Where B1G teams rank in Preseason Power Index

Now that spring football is in the books, we are slowly starting to see preseason rankings trickle in for the 2014 season. Our friends over at ESPN recently created an automated set of preseason ratings for every team. The ratings are designed to predict how strong each team will be in the upcoming season.

This is calculated using the Football Power Index, which according to ESPN is a predictive measure of team strength that uses the EPA breakdowns that correlate most with future results. The efficiency rankings are the point contributions for the Off/Def/Special Teams units to the team’s opponent-adjusted scoring margin per game (Overall EPA).

Four Big Ten teams appear in the top 25 of the ratings, highlighted by Ohio State at No. 6 overall. Following Ohio State is Michigan at No. 18, Wisconsin at No. 23 and defending Big Ten champion Michigan State at No. 24.

According to the list, the Buckeyes have the No. 5-ranked offense, the No. 21-ranked defense, and the No. 28-ranked special teams.

Michigan State, which led the nation in total defense last season, has the No. 20-ranked defense, according to the ratings.

Here is where every Big Ten team appears on the list.

6. Ohio State Buckeyes
18. Michigan Wolverines
23. Wisconsin Badgers
24. Michigan State Spartans
37. Iowa Hawkeyes
38. Indiana Hoosiers
39. Maryland Terrapins
43. Nebraska Cornhuskers
46. Penn State Nittany Lions
52. Northwestern Wildcats
59. Rutgers Scarlet Knights
67. Minnesota Golden Gophers
73. Illinois Fighting Illini
96. Purdue Boilermakers

For the complete rankings, check out the ESPN article here.

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Gary L. Hale on 5/20/2014 @ 11:12pm EDT Said:

Michigan ahead of Wisc and Michigan State. Just like the old days.

mark on 5/21/2014 @ 12:22am EDT Said:

As usual O$U overrated

Faygo on 5/21/2014 @ 9:33am EDT Said:

What a joke. Michigan State at 24, behind a UM team that tanked last season? Ridiculous.

Doug on 5/21/2014 @ 10:30am EDT Said:

Hey Gary, keep living in the past like all michigan fans do. MSU is going to destroy Michigan again, just like they have been doing.

JP on 5/21/2014 @ 11:02am EDT Said:

Indiana and Maryland ahead of Nebraska??? HAHAHA

Anthony G. Brown on 5/21/2014 @ 11:37am EDT Said:

Football is not played on paper. It’s played on television

Ed Delaha on 5/21/2014 @ 1:57pm EDT Said:

I agree on the last 5 teams, but I think it should be Michigan State, OSU, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan, Maryland, Penn State, Iowa, Indiana. Go Terps. 8-4 is a do-able year this year, if we do not have injuries and CJ Brown can play in all the games at qb.

CHOPNationBoyz on 5/21/2014 @ 5:12pm EDT Said:

Maryland and Indiana ahead of RU is a JOKE!!!!! Let the games began.

Jeff Knox on 5/21/2014 @ 9:32pm EDT Said:

It should be Buckeyes, Badgers, Spartans, Huskers, Turtles then Missagain…

Jeffery Spires on 5/22/2014 @ 12:44pm EDT Said:

same old crap, we will see next fall Nebraska will surprise…

nofanof msu on 5/24/2014 @ 4:28am EDT Said:

would be suprised if msu makes top 25 with the offense they have, and losses on defense will hurt bad. Not sold on Michigan though simply because of the offensive line play. Top 2 teams will only be OSU and Wisconsin.