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Notre Dame Football Has The Second Best Chance To Go Undefeated In 2018

How do the Irish stack up to the rest of the country?

NCAA Football: Wake Forest at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have the 2nd best chance in the country to undefeated during the 2018 college football season.

2018 FPI

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.

It’s not the greatest chance in the world however. The Index gives Notre Dame (22.3 FPI) a 10% chance to win every game this season. It’s a distant second to the Clemson Tigers who have a 19.4% chance, and just ranked above the Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs.

Here is a list of all the Notre Dame opponents ranked by their FPI and their chance of winning out:

Of course, just as any other preseason prediction or projection — this could all just be a pile of nonsense. Nevertheless, it is encouraging to see that if the Irish play well this season, there is that chance of playing for something great.