College football's best teams to watch: Introducing the CFB Entertainment Index

Jonathan Ferrey

Introducing a new metric that ranks college football teams by how entertaining they are.

This is the College Football Entertainment Index, or CFBEI for short. The idea behind it is to take aspects of a football game that most people find fun and entertaining, and create a composite with which we can find out which teams are the most fun. Since different people find different aspects of football entertaining, this won't ring true for everyone, but I think this will generally apply to most fans.

Here's how the CFBEI is calculated:

The following stats are accumulated, with each team ranked 1-124: scoring offense, scoring defense, total points per game, margin of victory/defeat (indicated by +/-), adjusted pace (Football Study Hall explanation), and F/+ (Football Outsiders explanation). Those rankings are then added together, with the lowest sum representing the most entertaining college football team.

This metric is intended to reward teams that play in close, high-scoring games and run a lot of plays along the way (whether Bret Bielema likes it or not). Scoring defense and F/+ are included to counterbalance things a little, and provide some reward for overall quality and defensive prowess.

Here is the CFBEI from the 2012 season:

Rk Team CFBEI Off. Rk Def. Rk Total Pts Rk +/- Rk Adj. Pace Rk F/+ Rk

1 Oregon 166 2 25 9 123 5 2

2 Arizona 193 15 104 6 23 7 38

3 Texas A&M 205 5 26 13 118 40 3

4 Clemson 205 6 46 16 107 8 22

5 Oklahoma State 211 3 64 5 111 16 12

6 West Virginia 211 9 117 4 9 25 47

7 Nebraska 214 28 58 26 57 26 19

8 Baylor 215 4 113 3 59 6 30

9 UCLA 222 31 59 28 51 18 35

10 Ball State 230 33 93 18 11 11 64

11 Marshall 231 7 123 2 16 1 82

12 Arizona State 233 14 40 25 99 14 41

13 Nevada 233 18 102 8 31 3 71

14 Tennessee 239 22 107 7 5 41 57

15 Fresno State 241 17 36 33 99 22 34

16 Texas Tech 241 20 91 10 41 34 45

17 Tulsa 243 30 35 49 83 4 42

18 Georgia Tech 244 34 65 29 39 28 49

19 Oklahoma 245 16 50 21 89 61 8

20 Ole Miss 254 44 60 45 30 35 40

Rk Team CFBEI Off. Rk Def. Rk Total Pts Rk +/- Rk Adj. Pace Rk F/+ Rk

21 Texas 254 23 72 19 47 69 24

22 North Carolina 258 8 53 13 105 33 46

23 Ohio State 259 21 31 39 101 53 14

24 Syracuse 260 55 48 69 38 13 37

25 Rice 261 41 78 31 14 10 87

26 Troy 263 52 84 36 1 12 78

27 Louisiana Tech 265 1 119 1 90 2 52

28 Northern Illinois 266 13 21 48 115 36 33

29 Toledo 267 45 67 40 24 37 54

30 ULM 271 32 73 24 35 32 75

31 Northwestern 272 43 29 74 68 29 29

32 Houston 274 38 110 11 26 9 80

33 Arkansas State 282 26 43 44 77 39 53

34 Ohio 289 42 47 60 53 19 68

35 Oregon State 294 37 22 81 86 50 18

36 Kansas State 297 11 28 37 109 103 9

37 N.C. State 298 71 52 79 18 15 63

38 East Carolina 299 47 89 23 2 48 90

39 Indiana 300 51 105 15 33 22 74

40 Western Michigan 301 61 75 46 4 30 85

Rk Team CFBEI Off. Rk Def. Rk Total Pts Rk +/- Rk Adj. Pace Rk F/+ Rk

41 Penn State 302 62 17 105 73 20 25

42 Louisville 304 50 37 68 61 60 28

43 San Diego State 306 36 42 57 64 63 44

44 San Jose State 307 29 24 64 97 61 32

45 Florida State 309 10 6 77 119 92 5

46 Georgia 311 19 18 56 114 98 6

47 Duke 314 46 111 12 33 31 81

48 TCU 316 68 30 89 41 57 31

49 UL-Lafayette 318 24 63 22 61 89 59

50 Kent State 321 35 44 53 65 76 48

51 UCF 326 25 27 54 93 91 36

52 Miami 326 49 83 29 8 92 65

53 Michigan State 328 110 9 123 29 42 15

54 Virginia Tech 330 83 32 109 17 46 43

55 Utah State 332 27 7 92 116 73 17

56 Purdue 332 65 87 40 19 45 76

57 BYU 335 66 3 117 104 22 23

58 Air Force 336 73 71 61 13 17 101

59 Alabama 338 12 1 96 122 106 1

60 Iowa State 345 87 38 104 6 55 55

Rk Team CFBEI Off. Rk Def. Rk Total Pts Rk +/- Rk Adj. Pace Rk F/+ Rk

61 SMU 345 53 54 63 36 69 70

62 Missouri 348 80 68 74 20 48 58

63 USC 349 40 41 61 63 117 27

64 LSU 351 57 12 111 88 73 10

