ESPN’s FPI top 25 for 2018 has 6 Big Ten teams, including a surprise at No. 25

ESPN’s FPI top 25 is out, and the Big Ten, specifically the Big Ten East, has a large presence at the top. Clemson’s No. 1 in the advanced stats ranking, followed by Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Notre Dame.

In the Big Ten, Penn State’s at No. 8, Michigan State’s at No. 10, Michigan’s at No. 11 and Wisconsin’s at No. 12. That’s all well and good and expected. But down at 25, Iowa makes an appearance. That’s unexpected!

Here’s how the top 25 shakes out:

ESPN’s FPI college football rankings

Rank Team FPI No.
1. Clemson 25.5
2. Alabama 23.2
3. Georgia 23.1
4. Ohio State 22.4
5. Notre Dame 22.3
6. Washington 22.3
7. Auburn 20.1
8. Penn State 19.9
9. Oklahoma 19.0
10. Michigan State 18.8
11. Michigan 18.8
12. Wisconsin 17.4
13. Stanford 16.4
14. Miami 16.2
15. USC 15.0
16. Mississippi State 14.8
17. Texas 14.2
18. Florida State 13.1
19. Oregon 12.5
20. Texas A&M 12.5
21. Oklahoma State 12.4
22. Florida 12.2
23. Virginia Tech 11.5
24. Georgia Tech 10.8
25. Iowa 10.6

The Hawkeyes are coming off an 8-5 season during which they finished 8-5. The headliner of their season was a 55-24 thrashing of then-No. 3 Ohio State, an upset that shook up the College Football Playoff picture and ultimately kept the Buckeyes out of the playoff.

Iowa returns QB Nate Stanley after a productive first season as a starter, but Iowa does have some starters to replace. The Hawkeyes rank 91st in Bill Connelly’s returning production metric, a measure that projects what a team returns beyond just its starters.

The Hawkeyes were not in ESPN’s post-Signing Day top 25, nor were they in our own early top 25 following the National Championship.

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