So far, so good this season for top-ranked Alabama. The Crimson Tide dismantled Miami — a top opponent on the 2021 season — over the weekend in Atlanta behind four touchdown passes from first-year starting quarterback Bryce Young.
“I was very pleased with … you know, when you have that many guys that haven’t played that much, new quarterback and all that, you really never know quite for sure how they’re going to respond in a competitive situation,” Nick Saban said after a 44-13 thumping. “But I thought they did a great job in the game and I was very encouraged.”
Alabama has a 31.6% chance of winning out this season following the victory and a 63.8% chance to win the SEC once again, according to ESPN’s FPI.
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 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.
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Taking Week 1 results into account, ESPN updated its FPI percentages for Alabama the rest of the way and here are the five toughest games remaining: