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2019 COLLEGE FOOTBALL F+ RATINGS

through games of Monday, 1/13/20

Beginning with Football Outsiders Almanac 2009, Brian Fremeau and Bill Connelly, originators of Football Outsiders' two statistical approaches -- FEI and SP+, 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 SP+ 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 SP+ 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 F/+ Rk SP+ Rk FEI Rk
Ohio State Big Ten 55.3% 1 35.4 1 1.57 1
LSU SEC 55.0% 2 33.1 2 1.46 2
Alabama SEC 54.8% 3 32.4 3 1.35 3
Clemson ACC 54.1% 4 28.1 4 1.34 4
Georgia SEC 51.1% 5 26.8 5 0.86 6
Wisconsin Big Ten 49.5% 6 20.3 11 0.97 5
Penn State Big Ten 48.7% 7 24.3 6 0.74 10
Oklahoma Big 12 47.7% 8 22.9 8 0.71 12
Florida SEC 47.0% 9 24.0 7 0.65 15
Utah Pac-12 46.7% 10 19.5 12 0.76 8
Auburn SEC 46.2% 11 21.0 9 0.68 13
Oregon Pac-12 46.0% 12 19.0 15 0.74 9
Central Florida AAC 45.8% 13 19.1 14 0.72 11
Michigan Big Ten 45.5% 14 20.7 10 0.65 16
Notre Dame Independents 45.4% 15 17.7 19 0.76 7
Minnesota Big Ten 45.3% 16 19.4 13 0.68 14
Memphis AAC 43.2% 17 18.0 17 0.62 17
Baylor Big 12 41.8% 18 17.8 18 0.56 19
Iowa Big Ten 40.4% 19 16.7 20 0.54 20
Washington Pac-12 39.6% 20 18.3 16 0.46 24
Air Force Mountain West 36.6% 21 12.1 25 0.57 18
Texas Big 12 34.0% 22 12.0 26 0.47 23
USC Pac-12 33.9% 23 13.1 22 0.42 28
Texas A&M SEC 33.7% 24 15.0 21 0.35 31
Navy AAC 32.4% 25 9.9 31 0.51 21
Iowa State Big 12 32.4% 26 12.6 24 0.39 29
Appalachian State Sun Belt 32.4% 27 11.3 27 0.44 26
UL-Lafayette Sun Belt 30.8% 28 9.6 32 0.46 25
Florida Atlantic Conference USA 29.0% 29 7.5 40 0.50 22
Boise State Mountain West 27.9% 30 8.1 37 0.43 27
Cincinnati AAC 26.9% 31 9.1 34 0.35 30
North Carolina ACC 25.8% 32 10.3 30 0.27 33
Indiana Big Ten 24.3% 33 12.8 23 0.15 41
Washington State Pac-12 23.6% 34 11.1 28 0.18 39
Oklahoma State Big 12 22.3% 35 8.7 36 0.23 36
Tennessee SEC 21.3% 36 10.8 29 0.13 44
Kentucky SEC 19.4% 37 9.1 35 0.14 42
Kansas State Big 12 19.1% 38 6.0 46 0.25 34
Michigan State Big Ten 18.3% 39 7.2 42 0.18 38
SMU AAC 17.6% 40 4.4 48 0.28 32
TCU Big 12 16.8% 41 6.7 43 0.16 40
Tulane AAC 16.5% 42 7.5 41 0.12 45
Miami-FL ACC 16.2% 43 9.6 33 0.04 55
Virginia Tech ACC 15.6% 44 8.0 38 0.08 50
Missouri SEC 15.3% 45 7.8 39 0.08 51
Virginia ACC 13.2% 46 6.3 44 0.08 48
Western Kentucky Conference USA 11.7% 47 1.7 59 0.23 37
Mississippi State SEC 11.2% 48 3.5 51 0.14 43
Arizona State Pac-12 10.7% 49 6.3 45 0.02 58
Ole Miss SEC 9.5% 50 2.9 53 0.12 46
South Carolina SEC 7.3% 51 4.8 47 -0.01 60
Florida State ACC 6.1% 52 1.8 58 0.08 49
Buffalo MAC 6.0% 53 -2.0 71 0.24 35
Ohio MAC 5.6% 54 3.7 50 -0.01 62
Wake Forest ACC 5.6% 55 2.0 57 0.06 53
Pittsburgh ACC 5.1% 56 4.1 49 -0.04 65
San Diego State Mountain West 4.1% 57 2.0 56 0.02 57
Nebraska Big Ten 3.0% 58 2.6 55 -0.03 64
Louisiana Tech Conference USA 2.7% 59 0.2 62 0.06 52
Wyoming Mountain West 2.3% 60 -1.1 66 0.10 47
Texas Tech Big 12 1.6% 61 2.7 54 -0.07 67
Temple AAC 1.3% 62 3.2 52 -0.10 71
Louisville ACC 0.3% 63 0.2 63 0.00 59
BYU Independents -0.7% 64 1.3 60 -0.07 68
California Pac-12 -2.2% 65 -2.6 74 0.05 54
