Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS 2014

through results of 1/12/2015

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 and playoff 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.
  • 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 GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
1 Oregon 12-2 .330 .262 3 .034 3 12.1 .747 3 -.441 14 1.435 17 .550 7
2 Ohio State 14-1 .308 .272 2 .046 7 13.0 .648 7 -.600 7 1.237 22 .561 5
3 Alabama 11-2 .303 .191 8 .043 6 10.7 .655 5 -.599 8 -.482 88 .493 75
4 Georgia Tech 10-3 .281 .159 10 .071 20 10.7 .999 1 -.113 51 .959 31 .540 14
5 Georgia 9-3 .275 .216 5 .085 28 9.7 .609 9 -.429 15 1.949 9 .585 1
6 TCU 11-1 .252 .250 4 .258 65 10.5 .337 22 -.644 4 2.015 8 .574 2
7 Florida State 12-1 .227 .083 29 .053 10 9.6 .643 8 -.301 28 .376 50 .480 100
8 UCLA 10-3 .220 .061 39 .054 12 9.1 .648 6 -.147 47 .508 45 .496 69
9 USC 9-4 .215 .126 19 .072 23 9.5 .319 26 -.391 20 .506 46 .508 44
10 Baylor 10-2 .202 .206 6 .267 67 9.8 .543 11 -.231 38 .552 44 .549 8
11 Mississippi 8-4 .199 .113 23 .068 19 8.1 .139 46 -.700 3 .249 59 .518 32
12 Auburn 7-5 .198 .068 35 .027 2 7.6 .757 2 -.167 45 -.234 76 .501 62
13 Arizona State 9-3 .197 .067 37 .118 41 8.4 .372 16 -.356 22 .738 38 .529 22
14 Clemson 9-3 .197 .128 18 .054 11 8.3 -.005 61 -.928 1 -1.118 103 .507 47
15 Michigan State 10-2 .188 .200 7 .073 24 8.9 .399 14 -.212 40 1.432 18 .545 10
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
16 Utah 8-4 .187 .055 41 .056 14 7.7 -.056 69 -.519 12 2.470 5 .541 12
17 Mississippi State 9-3 .186 .168 9 .053 9 8.3 .345 20 -.406 17 .468 47 .523 28
18 Stanford 7-5 .183 .128 17 .039 4 7.7 .150 44 -.537 11 -.316 79 .513 35
19 Arizona 10-4 .182 .061 40 .017 1 9.0 .329 23 -.304 27 -.052 69 .527 23
20 Missouri 10-3 .171 .090 27 .084 26 8.9 .134 48 -.455 13 .803 35 .497 66
21 Arkansas 6-6 .167 .104 24 .057 15 7.4 .316 28 -.393 19 -.440 87 .534 18
22 Louisville 8-4 .159 .072 32 .108 36 7.9 .084 51 -.601 6 -.601 91 .469 110
23 Virginia Tech 6-6 .141 .028 61 .087 29 7.5 -.246 93 -.718 2 .577 42 .493 76
24 Wisconsin 10-3 .138 .153 11 .165 52 9.2 .275 33 -.352 23 -.431 86 .488 84
25 Kansas State 8-4 .131 .142 15 .106 34 7.7 .385 15 -.002 63 2.649 4 .543 11
26 Duke 8-4 .130 .099 25 .152 46 8.2 .212 37 -.261 33 3.534 1 .546 9
27 LSU 7-5 .128 .068 34 .072 22 6.6 .151 43 -.394 18 1.534 13 .532 20
28 Boston College 6-6 .126 .037 57 .160 51 7.3 .358 17 -.124 50 .578 41 .505 54
29 Nebraska 8-4 .125 .121 21 .226 63 8.2 .189 41 -.184 43 2.267 6 .556 6
30 Marshall 12-1 .119 .275 1 .812 124 11.8 .210 39 -.167 44 1.632 10 .520 29
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
31 Boise State 12-2 .119 .145 14 .353 78 10.7 .169 42 -.310 26 -.205 75 .518 31
