Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2016 FEI RATINGS, DEFENSE

Final Ratings

FEI is a college football rating system based on opponent-adjusted drive efficiency. Approximately 20,000 possessions are contested annually in FBS vs. FBS games. First-half clock-kills and end-of-game garbage drives and scores are filtered out. Defensive Efficiency (DE) is the value generated by a team's defense per non-garbage possession relative to national average scoring rates by starting field position. DFEI is value generated per possession adjusted for the strength of opponent offenses faced.

Available Yards Percentage (DAY) is the total number of yards surrendered by the defense divided by the number of yards available to be earned based on starting field position. Value Drive Rate (DVD) is the percentage of opponent offensive drives that begin at least 50 yards from the end zone and reach the team's 30-yard line. First Down Rate (DFD) is the percentage of opponent offensive drives that result in a touchdown or at least one first down. Touchdown Rate (DTD) is the percentage of opponent offensive drives that result in a touchdown. Touchdown Rate After First Down (DTF) is the percentage touchdowns surrendered on opponent offensive drives that earn at least one first down. Turnover Rate (DTO) is the percentage of opponent offensive drives that result in a fumble or interception.

DFEI
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Team FBS
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DFEI DE DE
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DAY DAY
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DVD DVD
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DFD DFD
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DTD DTD
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DTF DTF
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DTO DTO
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1 Alabama 13-1 1.84 1.27 1 .267 1 .209 1 .549 1 .110 2 .200 2 .146 22
2 Ohio State 11-2 1.22 .87 2 .337 4 .238 3 .614 8 .129 3 .209 5 .157 14
3 Washington 11-2 1.17 .76 7 .359 11 .254 5 .652 20 .156 7 .239 8 .141 27
4 LSU 7-4 1.14 .82 4 .342 6 .304 19 .616 9 .104 1 .169 1 .112 65
5 Wisconsin 11-3 .95 .78 6 .354 10 .275 7 .656 22 .136 6 .208 4 .175 6
6 Florida 9-4 .95 .86 3 .346 8 .242 4 .621 10 .136 5 .218 6 .157 15
7 Colorado 9-4 .92 .43 13 .396 24 .299 15 .684 36 .177 11 .259 11 .152 19
8 Michigan 10-3 .89 .82 5 .295 2 .220 2 .567 2 .135 4 .238 7 .092 98
9 Clemson 13-1 .84 .43 12 .341 5 .268 6 .606 6 .183 14 .302 21 .131 42
10 Central Florida 5-7 .67 .49 9 .373 16 .317 23 .637 15 .208 23 .327 36 .119 57
11 Stanford 10-3 .61 .24 30 .405 27 .331 29 .676 32 .191 17 .283 16 .125 49
12 UCLA 4-8 .61 .35 17 .414 32 .345 32 .665 27 .190 16 .286 17 .146 24
13 Miami 8-4 .57 .25 27 .414 33 .331 28 .730 66 .197 19 .270 13 .095 92
14 Auburn 7-5 .56 .24 29 .453 49 .357 39 .762 92 .156 8 .204 3 .107 76
15 Houston 8-4 .55 .31 19 .377 18 .304 18 .662 25 .212 26 .320 33 .106 78
DFEI
