Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS 2015

Updated projections as of 8/30/2015

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. Unadjusted game efficiency (GE) is a measure of net success on non-garbage possessions, and opponent adjustments are calculated with special emphasis placed on quality performances against good teams, win or lose. Other definitions:

  • SOS: Strength of Schedule, measured as the likelihood of an elite team going undefeated against the given team's regular season schedule. Schedule strength data based on FEI ratings and calculated across other dimensions can be explored in this interactive visualization.
  • FBS MW: Mean Wins, the average number of games a team with the given FEI rating would be expected to win against its regular season schedule of FBS opponents.

Preseason projections are a function of program strength and trajectory as well as transition factors including returning starters and recruiting success. The weight given to preseason projections is reduced in the FEI formula over the first half of the season until it is eliminated entirely following the results of Week 7.

Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI SOS Rk
FBS
MW
1 Ohio State 0-0 .279 .451 73 11.4
2 Alabama 0-0 .265 .110 5 9.2
3 Oregon 0-0 .246 .205 30 9.5
4 Baylor 0-0 .235 .337 59 9.7
5 Georgia 0-0 .206 .210 31 8.6
6 Michigan State 0-0 .196 .143 14 9.8
7 Florida State 0-0 .189 .392 70 9.3
8 TCU 0-0 .186 .286 47 8.7
9 LSU 0-0 .180 .115 6 7.7
10 UCLA 0-0 .180 .265 43 9.4
11 Mississippi 0-0 .178 .138 13 8.0
12 Arizona State 0-0 .170 .189 27 8.0
13 USC 0-0 .166 .118 9 8.4
14 Georgia Tech 0-0 .166 .187 25 7.6
15 Notre Dame 0-0 .163 .293 49 9.2
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI SOS Rk
FBS
MW
16 Boise State 0-0 .161 .640 106 9.8
17 Missouri 0-0 .158 .299 53 8.2
18 Stanford 0-0 .151 .245 40 8.6
19 Oklahoma 0-0 .141 .203 29 8.7
20 Clemson 0-0 .141 .325 58 7.7
21 Wisconsin 0-0 .138 .366 66 9.9
22 South Carolina 0-0 .134 .183 24 6.9
23 Virginia Tech 0-0 .134 .285 46 7.8
24 Auburn 0-0 .132 .133 11 6.3
25 Texas A&M 0-0 .131 .100 3 6.0
26 Kansas State 0-0 .120 .342 61 7.7
27 Mississippi State 0-0 .117 .115 7 6.2
28 Arkansas 0-0 .110 .085 1 5.7
29 Utah 0-0 .102 .149 18 7.2
30 Arizona 0-0 .095 .244 39 6.7
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI SOS Rk
FBS
MW
31 Nebraska 0-0 .088 .474 80 8.5
32 Oklahoma State 0-0 .088 .348 62 6.9
33 BYU 0-0 .088 .280 45 6.6
34 Louisville 0-0 .087 .372 67 7.2
35 Tennessee 0-0 .083 .125 10 5.9
36 Marshall 0-0 .065 .813 126 9.2
37 Penn State 0-0 .061 .159 20 8.0
38 Michigan 0-0 .058 .261 42 6.9
39 Duke 0-0 .057 .486 81 6.9
40 Utah State 0-0 .057 .551 92 7.2
41 Pittsburgh 0-0 .051 .303 54 5.7
42 West Virginia 0-0 .051 .148 17 5.9
43 Northern Illinois 0-0 .042 .298 51 7.8
44 Miami 0-0 .039 .250 41 4.5
45 Western Kentucky 0-0 .037 .600 103 8.6
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI SOS Rk
FBS
MW
46 Central Florida 0-0 .036 .457 75 6.7
47 Florida 0-0 .035 .099 2 5.3
48 Toledo 0-0 .034 .661 110 7.5
49 Temple 0-0 .034 .653 109 8.2
50 North Carolina 0-0 .029 .339 60 4.7
51 Ball State 0-0 .029 .583 100 7.3
