ESPN updates Football Power Index after Week 11 – 247Sports

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With the state of Louisiana behind him, Ed Orgeron got it done.
LSU’s win over Alabama on Saturday snapped the Tigers’ eight-game skid in the series and proved this year’s team is the program’s best shot at playing for a national championship since 2011.
Quarterback Joe Burrow was terrific against the best defense he has faced this fall, throwing for 393 yards and several scores as LSU ended Alabama’s 31-game home winning streak that spanned the past four seasons. Not to be outdone, Minnesota remained unbeaten with a win over previously fourth-ranked Penn State in the program’s biggest game in decades.
ESPN has updated its Football Power Index rankings after Week 11, reflected with similar changes we’re expecting in Sunday’s AP Top 25 following a pair of notable wins by teams who stayed unbeaten in games vs. elite competition.
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 11:
(Photo: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports, USA TODAY Sports)25. Michigan State (4-5)
24. Oklahoma State (6-3)
23. Texas (6-3)
22. USC (6-4)
21. Baylor (9-0)
The word: Five teams of varying significance inside ESPN’s FPI, the simulations model still doesn’t view unbeaten Baylor in a positive light. The Bears will likely be ranked inside the Top 10 in this week’s Playoff rankings, a good 11 spots higher than they are here following Saturday’s triple overtime win at Baylor. … Then there’s USC, who somehow is ranked in the No. 23 spot despite four losses. The Trojans beat Arizona State on the road

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