Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS 2017

Updated through 11/11 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 9-1 .280 .216 10 1.32 24 2.77 26 1.00 6 .00 56
2 Oklahoma 9-1 .276 .187 13 1.62 9 4.18 1 2.31 74 -.05 99
3 Auburn 7-2 .276 .256 7 1.42 19 2.95 18 .76 1 .08 19
4 Miami 8-0 .266 .160 16 .72 75 2.96 17 .98 5 -.05 101
5 Georgia 8-1 .259 .267 5 1.36 21 3.35 6 .81 2 -.01 67
6 Alabama 10-0 .243 .346 1 .51 90 3.37 5 .91 4 .08 17
7 Notre Dame 8-2 .235 .202 11 1.62 10 3.30 7 1.35 12 .01 53
8 Ohio State 8-2 .228 .288 4 1.21 29 3.79 2 1.39 15 .01 55
9 Penn State 8-2 .226 .252 8 1.17 36 3.16 10 1.38 14 .14 6
10 TCU 7-2 .220 .171 14 1.68 6 2.62 37 1.45 18 .15 4
11 Wisconsin 10-0 .216 .256 6 .45 98 2.65 33 .90 3 .04 35
12 Oklahoma State 8-2 .214 .189 12 1.49 17 3.74 3 1.95 40 -.09 121
13 Central Florida 8-0 .195 .301 3 .32 116 3.18 8 1.39 16 .07 23
14 Washington 7-2 .192 .307 2 .49 94 3.06 13 1.16 7 .08 21
15 Iowa State 5-4 .188 .089 30 1.68 5 2.58 40 1.64 25 .03 41
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
16 Iowa 6-4 .179 .076 36 1.63 8 2.42 45 1.34 10 .03 43
17 USC 9-2 .153 .092 28 1.23 27 3.08 12 2.05 48 -.02 79
18 Mississippi State 6-3 .148 .160 15 1.72 3 3.00 15 1.51 19 .07 24
19 Stanford 7-3 .144 .120 22 .97 50 2.87 20 2.19 63 .11 10
20 Virginia Tech 6-3 .126 .142 18 1.55 12 2.27 56 1.37 13 .11 9
21 Washington State 8-2 .125 .088 31 .70 76 1.98 80 1.17 8 -.07 110
22 Michigan 8-2 .123 .143 17 .78 70 2.27 57 1.35 11 .05 33
23 North Carolina State 6-3 .122 .043 50 1.35 22 2.72 30 1.99 43 -.08 120
24 Boise State 8-2 .108 .127 20 .42 104 2.61 38 2.11 53 .10 11
25 Georgia Tech 4-4 .106 .052 46 1.50 16 2.77 27 1.80 30 -.11 124
26 West Virginia 6-3 .098 .066 39 1.21 28 2.80 24 2.20 65 -.03 88
27 Boston College 5-5 .096 .005 64 1.51 15 2.10 71 1.54 21 .06 28
28 Houston 6-3 .095 .084 35 .49 93 2.05 77 1.53 20 .01 51
29 Florida Atlantic 6-3 .095 .117 23 .62 80 3.15 11 2.56 88 .12 7
30 Wake Forest 5-4 .094 .029 54 1.69 4 2.73 29 2.11 54 -.03 83
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
31 Arizona 6-3 .093 .108 25 .58 86 3.50 4 2.75 100 -.04 91
32 Purdue 4-6 .087 .057 42 .80 67 2.19 63 1.55 22 -.06 105
33 LSU 6-3 .086 .048 47 1.33 23 2.68 31 1.77 29 -.07 112
34 South Florida 7-1 .082 .228 9 .18 124 2.50 41 1.58 23 -.01 61
35 Navy 6-3 .080 .044 48 .62 81 2.85 22 2.41 80 -.02 77
36 Texas 5-5 .077 .056 44 1.93 2 1.65 113 1.29 9 -.01 69
37 Arizona State 5-5 .077 .000 66 .89 55 2.45 43 2.12 55 -.01 71
38 Michigan State 7-3 .071 -.012 71 1.65 7 2.06 75 1.66 26 -.05 100
39 Memphis 7-1 .069 .087 34 .64 79 2.45 44 1.92 37 .06 29
40 Toledo 7-2 .066 .112 24 .85 61 2.78 25 2.23 68 .09 13
41 Northern Illinois 6-3 .057 .088 32 .42 105 1.80 100 1.44 17 -.04 93
42 Syracuse 3-6 .054 -.029 81 1.60 11 2.38 48 2.30 71 .03 45
43 San Diego State 7-2 .052 .094 27 .44 101 2.10 70 1.85 33 .04 39
44 Ohio 7-2 .051 .138 19 .34 113 2.62 36 2.16 62 -.01 68
