ESPN's FPI predicts the worst team in college football for 2019
The first version of ESPN’s 2019 Football Power Index was released on Thursday.
While 10 SEC teams were ranked in the index’s top 20, interestingly, Alabama wasn’t No. 1. That distinction belonged to national champion Clemson. You can see the full rankings here.
The website describes the FPI as the following:
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.
So, we know who’s projected No. 1 overall, but who’s projected to finish last?
That distinction belongs to the UTEP Miners, who is predicted be the worst team in college football and ranked No. 130. The index predicts that the Miners will finish 1-11, the same record as the UConn Huskies.
UTEP finished 1-11 in 2018, too, with its single win over Rice 34-26. The only SEC team that UTEP played last season was Tennessee, and the Miners lost 24-0 in Neyland Stadium.
2018 was head coach Dana Dimel’s first season at the helm, and the Miners play in Conference USA.