Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2017 OVERALL COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

through games of 9/16/17

Beginning with Football Outsiders Almanac 2009, Brian Fremeau and Bill Connelly, originators of Football Outsiders' two statistical approaches -- FEI and S&P+, respectively -- began to create a combined ranking that would serve as Football Outsiders' 'official' college football rankings.

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.

The S&P+ Ratings are a college football ratings system derived from both play-by-play and drive data from all 800+ of a season's FBS college football games (and 140,000+ plays).

The components for S&P+ reflect the components of four of what Bill Connelly has deemed the Five Factors of college football: efficiency, explosiveness, field position, and finishing drives. (A fifth factor, turnovers, is informed marginally by sack rates, the only quality-based statistic that has a consistent relationship with turnover margins.)

Team Conference Rec F/+ Rk Prev. Rk Chg. S&P+ Rk FEI Rk
Alabama SEC 3-0 53.8% 1 1 0 30.2 1 0.292 1
Ohio State Big Ten 2-1 52.0% 2 2 0 24.1 3 0.227 4
Florida State ACC 0-1 51.9% 3 3 0 25.2 2 0.216 6
Oklahoma Big 12 3-0 51.4% 4 5 1 22.2 5 0.227 3
Clemson ACC 3-0 51.4% 5 4 -1 22.1 6 0.225 5
USC Pac-12 3-0 50.1% 6 7 1 20.0 10 0.212 7
Penn State Big Ten 3-0 50.1% 7 8 1 22.9 4 0.183 9
Michigan Big Ten 3-0 48.5% 8 10 2 19.6 11 0.178 11
Washington Pac-12 3-0 47.8% 9 13 4 20.6 7 0.159 13
Wisconsin Big Ten 3-0 47.6% 10 11 1 20.1 8 0.159 12
Stanford Pac-12 1-2 47.4% 11 9 -2 17.5 14 0.179 10
Georgia SEC 3-0 46.5% 12 14 2 14.3 19 0.228 2
TCU Big 12 3-0 46.4% 13 15 2 15.4 16 0.193 8
LSU SEC 2-1 46.1% 14 6 -8 20.1 9 0.140 17
Oklahoma State Big 12 3-0 45.7% 15 16 1 17.6 13 0.152 15
Auburn SEC 2-1 44.9% 16 12 -4 17.7 12 0.142 16
Notre Dame Ind 2-1 43.8% 17 17 0 14.7 18 0.157 14
Florida SEC 1-1 41.3% 18 18 0 14.0 21 0.135 18
Miami-FL ACC 1-0 40.1% 19 20 1 17.5 15 0.098 25
Mississippi State SEC 3-0 38.2% 20 31 11 14.9 17 0.099 24
Louisville ACC 2-1 37.4% 21 19 -2 14.2 20 0.099 23
Oregon Pac-12 3-0 37.2% 22 23 1 11.2 24 0.126 19
Texas Big 12 1-2 33.9% 23 21 -2 11.4 23 0.096 26
Virginia Tech ACC 3-0 33.5% 24 26 2 11.0 25 0.096 27
Kansas State Big 12 2-1 32.2% 25 25 0 9.4 29 0.104 22
Team Conference Rec F/+ Rk Prev. Rk Chg. S&P+ Rk FEI Rk
Texas A&M SEC 2-1 31.4% 26 22 -4 10.7 26 0.084 33
UCLA Pac-12 2-1 31.4% 27 28 1 8.7 34 0.106 21
Tennessee SEC 2-1 30.4% 28 24 -4 9.4 31 0.090 29
Boise State MWC 2-1 29.9% 29 30 1 9.4 28 0.086 31
Georgia Tech ACC 1-1 29.8% 30 27 -3 8.7 32 0.093 28
Houston American 2-0 28.8% 31 37 6 8.7 33 0.086 32
Washington State Pac-12 3-0 28.2% 32 32 0 9.4 30 0.075 36
Michigan State Big Ten 2-0 25.7% 33 36 3 7.4 39 0.079 34
