Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS 2017

Updated through 11/18 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 .278 .216 9 1.24 34 2.77 26 1.01 5 .00 57
2 Auburn 8-2 .271 .266 6 1.47 19 2.95 14 .71 1 .06 24
3 Georgia 9-1 .262 .275 5 1.34 26 3.49 4 .88 2 -.01 65
4 Oklahoma 10-1 .256 .210 11 1.50 15 4.07 1 2.28 69 -.03 84
5 Alabama 10-0 .250 .345 1 .54 93 3.42 5 .96 4 .08 16
6 Miami 9-0 .242 .152 15 .67 82 2.86 21 1.05 6 -.03 90
7 Wisconsin 11-0 .231 .244 8 .56 92 2.68 34 .88 3 .05 28
8 Notre Dame 9-2 .225 .197 12 1.57 11 3.29 8 1.42 17 .00 64
9 Penn State 9-2 .217 .256 7 1.05 51 3.28 9 1.42 18 .10 9
10 TCU 8-2 .215 .176 13 1.60 8 2.48 40 1.38 14 .17 2
11 Ohio State 9-2 .205 .308 3 1.09 46 3.72 2 1.35 11 .04 35
12 Central Florida 9-0 .194 .312 2 .33 116 3.12 13 1.28 9 .08 17
13 Washington 8-2 .190 .276 4 .51 98 3.18 11 1.34 10 .04 34
14 Oklahoma State 8-3 .187 .162 14 1.41 21 3.66 3 2.12 56 -.10 124
15 Iowa State 6-4 .173 .094 28 1.50 16 2.59 37 1.73 29 .03 36
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
16 Iowa 6-5 .157 .059 41 1.65 7 2.41 47 1.41 16 .00 58
17 Mississippi State 7-3 .147 .149 17 1.78 3 2.88 20 1.43 19 .03 38
18 USC 10-2 .144 .089 30 1.22 36 2.95 15 2.04 49 .01 54
19 Stanford 8-3 .139 .117 22 .98 59 2.91 17 2.21 63 .09 12
20 Washington State 8-2 .129 .088 31 .70 81 1.96 87 1.14 7 -.07 112
21 Boise State 9-2 .125 .149 16 .44 105 2.68 33 1.91 40 .09 13
22 North Carolina State 6-4 .121 .031 55 1.52 14 2.70 30 2.05 52 -.07 117
23 Purdue 5-6 .112 .062 40 1.17 40 2.23 57 1.59 23 -.03 86
24 Virginia Tech 7-3 .112 .134 19 1.38 23 2.17 62 1.36 12 .11 6
25 Michigan 8-3 .111 .114 23 1.29 29 2.24 55 1.37 13 .03 41
26 Wake Forest 6-4 .108 .033 53 1.67 6 2.75 28 2.05 51 -.03 83
27 Texas 6-5 .102 .064 39 1.89 2 1.65 113 1.21 8 .00 61
28 Florida Atlantic 7-3 .101 .133 20 .67 83 3.22 10 2.54 92 .11 7
29 Boston College 6-5 .100 .039 51 1.55 12 2.12 72 1.48 20 .06 25
30 LSU 7-3 .098 .069 37 1.35 25 2.68 32 1.82 30 -.02 74
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
31 Louisville 6-4 .084 .086 33 1.17 39 3.16 12 2.48 85 -.01 72
32 Memphis 8-1 .083 .102 27 .63 88 2.71 29 2.04 50 .08 20
33 Toledo 8-2 .077 .137 18 .77 75 2.91 16 2.33 74 .09 15
34 West Virginia 6-4 .075 .044 49 1.20 37 2.67 35 2.22 65 -.04 103
35 Houston 6-4 .075 .074 35 .43 106 2.03 79 1.64 25 .01 51
36 Navy 6-4 .071 .031 54 1.08 47 2.82 23 2.44 81 -.01 66
37 Arizona State 6-5 .070 .016 61 .89 64 2.46 42 2.13 57 -.01 69
38 Kansas State 5-5 .065 .037 52 1.31 27 2.03 78 2.01 46 .17 1
39 Arizona 6-4 .064 .073 36 .63 87 3.39 7 2.90 111 -.05 105
40 Northwestern 8-3 .061 .055 45 1.16 42 2.14 66 1.73 28 .05 30
41 Northern Illinois 7-3 .060 .083 34 .45 103 1.86 100 1.41 15 -.06 110
42 Michigan State 8-3 .057 .000 71 1.50 17 1.98 84 1.57 22 -.03 91
43 South Florida 8-1 .054 .211 10 .18 127 2.36 49 1.63 24 .00 55
44 Georgia Tech 4-5 .054 .017 60 1.49 18 2.79 24 2.17 61 -.11 125
45 Troy 7-2 .052 .086 32 .44 104 2.17 63 1.84 33 -.03 81
