Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2014 FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS, DEFENSE

through games of 9/13/2014

The Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI) considers each of the nearly 20,000 possessions every season in major college football. All drives are filtered to eliminate first-half clock-kills and end-of-game garbage drives and scores. A scoring rate analysis of the remaining possessions then determines the baseline possession efficiency expectations against which each team is measured. A team is rewarded for playing well against good teams, win or lose, and is punished more severely for playing poorly against bad teams than it is rewarded for playing well against bad teams.

  • DFEI: Defensive FEI, the opponent-adjusted efficiency of the given team's defense.
  • DE: Defensive Efficiency, the raw unadjusted efficiency of the given team's defense, a measure of the actual drive success of its opponents against expected drive success based on field position.
  • FD: First Down rate, the percentage of opponent offensive drives that result in at least one first down or touchdown.
  • AY: Available Yards, yards earned by the opponent offense divided by the total number of yards available based on starting field position.
  • Ex: Explosive Drives, the percentage of each opponent offense's drives that average at least 10 yards per play.
  • Me: Methodical Drives, the percentage of each opponent offense's drives that run 10 or more plays.
  • Va: Value Drives, the percentage of each opponent offense's drives beginning on their own side of the field that reach at least the team's 30-yard line.
  • DSOS: Defensive Strength of Schedule, the likelihood that an elite defense (two standard deviations better than average) would have an above-average DE rating against each of the offenses faced.

Opponent-adjusted DFEI and DSOS data will be published after Week 7. Teams listed below are ranked by unadjusted offensive efficiency.

DFEI DFEI
Rk
Team FBS
Rec
FEI
Rk
DE DE
Rk
FD FD
Rk
AY AY
Rk
Ex Ex
Rk
Me Me
Rk
Va Va
Rk
DSOS Rk
- - Syracuse 1-0 50 -1.177 1 .625 44 .270 9 .000 1 .125 51 .250 19 - -
- - TCU 1-0 45 -1.171 2 .643 49 .255 5 .000 1 .071 25 .077 1 - -
- - Utah 1-0 33 -1.152 3 .364 3 .202 2 .091 42 .091 33 .182 8 - -
- - Baylor 2-0 24 -1.137 4 .391 4 .180 1 .043 19 .000 1 .091 2 - -
- - Oklahoma 3-0 10 -.948 5 .545 17 .267 7 .030 11 .091 32 .188 11 - -
- - Mississippi 3-0 7 -.944 6 .655 55 .322 19 .034 12 .103 38 .214 15 - -
- - Stanford 1-1 4 -.898 7 .563 22 .311 17 .063 26 .188 91 .125 5 - -
- - Mississippi State 3-0 31 -.897 8 .561 21 .289 12 .098 48 .049 18 .184 9 - -
- - Notre Dame 3-0 13 -.805 9 .645 51 .347 26 .000 1 .097 37 .276 29 - -
- - Duke 2-0 37 -.782 10 .524 13 .323 20 .000 1 .190 92 .250 20 - -
- - Louisville 1-1 25 -.779 11 .407 5 .268 8 .037 14 .000 1 .111 4 - -
- - Virginia 1-1 47 -.713 12 .556 18 .264 6 .000 1 .037 10 .185 10 - -
- - Nebraska 2-0 27 -.695 13 .333 1 .235 4 .042 18 .125 52 .208 14 - -
- - Florida 2-0 39 -.683 14 .538 15 .304 15 .115 55 .038 14 .130 6 - -
- - LSU 2-0 5 -.672 15 .348 2 .203 3 .087 38 .000 1 .091 3 - -
DFEI DFEI
Rk
Team FBS
Rec
FEI
Rk
DE DE
Rk
FD FD
Rk
AY AY
Rk
Ex Ex
Rk
Me Me
Rk
Va Va
Rk
DSOS Rk
- - Penn State 3-0 41 -.664 16 .486 8 .299 14 .057 23 .114 45 .200 12 - -
- - Alabama 3-0 8 -.639 17 .680 64 .386 37 .040 16 .160 74 .333 46 - -
- - BYU 3-0 18 -.591 18 .611 39 .353 28 .028 10 .194 94 .323 41 - -
- - UTSA 1-2 60 -.567 19 .476 6 .350 27 .119 56 .167 79 .359 54 - -
- - Texas 1-2 63 -.561 20 .583 27 .337 22 .111 53 .111 40 .300 34 - -
- - Miami 1-1 36 -.558 21 .609 36 .311 16 .043 20 .174 83 .273 27 - -
- - Iowa 1-1 34 -.540 22 .667 59 .357 30 .000 1 .238 111 .263 25 - -
- - Wake Forest 0-2 90 -.501 23 .615 41 .426 52 .077 30 .154 70 .292 33 - -
- - Ohio State 2-1 17 -.488 24 .559 19 .293 13 .059 25 .088 31 .219 16 - -
- - Michigan 2-1 44 -.474 25 .481 7 .273 10 .000 1 .037 11 .174 7 - -
- - Temple 1-1 72 -.459 26 .565 24 .380 34 .130 61 .130 56 .348 50 - -
- - Washington 2-0 29 -.451 27 .600 30 .384 36 .120 57 .240 114 .304 35 - -
- - Marshall 2-0 56 -.430 28 .667 60 .397 41 .083 36 .125 54 .348 49 - -
- - Missouri 2-0 3 -.406 29 .727 78 .366 32 .136 66 .182 87 .263 24 - -
- - Tennessee 2-1 69 -.398 30 .611 40 .345 25 .083 34 .083 29 .257 21 - -
DFEI DFEI
Rk
Team FBS
Rec
FEI
Rk
DE DE
Rk
FD FD
Rk
AY AY
Rk
Ex Ex
Rk
Me Me
Rk
Va Va
Rk
DSOS Rk
- - Pittsburgh 2-0 32 -.397 31 .519 12 .280 11 .148 77 .037 12 .240 18 - -
- - Oregon 2-0 1 -.396 32 .810 105 .439 58 .095 47 .095 36 .316 38 - -
- - Kentucky 1-1 77 -.395 33 .630 45 .382 35 .037 15 .185 90 .273 28 - -
- - Oklahoma State 1-1 19 -.373 34 .593 29 .342 24 .185 94 .037 13 .292 32 - -
- - Minnesota 1-1 76 -.361 35 .680 65 .422 51 .080 33 .120 48 .350 51 - -
- - California 1-0 66 -.355 36 .692 69 .426 53 .154 79 .231 109 .333 48 - -
- - Utah State 1-1 83 -.341 37 .643 50 .338 23 .107 52 .071 26 .227 17 - -
- - Oregon State 1-0 26 -.336 38 .563 23 .323 21 .063 27 .125 53 .308 37 - -
- - Arizona State 2-0 28 -.327 39 .731 83 .448 59 .077 31 .154 71 .333 45 - -
- - Louisiana Monroe 2-1 114 -.326 40 .514 10 .317 18 .027 9 .162 78 .257 22 - -
- - North Texas 1-2 98 -.287 41 .703 71 .354 29 .135 65 .027 9 .281 31 - -
- - Wisconsin 0-1 20 -.277 42 .714 74 .373 33 .143 74 .000 1 .385 62 - -
- - Maryland 1-1 58 -.270 43 .633 46 .422 50 .100 49 .200 95 .370 60 - -
- - Virginia Tech 1-1 16 -.267 44 .600 31 .416 48 .233 108 .000 1 .400 64 - -
- - SMU 0-2 107 -.266 45 .870 113 .525 84 .087 40 .174 84 .500 97 - -
DFEI DFEI
Rk
Team FBS
Rec
FEI
Rk
DE DE
Rk
FD FD
Rk
AY AY
Rk
Ex Ex
Rk
Me Me
Rk
Va Va
Rk
DSOS Rk
- - Louisiana Tech 2-1 81 -.249 46 .655 56 .408 44 .069 28 .138 59 .259 23 - -
- - Houston 0-2 55 -.233 47 .680 66 .434 56 .120 58 .160 75 .429 77 - -
- - Boston College 2-1 49 -.223 48 .543 16 .363 31 .114 54 .057 22 .267 26 - -
- - USC 2-1 6 -.210 49 .676 63 .479 67 .088 41 .118 47 .419 72 - -
- - Navy 2-1 51 -.177 50 .793 104 .483 71 .034 13 .207 96 .360 56 - -
- - Boise State 2-1 43 -.176 51 .537 14 .399 42 .122 59 .146 67 .333 44 - -
- - Central Michigan 1-1 91 -.161 52 .737 85 .483 72 .053 22 .263 119 .400 66 - -
- - North Carolina 1-0 30 -.121 53 .750 86 .538 87 .250 111 .250 118 .455 86 - -