Memphis American 2-0 23.4% 34 38 4 3.2 60 0.118 20
Ole Miss SEC 2-1 23.4% 35 29 -6 11.7 22 0.029 52
Utah Pac-12 3-0 22.4% 36 39 3 7.9 37 0.053 40
NC State ACC 2-1 21.4% 37 35 -2 9.5 27 0.034 48
Minnesota Big Ten 3-0 20.1% 38 49 11 5.7 48 0.062 38
Vanderbilt SEC 3-0 19.8% 39 42 3 7.6 38 0.041 44
Baylor Big 12 0-3 19.8% 40 33 -7 7.1 40 0.045 43
San Diego State MWC 3-0 19.1% 41 47 6 3.1 61 0.086 30
Northwestern Big Ten 2-1 19.0% 42 41 -1 6.3 43 0.049 41
South Carolina SEC 2-1 18.7% 43 34 -9 4.4 54 0.067 37
Toledo MAC 3-0 18.7% 44 45 1 5.7 47 0.053 39
South Florida American 3-0 18.3% 45 44 -1 6.0 46 0.048 42
Nebraska Big Ten 1-2 16.8% 46 40 -6 6.2 44 0.037 46
Iowa Big Ten 3-0 16.8% 47 46 -1 6.3 42 0.036 47
North Carolina ACC 1-2 14.2% 48 48 0 6.2 45 0.023 55
Duke ACC 3-0 13.4% 49 55 6 5.1 49 0.029 51
Colorado Pac-12 3-0 13.2% 50 51 1 6.5 41 0.015 58
Team Conference Rec F/+ Rk Prev. Rk Chg. S&P+ Rk FEI Rk
Kentucky SEC 3-0 13.2% 51 57 6 3.9 56 0.040 45
Wake Forest ACC 3-0 13.0% 52 60 8 8.1 36 0.001 64
Arkansas SEC 1-1 12.8% 53 43 -10 8.3 35 -0.002 66
Arizona Pac-12 2-1 9.9% 54 65 11 3.6 59 0.025 54
Texas Tech Big 12 2-0 8.9% 55 63 8 4.0 55 0.016 56
Appalachian State Sun Belt 2-1 8.8% 56 54 -2 5.0 51 0.006 62
Indiana Big Ten 1-1 8.5% 57 56 -1 4.8 53 0.006 63
Arkansas State Sun Belt 1-1 7.8% 58 68 10 -2.5 79 0.079 35
West Virginia Big 12 2-1 7.2% 59 62 3 3.7 58 0.010 59
Iowa State Big 12 2-1 5.6% 60 64 4 4.9 52 -0.010 68
Central Florida American 1-0 5.3% 61 66 5 0.4 67 0.033 50
Arizona State Pac-12 1-2 3.3% 62 59 -3 1.1 65 0.015 57
Western Kentucky Conf USA 1-2 1.5% 63 58 -5 1.1 66 0.006 61
Colorado State MWC 2-2 1.3% 64 52 -12 3.8 57 -0.022 73
Navy Ind 2-0 1.2% 65 69 4 -1.9 76 0.034 49
UTSA Conf USA 2-0 0.4% 66 78 12 -1.6 75 0.027 53
Syracuse ACC 2-1 -0.2% 67 67 0 5.0 50 -0.042 80
Missouri SEC 1-2 -1.8% 68 50 -18 1.9 64 -0.020 71
Maryland Big Ten 2-0 -1.9% 69 72 3 2.7 63 -0.028 75
California Pac-12 3-0 -3.9% 70 70 0 2.7 62 -0.039 78
Pittsburgh ACC 1-2 -6.7% 71 53 -18 -0.1 69 -0.026 74
Temple American 2-1 -7.2% 72 71 -1 -1.1 74 -0.018 70
Cincinnati American 2-1 -7.5% 73 77 4 -2.3 78 -0.008 67
Virginia ACC 2-1 -7.8% 74 75 1 0.3 68 -0.035 77
Southern Miss Conf USA 2-1 -8.3% 75 84 9 -0.4 70 -0.031 76
Team Conference Rec F/+ Rk Prev. Rk Chg. S&P+ Rk FEI Rk
Western Michigan MAC 1-2 -9.3% 76 74 -2 -5.2 91 0.008 60
Northern Illinois MAC 2-1 -9.5% 77 81 4 -2.2 77 -0.020 72
BYU Ind 1-3 -10.7% 78 61 -17 -4.9 85 -0.002 65
SMU American 2-1 -11.0% 79 79 0 -0.8 72 -0.042 79
Troy Sun Belt 2-1 -12.7% 80 73 -7 -1.0 73 -0.049 82
Tulsa American 1-2 -13.9% 81 80 -1 -5.0 87 -0.018 69
Purdue Big Ten 2-1 -16.8% 82 92 10 -0.6 71 -0.080 93
Boston College ACC 1-2 -19.0% 83 83 0 -3.8 81 -0.057 85
Miami-OH MAC 1-2 -20.6% 84 86 2 -4.1 83 -0.063 88
