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ESPN's Football Power Index predicts Nebraska football's total wins

It's that time again: ESPN publishes annual predictions for the upcoming college football season with its Football Power Index. The FPI measures the “true strength of a team on a net point scale, the expected point advantage over the average opponent on a neutral field.”

The world's leading sports governing body has released its first outlook for 2024, and Nebraska is expected to be close to the postseason. In the early results for the upcoming season, Nebraska ranks 41st in the nation with a projected win total of 6.5 wins.

The Cornhuskers are also given a 69.3 percent chance of winning six games and making a bowl appearance for the first time since the 2016 Music City Bowl. Surprisingly, Ohio State is not the projected leader in the Big Ten Conference, as newcomer Oregon is ranked No. 1 in the league and No. 2 in the nation with a projected win-loss record of 10.8-1.8.

Scroll down to see the FPI breakdown for the entire Big Ten Conference.

Indiana Hoosiers

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FPI Rating: -2.4

Overall ranking: 77.

Estimated total profit: 5.3-6.7

Bowl Eligibility: 44.9%

Michigan State Spartans

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FPI Rating: -1.0

Overall ranking: 68.

Estimated total profit: 4.8-7.2

Bowl Eligibility: 44.4%

Illinois Fighting Illini

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FPI Rating: 0.2

Overall ranking: 62.

Estimated total profit: 5.3-6.7

Bowl Eligibility: 44.7%

Minnesota Golden Gophers

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FPI Rating: 0.4

Overall ranking: 61.

Estimated total profit: 5.3-6.7

Bowl Eligibility: 44.4%

Purdue University Boilermakers

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FPI Rating: 0.5

Overall ranking: 60.

Estimated total profit: 4.5-7.5

Bowl Eligibility: 30.0%

Northwestern wildcats

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FPI Rating: 1.3

Overall ranking: 57.

Estimated total profit: 5.5-6.5

Bowl Eligibility: 49.8%

Maryland turtles

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FPI Rating: 4.1

Overall ranking: 46.

Estimated total profit: 6.6-5.4

Bowl Eligibility: 71.7%

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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FPI Rating: 4.1

Overall ranking: 45.

Estimated total profit: 7.2-4.8

Bowl Eligibility: 80.4%

Nebraska Cornhuskers

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FPI Rating: 4.8

Overall ranking: 41.

Estimated total profit: 6.5-5.5

Bowl Eligibility: 69.3%

UCLA Bruins

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FPI Rating: 4.9

Overall ranking: 40.

Estimated total profit: 5.5-6.5

Bowl Eligibility: 50.9%

Wisconsin Badgers

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FPI Rating: 5.0

Overall ranking: 39.

Estimated total profit: 5.8-6.2

Bowl Eligibility: 57.4%

Iowa Hawkeyes

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FPI Rating: 5.6

Overall ranking: 37.

Estimated total profit: 7.0-5.0

Bowl Eligibility: 77%

Washington Huskies

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FPI Rating: 6.7

Overall ranking: 31.

Estimated total profit: 6.5-5.6

Bowl Eligibility: 68.9%

USC Trojans

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FPI Rating: 11.1

Overall ranking: 18.

Estimated total profit 7.1-5.1

Bowl Eligibility: 76.7%

Michigan Wolverines

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FPI Rating: 11.1

Overall ranking: 12

Estimated total profit: 8.3-3.9

Bowl Eligibility: 76.7%

Penn State Nittany Lions

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FPI Rating: 19.8

Overall ranking: 6.

Estimated total profit: 10.1-2.3

Bowl Eligibility: 99.1%

Ohio State Buckeyes

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FPI Rating: 22.2

Overall ranking: 4.

Estimated total profit: 10.2-2.2

Bowl Eligibility: 99.5

Oregon Ducks

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FPI Rating: 24.5

Overall ranking: 2.

Estimated total profit: 10.8-1.8

Bowl Eligibility: