Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2009 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
Rk
DFP DFP
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NFP NFP
Rk
1 Stanford 8-5 .21 .27 29 .46 2 .16 5 .12 43 .04 29 67.0 24 75.1 1 8.0 4
2 Florida State 6-6 .18 .23 32 .19 24 .14 8 .32 2 -.09 70 68.5 53 69.4 51 .9 50
3 LSU 9-4 .18 .51 9 .25 16 .06 19 .34 1 .03 32 68.9 56 69.9 41 1.0 49
4 Nebraska 10-4 .18 .62 5 .15 36 .16 6 .22 11 -.13 79 66.0 12 73.3 5 7.3 8
5 TCU 11-1 .17 .15 43 .25 17 .15 7 .31 3 .05 26 64.6 3 73.5 4 8.8 2
6 Texas 13-1 .15 .57 7 .37 8 .12 10 .21 13 -.14 88 66.1 13 69.2 58 3.0 28
7 UCLA 7-6 .15 .71 3 .06 64 .06 18 .07 55 -.02 48 68.3 49 71.6 15 3.2 26
8 Fresno State 7-5 .13 .89 2 .00 84 -.01 34 .18 22 .12 12 68.5 52 70.3 32 1.8 39
9 Central Florida 7-5 .11 -.03 70 .19 26 .05 21 .09 50 .06 25 66.3 15 71.3 19 4.9 15
10 Northern Illinois 6-6 .11 .20 38 .18 27 .03 26 .26 6 -.09 69 67.0 23 70.3 33 3.3 24
11 Boise State 13-0 .10 -.13 84 .39 6 .03 28 .14 38 -.01 41 64.9 5 72.7 9 7.8 5
12 Rutgers 7-4 .10 -.06 74 .45 3 -.18 89 .12 42 .15 9 64.7 4 71.8 12 7.2 9
13 Florida 12-1 .10 .21 34 .15 39 -.01 36 .20 19 .11 14 65.1 6 73.3 6 8.1 3
14 Minnesota 5-7 .09 .02 65 .06 62 -.04 40 .19 21 .10 16 68.3 46 69.3 54 1.1 47
15 Oregon State 7-5 .09 .42 14 .16 34 .05 20 .15 30 -.13 78 67.2 27 72.5 11 5.2 12
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 Connecticut 7-5 .09 -.24 93 .44 4 -.06 49 .15 29 .03 33 67.3 28 72.7 10 5.4 11
17 Clemson 8-5 .09 .03 63 .56 1 .04 22 .27 5 -.17 94 63.4 1 70.9 21 7.5 6
18 Kentucky 6-6 .08 -.15 86 .22 21 -.01 35 .24 8 -.03 53 67.5 32 69.3 53 1.9 38
19 Arkansas State 3-8 .08 .01 67 .11 45 .04 25 .00 82 .09 18 66.9 21 70.6 25 3.8 20
20 Ohio 8-5 .08 .41 15 .23 20 -.04 42 .30 4 -.22 103 65.8 11 67.2 89 1.4 41
21 Iowa 10-2 .07 .12 49 .29 12 .01 32 .02 71 .05 27 67.2 26 70.6 24 3.4 22
22 Kansas State 4-6 .07 -.12 82 .26 14 -.04 41 .16 26 .09 19 64.1 2 74.1 2 10.1 1
23 Virginia Tech 10-3 .07 .28 28 .25 18 .07 16 .15 33 -.02 47 65.6 10 73.1 7 7.4 7
24 Temple 9-3 .07 .01 66 .38 7 .03 27 .21 16 -.30 115 65.2 8 69.6 48 4.4 17
25 East Carolina 8-5 .07 -.56 115 .32 11 -.13 72 .00 80 .27 2 66.6 18 69.9 40 3.3 23
26 Ohio State 11-2 .06 .11 50 .17 31 .08 15 .01 75 -.03 54 66.8 20 71.7 13 4.9 14
27 Iowa State 6-6 .06 .14 47 .04 71 .09 13 .02 73 .13 11 70.2 89 70.5 27 .3 57
28 Oklahoma State 8-4 .06 .30 22 -.02 94 .11 11 .13 41 -.12 75 69.3 69 69.8 44 .5 56
29 Tulsa 4-7 .06 .50 10 .17 30 -.17 86 .15 34 .20 4 67.4 30 70.4 29 3.0 29
30 Houston 9-4 .06 .06 60 .42 5 -.14 78 -.05 100 -.05 55 70.3 90 70.3 31 .0 62
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 Utah 10-3 .06 .29 25 -.02 91 .23 1 .06 57 -.14 85 67.2 25 70.4 28 3.2 25
32 Florida International 3-9 .05 -.17 87 .16 33 -.05 47 .20 18 -.09 65 67.9 41 69.0 63 1.1 46
33 Miami 8-4 .05 .38 17 .18 29 -.13 71 .16 27 -.01 46 67.8 39 70.6 26 2.8 30
34 Georgia 7-5 .04 .91 1 .11 44 -.18 90 .01 78 .11 15 71.0 100 67.0 94 -4.1 100
35 Central Michigan 11-2 .04 .08 54 .16 35 -.08 58 .16 28 -.09 66 69.0 60 69.8 45 .8 51
36 Michigan State 5-7 .04 .47 11 .10 51 .04 23 .04 67 -.10 71 69.5 72 68.1 77 -1.4 82
37 Troy 9-4 .03 .06 58 .11 49 -.07 54 -.03 92 .22 3 68.1 45 69.5 49 1.4 40
38 Western Michigan 4-7 .03 -.43 107 .11 48 .17 4 .10 49 -.18 98 67.0 22 69.3 55 2.3 36
39 SMU 7-5 .03 .02 64 .06 61 -.12 69 -.01 85 -.17 97 69.0 62 70.2 35 1.2 45
40 Michigan 4-7 .03 .08 53 .11 47 -.06 51 .02 72 .08 22 67.9 42 68.5 71 .6 54
41 Mississippi State 4-7 .03 .38 16 .19 25 -.21 96 .14 40 -.20 101 69.6 76 68.3 73 -1.3 79
42 Navy 9-4 .03 .21 33 -.11 114 -.14 77 .24 9 -.01 39 69.3 68 70.0 39 .7 52
43 Indiana 3-8 .03 -.53 114 .18 28 -.25 102 .05 62 .28 1 67.4 31 68.8 68 1.3 43
44 Marshall 6-6 .03 .34 20 .01 79 -.14 74 .10 45 -.11 73 70.2 87 70.4 30 .2 60
45 Cincinnati 11-1 .02 -.04 71 .34 10 .11 12 -.04 95 -.24 106 69.3 70 71.4 18 2.1 37
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
46 Arkansas 7-5 .02 -.04 73 .13 42 .00 33 .10 46 -.06 59 67.7 36 68.2 75 .5 55
47 Kent State 4-7 .02 -.23 91 .24 19 -.13 73 -.12 111 -.02 51 69.0 64 65.6 106 -3.5 96
48 Alabama 13-0 .02 .35 19 -.09 111 -.18 87 .14 37 .09 20 65.4 9 70.0 38 4.7 16
49 USC 9-4 .02 -.11 81 -.07 102 -.06 50 .22 12 -.06 61 70.5 94 69.3 56 -1.2 77
50 Arizona 7-5 .02 .06 59 .09 56 -.08 56 .23 10 -.01 43 67.9 43 68.6 70 .6 53
51 Oklahoma 7-5 .02 -.22 90 -.17 119 .04 24 .17 25 .16 7 69.0 63 68.9 67 -.1 65
52 Ball State 2-9 .02 .09 52 .05 68 -.07 53 .17 24 .04 30 69.6 74 66.3 103 -3.3 94
53 BYU 11-2 .01 .24 31 .01 80 -.10 64 .10 47 -.08 64 67.8 40 68.0 79 .1 61
54 Bowling Green 7-6 .01 -.88 119 .20 22 -.05 43 .25 7 .02 34 65.2 7 70.2 36 5.0 13
55 Pittsburgh 9-3 .01 .17 41 .12 43 .02 30 -.03 93 -.20 100 66.3 14 72.8 8 6.5 10
56 Auburn 7-5 .01 .64 4 .09 55 -.21 95 -.15 114 -.14 86 70.0 83 68.2 76 -1.9 85
57 Hawaii 5-7 .01 -.40 106 .06 63 -.08 59 .00 84 .13 10 70.4 91 67.9 80 -2.4 91
58 Georgia Tech 10-3 .01 .04 61 .10 52 -.29 107 .21 14 .17 6 68.3 48 67.3 88 -1.0 74
59 Middle Tennessee 10-3 .00 .17 40 .10 50 -.18 88 .14 35 -.17 93 66.8 19 67.8 84 1.0 48
60 UNLV 4-7 .00 -.47 111 .08 57 -.09 62 -.04 97 .16 8 68.5 51 71.1 20 2.6 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
61 Air Force 7-5 .00 -.02 69 .10 53 -.11 67 .04 65 .12 13 67.6 34 69.9 43 2.3 35
62 Mississippi 7-4 -.01 -.44 108 .27 13 -.03 37 .06 56 -.05 56 68.3 47 68.1 78 -.2 66
