Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS 2014

through results of 11/22/14

The Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI) considers each of the nearly 20,000 possessions every season in major college football. All drives are filtered to eliminate first-half clock-kills and end-of-game garbage drives and scores. A scoring rate analysis of the remaining possessions then determines the baseline possession efficiency expectations against which each team is measured. A team is rewarded for playing well against good teams, win or lose, and is punished more severely for playing poorly against bad teams than it is rewarded for playing well against bad teams.

Game Efficiency (GE) is the composite possession-by-possession efficiency of a team over the course of a game, a measurement of the success of its offensive, defensive, and special teams units’ essential goals: to maximize the team’s own scoring opportunities and to minimize those of its opponent. FEI ratings take the season-long GE data and adjust for opponent, placing special emphasis on quality performance against good teams, win or lose.

Other definitions:

  • SOS: Strength of schedule, based on the likelihood of an elite team going undefeated against the given team's entire schedule.
  • FBS MW: Mean Wins, the average number of games a team with the given FEI rating would be expected to win against its entire schedule.
  • FBS RMW: Remaining Mean Wins, the average number of games a team with the given FEI rating would be expected to win against its remaining schedule.
  • OFEI: Offensive FEI, the opponent-adjusted efficiency of the given team's offense.
  • DFEI: Defensive FEI, the opponent-adjusted efficiency of the given team's defense.
  • STE: Special Teams Efficiency, the scoring value earned by field goal, punt and kickoff units measured in points per average game.
  • FPA: Field Position Advantage, the share of the value of total starting field position earned by each team against its opponents.

Overall ratings and splits for Offense, Defense, Special Teams, and Field Position can be found using the drop-down menus provided above. Other supplemental drive-based data can be found here.

Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI LW GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
FBS
RMW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
1 Oregon 9-1 .306 1 .246 4 .149 38 9.6 1.0 .768 3 -.311 29 1.798 11 .543 13
2 Alabama 9-1 .297 2 .205 9 .103 23 9.2 .8 .605 8 -.592 7 -.777 97 .481 101
3 Georgia 8-2 .273 4 .241 5 .134 33 9.1 .7 .616 7 -.371 24 2.437 6 .591 1
4 Florida State 10-0 .256 5 .135 19 .225 55 9.3 .9 .664 6 -.433 16 .735 36 .497 67
5 UCLA 9-2 .254 7 .079 36 .079 17 9.3 .9 .692 5 -.306 32 .280 55 .496 68
6 Georgia Tech 8-2 .247 8 .164 14 .122 29 8.6 .3 .910 1 -.075 58 1.445 17 .556 8
7 TCU 8-1 .242 10 .201 10 .253 60 9.4 1.9 .403 17 -.571 8 1.567 14 .557 7
