ESPN updates Football Power Index after Week 1 – 247Sports

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Out of breath yet after that exhilarating finish in Arlington?
Oregon and Auburn didn’t disappoint in Saturday’s only nationally-ranked showdown of Week 1, battling wire to wire before the Tigers’ heroics in the final minute shocked the college football world with a 27-21 victory on the strength of true freshman Bo Nix’s 26-yard heave to Seth Williams.
It was a play reminiscent of Michael Crabtree’s walk-off touchdown reception to beat Texas more than a decade ago, a touchdown catch Auburn fans won’t soon forget.
ESPN has updated its Football Power Index in the middle of college football’s first weekend, a three-day stretch littered with surprising finishes with two more games to play, highlighted by Oklahoma’s battle vs. Houston on Sunday and Notre Dame’s nightcap vs. Louisville on Labor Day.
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.
From Nos. 25 to 1, here are the changes in ESPN’s Top 25 after Week 1: (Photo: UCF Knights Athletics)25. UCLA (0-1)
24. South Carolina (0-1)
23. UCF (1-0)
22. Miami (0-1)
21. Iowa (1-0)
The word: How is South Carolina ranked but North Carolina isn’t after the Gamecocks’ disappointing loss in Charlotte as a two-touchdown favorite? Will Muschamp’s team, facing the nation’s toughest schedule, built a 20-9 advantage in the second half before the Tar Heels and true freshman quarterback Sam Howell responded with a 98-yard touchdown drive and a 95-yard scoring drive to prove the final tally. … UCF and new quarterback Brandon Wimbush had no issues dispatching Florida A&M on Thursday night, moving past the hapless Rattlers, 62-0, on the strength of 48 first-half points in Orlando. (Photo: Getty)20. Texas (1-0)
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