Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS 2014

through results of 12/6/14

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, including bowl games.
  • 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 11-1 .317 2 .280 2 .085 22 11.4 .7 .718 3 -.415 18 1.758 12 .549 8
2 Alabama 11-1 .315 1 .215 7 .051 7 11.0 .7 .666 5 -.617 5 -.595 91 .487 87
3 Georgia Tech 9-3 .266 3 .143 18 .060 14 10.3 .6 .968 1 -.080 57 1.224 23 .541 15
4 Florida State 12-0 .262 6 .123 22 .062 15 10.4 .3 .649 7 -.419 17 .553 43 .487 85
5 Ohio State 12-1 .257 8 .295 1 .118 35 11.9 .3 .560 9 -.487 12 1.275 20 .576 3
6 Georgia 8-3 .256 4 .213 8 .105 30 9.5 .7 .558 10 -.381 21 1.802 11 .585 1
7 Mississippi 8-3 .242 5 .164 11 .065 17 9.0 .5 .251 34 -.699 3 .715 39 .534 18
8 TCU 10-1 .229 7 .225 4 .183 55 9.8 .5 .324 23 -.607 6 1.837 10 .568 4
9 Baylor 10-1 .218 14 .223 5 .252 65 10.0 .7 .504 12 -.353 23 .913 33 .553 7
10 Mississippi State 9-2 .218 10 .198 9 .043 4 8.6 .4 .333 21 -.518 10 .462 48 .526 24
11 Auburn 7-4 .214 11 .073 33 .021 1 7.7 .7 .722 2 -.208 41 -.340 79 .505 52
12 UCLA 9-3 .208 12 .056 43 .064 16 9.0 .7 .667 4 -.090 54 .450 49 .497 66
13 USC 8-4 .203 13 .135 19 .090 23 9.5 .7 .302 28 -.363 22 .535 44 .516 32
14 Arizona 10-3 .183 9 .069 36 .026 2 9.3 .7 .341 20 -.295 33 -.254 75 .531 22
15 Louisville 8-3 .176 18 .088 28 .112 31 8.2 .3 .129 47 -.636 4 -.498 88 .472 109
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI LW GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
FBS
RMW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
16 Arizona State 8-3 .175 16 .063 39 .135 41 8.1 .6 .324 24 -.346 24 .691 41 .532 21
17 Arkansas 5-6 .171 17 .078 31 .048 5 7.3 .9 .309 26 -.388 20 -.385 81 .525 28
18 Clemson 8-3 .168 21 .095 25 .052 10 7.6 .5 -.049 63 -.867 1 -1.263 107 .498 64
19 Michigan State 9-2 .165 22 .216 6 .101 28 8.6 .3 .333 22 -.187 43 1.556 14 .549 9
20 Stanford 6-5 .161 23 .092 26 .052 8 7.4 .8 .117 50 -.512 11 -.488 86 .506 49
21 Utah 7-4 .156 24 .027 60 .068 19 7.1 .6 -.115 74 -.463 14 2.674 5 .537 16
22 Oklahoma 8-4 .155 19 .170 10 .197 58 9.4 .5 .482 13 -.170 46 1.210 24 .522 30
23 Missouri 9-3 .148 20 .078 32 .095 25 8.5 .6 .086 53 -.405 19 .530 45 .490 78
24 Kansas State 8-3 .146 25 .159 14 .097 26 7.8 .3 .440 15 -.027 60 2.750 4 .546 12
25 Virginia Tech 5-6 .144 27 .011 64 .122 36 7.4 .8 -.224 91 -.721 2 -.001 67 .483 97
26 Duke 8-3 .140 28 .107 24 .165 49 8.3 .4 .175 42 -.320 27 3.440 1 .549 10
27 LSU 7-4 .135 26 .073 34 .060 13 6.7 .7 .045 57 -.474 13 1.375 19 .534 19
28 Boston College 6-5 .133 30 .038 56 .137 42 7.3 .7 .386 18 -.154 49 .067 65 .500 60
29 Nebraska 8-3 .130 29 .135 20 .232 61 8.3 .3 .188 40 -.231 39 2.082 7 .556 6
30 Wisconsin 9-3 .127 15 .159 13 .201 59 8.8 .3 .281 31 -.301 31 -.371 80 .484 95
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI LW GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
FBS
RMW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
31 Virginia 4-7 .117 33 .000 69 .059 12 5.3 .0 -.016 60 -.570 7 .097 63 .508 45
