Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS 2013

through games of 1/6/2014

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.
  • 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 FEI ratings and FEI splits for Offense, Defense, Special Teams, and Field Position can be found using the drop-down menus provided above. Program FEI (five-year weighted) ratings and other supplemental drive-based data can be found here.

Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
1 Florida State 13-0 .319 .466 1 .236 65 12.1 .499 12 -.653 5 1.343 27 .562 2
2 Stanford 11-3 .311 .183 10 .030 6 11.5 .412 22 -.742 1 3.352 2 .561 3
3 Alabama 10-2 .289 .270 4 .097 28 10.1 .551 9 -.555 7 3.457 1 .560 4
4 Auburn 11-2 .271 .126 25 .033 7 10.1 .586 7 -.475 10 2.184 7 .516 44
5 Missouri 11-2 .263 .165 15 .072 23 10.4 .437 18 -.529 8 .085 65 .533 21
6 South Carolina 10-2 .257 .120 26 .099 30 9.7 .696 2 -.468 11 -2.201 114 .473 95
7 Oregon 10-2 .254 .285 3 .077 25 9.7 .612 4 -.422 16 1.379 26 .549 9
8 Michigan State 12-1 .252 .187 9 .108 31 10.8 .267 33 -.733 2 1.292 29 .558 5
9 Oklahoma State 9-3 .245 .154 17 .153 43 9.6 .397 24 -.717 3 -.451 85 .535 19
10 Arizona State 9-4 .239 .100 33 .020 1 9.0 .597 6 -.387 22 .225 60 .540 15
11 Baylor 10-2 .235 .254 5 .150 41 9.7 .551 10 -.355 27 -.589 88 .541 14
12 UCLA 10-3 .229 .149 20 .025 3 9.1 .501 11 -.417 18 1.686 18 .530 26
13 Ohio State 11-2 .216 .235 7 .239 67 10.9 .624 3 -.148 42 2.563 5 .550 8
14 Oklahoma 11-2 .215 .110 29 .056 15 9.6 .409 23 -.443 15 1.027 37 .529 27
15 LSU 9-3 .213 .139 22 .064 19 8.6 .601 5 -.199 38 1.918 10 .507 53
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
16 Washington 8-4 .202 .138 23 .039 10 8.0 .476 13 -.384 24 1.564 19 .518 41
17 Central Florida 12-1 .193 .202 8 .231 64 10.5 .467 15 -.243 33 1.459 23 .520 37
18 Georgia 7-5 .192 .057 46 .066 20 7.8 .567 8 -.129 46 .074 66 .480 91
19 Wisconsin 8-4 .186 .173 12 .113 34 8.6 .286 31 -.459 13 .617 50 .520 35
20 USC 10-4 .184 .107 31 .076 24 10.0 .314 28 -.643 6 .671 46 .519 40
21 Louisville 11-1 .181 .296 2 .552 107 10.6 .361 25 -.397 21 1.337 28 .531 25
22 Clemson 9-2 .170 .151 19 .115 35 7.6 .343 26 -.422 17 -.241 78 .509 49
23 Notre Dame 9-4 .163 .059 44 .055 14 8.5 .417 20 -.293 30 -.340 82 .483 87
24 Texas A&M 8-4 .162 .120 27 .060 18 7.6 .738 1 .193 87 1.544 21 .550 7
25 Kansas State 8-4 .160 .157 16 .172 53 8.6 .460 16 -.230 35 1.162 33 .517 42
26 Arizona 7-5 .154 .099 34 .094 27 7.8 .430 19 -.404 19 -1.789 107 .508 52
27 BYU 7-5 .138 .057 47 .168 50 7.7 .096 48 -.459 14 -1.130 95 .505 57
28 Mississippi 7-5 .136 .064 42 .041 11 6.7 .216 37 -.387 23 -.783 92 .488 79
29 Virginia Tech 7-5 .123 .020 63 .160 46 7.5 -.160 78 -.696 4 -.192 75 .493 72
