Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2014 FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS, DEFENSE

through games of 9/27/2014

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
- - TCU 2-0 20 -1.264 1 .522 11 .225 3 .000 1 .087 25 .136 3 - -
- - Mississippi 4-0 11 -1.032 2 .535 14 .268 4 .023 5 .070 17 .175 5 - -
- - Louisville 3-1 29 -.928 3 .400 3 .204 1 .018 3 .000 1 .116 2 - -
- - Stanford 2-1 6 -.869 4 .536 15 .280 5 .071 27 .143 68 .107 1 - -
- - Baylor 3-0 16 -.767 5 .361 1 .221 2 .056 18 .056 11 .143 4 - -
- - Texas 2-2 55 -.709 6 .592 31 .334 19 .102 44 .143 69 .262 22 - -
- - Oklahoma 4-0 7 -.662 7 .617 41 .321 11 .085 34 .085 24 .222 11 - -
- - Mississippi State 4-0 12 -.647 8 .582 30 .317 9 .109 47 .036 8 .216 10 - -
- - Utah 2-1 24 -.643 9 .605 36 .343 23 .053 15 .158 78 .237 16 - -
- - Notre Dame 4-0 15 -.643 10 .667 63 .386 42 .071 28 .095 29 .325 47 - -
- - Penn State 4-1 44 -.636 11 .491 5 .301 8 .036 10 .109 42 .213 9 - -
- - Marshall 3-0 34 -.631 12 .657 57 .387 43 .057 19 .114 50 .333 50 - -
- - Alabama 4-0 4 -.620 13 .632 44 .339 21 .053 14 .105 38 .235 15 - -
- - Kentucky 2-1 82 -.592 14 .579 27 .320 10 .026 6 .132 61 .194 7 - -
- - Temple 2-1 70 -.534 15 .543 18 .343 22 .114 53 .114 51 .324 46 - -
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
- - Minnesota 3-1 52 -.497 16 .596 32 .347 24 .085 35 .128 57 .244 17 - -
- - Iowa 3-1 45 -.486 17 .651 55 .359 28 .000 1 .186 101 .275 26 - -
- - Wisconsin 2-1 22 -.483 18 .559 21 .326 14 .147 74 .000 1 .290 34 - -
- - LSU 3-1 13 -.472 19 .510 6 .297 7 .137 65 .020 5 .213 8 - -
- - Duke 3-1 48 -.470 20 .563 23 .354 25 .021 4 .167 82 .289 32 - -
- - Virginia 2-2 46 -.446 21 .560 22 .331 16 .060 21 .080 23 .255 19 - -
- - Nebraska 4-0 25 -.429 22 .489 4 .331 17 .089 36 .089 26 .311 41 - -
- - Washington 3-1 39 -.420 23 .580 28 .358 27 .060 22 .180 94 .267 23 - -
- - Florida International 1-2 94 -.383 24 .512 7 .377 37 .140 69 .116 53 .344 53 - -
- - Michigan 2-3 67 -.382 25 .520 9 .322 12 .040 11 .060 12 .250 18 - -
- - Wake Forest 1-3 83 -.379 26 .635 50 .404 51 .077 29 .115 52 .319 44 - -
- - BYU 4-0 18 -.376 27 .694 77 .411 53 .041 13 .245 124 .386 64 - -
- - Miami 2-2 37 -.374 28 .604 34 .365 33 .063 24 .167 84 .289 33 - -
- - Utah State 1-2 78 -.369 29 .674 67 .336 20 .093 38 .070 18 .235 14 - -
- - Michigan State 2-1 23 -.359 30 .364 2 .281 6 .152 79 .000 1 .281 28 - -
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
- - Maryland 3-1 27 -.356 31 .692 76 .432 56 .077 30 .154 75 .292 35 - -
- - Boise State 3-2 68 -.339 32 .522 12 .366 34 .101 43 .145 70 .288 31 - -
- - Air Force 2-1 77 -.316 33 .658 58 .438 58 .158 86 .105 39 .371 59 - -
- - UTSA 1-3 62 -.291 34 .519 8 .380 39 .148 76 .185 100 .392 67 - -
- - USC 3-1 8 -.288 35 .659 60 .434 57 .068 25 .114 47 .366 58 - -
- - Virginia Tech 2-2 28 -.275 36 .574 24 .378 38 .185 103 .019 4 .362 56 - -
- - Auburn 4-0 3 -.274 37 .578 25 .398 50 .111 49 .178 91 .341 51 - -
- - Houston 1-2 58 -.272 38 .632 45 .397 49 .079 31 .132 62 .364 57 - -
- - Northwestern 1-2 43 -.267 39 .541 17 .375 36 .054 17 .216 109 .281 30 - -
- - Kansas 1-2 93 -.266 40 .667 64 .393 46 .139 68 .111 44 .226 12 - -
- - Kansas State 2-1 26 -.259 41 .533 13 .333 18 .033 9 .167 83 .185 6 - -
- - Louisiana Monroe 3-1 118 -.248 42 .520 10 .323 13 .040 12 .140 67 .234 13 - -
- - North Texas 1-2 102 -.230 43 .703 81 .354 26 .135 64 .027 6 .281 29 - -
