Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2008 FEI RATINGS, SPECIAL TEAMS

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. Special Teams Efficiency (STE) is the average value generated per non-garbage possession by a team's non-offensive and non-defensive units.

Field Goal Efficiency (FGE) is the average value generated per field goal attempt as compared with national success rates and proximity to the end zone. Kickoff Return Efficiency (KRE) and Kickoff Efficiency (KE) are the average values generated per kickoff based on field position at the conclusion of the play. Punt Return Efficiency (PRE) and Punt Efficiency (PE) are the average values generated per punt based on the field position of the punt team and the field position at the conclusion of the play. Net starting field position (NFP) is the difference between the average starting field position for the team's offensive possessions (OFP) and its opponent's offensive possessions (DFP) measured in terms of yards from the end zone.

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Team FBS
Rec
STE FGE FGE
Rk
KRE KRE
Rk
KE KE
Rk
PRE PRE
Rk
PE PE
Rk
OFP OFP
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DFP DFP
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NFP NFP
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1 LSU 7-5 .19 .59 5 .29 7 .14 16 .14 43 .13 7 65.6 17 70.8 20 5.2 15
2 Florida 12-1 .18 .39 14 .13 27 -.04 63 .54 1 .15 4 64.9 9 70.5 23 5.7 13
3 Ohio State 9-3 .16 .27 23 .02 68 .20 5 .33 5 .15 3 67.5 40 74.3 1 6.8 8
4 Florida State 7-4 .13 .90 1 .34 3 -.01 56 -.10 111 -.05 45 67.7 44 65.8 105 -1.9 78
5 Utah 12-0 .13 .86 2 .08 46 .23 4 .02 81 -.15 79 64.4 6 72.8 6 8.4 3
6 UTEP 5-7 .13 .67 3 .02 66 -.05 68 .10 51 .05 15 67.8 47 70.8 21 3.0 26
7 Kansas State 4-7 .12 .24 24 .16 17 .18 8 .40 2 -.37 116 70.2 88 68.0 70 -2.1 82
8 Boise State 11-1 .12 -.02 54 .01 70 .10 24 .28 10 .06 13 65.5 15 72.6 7 7.2 6
9 BYU 9-3 .12 -.15 76 .01 72 .35 1 .06 68 .04 18 67.8 46 71.6 11 3.8 22
10 Missouri 9-4 .11 .30 21 .30 6 -.10 88 .31 7 -.01 32 66.0 21 71.0 17 4.9 17
11 Nebraska 9-4 .10 .61 4 .08 40 -.09 84 .21 20 -.03 40 67.0 32 68.4 59 1.4 46
12 Kentucky 6-6 .10 -.82 116 .37 2 .04 35 .10 49 .01 30 65.3 11 71.3 14 6.0 10
13 Oklahoma State 8-4 .10 .10 43 .27 8 -.07 78 .20 26 .00 31 68.7 63 70.2 27 1.5 43
14 Penn State 10-2 .09 .42 13 .14 20 .03 37 .09 56 .01 27 67.1 34 73.4 2 6.3 9
15 Pittsburgh 9-4 .09 .32 20 .09 39 -.01 58 .13 45 .05 14 65.8 19 68.2 67 2.3 33
STE