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Team FBS
Rec
DFEI DE DE
Rk
DAY DAY
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DVD DVD
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DFD DFD
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DTD DTD
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DTF DTF
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DTO DTO
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16 West Virginia 9-3 .52 .06 40 .464 54 .407 59 .783 110 .210 24 .268 12 .140 31
17 Boise State 10-3 .52 .28 21 .406 28 .325 26 .730 65 .175 10 .240 10 .066 121
18 Virginia Tech 9-4 .51 .27 22 .360 12 .297 14 .588 4 .224 34 .381 61 .115 62
19 Louisville 9-4 .50 .48 11 .332 3 .289 12 .585 3 .195 18 .333 38 .140 29
20 Appalachian State 10-3 .50 .39 14 .382 19 .331 30 .621 11 .179 12 .287 18 .129 45
21 Troy 9-3 .49 .48 10 .371 15 .282 8 .681 35 .184 15 .271 14 .170 8
22 Boston College 6-6 .48 .26 24 .345 7 .302 17 .607 7 .255 51 .420 82 .152 20
23 BYU 8-4 .47 .17 32 .456 51 .355 36 .712 50 .227 37 .319 31 .189 2
24 Arkansas State 8-4 .47 .59 8 .351 9 .292 13 .667 28 .160 9 .240 9 .104 82
25 Minnesota 8-4 .45 .37 15 .383 21 .321 25 .653 21 .200 20 .306 23 .140 30
26 San Diego State 10-3 .44 .30 20 .362 13 .284 9 .632 13 .222 32 .352 43 .181 4
27 TCU 5-7 .39 -.03 45 .431 40 .348 34 .726 61 .233 39 .321 34 .082 111
28 North Carolina State 6-6 .37 .16 33 .447 46 .361 44 .735 69 .213 28 .290 19 .132 41
29 Temple 9-4 .35 .26 23 .367 14 .306 20 .628 12 .212 25 .337 39 .117 60
30 Iowa 8-4 .35 .36 16 .385 22 .288 11 .647 17 .180 13 .279 15 .105 79
DFEI
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Team FBS
Rec
DFEI DE DE
Rk
DAY DAY
Rk
DVD DVD
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DFD DFD
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DTD DTD
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DTF DTF
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DTO DTO
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31 Wake Forest 6-6 .34 .25 26 .412 31 .356 37 .687 37 .213 29 .311 24 .167 9
32 Ohio 7-6 .33 .24 28 .408 29 .310 21 .713 53 .207 22 .291 20 .122 54
33 Utah 8-4 .30 .11 36 .416 35 .319 24 .673 31 .222 33 .330 37 .176 5
34 Kansas State 8-4 .29 -.08 49 .474 61 .383 52 .715 56 .263 54 .367 52 .153 17
35 Indiana 6-7 .28 .31 18 .386 23 .301 16 .647 18 .202 21 .313 27 .116 61
36 Georgia 7-5 .26 .19 31 .377 17 .286 10 .660 23 .234 41 .355 46 .163 10
37 USC 10-3 .26 .04 42 .405 26 .315 22 .679 33 .236 42 .347 42 .129 46
38 Western Kentucky 10-3 .26 -.11 52 .434 42 .358 42 .701 41 .252 48 .359 49 .075 117
39 Northwestern 7-5 .25 .11 35 .447 45 .369 47 .664 26 .212 27 .320 32 .137 34
40 Air Force 9-3 .25 -.21 57 .458 53 .383 53 .716 58 .291 72 .406 74 .172 7
41 Florida State 9-3 .24 .09 38 .408 30 .357 40 .641 16 .225 35 .352 44 .141 26
42 Vanderbilt 5-7 .24 -.04 46 .496 74 .410 65 .752 84 .234 40 .311 25 .109 71
43 Washington State 8-4 .23 -.14 55 .464 55 .368 46 .744 79 .256 52 .344 41 .140 32
44 Western Michigan 12-1 .22 .26 25 .429 38 .358 43 .706 48 .214 30 .303 22 .190 1
