Where LSU stands in the SP+ rankings following the regular season

LSU ended a good season on a low note, losing to Texas A&M on the road in rivalry week to finish at 9-3 in coach Brian Kelly’s debut campaign.

The Tigers were in the top five before the loss, but analytics systems had consistently been a bit lower on them than the polls showed. LSU ranks 12th in ESPN’s Football Power Index this week, but now, we’re going to take a look at a different metric from ESPN: SP+.

For the uninitiated, SP+ proprietor Bill Connelly describes it as a “tempo and opponent-adjusted measure of college football efficiency” that is intended to be predictive and not a “resume ranking.”

Here’s how things stand in the SP+ following the final week of the regular season.

Kentucky Wildcats (7-5)

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Rating: 13.0

Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3)

Syndication: The Enquirer

Rating: 13.1

Florida State Seminoles (9-3)

Syndication: Tallahassee Democrat

Rating: 13.2

Oregon State Beavers (9-3)

Syndication: The Register Guard

Rating: 14.3

UCLA Bruins (9-3)

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Rating: 15.0

Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-4)

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Rating: 15.4

Oklahoma Sooners (6-6)

Syndication: The Oklahoman

Rating: 15.4

Washington Huskies (10-2)

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Rating: 15.7

Illinois Fighting Illini (8-4)

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Rating: 15.9

Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-4)

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Rating: 16.0

LSU Tigers (9-3)

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Rating: 16.2

Ole Miss Rebels (8-4)

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Rating: 16.2

Clemson Tigers (10-2)

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Rating: 17.6

Oregon Ducks (9-3)

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Rating: 18.9

USC Trojans (11-1)

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Rating: 18.9

Utah Utes (9-3)

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Rating: 19.2

Kansas State Wildcats (9-3)

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Rating: 21.4

Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2)

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Rating: 22.4

Texas Longhorns (8-4)

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Rating: 23.1

TCU Horned Frogs (12-0)

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Rating: 24.3

Tennessee Volunteers (10-2)

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Rating: 25.2

Alabama Crimson Tide (10-2)

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Rating: 30.3

Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1)

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Rating: 31.1

Michigan Wolverines (12-0)

Syndication: The Columbus Dispatch

Rating: 32.0

Georgia Bulldogs (12-0)

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Rating: 35.3

Story originally appeared on LSU Tigers Wire