Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS 2011

through games of 1/9/2012

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.
  • 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 FEI ratings and FEI splits for Offense, Defense and Special Teams can be found using the drop-down menus provided above. Program FEI (five-year weighted) ratings and other supplemental drive-based data can be found here.

Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS SOS
Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
1 LSU 12-1 .318 .270 4 .033 1 11.0 .391 17 -.747 2 2.830 6 .572 2
2 Oklahoma State 12-1 .311 .255 5 .120 26 11.5 .414 12 -.728 3 2.297 7 .558 5
3 Alabama 11-1 .306 .317 2 .091 16 10.4 .418 11 -.780 1 -.407 72 .528 19
4 Oklahoma 10-3 .240 .185 12 .062 7 10.2 .386 18 -.464 12 .861 43 .559 4
5 Wisconsin 10-3 .235 .300 3 .189 38 10.9 .745 2 -.139 49 .903 40 .531 17
6 Oregon 11-2 .232 .238 6 .102 20 10.6 .461 10 -.549 5 .955 39 .508 44
7 Stanford 11-2 .214 .234 8 .138 29 10.6 .505 6 -.446 13 -.077 63 .493 70
8 Boise State 12-1 .213 .329 1 .415 91 11.6 .308 23 -.357 21 3.771 1 .611 1
9 Michigan 11-2 .202 .203 11 .264 58 10.7 .472 9 -.414 16 .513 50 .523 26
10 USC 10-2 .193 .162 13 .207 42 9.5 .487 8 -.295 29 1.403 23 .524 23
11 Michigan State 10-3 .187 .129 16 .095 18 9.0 .150 41 -.542 6 1.610 19 .539 11
12 Florida State 8-4 .180 .140 15 .287 68 9.2 .052 54 -.510 10 3.590 2 .560 3
13 South Carolina 10-2 .178 .118 19 .284 67 9.4 .139 43 -.541 7 -3.159 112 .490 76
14 Arkansas 10-2 .176 .125 17 .042 3 8.2 .408 14 -.185 41 2.061 9 .532 16
15 Notre Dame 8-5 .171 .113 21 .122 27 8.9 .281 26 -.407 18 .455 53 .498 64
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS SOS
Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
16 Texas A&M 7-6 .170 .121 18 .087 14 8.9 .359 19 -.298 27 .554 48 .507 46
17 West Virginia 9-3 .170 .109 22 .154 32 8.6 .530 4 -.216 35 -1.109 83 .490 75
18 Kansas State 9-3 .163 .064 38 .068 9 7.7 .256 29 -.397 19 1.229 28 .528 21
19 Georgia 9-4 .152 .100 24 .112 22 8.8 .201 34 -.469 11 -.472 76 .498 63
20 Missouri 7-5 .150 .067 36 .072 11 7.5 .411 13 -.165 46 .327 56 .503 53
21 TCU 10-2 .143 .209 10 .377 84 9.7 .333 21 -.184 42 1.405 22 .538 13
22 Houston 12-1 .141 .236 7 .566 109 11.3 .498 7 -.085 55 -.577 78 .503 54
23 Cincinnati 9-3 .134 .107 23 .302 71 8.2 .297 25 -.289 30 1.616 18 .542 10
24 Rutgers 8-4 .129 .065 37 .347 77 8.3 .056 52 -.596 4 1.962 12 .519 31
25 Southern Mississippi 11-2 .121 .156 14 .546 107 10.6 -.082 72 -.375 20 1.565 20 .550 8
26 Miami 5-6 .121 .038 48 .266 59 7.0 .563 3 .121 71 1.219 29 .478 91
27 Virginia Tech 10-3 .117 .085 30 .354 79 8.9 .196 35 -.286 31 -.211 68 .504 52