63 Idaho 8-5 -.01 .28 27 .04 72 -.05 45 .11 44 -.24 107 72.8 114 67.1 91 -5.7 105
64 Oregon 10-3 -.01 .07 57 .05 65 -.05 46 .17 23 -.14 87 67.7 38 67.2 90 -.5 68
65 Duke 4-6 -.01 .42 13 .04 69 -.29 108 -.02 89 .17 5 69.4 71 69.4 50 .0 63
66 Arizona State 3-8 -.01 -.61 116 -.02 89 .06 17 .01 77 -.01 42 69.7 78 68.9 66 -.8 70
67 Southern Mississippi 6-6 -.01 -.24 94 .35 9 -.10 63 -.01 86 .06 24 67.6 35 71.6 14 3.9 19
68 Texas Tech 8-4 -.01 .10 51 -.18 120 .08 14 .06 59 -.16 92 68.6 54 70.9 22 2.3 34
69 Maryland 1-10 -.02 .08 56 .15 38 -.20 94 .05 63 -.02 50 68.9 59 65.3 107 -3.6 97
70 Notre Dame 6-6 -.02 .26 30 -.04 98 -.15 80 .14 36 -.07 62 71.2 103 70.1 37 -1.1 75
71 Virginia 3-8 -.03 .51 8 .02 76 -.16 82 .07 54 -.17 96 69.0 61 67.0 93 -2.0 86
72 Rice 2-10 -.03 -.82 118 -.03 96 -.11 66 .15 31 .00 38 70.9 99 64.1 114 -6.8 110
73 New Mexico State 2-10 -.03 -.39 105 -.09 107 .18 3 .15 32 -.17 95 69.8 79 69.0 65 -.8 71
74 Akron 2-9 -.03 -.89 120 .19 23 -.40 117 .21 17 -.24 108 69.9 80 64.1 113 -5.8 106
75 Colorado 3-9 -.03 -.09 80 .13 41 .13 9 -.05 103 -.30 114 68.9 57 66.7 100 -2.2 89
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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 Western Kentucky 0-11 -.03 .15 42 .01 78 -.33 112 -.04 96 .07 23 70.1 85 62.6 117 -7.5 113
77 Vanderbilt 1-10 -.03 .21 35 .25 15 -.06 52 -.11 110 -.03 52 70.8 97 70.2 34 -.5 69
78 Utah State 3-8 -.03 -.29 100 -.01 88 .19 2 -.13 112 -.06 60 70.0 81 73.5 3 3.5 21
79 Boston College 7-5 -.04 .29 26 -.07 100 -.03 38 .08 53 -.07 63 69.6 75 69.1 59 -.4 67
80 Wyoming 6-6 -.04 -.07 78 -.08 103 -.16 84 .20 20 -.02 49 70.4 93 66.8 97 -3.7 98
81 Missouri 7-5 -.04 .59 6 -.11 113 -.16 83 .01 76 .09 17 70.6 95 69.3 52 -1.3 78
82 Wisconsin 9-3 -.04 .21 36 -.02 92 -.16 85 .10 48 .02 35 67.7 37 70.9 23 3.2 27
83 West Virginia 8-4 -.04 .30 23 .15 37 -.40 118 -.05 102 .01 36 67.9 44 68.2 74 .3 58
84 Louisiana Tech 3-8 -.04 .43 12 .11 46 -.19 91 .21 15 -.31 116 70.6 96 66.4 102 -4.2 102
85 Kansas 4-7 -.04 .14 46 .01 81 -.10 65 .06 60 -.01 44 70.1 86 69.3 57 -.9 72
86 Syracuse 3-8 -.04 -.04 72 .08 58 -.43 119 -.04 94 -.06 58 69.2 67 67.9 81 -1.3 80
87 Louisiana Lafayette 5-6 -.05 .15 44 -.09 108 -.25 103 .06 61 .04 28 72.7 113 65.1 109 -7.5 114
88 Nevada 8-5 -.05 .00 68 .03 74 -.05 44 -.10 107 -.01 40 70.1 84 71.5 17 1.4 42
89 Northwestern 7-5 -.05 .08 55 -.01 85 -.11 68 -.03 90 -.18 99 71.2 102 67.0 92 -4.1 101
90 Army 4-7 -.06 .03 62 .07 60 -.30 110 .04 68 -.27 112 68.9 58 67.8 85 -1.1 76
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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 Louisville 3-8 -.07 -.13 83 .05 66 -.12 70 .03 69 -.13 80 71.3 105 69.1 60 -2.2 88
