More 2016 LTI (Lost Talent Index) Analytics

LTI is both a quantitative and qualitative measure of football talent departed to the NFL through the draft.  A school rated 1.00 has experienced a loss of skill and beef on par with a Top 25-caliber team.  A 1.00 is not the number of players drafted, although a zero does mean a team had no players drafted.

Group of Five conferences are American Athletic, Conference USA, Mountain West and Sun Belt.

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Group of Five Teams Who Made the Biggest Contibuutions to the NFL

Rank    School                       LTI          Players Drafted            2015 Record
1   Boise State                       .99                    3                                 9-4
2   Louisiana Tech                 .70                    3                                 9-4
3   Cincinnati                         .531                  2                                 7-6
4   Houston                           .529                  3                                13-1
5   Temple                              .47                   3                                 10-4
6   Memphis                          .41                    1                                  9-4

Note that teams 3 through 6 above are all from the American Athletic Conference.

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There were only six Power Five Teams with LTIs of Zero.
.       (ranked by 2015 record)

Rank   School                   2015 Record         Returning Starters
1     North Carolina   *           11-3                             14
2     Tennessee          *              9-4                             17
3     Duke                                   8-5                             11
4     Colorado            *              4-9                             17
5     Iowa State          *              3-9                             14
6     Kansas                               0-12                            13

*  –  Denotes that school had no one drafted by the NFL for a second straight year!

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LTIs can also be used to compare conferences in terms of players provided for the NFL.  Again, if an entire conference were rated at a level commensurate with the Top 25, its LTI would be 1.00.
The Big 10 East and the SEC West were both rated tougher than teams in the Top 25!

Rank     Conference                   LTI       Players Drafted        Top Contributers

1    Big Ten East                        1.312                 32                  Ohio State, Penn State
2    SEC West                             1.139                 31                  Alabama, Mississippi
3    Big 12                                    .632                 26                   Baylor, West Virginia
4    SEC East                                .610                 20                   Florida, Georgia
5    Pac-12                                   .495                 32                   U.C.L.A. , Stanford
6    Atlantic Coast  (ACC)            .489                 27                   Clemson, North Carolina State
7    Big Ten West                         .395                 15                   Nebraska, Minnesota
8    Mountain West                    .183                    9                   Boise State, Utah State
9    American Athletic (AAC)     .172                   10                  Cincinnati, Houston
10  Conference USA                  .121                   10                  Louisiana Tech, Western Kentucky
11  Mid-American (MAC)          .059                     6                   Western Michigan, Massachusetts
12  Sun Belt                                .045                    3                   Appalachian State, Georgia Southern

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