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Team FBS
Rec
STE FGE FGE
Rk
KRE KRE
Rk
KE KE
Rk
PRE PRE
Rk
PE PE
Rk
OFP OFP
Rk
DFP DFP
Rk
NFP NFP
Rk
16 Maryland 7-5 .09 -.14 74 .32 4 -.13 91 .10 50 .17 2 67.5 41 69.2 46 1.7 40
17 Auburn 4-7 .09 -.68 114 .08 44 .23 3 .15 41 .01 28 70.4 95 70.2 30 -.2 60
18 Temple 5-7 .09 -.62 109 .45 1 -.01 57 .08 57 -.05 42 63.9 2 68.1 69 4.2 19
19 USC 12-1 .08 -.14 73 .26 9 .20 6 .00 95 -.14 75 67.9 49 73.0 5 5.1 16
20 Arizona 8-5 .08 .39 15 -.06 97 .11 20 .24 13 .03 23 68.3 57 69.2 48 .9 52
21 North Carolina 7-5 .08 .13 38 .15 18 .06 31 .20 23 .02 25 64.0 3 71.5 12 7.5 5
22 Louisiana Tech 7-5 .08 -.47 103 .06 51 .19 7 .32 6 .10 11 64.7 7 73.1 3 8.4 2
23 Texas 12-1 .07 .22 28 .04 60 .01 49 .19 27 .01 29 70.6 98 72.4 8 1.8 39
24 Michigan State 9-4 .06 .23 27 .14 24 .08 25 .17 33 -.16 86 66.0 20 71.7 10 5.7 12
25 Miami (OH) 1-10 .06 .52 10 .14 22 -.09 80 .13 44 -.16 85 69.2 72 66.7 92 -2.4 87
26 Middle Tennessee 5-7 .06 -.04 56 .14 26 -.01 54 .09 55 -.13 72 68.1 54 68.2 65 .1 57
27 Miami 6-6 .06 .45 12 .14 23 -.06 74 .06 65 -.02 35 67.9 48 67.3 83 -.6 64
28 Western Michigan 8-4 .06 -.27 91 .12 32 .14 15 .17 32 -.19 92 68.2 55 68.2 66 .0 58
29 Ball State 11-2 .05 .09 44 .14 25 -.12 90 .22 17 -.03 36 69.9 83 70.4 25 .5 54
30 Akron 5-7 .05 -.23 87 .31 5 -.21 99 .19 28 -.08 57 64.0 4 65.7 106 1.7 42
STE
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Team FBS
Rec
STE FGE FGE
Rk
KRE KRE
Rk
KE KE
Rk
PRE PRE
Rk
PE PE
Rk
OFP OFP
Rk
DFP DFP
Rk
NFP NFP
Rk
31 SMU 0-11 .05 .23 25 -.03 85 .11 21 -.01 96 .20 1 70.5 96 65.9 104 -4.6 103
32 Vanderbilt 7-6 .05 -.16 77 .01 71 -.09 82 .07 62 .10 9 68.8 64 67.3 81 -1.4 75
33 Alabama 12-2 .04 -.06 58 -.07 99 -.10 87 .38 3 -.16 83 65.5 16 70.9 18 5.5 14
34 Clemson 5-6 .04 .01 53 .21 12 .02 44 .02 82 -.06 47 68.5 58 66.3 101 -2.3 83
35 UAB 3-8 .04 .37 16 -.04 88 .12 19 -.02 98 -.05 44 70.7 100 69.7 37 -1.1 68
36 Troy 7-5 .04 -.13 71 .15 19 -.05 69 .11 48 .02 26 68.0 51 67.6 77 -.4 61
37 Navy 7-5 .04 .54 7 -.13 111 .06 32 .35 4 -.16 84 70.2 89 66.5 94 -3.7 97
38 Iowa 8-4 .04 -.10 63 -.05 94 -.01 55 .21 19 .04 19 66.2 22 70.2 28 4.0 21
39 Mississippi 8-4 .04 .18 32 .12 30 .03 38 .06 67 .02 24 67.2 35 70.7 22 3.5 24
40 California 9-4 .04 -.22 84 .04 59 -.24 105 .29 9 -.09 63 66.5 25 69.0 50 2.5 31
41 Cincinnati 10-3 .03 .23 26 .03 62 .13 18 .07 63 .06 12 66.8 29 71.5 13 4.7 18
42 Notre Dame 7-6 .03 -.26 90 -.11 108 .14 14 .25 12 -.10 67 66.3 23 68.8 51 2.5 30
