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Combined New and Improved Experience Chart

In the past several blogs I have been breaking down each factor that goes into my New and Improved Experience Chart and today I conclude the series by combining the five factors into my final ranking.

For more than 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. Last year I made the experience chart FIVE TIMES better.

We still do the exact same chart but now I just list the Senior starters, the rest of the seniors in the two deep and the points accumulated by using the system I 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 magazine. 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 and 120+ career starts on the offensive line. 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 have been following the past couple of experience blogs, it should come at no surprise that Boise St has the most experience points for 2010 with 92, which is 12 points higher than #2 Arkansas. Utah St, Ball St and North Texas round out the Top 5 and all three of those teams are looking to improve upon last year. North Carolina is the 2nd highest BCS school with 77.8 pts.

At the bottom of the chart is #120 Oklahoma St who last year ranked #10 and the Cowboys are clearly less experienced this year. Tennessee comes in at #119 and HC Derek Dooley will not be the only new face on the Volunteer sidelines this fall. Bowling Green, Mississsippi and Arizona St round out the bottom 5.

Here is the complete New and Improved Experience Chart which is featured on page 311 in this year’s magazine.

Rk Team Exp Pts Total Strs Senior 2 Deep Senior Exp Pts % LTR Return % YDS Return % TKL Return OL Car Sts
1 Boise St 92 11 6 75 91.70% 99.30% 94.90% 94
2 Arkansas 80 9 6 75 83.10% 90.10% 74.30% 77
3 Utah St 79.8 10 9 75 77.80% 65.70% 71.50% 126
4 Ball St 79 9 5 72 73.70% 87.80% 73.90% 92
5 North Texas 78.9 10 5 73 72.70% 94.10% 75.00% 113
6 Louisiana Tech 78.6 10 5 84 75.00% 87.80% 74.50% 91
7 N Carolina 77.8 13 5 73 78.00% 98.40% 79.90% 57
8 Army 77.6 14 9 92 69.00% 79.50% 79.00% 72
9 Colorado 76.7 9 2 73 73.30% 84.50% 58.10% 109
10 Washington 76.6 8 5 75 72.50% 99.10% 72.10% 88
12 Florida St 76.4 6 1 56 70.50% 84.40% 58.60% 146
11 Temple 76.4 10 2 68 80.00% 90.80% 75.60% 107
13 Wisconsin 76.2 8 4 65 69.70% 90.40% 67.40% 107
14 S Carolina 75.6 10 4 71 83.10% 91.30% 74.20% 72
15 Nebraska 75.2 14 5 82 79.70% 94.90% 58.60% 75
16 Middle Tennessee 74.4 13 3 79 75.00% 84.40% 61.20% 93
17 UNLV 74.2 13 7 81 72.70% 77.30% 69.00% 86
18 TCU 74 14 6 75 79.40% 86.70% 72.50% 67
19 Rice 73.8 7 4 68 77.30% 61.90% 80.20% 91
20 Oregon 73.6 12 4 73 71.90% 86.20% 78.70% 85
21 Ohio St 73.5 11 4 67 69.60% 95.20% 65.00% 93
22 New Mexico St 73.2 11 7 87 68.30% 85.60% 62.80% 70
23 Boston College 73 11 4 70 65.60% 73.50% 71.80% 108
24 Houston 73 10 3 66 74.60% 93.10% 66.20% 84
25 Miami Oh 72.6 10 3 65 73.90% 77.80% 83.50% 86
26 Auburn 72.4 15 5 83 71.40% 51.50% 81.90% 111
27 Missouri 72.3 7 2 68 72.10% 71.60% 82.20% 80
28 Kent St 71.4 10 4 66 77.80% 90.50% 76.50% 61
30 Northern Illinois 71.4 9 4 70 66.70% 92.00% 83.90% 52
29 San Jose St 71.4 11 4 73 60.30% 72.90% 71.30% 95
31 Washington St 71 10 5 71 71.40% 72.30% 72.10% 85
32 San Diego St 70.5 12 3 74 63.80% 90.20% 64.10% 67
33 USF 70.4 12 4 72 76.60% 78.60% 46.50% 99
34 Iowa St 69.4 11 3 83 68.90% 87.10% 43.90% 89
35 Fresno St 69.4 13 0 59 75.00% 50.70% 80.50% 107
36 Wyoming 69.3 6 4 61 62.50% 92.60% 74.30% 70
37 Marshall 69.1 6 10 75 75.40% 74.90% 67.40% 69
38 UAB 69 7 11 87 75.00% 37.50% 87.30% 87
39 Georgia 68.4 7 3 60 66.20% 61.70% 50.60% 155
40 California 68.3 8 7 73 75.30% 75.70% 65.30% 70
41 Michigan 68.1 4 7 60 68.80% 76.30% 72.00% 82
43 Navy 68 15 4 89 55.20% 92.60% 54.10% 57