32 Oklahoma 8-5 .117 .125 20 .180 57 8.6 .354 18 -.134 49 1.191 23 .512 37
33 Florida 6-5 .109 .047 47 .055 13 5.9 -.250 97 -.605 5 1.150 24 .539 15
34 Tennessee 6-6 .108 .049 45 .065 17 6.6 -.036 64 -.317 25 1.475 15 .533 19
35 Virginia 4-7 .107 .004 70 .066 18 5.3 -.046 68 -.549 10 .097 63 .508 43
36 South Carolina 6-6 .104 .021 64 .120 42 6.7 .661 4 .462 117 .774 37 .498 63
37 Miami 5-7 .103 .053 43 .072 21 5.9 .319 27 -.263 32 -.712 92 .476 105
38 Notre Dame 8-5 .096 .054 42 .109 37 7.3 .342 21 -.108 54 .261 58 .508 45
39 Minnesota 7-5 .095 .044 53 .101 31 7.0 .116 50 -.189 42 1.539 12 .537 16
40 Memphis 9-3 .092 .150 13 .284 70 8.7 -.114 77 -.227 39 3.177 2 .565 3
41 Pittsburgh 5-7 .089 .013 68 .204 62 6.9 .588 10 .282 99 .220 61 .510 38
42 Washington 7-6 .079 .070 33 .074 25 7.3 -.254 98 -.423 16 1.304 21 .541 13
43 Colorado State 9-3 .078 .119 22 .326 73 8.1 .323 25 .076 69 1.045 27 .497 68
44 West Virginia 6-6 .076 .025 62 .158 49 6.6 -.006 62 -.258 35 .223 60 .479 102
45 BYU 7-5 .056 .045 52 .473 95 7.4 .197 40 -.040 59 .661 40 .498 65
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
46 Penn State 7-6 .051 .039 56 .279 68 8.0 -.295 101 -.560 9 -1.722 116 .483 97
47 Air Force 9-3 .051 .085 28 .662 116 8.5 -.126 79 -.299 29 1.514 14 .509 40
48 Texas A&M 7-5 .043 -.017 74 .046 8 4.8 .327 24 .201 86 .897 33 .490 79
49 East Carolina 7-5 .038 .077 30 .418 86 7.7 .219 36 .000 64 -1.592 112 .509 42
50 Louisiana Tech 9-4 .033 .151 12 .332 75 8.7 -.266 100 -.294 30 .068 65 .561 4
51 California 4-7 .026 -.056 87 .085 27 3.8 .287 32 .190 85 -.137 72 .490 80
52 Navy 7-5 .026 .046 50 .281 69 7.4 .448 12 .227 91 -1.616 113 .452 119
53 Central Florida 8-4 .025 .077 31 .456 92 7.5 -.094 73 -.249 37 -.173 74 .503 60
54 Iowa 6-6 .023 .017 66 .407 84 6.3 .060 53 -.109 53 -1.174 104 .486 90
55 North Carolina State 7-5 .018 .032 59 .153 48 5.6 .212 38 .083 70 .856 34 .492 77
56 Nevada 6-6 .017 .028 60 .397 82 6.8 .017 58 .190 84 1.007 29 .531 21
57 Northwestern 4-7 .017 -.033 77 .396 81 5.2 -.134 81 -.258 36 -1.467 110 .479 101
58 Western Michigan 7-5 .016 .093 26 .594 110 8.2 .046 54 -.074 57 .092 64 .474 107
59 Houston 7-5 .010 .052 44 .538 99 7.7 -.039 65 .020 65 -.850 96 .505 52
60 Utah State 9-4 .009 .067 36 .398 83 7.7 -.225 90 -.324 24 -.827 94 .507 46
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
61 Cincinnati 9-4 .001 .046 49 .177 55 7.0 .314 29 .202 87 .974 30 .484 96
62 Oregon State 4-7 -.009 -.079 94 .089 30 3.5 .135 47 .176 81 -.074 70 .475 106
63 Western Kentucky 8-5 -.011 .048 46 .559 103 8.4 .348 19 .371 108 -1.588 111 .503 58
64 Washington State 2-9 -.017 -.136 109 .062 16 2.7 .221 35 .269 98 -4.699 127 .429 125
65 Maryland 6-6 -.017 -.053 85 .168 53 4.4 .062 52 .075 68 2.170 7 .488 83
66 Temple 5-6 -.019 .015 67 .625 111 5.5 -.458 117 -.289 31 1.093 26 .526 24
67 Michigan 5-7 -.019 -.026 75 .114 38 5.0 -.135 82 -.193 41 -.005 67 .488 82
68 Toledo 8-4 -.021 .062 38 .636 113 7.5 .301 31 .339 104 .324 55 .497 67
69 San Diego State 6-6 -.025 .040 55 .567 104 6.7 -.311 102 -.102 55 1.426 19 .523 27
70 Georgia Southern 8-3 -.026 .129 16 .327 74 7.1 .149 45 .208 88 -.330 80 .535 17
71 North Carolina 5-7 -.030 -.128 108 .108 35 3.0 .304 30 .439 114 -1.435 109 .513 34
72 Syracuse 2-9 -.033 -.106 103 .197 61 3.1 -.400 113 -.258 34 -1.238 105 .484 95
73 Texas 6-7 -.034 -.029 76 .172 54 4.7 -.361 108 -.384 21 -1.708 114 .459 115
74 Colorado 2-10 -.046 -.105 102 .041 5 3.0 .044 56 .248 95 -.428 85 .454 117
75 Oklahoma State 6-6 -.046 -.052 84 .102 32 4.2 -.084 70 .153 77 1.592 11 .495 72
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
76 Kentucky 4-7 -.049 -.056 86 .104 33 3.3 -.100 75 .176 82 -1.265 107 .498 64
77 Rutgers 7-5 -.055 -.046 80 .115 39 3.7 -.042 66 .047 67 .063 66 .477 103
78 UAB 5-6 -.057 -.007 72 .348 76 5.4 -.226 91 .160 78 3.102 3 .510 39
79 Northern Illinois 10-3 -.058 .047 48 .441 89 6.8 -.024 63 .264 97 .341 53 .507 48
80 Purdue 2-9 -.061 -.120 106 .355 79 3.2 -.219 89 -.026 60 -.235 77 .480 99
81 Illinois 5-7 -.062 -.093 98 .123 43 3.5 -.045 67 .217 89 .351 51 .495 73
82 Central Michigan 6-6 -.064 .041 54 .801 123 6.7 .016 59 .150 76 -1.911 119 .461 113
83 Indiana 3-8 -.065 -.088 96 .149 45 3.9 -.231 92 .101 73 -.523 89 .486 91
84 Arkansas State 6-6 -.068 .046 51 .548 101 6.7 .032 57 .262 96 -.144 73 .518 30
85 Ball State 4-6 -.077 .006 69 .783 122 5.3 -.250 95 .235 92 .910 32 .526 25
86 Wake Forest 2-9 -.080 -.144 114 .158 50 2.7 -.449 115 -.112 52 1.400 20 .481 98
87 Texas Tech 3-8 -.082 -.105 101 .186 60 3.1 .245 34 .425 112 -.404 84 .467 112
88 Iowa State 2-9 -.093 -.165 119 .263 66 2.8 .044 55 .393 111 .155 62 .495 71
89 Hawaii 3-9 -.096 -.069 92 .671 118 5.0 -.354 107 .187 83 .776 36 .503 57
90 Tulane 2-9 -.097 -.142 112 .306 72 3.0 -.397 110 -.152 46 -4.371 126 .433 123
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
91 Florida International 3-7 -.097 -.049 81 .646 114 4.5 -.616 125 -.142 48 -.552 90 .487 87
92 Middle Tennessee 5-6 -.104 -.063 88 .457 93 4.2 -.248 94 .166 80 .279 56 .496 70
93 Louisiana Lafayette 8-4 -.107 .022 63 .409 85 5.7 -.092 72 .385 110 .335 54 .506 50
94 Texas State 6-5 -.126 -.003 71 .838 128 5.3 -.335 104 .247 94 1.103 25 .509 41
95 Fresno State 5-8 -.127 -.103 100 .178 56 4.0 -.330 103 .364 106 .566 43 .503 59
96 Rice 8-5 -.129 .018 65 .455 91 5.4 .006 60 .466 118 -.821 93 .506 49
97 New Mexico 4-8 -.130 -.095 99 .451 90 4.3 .119 49 .540 123 -.392 83 .503 55