28 Texas 8-5 .114 .071 34 .085 13 7.7 -.081 70 -.523 9 1.809 15 .501 57
29 Baylor 9-3 .111 .050 43 .071 10 6.8 .865 1 .244 86 -2.480 105 .482 88
30 Louisville 6-6 .111 .016 60 .248 55 7.6 .158 39 -.191 38 1.058 34 .517 33
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS SOS
Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
31 Nebraska 8-4 .110 .063 39 .147 31 7.3 .226 31 -.112 53 1.891 14 .525 22
32 Clemson 9-4 .091 .048 44 .195 39 7.5 .326 22 -.134 50 .978 37 .501 59
33 Toledo 8-4 .089 .100 25 .447 94 8.6 .174 37 -.003 59 .107 60 .523 25
34 South Florida 4-7 .089 .025 53 .216 47 5.9 .036 56 -.445 14 -1.309 86 .495 67
35 Ohio State 6-7 .089 .056 42 .165 36 7.6 -.037 65 -.357 22 1.103 33 .533 15
36 Pittsburgh 5-7 .086 .017 59 .215 45 6.6 -.040 66 -.321 24 1.256 26 .507 50
37 Iowa 6-6 .085 .033 52 .222 49 7.1 .127 45 -.172 44 .147 58 .492 71
38 Temple 8-4 .076 .211 9 .726 119 9.8 .030 57 -.158 47 2.974 5 .550 9
39 Penn State 8-4 .073 .010 64 .123 28 6.3 -.148 81 -.437 15 -.163 66 .513 37
40 Louisiana Tech 7-5 .068 .091 27 .417 92 7.9 -.113 78 -.220 34 1.149 31 .554 6
41 North Carolina 6-6 .063 .004 66 .279 65 6.1 .108 46 -.304 26 -1.345 89 .475 98
42 Arizona State 5-7 .060 .023 54 .212 43 6.9 .227 30 .018 63 1.129 32 .507 49
43 Georgia Tech 7-5 .060 .081 31 .409 90 7.2 .400 16 .010 61 -2.210 100 .484 82
44 Florida 6-6 .059 .044 45 .055 4 5.9 -.155 84 -.238 33 3.335 4 .502 55
45 Vanderbilt 5-7 .052 .042 47 .096 19 6.0 .148 42 -.145 48 -.420 73 .497 65
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS SOS
Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
46 BYU 9-3 .048 .089 28 .478 101 8.2 -.014 61 -.130 51 1.555 21 .515 35
47 Mississippi State 6-6 .046 .042 46 .082 12 5.9 -.191 88 -.297 28 .888 42 .511 38
48 Connecticut 4-7 .042 -.032 74 .271 61 5.2 -.209 91 -.325 23 1.301 24 .510 42
49 California 6-6 .038 .019 56 .180 37 6.4 -.037 64 -.175 43 .302 57 .482 84
50 North Carolina State 6-5 .038 .018 58 .298 70 5.3 .012 58 -.314 25 -1.531 92 .484 81
51 Northwestern 5-7 .030 .015 61 .258 56 6.1 .353 20 .242 85 -.258 69 .475 95
52 Tulsa 8-5 .027 .087 29 .116 24 7.3 .053 53 -.059 57 .538 49 .499 62
53 Northern Illinois 10-3 .024 .116 20 .442 93 9.0 .401 15 .286 89 -.348 71 .514 36
54 Utah 7-5 .017 .036 49 .350 78 6.4 -.425 107 -.412 17 1.269 25 .523 24
55 Wake Forest 5-7 .015 -.045 77 .338 76 5.0 .178 36 .012 62 -.598 79 .483 83
56 Virginia 7-5 .014 -.027 73 .314 74 5.9 .062 51 -.171 45 -2.359 104 .462 106
57 Tennessee 4-7 .014 -.018 69 .057 5 4.2 -.109 77 -.285 32 -1.956 96 .474 99
58 Ohio 9-4 .012 .077 32 .587 112 8.9 .069 49 .043 64 1.047 36 .511 40
59 Western Michigan 6-6 .008 .073 33 .363 81 6.9 .091 48 .336 95 2.266 8 .520 29
