Daily Blog - Wedneseday, June 3rd
For the past 7 years I have listed an experience chart which broke down the number of Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen each team had in the two deep and rated the teams experience level with a formula I devised. This year I have made the experience chart FIVE TIMES better. We still did the exact same chart but this year I am just listing the Senior starers, the rest of the seniors in the two deep and the points accumulated by using the system I have used from 2002-08. In the chart listed below I have now included 4 other factors. The 2nd factor listed in the chart below is the % of lettermen returning. I devised a point system for this and explain it in depth on page 319. Also added was the % of returning offensive yards. I took the total yards passing, rushing and receiving for each team and divided out the yardage of the returning players and the yards returning % listed below is that figure. I did the same with the total tackles from last year and the % of tackles returning. This gives us an idea of the defense’s experience. The final factor is the career starts returning for the offensive line. These player are not included in the stats but are a vital part of the offense. I then devised a formula that factors all 5 into the total points equation and then turned the point total into a number from 100 to 0. A 100 would be a team with 25 seniors (NCAA scholarship limit) in the two deep and every yard and tackle returning but 120+ career starts. A 0 would be a team with no experience and 0 seniors in the two deep. Just as in years past the first number is where each team ranks in the NCAA.
The 2009 Phil Steele’s College Football Preview has an official on sale date of June 9th but it is hitting book stores and newsstands across the country early. Here are some spots it is already at Barnes & Noble at Boston University (Boston, MA), Giant Eagle (Richmond Hts, OH) & Barnes & Noble (Hickory, NC) plus many more.
If you already have the magazine you have the Experience Chart broken down by conference giving you which teams are the most experienced and inexperienced. Today I will give you the chart broken down nationally with a ranking from 1 to 120.
Defending national champ Florida has a combined 75.8 grade which is the highest of any team that finished ranked last year (AP FINAL TOP 25 CLICK HERE). Oklahoma St is #10 at 74.4 and figures to be in this year preseason Top 10 and Texas is right behind at 74.1 and #11. Ole Miss, Notre Dame and LSU all rank in the Top 20 in terms of experience.
The least experienced BCS teams are Missouri at 39.6 (avg grade of 5 sources), South Carolina, Maryland, Northwestern, Nebraska West Virginia and Texas Tech.
|Total Exp Pts||Total Exp Pts||Total Exp Pts||Total Exp Pts|
|1||Minnesota||82.2||31||Wake Forest||67.8||61||N Carolina||61.8||91||Wisconsin||55.4|
|3||Toledo||80.0||33||Middle Tenn||67.1||63||Boston College||61.4||93||Michigan||54.6|
|4||E Carolina||78.7||34||Troy||66.8||64||N Carolina St||61.0||94||Virginia||54.4|
|5||FIU||77.2||35||Indiana||66.6||65||Fresno St||60.9||95||Arizona St||54.1|
|7||Stanford||75.2||37||Ohio U||66.5||67||Tennessee||59.7||97||Oregon St||53.4|
|8||La Tech||75.0||38||Akron||66.4||68||Boise St||59.6||98||Miami Oh||53.2|
|10||Oklahoma St||74.4||40||Arkansas St||65.7||70||Buffalo||59.6||100||W Michigan||52.3|
|13||Washington||72.2||43||N Texas||64.9||73||Colorado St||59.4||103||Oregon||51.5|
|14||Mississippi||71.8||44||Louisiana||64.9||74||Miami (Fla)||59.0||104||W Kentucky||51.4|
|16||San Jose St||71.4||46||California||64.4||76||Kansas St||58.5||106||Texas Tech||50.8|
|18||Lsu||70.8||48||N Illinois||64.0||78||Georgia||58.1||108||Miss St||50.1|
|21||Virginia Tech||69.8||51||Temple||63.5||81||Bowling Green||57.7||111||West Virginia||49.7|
|23||Wash St||69.4||53||Kansas||62.9||83||Ohio State||56.4||113||Northwestern||48.0|
|24||San Diego St||69.1||54||Wyoming||62.8||84||Connecticut||56.2||114||Maryland||47.9|
|25||Iowa St||69.1||55||Texas A&M||62.8||85||Kent St||56.2||115||N Mexico St||47.0|
|27||Georgia Tech||68.7||57||Pittsburgh||62.6||87||Utah||56.1||117||S Carolina||45.0|
|29||Kentucky||68.7||59||Florida St||62.3||89||Florida Atlantic||55.7||119||Ball St||42.5|