Hawaii Mountain West -3.8% 66 -1.9 69 -0.02 63
Illinois Big Ten -4.1% 67 0.6 61 -0.13 74
Tulsa AAC -4.4% 68 -2.5 73 -0.01 61
Purdue Big Ten -4.7% 69 -0.7 64 -0.09 70
Marshall Conference USA -4.7% 70 -1.9 70 -0.04 66
Oregon State Pac-12 -4.7% 71 -0.7 65 -0.09 69
Western Michigan MAC -6.8% 72 -4.9 90 0.02 56
Army Independents -9.4% 73 -2.1 72 -0.15 77
Duke ACC -10.3% 74 -1.8 68 -0.19 82
UAB Conference USA -10.5% 75 -1.4 67 -0.21 88
Central Michigan MAC -11.2% 76 -4.4 84 -0.11 73
Ball State MAC -11.4% 77 -4.5 86 -0.11 72
UCLA Pac-12 -11.8% 78 -3.9 79 -0.14 76
Liberty Independents -12.1% 79 -2.6 75 -0.20 85
Arkansas State Sun Belt -12.5% 80 -2.9 76 -0.20 86
Southern Miss Conference USA -12.6% 81 -4.8 89 -0.13 75
Colorado Pac-12 -13.2% 82 -4.1 81 -0.17 79
Houston AAC -13.4% 83 -4.3 82 -0.17 80
Fresno State Mountain West -13.9% 84 -4.0 80 -0.19 83
Georgia Southern Sun Belt -15.3% 85 -4.5 87 -0.21 87
Charlotte Conference USA -15.6% 86 -6.3 95 -0.15 78
Boston College ACC -16.3% 87 -5.7 92 -0.19 81
Stanford Pac-12 -16.7% 88 -4.7 88 -0.24 91
Utah State Mountain West -17.6% 89 -4.3 83 -0.28 95
Northwestern Big Ten -17.9% 90 -5.5 91 -0.24 92
Syracuse ACC -18.0% 91 -3.0 77 -0.35 101
Troy Sun Belt -18.8% 92 -4.4 85 -0.31 98
Colorado State Mountain West -20.0% 93 -3.9 78 -0.37 103
Florida International Conference USA -20.4% 94 -7.0 97 -0.25 93
Eastern Michigan MAC -21.4% 95 -8.6 101 -0.22 89
San Jose State Mountain West -22.8% 96 -7.2 99 -0.31 97
UL-Monroe Sun Belt -23.2% 97 -10.7 109 -0.20 84
Arizona Pac-12 -24.3% 98 -8.0 100 -0.32 99
Miami-OH MAC -24.4% 99 -9.2 102 -0.28 94
West Virginia Big 12 -24.9% 100 -7.0 98 -0.38 104
Middle Tennessee Conference USA -25.0% 101 -11.3 110 -0.23 90
Georgia State Sun Belt -25.9% 102 -10.5 107 -0.28 96
South Florida AAC -26.8% 103 -9.8 103 -0.33 100
North Texas Conference USA -27.8% 104 -6.1 93 -0.52 110
NC State ACC -28.8% 105 -6.3 94 -0.55 112
Kent State MAC -28.9% 106 -10.2 105 -0.38 106
Maryland Big Ten -29.6% 107 -6.3 96 -0.58 114
Coastal Carolina Sun Belt -31.8% 108 -12.8 113 -0.38 105
Northern Illinois MAC -32.5% 109 -13.9 115 -0.37 102
Kansas Big 12 -32.7% 110 -9.8 104 -0.52 111
Georgia Tech ACC -33.5% 111 -12.0 111 -0.46 107
Vanderbilt SEC -35.4% 112 -10.4 106 -0.60 117
Arkansas SEC -35.6% 113 -10.6 108 -0.60 116
Nevada Mountain West -37.0% 114 -12.3 112 -0.58 115
Toledo MAC -37.8% 115 -13.7 114 -0.56 113
UNLV Mountain West -39.7% 116 -17.4 120 -0.52 109
East Carolina AAC -40.7% 117 -14.0 116 -0.68 119
South Alabama Sun Belt -41.1% 118 -20.3 122 -0.51 108
Texas State Sun Belt -42.6% 119 -16.2 118 -0.68 120
Rice Conference USA -43.0% 120 -18.0 121 -0.64 118
New Mexico Mountain West -45.6% 121 -17.0 119 -0.82 122
Rutgers Big Ten -45.8% 122 -14.6 117 -1.01 125
Old Dominion Conference USA -48.3% 123 -24.4 125 -0.77 121
UTSA Conference USA -49.8% 124 -23.7 124 -0.89 123
New Mexico State Independents -50.1% 125 -22.0 123 -0.98 124
Connecticut AAC -52.3% 126 -24.4 126 -1.20 127
UTEP Conference USA -52.6% 127 -25.6 127 -1.19 126
Bowling Green MAC -53.2% 128 -27.5 128 -1.24 128
Akron MAC -53.8% 129 -29.8 129 -1.33 129
Massachusetts Independents -54.7% 130 -34.6 130 -1.90 130