32 Colorado State 9-2 .117 32 .156 15 .346 74 8.9 .4 .381 19 -.019 61 1.261 22 .506 48
33 Miami 5-6 .117 35 .057 42 .066 18 6.1 .6 .416 17 -.238 38 -.497 87 .481 99
34 Minnesota 7-4 .115 31 .061 41 .156 47 7.5 .4 .154 43 -.213 40 1.861 9 .547 11
35 Marshall 11-1 .110 36 .265 3 .811 124 11.7 .8 .204 39 -.159 48 1.177 25 .515 33
36 Boise State 11-2 .107 34 .148 16 .291 68 10.2 .3 .148 44 -.310 29 -.247 74 .518 31
37 Pittsburgh 5-6 .103 37 .011 65 .190 56 7.0 .8 .522 11 .143 78 .180 60 .512 41
38 West Virginia 6-5 .098 39 .030 58 .133 40 6.8 .7 .037 58 -.345 25 .192 59 .473 107
39 Florida 5-5 .093 38 .039 54 .052 9 5.7 .6 -.269 101 -.543 8 1.262 21 .546 13
40 Washington 7-5 .089 40 .080 30 .092 24 7.6 .8 -.243 96 -.448 16 1.535 15 .543 14
41 Memphis 8-3 .085 44 .161 12 .254 66 8.6 .6 -.134 81 -.173 45 3.344 2 .579 2
42 Tennessee 5-6 .084 41 .018 62 .058 11 5.9 .6 -.122 77 -.296 32 1.102 27 .533 20
43 South Carolina 5-6 .082 42 .016 63 .146 45 6.4 .4 .652 6 .583 124 .752 38 .491 76
44 Notre Dame 7-5 .079 43 .050 47 .102 29 6.9 .3 .245 35 -.170 47 .514 46 .509 43
45 Iowa 6-5 .061 45 .047 48 .383 80 7.0 .4 .095 52 -.196 42 -.784 95 .487 83
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI LW GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
FBS
RMW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
46 BYU 7-4 .060 46 .054 44 .469 93 7.5 .4 .258 33 -.034 58 .642 42 .495 70
47 Nevada 6-5 .046 47 .040 53 .389 83 7.4 .9 .145 45 .194 87 .769 37 .526 26
48 East Carolina 7-4 .043 48 .090 27 .444 89 7.8 .4 .234 37 .001 63 -1.756 114 .507 46
49 Western Michigan 7-4 .037 49 .122 23 .594 107 8.6 .5 .070 55 -.111 53 .090 64 .477 103
50 Air Force 8-3 .036 50 .066 37 .628 114 7.9 .5 -.194 87 -.327 26 1.568 13 .505 53
51 Penn State 6-6 .032 51 .037 57 .381 79 7.6 .3 -.344 106 -.525 9 -1.522 112 .485 92
52 Texas A&M 6-5 .027 52 -.033 77 .034 3 4.5 .3 .244 36 .225 91 .942 32 .494 71
53 Navy 5-5 .027 55 .038 55 .414 85 7.6 1.6 .583 8 .357 105 -.744 93 .459 116
54 Central Florida 8-3 .026 61 .087 29 .497 96 7.6 .5 -.099 71 -.272 35 -.275 76 .503 58
55 California 4-7 .024 53 -.060 84 .100 27 3.9 .0 .283 30 .187 84 -.137 71 .490 79
56 Louisiana Tech 8-4 .024 58 .144 17 .294 69 8.6 .7 -.291 102 -.312 28 .311 56 .561 5
57 Northwestern 4-7 .018 54 -.037 78 .384 81 5.1 .0 -.119 75 -.243 36 -1.467 111 .479 102
58 Maryland 6-5 .017 56 -.027 75 .249 64 5.3 .2 .104 51 .011 66 2.506 6 .494 73
59 North Carolina State 6-5 .016 57 .022 61 .145 44 5.4 .5 .179 41 .069 69 .964 31 .491 77
60 North Carolina 5-6 .013 59 -.108 101 .118 34 4.0 .7 .421 16 .411 111 -1.334 110 .513 37
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI LW GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
FBS
RMW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
61 Utah State 8-4 .011 60 .054 45 .397 84 7.8 .9 -.208 89 -.309 30 -.673 92 .507 47
62 Cincinnati 9-3 .001 62 .063 38 .256 67 7.1 .2 .315 25 .255 97 1.451 17 .493 75
63 Houston 6-5 -.007 65 .051 46 .531 98 7.3 .2 -.111 72 .029 67 -1.011 101 .505 51
64 Texas 6-6 -.010 66 -.012 74 .157 48 5.1 .1 -.318 104 -.453 15 -1.841 117 .466 113