- - Florida 2-1 42 -.210 44 .641 52 .405 52 .154 81 .051 10 .278 27 - -
- - UAB 1-2 99 -.208 45 .538 16 .381 40 .154 80 .128 58 .313 42 - -
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
- - Tennessee 2-2 65 -.205 46 .633 47 .362 29 .082 33 .102 36 .255 20 - -
- - Oregon State 2-1 40 -.193 47 .543 19 .363 32 .029 8 .114 49 .323 45 - -
- - Ohio State 3-1 17 -.187 48 .578 26 .331 15 .111 48 .067 15 .256 21 - -
- - Missouri 3-1 10 -.182 49 .686 74 .387 44 .137 66 .157 77 .298 38 - -
- - Oklahoma State 2-1 21 -.172 50 .619 42 .385 41 .167 93 .048 9 .297 37 - -
- - Florida State 3-0 2 -.129 51 .636 51 .429 55 .114 52 .114 48 .361 55 - -
- - South Alabama 2-2 97 -.121 52 .633 48 .394 47 .163 92 .102 37 .293 36 - -
- - Pittsburgh 2-2 54 -.092 53 .660 62 .362 30 .149 77 .064 14 .273 24 - -
- - Hawaii 0-3 81 -.074 54 .610 38 .393 45 .146 73 .098 31 .308 40 - -
- - Nevada 2-1 51 -.051 55 .818 115 .530 90 .212 110 .182 98 .438 81 - -
- - Memphis 1-2 63 -.046 56 .605 37 .396 48 .132 61 .184 99 .343 52 - -
- - Clemson 1-2 19 -.045 57 .605 35 .374 35 .209 109 .070 19 .308 39 - -
- - Boston College 2-2 47 -.021 58 .614 39 .423 54 .114 51 .068 16 .333 48 - -
- - Syracuse 1-2 56 -.020 59 .742 95 .448 63 .097 39 .129 59 .414 73 - -
- - Texas A&M 4-0 5 -.008 60 .714 85 .453 65 .167 94 .071 20 .333 49 - -
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
- - Georgia 3-1 14 .002 61 .543 20 .363 31 .109 46 .130 60 .378 61 - -
- - Louisiana Tech 2-2 87 .007 62 .659 59 .440 61 .098 40 .146 71 .314 43 - -
- - Connecticut 0-4 91 .007 63 .725 90 .439 59 .125 58 .125 54 .273 25 - -
- - East Carolina 2-1 35 .009 64 .632 46 .461 71 .053 16 .237 121 .353 54 - -
- - Rutgers 3-1 38 .016 65 .733 91 .495 78 .222 114 .111 45 .390 66 - -
- - UCLA 4-0 9 .031 66 .694 78 .459 69 .061 23 .245 125 .375 60 - -
- - Oregon 3-0 1 .045 67 .813 113 .515 83 .156 84 .188 102 .400 71 - -
- - Purdue 1-3 98 .062 68 .620 43 .461 70 .120 57 .160 80 .378 62 - -
- - Georgia Southern 2-2 75 .072 69 .659 61 .464 72 .068 26 .182 96 .381 63 - -
- - Arkansas State 1-2 89 .075 70 .641 53 .446 62 .128 60 .154 76 .441 84 - -
- - Wyoming 2-2 120 .082 71 .780 103 .557 103 .171 97 .146 72 .469 93 - -
- - Arizona State 2-1 61 .112 72 .778 102 .520 84 .222 115 .111 46 .406 72 - -
- - Western Michigan 1-2 86 .118 73 .667 65 .504 79 .028 7 .194 103 .452 89 - -
- - Arizona 4-0 33 .122 74 .647 54 .440 60 .157 85 .098 32 .388 65 - -
- - South Florida 1-3 110 .131 75 .600 33 .457 68 .150 78 .125 55 .424 77 - -
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 2-3 80 .133 76 .681 71 .454 66 .188 104 .072 21 .393 68 - -
- - Illinois 2-2 85 .134 77 .765 99 .512 81 .098 41 .176 89 .422 76 - -
- - San Jose State 0-3 101 .161 78 .667 66 .527 86 .100 42 .100 33 .462 90 - -
- - Navy 2-3 57 .173 79 .784 105 .535 91 .059 20 .235 118 .444 86 - -
- - Central Michigan 1-3 104 .191 80 .780 104 .551 99 .171 96 .220 113 .500 100 - -
- - California 2-1 53 .196 81 .750 96 .542 94 .146 72 .208 105 .512 104 - -
- - Washington State 1-3 36 .202 82 .633 49 .450 64 .184 102 .224 116 .426 78 - -
- - Middle Tennessee 2-2 84 .206 83 .686 75 .543 96 .216 111 .137 65 .488 97 - -
- - Eastern Michigan 0-3 127 .212 84 .824 118 .586 112 .147 75 .176 90 .478 95 - -
- - Vanderbilt 1-4 112 .218 85 .685 73 .490 76 .093 37 .222 114 .444 85 - -
- - Tulane 0-4 103 .223 86 .841 121 .582 111 .205 108 .159 79 .559 118 - -