45 Texas 5-7 .22 -.27 62 .448 47 .389 55 .728 62 .278 61 .381 60 .111 69
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Team FBS
Rec
DFEI DE DE
Rk
DAY DAY
Rk
DVD DVD
Rk
DFD DFD
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DTD DTD
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DTF DTF
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DTO DTO
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46 South Carolina 5-7 .22 -.05 47 .470 58 .400 58 .739 73 .239 44 .324 35 .183 3
47 Oklahoma State 9-3 .21 -.32 64 .465 56 .411 67 .695 39 .278 62 .400 70 .126 48
48 Penn State 11-3 .20 .15 34 .416 34 .355 35 .704 44 .219 31 .311 26 .107 77
49 Baylor 6-6 .10 -.30 63 .500 76 .434 85 .747 80 .288 69 .385 63 .137 35
50 Southern Mississippi 6-6 .09 -.03 44 .383 20 .338 31 .597 5 .279 63 .467 103 .084 110
51 Tulane 3-8 .09 .03 43 .399 25 .331 27 .632 14 .250 47 .395 69 .125 50
52 Wyoming 7-6 .09 -.39 71 .489 68 .429 79 .708 49 .316 84 .446 93 .146 23
53 Oklahoma 11-2 .08 -.41 73 .479 64 .422 73 .669 29 .284 66 .424 85 .095 93
54 Louisiana Lafayette 5-7 .07 .08 39 .444 44 .380 50 .719 60 .245 45 .340 40 .115 63
55 Tulsa 9-3 .04 .06 41 .418 36 .357 41 .652 19 .232 38 .356 47 .090 100
56 Texas A&M 7-5 .04 -.22 60 .497 75 .433 82 .755 89 .239 43 .316 29 .135 37
57 UTSA 5-7 .03 -.34 65 .486 66 .421 72 .712 51 .281 64 .394 66 .094 95
58 Miami (OH) 6-6 .01 .10 37 .453 50 .395 57 .714 54 .226 36 .316 28 .135 38
59 Old Dominion 9-3 .01 -.08 48 .451 48 .356 38 .680 34 .281 65 .414 80 .133 40
60 Oregon State 3-8 .00 -.44 74 .520 93 .441 87 .736 70 .296 73 .402 71 .088 103
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Team FBS
Rec
DFEI DE DE
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DAY DAY
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DVD DVD
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DFD DFD
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DTD DTD
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DTF DTF
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DTO DTO
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61 SMU 4-7 -.01 -.39 70 .501 78 .429 80 .754 86 .333 91 .442 90 .145 25
62 Kent State 2-8 -.02 -.17 56 .467 57 .410 63 .705 47 .277 60 .392 65 .161 11
63 Notre Dame 4-8 -.02 -.22 59 .456 52 .383 51 .713 52 .271 57 .380 59 .093 96
64 Utah State 2-9 -.05 -.55 85 .487 67 .408 61 .702 43 .306 80 .435 89 .066 120
65 Tennessee 8-4 -.05 -.13 53 .434 41 .380 49 .689 38 .256 53 .372 55 .122 55
66 Nebraska 9-4 -.06 -.14 54 .431 39 .375 48 .662 24 .254 50 .383 62 .099 89
67 Toledo 8-4 -.11 -.22 58 .438 43 .385 54 .696 40 .246 46 .354 45 .058 123
68 Army 6-5 -.12 -.09 50 .418 37 .348 33 .673 30 .271 56 .403 73 .159 12
69 Duke 3-8 -.12 -.39 69 .483 65 .418 70 .731 67 .285 67 .389 64 .123 52
70 Memphis 7-5 -.15 -.36 68 .491 71 .424 75 .704 45 .303 78 .430 87 .155 16
71 Kansas 1-10 -.15 -.66 95 .539 105 .477 103 .770 97 .353 98 .458 97 .122 53
72 Georgia State 2-9 -.16 -.10 51 .472 59 .365 45 .795 116 .252 49 .317 30 .110 70
73 Cincinnati 3-8 -.16 -.35 67 .516 87 .472 99 .744 78 .272 58 .366 51 .152 18
74 Northern Illinois 5-6 -.16 -.45 75 .476 63 .389 56 .740 74 .301 76 .407 76 .103 83
75 South Florida 10-2 -.18 -.26 61 .493 72 .410 64 .750 82 .276 59 .368 53 .138 33
DFEI
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Team FBS
Rec
DFEI DE DE
Rk
DAY DAY
Rk
DVD DVD
Rk
DFD DFD
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DTD DTD
Rk
DTF DTF
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DTO DTO
Rk
76 North Carolina 6-5 -.29 -.41 72 .475 62 .425 76 .742 76 .266 55 .359 48 .081 115
77 Illinois 2-9 -.30 -.46 77 .530 98 .465 96 .790 114 .339 94 .429 86 .105 81
78 Arkansas 6-6 -.30 -.64 93 .504 80 .409 62 .748 81 .351 97 .469 104 .115 64
79 Charlotte 3-8 -.31 -.64 92 .507 82 .427 78 .741 75 .356 100 .480 107 .119 58
80 Kentucky 6-6 -.32 -.62 89 .505 81 .444 88 .810 123 .299 75 .369 54 .109 72
81 Virginia 2-9 -.33 -.53 81 .500 77 .411 66 .773 101 .305 79 .394 67 .117 59
82 Eastern Michigan 6-6 -.36 -.61 88 .510 85 .407 60 .767 96 .315 83 .411 77 .137 36
83 South Alabama 4-7 -.36 -.46 76 .519 90 .455 91 .742 77 .298 74 .402 72 .129 44
84 Rutgers 1-10 -.37 -.53 80 .526 96 .515 121 .754 88 .336 93 .446 92 .082 112
85 Idaho 8-4 -.37 -.57 86 .508 83 .422 74 .762 91 .317 86 .417 81 .159 13
86 Colorado State 6-6 -.38 -.70 98 .472 60 .419 71 .717 59 .346 95 .484 108 .087 105
87 Georgia Southern 4-7 -.39 -.47 78 .530 97 .496 114 .754 87 .286 68 .379 58 .111 68
88 Hawaii 6-7 -.40 -.85 105 .545 108 .492 112 .778 107 .356 101 .457 95 .096 91
89 Mississippi 4-7 -.40 -.70 97 .518 88 .460 95 .788 112 .326 89 .413 79 .091 99
90 Central Michigan 5-7 -.40 -.54 82 .490 69 .440 86 .731 68 .336 92 .459 98 .112 66
DFEI
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Team FBS
Rec
DFEI DE DE
Rk
DAY DAY
Rk
DVD DVD
Rk
DFD DFD
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DTD DTD
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DTF DTF
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DTO DTO
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91 Arizona State 4-7 -.40 -.91 108 .525 95 .481 107 .705 46 .376 110 .533 123 .101 88
92 San Jose State 3-8 -.41 -.92 109 .519 92 .458 93 .714 55 .370 107 .518 120 .109 73
93 Ball State 3-8 -.42 -.54 83 .509 84 .415 68 .766 94 .289 70 .378 57 .086 107
94 Georgia Tech 8-4 -.43 -.47 79 .519 91 .433 83 .802 118 .289 71 .361 50 .140 28
95 Bowling Green 3-8 -.48 -.84 104 .503 79 .429 81 .739 71 .396 118 .535 124 .112 67
96 Maryland 5-7 -.48 -.35 66 .490 70 .425 77 .765 93 .301 77 .394 68 .081 114
97 Pittsburgh 7-5 -.48 -.88 107 .532 99 .466 98 .752 83 .369 106 .491 111 .107 74
98 Louisiana Tech 8-5 -.49 -.95 110 .536 103 .484 108 .804 120 .391 116 .486 109 .101 87
99 Akron 4-7 -.50 -.62 90 .549 113 .477 104 .766 95 .323 87 .421 83 .105 80
100 Syracuse 3-8 -.52 -1.04 116 .573 119 .479 106 .775 105 .384 115 .495 112 .130 43
101 Missouri 3-8 -.52 -.70 99 .532 100 .500 116 .739 72 .312 82 .422 84 .101 86
102 Middle Tennessee 7-5 -.53 -.63 91 .522 94 .434 84 .730 64 .377 113 .517 119 .094 94