8 Ohio State 10-1 .233 9 .264 2 .319 71 10.5 1.0 .518 11 -.426 17 .948 27 .566 3
9 Auburn 7-3 .231 12 .103 26 .027 1 7.3 .2 .773 2 -.278 38 -.589 90 .504 51
10 Mississippi State 9-1 .229 15 .233 6 .093 21 8.5 .5 .341 24 -.610 5 .527 49 .530 25
11 Baylor 8-1 .229 6 .252 3 .286 68 9.3 1.7 .426 16 -.415 19 .784 34 .561 6
12 Mississippi 7-3 .219 3 .166 13 .104 24 7.9 .5 .165 43 -.669 4 .727 37 .537 16
13 Arizona 9-2 .218 16 .110 23 .063 11 8.9 .7 .382 18 -.302 33 .240 58 .554 9
14 Louisville 7-3 .201 19 .093 29 .158 42 8.2 1.0 .168 42 -.678 3 -.638 91 .482 98
15 Arizona State 8-2 .190 14 .076 38 .132 32 7.5 .3 .363 22 -.389 22 .709 39 .532 23
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI LW GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
FBS
RMW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
16 USC 7-4 .187 11 .104 25 .075 14 8.0 .7 .255 33 -.309 31 .506 50 .512 39
17 Wisconsin 8-2 .181 21 .232 7 .439 88 9.1 .7 .313 29 -.459 13 .142 63 .501 56
18 Oklahoma 8-3 .175 20 .190 11 .225 56 9.3 1.0 .507 12 -.201 45 2.116 10 .529 26
19 Utah 6-4 .170 13 .024 56 .069 13 6.7 .9 -.106 70 -.484 11 2.659 5 .535 18
20 Arkansas 5-5 .169 34 .094 28 .049 5 6.4 .5 .326 26 -.412 20 -.758 94 .518 34
21 Kansas State 7-2 .159 28 .154 15 .114 27 7.5 1.2 .308 30 -.287 36 2.349 8 .543 14
22 Clemson 7-3 .158 23 .082 33 .062 9 6.8 .7 -.011 60 -.774 1 -.902 102 .505 50
23 Michigan State 8-2 .157 24 .213 8 .163 46 8.1 .7 .318 28 -.164 50 .978 26 .553 10
24 Miami 5-5 .157 17 .076 37 .068 12 6.3 .8 .491 13 -.326 27 -.509 88 .486 89
25 Missouri 8-2 .156 27 .107 24 .235 57 7.9 .5 -.027 62 -.512 10 .852 31 .501 57
26 Virginia Tech 4-6 .153 22 .007 64 .123 30 6.6 .7 -.278 99 -.754 2 .533 48 .490 76
27 Duke 7-3 .153 18 .092 30 .209 54 7.9 1.0 .193 40 -.386 23 2.809 4 .546 11
28 Notre Dame 7-4 .150 26 .088 32 .119 28 7.7 .3 .345 23 -.327 26 .739 35 .514 36
29 Nebraska 7-3 .136 25 .146 18 .247 58 7.7 .6 .232 36 -.212 43 2.410 7 .563 4
30 Minnesota 7-3 .133 39 .079 35 .162 45 7.2 .3 .197 39 -.310 30 1.387 19 .543 12
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI LW GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
FBS
RMW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
31 LSU 6-4 .131 30 .070 39 .063 10 5.9 .7 .097 52 -.446 15 1.485 16 .532 22
32 Virginia 4-6 .130 44 .003 67 .050 6 5.2 .3 .055 55 -.606 6 -.139 71 .499 61
33 Colorado State 9-1 .125 29 .177 12 .471 93 8.7 .7 .367 20 .005 66 1.798 12 .513 38
34 Boston College 5-5 .123 31 .014 58 .157 41 6.5 .9 .365 21 -.093 56 -.189 74 .497 64
35 Stanford 5-5 .120 37 .070 40 .041 2 5.4 .1 -.015 61 -.452 14 -.416 83 .508 45
36 Marshall 10-0 .116 33 .343 1 .847 128 10.3 .9 .112 51 -.257 41 .905 29 .527 27
37 Tennessee 4-6 .104 32 .010 60 .060 8 5.7 1.0 -.072 66 -.316 28 .688 40 .532 20
38 South Carolina 5-5 .104 35 .038 54 .147 37 6.3 .3 .747 4 .569 124 .485 51 .482 100
39 West Virginia 5-5 .103 36 .018 57 .136 35 6.2 .8 .118 50 -.295 35 .083 66 .474 110