45 Louisville 5-4 .050 .043 49 1.11 39 3.03 14 2.72 99 -.01 70
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
46 Florida State 3-6 .046 -.062 93 2.00 1 1.89 94 1.69 27 -.03 84
47 Troy 7-2 .046 .087 33 .39 109 2.13 67 1.85 34 -.03 80
48 Texas Tech 4-5 .044 .004 65 1.53 14 2.73 28 2.57 89 -.03 81
49 South Carolina 7-3 .039 .054 45 .90 54 2.19 62 1.86 36 .04 34
50 Army 7-2 .039 .124 21 .61 82 3.18 9 2.80 104 .08 18
51 Northwestern 7-3 .039 .023 56 1.11 37 2.10 69 1.93 38 .06 31
52 Eastern Michigan 3-7 .035 .023 57 .49 91 1.95 87 1.82 32 -.03 90
53 SMU 5-4 .034 .041 51 1.01 46 2.86 21 2.49 85 -.01 72
54 Utah 4-5 .033 .021 58 .80 68 1.70 110 1.72 28 .08 16
55 Kansas State 4-5 .033 .036 53 1.04 43 1.92 91 2.02 46 .17 2
56 Western Michigan 5-4 .020 .061 40 .58 84 2.05 76 2.32 75 .14 5
57 Minnesota 5-5 .019 .058 41 .80 66 2.24 58 2.15 61 .06 27
58 Texas A&M 5-4 .015 .019 59 1.02 45 2.27 55 1.81 31 .04 36
59 Kentucky 6-3 .015 .025 55 .44 100 2.15 66 2.35 76 .16 3
60 Buffalo 3-6 .011 -.001 69 .34 115 2.17 65 2.49 83 -.01 66
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
61 Temple 4-5 .010 .000 67 .89 56 1.97 81 1.85 35 .07 25
62 Marshall 7-3 .010 .102 26 .44 99 1.88 95 2.09 51 .18 1
63 Arkansas State 4-3 .003 .090 29 .14 127 1.93 89 2.13 57 .06 26
64 UCLA 5-5 .002 -.034 84 1.08 40 2.88 19 2.65 95 -.01 62
65 Oregon 4-5 -.005 -.021 77 .99 49 2.29 54 2.15 60 -.07 109
66 Indiana 3-6 -.006 -.032 83 1.31 25 1.95 86 2.00 44 -.02 78
67 Tulane 3-6 -.007 -.030 82 1.02 44 2.08 73 2.19 64 -.02 74
68 Colorado 4-6 -.010 -.019 76 .86 60 2.32 51 2.40 78 .09 14
69 Central Michigan 5-4 -.014 -.017 75 .53 89 1.80 102 2.00 45 -.07 111
70 Duke 3-6 -.016 -.016 73 .81 64 1.79 103 1.93 39 -.03 89
71 Wyoming 6-3 -.018 .072 37 .58 83 1.62 114 1.61 24 .09 12
72 Virginia 5-4 -.027 -.023 78 .49 95 1.90 93 2.05 47 .02 49
73 California 4-5 -.027 -.035 85 .81 65 1.97 82 2.06 50 -.03 87
74 UTSA 4-4 -.028 .071 38 .08 130 1.80 101 2.10 52 -.03 82
75 Appalachian State 5-4 -.032 .015 61 .73 74 1.94 88 1.99 42 -.07 113
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
76 Miami (OH) 3-6 -.042 -.037 88 .75 71 1.95 85 2.41 79 -.04 97
77 Missouri 4-5 -.042 .016 60 1.21 30 2.99 16 2.47 82 .00 59
78 Southern Mississippi 5-4 -.047 .005 63 .13 128 1.67 111 2.13 58 .01 54
79 UAB 6-3 -.051 .041 52 .12 129 2.31 52 2.20 66 -.17 130
80 Tennessee 3-6 -.060 -.113 105 1.18 33 1.72 108 2.14 59 .02 48
81 Massachusetts 2-7 -.060 -.035 86 .42 103 1.91 92 2.38 77 -.12 125
82 Florida 3-6 -.062 -.080 97 .90 53 1.92 90 2.23 69 -.08 118
83 Mississippi 4-5 -.067 -.036 87 1.36 20 2.64 35 2.86 110 .08 22
84 Colorado State 5-5 -.067 -.004 70 .73 73 2.65 32 2.84 109 -.04 92
85 Pittsburgh 3-6 -.067 -.076 96 1.18 35 2.20 60 2.60 93 .04 37
86 Louisiana Tech 3-6 -.068 -.054 92 .36 111 2.05 78 2.57 91 -.06 103
87 Maryland 3-6 -.068 -.144 113 1.48 18 2.29 53 2.81 106 .06 30
88 Louisiana Monroe 4-5 -.069 -.016 74 .20 120 2.82 23 3.46 126 .02 47
89 Nebraska 4-6 -.071 -.075 94 .91 51 2.40 46 2.71 98 .03 40
