Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2017 OVERALL COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

through games of 10/14/17

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
Ohio State Big Ten 6-1 52.4% 1 2 1 29.6 1 0.247 5
Alabama SEC 7-0 52.1% 2 1 -1 27.3 2 0.244 6
Georgia SEC 7-0 51.7% 3 3 0 20.8 5 0.285 2
Penn State Big Ten 6-0 51.4% 4 6 2 22.4 3 0.253 4
TCU Big 12 6-0 50.5% 5 8 3 17.7 13 0.312 1
Oklahoma Big 12 5-1 50.1% 6 5 -1 19.6 8 0.243 7
Clemson ACC 6-1 49.9% 7 4 -3 18.2 10 0.261 3
Miami-FL ACC 5-0 49.1% 8 9 1 18.0 11 0.239 8
Notre Dame Ind 5-1 48.9% 9 11 2 17.9 12 0.237 9
Washington Pac-12 6-1 48.8% 10 7 -3 20.5 7 0.206 10
Oklahoma State Big 12 5-1 48.7% 11 12 1 21.0 4 0.199 11
Central Florida American 5-0 46.6% 12 19 7 18.3 9 0.185 13
Wisconsin Big Ten 6-0 46.3% 13 10 -3 20.6 6 0.166 18
Auburn SEC 5-2 44.4% 14 15 1 17.0 14 0.166 17
USC Pac-12 6-1 44.3% 15 14 -1 14.5 17 0.196 12
Stanford Pac-12 5-2 43.9% 16 18 2 15.3 15 0.179 16
Michigan Big Ten 5-1 43.9% 17 13 -4 14.8 16 0.185 14
Michigan State Big Ten 5-1 37.1% 18 24 6 11.5 20 0.145 21
NC State ACC 6-1 36.8% 19 22 3 10.2 23 0.161 19
Virginia Tech ACC 5-1 36.0% 20 20 0 12.5 19 0.121 27
Iowa State Big 12 4-2 35.2% 21 30 9 8.4 28 0.179 15
Florida State ACC 2-3 33.3% 22 17 -5 9.7 25 0.132 23
Washington State Pac-12 6-1 33.1% 23 16 -7 10.7 22 0.116 30
Mississippi State SEC 4-2 30.5% 24 36 12 11.3 21 0.087 38
Iowa Big Ten 4-2 30.3% 25 29 4 6.6 38 0.156 20
Team Conference Rec F/+ Rk Prev. Rk Chg. S&P+ Rk FEI Rk
Texas Tech Big 12 4-2 29.9% 26 21 -5 7.9 32 0.126 24
South Florida American 6-0 28.4% 27 31 4 14.0 18 0.049 50
Utah Pac-12 4-2 28.3% 28 42 14 7.7 33 0.115 31
Virginia ACC 5-1 27.9% 29 37 8 7.2 34 0.120 29
Georgia Tech ACC 3-2 27.7% 30 32 2 9.0 27 0.091 37
West Virginia Big 12 4-2 27.5% 31 40 9 6.8 37 0.121 26
Arizona Pac-12 4-2 26.7% 32 44 12 6.9 36 0.113 32
Texas Big 12 3-3 26.4% 33 28 -5 6.3 40 0.120 28
Louisville ACC 4-3 26.2% 34 23 -11 10.2 24 0.066 44
Wake Forest ACC 4-2 25.6% 35 34 -1 8.2 29 0.086 39
San Diego State MWC 6-1 23.3% 36 27 -9 3.5 52 0.143 22
Houston American 4-2 21.8% 37 26 -11 6.1 43 0.085 41
LSU SEC 5-2 21.7% 38 47 9 9.1 26 0.046 52
Boise State MWC 4-2 21.1% 39 43 4 6.3 41 0.077 43
Indiana Big Ten 3-3 21.0% 40 45 5 6.1 44 0.079 42
Purdue Big Ten 3-3 18.4% 41 49 8 3.5 55 0.098 34
SMU American 4-2 18.3% 42 51 9 6.3 42 0.057 49
Texas A&M SEC 5-2 18.2% 43 38 -5 3.5 53 0.096 35
Oregon Pac-12 4-3 16.8% 44 25 -19 8.1 30 0.025 56
