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2010 Starters Broken Down By Class

For more than 7 years I have published an “Experience Chart” in my National College Football Preview. The old version of this chart just took into account the overall experience from the 2 deep for each squad. Last year I revised the Experience Chart and created a New and Improved version. The new chart uses 20% of the experience grade from the old chart, 20% from the % of lettermen returning, 20% from the % of tackles returning, 20% from the % of yards returning and 20% from the career starts of the offensive line.

The most experienced teams when using the old chart were usually the service academies which play a lot of seniors and juniors. Using the old method (which is listed below) the top 5 most experienced teams in terms of upperclassmen in the two deep are: 1. Hawaii 2. Navy 2. Army 4. UAB and 5. Air Force. Iowa St ranks the highest among BCS teams coming in at #10.

The least experienced teams using this method are: 120. New Mexico and 119. BYU. Maryland, Pittsburgh, UCLA, LSU and Vanderbilt are tied at 114. The next paragraph is an explanation of how the chart works and below that is the old version of the Experience Chart.

Experience can be a big thing in college football. A player gains valuable experience for every year he plays and becomes a better player because of it. Players also mature physically while they are in college and there is a big difference between a raw 17 or 18 year old true freshman and a mature and physically stronger 22 year old senior. Some teams that send their players away on missions, like BYU, routinely have Seniors up to 25 years old. There is also a coaching adage that for every freshman starter you have, you lose one game. With that in mind, we compiled the following chart. It lists the total amount of senior starters on the team as well as seniors in the two deep. It also shows all of the juniors, sophomores and freshmen starters and the total amount in the two deep.

To formulate a point system, I awarded 3 points for every senior starter (2.5 for every additional senior in the two deep) 2 points for every junior starter (1.5 for every additional junior in the two deep) 1 point for a sophomore starter (0.5 for every additional soph in the 2 deep then subtracted 1 point for every frosh starter and .5 for every frosh in the two deep. The total points column uses that formula to figure out the points awarded to a team. The number before the team is where they came up in my overall ranking of all the teams in the NCAA. This list was compiled during magazine season and there have been some changes to the 2 deep since it went to press, which may not be accounted for. This chart will give you an idea of the most experienced and least experienced teams in the NCAA this year.

