Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2015 FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS, DEFENSE

Updated 12/6/2015

The Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI) is a college football rating system based on opponent-adjusted drive efficiency. Defensive efficiency (DE) is the scoring value generated by a team's defense per possession. Opponent-adjusted defensive efficiency (DFEI) is scoring value per possession adjusted for the strength of opponent offenses faced. Other definitions:

  • DFD: First Down Rate, the percentage of opponent drives that result in at least one first down or touchdown.
  • DAY: Available Yards Percentage, the total number of yards earned on opponent drives as a percentage of the total number of yards available based on starting field position.
  • DEx: Explosive Drive Rate, the percentage of opponent drives that earn at least 10 yards per play.
  • DMe: Methodical Drive Rate, the percentage of opponent drives that last at least 10 plays.
  • DVa: Value Drive Rate, the percentage of opponent drives that begin at least 50 yards from the end zone and reach the team's 30-yard line.
Rk Team FBS
Rec
DFEI DE Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DEx Rk DMe Rk DVa Rk
1 Washington 5-6 1.14 .58 10 .680 36 .400 32 .063 4 .164 101 .319 35
2 Alabama 11-1 1.07 1.09 1 .576 2 .270 1 .079 9 .086 7 .174 1
3 Oklahoma 11-1 .95 .54 15 .578 3 .337 7 .084 16 .104 21 .259 12
4 West Virginia 6-5 .92 .45 22 .676 33 .387 24 .129 60 .094 13 .288 18
5 Boston College 1-9 .91 .80 2 .651 21 .331 6 .087 20 .056 3 .241 5
6 Florida 10-3 .85 .74 6 .591 4 .311 4 .084 15 .091 10 .243 8
7 Clemson 12-0 .85 .72 8 .575 1 .305 3 .124 51 .039 1 .221 3
8 Northwestern 9-2 .84 .73 7 .691 46 .346 9 .101 30 .094 12 .242 6
9 Utah 9-3 .82 .44 24 .725 71 .407 39 .101 32 .145 77 .328 39
10 Ohio State 11-1 .70 .76 5 .633 13 .318 5 .072 5 .122 45 .227 4
11 Wisconsin 9-3 .68 .80 3 .621 10 .302 2 .091 23 .106 25 .190 2
12 Toledo 9-2 .67 .43 25 .748 91 .413 41 .076 8 .145 78 .333 44
13 Vanderbilt 3-8 .67 .49 19 .677 34 .408 40 .083 13 .098 17 .366 58
14 Texas A&M 7-4 .67 .40 26 .603 7 .384 23 .122 48 .153 86 .288 19
15 Michigan State 12-1 .66 .26 31 .667 28 .415 44 .113 41 .170 106 .352 48
Rk Team FBS
Rec
DFEI DE Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DEx Rk DMe Rk DVa Rk
16 Georgia 8-3 .64 .77 4 .592 5 .339 8 .040 1 .152 85 .250 11
17 Temple 10-3 .63 .51 17 .639 15 .362 14 .103 34 .103 20 .296 24
18 Connecticut 5-6 .61 .40 27 .692 48 .401 34 .120 46 .154 89 .315 31
19 Penn State 7-5 .59 .35 28 .688 43 .362 13 .063 3 .069 5 .244 10
20 Michigan 9-3 .58 .57 11 .656 23 .366 16 .096 26 .112 32 .273 13
21 Missouri 4-7 .54 .46 21 .683 39 .383 21 .056 2 .143 70 .296 25
22 TCU 9-2 .53 -.01 51 .645 19 .406 38 .132 62 .112 30 .333 43
