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Phil Steele's NEW AND IMPROVED Experience Chart

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 of this year’s College Football Preview (still don’t have it? Log on to PhilSteele.com to order today).

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 players 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.

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. 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.

NCAA Rank  Total Exp Pts NCAA Rank  Total Exp Pts NCAA Rank  Total Exp Pts NCAA Rank  Total Exp Pts
1 Minnesota 82.2          31 Wake Forest 67.8          61 North Carolina 61.8          91 Wisconsin 55.4
2 UAB 81.1                    32 Nevada 67.5              62 Syracuse 61.6                92 Michigan St 55.4
3 Toledo 80.0                33 Middle Tenn  67.1    63 Boston College 61.4              93 Michigan 54.6
4 East Carolina 78.7        34 Troy 66.8                64 North 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
6 Florida 75.8                36 Auburn 66.5            66 Arkansas 60.6                      96 Louisville 53.9
7 Stanford 75.2              37 Ohio 66.5                67 Tennessee 59.7                  97 Oregon St 53.4
8 Louisiana Tech 75.0      38 Akron 66.4            68 Boise St 59.6                      98 Miami (OH) 53.2
9 UTEP 74.5                  39 UCF 65.9                69 Arizona 59.6                        99 Penn St 53.1
10 Oklahoma St 74.4      40 Arkansas St 65.7      70 Buffalo 59.6                100 Western Michigan 52.3
11 Texas 74.1                41 SMU 65.6                71 Houston 59.5                    101 New Mexico 52.0
12 Eastern Michigan 74.0  42 UNLV 65.3                72 TCU 59.4                        102 Tulsa 51.7
13 Washington 72.2        43 North Texas 64.          73 Colorado St 59.4            103 Oregon 51.5
14 Mississippi 71.8          44 Louisiana 64.9              74 Miami (FL) 59.0              104 Western Kentucky 51.4
15 Southern Miss 71.4    45 Tulane  64.6              75 USF 58.9                          105 Rutgers 51.0
16 San Jose St 71.4        46 California 6  4.4          76 Kansas St 58.5                  106 Texas Tech 50.8
17 Notre Dame 71.0        47 Vanderbilt 64.0          77 BYU 58.2                    107 Duke 50.2
18 LSU 70.8                  48 Northern Illinois 64.0  78 Georgia 58.1                108 Miss St 50.1
19 Utah St 70.2              49 ULM  63.9                79 Idaho 58.1                        109 Purdue 50.0
20 Baylor 69.9                50 Oklahoma 63.8          80 Alabama 58.0                    110 Army 49.8
21 Virginia Tech 69.8        51 Temple 63.5            81 Bowling Green 57.7            111 West Virginia 49.7
22 UCLA 69.6                  52 Memphis 63.2            82 Hawaii 57.1                    112 Nebraska 49.3
23 Wash St 69.4            53 Kansas 62.9              83 Ohio St 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 New Mexico St 47.0
26 Marshall 69.0              56 Illinois 62.7                86 Clemson 56.1                    116 Navy 46.2
27 Georgia Tech 68.7        57 Pittsburgh 62.6          87 Utah  56.1                          117 South Carolina 45.0
28 Iowa 68.7                  58 Air Force 62.4          88 Cincinnati 56.1                    118 Rice 43.6
29 Kentucky 68.7            59 Florida St 62.3            89 FAU 55.7                          119 Ball St 42.5
30 Central Michigan 68.1    60 Colorado 62.0          90 USC 55.6                        120 Missouri 39.6


i back this, look at were nebraska and sout carolina are. good to get them early in the year while new guys are learning starting positions.
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Phil Steele is the MAN.......
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FIU is the 5th most experienced team in the country? 
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Baller07 said

FIU is the 5th most experienced team in the country?

I think a lot like us last season they had almost their entire offense come back.

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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Baller07 said

FIU is the 5th most experienced team in the country?

C'mon…Haven't you read Graham Watson's blogs??  FIU is favored to with the National Championship!



(kidding)
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Baller07 said

FIU is the 5th most experienced team in the country?

Yep, and they will have another losing to FAU experience to add this season.

Teambeer is the most knowledgeable FAU sports fan I know, way smarter than me.
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