98 Akron 4-7 -.134 -.052 83 .590 109 4.8 -.578 123 -.008 61 .408 49 .524 26
99 Florida Atlantic 3-9 -.135 -.079 95 .185 59 4.5 -.255 99 .333 103 .412 48 .513 33
100 Buffalo 3-6 -.136 -.045 79 .693 119 4.4 -.090 71 .375 109 -1.828 118 .485 93
101 South Alabama 6-7 -.139 -.039 78 .544 100 5.4 -.611 124 -.055 58 -.029 68 .487 86
102 Louisiana Monroe 4-8 -.139 -.067 91 .580 106 4.8 -.539 122 -.005 62 -.391 82 .485 92
103 Kansas 2-9 -.140 -.176 122 .152 47 1.9 -.472 118 -.085 56 -3.157 121 .470 109
104 UTSA 4-8 -.143 -.073 93 .587 107 4.4 -.622 126 .034 66 1.016 28 .493 74
105 Tulsa 2-10 -.147 -.141 111 .474 96 3.5 -.147 83 .482 122 -.295 78 .487 89
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
106 Connecticut 1-10 -.150 -.158 115 .577 105 3.2 -.480 119 .088 71 -.982 101 .458 116
107 Miami (OH) 2-9 -.150 -.115 104 .725 121 3.6 -.154 85 .467 119 -.864 97 .476 104
108 San Jose State 2-9 -.155 -.162 117 .377 80 2.5 -.354 106 .111 74 -3.916 124 .437 122
109 UTEP 7-6 -.155 -.015 73 .555 102 5.0 -.338 105 .093 72 -.967 100 .489 81
110 Kent State 2-9 -.156 -.121 107 .239 64 4.2 -.400 112 .163 79 -.912 99 .505 53
111 Appalachian State 6-4 -.156 .033 58 .829 126 4.5 -.162 86 .293 100 -5.573 128 .460 114
112 Bowling Green 7-6 -.156 -.050 82 .587 108 4.3 -.208 87 .449 116 .264 57 .491 78
113 UNLV 1-11 -.156 -.176 121 .435 88 2.8 -.152 84 .612 125 .347 52 .512 36
114 Army 3-7 -.159 -.115 105 .532 98 2.9 -.210 88 .366 107 -.339 81 .506 51
115 Massachusetts 3-9 -.160 -.065 89 .668 117 4.5 -.122 78 .479 121 -1.828 117 .487 85
116 Old Dominion 5-6 -.167 -.092 97 .702 120 3.6 .447 13 .859 128 -3.453 122 .450 120
117 Ohio 5-6 -.172 -.066 90 .632 112 3.5 -.485 120 .220 90 -.842 95 .501 61
118 Wyoming 3-8 -.176 -.173 120 .127 44 2.2 -.108 76 .332 102 -4.096 125 .424 126
119 Idaho 1-10 -.184 -.140 110 .816 125 3.8 -.132 80 .676 126 1.474 16 .503 56
120 South Florida 3-8 -.186 -.160 116 .498 97 2.3 -.453 116 .247 93 -1.253 106 .484 94
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
121 Vanderbilt 2-9 -.190 -.214 125 .117 40 1.5 -.533 121 .126 75 -.128 71 .468 111
122 Southern Mississippi 2-9 -.190 -.192 124 .184 58 2.7 -.384 109 .348 105 -1.316 108 .443 121
123 New Mexico State 1-10 -.213 -.181 123 .655 115 3.5 -.250 96 .441 115 -3.806 123 .453 118
124 North Texas 3-8 -.220 -.143 113 .831 127 2.9 -.419 114 .467 120 .692 39 .473 108
125 SMU 1-11 -.255 -.304 127 .294 71 1.4 -.711 128 .311 101 -1.045 102 .433 124
126 Troy 3-8 -.256 -.165 118 .349 77 2.4 -.398 111 .561 124 -.889 98 .487 88
127 Georgia State 0-11 -.263 -.279 126 .459 94 1.9 -.098 74 .716 127 -1.716 115 .423 127
128 Eastern Michigan 1-10 -.321 -.356 128 .427 87 .8 -.665 127 .437 113 -2.847 120 .423 128