Louisiana Tech Conf USA 2-1 -21.1% 85 88 3 -4.9 86 -0.059 87
Oregon State Pac-12 1-3 -21.8% 86 76 -10 -5.3 92 -0.059 86
Tulane American 1-2 -22.6% 87 87 0 -6.8 96 -0.050 83
Ball State MAC 2-1 -22.9% 88 95 7 -6.3 95 -0.056 84
Florida Atlantic Conf USA 1-2 -23.2% 89 94 5 -5.0 88 -0.071 90
Wyoming MWC 1-2 -23.9% 90 85 -5 -4.5 84 -0.081 94
Rutgers Big Ten 1-2 -24.0% 91 101 10 -3.9 82 -0.089 100
Utah State MWC 1-2 -24.2% 92 82 -10 -3.8 80 -0.091 102
Air Force MWC 1-1 -25.6% 93 93 0 -6.3 94 -0.073 91
Ohio MAC 2-1 -25.6% 94 100 6 -5.1 89 -0.086 98
Illinois Big Ten 2-1 -26.3% 95 89 -6 -5.2 90 -0.090 101
Eastern Michigan MAC 2-0 -26.6% 96 99 3 -6.3 93 -0.080 92
Middle Tennessee Conf USA 1-2 -28.8% 97 90 -7 -7.3 99 -0.084 95
Marshall Conf USA 2-1 -28.8% 98 102 4 -7.3 98 -0.085 97
Central Michigan MAC 2-1 -28.8% 99 97 -2 -7.2 97 -0.086 99
Old Dominion Conf USA 2-1 -30.4% 100 91 -9 -7.4 100 -0.095 104
Team Conference Rec F/+ Rk Prev. Rk Chg. S&P+ Rk FEI Rk
UL-Monroe Sun Belt 0-2 -30.8% 101 111 10 -15.0 123 -0.048 81
Army Ind 2-1 -31.7% 102 96 -6 -8.6 102 -0.093 103
New Mexico MWC 1-2 -33.0% 103 103 0 -8.4 101 -0.105 108
Georgia State Sun Belt 0-2 -34.3% 104 112 8 -14.7 120 -0.070 89
North Texas Conf USA 1-2 -34.4% 105 105 0 -9.1 103 -0.109 109
Massachusetts Ind 0-4 -35.7% 106 109 3 -10.9 110 -0.103 106
Georgia Southern Sun Belt 0-2 -36.0% 107 104 -3 -14.1 118 -0.084 96
Bowling Green MAC 0-3 -36.1% 108 98 -10 -11.7 113 -0.100 105
Nevada MWC 0-3 -36.9% 109 106 -3 -12.1 117 -0.103 107
UNLV MWC 1-1 -37.3% 110 110 0 -9.3 104 -0.135 114
Coastal Carolina Sun Belt 1-1 -38.3% 111 118 7 -10.5 109 -0.130 112
Hawaii MWC 2-1 -38.4% 112 114 2 -9.7 105 -0.141 116
UL-Lafayette Sun Belt 1-2 -38.7% 113 115 2 -12.0 116 -0.119 110
Kansas Big 12 1-2 -39.6% 114 116 2 -11.1 111 -0.137 115
South Alabama Sun Belt 1-2 -40.0% 115 117 2 -9.8 106 -0.162 123
New Mexico State Sun Belt 1-2 -40.8% 116 121 5 -9.8 107 -0.172 125
Fresno State MWC 1-2 -40.8% 117 107 -10 -10.2 108 -0.166 124
San Jose State MWC 1-3 -41.8% 118 113 -5 -11.6 112 -0.159 121
Florida International Conf USA 1-1 -41.9% 119 119 0 -11.9 115 -0.155 119
Buffalo MAC 1-2 -41.9% 120 125 5 -14.9 122 -0.127 111
East Carolina American 0-3 -42.5% 121 108 -13 -14.7 121 -0.135 113
Connecticut American 1-1 -43.4% 122 122 0 -15.0 124 -0.143 117
Idaho Sun Belt 1-2 -43.5% 123 123 0 -11.8 114 -0.185 128
Akron MAC 1-2 -43.8% 124 120 -4 -14.7 119 -0.151 118
Kent State MAC 1-2 -46.4% 125 124 -1 -18.6 126 -0.158 120
Texas State Sun Belt 1-2 -47.1% 126 129 3 -20.1 130 -0.160 122
Rice Conf USA 1-2 -47.8% 127 126 -1 -19.1 128 -0.177 127
Charlotte Conf USA 0-3 -48.1% 128 128 0 -20.0 129 -0.176 126
UTEP Conf USA 0-3 -48.9% 129 127 -2 -18.1 125 -0.210 130
UAB Conf USA 2-1 -49.2% 130 130 0 -19.0 127 -0.208 129