Now that college football has a four-team playoff, it is less important to win every game during the season. But it sure helps if a team does go undefeated, and — according to ESPN’s Football Power Index — after one week of action, there are only six teams from power conferences with a legit shot to run the table during the regular season.
FPI simulates the regular season 10,000 times, and Ohio State has the best shot to win all of their scheduled games. The model gives the Buckeyes a 30.6% chance to go undefeated. No other school is above 20% and Alabama (19.2%) is the only other school above 12%.
In all, six schools are being given a legit shot — at least 5% — to have zero losses when conference-championship games begin with another six schools between 1% and 5%.
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