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
46 South Carolina 7-3 .052 .054 46 .93 62 2.23 56 1.86 34 .04 32
47 Florida State 3-6 .051 -.062 92 2.01 1 1.91 92 1.66 26 -.03 89
48 Ohio 7-3 .049 .118 21 .40 110 2.53 38 2.21 64 .01 53
49 San Diego State 8-2 .047 .108 24 .45 102 2.15 64 1.88 36 .08 18
50 Utah 4-6 .043 .015 62 1.12 43 1.87 97 1.82 32 .10 11
51 Army 7-3 .035 .103 26 .57 91 3.39 6 2.92 112 .02 44
52 Texas A&M 6-4 .034 .024 57 1.07 49 2.22 58 1.72 27 .03 42
53 Eastern Michigan 4-7 .033 .024 58 .53 95 1.88 94 1.82 31 -.03 92
54 Western Michigan 5-5 .030 .051 47 .65 85 2.09 75 2.38 76 .15 4
55 Duke 4-6 .027 .013 65 .79 74 2.12 73 1.94 41 -.03 79
56 Texas Tech 4-6 .026 -.017 74 1.59 9 2.60 36 2.48 84 -.06 108
57 Oregon 5-5 .024 .004 69 1.03 53 2.37 48 2.05 53 -.04 102
58 Indiana 4-6 .015 .006 67 1.26 32 2.12 71 1.86 35 .00 56
59 SMU 5-5 .015 .012 66 1.09 45 2.90 19 2.71 98 -.03 87
60 UCLA 5-6 .015 -.037 85 1.31 28 2.82 22 2.55 93 -.03 94
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
61 Buffalo 4-6 .010 .017 59 .33 117 2.20 59 2.46 82 -.01 68
62 Kentucky 6-4 .008 -.004 73 1.05 50 2.27 53 2.43 80 .15 5
63 Marshall 7-4 .008 .092 29 .49 99 1.79 105 2.02 47 .16 3
64 Syracuse 3-7 .005 -.069 93 1.68 5 2.13 67 2.42 79 .03 40
65 Tulane 4-6 .004 -.024 77 1.00 58 2.13 68 2.14 59 -.01 73
66 Arkansas State 5-3 -.002 .104 25 .13 129 1.91 91 2.07 54 .10 10
67 Virginia 5-5 -.007 -.032 82 1.07 48 1.97 86 2.01 45 .00 63
68 Colorado 4-6 -.009 -.019 75 .83 70 2.32 50 2.41 77 .09 14
69 Wyoming 6-4 -.011 .056 44 .58 90 1.62 114 1.54 21 .06 26
70 UTSA 5-4 -.012 .067 38 .10 130 1.72 110 1.97 42 -.02 75
71 California 4-6 -.015 -.037 88 1.03 55 2.02 81 2.15 60 -.02 78
72 Minnesota 5-6 -.018 .015 63 .87 67 2.06 77 2.22 66 .07 22
73 Central Michigan 6-4 -.019 .005 68 .51 97 1.81 104 2.14 58 -.03 95
74 Appalachian State 5-4 -.023 .015 64 .76 78 2.01 82 1.99 43 -.07 116
75 Temple 4-6 -.024 -.040 89 1.01 57 1.88 95 1.89 38 .05 29
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
76 Florida 4-6 -.025 -.033 83 .94 61 2.01 83 2.00 44 -.05 106
77 Missouri 5-5 -.025 .042 50 1.24 35 2.90 18 2.32 73 .02 45
78 Southern Mississippi 6-4 -.028 .057 43 .14 128 1.83 103 2.04 48 .01 49
79 Miami (OH) 3-7 -.032 -.037 87 .73 80 1.96 88 2.38 75 -.04 98
80 Pittsburgh 3-7 -.051 -.076 95 1.19 38 2.13 69 2.53 91 .02 48
81 Fresno State 7-3 -.055 .057 42 1.11 44 2.07 76 1.90 39 -.03 82
82 Massachusetts 3-7 -.056 -.026 78 .40 111 1.89 93 2.29 70 -.12 126
83 Maryland 3-7 -.061 -.143 109 1.58 10 2.25 54 2.75 99 .04 33
84 North Texas 7-3 -.063 -.034 84 .62 89 2.75 27 3.02 114 -.04 96
85 Colorado State 6-5 -.063 .029 56 .79 73 2.70 31 2.81 103 -.03 93
86 Mississippi 4-6 -.064 -.040 90 1.41 20 2.51 39 2.80 102 .07 21
87 Tennessee 3-7 -.065 -.127 106 1.25 33 1.72 109 2.08 55 -.03 85
88 Baylor 1-9 -.066 -.134 107 1.28 30 1.67 112 2.47 83 .03 39
89 Utah State 5-5 -.070 .044 48 .84 69 1.62 115 1.89 37 .11 8
