South Bend, IN
BRIAN FREMEAU contributes the Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI) has been analyzing college football drive stats for Football Outsiders since 2006. More of his findings can be found on his own site, bcftoys.com. A lifelong Fighting Irish fan, Brian can be found every home football Saturday in Notre Dame Stadium. He can be found there every day, in fact, due to his campus facility operations responsibilities. He lives in South Bend, Indiana, with his wife and two daughters.
Maryland's Javon Leake returned a kickoff for a touchdown against Rutgers, but more and more kickoffs every season are leaving drives at precisely the 25-yard line. Brian Fremeau explains why, and how that might affect the game.
6 comments, Last at 11 Oct 2019, 06:18pm by Gold_Star_for_Robot_Boy
You may not have noticed with the way some teams have lit up the scoreboard, but shutouts are actually up this year, especially if you ignore garbage-time scores. The Big Ten -- including Chase Young and the Ohio State Buckeyes -- is leading the defensive charge.
4 comments, Last at 03 Oct 2019, 10:26am by Aaron Brooks Good Twin
One month into the college football season, we look at which teams have surprised -- include center Tyler Biadasz and the Wisconsin Badgers, now a serious contender to make the playoff -- and which have disappointed.
1 comment, Last at 26 Sep 2019, 09:55am by Aaron Brooks Good Twin
Brian Fremeau has redesigned his college football rating system to better predict how teams will fare each week and each season. It's higher on Mississippi State and Auburn than you might expect, but lower on teams such as the Texas Longhorns and Justin Herbert's Oregon Ducks.
7 comments, Last at 05 Sep 2019, 09:59pm by Brian Fremeau
Alabama was the best team all year, but Clemson was the best team in the postseason. The SEC was the best conference, but were its second-tier teams really that much better than everyone else? It was a screwy season in college football, and it's sending Brian Fremeau back to the drawing board.
22 comments, Last at 10 Jan 2019, 05:16pm by Brian Fremeau
Jerry Jeudy and Alabama were very good this year, just like we all expected. Same goes for their Playoff competitors in Clemson, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame, and other top teams like Ohio State and Washington. Brian Fremeau looks back at a year filled with boring predictability and tries to find out why good teams don't play each other anymore.
4 comments, Last at 17 Dec 2018, 11:04am by Brian Fremeau
Not long ago, Benny Snell and the Kentucky Wildcats were riding high at 7-1, but then back-to-back losses to Georgia and Tennessee brought them back to earth. Brian Fremeau looks at which other teams have declined throughout this season, and which have made the biggest improvements.
Sometimes, the final score doesn't tell the whole story. Brian Fremeau goes through the Playoff contenders and looks at which teams have jumped out to big leads early (Alabama) and which have spent more time flirting with disaster (Washington State).