STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 10: Defender Dee Milliner #28 and Will Lowery #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide break up a pass intended for Derek Moye #6 of the Penn State Nittany Lions during the second half at Beaver Stadium on September 10, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
I'm still in the process of updating all my S&P+ tables at Outsiders, but in the meantime, feast your eyes on the latest F/+ rankings. Top 25 below, full rankings at Outsiders.
As you will see when you follow that link...
Beginning with the 2009 Football Outsiders Almanac, 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. [...] 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 the play-by-play data of all 800+ of a season's FBS college football games (and 140,000+ plays).
Falling out of the Top 25: USC (from 21st to 26th), Missouri (from 22nd to 28th).