65 Western Kentucky 7-5 -.012 63 .047 49 .577 104 8.4 .7 .306 27 .323 101 -1.846 118 .500 62
66 Oregon State 4-7 -.015 64 -.083 93 .114 32 3.6 .0 .127 48 .181 83 -.074 69 .475 106
67 Temple 5-6 -.020 70 .011 66 .656 117 5.6 .0 -.470 118 -.288 34 1.093 28 .526 25
68 Washington State 2-9 -.024 67 -.140 109 .080 21 2.7 .0 .212 38 .277 98 -4.699 127 .429 125
69 Michigan 5-7 -.024 68 -.029 76 .194 57 4.9 .0 -.138 82 -.177 44 -.005 68 .488 82
70 Georgia Southern 8-3 -.029 71 .125 21 .366 78 7.2 .0 .142 46 .211 90 -.330 78 .535 17
71 Toledo 7-4 -.029 69 .043 50 .640 115 7.2 .6 .284 29 .360 107 .334 54 .489 81
72 Syracuse 2-9 -.029 73 -.110 104 .177 52 3.1 .0 -.368 109 -.238 37 -1.238 105 .484 96
73 San Diego State 6-5 -.030 72 .041 52 .543 101 6.4 .3 -.243 95 -.029 59 .972 30 .513 36
74 Northern Illinois 10-2 -.036 74 .071 35 .431 87 7.3 .2 -.038 62 .209 88 .842 35 .515 34
75 Colorado 2-10 -.046 75 -.109 103 .050 6 3.0 .0 .053 56 .253 94 -.428 85 .454 118
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI LW GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
FBS
RMW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
76 Kentucky 4-7 -.053 76 -.060 83 .118 33 3.3 .0 -.114 73 .193 85 -1.265 108 .498 65
77 Purdue 2-9 -.056 77 -.124 107 .355 76 3.3 .0 -.198 88 -.016 62 -.235 73 .480 101
78 Illinois 5-6 -.056 78 -.089 95 .178 54 3.5 .3 -.061 65 .211 89 .301 57 .500 61
79 UAB 5-6 -.057 79 -.010 73 .318 71 5.4 .0 -.212 90 .169 82 3.102 3 .510 42
80 Oklahoma State 5-6 -.058 90 -.070 88 .079 20 3.8 .2 -.131 80 .125 75 1.867 8 .496 68
81 Arkansas State 6-5 -.062 81 .062 40 .560 102 7.0 .4 -.030 61 .194 86 -.188 72 .527 23
82 Indiana 3-8 -.066 80 -.092 96 .237 63 3.9 .0 -.232 92 .110 73 -.523 89 .486 90
83 Central Michigan 6-5 -.069 82 .042 51 .798 123 6.4 .3 -.073 66 .105 72 -1.875 119 .460 114
84 Ball State 4-6 -.074 84 .002 68 .740 122 5.2 .0 -.234 93 .244 93 .910 34 .526 27
85 Texas Tech 3-8 -.077 85 -.109 102 .174 51 3.1 .0 .260 32 .407 110 -.404 84 .467 112
86 Wake Forest 2-9 -.080 86 -.148 114 .132 39 2.7 .0 -.448 116 -.119 52 1.400 18 .481 100
87 Iowa State 2-9 -.084 83 -.169 119 .233 62 2.7 .0 .071 54 .382 109 .155 61 .495 69
88 Rutgers 6-5 -.091 87 -.093 97 .178 53 2.9 .3 -.074 67 .131 77 .036 66 .476 105
89 Hawaii 3-9 -.091 88 -.073 91 .610 111 4.9 .0 -.350 107 .168 81 .776 36 .503 57
90 Florida International 3-7 -.098 89 -.053 81 .625 112 4.6 .0 -.610 124 -.142 50 -.552 90 .487 86
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 2-9 -.101 92 -.145 112 .329 73 3.1 .0 -.400 111 -.135 51 -4.371 126 .433 123
92 Middle Tennessee 5-6 -.104 91 -.067 86 .453 91 4.2 .0 -.242 94 .165 80 .279 58 .496 67
93 Fresno State 5-7 -.109 93 -.094 98 .203 60 4.4 .6 -.253 99 .358 106 .340 53 .498 63
94 New Mexico 4-8 -.128 94 -.099 100 .449 90 4.3 .0 .122 49 .528 122 -.392 83 .503 54
95 Texas State 6-5 -.129 95 -.007 71 .837 128 5.4 .0 -.342 105 .254 96 1.103 26 .509 44
96 Akron 4-7 -.132 96 -.056 82 .596 108 4.9 .0 -.556 123 .009 64 .408 51 .524 29
97 Florida Atlantic 3-9 -.134 98 -.083 94 .170 50 4.5 .0 -.245 97 .337 103 .412 50 .513 38