43 UCLA 4-8 .03 .57 6 -.08 103 -.20 98 .19 30 -.06 50 71.7 108 65.5 107 -6.1 112
44 South Carolina 6-6 .03 .02 50 .05 57 .14 13 -.06 105 -.13 73 67.1 33 68.5 54 1.4 45
45 Stanford 5-7 .02 .33 18 .03 61 -.05 71 .18 31 -.08 58 69.3 76 68.1 68 -1.1 71
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Team FBS
Rec
STE FGE FGE
Rk
KRE KRE
Rk
KE KE
Rk
PRE PRE
Rk
PE PE
Rk
OFP OFP
Rk
DFP DFP
Rk
NFP NFP
Rk
46 TCU 10-2 .02 -.04 55 .22 11 -.04 65 .12 46 -.07 53 64.4 5 73.0 4 8.7 1
47 North Carolina State 5-7 .02 .15 35 .25 10 -.06 75 .07 61 -.08 56 69.8 82 67.7 75 -2.1 81
48 Iowa State 1-10 .01 -.13 70 .07 47 -.23 101 .15 40 .04 20 66.4 24 69.8 35 3.4 25
49 Central Florida 3-8 .01 -.37 97 .18 16 .01 48 .03 80 -.03 38 64.9 8 68.6 53 3.8 23
50 Florida International 5-7 .01 -.23 86 .14 21 .02 42 .22 18 -.14 77 65.7 18 67.5 79 1.7 41
51 Central Michigan 7-5 .01 .03 48 .02 65 -.15 93 .26 11 -.07 55 69.1 68 70.0 31 .9 51
52 Texas Tech 9-2 .01 -.13 69 .06 50 .08 27 .24 15 -.55 120 69.6 80 66.9 88 -2.6 90
53 Oregon State 9-4 .01 -.21 83 .20 13 -.05 70 .24 14 -.20 95 65.5 14 72.3 9 6.9 7
54 Wake Forest 8-5 .00 -.22 85 .09 38 .05 34 .01 88 .10 10 63.6 1 71.1 15 7.5 4
55 Virginia 4-7 .00 -.29 94 -.01 81 .02 43 .01 90 .13 6 69.7 81 68.6 52 -1.1 69
56 Louisiana Monroe 3-8 .00 -.29 93 .05 56 .08 28 .09 54 -.09 61 71.7 109 67.9 74 -3.8 98
57 Oregon 10-3 .00 -.12 66 -.07 101 .03 39 .20 21 -.15 82 65.3 12 67.3 82 2.1 35
58 Fresno State 7-6 .00 .11 42 .06 53 -.06 73 .30 8 -.30 109 68.6 61 67.2 85 -1.4 74
59 Air Force 7-5 .00 .32 19 -.24 120 .17 9 .20 25 -.22 99 68.2 56 68.4 56 .2 56
60 Kansas 7-5 .00 .21 30 -.02 83 -.06 76 .22 16 -.18 90 68.6 60 67.6 76 -1.0 67
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Team FBS
Rec
STE FGE FGE
Rk
KRE KRE
Rk
KE KE
Rk
PRE PRE
Rk
PE PE
Rk
OFP OFP
Rk
DFP DFP
Rk
NFP NFP
Rk
61 UNLV 5-7 .00 .12 39 -.01 79 .10 22 -.02 99 -.04 41 70.3 91 68.3 63 -2.0 80
62 Marshall 3-8 .00 -.19 79 .10 36 -.03 61 -.11 112 .13 8 70.3 93 67.3 84 -3.1 92
63 South Florida 7-5 .00 -.13 72 .20 14 -.13 92 .17 35 -.07 54 67.8 45 70.5 24 2.7 29
64 West Virginia 8-4 .00 .29 22 .06 52 -.29 110 -.04 103 .04 16 69.2 74 69.1 49 -.1 59
65 Indiana 2-9 -.01 -.35 96 -.01 82 .25 2 .02 84 .04 17 72.0 114 66.7 91 -5.2 105
66 Hawaii 6-7 -.01 -.39 99 .13 28 .15 11 -.20 117 -.21 96 67.3 37 68.4 60 1.1 49
67 Buffalo 8-6 -.01 -.11 65 .11 34 -.07 77 .03 77 -.06 46 66.7 28 64.2 113 -2.5 88
68 New Mexico 4-8 -.01 .12 40 -.13 110 .15 10 .16 39 -.17 88 67.3 38 68.4 58 1.1 50
69 Wisconsin 6-6 -.01 .46 11 -.05 95 .07 29 -.07 106 -.06 49 68.8 65 68.4 61 -.5 63