42 WKU 68 8 1 55 71.00% 72.90% 81.30% 65
44 Louisiana 68 12 4 78 68.30% 80.00% 64.80% 65
45 Akron 67.9 14 0 67 74.70% 58.10% 81.00% 84
46 Tulsa 67.6 7 4 66 75.00% 93.30% 57.20% 64
47 Eastern Michigan 67.5 10 4 64 71.00% 74.80% 64.80% 76
48 Idaho 66.8 11 7 88 81.00% 77.40% 90.60% 19
49 Stanford 66.6 11 5 74 72.90% 71.60% 60.60% 66
50 Miami, Fl 66.3 11 3 73 71.80% 86.90% 67.50% 47
51 Texas A&M 66.1 4 3 52 70.50% 90.80% 81.90% 43
52 UCF 65.4 10 7 78 79.30% 59.20% 67.80% 76
53 Arizona 65.2 10 6 75 73.40% 91.50% 39.10% 71
54 Clemson 65.1 7 4 63 71.80% 56.70% 72.40% 88
55 Connecticut 64.3 6 2 52 69.60% 69.20% 71.50% 74
56 Iowa 64.2 13 5 82 70.60% 88.10% 68.20% 36
57 Utah 64 8 8 67 67.10% 78.90% 46.10% 89
58 Louisville 63.9 15 6 77 70.10% 81.50% 39.80% 74
60 UTEP 63.4 14 6 80 64.30% 84.60% 43.70% 62
59 Nevada 63.4 11 4 62 73.00% 87.00% 59.40% 46
61 SMU 63.1 6 2 58 76.80% 48.90% 65.50% 88
63 Texas Tech 62.7 12 2 61 72.30% 96.50% 64.80% 29
62 Hawaii 62.7 13 10 96 62.30% 71.50% 64.10% 24
64 Minnesota 62.5 9 2 61 63.30% 74.70% 40.30% 114
65 Virginia Tech 62.3 7 4 62 63.90% 98.40% 50.60% 54
66 Oregon St 62.2 10 5 70 77.30% 54.70% 68.50% 74
67 Georgia Tech 62 11 4 69 77.10% 65.30% 72.80% 37
68 Air Force 61.9 11 6 86 75.00% 98.20% 58.10% 1
69 Indiana 61.7 8 7 71 67.20% 92.30% 39.80% 54
70 Michigan St 61.5 10 4 63 69.00% 83.40% 64.70% 43
71 UCLA 60.6 3 4 54 65.20% 68.20% 52.20% 92
72 Western Michigan 60.2 7 2 57 71.40% 39.50% 72.60% 107
73 Tulane 60 8 4 62 70.60% 59.70% 53.90% 87
74 Northwestern 59.6 7 4 70 73.30% 36.70% 72.70% 89
75 Miss St 59.6 9 3 65 76.60% 37.10% 75.00% 85
76 USC 58.6 10 5 68 67.50% 62.70% 61.10% 59
77 Buffalo 58.3 11 6 68 75.00% 27.50% 80.00% 82
78 Toledo 58.1 6 2 68 69.80% 45.50% 56.60% 100
79 Syracuse 57.8 12 4 73 71.90% 49.30% 78.40% 40
80 Duke 57.4 11 4 66 69.00% 54.40% 56.30% 74
81 Cincinnati 57.4 8 4 72 72.10% 71.60% 55.30% 55
82 West Virginia 57.4 10 5 65 59.60% 53.00% 74.90% 57
83 Illinois 57.3 9 2 72 75.00% 48.10% 80.80% 48
84 Oklahoma 56.7 6 5 57 67.10% 81.00% 52.60% 42
85 Central Michigan 56.5 9 2 59 74.10% 31.40% 67.80% 104
86 FIU 56.4 9 3 67 66.70% 55.70% 79.60% 50
87 Arkansas St 56.2 9 6 79 67.10% 38.20% 63.50% 78
88 Kentucky 55.2 8 0 53 63.00% 89.10% 57.00% 31
89 Baylor 55.1 7 7 61 67.10% 72.00% 56.60% 37
90 Rutgers 54.9 6 4 56 64.30% 71.60% 55.30% 48
91 Kansas 54.7 11 4 70 76.50% 22.20% 63.40% 85
92 Kansas St 54.6 11 6 80 64.50% 47.10% 58.20% 63
93 Memphis 54.5 10 8 80 64.30% 23.90% 60.90% 80
94 N Carolina St 54.2 9 1 61 59.20% 77.80% 56.70% 30
95 Ohio 53.7 11 7 78 78.00% 41.30% 66.80% 40
96 Southern Miss 53.5 9 6 69 65.60% 59.90% 77.70% 26
97 Maryland 53.3 7 3 57 79.30% 63.50% 70.50% 38
98 Virginia 53.1 5 4 59 69.40% 60.70% 61.60% 56
99 Colorado St 53 9 5 64 74.20% 49.50% 82.50% 30
100 Alabama 52.5 4 3 56 63.10% 89.60% 35.00% 46
101 ULM 52.3 7 4 64 60.60% 79.00% 41.80% 35
102 LSU 51.9 8 1 57 70.80% 63.40% 47.00% 52
103 Vanderbilt 51.7 4 3 51 64.90% 79.60% 62.00% 20
104 Penn St 51.5 8 3 67 63.20% 54.20% 51.50% 56
105 Notre Dame 50.5 6 3 58 61.10% 40.30% 69.80% 55
106 Wake Forest 50.3 6 1 56 70.60% 53.30% 62.90% 45
107 Pittsburgh 50.2 9 0 58 69.00% 59.90% 63.60% 42
108 Texas 49.9 11 6 70 67.60% 40.40% 60.70% 47
109 Purdue 49.5 5 3 55 67.70% 42.40% 79.40% 47
110 Troy 48.8 8 4 71 63.90% 46.10% 54.10% 57
111 Florida 48.2 8 6 57 63.60% 34.20% 50.50% 87
112 BYU 46.2 8 4 52 63.90% 42.50% 51.00% 66
113 East Carolina 46.1 9 5 70 58.90% 37.50% 38.00% 82
114 FAU 45.4 10 3 65 64.00% 47.50% 79.70% 0
115 New Mexico 43 7 0 44 72.10% 49.00% 57.00% 38
116 Arizona St 42.3 4 4 67 70.80% 25.80% 53.40% 47
117 Mississippi 39.1 9 5 61 63.50% 27.90% 59.60% 22
118 Bowling Green 37 9 4 62 68.30% 21.90% 43.80% 41
119 Tennessee 36.5 11 3 58 66.20% 37.60% 54.00% 13
120 Oklahoma St 33.8 7 5 62 57.90% 34.80% 44.50% 12