52 Minnesota 0-0 .022 .181 23 5.8
53 Texas Tech 0-0 .016 .202 28 4.6
54 Northwestern 0-0 .016 .374 68 4.9
55 Iowa 0-0 .014 .555 94 6.5
56 Cincinnati 0-0 .013 .642 107 6.5
57 North Carolina State 0-0 .010 .361 64 5.9
58 Georgia Southern 0-0 .006 .461 76 7.5
59 Navy 0-0 .002 .592 101 7.1
60 Washington 0-0 .001 .147 16 3.3
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI SOS Rk
FBS
MW
61 East Carolina 0-0 .001 .562 95 5.6
62 Louisiana Tech 0-0 .000 .552 93 7.2
63 Texas 0-0 -.001 .115 8 4.8
64 Colorado State 0-0 -.001 .662 111 7.2
65 Virginia 0-0 -.006 .220 34 3.0
66 Memphis 0-0 -.007 .647 108 6.4
67 Western Michigan 0-0 -.007 .215 32 5.6
68 California 0-0 -.008 .108 4 3.3
69 San Diego State 0-0 -.010 .713 118 6.7
70 Houston 0-0 -.010 .706 117 6.4
71 Appalachian State 0-0 -.012 .700 115 7.8
72 Arkansas State 0-0 -.020 .497 82 6.5
73 Washington State 0-0 -.023 .145 15 4.1
74 Boston College 0-0 -.027 .293 48 3.0
75 Nevada 0-0 -.031 .567 96 6.1
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI SOS Rk
FBS
MW
76 Vanderbilt 0-0 -.039 .221 36 2.6
77 Bowling Green 0-0 -.044 .704 116 5.9
78 Middle Tennessee 0-0 -.046 .304 56 5.6
79 Tulsa 0-0 -.047 .578 98 5.7
80 Kent State 0-0 -.056 .746 122 5.8
81 Oregon State 0-0 -.056 .165 22 2.9
82 Illinois 0-0 -.060 .294 50 2.9
83 Maryland 0-0 -.062 .136 12 3.5
84 Iowa State 0-0 -.068 .187 26 2.5
85 Kentucky 0-0 -.069 .221 35 2.7
86 Air Force 0-0 -.070 .365 65 4.8
87 Tulane 0-0 -.074 .527 88 4.0
88 Indiana 0-0 -.078 .277 44 3.4
89 Purdue 0-0 -.079 .298 52 2.7
90 San Jose State 0-0 -.079 .549 91 4.2
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI SOS Rk
FBS
MW
91 Fresno State 0-0 -.081 .463 78 3.5
92 Wake Forest 0-0 -.082 .303 55 2.8
93 Louisiana Lafayette 0-0 -.084 .821 127 6.0
94 Ohio 0-0 -.087 .744 121 4.5
95 Rutgers 0-0 -.087 .239 38 3.2
96 Central Michigan 0-0 -.087 .452 74 4.0
97 Florida International 0-0 -.093 .692 114 4.4
98 Syracuse 0-0 -.093 .313 57 2.9
99 Louisiana Monroe 0-0 -.100 .217 33 4.6
100 Florida Atlantic 0-0 -.100 .740 120 4.8
101 Hawaii 0-0 -.105 .165 21 4.4
102 Connecticut 0-0 -.107 .463 77 3.0
103 Colorado 0-0 -.108 .158 19 2.0
104 Rice 0-0 -.109 .409 71 5.0
105 Texas State 0-0 -.113 .541 90 4.9
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI SOS Rk
FBS
MW
106 Massachusetts 0-0 -.123 .599 102 4.6
107 Buffalo 0-0 -.124 .772 124 3.9
108 Charlotte 0-0 -.134 .839 128 4.2
109 Old Dominion 0-0 -.143 .760 123 4.4
110 New Mexico 0-0 -.143 .433 72 3.0
111 South Alabama 0-0 -.144 .738 119 3.4
112 SMU 0-0 -.150 .383 69 2.4
113 Akron 0-0 -.150 .687 113 3.7
114 North Texas 0-0 -.156 .607 104 3.1
115 Army 0-0 -.156 .797 125 2.9
116 South Florida 0-0 -.160 .473 79 2.1
117 Wyoming 0-0 -.161 .528 89 3.0
118 Southern Mississippi 0-0 -.161 .612 105 3.5
119 UTEP 0-0 -.166 .677 112 3.4
120 UNLV 0-0 -.170 .503 84 1.7
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI SOS Rk
FBS
MW
121 New Mexico State 0-0 -.171 .510 85 3.8
122 Georgia State 0-0 -.173 .361 63 3.0
123 Miami (OH) 0-0 -.183 .573 97 2.6
124 Troy 0-0 -.185 .515 86 2.6
125 Idaho 0-0 -.193 .499 83 2.3
126 UTSA 0-0 -.197 .578 99 2.3
127 Kansas 0-0 -.214 .237 37 .6
128 Eastern Michigan 0-0 -.291 .520 87 1.2