70 Tulsa 10-3 -.01 -.17 78 .13 29 -.05 72 .06 66 -.20 94 68.6 59 69.3 42 .8 53
71 East Carolina 9-5 -.02 -.19 80 -.04 90 -.15 94 .01 87 -.05 43 69.2 73 66.5 95 -2.7 91
72 Texas A&M 4-8 -.02 -.23 89 .01 69 .10 23 -.08 107 -.22 100 71.5 105 68.0 73 -3.6 95
73 Army 3-8 -.02 -.10 64 .12 31 -.04 64 -.09 108 -.10 64 69.4 77 67.1 86 -2.3 84
74 Northern Illinois 5-7 -.02 .15 34 .08 43 -.02 59 .00 91 -.32 112 69.9 84 67.5 78 -2.4 86
75 Syracuse 2-9 -.02 .53 9 .10 35 -.09 83 .00 94 -.07 52 72.7 117 66.5 96 -6.2 113
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Team FBS
Rec
STE FGE FGE
Rk
KRE KRE
Rk
KE KE
Rk
PRE PRE
Rk
PE PE
Rk
OFP OFP
Rk
DFP DFP
Rk
NFP NFP
Rk
76 Southern Mississippi 7-6 -.02 -.44 102 -.01 80 .13 17 .16 37 -.24 102 67.2 36 69.2 47 2.0 36
77 Western Kentucky 0-10 -.02 -.14 75 .08 41 -.09 85 .04 76 -.19 91 70.0 87 66.4 97 -3.6 96
78 Georgia 9-3 -.03 -.07 59 .02 67 -.24 106 .20 24 -.06 48 70.4 94 66.0 102 -4.3 101
79 Minnesota 6-6 -.03 .01 51 .01 74 .15 12 -.05 104 -.12 71 68.1 53 70.9 19 2.8 28
80 Louisville 4-7 -.03 -1.10 119 .08 42 -.12 89 .03 79 -.15 80 71.6 107 68.4 57 -3.2 93
81 Northwestern 8-4 -.03 -.08 61 -.20 117 .03 41 .05 70 -.09 60 68.0 50 69.4 41 1.5 44
82 Boston College 8-5 -.03 -.49 104 -.05 93 -.23 102 .17 36 -.07 51 69.2 75 66.0 103 -3.2 94
83 Rutgers 7-5 -.03 -.19 81 .00 77 -.16 95 .12 47 -.11 69 69.5 79 69.8 34 .3 55
84 Purdue 3-8 -.04 -.09 62 .08 45 .01 47 .05 73 -.39 117 68.9 66 63.9 116 -5.0 104
85 Rice 10-3 -.04 -.27 92 -.19 114 .04 36 -.03 100 -.31 111 70.0 86 69.5 38 -.5 62
86 Virginia Tech 9-4 -.04 .14 36 -.07 102 .08 26 .03 78 -.31 110 67.4 39 69.3 44 1.9 38
87 Ohio 3-8 -.04 -.21 82 .20 15 -.23 103 .15 42 -.41 118 66.7 27 65.4 109 -1.3 73
88 Utah State 3-9 -.05 .14 37 -.21 118 .03 40 .05 75 -.03 37 71.7 110 66.4 98 -5.3 106
89 San Jose State 5-6 -.05 -.12 68 .10 37 .01 45 .01 86 -.11 68 68.1 52 70.0 32 1.9 37
90 Duke 3-8 -.05 .21 29 -.09 106 -.17 96 .00 93 -.03 39 67.5 42 69.8 33 2.3 34
STE
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Team FBS
Rec
STE FGE FGE
Rk
KRE KRE
Rk
KE KE
Rk
PRE PRE
Rk
PE PE
Rk
OFP OFP
Rk
DFP DFP
Rk
NFP NFP
Rk
91 Arkansas State 5-6 -.05 .20 31 .03 64 -.26 108 .08 59 -.25 103 70.3 90 68.3 62 -1.9 79
92 Louisiana Lafayette 6-6 -.05 -.68 113 .07 48 .00 51 -.09 109 -.10 66 70.7 99 69.5 39 -1.2 72
93 Arizona State 4-7 -.05 -.04 57 -.05 96 .01 46 .20 22 -.15 81 66.8 30 69.8 36 3.0 27
94 Idaho 1-10 -.05 .54 8 -.09 105 .00 52 -.31 120 -.18 89 72.6 116 65.5 108 -7.1 116