40 North Carolina 5-5 .097 58 -.077 90 .095 22 4.9 .9 .595 9 .226 90 -1.156 106 .514 37
41 Florida 5-4 .093 40 .048 48 .057 7 4.9 .1 -.241 94 -.469 12 .889 30 .537 15
42 Boise State 9-2 .089 38 .122 22 .431 85 8.7 .7 .083 53 -.283 37 -.244 77 .510 40
43 Memphis 7-3 .083 42 .148 16 .257 61 8.0 1.0 -.136 80 -.151 51 3.500 1 .583 2
44 Pittsburgh 4-6 .076 49 -.004 68 .160 44 5.3 .2 .474 14 .204 82 -.190 75 .507 48
45 Washington 6-5 .070 45 .052 45 .078 16 6.2 .6 -.214 88 -.333 25 1.364 20 .536 17
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI LW GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
FBS
RMW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
46 Iowa 6-4 .066 54 .056 43 .369 75 6.5 .4 .146 47 -.189 48 -.444 86 .487 86
47 Northwestern 4-6 .066 52 -.017 71 .275 64 5.9 .9 .009 58 -.301 34 -2.043 118 .489 78
48 East Carolina 6-3 .063 50 .091 31 .455 89 7.6 1.6 .320 27 -.011 62 -1.554 112 .505 49
49 Western Michigan 7-3 .049 57 .148 17 .614 111 8.4 .9 .149 46 -.116 53 .261 57 .481 103
50 BYU 6-4 .047 51 .050 47 .525 99 6.7 .4 .267 32 -.025 61 .585 45 .493 71
51 Penn State 6-5 .047 47 .056 42 .482 94 7.6 .3 -.320 105 -.532 9 -1.111 104 .484 92
52 Utah State 8-3 .047 46 .094 27 .404 79 7.7 .3 -.199 86 -.396 21 -.083 69 .520 33
53 Nevada 5-5 .043 43 .009 62 .373 77 6.5 .8 .165 44 .209 85 .615 42 .521 31
54 California 4-6 .042 41 -.060 85 .084 19 4.0 .6 .247 35 .114 77 .153 62 .491 74
55 Maryland 6-4 .038 60 -.027 76 .284 67 5.4 .9 .046 56 -.083 57 2.862 3 .491 73
56 Navy 4-5 .034 56 .039 53 .418 81 7.2 1.8 .593 10 .321 98 -.739 93 .461 115
57 Texas A&M 6-4 .033 59 -.030 77 .041 3 4.2 .3 .281 31 .239 92 1.182 23 .499 60
58 Air Force 7-3 .018 48 .069 41 .639 113 6.9 .3 -.221 89 -.276 39 1.339 21 .501 58
59 Washington State 2-8 .014 53 -.119 103 .083 18 3.3 .4 .375 19 .305 97 -4.743 127 .435 125
60 Oregon State 4-6 .010 55 -.056 83 .136 34 4.0 .0 .141 48 .112 76 -.156 72 .476 104
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI LW GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
FBS
RMW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
61 Central Florida 6-3 .003 61 .081 34 .489 95 6.6 1.1 -.063 65 -.202 44 -.269 79 .510 41
62 Michigan 5-6 -.002 63 -.008 69 .164 47 5.1 .0 -.221 90 -.269 40 .184 59 .500 59
63 Houston 5-4 -.006 62 .045 49 .638 112 7.3 1.4 -.229 92 -.110 54 -1.210 108 .504 52
64 Texas 6-5 -.007 66 .010 61 .159 43 4.9 .1 -.257 96 -.423 18 -1.637 114 .483 96
65 Louisiana Tech 7-3 -.009 64 .135 20 .335 72 7.2 .8 -.319 104 -.199 47 .392 54 .562 5
66 Temple 4-5 -.019 65 .013 59 .652 117 5.7 1.2 -.415 114 -.200 46 1.194 22 .524 29
67 Cincinnati 7-3 -.020 75 .056 44 .312 69 6.4 .9 .216 38 .207 83 1.777 13 .486 87
68 Syracuse 2-8 -.024 68 -.096 96 .170 49 3.2 .1 -.327 107 -.214 42 -.783 98 .485 91
69 Georgia Southern 7-3 -.029 71 .129 21 .424 82 7.5 .9 .137 49 .223 88 -.107 70 .533 19
70 San Diego State 5-5 -.032 74 .008 63 .509 98 5.8 .8 -.257 97 .003 65 .567 47 .509 43
