ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI) supposedly measures team strength to predict future performance, and it does not like the Michigan Wolverines' 2016 schedule.
According to FPI, the five toughest P5 schedules in the nation belong to USC, Ole Miss, Florida State, Cal and Alabama. The five easiest are Minnesota, Michigan, Purdue, Maryland and Nebraska. No coincidence those are all in the Big Ten.
Here's the full definition for FPI:
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.
The same FPI ranks Michigan as the best team in the conference and No. 11 nationally. However, no less than five SEC teams place higher than the Wolverines.
Unsurprisingly, the above tweet drew plenty of flack.
@ChantelJennings all 5 of easiest are Big Ten? Has to be the Rutgers effect— Dan Friedman (@dan_friedman) April 7, 2016
Easy or not, a B1G title will likely get Jim Harbaugh's team into the College Football Playoff, even if FPI doesn't like it.