30 Utah 4-7 .114 -.045 77 .039 9 4.8 .232 35 -.241 34 .974 39 .468 101
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
31 Iowa 7-5 .113 .073 39 .156 45 7.3 .080 52 -.345 28 .495 52 .529 28
32 Mississippi State 6-6 .100 .026 58 .036 8 5.8 .121 46 -.359 25 -1.589 102 .513 46
33 Duke 9-4 .097 .048 53 .162 47 8.3 .274 32 .026 70 .823 40 .498 63
34 Houston 7-5 .094 .080 38 .302 78 8.1 -.129 74 -.339 29 .729 43 .547 10
35 Georgia Tech 5-6 .089 .000 66 .193 57 5.6 .202 38 -.100 51 1.485 22 .484 85
36 Michigan 7-6 .088 .050 51 .164 48 7.7 .173 42 -.201 37 .213 61 .497 65
37 Texas 8-5 .087 .021 62 .072 22 6.4 .166 43 -.262 31 1.194 31 .501 62
38 Oregon State 7-5 .087 .055 48 .059 16 6.2 .188 39 -.165 40 -.188 73 .536 17
39 Utah State 8-5 .083 .113 28 .341 82 9.0 -.260 96 -.519 9 1.865 12 .557 6
40 Bowling Green 9-4 .071 .248 6 .595 112 10.2 .144 44 .198 88 2.014 9 .563 1
41 East Carolina 9-3 .067 .176 11 .598 114 9.2 .180 40 -.114 49 -.538 87 .504 58
42 Miami 8-4 .067 .064 41 .116 37 6.5 .473 14 .268 92 .741 42 .531 24
43 North Carolina 6-6 .067 .057 45 .227 63 6.8 .220 36 -.055 59 .637 48 .524 30
44 Texas Tech 7-5 .066 .029 57 .108 32 5.9 .416 21 -.034 62 -2.281 117 .481 90
45 Vanderbilt 8-4 .062 .025 59 .123 39 6.4 .130 45 -.092 53 1.287 30 .502 60
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
46 Nebraska 8-4 .062 .050 52 .227 62 6.9 -.034 66 -.358 26 .989 38 .487 82
47 Northern Illinois 11-2 .049 .165 14 .536 104 9.8 .063 53 -.052 60 -.720 90 .525 29
48 Marshall 9-4 .045 .152 18 .618 115 9.7 .260 34 .072 73 -.706 89 .505 56
49 Florida 4-7 .042 -.012 69 .042 12 4.4 -.279 98 -.403 20 1.447 24 .520 36
50 TCU 3-8 .041 -.027 74 .087 26 4.5 -.258 95 -.465 12 .306 55 .471 98
51 Navy 8-4 .033 .084 37 .446 97 7.4 .312 29 .347 105 1.913 11 .534 20
52 Pittsburgh 6-6 .032 -.016 72 .154 44 5.2 .027 60 -.141 44 -1.596 103 .482 89
53 Fresno State 10-2 .032 .126 24 .597 113 8.6 .336 27 .055 72 -1.729 105 .488 81
54 Cincinnati 8-4 .030 .107 32 .539 105 8.0 .082 51 -.090 54 -3.772 123 .503 59
55 Minnesota 7-5 .030 .045 54 .251 69 6.5 -.081 70 -.181 39 1.823 13 .523 32
56 Washington State 5-7 .028 -.072 87 .021 2 3.8 .047 55 -.097 52 .387 53 .484 86
57 Boise State 7-5 .027 .109 30 .275 73 7.1 .093 49 .152 83 3.086 3 .493 74
58 North Texas 9-4 .022 .146 21 .522 103 9.6 -.177 82 -.153 41 1.713 16 .547 11
59 Ball State 9-3 .012 .172 13 .704 120 9.0 .091 50 .106 77 1.407 25 .506 54
60 Northwestern 4-7 .011 -.006 68 .204 59 4.9 -.133 75 -.216 36 -.180 72 .488 80
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
61 Indiana 4-7 .002 -.021 73 .098 29 4.2 .450 17 .413 110 -.412 84 .501 61
62 Toledo 6-5 .000 .062 43 .311 79 6.1 .020 62 .278 93 2.443 6 .541 13