- - Florida State 1-0 2 -.113 54 .600 32 .389 38 .133 63 .067 23 .308 36 - -
- - Illinois 1-1 80 -.105 55 .783 98 .521 83 .130 62 .130 57 .421 73 - -
- - Florida International 0-1 105 -.096 56 .600 33 .478 66 .200 98 .067 24 .375 61 - -
- - UCLA 3-0 23 -.094 57 .658 58 .412 45 .079 32 .211 100 .324 42 - -
- - Auburn 2-0 12 -.066 58 .571 25 .405 43 .143 75 .190 93 .333 47 - -
- - UAB 1-1 94 -.059 59 .640 48 .415 47 .160 82 .160 76 .364 58 - -
- - Arizona 3-0 35 -.051 60 .600 34 .416 49 .057 24 .143 62 .353 52 - -
DFEI DFEI
Rk
Team FBS
Rec
FEI
Rk
DE DE
Rk
FD FD
Rk
AY AY
Rk
Ex Ex
Rk
Me Me
Rk
Va Va
Rk
DSOS Rk
- - Old Dominion 1-1 117 -.050 61 .636 47 .429 54 .136 67 .136 58 .316 39 - -
- - Kansas State 1-0 21 -.050 62 .727 79 .430 55 .091 43 .182 86 .200 13 - -
- - South Alabama 1-1 84 -.050 63 .560 20 .395 40 .160 81 .120 49 .318 40 - -
- - East Carolina 1-1 46 -.035 64 .600 35 .475 65 .040 17 .240 113 .391 63 - -
- - Eastern Michigan 0-2 126 -.011 65 .818 107 .551 94 .182 93 .227 107 .438 82 - -
- - Northern Illinois 2-0 40 -.006 66 .880 118 .502 79 .240 110 .160 77 .417 70 - -
- - Rutgers 1-1 59 .006 67 .760 89 .536 86 .280 116 .040 16 .409 67 - -
- - Akron 0-1 89 .017 68 .818 108 .479 68 .182 91 .182 88 .455 85 - -
- - Clemson 0-1 22 .028 69 .615 42 .459 62 .231 106 .077 27 .364 57 - -
- - Hawaii 0-2 82 .039 70 .577 26 .414 46 .192 97 .115 46 .360 55 - -
- - West Virginia 1-1 57 .048 71 .654 54 .486 74 .154 80 .231 110 .480 92 - -
- - Purdue 1-2 96 .052 72 .694 70 .483 70 .139 73 .139 60 .355 53 - -
- - San Diego State 0-1 73 .067 73 .727 80 .515 82 .182 92 .182 89 .400 65 - -
- - Connecticut 0-2 79 .079 74 .773 92 .454 60 .136 68 .091 34 .278 30 - -
- - Ball State 0-1 74 .082 75 .917 125 .544 89 .083 37 .333 126 .455 87 - -
DFEI DFEI
Rk
Team FBS
Rec
FEI
Rk
DE DE
Rk
FD FD
Rk
AY AY
Rk
Ex Ex
Rk
Me Me
Rk
Va Va
Rk
DSOS Rk
- - Tulane 0-2 88 .092 76 .875 115 .600 108 .167 87 .208 99 .556 109 - -
- - Northwestern 0-2 61 .113 77 .609 37 .483 69 .087 39 .304 124 .368 59 - -
- - Miami (OH) 0-2 112 .135 78 .720 76 .510 81 .200 99 .040 15 .476 91 - -
- - Western Michigan 1-1 86 .153 79 .609 38 .506 80 .043 21 .217 104 .474 90 - -
- - Air Force 1-1 101 .156 80 .682 67 .466 63 .136 69 .091 35 .429 76 - -
- - Nevada 1-1 65 .169 81 .810 106 .583 102 .286 117 .143 66 .600 114 - -
- - Vanderbilt 1-2 110 .178 82 .656 57 .491 76 .094 45 .219 105 .423 74 - -
- - North Carolina State 3-0 62 .183 83 .517 11 .455 61 .138 72 .276 121 .429 80 - -
- - Washington State 0-2 64 .227 84 .583 28 .469 64 .125 60 .250 117 .435 81 - -
- - Iowa State 1-1 48 .236 85 .667 61 .486 75 .143 76 .238 112 .429 79 - -
- - Central Florida 0-2 54 .273 86 .895 121 .640 115 .105 51 .211 101 .563 110 - -
- - South Florida 0-2 103 .288 87 .762 90 .544 90 .190 95 .143 63 .500 95 - -
- - Massachusetts 0-3 116 .291 88 .750 87 .554 95 .094 46 .250 116 .552 108 - -
- - Middle Tennessee 1-1 87 .294 89 .769 91 .604 109 .231 107 .154 72 .591 113 - -
- - Western Kentucky 1-2 71 .303 90 .703 72 .564 97 .162 84 .216 103 .531 106 - -
DFEI DFEI
Rk
Team FBS
Rec
FEI
Rk
DE DE
Rk
FD FD
Rk
AY AY
Rk
Ex Ex
Rk
Me Me
Rk
Va Va
Rk
DSOS Rk
