Tracking Florida State’s Progress in the SP+ Rankings: Week Three

First of all, what exactly is the SP+? Good question. Let’s let the creator of this specific ranking system, Bill Connelly of ESPN.com explain.

“What is SP+? In a single sentence, it’s a tempo- and opponent-adjusted measure of college football efficiency. I created the system at Football Outsiders in 2008, and as my experience with both college football and its stats has grown, I have made quite a few tweaks to the system.

SP+ is intended to be predictive and forward-facing. That is important to remember. It is not a résumé ranking that gives credit for big wins or particularly brave scheduling — no good predictive system is. It is simply a measure of the most sustainable and predictable aspects of football. If you’re lucky or unimpressive in a win, your rating will probably fall. If you’re strong and unlucky in a loss, it will probably rise.”

After week 1

Overall: 32nd
Offense: 34th
Defense: 30th
Special Teams: 19th

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After week 2

Overall: 46th
Offense: 48th
Defense: 40th
Special Teams: 30th

Florida State’s opponent this week, Miami comes into this week ranked 21st overall in the SP+ ratings with its offense ranked 39th and defense ranked 16th overall.

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