Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS 2017

Updated through 12/2 games

The Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI) is a college football rating system based on opponent-adjusted drive efficiency. Approximately 20,000 possessions are contested annually in FBS vs. FBS games. First-half clock-kills and end-of-game garbage drives and scores are filtered out. Game efficiency (GE) is a measure of net success on non-garbage possessions, and FEI opponent adjustments are calculated with special emphasis placed on quality performances against good teams, win or lose. Strength of schedule (SOS) ratings represent the average number of losses an elite team (two standard deviations better than average) would have against the team's schedule to date.

Offensive FEI (OFEI) is value generated per drive adjusted for starting field position and opponent defenses faced. Defensive FEI (DFEI) is value generated per opponent drive adjusted for starting field position and opponent offenses faced. Special Teams Efficiency (STE) is the average value generated per possession by a team's non-offensive and non-defensive units.

Note that SOS, OFEI, DFEI, and STE ratings formulas and formatting have been updated for the 2017 season. Archived ratings for other seasons will be updated in the off-season.

Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
1 Clemson 11-1 .311 .262 6 1.57 21 2.97 18 .83 2 .01 55
2 Georgia 11-1 .293 .293 3 1.77 11 3.61 3 .89 4 .02 45
3 Oklahoma 12-1 .283 .247 8 1.68 16 4.24 1 2.16 61 -.01 68
4 Auburn 9-3 .266 .218 10 2.53 1 2.96 19 .83 3 .03 34
5 Alabama 10-1 .241 .300 2 1.12 60 3.33 6 1.08 5 .08 15
6 Ohio State 11-2 .234 .269 5 1.73 12 3.52 4 1.37 10 .01 52
7 Wisconsin 12-1 .228 .233 9 .97 71 2.65 31 .82 1 .07 19
8 Washington 9-2 .218 .300 1 .68 91 3.29 10 1.18 6 .05 26
9 Penn State 10-2 .216 .286 4 1.14 58 3.29 11 1.40 12 .12 5
10 Central Florida 11-0 .210 .254 7 .48 108 3.30 9 1.54 20 .10 9
11 Notre Dame 9-3 .208 .161 15 1.84 6 3.06 13 1.54 21 -.02 77
12 Stanford 9-4 .171 .116 23 1.50 30 3.01 16 2.17 62 .10 10
13 Oklahoma State 9-3 .168 .181 11 1.32 39 3.66 2 2.13 58 -.09 124
14 TCU 9-3 .168 .147 16 2.14 2 2.40 47 1.45 16 .14 3
15 Miami 9-2 .161 .077 36 1.35 38 2.51 39 1.39 11 -.04 94
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
16 Iowa State 6-5 .158 .088 29 1.52 27 2.61 33 1.85 31 .03 41
17 USC 11-2 .158 .088 30 1.37 36 3.01 15 2.10 55 .00 63
18 Iowa 7-5 .157 .085 32 1.67 17 2.48 41 1.44 15 .01 51
19 Mississippi State 7-4 .128 .128 19 1.82 8 2.58 34 1.42 14 .04 27
20 Boston College 7-5 .126 .064 39 1.72 13 2.27 53 1.48 18 .06 20
21 North Carolina State 7-4 .124 .043 49 1.69 15 2.74 26 2.06 50 -.08 118
22 Louisville 7-4 .118 .113 24 1.38 35 3.30 8 2.47 84 .01 59
23 Boise State 10-3 .116 .120 22 .46 110 2.64 32 1.99 45 .07 16
24 Florida Atlantic 9-3 .110 .162 14 .71 89 3.21 12 2.40 78 .11 7
25 Wake Forest 6-5 .110 .023 60 1.83 7 2.66 30 2.00 48 -.03 88
26 Purdue 6-6 .105 .064 40 1.20 51 2.23 57 1.59 25 -.03 90
27 Virginia Tech 8-3 .105 .136 17 1.27 43 2.06 80 1.33 9 .11 8
28 Memphis 9-2 .104 .130 18 1.12 61 2.98 17 1.99 44 .06 23
29 LSU 8-3 .103 .092 28 1.28 41 2.75 25 1.85 32 -.01 73
30 Toledo 10-2 .094 .172 13 .57 98 2.91 20 2.22 64 .09 11
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
31 Michigan 8-4 .094 .095 27 1.56 23 2.23 59 1.40 13 .03 37
