Say what? LSU finished No. 3 in ESPN's Football Power Index final top 25
It might be about time for ESPN to tweak its Football Power Index algorithm, because the LSU Tigers didn’t finish No. 1 or No. 2 in the final rankings.
The Tigers beat Clemson 42-25 for the College Football Playoff final Monday night, capping off arguably the greatest season in college football history; however, despite that, LSU is ranked behind both one-loss Ohio State and one-loss Clemson in the FPI’s final top 25.
15-0 LSU ranked No. 3 just ahead of Alabama and Georgia.
ESPN defines its Football Power Index as the following on its website:
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.
Based on the final Associated Press top 25, LSU beat No. 2 Clemson, No. 4 Georgia, No. 6 Florida, No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 8 Alabama, No. 14 Auburn and No. 25 Texas.
While it’s arguable that LSU isn’t the best overall team in college football history, it had the greatest season in history defeating that many ranked opponents along the way.