Ohio State was ranked No. 13.The two factors that appear to have played the biggest role in putting Penn State ahead of Ohio State is the Nittany Lions’ apparent superiority in the offensive, defensive, and special teams rankings.The next two Big Ten teams in ESPN’s top 25 are the Michigan State Spartans at No. 14 and the Wisconsin Badgers at No. 23.The Spartans actually have the third-ranked defense in college football, but the team’s 55th-ranked offense appears to have hurt their score.last_img

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