- - Colorado 1-2 85 .303 91 .703 73 .484 73 .162 83 .081 28 .429 75 - -
- - Georgia 1-1 9 .307 92 .500 9 .394 39 .083 35 .208 97 .417 71 - -
- - Kansas 0-1 104 .340 93 .727 81 .567 99 .364 125 .000 1 .444 83 - -
- - Kent State 0-3 111 .342 94 .788 100 .548 91 .152 78 .152 69 .516 101 - -
- - Colorado State 1-1 75 .350 95 .875 116 .587 104 .167 86 .208 98 .522 103 - -
- - Michigan State 0-1 14 .352 96 .615 43 .435 57 .231 105 .000 1 .417 69 - -
- - Indiana 0-1 52 .362 97 .867 112 .587 103 .000 1 .467 128 .571 111 - -
- - Wyoming 1-1 123 .365 98 .789 101 .616 112 .211 101 .158 73 .529 105 - -
- - UTEP 2-1 106 .372 99 .774 94 .566 98 .226 104 .129 55 .500 94 - -
- - Texas A&M 2-0 11 .376 100 .947 127 .561 96 .263 114 .105 39 .333 43 - -
- - Georgia Tech 2-0 42 .396 101 .714 75 .540 88 .238 109 .143 64 .474 88 - -
- - Tulsa 1-2 109 .444 102 .778 95 .593 105 .306 118 .056 21 .500 93 - -
- - Army 1-1 99 .450 103 .857 111 .595 106 .190 96 .048 17 .412 68 - -
- - Georgia State 0-2 125 .477 104 .875 117 .576 100 .167 85 .167 81 .500 96 - -
- - Ohio 1-2 122 .485 105 .733 84 .550 92 .133 64 .167 80 .517 102 - -
DFEI DFEI
Rk
Team FBS
Rec
FEI
Rk
DE DE
Rk
FD FD
Rk
AY AY
Rk
Ex Ex
Rk
Me Me
Rk
Va Va
Rk
DSOS Rk
- - Arkansas 1-1 53 .486 106 .650 52 .529 85 .100 50 .150 68 .474 89 - -
- - New Mexico 0-2 113 .497 107 .792 102 .623 113 .250 112 .083 30 .550 107 - -
- - New Mexico State 1-1 128 .527 108 .682 68 .578 101 .091 44 .273 120 .500 100 - -
- - Texas Tech 1-1 70 .551 109 .727 82 .595 107 .136 70 .364 127 .579 112 - -
- - Southern Mississippi 0-2 118 .571 110 .667 62 .707 123 .167 88 .056 20 .643 118 - -
- - Arkansas State 0-2 95 .663 111 .652 53 .500 77 .174 89 .174 85 .500 98 - -
- - Fresno State 0-3 102 .664 112 .750 88 .649 116 .306 119 .139 61 .667 123 - -
- - Idaho 0-2 119 .717 113 .792 103 .613 111 .375 126 .167 82 .636 117 - -
- - Troy 0-2 124 .720 114 .944 126 .684 121 .222 103 .278 122 .643 119 - -
- - Texas State 0-1 120 .724 115 .778 96 .673 118 .333 122 .111 42 .714 126 - -
- - South Carolina 2-1 15 .753 116 .821 109 .707 124 .071 29 .250 115 .696 124 - -
- - Toledo 0-2 67 .764 117 .778 97 .550 93 .333 121 .111 41 .455 84 - -
- - Bowling Green 1-1 68 .775 118 .880 119 .698 122 .360 124 .120 50 .714 127 - -
- - Cincinnati 1-0 38 .790 119 .900 123 .731 126 .200 100 .300 123 .625 115 - -
- - Georgia Southern 0-2 97 .844 120 .773 93 .610 110 .136 71 .227 106 .500 99 - -
DFEI DFEI
Rk
Team FBS
Rec
FEI
Rk
DE DE
Rk
FD FD
Rk
AY AY
Rk
Ex Ex
Rk
Me Me
Rk
Va Va
Rk
DSOS Rk
- - Buffalo 0-2 93 .872 121 .909 124 .715 125 .318 120 .227 108 .647 120 - -
- - San Jose State 0-1 92 .884 122 .889 120 .752 127 .333 123 .111 43 .750 128 - -
- - Florida Atlantic 1-2 115 .914 123 .821 110 .635 114 .250 113 .143 65 .630 116 - -
- - Memphis 0-1 78 .983 124 .786 99 .501 78 .214 102 .214 102 .429 78 - -
- - Louisiana Lafayette 0-2 121 1.022 125 .895 122 .674 119 .263 115 .053 19 .529 104 - -
- - Rice 0-2 100 1.069 126 .722 77 .650 117 .389 127 .111 44 .667 122 - -
- - UNLV 0-2 108 1.474 127 .870 114 .680 120 .174 90 .304 125 .652 121 - -
- - Appalachian State 0-1 127 1.994 128 1.000 128 .826 128 .571 128 .000 1 .714 125 - -