Rank Team SR ST SR 2D JR ST JR 2D SO ST SO 2D FR ST FR 2D Pts
1 HAWAII 12 10 9 7 1 5 0 0 93
2 NAVY 12 4 9 13 1 5 0 0 87
2 ARMY 14 7 5 7 3 8 0 0 87
4 UAB 9 8 10 10 3 2 0 2 85
5 AIR FORCE 10 6 10 8 2 8 0 0 83
6 OHIO 13 6 4 8 5 6 0 2 81
6 SAN JOSE ST 13 5 7 7 2 8 0 2 81
6 NEW MEXICO ST 12 6 9 7 1 5 0 4 81
6 IDAHO 11 7 8 7 3 5 0 3 81
10 IOWA ST 11 2 8 13 3 7 0 0 80
10 MEMPHIS 11 7 7 7 4 5 0 3 80
10 UTAH ST 10 6 11 8 1 4 0 4 80
13 NORTH TEXAS 10 5 6 11 6 5 0 1 79
14 UTEP 13 6 6 5 2 8 1 3 77
14 AUBURN 13 5 7 6 2 6 0 5 77
14 BOISE ST 10 4 11 6 1 11 0 1 77
17 IOWA 11 5 8 7 3 6 0 4 76
17 ARKANSAS ST 9 6 8 8 5 5 0 3 76
17 MIDDLE TENN 12 3 6 11 3 6 1 2 76
20 KANSAS ST 11 4 7 8 4 7 0 3 75
20 TCU 15 5 5 4 2 6 0 7 75
22 LOUISVILLE 14 6 6 4 2 3 0 9 74
23 NEBRASKA 12 4 5 7 5 7 0 4 73
23 UNLV 13 4 6 6 3 6 0 6 73
23 OREGON 12 4 5 9 5 3 0 6 73
23 CALIFORNIA 9 6 9 6 3 7 1 3 73
27 WASHINGTON 7 5 7 10 8 5 0 2 72
27 ARKANSAS 8 6 11 5 3 6 0 5 72
27 LOUISIANA 10 4 8 9 3 5 1 4 72
27 LOUISIANA TECH 9 6 7 5 6 8 0 3 72
31 KANSAS 9 7 6 6 7 3 0 6 71
31 USF 10 6 5 6 6 7 1 3 71
31 MARSHALL 8 6 9 7 5 3 0 6 71
31 KENT 11 5 5 6 5 8 1 3 71
31 TROY 9 3 11 8 2 6 0 5 71
31 NEVADA 9 3 10 6 3 11 0 2 71
37 BOSTON COLLEGE 11 4 6 5 5 9 0 4 70
37 NORTH CAROLINA 13 4 3 7 5 6 1 5 70
37 INDIANA 7 8 10 4 5 3 0 7 70
37 COLORADO 8 2 9 11 5 6 0 3 70
37 SYRACUSE 11 4 6 6 5 7 0 5 70
37 EAST CAROLINA 9 5 9 7 3 5 1 5 70
43 AKRON 13 2 6 6 3 8 0 6 69
43 ARIZONA 9 5 10 6 3 3 0 8 69
45 ILLINOIS 6 4 8 9 8 7 0 2 68
45 MISSOURI 7 2 14 6 1 11 0 3 68
45 RICE 7 4 10 6 5 9 0 3 68
45 STANFORD 10 4 6 7 6 5 0 6 68
45 FAU 11 3 5 6 6 9 0 4 68
50 MIAMI, FL 9 3 9 6 4 8 0 5 67
50 OHIO STATE 11 4 6 5 5 6 0 7 67
50 TEXAS 11 5 7 3 4 6 0 8 67
50 N ILLINOIS 8 4 9 7 5 5 0 6 67
50 TEMPLE 9 3 10 8 2 5 1 6 67
50 TOLEDO 5 3 12 9 5 7 0 3 67
50 COLORADO ST 10 5 9 4 1 8 2 5 67
50 OREGON ST 9 5 7 4 6 8 0 5 67
50 FIU 9 3 4 7 9 11 0 1 67
59 CINCINNATI 7 3 10 8 5 6 0 5 66
59 SOUTHERN MISS 8 6 11 2 2 8 1 6 66
59 BALL STATE 8 4 7 6 7 8 0 4 66
59 BUFFALO 12 4 5 5 3 8 2 5 66
59 SAN DIEGO ST 12 0 6 8 3 11 1 3 66
64 WISCONSIN 8 4 10 3 4 10 0 5 65
64 HOUSTON 9 4 8 4 4 10 1 4 65
66 NORTHWESTERN 6 3 11 7 5 7 0 5 64
66 UCF 10 6 7 2 4 6 1 8 64
66 UTAH 7 8 7 5 6 2 2 7 64
66 ARIZONA STATE 4 3 13 9 4 7 1 3 64
66 SOUTH CAROLINA 7 5 8 4 7 8 0 5 64
66 ULM 7 3 12 6 3 6 0 7 64
72 PENN STATE 6 4 12 4 4 8 0 6 63
72 MICHIGAN 6 6 8 5 7 6 1 5 63
72 WEST VIRGINIA 11 3 7 4 4 6 0 9 63
72 TULSA 6 4 9 7 5 9 2 2 63
76 OKLAHOMA ST 8 4 10 3 4 7 0 8 62
76 MIAMI, OH 10 2 5 5 6 12 1 3 62
76 WASHINGTON ST 8 4 7 6 7 4 0 8 62
76 GEORGIA 6 5 9 5 6 7 1 5 62
80 TEXAS TECH 12 2 6 4 4 6 0 10 61
80 EASTERN MICHIGAN 9 4 8 2 4 10 1 6 61
80 WYOMING 7 3 5 10 9 4 1 5 61
80 MISSISSIPPI 9 5 7 2 6 6 0 9 61
84 CLEMSON 6 4 7 9 6 6 3 3 60
84 GEORGIA TECH 8 4 9 3 4 8 1 7 60
84 USC 10 2 4 10 5 5 3 5 60
87 TULANE 7 4 6 4 9 8 0 6 59
