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2011 Combined 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. In ’09 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 SMU has the most experience points for 2011 with 90.5 has they have by far the most OL Career Sts with 158 and were #2 in % of Lettermen Returning. The next three teams like SMU all qualified for a bowl game last year in Northwestern, Tulsa and Toledo.

At the bottom of the chart is defending national champ Auburn. Remember though last year Oklahoma St was #120 in this chart and surprised EVERYONE. Louisville comes in at #119 and HC Charlie Strong will have his work cut out for him to duplicate last year’s success. Iowa, Memphis and Rose Bowl Champ TCU 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.

Only 84 DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE FIRST COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME!!!

Combined Experience Chart

NCAA Total Senior Senior Senior % LTR % YDS % TKL OL CAR
Rank Team Exp Pts Strs 2 Deep Exp Pts Return Return Return STRS
1 SMU 90.5 12 5 79 83.08% 83.81% 71.44% 158
2 Northwestern 86.3 16 3 78 80.00% 89.28% 72.38% 137
3 Tulsa 84.6 8 7 75 80.60% 82.75% 82.35% 116
4 Toledo 83.0 13 6 76 84.75% 99.75% 77.10% 85
5 Rice 82.6 11 2 73 74.65% 93.51% 77.43% 109
6 Miami, Oh 77.3 7 3 72 70.83% 72.91% 84.52% 98
7 UCLA 77.0 8 3 71 70.83% 99.60% 71.13% 80
8 Texas A&M 76.6 11 3 72 80.26% 76.45% 76.32% 86
9 ULM 76.6 11 4 65 78.33% 88.55% 71.46% 94
10 Temple 76.5 13 7 83 77.42% 87.82% 54.95% 111
11 BYU 76.1 9 4 64 79.22% 94.44% 57.43% 107
12 Ball St 75.7 8 4 63 76.81% 87.10% 70.47% 96
13 N Mexico St 75.6 10 5 78 72.58% 73.31% 70.34% 98
14 Purdue 73.9 9 9 78 78.48% 61.45% 83.80% 79
15 Vanderbilt 72.7 9 0 64 77.78% 75.40% 80.16% 68
16 Miss St 72.6 9 5 71 64.71% 95.68% 61.47% 80
17 Boise St 72.3 14 5 74 77.33% 68.26% 67.82% 98
18 Florida St 72.1 8 3 59 80.65% 73.23% 75.60% 115
19 Michigan 71.6 9 4 67 68.75% 92.54% 65.65% 70
20 Air Force 71.2 17 8 94 77.33% 72.06% 77.46% 41
21 W Kentucky 71.0 5 4 65 79.66% 86.62% 69.90% 71
22 Colorado 70.7 11 7 69 69.86% 65.25% 68.10% 97
23 Kent St 70.1 11 4 72 73.33% 87.30% 50.17% 89
24 Utah St 69.8 10 8 81 65.71% 80.75% 66.29% 90
25 Arizona St 69.5 13 7 77 75.71% 61.24% 76.32% 84
26 N Illinois 69.5 12 4 69 66.20% 75.10% 54.57% 116
27 Notre Dame 69.5 8 4 68 67.57% 81.84% 70.95% 63
28 FIU 69.4 6 4 73 76.56% 90.04% 66.67% 50
29 Oklahoma 69.1 7 5 59 75.00% 76.69% 69.78% 81
30 Arkansas St 69.1 11 6 84 74.67% 94.61% 72.21% 28
31 Kansas 68.7 8 2 56 63.08% 92.25% 55.81% 97
32 Miami Florida 68.7 12 5 73 74.19% 72.21% 67.63% 74
33 UAB 68.4 14 2 72 63.49% 31.65% 74.39% 118
34 San Jose St 68.3 12 4 69 75.38% 42.64% 98.41% 80
35 Cincinnati 68.3 11 5 67 73.91% 74.03% 94.98% 39
36 Clemson 67.9 7 3 48 65.71% 98.65% 58.83% 118
37 Duke 67.4 6 3 51 72.88% 93.65% 66.25% 77
38 Washington St 67.1 8 3 55 69.12% 78.13% 78.73% 71
39 Wake Forest 67.0 9 4 58 74.03% 77.02% 67.09% 68
40 Southern Miss 66.7 9 9 77 71.43% 83.70% 70.28% 39
41 S Carolina 66.6 7 3 58 70.59% 87.84% 70.04% 70
42 Oklahoma St 66.6 9 4 69 69.81% 77.66% 58.51% 76
43 Alabama 66.6 6 8 67 77.94% 37.68% 91.22% 90
44 Missouri 66.5 12 5 73 79.37% 60.19% 55.45% 105
45 LSU 66.5 8 4 60 72.97% 69.64% 69.83% 78
46 Penn St 66.1 9 3 66 70.31% 75.15% 76.94% 52
47 San Diego St 65.6 10 5 60 75.00% 66.51% 70.48% 83
48 W Michigan 65.3 7 3 58 72.13% 87.40% 70.95% 50
49 Rutgers 65.2 5 4 54 67.27% 88.67% 51.24% 89
50 Oregon St 64.5 10 3 71 68.83% 66.22% 53.05% 91