90 Louisiana Tech 4-6 -.070 -.022 76 .38 114 2.10 74 2.64 97 -.05 104
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
91 Louisiana Monroe 4-6 -.076 -.047 91 .84 68 2.77 25 3.39 125 .02 46
92 Arkansas 3-7 -.076 -.148 111 1.71 4 2.41 46 2.89 109 .01 50
93 Nebraska 4-7 -.076 -.096 100 1.39 22 2.45 43 2.85 104 .05 27
94 Akron 5-5 -.077 -.086 98 1.02 56 1.87 96 2.21 62 -.07 111
95 Tulsa 2-9 -.088 -.113 104 .90 63 2.29 51 3.02 115 -.01 71
96 UAB 6-4 -.094 -.003 72 .18 126 2.12 70 2.23 67 -.18 130
97 Air Force 3-7 -.094 -.106 103 .64 86 2.44 45 3.09 118 -.06 109
98 Florida International 5-4 -.095 -.069 94 .66 84 2.02 80 2.78 100 .05 31
99 New Mexico State 4-6 -.095 -.029 81 .26 120 2.14 65 2.86 106 -.09 121
100 North Carolina 2-8 -.097 -.135 108 1.03 54 1.71 111 2.50 87 .02 47
101 Western Kentucky 5-5 -.097 .003 70 .21 122 1.86 99 2.60 94 -.04 100
102 Coastal Carolina 2-8 -.101 -.084 97 .19 125 1.98 85 2.89 108 -.01 67
103 UNLV 5-5 -.108 -.037 86 .52 96 2.48 41 3.03 117 .00 59
104 Middle Tennessee 5-6 -.112 -.026 79 .34 115 1.62 116 2.28 68 .00 60
105 Vanderbilt 3-7 -.123 -.149 112 .96 60 2.18 61 2.63 96 -.14 128
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
106 Idaho 2-7 -.124 -.102 102 .27 119 1.46 118 2.53 90 -.10 122
107 Nevada 2-8 -.124 -.096 99 .75 79 2.28 52 3.00 113 -.07 113
108 Rutgers 3-7 -.125 -.156 114 1.28 31 1.60 117 2.30 71 -.03 88
109 BYU 2-9 -.125 -.115 105 .88 65 1.37 122 2.41 78 .01 52
110 Cincinnati 2-8 -.127 -.189 118 .76 77 1.94 89 3.03 116 -.10 123
111 Bowling Green 2-8 -.130 -.161 115 .47 100 1.92 90 3.10 119 .06 23
112 Old Dominion 4-6 -.136 -.099 101 .40 109 1.36 123 2.53 89 .03 43
113 Georgia Southern 1-8 -.137 -.152 113 .88 66 1.72 108 2.86 107 .03 37
114 Georgia State 6-2 -.138 -.027 80 .54 94 1.84 101 2.30 72 -.04 101
115 Louisiana Lafayette 4-5 -.139 -.082 96 .20 124 2.19 60 2.90 110 -.08 118
116 Oregon State 0-10 -.147 -.254 124 1.04 52 1.84 102 3.43 126 .00 62
117 Texas State 1-9 -.155 -.170 116 .20 123 1.40 119 2.51 88 -.16 129
118 South Alabama 3-7 -.166 -.146 110 .39 112 1.06 127 2.48 86 .08 19
119 New Mexico 2-8 -.171 -.177 117 .41 107 1.35 124 2.79 101 -.01 70
120 Illinois 2-9 -.172 -.194 119 1.36 24 1.25 125 2.61 95 -.02 76
Rk Team Rec FEI GE Rk SOS Rk OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk
121 Kansas 0-10 -.197 -.320 129 1.52 13 1.39 121 3.36 124 -.09 120
122 Connecticut 2-8 -.199 -.231 122 .76 76 1.74 106 3.16 120 -.04 99
123 Ball State 1-9 -.207 -.256 125 .38 113 1.73 107 3.30 123 -.13 127
124 East Carolina 3-7 -.211 -.203 121 .81 71 2.45 44 3.67 127 -.03 80
125 Kent State 1-9 -.215 -.298 127 1.17 41 .95 128 2.86 105 -.04 97
126 Hawaii 2-8 -.218 -.196 120 .22 121 1.86 98 3.76 129 -.07 115
127 Charlotte 1-9 -.229 -.251 123 .30 118 1.08 126 3.18 122 -.02 77
128 UTEP 0-11 -.244 -.317 128 .80 72 .83 129 3.17 121 -.07 114
129 Rice 1-10 -.252 -.289 126 .46 101 1.40 120 3.77 130 -.05 107
130 San Jose State 0-11 -.301 -.389 130 .41 108 .70 130 3.73 128 -.09 119