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Oregon Picked as Having Best Chance in BIG to Make Playoff per ESPN

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New to the Big Ten but not new to fielding really strong football teams, the Oregon Ducks apparently have a pretty good shot of...



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Steven, thanks for the post but FPI should change its name to FP-Why? SP+ makes sense. FPI is off-the-wall. ESPN's computer models rarely conform. Unlike super-secret FPI, Bill Connolly explains the programming for SP+.


As I posted elsewhere today. In its 2024 preseason rankings, College Football News ranks Oregon No. 4 out of 134 teams. Ohio State is ranked No. 1.


In College Football News Strength of Schedule (SOS) rankings, Oregon has the 11th hardest  SOS; Ohio State has the 57th hardest SOS. If this was the game of golf, Oregon would be getting at least 2 shots a side. 


The other B1G title contenders SOS: USC No. 1, Michigan No. 5, Penn State 14, Wisconsin 18, Iowa 22. and UW 33.


There is not a preseason SOS ranking I have seen that does not have Ohio State with the easiest B1G schedule in 2024. Easiest by far. 8 home games. 3 G5 OOC games all in Columbus. Oregon plays 8 games without a break; Ohio State plays 6.


Ohio State does play at Penn State. PSU last defeated tOSU in 2016. And, on 10/12/24, the Buckeyes visit Autzen. 


Iowa, Nebraska, and Michigan trip to Columbus. Other tOSU opponents - Michigan State, Purdue, Northwestern, and Indiana.


With the odds for the Oregon game now Ohio State -1.5, Ohio State will be favored in every game. 


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