Clemson moves up in latest ESPN FPI rankings


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FPI has Clemson with 75% chance to beat the Gamecocks in 2017
FPI has Clemson with 75% chance to beat the Gamecocks in 2017

Clemson moved up one spot to a ranking of No. 6 in the nation in the 2017 rankings of the ESPN Football Power Index.

ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team's performance for a season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is, and projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule.

The index was updated on Wednesday to include several different interesting projections.

The Tigers were given a 23.4% chance (19.8% previously) to win the ACC conference while only a 2.4% chance (1.9% previously) to go undefeated according to the projections. Clemson was projected to also have a 9.5 win season (9.4 previously) with 2.8 losses (2.9 losses previously) with a strength of schedule of #20 overall (same as last time).

ACC Atlantic rival Florida State was given a 51.7% chance to defeat Clemson on Nov. 11 in Death Valley. The Seminoles were the conference favorite to win the ACC with a 42.9% chance to win.

Here is the breakdown of odds for Clemson against each opponent on their 2017 schedule according to the FPI index.

Kent State - 98.8% (previously 98.9%)
Auburn - 52.5% (previously 52.5%)
Louisville - 59.9% (previously 55.8%)
Boston College - 95.3% (previously 95.4%)
Virginia Tech - 74.1% (previously 74.2%)
Wake Forest - 93.0% (previously 92.2%)
Syracuse - 81.4% (previously 81.7%)
Georgia Tech - 88.4% (previously 88.4%)
North Carolina State - 63.7% (previously 63.9%)
Florida State - 48.3% (previously 44.0)%
The Citadel - 99.1% (previously 99.1%)
South Carolina - 75.0% (previously 75.0%)

The top ten schools in the FPI were Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State, Oklahoma, Auburn, Clemson, Washington, Penn State, Wisconsin, and LSU.

Clemson kicks off the 2017 regular season with a home contest against Kent State on September 2.

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