ESPN’s updated football power index gives Clemson favorable odds over the Crimson Tide this season.
ESPN updated its FPI and apologized for errors this week after a data blunder revealed several puzzling anomalies in its preseason rankings revealed in April.
In the updated metric the Crimson Tide are in the top spot followed by Clemson in a virtual dead heat. But the Tigers are favored above everybody else to make the College Football Playoff and win the CFP National Championship Game.
Clemson was given a 78-percent chance to make the CFP better than Bama’s 71.7-percent chance and solidly ahead of No. 3 Oklahoma’s 68.2-percent chance.
The Tigers are also favored by the FPI to win the national championship with a 28-percent chance ahead of Alabama’s 26.7-percent chance. The Sooners were given a 17.5-percent chance and No. 4 Ohio State has a 13.1 percent chance to win it all.
But as Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney says about the preseason rankings every year it just doesn’t matter.