ESPN’s Football Power Index is a great source of both information and controversy, depending on your perspective.
The Worldwide Leaders’ computer measure of a college football teams placed Alabama at No. 1 again this week. And it also gave a bump to both Auburn Georgia as each moved into the Top 5 behind Ohio State and Clemson.
Miami, which is the No. 2 team in the College Football Playoff rankings, is ranked at No. 12 in the FPI rankings.
Mississippi State stayed in the same spot after beating Arkansas on the road, and LSU moved up one notch after beating Tennessee at Neyland Stadium.
In total, five SEC teams ranked in the Top 20 of the ESPN FPI.
The official definition of the FPI, from ESPN.com:
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.
Here’s a look at how the entire SEC ranked after Week 12 games:
ESPN FPI: Week 12 SEC Rankings
- 1. Alabama
- 4. Auburn
- 5. Georgia
- 16. Mississippi St.
- 18. LSU
- 34. South Carolina
- 35. Texas A&M
- 36. Missouri
- 46. Florida
- 54. Kentucky
- 59. Ole Miss
- 69. Tennessee
- 71. Arkansas
- 83. Vanderbilt