At long last, there is a new No. 2 team in the FEI rankings! See how far South Florida has finally fallen, and what Brian Fremeau has to say about which teams are most likely to play for the National Championship.
In the press conference following Notre Dame's October 20th beatdown at the hands of USC, head coach Charlie Weis challenged the media members present and anyone else listening to "Get your shots in while you can." Jonathan Chait of Slate.com eagerly jumped into the ring and blasted Weis as "The Worst Football Coach in the Universe," detailing the epic failings of the 1-7 Irish team.
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Last week, the Bulls of South Florida lost their first game of the year, yet were still ranked No. 2 in the season's first FEI rankings. They've lost two games in a row now. Brian Fremeau looks at where they ended up and why they're in that position, and also breaks down the top 25 teams in the country by offensive and defensive strength.
The unbeaten teams climb in this week's Fremeau Efficiency Index -- but still rank behind 5-3 Auburn. And how far does South Florida fall in our new college football ratings after losing to Rutgers? Not as far as you'd expect -- not by a long shot.
Brian Fremeau is back with the season's first set of FEI Ratings. If you are an SEC fan who feels the conference is punished for being ultra-competitive, you will be happy. If you are a Boston College or Ohio State alum, well, not so much.
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Given the high rate of roster change in college football, can a ratings system based on past drive data from one season predict the next season? The answer, it turns out, is "better than you think." Brian Fremeau brings us the official debut of FEI on Football Outsiders, with a few picks for underrated and overrated teams heading into the college season.
Back in November, a guest column introduced a new drive-based college ratings system called the Fremeau Efficiency Index. Now the FEI returns with the final regular season ratings and forecasts of the top 10 bowl games.
FO readers know that championship teams demonstrate their strength by winning big. Yet, the computer polls that determine the bowl rankings for college football do not consider margin of victory. To develop a FO-worthy metric, we must distinguish between a 17-point lead earned before halftime against Miami and a 17-point lead earned in the final quarter against Miami of Ohio. Introducing Brian Freamau's FEI ratings, which analyze drive efficiency rather than final scores and may be the first step towards DVOA for college football.
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