60 Iowa State 5-7 .006 -.095 94 .057 6 3.5 -.151 82 -.197 37 -.111 64 .490 74
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS SOS
Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
61 Illinois 6-6 .004 -.004 68 .386 88 6.0 -.435 108 -.530 8 -2.543 106 .452 111
62 Syracuse 4-7 .003 -.072 84 .212 44 3.7 -.015 62 -.188 39 -1.376 90 .482 86
63 Central Florida 4-7 .001 .059 40 .580 111 6.7 -.012 60 -.045 58 -.074 62 .517 34
64 Boston College 3-8 -.006 -.075 86 .238 52 3.9 -.260 95 -.187 40 .420 54 .536 14
65 Utah State 6-6 -.006 .035 50 .691 116 7.5 .266 27 .101 70 -4.089 119 .434 117
66 Auburn 7-5 -.011 -.041 76 .037 2 4.1 .096 47 .310 92 3.336 3 .552 7
67 Navy 4-7 -.018 .006 65 .279 64 5.4 .519 5 .523 115 -1.755 95 .509 43
68 Washington 6-6 -.026 -.022 72 .162 35 4.8 .306 24 .410 103 1.255 27 .482 85
69 Florida International 8-5 -.026 .070 35 .655 115 8.8 -.289 99 -.091 54 1.963 11 .507 48
70 SMU 7-5 -.028 .012 62 .216 46 5.3 -.103 76 .048 65 -.765 81 .475 97
71 Nevada 7-6 -.031 .059 41 .234 50 7.0 .174 38 .239 83 -3.168 113 .460 107
72 Duke 3-8 -.037 -.077 88 .304 73 3.4 .155 40 .355 99 .896 41 .522 27
73 Arkansas State 9-3 -.038 .098 26 .613 113 7.5 -.252 94 -.002 60 .960 38 .517 32
74 Arizona 3-8 -.045 -.079 89 .093 17 3.8 .257 28 .482 110 -2.768 109 .486 79
75 San Diego State 7-5 -.051 .034 51 .364 82 6.8 -.016 63 .053 66 -.321 70 .520 30
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS SOS
Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
76 Miami (OH) 4-8 -.055 -.018 70 .378 85 5.8 -.095 73 .096 69 -2.733 108 .481 89
77 Texas Tech 4-7 -.058 -.074 85 .089 15 3.2 .209 33 .555 116 .040 61 .476 94
78 Purdue 6-6 -.066 -.047 78 .196 40 4.4 -.177 86 .216 79 2.000 10 .529 18
79 Air Force 5-6 -.073 .012 63 .283 66 5.3 .211 32 .212 78 -1.460 91 .449 113
80 Louisiana Lafayette 8-4 -.073 .022 55 .276 62 6.4 -.098 74 .283 88 -.144 65 .501 58
81 Maryland 1-10 -.073 -.169 105 .240 53 2.1 -.102 75 .148 74 -2.300 102 .494 68
82 San Jose State 5-7 -.074 -.040 75 .388 89 5.3 -.436 109 -.065 56 1.798 16 .506 51
83 Hawaii 5-7 -.078 .000 67 .698 117 6.4 -.081 71 .421 105 1.154 30 .521 28
84 Fresno State 3-9 -.079 -.089 90 .460 96 4.6 .137 44 .466 107 -2.288 101 .478 92
85 Marshall 7-6 -.081 -.058 81 .244 54 4.4 -.285 98 .077 67 -.567 77 .496 66
86 Louisiana Monroe 3-8 -.083 -.021 71 .361 80 5.0 -.079 68 .134 72 -3.600 117 .454 110
87 Western Kentucky 7-4 -.085 .019 57 .269 60 5.8 -.270 96 .152 75 .733 45 .539 12
88 Kentucky 4-7 -.086 -.104 98 .107 21 3.2 -.450 110 -.116 52 .120 59 .475 96
89 Washington State 3-8 -.086 -.076 87 .330 75 4.0 .038 55 .312 93 -2.622 107 .464 105
90 Bowling Green 4-7 -.092 -.053 80 .508 104 4.1 -.154 83 .225 81 .652 47 .491 72