- - Georgia Tech 3-0 32 .226 87 .697 79 .514 82 .182 101 .182 97 .467 91 - -
- - Akron 1-2 88 .234 88 .719 87 .494 77 .156 83 .219 112 .433 80 - -
- - SMU 0-4 125 .252 89 .902 127 .655 126 .195 106 .171 87 .600 125 - -
- - Arkansas 2-2 31 .252 90 .651 56 .454 67 .140 70 .093 28 .400 69 - -
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
- - Florida Atlantic 2-3 108 .261 91 .709 84 .529 88 .218 113 .127 56 .500 99 - -
- - West Virginia 1-2 41 .269 92 .615 40 .483 73 .154 82 .179 93 .486 96 - -
- - Texas State 1-2 96 .269 93 .684 72 .506 80 .158 87 .105 40 .419 75 - -
- - Georgia State 0-3 122 .291 94 .806 110 .528 87 .111 50 .111 43 .448 87 - -
- - Southern Mississippi 1-3 123 .296 95 .674 68 .600 118 .116 54 .140 66 .588 123 - -
- - Northern Illinois 2-1 72 .296 96 .871 125 .536 92 .194 105 .258 126 .467 92 - -
- - Miami (OH) 0-4 92 .296 97 .720 88 .484 74 .160 89 .100 34 .432 79 - -
- - Central Florida 0-2 49 .329 98 .895 126 .640 123 .105 45 .211 107 .563 119 - -
- - Army 1-2 95 .331 99 .806 111 .563 105 .161 90 .097 30 .400 70 - -
- - Ohio 2-2 119 .340 100 .714 86 .530 89 .119 56 .167 85 .512 102 - -
- - Western Kentucky 2-2 66 .348 101 .700 80 .537 93 .180 100 .160 81 .489 98 - -
- - Tulsa 1-3 105 .364 102 .760 98 .550 98 .240 117 .060 13 .415 74 - -
- - Kent State 0-4 114 .371 103 .795 107 .557 102 .205 107 .136 63 .525 109 - -
- - South Carolina 3-2 30 .404 104 .740 93 .562 104 .080 32 .180 95 .524 108 - -
- - Old Dominion 2-2 107 .408 105 .705 82 .542 95 .159 88 .227 117 .500 101 - -
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
- - North Carolina State 3-1 50 .418 106 .581 29 .485 75 .163 91 .209 106 .450 88 - -
- - Massachusetts 0-5 115 .430 107 .741 94 .570 108 .138 67 .224 115 .558 117 - -
- - Colorado State 2-1 69 .464 108 .824 119 .574 109 .118 55 .235 119 .515 106 - -
- - San Diego State 1-2 79 .465 109 .821 116 .591 115 .179 99 .179 92 .538 113 - -
- - Indiana 1-2 64 .485 110 .789 106 .566 107 .132 62 .289 128 .514 105 - -
- - Ball State 0-2 76 .521 111 .905 128 .599 117 .143 71 .238 122 .526 110 - -
- - Texas Tech 1-2 73 .521 112 .676 69 .553 101 .216 112 .270 127 .531 112 - -
- - Iowa State 1-2 59 .524 113 .676 70 .524 85 .176 98 .235 120 .438 82 - -
- - Idaho 0-4 116 .553 114 .804 109 .596 116 .304 124 .152 74 .571 121 - -
- - UTEP 2-2 113 .557 115 .775 101 .588 113 .275 121 .100 35 .528 111 - -
- - New Mexico State 1-3 124 .590 116 .733 92 .564 106 .133 63 .200 104 .512 103 - -
- - Fresno State 1-3 109 .619 117 .723 89 .602 119 .277 122 .106 41 .600 124 - -
- - Appalachian State 0-3 126 .637 118 .759 97 .553 100 .310 125 .034 7 .440 83 - -
- - Toledo 2-2 74 .643 119 .795 108 .548 97 .250 119 .136 64 .474 94 - -
- - New Mexico 1-3 117 .650 120 .809 112 .644 124 .170 95 .149 73 .571 120 - -
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
- - Bowling Green 2-2 90 .651 121 .821 117 .625 121 .393 128 .089 27 .604 126 - -
- - Cincinnati 2-1 60 .664 122 .844 122 .661 127 .125 59 .219 111 .571 122 - -
- - Buffalo 1-2 106 .684 123 .771 100 .591 114 .314 126 .171 88 .517 107 - -
- - Rice 1-3 100 .726 124 .707 83 .582 110 .317 127 .073 22 .556 115 - -
- - Troy 0-4 128 .741 125 .838 120 .663 128 .243 118 .216 110 .613 127 - -
- - North Carolina 1-2 71 .763 126 .816 114 .610 120 .289 123 .211 108 .543 114 - -
- - Louisiana Lafayette 0-3 121 .844 127 .867 123 .630 122 .267 120 .167 86 .556 116 - -
- - UNLV 0-4 111 1.219 128 .867 124 .651 125 .222 116 .244 123 .614 128 - -