71 Toledo 6-4 -.038 69 .003 66 .649 114 6.5 .9 .327 25 .397 110 -.079 68 .481 102
72 North Carolina State 5-5 -.046 76 -.025 74 .141 36 3.7 .1 .074 54 .224 89 1.011 25 .490 75
73 Western Kentucky 6-5 -.050 82 .050 46 .595 105 7.2 .1 .253 34 .375 102 -1.607 113 .497 66
74 Purdue 2-8 -.051 70 -.131 108 .265 62 3.2 .5 -.123 74 -.007 64 -.444 85 .474 108
75 Colorado 2-9 -.052 67 -.115 101 .042 4 2.7 .1 .006 59 .228 91 -.479 87 .455 117
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI LW GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
FBS
RMW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
76 Arkansas State 5-5 -.061 73 .039 52 .490 96 6.6 .9 -.052 64 .208 84 -.360 81 .532 21
77 Indiana 2-8 -.063 78 -.110 99 .249 59 3.9 .5 -.188 85 .187 79 -.261 78 .488 81
78 Kentucky 4-6 -.072 79 -.064 86 .092 20 3.0 .0 -.132 77 .197 81 -1.544 110 .482 97
79 Iowa State 2-7 -.074 81 -.145 113 .201 53 3.0 .2 .163 45 .394 107 -.169 73 .494 70
80 Central Michigan 6-5 -.079 83 .041 50 .825 126 6.0 .0 -.115 71 .097 72 -1.875 117 .460 116
81 Wake Forest 2-8 -.081 93 -.140 110 .126 31 2.8 .0 -.520 120 -.118 52 2.246 9 .485 90
82 Northern Illinois 8-2 -.083 86 .040 51 .466 92 5.4 .1 -.032 63 .403 111 .818 33 .507 46
83 UAB 4-6 -.083 95 -.044 79 .315 70 5.2 .7 -.235 93 .218 87 3.169 2 .507 47
84 Hawaii 3-8 -.085 77 -.073 89 .602 107 5.0 .5 -.351 109 .150 78 .919 28 .497 65
85 Illinois 4-6 -.090 96 -.126 106 .164 48 2.6 .1 -.116 72 .254 94 .722 38 .487 83
86 Ball State 3-6 -.095 85 -.021 72 .738 121 5.0 .5 -.286 100 .244 93 1.171 24 .530 24
87 Oklahoma State 4-6 -.095 87 -.082 91 .076 15 2.9 .0 -.163 84 .214 86 1.564 15 .490 77
88 Texas Tech 3-7 -.095 90 -.121 105 .149 39 2.7 .0 .226 37 .443 114 -.412 82 .466 113
89 Rutgers 5-5 -.101 72 -.108 98 .172 50 2.3 .1 -.134 79 .095 71 -.317 80 .475 105
90 Florida International 3-7 -.105 94 -.054 82 .607 108 4.6 .0 -.596 123 -.110 55 -.552 89 .487 85
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI LW GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
FBS
RMW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
91 Tulane 2-8 -.109 84 -.154 115 .342 73 3.0 .4 -.321 106 -.070 59 -4.540 126 .439 122
92 Kansas 2-8 -.113 89 -.156 116 .105 25 2.3 .0 -.483 118 -.166 49 -2.946 121 .475 107
93 Fresno State 4-6 -.117 101 -.106 97 .267 63 3.5 .5 -.294 102 .388 104 .603 44 .503 53
94 New Mexico 3-8 -.117 80 -.117 102 .427 83 4.5 .8 .181 41 .569 123 -.719 92 .484 93
95 Middle Tennessee 5-5 -.122 98 -.070 87 .433 86 4.1 .5 -.308 103 .106 73 .166 60 .487 84
96 Rice 7-4 -.126 99 .033 55 .437 87 5.2 .2 .034 57 .478 117 -.774 96 .526 28
97 San Jose State 2-8 -.130 91 -.146 114 .277 65 2.7 .2 -.288 101 .071 69 -3.809 124 .437 123
98 Texas State 5-5 -.139 107 -.026 75 .835 127 5.4 .7 -.328 108 .273 95 .607 43 .503 55
99 Bowling Green 6-4 -.139 114 -.031 78 .558 101 4.2 .5 -.228 91 .383 103 .130 64 .495 69
