Now, it is time to see where Colorado ranks in ESPN’s Football Power Index following the events of Week 8.
According to ESPN, its FPI is defined as “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 20,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily. FPI data from seasons prior to 2019 may not be complete.”
Let’s take a look at where the Buffs currently stand in a number of different categories:
FPI: No. 74
Colorado ranks pretty low for a Power Five school and is the third-lowest-ranked team from the Pac-12, just ahead of Arizona State and Stanford.
Strength of Record: No. 55
The Buffs are around the middle of the pack in terms of strength of record. But with a couple of more wins down the stretch, Colorado could make some moves.
Strength of Schedule: No. 28
When you look at Colorado’s strength of schedule, it makes what the Buffs have done in Coach Prime’s first season that much more impressive.
Remaining Strength of Schedule: No. 44
While the Buffs remaining schedule features some very manageable matchups, it won’t be a walk in the park for Colorado.
Overall Efficiency: No. 76
Efficiency hasn’t been the calling card for the Buffs this season, but there are still a few games remaining to help boost their ranking while they make a run at a bowl game.
Offensive Efficiency: No. 37
I’m sure Coach Prime would like to see this inside the top 25 but without a more balanced attack, it will be difficult for the Buffs to move up in the rankings too much.
Defensive Efficiency: No. 110
Colorado’s defense, unfortunately, hasn’t performed well overall this season. The Buffs rank near the bottom in defensive efficiency and need to show signs of improvement following the bye week.
Special Teams Efficiency: No. 36
Contrary to what Coach Prime has said about Colorado’s special teams, FPI has the Buffs grading out fairly well in this area.