63 Colorado State 7-6 .000 .069 40 .276 74 8.3 -.164 79 -.050 61 .213 62 .491 78
64 South Alabama 6-5 -.012 .096 35 .771 122 7.7 .024 61 .086 75 -.031 70 .519 39
65 Penn State 7-5 -.015 .019 64 .225 61 5.7 -.046 68 -.148 43 -2.063 112 .472 96
66 West Virginia 3-8 -.016 -.082 92 .127 40 4.1 -.200 86 -.088 55 .618 49 .483 88
67 Tulane 6-6 -.028 .025 60 .794 123 7.1 -.367 105 -.251 32 .302 56 .523 33
68 Rice 10-4 -.035 .055 49 .423 93 7.6 -.044 67 .134 81 1.039 36 .524 31
69 UTSA 7-5 -.039 .024 61 .346 83 5.9 .032 59 .008 66 -1.789 106 .459 110
70 Boston College 6-6 -.045 -.029 75 .122 38 4.6 .048 54 .311 98 1.796 14 .491 77
71 Maryland 6-6 -.046 -.014 71 .166 49 5.5 -.208 88 .016 68 1.690 17 .520 38
72 Iowa State 3-8 -.047 -.098 96 .112 33 2.9 -.139 76 .099 76 1.131 34 .494 69
73 Florida Atlantic 6-6 -.048 .043 55 .299 77 6.4 -.250 94 -.138 45 -1.098 94 .493 71
74 Tennessee 4-7 -.049 -.112 100 .029 5 2.5 -.262 97 -.018 64 .237 57 .520 34
75 SMU 4-7 -.052 -.052 80 .334 80 4.2 -.103 72 .077 74 -2.257 115 .440 120
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
76 Memphis 2-9 -.053 -.069 83 .361 86 4.5 -.398 110 .024 69 1.754 15 .511 48
77 Illinois 3-8 -.055 -.071 85 .243 68 3.5 .174 41 .330 102 .229 58 .472 97
78 Middle Tennessee 7-5 -.058 .019 65 .477 101 5.8 -.168 80 .106 78 -.277 80 .511 47
79 Louisiana Lafayette 8-4 -.059 .051 50 .576 109 7.1 -.097 71 .247 91 .506 51 .515 45
80 Wake Forest 3-8 -.060 -.077 90 .210 60 4.2 -.402 111 -.119 47 -.022 69 .465 103
81 Virginia 1-10 -.066 -.173 108 .257 71 2.2 -.378 108 -.116 48 -.250 79 .462 108
82 Western Kentucky 7-4 -.069 .038 56 .815 124 6.3 -.229 91 .033 71 .351 54 .474 94
83 Buffalo 7-5 -.069 .090 36 .268 72 6.7 -.171 81 .119 79 .197 63 .532 22
84 Temple 2-9 -.070 -.070 84 .353 85 4.1 .039 56 .429 112 -1.489 100 .493 73
85 San Jose State 5-6 -.070 -.049 79 .239 66 4.3 .296 30 .462 115 -1.258 99 .465 104
86 Syracuse 6-6 -.078 -.053 81 .169 52 3.6 -.205 87 -.007 65 -.229 77 .498 64
87 Hawaii 1-11 -.079 -.095 95 .452 99 4.7 -.236 92 .014 67 .663 47 .497 66
88 San Diego State 8-4 -.093 -.004 67 .475 100 5.4 -.323 100 -.025 63 -1.603 104 .509 51
89 Arkansas 2-9 -.093 -.121 105 .053 13 2.4 -.033 65 .318 100 -.403 83 .469 100
90 Tulsa 3-9 -.093 -.101 99 .371 89 4.1 -.442 114 -.102 50 -2.125 113 .452 114
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
91 Arkansas State 7-5 -.102 -.013 70 .190 56 5.4 -.299 99 .295 97 2.763 4 .546 12
92 Nevada 3-8 -.106 -.095 94 .115 36 3.4 .106 47 .567 119 .689 45 .493 76
93 Connecticut 3-8 -.113 -.120 104 .403 91 3.3 -.363 104 -.087 56 -1.524 101 .445 117
94 Rutgers 5-7 -.118 -.073 88 .251 70 3.8 -.226 90 .314 99 2.163 8 .535 18