Florida SEC 3-3 16.7% 45 35 -10 4.7 48 0.066 45
Navy Ind 5-1 16.5% 46 39 -7 3.4 57 0.085 40
South Carolina SEC 5-2 15.9% 47 52 5 2.6 63 0.092 36
Southern Miss Conf USA 4-2 15.7% 48 53 5 7.9 31 0.020 59
UTSA Conf USA 3-2 14.7% 49 48 -1 5.7 45 0.039 54
Minnesota Big Ten 3-3 12.5% 50 46 -4 2.8 62 0.064 47
Team Conference Rec F/+ Rk Prev. Rk Chg. S&P+ Rk FEI Rk
UCLA Pac-12 3-3 12.4% 51 33 -18 3.2 58 0.058 48
Western Michigan MAC 4-2 12.1% 52 54 2 2.6 64 0.064 46
Northern Illinois MAC 4-2 11.7% 53 50 -3 3.7 50 0.046 53
Kentucky SEC 5-1 11.2% 54 55 1 -0.2 77 0.100 33
Arizona State Pac-12 3-3 11.0% 55 64 9 -1.5 81 0.123 25
Syracuse ACC 4-3 11.0% 56 75 19 3.1 59 0.049 51
Kansas State Big 12 3-3 10.0% 57 41 -16 5.3 46 0.014 62
Toledo MAC 5-1 9.5% 58 61 3 4.9 47 0.015 61
Memphis American 5-1 5.6% 59 57 -2 3.9 49 0.003 65
Arkansas State Sun Belt 3-2 5.0% 60 73 13 3.5 51 0.004 64
Duke ACC 4-3 2.9% 61 63 2 0.1 75 0.036 55
Appalachian State Sun Belt 4-2 2.4% 62 56 -6 6.4 39 -0.050 80
Colorado State MWC 5-2 0.8% 63 65 2 7.1 35 -0.070 86
Eastern Michigan MAC 2-4 0.3% 64 71 7 0.5 73 0.013 63
Colorado Pac-12 4-3 -0.5% 65 62 -3 1.2 68 0.000 66
Florida Atlantic Conf USA 3-3 -0.6% 66 67 1 2.8 61 -0.023 73
Tulane American 3-3 -0.8% 67 60 -7 -0.9 78 0.025 57
North Texas Conf USA 4-2 -1.9% 68 79 11 1.8 65 -0.018 72
Ohio MAC 5-2 -2.1% 69 72 3 3.5 54 -0.042 77
Tennessee SEC 3-3 -2.4% 70 59 -11 1.6 66 -0.018 71
Troy Sun Belt 4-2 -3.5% 71 69 -2 0.9 70 -0.016 69
Army Ind 5-2 -3.6% 72 77 5 0.9 71 -0.016 70
Marshall Conf USA 5-1 -6.2% 73 83 10 0.6 72 -0.029 74
Buffalo MAC 3-4 -6.4% 74 84 10 -3.4 91 0.020 58
Northwestern Big Ten 3-3 -8.0% 75 76 1 1.1 69 -0.048 79
Team Conference Rec F/+ Rk Prev. Rk Chg. S&P+ Rk FEI Rk
Arkansas SEC 2-4 -8.9% 76 66 -10 1.5 67 -0.061 81
Maryland Big Ten 3-3 -8.9% 77 70 -7 -2.2 83 -0.011 68
California Pac-12 4-3 -9.8% 78 96 18 -3.1 87 -0.006 67
Air Force MWC 2-4 -13.8% 79 78 -1 -2.7 86 -0.037 75
Boston College ACC 3-4 -14.0% 80 86 6 -7.8 104 0.017 60
Ole Miss SEC 3-3 -14.7% 81 81 0 3.4 56 -0.142 107
Nebraska Big Ten 3-4 -14.9% 82 58 -24 0.3 74 -0.087 93
Western Kentucky Conf USA 4-2 -16.4% 83 89 6 0.1 76 -0.095 94
Miami-OH MAC 2-5 -16.7% 84 82 -2 -1.1 79 -0.079 88
Louisiana Tech Conf USA 3-3 -16.8% 85 88 3 -3.5 92 -0.047 78
New Mexico State Sun Belt 3-4 -17.9% 86 92 6 -1.2 80 -0.087 92
Fresno State MWC 4-2 -18.4% 87 107 20 2.9 60 -0.175 117
North Carolina ACC 1-6 -21.3% 88 80 -8 -3.2 88 -0.084 90
Wyoming MWC 4-2 -21.7% 89 87 -2 -1.8 82 -0.109 98