51 Baylor 64.0 5 4 64 70.27% 82.67% 45.77% 77
52 Houston 63.9 11 0 65 75.36% 80.74% 68.96% 52
53 Colorado St 63.6 8 4 61 70.59% 75.39% 66.24% 62
54 C Michigan 63.4 9 0 58 68.85% 81.97% 58.08% 69
55 Tulane 63.1 5 5 57 72.22% 66.67% 76.39% 62
56 Louisiana 63.1 12 5 72 64.18% 90.56% 69.32% 28
57 Troy 63.1 9 4 74 69.01% 65.91% 67.68% 54
58 West Virginia 63.1 8 4 63 67.21% 72.17% 50.48% 92
59 Boston College 62.9 6 3 46 71.19% 96.50% 69.41% 50
60 Michigan St 62.5 8 2 61 76.81% 85.98% 56.54% 57
61 Maryland 61.7 6 3 56 65.28% 66.02% 67.34% 73
62 South Florida 61.6 9 1 62 75.00% 70.78% 66.91% 62
63 E Michigan 61.4 5 6 62 75.00% 70.04% 57.89% 64
64 Georgia 60.8 5 3 54 64.29% 66.40% 55.99% 86
65 Pittsburgh 60.5 11 3 56 67.69% 67.74% 73.73% 53
66 Ohio State 60.2 7 5 58 66.22% 81.82% 45.13% 77
67 Bowling Green 60.2 6 5 50 66.67% 72.01% 68.22% 63
68 Syracuse 60.0 9 3 65 67.21% 78.07% 50.40% 57
69 Kentucky 60.0 10 3 68 72.60% 24.68% 91.41% 77
70 New Mexico 59.8 5 3 56 69.49% 74.27% 84.11% 20
71 Buffalo 59.4 8 6 60 72.46% 92.01% 42.18% 58
72 Virginia 59.3 11 2 57 69.35% 39.73% 74.40% 82
73 Tennessee 58.9 4 4 53 73.02% 73.34% 66.10% 50
74 La Tech 58.8 9 4 77 66.67% 64.67% 69.74% 46
75 Illinois 58.6 8 1 55 72.41% 64.81% 55.89% 69
76 UCF 58.3 5 2 51 67.65% 75.85% 49.17% 87
77 Texas 57.7 8 1 53 71.01% 83.88% 65.02% 36
78 Stanford 57.6 7 2 48 74.36% 80.57% 64.48% 50
79 Minnesota 57.5 10 4 57 72.55% 57.43% 76.88% 60
80 Middle Tenn 57.4 10 5 68 74.63% 49.93% 48.64% 104
81 Nebraska 57.1 7 3 62 67.95% 68.32% 65.81% 40
82 North Texas 56.8 10 5 72 68.83% 59.39% 62.93% 59
83 Oregon 56.5 9 2 57 67.61% 76.49% 51.99% 56
84 Arkansas 56.3 10 3 66 70.67% 57.88% 72.40% 49
85 Idaho 56.2 13 4 72 75.81% 38.53% 74.43% 61
86 Virginia Tech 55.5 8 5 58 67.16% 39.19% 65.48% 98
87 Connecticut 54.8 10 3 65 67.35% 28.59% 69.52% 72
88 Utah 54.8 7 5 62 66.67% 48.92% 60.22% 63
89 Wyoming 54.6 9 3 61 68.52% 37.62% 66.11% 78
90 Wisconsin 54.6 10 1 60 78.87% 42.35% 65.39% 74
91 Akron 54.2 8 5 64 59.26% 45.07% 64.04% 49
92 E Carolina 54.2 8 3 59 68.49% 68.47% 60.58% 27
93 Nevada 54.1 13 4 75 71.74% 29.68% 69.70% 64
94 N  Carolina St 53.4 6 7 67 60.42% 33.00% 76.73% 60
95 Marshall 53.3 10 2 53 65.71% 49.20% 71.87% 63
96 California 53.3 9 5 61 73.13% 37.46% 58.13% 85
97 Florida 53.0 7 1 54 68.49% 90.25% 53.78% 27
98 Army 52.7 6 6 71 62.12% 86.08% 36.91% 21
99 Texas  Tech 52.3 7 3 62 71.23% 31.39% 53.56% 83
100 Washington 52.0 7 3 47 72.73% 54.03% 57.43% 65
101 Hawaii 51.8 11 8 78 62.03% 52.02% 65.28% 21
102 USC 51.2 5 5 53 62.90% 62.00% 63.98% 27
103 Indiana 51.1 9 5 60 67.61% 33.33% 63.91% 71
104 Iowa St 51.1 9 4 71 64.91% 29.42% 72.63% 54
105 Arizona 51.0 10 4 56 67.69% 84.87% 60.33% 1
106 Kansas St 51.0 6 8 75 68.18% 24.63% 75.17% 42
107 Mississippi 50.6 7 2 53 65.28% 46.31% 50.45% 77
108 Navy 50.1 15 5 88 59.09% 43.97% 37.77% 61
109 N Carolina 49.0 8 4 60 69.35% 24.98% 68.84% 60
110 UNLV 47.1 9 2 61 71.62% 58.04% 49.40% 36
111 FAU 46.4 9 2 65 62.50% 30.69% 53.01% 59
112 Fresno  St 45.5 7 3 57 69.09% 46.33% 60.54% 40
113 UTEP 44.2 9 4 72 64.71% 28.20% 78.08% 7
114 Georgia Tech 42.2 6 2 44 65.71% 51.38% 52.07% 38
115 Ohio University 42.1 9 2 63 70.37% 38.06% 40.21% 39
116 TCU 41.9 9 3 57 63.38% 45.34% 57.69% 36
117 Memphis 41.5 4 8 65 56.52% 41.19% 52.74% 34
118 Iowa 40.8 9 5 64 57.58% 24.58% 47.16% 59
119 Louisville 36.7 8 3 48 60.71% 29.02% 62.82% 25
120 Auburn 25.4 4 3 38 55.07% 31.19% 42.81% 15
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