95 Kentucky 1-10 -.121 -.177 109 .067 21 2.1 -.074 69 .450 114 -.531 86 .466 102
96 UNLV 6-6 -.125 -.048 78 .578 110 4.4 -.179 83 .155 84 -2.867 118 .477 93
97 Army 2-9 -.127 -.113 101 .393 90 4.2 -.020 64 .372 107 -1.257 98 .448 116
98 North Carolina State 2-9 -.130 -.116 102 .177 55 3.2 -.349 103 .121 80 -.006 68 .487 83
99 South Florida 2-9 -.133 -.172 107 .195 58 2.3 -.703 123 -.076 57 1.072 35 .464 105
100 Kent State 3-8 -.134 -.098 97 .444 96 3.7 -.191 84 .492 117 -.324 81 .509 50
101 Kansas 2-9 -.137 -.197 110 .168 51 1.8 -.583 119 -.061 58 -.001 67 .486 84
102 Wyoming 4-7 -.146 -.064 82 .587 111 4.0 -.119 73 .347 106 -3.703 122 .440 119
103 Akron 4-7 -.146 -.100 98 .365 88 3.6 -.475 115 .199 89 -1.908 110 .479 92
104 Colorado 2-8 -.152 -.203 111 .059 17 1.0 -.196 85 .165 85 -1.256 97 .457 111
105 Troy 5-6 -.158 -.074 89 .440 94 3.6 .032 58 .794 120 -.210 76 .494 70
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
106 California 0-11 -.166 -.289 121 .029 4 1.0 -.211 89 .323 101 -2.281 116 .413 125
107 Louisiana Monroe 5-6 -.167 -.117 103 .284 75 3.2 -.348 102 .212 90 -3.517 121 .441 118
108 Louisiana Tech 3-8 -.183 -.077 91 .830 125 4.0 -.490 116 .294 96 -.188 74 .493 75
109 New Mexico 3-9 -.185 -.140 106 .629 116 3.6 .005 63 .987 125 1.191 32 .537 16
110 Ohio 6-6 -.190 -.045 76 .448 98 4.1 -.409 112 .470 116 1.552 20 .531 23
111 Georgia State 0-9 -.207 -.212 112 .349 84 2.2 -.372 106 .496 118 -2.061 111 .462 109
112 Central Michigan 5-6 -.207 -.071 86 .664 117 3.7 -.375 107 .441 113 .094 64 .495 67
113 UAB 1-10 -.210 -.217 114 .363 87 2.5 -.142 77 .831 121 -.081 71 .495 68
114 Purdue 0-11 -.214 -.343 124 .151 42 .6 -.437 113 .424 111 -.777 91 .463 107
115 Texas State 5-6 -.215 -.082 93 .742 121 3.5 -.627 120 .137 82 .772 41 .517 43
116 Western Michigan 1-10 -.217 -.237 115 .295 76 2.7 -.581 118 .186 86 -3.514 120 .424 124
117 Air Force 1-10 -.235 -.256 118 .571 108 1.8 .033 57 .906 124 -.866 93 .454 113
118 New Mexico State 1-10 -.240 -.241 116 .412 92 2.3 -.387 109 .401 108 -4.234 124 .432 123
119 Idaho 1-10 -.242 -.280 120 .173 54 1.6 -.567 117 .334 103 -1.839 109 .455 112
120 UTEP 2-10 -.254 -.215 113 .520 102 2.4 -.248 93 .871 123 .229 59 .506 55
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
121 Massachusetts 1-10 -.255 -.254 117 .336 81 2.1 -.627 121 .285 95 -1.249 96 .440 121
122 Miami (OH) 0-12 -.261 -.290 123 .687 118 2.0 -.801 125 .336 104 .698 44 .471 99
123 Southern Mississippi 1-11 -.279 -.277 119 .543 106 1.9 -.664 122 .281 94 -1.823 108 .449 115
124 Florida International 1-10 -.285 -.290 122 .441 95 1.6 -.717 124 .409 109 -3.499 119 .463 106
125 Eastern Michigan 1-10 -.345 -.388 125 .689 119 .8 -.326 101 .847 122 -4.451 125 .435 122