23 Texas 5-7 .53 -.22 73 .722 68 .478 75 .139 72 .132 56 .380 65
24 Iowa 11-1 .51 .55 12 .706 56 .384 22 .098 28 .168 104 .293 22
25 Boise State 7-4 .51 .45 23 .621 9 .356 12 .152 82 .045 2 .286 16
26 Florida State 9-2 .50 .55 14 .719 66 .368 17 .083 12 .124 46 .243 9
27 Houston 11-1 .49 .51 16 .664 26 .392 28 .129 58 .121 43 .310 29
28 Baylor 8-3 .49 .06 46 .674 30 .400 30 .092 24 .099 18 .286 15
29 Northern Illinois 7-5 .48 .26 32 .663 25 .427 51 .088 21 .194 119 .376 63
30 USC 8-5 .47 -.08 58 .754 96 .478 74 .127 53 .127 49 .392 72
Rk Team FBS
Rec
DFEI DE Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DEx Rk DMe Rk DVa Rk
31 UCLA 8-4 .47 .12 41 .728 73 .429 53 .074 6 .235 127 .362 54
32 Marshall 8-3 .46 .61 9 .655 22 .375 18 .076 7 .097 15 .295 23
33 Arkansas State 8-3 .46 .49 18 .596 6 .351 10 .179 97 .079 6 .304 27
34 Appalachian State 9-2 .45 .55 13 .667 27 .376 19 .085 18 .137 60 .287 17
35 San Diego State 9-3 .44 .48 20 .642 18 .352 11 .119 45 .090 9 .242 7
36 Louisiana Tech 7-4 .43 .27 30 .750 92 .420 47 .102 33 .109 28 .339 46
37 Mississippi 8-3 .40 .25 33 .743 86 .421 49 .081 10 .147 79 .305 28
38 South Florida 7-4 .40 .14 39 .714 64 .441 59 .127 54 .111 29 .381 66
39 LSU 8-3 .36 -.05 57 .698 53 .419 45 .138 70 .095 14 .321 36
40 Louisville 6-5 .34 .27 29 .624 11 .365 15 .128 55 .106 26 .293 21
41 Utah State 5-6 .29 .10 42 .659 24 .390 26 .116 42 .140 64 .284 14
42 Akron 6-5 .27 .15 37 .700 55 .381 20 .100 29 .117 38 .291 20
43 Virginia Tech 5-6 .25 .15 38 .671 29 .397 29 .129 59 .093 11 .303 26
44 BYU 8-3 .25 .16 36 .698 52 .419 46 .093 25 .147 81 .353 49
45 Georgia Southern 7-4 .23 .21 34 .640 16 .405 37 .135 65 .117 39 .327 37
Rk Team FBS
Rec
DFEI DE Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DEx Rk DMe Rk DVa Rk
46 Southern Mississippi 8-4 .23 .17 35 .618 8 .401 33 .132 64 .147 80 .358 53
47 Arizona State 5-6 .23 -.13 62 .675 32 .436 56 .192 107 .066 4 .341 47
48 Washington State 8-3 .22 -.14 66 .831 125 .516 101 .145 78 .177 110 .445 95
49 Oklahoma State 9-2 .22 -.19 72 .713 62 .450 61 .126 52 .182 112 .396 75
50 Tennessee 7-4 .21 .09 43 .685 40 .390 27 .118 44 .142 66 .331 42
51 Mississippi State 7-4 .20 -.09 60 .714 63 .437 57 .111 38 .183 113 .363 56
52 Notre Dame 10-2 .19 -.13 63 .647 20 .403 35 .135 67 .113 33 .328 38
53 Memphis 8-3 .18 -.35 81 .674 31 .456 66 .196 111 .138 61 .392 71
54 Ohio 7-4 .16 .09 44 .681 37 .425 50 .138 71 .138 62 .318 33
55 Minnesota 5-7 .14 .00 50 .697 51 .413 43 .085 17 .141 65 .339 45
56 North Carolina 9-2 .12 .12 40 .742 85 .467 70 .097 27 .185 116 .393 73
57 Illinois 4-7 .11 .07 45 .692 47 .405 36 .105 36 .128 51 .331 41
58 Central Michigan 6-5 .09 -.03 55 .632 12 .400 31 .112 39 .144 73 .330 40
59 Kent State 2-9 .09 .05 48 .709 59 .421 48 .082 11 .119 41 .318 34
