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ESPN releases final Football Power Index pre-title game

With one game left in another exciting college football season, which teams were most impressive during the 2018 campaign?

According to ESPN’s FPI, the SEC and Big Ten were the nation’s two most dominant leagues, despite the Big Ten missing the Playoff for the second consecutive season.

The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance throughout 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.

One team noticeably missing from ESPN’s final Top 25 rankings? Mark Stoops’ Kentucky Wildcats, who beat Penn State in the Citrus Bowl to claim their 10th win of the season, the first time that’s happened in Lexington since 1977.

“There’s no question that these guys changed the culture,” Stoops said. “They’ve done so much and meant so much to this team and this program that it was very important to finish, to collect the trophy, win 10 games and win a game on New Year’s Day. Believe me, we had a great belief that we didn’t have to do anything special (to win), just be us.”

Entering Monday’s CFB Playoff National Championship Game, here is ESPN’s final FPI for the 2018 season:

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