2006 F/+ Rankings Now Available At Football Outsiders

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 08: Quarterback Troy Smith #10 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is tackled by Jarvis Moss #94 of the Florida Gators during the 2007 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 8, 2007 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

We continue our week of ratings updates by moving to 2006. Below, you'll find new S&P+ and F/+ ratings; again, beginning with 2007, we work in special teams rankings and FEI updates as well, but for 2005-06, special teams does not play an isolated role.

New 2006 S&P+ Rankings
Official 2006 F/+ Rankings
Expanded 2006 Off. S&P+ Rankings
Expanded 2006 Def. S&P+ Rankings

The F/+ Top 40 for 2006 is below. The entire list can be found at Outsiders. Some quick notes:

  • During the "Alabama vs Oklahoma State" debate, I mentioned that Alabama and LSU were clearly the two best teams, and with no "No Rematches" clause, they should play for the national title. (Granted, OSU closed the gap considerably at the end of the regular season, but the point stands.) In response, I had a couple of people bring up 2006 Michigan, and how they and Ohio State were "clearly the two best teams in 2006" as reason for giving Oklahoma State a shot (since Ohio State lost badly to Florida). One problem with this: Ohio State and Michigan were in no way "clearly the two best teams" according to our F.O. rankings. Granted, the below rankings take their terrible bowl performances into account, but even without the bowls, Ohio State was not very far ahead of everybody at No. 1, and Michigan was barely in the Top 5. And after the bowls, Michigan was as close to No. 2 LSU as they were to No. 15 Boston College.
  • This was actually a pretty interesting year, with four teams within 3.0% of the top spot. Currently in 2011, nobody is within 7.6% of LSU. (Further proof that there was no dominant team in 2006: No. 1 Florida would barely be ahead of 2011's No. 3 Oklahoma State at +29.1%.
  • This was an odd, good-and-bad year for the SEC (not unlike 2011). Florida and LSU were 1-2 ... but only one other team was in the Top 15, only two others in the Top 20. Lots of good teams (they did still have No. 12, No. 16, and Nos. 23-25), but only two elite teams and fewer Top 12 teams than ... the Big East.
  • Man, the Big East was good this season. And then things rather quickly fell apart. West Virginia stayed strong, South Florida surged ahead, and Louisville and Rutgers quickly regressed.
  • Go here for the Classic Study Hall post about the Florida-Ohio State title game.

2006 F/+ Top 40

F/+ Rk Team Record F/+ S&P+ S&P+
Rk
FEI FEI
Rk
1 Florida 13-1 +29.1% 257.2 4 0.320 1
2 LSU 11-2 +27.9% 262.1 2 0.273 3
3 Ohio State 12-1 +26.7% 263.6 1 0.241 5
4 USC 11-2 +26.1% 247.0 10 0.311 2
5 Louisville 12-1 +25.7% 257.6 3 0.250 4
6 West Virginia 11-2 +23.0% 251.6 7 0.226 6
7 BYU 11-2 +22.3% 251.7 6 0.213 9
8 Michigan 11-2 +22.2% 252.9 5 0.203 12
9 Boise State 13-0 +20.2% 245.1 13 0.201 13
10 Virginia Tech 10-3 +19.9% 249.5 8 0.175 19
11 Rutgers 11-2 +19.5% 246.5 11 0.182 18
12 Arkansas 10-4 +18.6% 237.6 14 0.206 10
13 California 10-3 +18.4% 233.1 18 0.225 7
14 Oklahoma 11-3 +17.6% 235.6 16 0.198 14
15 Boston College 10-3 +17.4% 233.6 17 0.203 11
16 Tennessee 9-4 +16.4% 226.9 23 0.216 8
17 Hawaii 11-3 +16.3% 246.2 12 0.119 30
18 Texas 10-3 +15.9% 231.1 20 0.185 17
19 TCU 11-2 +15.8% 247.1 9 0.104 32
20 Georgia Tech 9-5 +15.2% 236.3 15 0.145 25
F/+ Rk Team Record F/+ S&P+ S&P+
Rk
FEI FEI
Rk
21 Wisconsin 12-1 +15.1% 231.4 19 0.167 21
22 Clemson 8-5 +15.0% 230.7 21 0.168 20
23 Auburn 11-2 +14.3% 222.0 34 0.196 15
24 Georgia 9-4 +13.5% 219.2 35 0.196 16
25 South Carolina 8-5 +13.0% 226.5 24 0.149 24
26 Notre Dame 10-3 +12.9% 224.4 28 0.159 23
27 Nebraska 9-5 +11.2% 222.2 33 0.135 26
28 South Florida 9-4 +10.6% 230.5 22 0.083 35
29 Oklahoma State 7-6 +10.1% 223.4 30 0.107 31
30 Missouri 8-5 +9.6% 218.6 36 0.119 28
31 Oregon State 10-4 +9.4% 217.8 38 0.119 29
32 Wake Forest 11-3 +9.3% 209.2 50 0.160 22
33 Texas A&M 9-4 +8.6% 213.8 45 0.123 27
34 Texas Tech 8-5 +8.3% 225.5 25 0.060 41
35 Miami 7-6 +8.3% 224.4 27 0.065 39
36 Oregon 7-6 +8.0% 223.9 29 0.062 40
37 Penn State 9-4 +7.9% 225.1 26 0.055 46
38 Florida State 7-6 +7.5% 214.8 43 0.098 34
39 Pittsburgh 6-6 +7.5% 222.8 32 0.057 44
40 Cincinnati 8-5 +7.4% 223.1 31 0.055 47

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