60 Stanford 11-2 .08 -.16 67 .680 35 .452 63 .117 43 .195 120 .421 81
Rk Team FBS
Rec
DFEI DE Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DEx Rk DMe Rk DVa Rk
61 Air Force 7-5 .05 -.14 64 .634 14 .413 42 .164 92 .112 31 .374 61
62 Western Kentucky 11-2 .03 .02 49 .733 77 .450 62 .104 35 .148 84 .366 57
63 Auburn 5-6 .02 -.34 80 .819 122 .547 112 .086 19 .224 125 .477 110
64 Troy 3-8 .02 -.14 65 .762 100 .462 68 .123 49 .131 55 .356 51
65 Georgia Tech 2-9 -.01 -.30 77 .720 67 .470 72 .110 37 .127 50 .367 60
66 Miami 7-4 -.02 -.30 76 .774 108 .493 86 .194 108 .177 109 .440 93
67 Kansas State 5-6 -.02 -.50 93 .739 82 .482 80 .157 87 .119 40 .437 91
68 Pittsburgh 7-4 -.02 -.17 68 .695 50 .434 54 .169 95 .144 76 .384 68
69 Navy 8-2 -.03 -.35 82 .685 41 .502 91 .112 40 .281 128 .463 105
70 Miami (OH) 2-9 -.04 -.24 74 .728 72 .456 67 .140 74 .125 48 .391 70
71 Georgia State 6-5 -.04 -.03 54 .822 123 .468 71 .101 31 .155 91 .363 55
72 Colorado 3-9 -.05 -.36 84 .804 120 .518 103 .154 84 .161 97 .426 85
73 East Carolina 4-7 -.05 -.18 71 .682 38 .435 55 .083 14 .189 118 .393 74
74 Nebraska 5-7 -.07 -.11 61 .693 49 .438 58 .137 69 .105 22 .378 64
75 Wake Forest 2-9 -.07 -.31 78 .744 88 .453 64 .152 83 .128 52 .357 52
Rk Team FBS
Rec
DFEI DE Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DEx Rk DMe Rk DVa Rk
76 Maryland 2-9 -.08 -.56 94 .750 93 .490 83 .171 96 .100 19 .420 80
77 Iowa State 2-9 -.08 -.69 105 .728 74 .507 96 .200 113 .168 105 .423 82
78 North Carolina State 6-5 -.10 -.03 56 .641 17 .389 25 .191 105 .107 27 .311 30
79 Bowling Green 10-3 -.11 -.17 69 .723 70 .489 82 .088 22 .216 124 .429 87
80 Florida Atlantic 3-9 -.12 -.02 52 .769 104 .455 65 .163 91 .116 34 .354 50
81 Middle Tennessee 6-5 -.13 .05 47 .712 60 .447 60 .136 68 .159 95 .367 59
82 South Alabama 4-7 -.15 -.48 91 .707 57 .490 84 .158 88 .098 16 .391 69
83 Buffalo 4-7 -.15 -.02 53 .723 69 .464 69 .182 100 .153 87 .374 62
84 Virginia 3-8 -.16 -.36 85 .780 110 .504 93 .228 118 .142 67 .438 92
85 Cincinnati 6-5 -.22 -.38 86 .737 80 .481 78 .128 56 .143 69 .409 77
86 California 6-5 -.22 -.60 97 .802 118 .550 113 .159 89 .214 123 .491 115
87 Oregon 8-3 -.23 -.66 101 .786 111 .513 100 .143 76 .143 71 .408 76
88 Tulane 2-9 -.31 -.47 89 .739 84 .487 81 .157 86 .148 83 .417 79
89 New Mexico 6-5 -.33 -.49 92 .767 103 .542 110 .203 115 .135 58 .516 120
90 Louisiana Monroe 1-11 -.33 -.42 87 .709 58 .474 73 .159 90 .106 24 .461 104
Rk Team FBS
Rec
DFEI DE Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DEx Rk DMe Rk DVa Rk
91 Nevada 5-6 -.34 -.27 75 .736 79 .491 85 .120 47 .144 75 .423 83
92 Western Michigan 6-5 -.34 -.70 107 .750 95 .504 92 .233 121 .129 54 .429 89
93 UTEP 4-7 -.36 -.57 95 .690 45 .496 87 .246 125 .087 8 .459 102
94 Colorado State 6-5 -.36 -.36 83 .764 101 .480 77 .142 75 .157 93 .383 67
