“It was one of the most frustrating things I've been through. If I ever encounter something harder than that, boy, that'll be tough.”
– Cowboys cornerback Devin Hedgepeth, on coming back from Achilles injuries that derailed his 2011 season.
ONE MORE RANKING: COWBOYS NO. 9
The Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI) rating is a football version of sabermetrics developed by Brian Fremeau of footballoutsiders.com that adds context when evaluating performance; factors such as pace of play, “garbage time” and strength of schedule.
This week, Fremeau released his preseason overall rankings, or 2012 “projected ratings,” and OSU comes in at No. 9.
Along with offensive and defensive FEI ratings, a lot of variables over a five-year program are taken into account, such as FEI ratings, recruiting success, returning starters and quarterback reliance.
Here's the FEI top 10:
1. Alabama .286; 2. Oklahoma .277; 3. LSU .267; 4. USC .223; 5. Florida .218; 6. Florida State .215; 7. Ohio State .210; 8. Oregon .206; 9. Oklahoma State .204; 10. Georgia .202.