95 Bowling Green 6-6 -.05 -.38 98 -.04 89 -.09 81 .17 34 -.10 65 65.3 13 69.4 40 4.1 20
96 San Diego State 2-9 -.06 .03 49 -.13 112 .01 50 .08 58 -.22 98 72.4 115 66.6 93 -5.7 108
97 Michigan 3-9 -.07 -.08 60 -.19 116 -.10 86 -.03 102 .04 21 70.6 97 66.3 99 -4.3 100
98 Florida Atlantic 7-6 -.07 .01 52 -.23 119 .06 33 .08 60 -.29 107 70.0 85 67.4 80 -2.6 89
99 Tennessee 5-7 -.07 -.29 95 .07 49 -.05 67 .06 64 -.17 87 66.9 31 69.3 45 2.3 32
100 Oklahoma 11-2 -.08 -.41 100 .11 33 -.34 115 .19 29 -.09 62 65.1 10 71.1 16 6.0 11
101 Memphis 5-7 -.08 -.23 88 -.06 98 -.30 111 .10 52 -.02 33 70.8 101 69.3 43 -1.5 76
102 New Mexico State 2-9 -.08 -.61 108 -.19 115 -.24 104 .06 69 .14 5 72.7 118 60.6 119 -12.1 120
103 Colorado State 6-6 -.08 .34 17 -.13 109 -.08 79 .02 85 -.27 105 71.8 111 70.3 26 -1.5 77
104 Georgia Tech 7-4 -.08 -.12 67 -.03 87 .00 53 -.15 116 -.19 93 66.6 26 68.0 72 1.3 47
105 Connecticut 7-5 -.09 .04 46 .01 73 -.03 60 .00 92 -.28 106 68.6 62 66.3 100 -2.3 85
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Team FBS
Rec
STE FGE FGE
Rk
KRE KRE
Rk
KE KE
Rk
PRE PRE
Rk
PE PE
Rk
OFP OFP
Rk
DFP DFP
Rk
NFP NFP
Rk
106 Houston 7-5 -.09 -.56 107 .00 75 -.03 62 -.22 118 -.02 34 69.1 69 68.0 71 -1.1 70
107 Illinois 4-7 -.10 .12 41 -.03 86 -.25 107 -.03 101 -.24 101 72.9 119 67.1 87 -5.8 109
108 Toledo 3-9 -.11 .03 47 -.03 84 -.33 114 .01 89 -.14 74 69.5 78 64.1 114 -5.4 107
109 Washington State 1-11 -.11 -.94 117 .00 78 -.37 116 -.10 110 -.14 76 71.2 103 60.5 120 -10.6 119
110 Baylor 3-8 -.12 -.66 111 .05 55 -.22 100 -.15 115 -.09 59 71.2 104 66.8 90 -4.4 102
111 Nevada 6-6 -.13 .15 33 .03 63 -.31 112 -.15 114 -.22 97 69.1 70 68.5 55 -.7 65
112 Arkansas 4-7 -.13 -.63 110 -.04 92 -.27 109 -.14 113 .03 22 71.9 112 65.4 110 -6.4 114
113 Washington 0-12 -.14 -.52 105 -.04 91 .07 30 .16 38 -.35 115 71.9 113 64.0 115 -7.9 117
114 Mississippi State 3-8 -.14 -.67 112 -.09 107 -.17 97 -.02 97 -.29 108 71.1 102 65.0 111 -6.1 111
115 Colorado 4-7 -.16 -1.06 118 .04 58 -.33 113 .05 74 -.12 70 69.2 71 68.2 64 -.9 66
116 Wyoming 3-8 -.16 -.53 106 -.08 104 -.39 117 .02 83 -.25 104 74.0 120 66.9 89 -7.1 115
117 Tulane 2-10 -.16 -1.10 120 -.07 100 -.04 66 .05 72 -.34 113 69.0 67 70.2 29 1.1 48
118 Eastern Michigan 2-9 -.17 -.42 101 .00 76 -.51 119 .05 71 -.34 114 71.5 106 61.1 118 -10.4 118
119 Kent State 3-8 -.21 -.69 115 .05 54 -.49 118 -.24 119 -.15 78 67.6 43 63.4 117 -4.2 99
120 North Texas 1-11 -.22 .05 45 -.17 113 -.54 120 .09 53 -.41 119 70.3 92 64.4 112 -5.9 110