98 Kansas 2-9 -.134 99 -.180 122 .128 38 1.9 .0 -.441 115 -.082 56 -3.157 121 .470 110
99 Buffalo 3-6 -.136 97 -.049 80 .670 118 4.5 .0 -.088 68 .376 108 -1.828 116 .485 93
100 Louisiana Lafayette 7-4 -.141 101 .004 67 .356 77 5.0 .1 -.060 64 .527 121 .477 47 .514 35
101 Louisiana Monroe 4-8 -.142 100 -.071 90 .583 105 4.9 .0 -.541 122 .009 65 -.391 82 .485 91
102 Tulsa 2-10 -.145 104 -.145 111 .425 86 3.6 .0 -.141 83 .482 118 -.295 77 .487 89
103 South Alabama 6-6 -.147 103 -.042 79 .534 99 5.4 .5 -.659 126 -.088 55 .099 62 .482 98
104 UTSA 4-8 -.147 109 -.077 92 .603 109 4.5 .0 -.619 125 .046 68 1.016 29 .493 74
105 Miami (OH) 2-9 -.147 105 -.119 106 .727 121 3.6 .0 -.148 85 .469 117 -.864 97 .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
106 San Jose State 2-9 -.149 106 -.165 117 .326 72 2.5 .0 -.351 108 .088 71 -3.916 124 .437 122
107 Rice 7-5 -.149 108 -.010 72 .495 95 5.0 .4 .015 59 .522 120 -.751 94 .512 39
108 Connecticut 1-10 -.150 107 -.162 115 .588 106 3.3 .0 -.483 120 .084 70 -.982 100 .458 117
109 UNLV 1-11 -.152 110 -.180 121 .435 88 2.7 .0 -.144 84 .601 125 .347 52 .512 40
110 Bowling Green 6-6 -.154 102 -.064 85 .603 110 4.3 .5 -.252 98 .413 112 .331 55 .494 72
111 Kent State 2-9 -.157 111 -.125 108 .346 75 4.2 .0 -.405 113 .159 79 -.912 99 .505 50
112 Massachusetts 3-9 -.160 112 -.069 87 .683 119 4.5 .0 -.119 76 .485 119 -1.828 115 .487 84
113 Appalachian State 6-4 -.162 113 .029 59 .834 127 4.5 .0 -.173 86 .304 99 -5.573 128 .460 115
114 UTEP 7-5 -.162 114 -.004 70 .541 100 4.9 .1 -.309 103 .112 74 -1.160 103 .490 80
115 Ohio 5-6 -.170 115 -.070 89 .626 113 3.5 .0 -.475 119 .228 92 -.842 96 .501 59
116 Old Dominion 5-6 -.171 116 -.096 99 .715 120 3.6 .0 .446 14 .863 128 -3.453 122 .450 120
117 Wyoming 3-8 -.174 117 -.177 120 .141 43 2.2 .0 -.096 70 .331 102 -4.096 125 .424 126
118 Army 3-6 -.176 118 -.118 105 .570 103 2.6 .1 -.130 79 .461 115 -1.162 104 .503 55
119 Idaho 1-10 -.184 119 -.144 110 .816 126 3.9 .0 -.128 78 .683 126 1.474 16 .503 56
120 South Florida 3-8 -.184 120 -.163 116 .518 97 2.3 .0 -.448 117 .253 95 -1.253 106 .484 94
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI LW GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
FBS
RMW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
121 Vanderbilt 2-9 -.190 121 -.218 125 .123 37 1.6 .0 -.536 121 .129 76 -.128 70 .468 111
122 Southern Mississippi 2-9 -.193 122 -.196 124 .155 46 2.7 .0 -.383 110 .350 104 -1.316 109 .443 121
123 New Mexico State 1-10 -.215 123 -.185 123 .643 116 3.5 .0 -.253 100 .447 114 -3.806 123 .453 119
124 North Texas 3-8 -.221 124 -.147 113 .815 125 2.9 .0 -.419 114 .464 116 .692 40 .473 108
125 SMU 1-11 -.256 127 -.308 127 .301 70 1.4 .0 -.708 128 .319 100 -1.045 102 .433 124
126 Troy 3-8 -.260 125 -.169 118 .386 82 2.4 .0 -.404 112 .570 123 -.889 98 .487 88
127 Georgia State 0-11 -.266 126 -.283 126 .492 94 2.0 .0 -.094 69 .730 127 -1.716 113 .423 127
128 Eastern Michigan 1-10 -.321 128 -.360 128 .455 92 .8 .0 -.661 127 .440 113 -2.847 120 .423 128