100 UTSA 3-8 -.141 88 -.094 95 .599 106 4.7 .8 -.655 125 .056 68 1.397 18 .498 62
101 UNLV 1-10 -.145 104 -.168 121 .387 78 2.9 .2 -.133 78 .626 126 .436 52 .521 32
102 Florida Atlantic 3-8 -.146 110 -.088 94 .193 52 4.5 .7 -.245 95 .391 106 .084 65 .509 42
103 Akron 4-6 -.147 112 -.060 84 .610 110 4.6 .5 -.618 124 -.011 63 .828 32 .523 30
104 Massachusetts 3-8 -.149 97 -.054 81 .685 119 5.1 .6 -.097 69 .444 115 -1.868 116 .486 88
105 Tulsa 2-9 -.152 109 -.143 111 .409 80 3.5 .1 -.162 83 .494 118 -.792 99 .489 79
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI LW GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
FBS
RMW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
106 Connecticut 1-8 -.154 92 -.164 120 .593 104 3.4 .9 -.497 119 .084 70 .154 61 .450 119
107 Miami (OH) 2-8 -.156 105 -.130 107 .722 120 3.6 .7 -.090 67 .566 122 -.197 76 .482 99
108 Kent State 1-9 -.157 106 -.144 112 .373 76 4.4 .5 -.466 117 .111 75 -.884 101 .509 44
109 Louisiana Monroe 4-7 -.162 111 -.072 88 .585 103 4.6 .1 -.555 122 .041 67 -.438 84 .487 82
110 Buffalo 2-6 -.162 113 -.085 93 .653 118 3.9 .4 -.143 81 .426 113 -1.831 115 .484 94
111 Louisiana Lafayette 6-4 -.164 100 -.022 73 .429 84 4.6 .6 -.117 73 .565 121 .645 41 .517 35
112 UTEP 6-5 -.166 103 -.009 70 .580 102 4.9 .5 -.358 110 .106 74 -.773 95 .498 63
113 South Alabama 6-5 -.171 115 -.046 80 .503 97 4.4 .2 -.709 127 -.051 60 .037 67 .474 109
114 Appalachian State 5-4 -.174 119 .005 65 .816 124 4.4 .6 -.206 87 .391 105 -5.027 128 .473 111
115 Idaho 1-9 -.180 118 -.137 109 .813 123 4.1 .4 -.096 68 .619 125 .575 46 .488 80
116 Ohio 4-6 -.181 121 -.083 92 .610 109 3.5 .3 -.412 113 .300 96 -1.551 111 .493 72
117 Southern Mississippi 2-8 -.183 116 -.181 123 .173 51 3.1 .3 -.367 111 .331 99 -.823 100 .441 121
118 Army 3-6 -.185 117 -.120 104 .651 116 2.6 .1 -.125 75 .511 120 -1.162 107 .503 54
119 Wyoming 3-7 -.187 102 -.192 124 .155 40 1.9 .2 -.125 76 .407 112 -3.463 123 .435 124
120 Old Dominion 4-6 -.189 122 -.111 100 .779 122 3.5 .3 .469 15 .920 128 -2.854 120 .451 118
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI LW GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
FBS
RMW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
121 South Florida 3-7 -.192 120 -.157 118 .457 90 2.3 .2 -.403 112 .349 100 -1.141 105 .475 106
122 Vanderbilt 2-8 -.210 108 -.238 125 .106 26 1.4 .0 -.555 121 .193 80 .264 56 .469 112
123 New Mexico State 1-9 -.219 123 -.175 122 .650 115 3.6 .1 -.276 98 .395 108 -3.849 125 .445 120
124 North Texas 3-7 -.240 124 -.157 117 .817 125 2.7 .2 -.466 116 .397 109 .408 53 .464 114
125 Troy 3-7 -.261 125 -.158 119 .343 74 2.6 .4 -.446 115 .502 119 -.950 103 .484 95
126 Georgia State 0-10 -.275 127 -.292 126 .527 100 1.9 .3 -.154 82 .742 127 -1.524 109 .424 126
127 SMU 0-10 -.276 126 -.372 128 .280 66 1.3 .2 -.724 128 .365 101 -2.180 119 .417 128
128 Eastern Michigan 1-9 -.325 128 -.351 127 .458 91 .9 .1 -.695 126 .454 116 -3.038 122 .423 127