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS SOS
Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
91 Oregon State 3-8 -.097 -.126 100 .161 33 2.7 -.321 100 .148 73 .723 46 .508 45
92 East Carolina 5-7 -.106 -.060 82 .382 87 4.3 -.229 93 .084 68 -1.325 88 .429 118
93 UCLA 6-8 -.109 -.098 97 .115 23 3.4 .065 50 .483 111 -1.314 87 .499 60
94 Ball State 6-6 -.128 -.090 91 .303 72 3.8 -.119 79 .478 108 .767 44 .507 47
95 Central Michigan 2-9 -.129 -.136 104 .461 97 3.5 -.073 67 .360 100 -1.145 84 .466 103
96 Rice 4-8 -.131 -.098 96 .288 69 3.5 -.365 104 .314 94 1.650 17 .510 41
97 UTEP 4-7 -.133 -.065 83 .544 105 3.5 -.008 59 .643 119 .482 51 .499 61
98 Mississippi 1-10 -.143 -.219 112 .119 25 1.2 -.524 114 .174 77 1.936 13 .466 102
99 Eastern Michigan 4-6 -.144 -.091 92 .372 83 3.2 -.322 101 .233 82 -.178 67 .494 69
100 Buffalo 2-9 -.149 -.134 102 .572 110 3.0 -.203 90 .343 98 -2.348 103 .477 93
101 Wyoming 6-5 -.151 -.053 79 .381 86 3.3 -.215 92 .372 101 -2.035 97 .511 39
102 Kent State 4-7 -.155 -.097 95 .162 34 3.1 -.735 119 -.212 36 .473 52 .474 100
103 Colorado State 2-9 -.158 -.129 101 .475 100 4.3 -.329 103 .339 97 -1.020 82 .502 56
104 Minnesota 3-8 -.162 -.183 110 .140 30 1.7 -.188 87 .442 106 1.051 35 .491 73
105 Indiana 0-11 -.167 -.227 115 .218 48 2.0 -.080 69 .493 112 -1.224 85 .464 104
Rk Team FBS
Rec
FEI GE GE
Rk
SOS SOS
Rk
FBS
MW
OFEI Rk DFEI Rk STE Rk FPA Rk
106 Army 2-9 -.171 -.175 108 .545 106 2.2 -.194 89 .221 80 -3.720 118 .444 115
107 Idaho 1-10 -.174 -.172 106 .481 102 2.3 -.606 115 .257 87 -.683 80 .482 87
108 Colorado 3-10 -.179 -.213 111 .207 41 1.9 -.174 85 .519 114 -3.312 115 .451 112
109 New Mexico State 4-9 -.190 -.134 103 .470 99 3.4 -.272 97 .381 102 -3.282 114 .458 109
110 Troy 3-9 -.192 -.118 99 .460 95 3.7 -.368 105 .299 91 -1.618 94 .489 77
111 UAB 3-9 -.199 -.182 109 .550 108 2.8 -.128 80 .647 120 -.435 74 .460 108
112 North Texas 5-7 -.207 -.093 93 .238 51 3.2 -.468 111 .506 113 .389 55 .528 20
113 Tulane 1-11 -.210 -.220 113 .719 118 2.8 -.499 112 .286 90 -2.896 110 .479 90
114 Kansas 1-10 -.219 -.321 118 .063 8 .5 -.322 102 .337 96 -3.108 111 .448 114
115 Florida Atlantic 1-11 -.235 -.222 114 .468 98 2.6 -.697 118 .157 76 -3.563 116 .442 116
116 Middle Tennessee 2-10 -.240 -.174 107 .763 120 2.6 -.400 106 .478 109 -2.200 99 .485 80
117 Memphis 1-10 -.245 -.241 116 .625 114 2.1 -.641 116 .417 104 -1.561 93 .474 101
118 Akron 0-11 -.274 -.349 119 .497 103 1.1 -.750 120 .240 84 -2.035 98 .423 119
119 UNLV 2-9 -.300 -.282 117 .277 63 1.4 -.517 113 .638 118 -.446 75 .487 78
120 New Mexico 1-10 -.381 -.423 120 .263 57 .9 -.646 117 .604 117 -6.058 120 .411 120