90 Baylor 1-8 -.074 -.132 109 1.19 32 1.60 116 2.45 81 .04 38
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
91 Air Force 3-6 -.077 -.075 95 .46 97 2.59 39 3.11 118 -.07 108
92 North Texas 6-3 -.085 -.041 89 .64 78 2.65 34 2.80 103 -.07 115
93 Utah State 4-5 -.086 .005 62 .74 72 1.49 117 2.06 49 .11 8
94 Fresno State 6-3 -.088 .056 43 1.05 42 2.12 68 1.95 41 -.06 106
95 Rutgers 3-6 -.088 -.122 108 1.30 26 1.75 107 2.13 56 -.01 63
96 Florida International 5-3 -.089 -.042 90 .49 92 1.99 79 2.70 97 .05 32
97 Western Kentucky 4-5 -.090 .000 68 .20 121 1.84 97 2.60 92 -.06 102
98 Cincinnati 2-7 -.096 -.177 118 .82 63 2.10 72 2.82 107 -.10 123
99 Arkansas 3-6 -.096 -.158 114 1.53 13 2.47 42 2.97 114 -.02 76
100 New Mexico State 4-5 -.097 -.016 72 .26 117 2.17 64 2.81 105 -.13 128
101 North Carolina 2-8 -.100 -.134 110 1.18 34 1.75 106 2.55 87 .02 46
102 Tulsa 2-8 -.101 -.116 106 .88 57 2.33 50 3.18 121 -.01 64
103 Akron 4-5 -.103 -.103 101 1.01 47 1.79 105 2.31 73 -.06 104
104 Middle Tennessee 5-5 -.105 -.025 79 .41 106 1.66 112 2.21 67 .01 50
105 Coastal Carolina 1-8 -.105 -.101 100 .19 123 2.06 74 2.98 115 -.04 94
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
106 UNLV 4-5 -.109 -.046 91 .58 85 2.40 47 2.89 111 -.02 75
107 South Alabama 3-6 -.111 -.097 99 .43 102 1.20 125 2.24 70 .08 15
108 Old Dominion 3-6 -.117 -.113 104 .41 107 1.41 120 2.49 84 .03 44
109 Idaho 2-6 -.120 -.104 102 .23 119 1.62 115 2.69 96 -.08 117
110 Vanderbilt 3-6 -.122 -.137 111 .88 58 2.33 49 2.76 101 -.13 126
111 Bowling Green 2-7 -.124 -.139 112 .40 108 1.81 99 3.03 117 .08 20
112 Nevada 2-7 -.131 -.081 98 .58 87 2.20 59 2.96 113 -.03 85
113 Georgia State 6-2 -.131 -.026 80 .56 88 1.84 98 2.30 72 -.04 96
114 BYU 2-8 -.138 -.121 107 .79 69 1.44 119 2.57 90 -.01 65
115 Louisiana Lafayette 3-5 -.144 -.111 103 .18 125 1.96 84 2.91 112 -.04 98
116 Oregon State 0-9 -.149 -.264 125 1.05 41 1.86 96 3.37 124 .00 60
117 Illinois 2-8 -.157 -.165 116 1.00 48 1.32 124 2.62 94 .01 52
118 Texas State 1-8 -.163 -.164 115 .15 126 1.35 123 2.51 86 -.13 127
119 Georgia Southern 0-8 -.173 -.236 122 .85 62 1.36 122 3.13 120 .03 42
120 New Mexico 2-7 -.190 -.194 119 .34 114 1.15 127 2.76 102 .00 57
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
121 Charlotte 1-8 -.193 -.210 120 .23 118 1.20 126 3.02 116 -.01 73
122 Kansas 0-9 -.195 -.307 126 1.19 31 1.46 118 3.45 125 -.08 119
123 Connecticut 2-7 -.198 -.211 121 .68 77 1.79 104 3.20 122 -.04 95
124 Hawaii 2-7 -.212 -.167 117 .19 122 1.96 83 3.67 127 -.07 114
125 Ball State 1-8 -.213 -.262 124 .35 112 1.71 109 3.24 123 -.15 129
126 East Carolina 2-7 -.220 -.254 123 .91 52 2.20 61 3.71 128 -.03 86
127 Kent State 1-8 -.225 -.308 127 1.11 38 .77 128 2.84 108 .00 58
128 UTEP 0-10 -.248 -.320 129 .87 59 .74 129 3.12 119 -.07 116
129 Rice 1-9 -.269 -.319 128 .48 96 1.39 121 3.83 130 -.06 107
130 San Jose State 0-10 -.307 -.386 130 .37 110 .69 130 3.72 129 -.10 122