95 Charlotte 1-10 -.36 -.43 88 .735 78 .507 97 .154 85 .154 90 .477 111
96 Massachusetts 3-9 -.37 -.48 90 .738 81 .499 89 .124 50 .207 122 .426 86
97 Duke 6-5 -.37 -.09 59 .699 54 .428 52 .135 66 .120 42 .317 32
98 UTSA 3-9 -.39 -.34 79 .730 76 .506 95 .149 80 .135 57 .446 96
99 Arizona 5-6 -.41 -.77 111 .744 89 .498 88 .150 81 .173 107 .458 101
100 Kentucky 4-7 -.41 -.18 70 .793 113 .482 79 .132 63 .157 92 .415 78
101 Arkansas 6-5 -.43 -.68 103 .757 98 .501 90 .130 61 .139 63 .442 94
102 Fresno State 2-9 -.45 -.80 112 .718 65 .508 98 .188 104 .128 53 .472 109
103 Tulsa 6-6 -.45 -.67 102 .755 97 .535 109 .196 112 .117 37 .469 106
104 Oregon State 1-10 -.46 -1.42 125 .805 121 .618 125 .239 123 .159 96 .596 126
105 Syracuse 3-8 -.49 -.64 100 .773 107 .527 106 .188 102 .164 100 .434 90
Rk Team FBS
Rec
DFEI DE Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DEx Rk DMe Rk DVa Rk
106 South Carolina 3-8 -.59 -.61 98 .748 90 .513 99 .148 79 .235 126 .454 100
107 Indiana 5-6 -.61 -.72 108 .689 44 .506 94 .203 114 .162 98 .459 103
108 Purdue 1-10 -.62 -.88 113 .773 106 .560 119 .195 110 .164 99 .545 122
109 North Texas 1-10 -.62 -1.12 116 .804 119 .583 121 .188 101 .188 117 .556 123
110 Ball State 2-9 -.65 -1.13 118 .829 124 .571 120 .179 98 .154 88 .509 118
111 Hawaii 2-10 -.68 -.75 109 .743 87 .518 104 .129 57 .164 102 .425 84
112 Kansas 0-11 -.69 -1.61 127 .850 128 .649 128 .292 127 .175 108 .625 128
113 SMU 2-9 -.69 -1.39 124 .766 102 .556 116 .266 126 .105 23 .509 117
114 Louisiana Lafayette 3-8 -.71 -.63 99 .687 42 .478 76 .145 77 .122 44 .429 88
115 Army 1-8 -.72 -.60 96 .795 115 .519 105 .182 99 .136 59 .447 97
116 San Jose State 4-7 -.72 -.69 104 .739 83 .516 102 .139 73 .165 103 .452 98
117 Florida International 4-7 -.74 -.69 106 .796 116 .534 108 .167 93 .185 115 .480 113
118 Old Dominion 4-7 -.75 -.77 110 .800 117 .555 115 .169 94 .185 114 .471 108
119 UNLV 2-9 -.81 -.88 114 .713 61 .533 107 .194 109 .147 82 .453 99
120 Wyoming 2-9 -.85 -1.18 119 .759 99 .560 118 .188 103 .143 72 .510 119
Rk Team FBS
Rec
DFEI DE Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DEx Rk DMe Rk DVa Rk
121 Texas Tech 6-5 -.86 -1.13 117 .794 114 .551 114 .191 106 .142 68 .484 114
122 Central Florida 0-11 -.88 -1.25 121 .789 112 .585 122 .246 124 .158 94 .479 112
123 Rutgers 3-8 -.94 -1.19 120 .835 126 .621 126 .207 116 .124 47 .571 125
124 New Mexico State 3-9 -.96 -.97 115 .729 75 .543 111 .239 122 .116 36 .508 116
125 Idaho 3-8 -.97 -1.28 122 .776 109 .595 124 .232 119 .144 74 .569 124
126 Texas State 2-9 -1.04 -1.43 126 .773 105 .586 123 .210 117 .202 121 .541 121
127 Rice 4-7 -1.15 -1.33 123 .750 94 .559 117 .295 128 .116 35 .470 107
128 Eastern Michigan 1-11 -1.67 -1.64 128 .837 127 .630 127 .233 120 .178 111 .605 127