65 Wisconsin 352 59 16 101 78 82 16

66 Cincinnati 361 39 14 90 98 94 26

67 Washington 361 90 39 105 3 68 56

68 South Carolina 364 48 13 95 93 102 13

69 Notre Dame 368 82 2 121 90 66 7

70 Stanford 368 72 11 116 80 78 11

71 Utah 382 75 49 84 11 97 66

72 Michigan 384 58 19 96 73 118 20

73 Pittsburgh 385 77 23 110 40 84 51

74 Boise State 386 54 8 115 101 87 21

75 Vanderbilt 388 56 15 101 84 82 50

76 MTSU 391 76 62 71 10 76 96

77 Mississippi State 399 60 34 83 46 114 62

78 Western Kentucky 399 70 51 79 22 108 69

79 UAB 402 69 114 16 69 43 91

80 Florida 407 78 5 119 87 114 4

Rk Team CFBEI Off. Rk Def. Rk Total Pts Rk +/- Rk Adj. Pace Rk F/+ Rk

81 Bowling Green 408 94 10 120 44 73 67

82 Wyoming 416 74 99 38 49 56 100

83 Akron 418 79 108 31 70 21 109

84 UTSA 419 63 96 33 25 86 116

85 Virginia 421 95 70 85 45 43 83

86 FIU 425 84 90 59 50 53 89

87 Connecticut 433 120 20 122 15 95 61

88 Central Michigan 437 64 95 35 26 122 95

89 Navy 438 85 55 91 7 103 97

90 New Mexico 441 81 79 66 32 69 114

91 Rutgers 445 98 4 124 59 121 39

92 Texas State 448 67 100 27 37 118 99

93 Army 451 89 106 43 81 26 106

94 Arkansas 452 91 82 78 54 87 60

95 Minnesota 454 96 45 114 20 100 79

96 South Florida 459 106 57 107 52 64 73

97 Buffalo 460 100 69 94 58 47 92

98 Iowa 467 113 33 118 26 105 72

99 Memphis 481 88 80 70 43 106 94

100 North Texas 486 105 61 101 54 52 113

Rk Team CFBEI Off. Rk Def. Rk Total Pts Rk +/- Rk Adj. Pace Rk F/+ Rk

101 Temple 489 86 88 67 48 116 84

102 UTEP 490 102 77 88 66 64 93

103 California 491 93 98 64 75 84 77

104 UNLV 506 97 97 71 79 59 103

105 Miami (OH) 521 92 103 50 85 89 102

106 Maryland 527 109 56 111 56 109 86

107 Boston College 543 111 76 98 72 98 88

108 South Alabama 546 116 74 107 81 50 118

109 Washington State 550 108 101 76 95 72 98

110 Florida Atlantic 551 107 85 87 76 81 115

111 Kansas 556 118 112 73 112 37 104

112 Hawai'i 560 103 109 58 103 66 121

113 Colorado State 580 104 81 86 67 123 119

114 Wake Forest 581 117 92 92 95 78 107

115 Tulane 591 99 118 42 110 111 111

116 Colorado 591 121 124 20 124 78 124

117 Auburn 593 115 66 113 70 124 105

118 Eastern Michigan 601 101 115 47 108 120 110

119 Southern Miss 607 112 116 54 113 95 117

120 Kentucky 617 119 86 99 92 109 112

121 Massachusetts 628 124 121 82 121 58 122

122 Illinois 630 122 94 100 106 100 108

123 New Mexico State 639 114 120 52 117 113 123

124 Idaho 646 123 122 50 120 111 120

Using this data, let's make some predictions for the 2013 season:

Projected 2013 top 10

Based on some educated guesses, returning coaches and personnel, and new coaches and contributors, here's a rough stab at the top 10 most entertaining teams in 2013:

1.Oregon
2. Texas A&M
3. Clemson
4. Oklahoma State
5. Baylor
6. Arizona
7. Texas Tech
8. West Virginia
9. Nebraska
10. UCLA

Biggest risers?

The two most obvious answers here are Cal and Auburn. Both teams have been taken over by coaches who run high-scoring, up-tempo offenses, and both were just dreadful with the ball in their hands in 2012. It will be a huge surprise if both of these teams don't make drastic improvements in 2013.

Biggest fallers?

Louisiana Tech and Syracuse won't drop completely off the map, but both will embark on the 2013 season with new coaches and without key offensive personnel. Sustaining a top-30 ranking will be exceedingly difficult to repeat for either.

Worst team to watch

Man, it's tough to go against Idaho. It's tough to be a Vandals fan right now, and with only 11 starters coming back, 2013 should be another exercise in masochism.

We'll be updating these numbers once the 2013 season starts, so fans can track where their favorite teams stand week-by-week, or so fans just looking for a fun game can get some direction on who to watch.

Any suggestions on how we can improve this stat?

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