92 South Carolina 6-6 -.07 .30 24 .09 54 -.35 113 .00 79 -.12 77 69.1 65 67.5 86 -1.5 84
93 Illinois 2-9 -.07 -.45 110 -.08 105 -.07 55 -.05 98 .08 21 72.2 110 69.8 46 -2.5 92
94 North Carolina 6-5 -.07 .13 48 -.08 104 -.06 48 .00 81 -.15 90 70.0 82 66.7 99 -3.3 93
95 New Mexico 1-11 -.08 -.08 79 -.14 117 .02 29 -.20 118 -.09 68 73.1 116 64.3 112 -8.8 115
96 Eastern Michigan 0-12 -.08 -.47 112 .02 77 -.39 115 .14 39 -.05 57 66.4 17 69.0 64 2.6 32
97 California 7-5 -.08 -.20 89 .04 73 -.14 75 .06 58 -.15 89 70.2 88 67.9 82 -2.3 90
98 San Diego State 3-8 -.08 -.50 113 .01 83 -.23 100 .00 83 -.01 45 71.9 108 65.1 110 -6.8 111
99 Purdue 5-7 -.09 .14 45 -.09 110 -.14 76 .02 74 -.20 102 69.1 66 65.6 105 -3.4 95
100 UTEP 4-8 -.09 -.06 75 -.14 116 -.27 106 .02 70 -.13 82 71.1 101 66.7 98 -4.3 103
101 Penn State 10-2 -.09 -.25 95 .04 70 -.08 57 -.03 91 -.25 111 67.4 29 71.5 16 4.1 18
102 Washington 5-7 -.10 .31 21 -.07 99 -.20 92 -.01 88 -.13 81 70.4 92 69.1 61 -1.3 81
103 Buffalo 4-7 -.10 -.28 97 -.12 115 -.29 109 .04 64 -.10 72 71.9 109 65.1 108 -6.8 109
104 Baylor 3-8 -.10 -.36 104 -.07 101 -.09 61 .08 52 -.23 105 73.0 115 65.8 104 -7.2 112
105 Wake Forest 4-7 -.10 -.15 85 -.03 95 -.03 39 -.10 106 -.12 76 69.6 77 69.9 42 .2 59
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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 Tennessee 7-6 -.10 -.27 96 .14 40 -.15 81 -.08 105 -.09 67 66.3 16 69.1 62 2.7 31
107 San Jose State 1-10 -.11 -.07 77 -.09 109 -.27 105 -.07 104 -.13 83 72.4 112 66.4 101 -5.9 107
108 UAB 5-7 -.11 -.24 92 .01 82 -.26 104 -.23 119 .00 37 72.3 111 67.0 95 -5.3 104
109 North Carolina State 3-7 -.11 .18 39 .05 67 -.39 116 -.32 120 -.16 91 73.3 117 62.4 118 -10.9 119
110 North Texas 2-10 -.12 -.32 102 .08 59 -.08 60 -.01 87 -.30 113 67.5 33 68.7 69 1.3 44
111 Louisiana Monroe 5-6 -.12 -.45 109 .17 32 -.36 114 -.13 113 -.12 74 68.4 50 68.4 72 .0 64
112 Florida Atlantic 5-7 -.12 -.18 88 -.02 93 .01 31 -.11 109 -.23 104 71.3 104 69.7 47 -1.5 83
113 Toledo 5-7 -.12 .36 18 -.01 87 -.21 97 -.10 108 -.36 118 71.5 107 62.1 119 -9.4 116
114 Memphis 1-10 -.13 -.29 98 -.01 86 -.31 111 -.16 116 .03 31 69.5 73 67.4 87 -2.2 87
115 Texas A&M 6-7 -.14 -.07 76 -.04 97 -.23 99 -.16 115 -.13 84 68.7 55 67.8 83 -.9 73
116 South Florida 6-5 -.15 -.30 101 -.02 90 -.14 79 -.17 117 -.24 109 71.4 106 65.0 111 -6.4 108
117 Tulane 2-9 -.16 -.70 117 .03 75 -.22 98 .04 66 -.61 120 73.9 120 61.5 120 -12.4 120
118 Colorado State 2-9 -.16 .20 37 -.09 106 -.20 93 .08 51 -.36 117 70.9 98 66.9 96 -4.0 99
119 Washington State 1-11 -.19 -.33 103 -.10 112 -.52 120 -.05 101 -.25 110 73.8 118 64.0 115 -9.8 117
120 Miami (OH) 1-11 -.21 -.29 99 -.15 118 -.24 101 -.05 99 -.44 119 73.9 119 63.7 116 -10.2 118