Please check PhilSteele.com everyday to get my Top 30 Countdown, which posted #14 Iowa 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, Virginia Tech comes in at #13.

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  • Scott Dunham

    Just an FYI, Phil. It appears that the lettermen stat for Utah St and La Tech were transposed in either the lettermen list or the combined list. In one list they are 75.00 and 77.80, and in the other 77.80 and 75.00. Could you let me know which is correct? Thanks.

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    Scott,
    The Combined list was incorrect and is now fixed. Thank you for noticing that, Phil

  • Llopez_00

    Hey Phil, I bought the College Preview Magazine. On page 319 it says visit “Team Pages” for a complete list of Letttermen Returning/Lost System and I have been browsing your site like crazy for this list. Is this the list here?
    Thanks, Sal

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    Sal,
    It is on the PhilSteele.com site but it is located in my May 29-31 blog in the archives. Just click on today's blog on the homepage and go to blog archives and scroll down. Also if you want to know the letterman returning/lost for any team it is on the right hand page in the magazine under head coach and 2009 record. This blog used percentages because every team handles letterman differently and I explained that in the blog. Thanks again! Phil

  • Llopez_00

    Hey Phil, I bought the College Preview Magazine. On page 319 it says visit “Team Pages” for a complete list of Letttermen Returning/Lost System and I have been browsing your site like crazy for this list. Is this the list here?
    Thanks, Sal

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    Sal,
    It is on the PhilSteele.com site but it is located in my May 29-31 blog in the archives. Just click on today's blog on the homepage and go to blog archives and scroll down. Also if you want to know the letterman returning/lost for any team it is on the right hand page in the magazine under head coach and 2009 record. This blog used percentages because every team handles letterman differently and I explained that in the blog. Thanks again! Phil