Baylor Big 12 0-6 -22.0% 90 68 -22 -4.6 94 -0.069 84
New Mexico MWC 3-3 -23.4% 91 74 -17 -2.6 84 -0.109 99
UL-Monroe Sun Belt 3-3 -23.8% 92 90 -2 -8.4 105 -0.041 76
Temple American 3-4 -24.2% 93 91 -2 -6.0 100 -0.069 85
Rutgers Big Ten 2-4 -24.4% 94 98 4 -3.4 90 -0.105 97
UNLV MWC 2-4 -25.6% 95 100 5 -5.3 97 -0.087 91
Utah State MWC 3-4 -26.2% 96 94 -2 -3.2 89 -0.125 104
Idaho Sun Belt 2-4 -26.7% 97 111 14 -5.4 98 -0.096 96
Georgia State Sun Belt 3-2 -27.3% 98 105 7 -8.5 106 -0.065 83
Middle Tennessee Conf USA 3-4 -27.4% 99 97 -2 -4.0 93 -0.122 103
UL-Lafayette Sun Belt 3-3 -28.1% 100 110 10 -7.7 103 -0.079 87
Team Conference Rec F/+ Rk Prev. Rk Chg. S&P+ Rk FEI Rk
Akron MAC 3-3 -28.1% 101 108 7 -9.5 112 -0.062 82
Vanderbilt SEC 3-4 -28.2% 102 85 -17 -2.7 85 -0.156 112
Pittsburgh ACC 2-5 -29.0% 103 93 -10 -5.3 96 -0.117 101
Tulsa American 2-5 -30.0% 104 109 5 -8.6 108 -0.083 89
UAB Conf USA 4-2 -31.8% 105 115 10 -6.2 102 -0.129 106
Missouri SEC 1-5 -32.8% 106 99 -7 -4.9 95 -0.165 116
Coastal Carolina Sun Belt 1-5 -33.5% 107 101 -6 -10.3 114 -0.095 95
Central Michigan MAC 3-4 -35.0% 108 102 -6 -9.3 111 -0.118 102
Massachusetts Ind 0-6 -35.4% 109 104 -5 -10.4 115 -0.110 100
South Alabama Sun Belt 2-4 -36.2% 110 116 6 -6.0 101 -0.185 119
Florida International Conf USA 4-2 -36.8% 111 121 10 -5.7 99 -0.204 122
Cincinnati American 2-5 -37.5% 112 95 -17 -9.2 110 -0.144 109
Ball State MAC 2-4 -38.9% 113 112 -1 -9.0 109 -0.165 115
Illinois Big Ten 2-4 -40.3% 114 106 -8 -8.5 107 -0.194 120
Bowling Green MAC 1-6 -41.0% 115 113 -2 -12.8 118 -0.142 108
Oregon State Pac-12 1-6 -41.2% 116 114 -2 -12.2 117 -0.150 110
BYU Ind 1-6 -41.9% 117 103 -14 -11.7 116 -0.164 114
Nevada MWC 1-6 -43.0% 118 123 5 -14.2 121 -0.153 111
Georgia Southern Sun Belt 0-5 -43.1% 119 119 0 -19.4 127 -0.128 105
Connecticut American 2-4 -43.6% 120 120 0 -14.0 119 -0.162 113
Hawaii MWC 3-4 -45.5% 121 122 1 -10.3 113 -0.268 128
Old Dominion Conf USA 2-4 -45.6% 122 117 -5 -14.8 122 -0.182 118
Kansas Big 12 1-5 -46.8% 123 118 -5 -14.0 120 -0.211 123
Kent State MAC 2-5 -48.4% 124 125 1 -18.6 125 -0.197 121
Texas State Sun Belt 1-6 -48.4% 125 124 -1 -16.7 123 -0.213 124
Charlotte Conf USA 0-7 -50.1% 126 126 0 -18.9 126 -0.229 125
San Jose State MWC 1-7 -50.6% 127 127 0 -16.7 124 -0.276 129
East Carolina American 1-6 -51.5% 128 129 1 -19.6 128 -0.267 127
UTEP Conf USA 0-7 -51.5% 129 128 -1 -20.8 129 -0.257 126
Rice Conf USA 1-5 -53.0% 130 130 0 -22.1 130 -0.322 130