New ESPN FPI Rankings Expose The Bama Bias

The new FPI rankings are out. If this isn’t proof that they need to be done away with once and for all, nothing is ever going to be enough.

  1. Ohio State
  2. Clemson
  3. Alabama
  4. LSU
  5. Georgia

Any kind of system that has a team ranked ahead of the team that just beat them is flawed. “Power Index” or not. Problem is, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this from the FPI.

After Clemson beat Oklahoma 37-17 in the Orange Bowl back in 2015, the FPI still had the Sooners ranked ahead of the Tigers. You beat a team by 20 points, ending their season in the playoff, and are still told they’re better than you? Something is wrong with that picture.

ESPN has never revealed exactly how they come up with these rankings. They’ve never given specific information about the formula used. About all they’ll say anymore is this.

The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.

It’s so absurd, it’s almost comical.

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