32 Arizona State 7-5 .088 .028 56 1.11 62 2.52 37 2.06 51 .00 61
33 Washington State 8-3 .087 .050 46 1.21 48 1.86 97 1.22 8 -.07 115
34 Houston 7-4 .085 .080 34 .52 104 2.05 81 1.56 23 .00 64
35 Texas 6-6 .081 .056 42 1.78 9 1.54 116 1.20 7 .00 65
36 Florida State 5-6 .080 .001 69 2.04 3 1.98 86 1.52 19 -.02 80
37 Troy 9-2 .079 .125 20 .50 106 2.24 56 1.80 28 .03 39
38 Kansas State 6-5 .075 .037 52 1.37 37 2.13 72 2.07 52 .17 1
39 Navy 6-5 .069 .018 63 1.26 44 2.71 27 2.44 82 .00 60
40 South Florida 8-2 .066 .180 12 .61 93 2.50 40 1.72 27 -.02 86
41 Michigan State 9-3 .061 .029 55 1.50 29 2.01 85 1.56 22 -.01 71
42 Utah 5-6 .057 .035 53 1.25 46 2.07 77 1.82 29 .09 12
43 Northwestern 9-3 .057 .079 35 1.17 55 2.16 70 1.70 26 .04 30
44 Northern Illinois 7-4 .057 .070 38 .56 100 1.84 99 1.45 17 -.05 106
45 San Diego State 9-2 .053 .122 21 .53 103 2.21 61 1.88 33 .07 17
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
46 Ohio 7-4 .051 .102 26 .46 109 2.47 43 2.21 63 -.01 69
47 Arizona 6-5 .050 .054 43 .78 84 3.30 7 2.91 111 -.06 113
48 Duke 5-6 .046 .022 62 .80 83 2.09 75 1.88 34 -.02 79
49 Army 7-3 .045 .104 25 .68 90 3.42 5 2.93 113 .02 43
50 Texas Tech 5-6 .041 -.009 74 1.63 19 2.52 38 2.36 73 -.05 105
51 Oregon 6-5 .029 .054 44 1.17 54 2.43 44 1.99 46 -.02 84
52 Buffalo 5-6 .028 .025 59 .37 117 2.26 54 2.39 76 .01 57
53 Eastern Michigan 5-7 .019 .026 57 .55 102 1.89 94 1.92 39 -.01 72
54 Indiana 4-7 .019 .000 70 1.47 32 2.10 74 1.94 40 .01 56
55 Appalachian State 7-4 .018 .071 37 .86 78 2.17 68 1.82 30 -.04 97
56 West Virginia 6-5 .018 .007 67 1.66 18 2.68 28 2.41 79 -.05 109
57 Marshall 7-5 .017 .083 33 .52 105 1.88 95 2.06 49 .16 2
58 Georgia Tech 4-6 .016 -.013 77 1.84 5 2.78 23 2.26 66 -.11 125
59 SMU 6-5 .016 .016 64 1.06 63 3.02 14 2.76 103 -.05 108
60 Tulane 4-7 .015 -.024 81 1.21 49 2.17 67 2.24 65 .02 48
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
61 UCLA 6-6 .015 -.029 82 1.55 24 2.77 24 2.47 86 -.04 95
62 Western Michigan 5-6 .013 .025 58 .84 80 2.03 84 2.40 77 .13 4
63 Texas A&M 6-5 .007 .000 71 1.15 57 2.18 64 1.92 37 .03 40
64 Arkansas State 6-4 .006 .086 31 .20 127 2.06 78 2.12 56 .02 42
65 Fresno State 8-4 .003 .057 41 1.44 33 2.25 55 1.92 38 -.02 78
66 South Carolina 7-4 -.001 .011 66 1.53 26 2.13 73 1.91 36 .04 28
67 Central Michigan 7-4 -.004 .013 65 .59 95 1.90 93 2.08 54 -.04 93
68 Syracuse 3-8 -.006 -.090 101 1.78 10 2.20 62 2.50 87 .02 47
69 Virginia 5-6 -.009 -.038 88 .99 68 1.91 91 1.97 42 .00 67
70 California 4-7 -.012 -.035 85 1.20 50 1.96 88 2.13 57 -.01 74
71 Southern Mississippi 7-4 -.015 .053 45 .20 128 1.90 92 2.08 53 .00 62
72 Temple 5-6 -.019 -.016 79 1.03 65 1.86 96 1.90 35 .06 22
73 Wyoming 6-5 -.024 .047 47 .58 96 1.43 117 1.58 24 .03 33
74 Pittsburgh 4-7 -.025 -.055 92 1.27 42 2.18 66 2.42 80 .02 44
75 Miami (OH) 4-7 -.026 -.009 75 .71 88 1.94 89 2.29 71 -.03 89
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
76 UTSA 5-5 -.026 .044 48 .13 130 1.58 114 1.96 41 -.02 85
77 Colorado 4-7 -.030 -.037 87 .96 72 2.30 51 2.58 92 .08 14
78 Missouri 6-5 -.032 .042 50 1.25 45 2.89 21 2.44 81 .01 54
79 Mississippi 5-6 -.037 -.031 83 1.54 25 2.41 46 2.60 93 .05 25
80 Kentucky 6-5 -.048 -.034 84 1.15 56 2.19 63 2.56 90 .12 6
81 Minnesota 5-7 -.048 -.019 80 1.13 59 2.04 82 2.28 68 .05 24
82 Florida 4-7 -.049 -.053 91 .98 70 1.84 100 1.98 43 -.05 104
