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OAYP: 2019 College Football Rankings

By Jim Johnson
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The OAYP advanced metric ranks all 130 FBS teams through the entire regular season and championship weekend.

OAYP is an advanced metric to evaluate the true strength of college football teams. The premise is best boiled down to two of the most basic tenets of the game -- moving the ball and scoring efficiently, while preventing the opposition from doing so. With that in mind, the team component is largely based on opponent adjusted yards (per play) and points (per drive)... hence OAYP.

What separates the formula from the pack is its predictive nature, thanks to its ability to account for injuries, suspensions, etc., using the individual player rankings. However, the team numbers are still the foundation for everything.

These will be released each week with the updated data.

I've also decided to include conference rankings going forward. These are simply measured by the average OAYP of all the teams in a given league. In the interest of relative context, I included an individual team comp for each league's average as a way to approximate the team strength of the mean squad in each conference:


1. Big Ten (0.83): Texas A&M
2. SEC (0.81): Between Cincinnati/SMU & Tulane
3. Big 12 (0.64): Between Tulane & North Carolina
4. Pac-12 (0.36): Arizona State/Indiana/BYU
5. AAC (0.09): Between Louisville/Louisiana Tech & Western Michigan
6. ACC (0.03): Western Michigan
7. MWC (-0.35): Oregon State
8. Sun Belt (-0.45): Between Texas Tech & Charlotte
9. C-USA (-0.70): Between Northwestern/Duke & Colorado
10. MAC (-0.88): South Florida


Here’s a quick explanation of the table:

OFF RK -- Where each team ranks among the 130 FBS teams in offensive OAYP

DEF RK -- Same thing, but for defense

SOS RK -- This is basically where each team ranks in average opponent OAYP. It’s a strength of schedule measure. *Note* This only takes into account each team’s SOS, so far. It does not look ahead to the remainder of the schedule. This is also not to be confused with strength of record.

Jim Johnson - Editor of Southern Pigskin, Producer of "Three & Out", and host of "Explosive Recruiting" on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. E-mail: Twitter: @JimJohnsonSP