first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)We’re only a few weeks away from the start of the 2019 college football season. As teams are currently holding preseason camp, it’s time to look at ESPN’s Football Power Index and its projections for each team in the Big Ten.The FPI serves as measure of strength for teams heading into the season. It gives out grades for each program in the country, but it also projects wins and losses.Michigan is the highest-ranked team according to the FPI. In addition to receiving the best grade, Jim Harbaugh’s squad also has the best projected record in its conference.On the flip side, Rutgers is expected to have the worst season in the Big Ten. Let’s take a look at how the FPI projects each Big Ten team’s record to shape out.Big Ten East:Michigan (10.5-2.1)Penn State (8.9-3.2)Michigan State (8.8-3.3)Ohio State (8.7-3.4)Indiana (6.6-5.5)Maryland (4.1-7.9)Rutgers (3.5-8.5)Big Ten West:Minnesota (8.3-4.0)Nebraska (8.1-4.2)Iowa (7.9-4.4)Wisconsin (6.6-5.5)Northwestern (5.7-6.3)Purdue (4.9-7.2)Illinois (4.8-7.2)The projected records include the possibility of playing in the conference championship game. In this scenario, the title game would be between Michigan and Minnesota.While the FPI seems to be fond of Michigan, it has Ohio State losing roughly three games. It has Penn State falling short in three contests as well.Last season, Ohio State defeated Northwestern in the conference title game. We’ll see if either program can return to that stage this year.last_img