87 BOWLING GREEN 9 3 7 5 5 6 1 8 59
87 MISSISSIPPI ST 7 3 6 8 8 5 1 6 59
87 FRESNO ST 13 0 4 5 3 12 2 5 59
91 DUKE 10 2 6 5 6 5 0 10 58
91 NC STATE 8 1 5 9 8 7 1 5 58
91 MINNESOTA 8 2 9 7 4 4 1 9 58
91 NOTRE DAME 6 3 8 6 7 8 1 5 58
95 VIRGINIA 6 2 11 6 4 7 1 7 57
95 MICHIGAN ST 8 4 8 2 6 6 0 10 57
95 BAYLOR 5 8 6 4 8 4 3 6 57
98 WAKE FOREST 6 1 11 8 4 5 1 8 56
98 FLORIDA ST 6 1 10 7 5 8 1 6 56
98 VIRGINIA TECH 6 3 10 5 6 4 0 10 56
98 WESTERN MICHIGAN 5 4 9 3 8 8 0 7 56
98 ALABAMA 4 3 10 7 7 6 1 6 56
103 PURDUE 6 2 10 5 4 10 2 5 55
103 OKLAHOMA 7 3 8 4 5 9 2 6 55
103 TENNESSEE 11 2 3 5 6 7 2 8 55
103 W KENTUCKY 8 1 4 8 10 5 0 8 55
107 RUTGERS 7 2 6 6 7 9 2 5 54
107 FLORIDA 8 5 8 2 3 6 3 9 54
109 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 8 1 5 7 6 10 3 4 53
109 KENTUCKY 8 0 8 6 4 10 2 6 53
111 TEXAS A&M 4 3 8 5 8 10 2 4 52
111 CONNECTICUT 6 2 8 4 7 9 1 7 52
111 SMU 4 2 12 5 4 9 2 6 52
114 MARYLAND 6 2 8 4 6 10 2 6 51
114 PITTSBURGH 5 2 9 6 7 5 1 9 51
114 UCLA 3 3 12 6 5 5 2 8 51
114 LSU 6 1 11 4 4 8 1 9 51
114 VANDERBILT 4 3 11 3 4 12 3 4 51
119 BYU 5 5 8 6 1 5 8 6 45
120 NEW MEXICO 7 0 6 3 7 11 2 8 44

Please check PhilSteele.com everyday to get my Top 30 Countdown, which posted #15 Auburn yesterday. Thru June 16th, I will post both magazine pages on a new team ranked in the Top 30 and you can get an early look on how I breakdown your favorite team. Remember those magazine pages are available for only 24 hours for you to download. Today, Iowa comes in at #14.

Also on PhilSteele.com around June 15th, we will be posting the players who are no longer with each team since the magazine went to press more than a month ago. What I do in my personal magazine is circle the players and that way you can tell at a glance which teams suffer the most attrition and those that do not lose anybody. Remember when Oklahoma won their National Title in 2000, not a single starter missed a single start due to injury. This list will be updated DAILY so check it often. Also during the season we will provide an updated starts lost list for each school so you can see which schools are banged up and which fall into the zero starts lost category. This section will also update late additions.

Also the official on sale date of the magazine is June 8th, but some people have already seen them in the bookstores where the cost is just $8.95. We did get a shipment into our offices this past week and if you want to order thru the offices the cost is $13.70 with postage. Call 1-866-918-7711 or visit the PhilSteele.com store to order yours today.

I will be back tomorrow with the final look at the Experience Chart with the five different factors added together.

Only 91 DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE FIRST COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME!!!

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