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    Updated College Home Field (9/6/13)

    from Paul Bessire, General Manager,
    By Paul Bessire
    Friday, September 6 at 7:00 PM ET

    With another season and change of data to review, it's time to update the college football home field advantage rankings. This is something we added to start the 2012 season and utilized it to aid one of our strongest (if not the strongest) handicapping seasons of any sport in the site's existence. 

    As a quick refresher, home field advantage in college football is typically presumed to mean "about three points" (the average right now is actually closer to 2.8) difference in the final score. This means that if two teams are identical, neither team should be favored on a neutral field, while the home team would be favored by about three if they played at one of the team's stadium. This can lead to essentially a six point swing from one venue to the next. The truth is that some stadiums could actually mean up to nine points, while some do not help much at all. To read more on the process and the original rankings, see the College Football Homefield Advantage blog entry from June of 2012 and/or the College Basketball Homecourt Advantage blog (where elevation is the most important element to the advantage) from February 2012.

    Comparing the updated rankings from what we originally published, it's clear that conference realignment has played a major role in home field advantage (different officials and elevated competition being the biggest factors in this phenomenon, though a team that improves its roster in general should drop in the rankings as it becomes more consistent at home and on the road). The five teams who have dropped most in these rankings in the last 13 months are (in order with biggest drop first): Utah StateTexas A&M, Louisville, Georgia Tech and TCU. The five teams that have risen the most in our home field advantage rankings since last season are (in order with biggest improvement first): Fresno State, Nebraska, Mississippi State, Syracuse and North Texas. Interestingly, two of these teams - Syracuse and North Texas - have changed conferences for last season to this season. 

    All data goes back to 2000. For teams that have new stadiums, seasons in new stadiums are given stronger consideration. In general, recent seasons are given more weight that seasons long ago, especially for programs that are newer to FBS football (though we have left off all teams that joined FBS last year or this year).

    College Football Home Field Advantage by Team:

    Rank Team
    1 Oklahoma
    2 UCLA
    3 Wisconsin
    4 Houston
    5 Hawaii
    6 Kansas State
    7 Nevada
    8 Troy
    9 Missouri
    10 Oklahoma State
    11 California
    12 Marshall
    13 Michigan
    14 Washington
    15 Kansas
    16 UNLV
    17 Arkansas State
    18 Rice
    19 UTEP
    20 Toledo
    21 Clemson
    22 Arizona State
    23 Iowa State
    24 Arkansas
    25 South Carolina
    26 Colorado State
    27 Air Force
    28 Cincinnati
    29 Baylor
    30 Mississippi State
    31 Indiana
    32 Colorado
    33 Tulsa
    34 UNC
    35 Texas Tech
    36 Fresno State
    37 Minnesota
    38 Northern Illinois
    39 Michigan State
    40 Arizona
    41 North Texas
    42 ECU
    43 UCF
    44 USC
    45 Penn State
    46 Syracuse
    47 UConn
    48 Purdue
    49 San Jose State
    50 Iowa
    51 SMU
    52 NC State
    53 Wyoming
    54 New Mexico
    55 New Mexico State
    56 Pittsburgh
    57 San Diego State
    58 Western Michigan
    59 Rutgers
    60 Nebraska
    61 Texas A&M
    62 Oregon
    63 Oregon State
    64 Illinois
    65 Miami (OH)
    66 Maryland
    67 Louisiana Tech
    68 Kentucky
    69 Boise State
    70 Georgia Tech
    71 Florida
    72 Ohio
    73 Miami (FL)
    74 Tennessee
    75 Ohio State
    76 Idaho
    77 Boston College
    78 Southern Mississippi
    79 Virginia
    80 Georgia
    81 Temple
    82 Kent State
    83 Auburn
    84 Ball State
    85 Tulane
    86 BYU
    87 Northwestern
    88 LSU
    89 Army
    90 Middle Tennessee State
    91 Wake Forest
    92 Utah State
    93 UAB
    94 USF
    95 Buffalo
    96 TCU
    97 Memphis
    98 Virginia Tech
    99 Notre Dame
    100 Central Michigan
    101 Mississippi
    102 Washington State
    103 Akron
    104 Utah
    105 West Virginia
    106 Florida Atlantic
    107 Louisville
    108 Eastern Michigan
    109 FIU
    110 Stanford
    111 Texas
    112 Duke
    113 Louisiana Monroe
    114 Western Kentucky
    115 Louisiana
    116 Alabama
    117 Bowling Green
    118 Navy
    119 Vanderbilt
    120 Florida State

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