83 Louisiana Tech 5-6 -.049 -.003 72 .33 121 2.15 71 2.51 88 -.04 99
84 Florida International 7-4 -.050 -.004 73 .75 85 2.36 49 2.71 101 .06 21
85 Utah State 5-6 -.062 .039 51 .84 81 1.67 111 1.99 47 .09 13
86 Colorado State 6-5 -.067 .031 54 .74 86 2.68 29 2.83 107 -.03 92
87 Massachusetts 3-8 -.068 -.047 90 .39 115 1.94 90 2.46 83 -.12 126
88 Baylor 1-10 -.069 -.143 112 1.60 20 1.70 109 2.56 91 .03 36
89 Arkansas 3-8 -.071 -.133 108 1.50 28 2.48 42 2.97 114 .02 46
90 North Texas 8-4 -.073 -.037 86 .85 79 2.52 35 2.90 110 .00 66
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
91 Middle Tennessee 6-6 -.085 .006 68 .35 119 1.75 103 2.15 60 .01 53
92 Louisiana Monroe 4-8 -.087 -.072 96 1.02 66 2.82 22 3.55 126 .04 31
93 UAB 7-4 -.089 .023 61 .17 129 2.16 69 2.26 67 -.15 129
94 Air Force 4-7 -.090 -.089 100 .61 94 2.52 36 3.12 121 -.04 101
95 North Carolina 2-9 -.090 -.134 109 1.04 64 1.71 108 2.55 89 .03 38
96 Nebraska 4-8 -.093 -.117 103 1.57 22 2.43 45 2.86 109 .04 29
97 Akron 6-6 -.093 -.089 99 1.18 53 1.72 104 2.15 59 -.06 110
98 UNLV 5-6 -.094 -.040 89 .66 92 2.32 50 2.91 112 .01 50
99 Tulsa 2-10 -.095 -.119 105 .94 74 2.23 60 3.02 116 -.03 87
100 Maryland 3-8 -.095 -.181 117 1.89 4 2.18 65 2.82 106 .01 58
101 Coastal Carolina 3-8 -.096 -.062 94 .26 124 1.97 87 2.76 102 -.02 83
102 New Mexico State 6-6 -.097 -.012 76 .37 118 2.04 83 2.65 97 -.09 123
103 Western Kentucky 5-6 -.101 -.014 78 .25 125 1.84 98 2.65 95 -.06 111
104 Tennessee 3-8 -.105 -.138 111 1.24 47 1.66 112 2.35 72 -.02 81
105 Vanderbilt 4-7 -.105 -.115 102 1.01 67 2.40 48 2.68 100 -.14 128
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
106 Idaho 3-8 -.105 -.072 95 .31 122 1.40 118 2.36 74 -.04 100
107 Bowling Green 2-9 -.106 -.147 113 .56 99 2.06 79 3.08 119 .03 32
108 Nevada 3-8 -.116 -.079 97 .72 87 2.23 58 2.77 105 -.08 117
109 BYU 3-9 -.119 -.086 98 .89 77 1.35 122 2.29 70 -.02 75
110 Georgia Southern 2-9 -.124 -.124 107 .95 73 1.72 106 2.77 104 .03 35
111 Cincinnati 3-8 -.139 -.170 114 .80 82 1.81 101 2.99 115 -.08 119
112 Georgia State 6-4 -.148 -.059 93 .58 97 1.71 107 2.28 69 -.08 120
113 Rutgers 3-8 -.150 -.174 115 1.40 34 1.55 115 2.39 75 -.05 107
114 South Alabama 3-8 -.152 -.137 110 .42 111 1.10 126 2.47 85 .07 18
115 Old Dominion 4-7 -.158 -.122 106 .42 112 1.31 124 2.65 96 .01 49
116 New Mexico 2-9 -.167 -.181 116 .49 107 1.35 121 2.85 108 -.01 70
117 Louisiana Lafayette 4-7 -.171 -.118 104 .27 123 2.07 76 3.06 118 -.06 112
118 Texas State 1-10 -.173 -.199 119 .33 120 1.38 119 2.64 94 -.16 130
119 Oregon State 0-11 -.176 -.287 127 1.18 52 1.72 105 3.58 128 -.02 82
120 Illinois 2-10 -.179 -.204 120 1.48 31 1.16 125 2.67 99 -.02 76
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
121 Connecticut 2-9 -.184 -.212 121 .89 76 1.68 110 3.10 120 -.04 102
122 Kent State 1-10 -.193 -.274 125 1.32 40 .95 128 2.67 98 -.05 103
123 Kansas 0-11 -.198 -.324 129 1.70 14 1.37 120 3.35 124 -.09 122
124 Ball State 1-10 -.209 -.257 124 .38 116 1.61 113 3.27 123 -.12 127
125 Charlotte 1-10 -.215 -.250 123 .41 114 1.06 127 3.05 117 -.04 98
126 Hawaii 2-9 -.219 -.198 118 .22 126 1.79 102 3.77 129 -.04 96
127 Rice 1-11 -.238 -.278 126 .55 101 1.32 123 3.55 127 -.08 116
128 UTEP 0-12 -.242 -.316 128 .90 75 .92 129 3.16 122 -.08 121
129 East Carolina 3-8 -.254 -.250 122 .99 69 2.29 52 3.86 130 -.03 91
130 San Jose State 1-11 -.284 -.338 130 .41 113 .83 130 3.51 125 -.07 114