103 Iowa State 3-8 -.53 -1.04 117 .548 112 .486 110 .809 121 .374 109 .462 100 .087 104
104 Michigan State 2-9 -.54 -.59 87 .494 73 .416 69 .716 57 .328 90 .458 96 .086 106
105 North Texas 4-8 -.54 -.77 101 .565 118 .478 105 .851 127 .351 96 .412 78 .134 39
DFEI
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Team FBS
Rec
DFEI DE DE
Rk
DAY DAY
Rk
DVD DVD
Rk
DFD DFD
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DTD DTD
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DTF DTF
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DTO DTO
Rk
106 Mississippi State 5-7 -.55 -.70 96 .519 89 .488 111 .729 63 .323 88 .443 91 .128 47
107 Fresno State 0-11 -.57 -.96 111 .533 101 .477 102 .782 109 .361 104 .462 99 .050 126
108 Buffalo 2-9 -.57 -.54 84 .550 114 .505 118 .821 125 .308 81 .375 56 .103 84
109 Connecticut 2-9 -.57 -.65 94 .538 104 .448 89 .778 106 .316 85 .407 75 .085 108
110 Rice 2-9 -.59 -1.03 114 .546 110 .472 101 .784 111 .376 111 .480 106 .056 125
111 Florida International 4-8 -.59 -.86 106 .546 109 .459 94 .773 102 .359 103 .465 101 .102 85
112 Marshall 2-9 -.60 -1.03 115 .582 122 .548 125 .828 126 .371 108 .448 94 .121 56
113 New Mexico State 3-9 -.71 -.77 100 .540 106 .455 90 .759 90 .355 99 .467 102 .149 21
114 New Mexico 8-4 -.73 -.84 103 .514 86 .465 97 .702 42 .363 105 .517 118 .056 124
115 Massachusetts 1-10 -.74 -.78 102 .544 107 .472 100 .752 85 .357 102 .474 105 .093 97
116 UNLV 3-8 -.77 -.99 113 .546 111 .495 113 .770 98 .397 120 .515 117 .071 118
117 California 5-7 -.82 -1.29 125 .576 120 .496 115 .789 113 .415 123 .527 122 .099 90
118 Navy 8-5 -.83 -1.26 124 .606 126 .560 126 .810 122 .405 121 .500 114 .124 51
119 East Carolina 2-9 -.85 -1.04 118 .559 117 .510 119 .770 99 .377 112 .489 110 .033 128
120 Purdue 2-9 -.91 -.96 112 .536 102 .486 109 .775 103 .395 117 .510 115 .085 109
DFEI
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Team FBS
Rec
DFEI DE DE
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DAY DAY
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DVD DVD
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DFD DFD
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DTD DTD
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DTF DTF
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DTO DTO
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121 Nevada 4-7 -.94 -1.13 120 .619 127 .565 127 .874 128 .379 114 .433 88 .107 75
122 Arizona 2-9 -1.02 -1.17 122 .552 115 .455 92 .802 119 .421 125 .526 121 .041 127
123 Texas Tech 4-7 -1.03 -1.49 127 .640 128 .575 128 .815 124 .438 127 .538 125 .062 122
124 UTEP 3-8 -1.04 -1.16 121 .577 121 .510 120 .793 115 .396 119 .500 113 .081 113
125 Louisiana Monroe 3-8 -1.07 -1.21 123 .584 123 .534 123 .796 117 .407 122 .511 116 .088 102
126 Texas State 1-10 -1.07 -1.07 119 .558 116 .500 117 .772 100 .417 124 .541 126 .079 116
127 Florida Atlantic 2-9 -1.16 -1.37 126 .585 124 .523 122 .780 108 .423 126 .542 127 .089 101
128 Oregon 3-8 -1.20 -1.56 128 .603 125 .543 124 .775 104 .465 128 .600 128 .070 119