Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2014 FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS, DEFENSE

through games of 11/22/2014

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.

Overall ratings and splits for Offense, Defense, Special Teams, and Field Position can be found using the drop-down menus provided above. Other supplemental drive-based data can be found here.

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
-.774 1 Clemson 7-3 22 -.621 3 .496 2 .260 1 .115 47 .053 3 .188 3 .008 2
-.754 2 Virginia Tech 4-6 26 -.368 18 .567 13 .375 26 .127 59 .060 4 .357 54 .009 3
-.678 3 Louisville 7-3 14 -.632 2 .504 3 .307 4 .099 34 .069 7 .257 12 .101 48
-.669 4 Mississippi 7-3 12 -.595 4 .598 26 .326 7 .054 6 .107 29 .229 5 .055 29
-.610 5 Mississippi State 9-1 10 -.481 9 .615 35 .372 25 .108 40 .085 17 .277 14 .073 35
-.606 6 Virginia 4-6 32 -.224 32 .627 42 .384 29 .085 17 .110 30 .295 23 .007 1
-.592 7 Alabama 9-1 2 -.530 7 .613 32 .336 11 .045 4 .171 101 .224 4 .094 46
-.571 8 TCU 8-1 7 -.371 17 .554 9 .371 24 .157 87 .116 32 .313 28 .111 50
-.532 9 Penn State 6-5 51 -.657 1 .479 1 .273 2 .029 2 .079 12 .162 1 .289 91
-.512 10 Missouri 8-2 25 -.358 22 .645 49 .354 17 .091 24 .140 69 .282 21 .074 37
-.484 11 Utah 6-4 19 -.281 26 .638 47 .402 35 .118 53 .157 85 .295 22 .037 17
-.469 12 Florida 5-4 41 -.409 11 .582 20 .343 13 .109 43 .082 15 .245 6 .040 21
-.459 13 Wisconsin 8-2 17 -.525 8 .530 7 .304 3 .096 31 .052 2 .186 2 .345 102
-.452 14 Stanford 5-5 35 -.379 16 .685 80 .365 19 .083 15 .157 84 .250 8 .035 12
-.446 15 LSU 6-4 31 -.386 15 .573 16 .335 10 .111 46 .060 5 .269 13 .044 24
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
-.433 16 Florida State 10-0 4 -.236 30 .656 57 .425 48 .136 70 .120 36 .349 47 .156 64
-.426 17 Ohio State 10-1 8 -.363 21 .556 10 .326 6 .095 30 .079 13 .250 7 .180 71
-.423 18 Texas 6-5 64 -.408 12 .579 18 .346 14 .068 10 .165 95 .281 17 .036 14
-.415 19 Baylor 8-1 11 -.394 13 .514 6 .328 8 .126 57 .072 9 .255 11 .140 55
-.412 20 Arkansas 5-5 20 -.173 44 .594 24 .400 33 .129 66 .099 27 .351 49 .024 7
-.396 21 Utah State 8-3 52 -.464 10 .604 28 .346 15 .094 29 .101 28 .254 10 .329 98
-.389 22 Arizona State 8-2 15 -.217 33 .677 75 .424 47 .138 74 .131 47 .341 39 .070 33
-.386 23 Duke 7-3 27 -.186 42 .633 44 .425 49 .058 9 .183 110 .336 38 .042 23
-.371 24 Georgia 8-2 3 -.194 41 .596 25 .370 23 .087 19 .135 53 .323 33 .035 13
-.333 25 Washington 6-5 45 -.257 27 .652 54 .415 41 .074 13 .156 80 .355 51 .036 16
-.327 26 Notre Dame 7-4 28 -.105 53 .647 51 .427 52 .128 62 .135 55 .390 68 .039 19
-.326 27 Miami 5-5 24 -.197 39 .673 70 .403 37 .082 14 .155 79 .324 34 .017 4
-.316 28 Tennessee 4-6 37 -.080 57 .605 29 .385 30 .137 72 .089 20 .296 24 .040 20
-.311 29 Oregon 9-1 1 .022 67 .738 108 .499 89 .131 68 .187 112 .436 91 .088 43
-.310 30 Minnesota 7-3 30 -.209 36 .593 23 .401 34 .124 55 .124 39 .311 27 .147 59
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
-.309 31 USC 7-4 16 -.062 59 .718 95 .446 65 .084 16 .176 105 .350 48 .041 22
-.306 32 UCLA 9-2 5 -.046 60 .667 61 .429 54 .058 8 .203 122 .325 35 .084 40
-.302 33 Arizona 9-2 13 .011 64 .679 76 .442 63 .129 65 .143 71 .365 61 .044 25
-.301 34 Northwestern 4-6 47 -.244 28 .627 41 .431 57 .127 61 .136 57 .360 57 .183 72
-.295 35 West Virginia 5-5 39 -.165 47 .657 58 .419 43 .117 51 .073 10 .347 46 .045 26
-.287 36 Kansas State 7-2 21 -.074 58 .645 50 .434 58 .086 18 .172 102 .356 53 .054 28
-.283 37 Boise State 9-2 42 -.175 43 .556 11 .380 27 .139 75 .118 34 .315 32 .261 87
-.278 38 Auburn 7-3 9 .046 71 .652 55 .470 75 .165 97 .157 83 .429 88 .019 5
-.276 39 Air Force 7-3 58 -.102 55 .615 36 .456 70 .128 64 .162 93 .415 80 .178 70
-.269 40 Michigan 5-6 62 -.390 14 .575 17 .348 16 .035 3 .124 38 .281 18 .169 66
-.257 41 Marshall 10-0 36 -.535 6 .673 69 .365 18 .027 1 .136 58 .282 20 .368 107
-.214 42 Syracuse 2-8 68 -.194 40 .631 43 .405 38 .090 22 .135 54 .372 65 .072 34
-.212 43 Nebraska 7-3 29 -.229 31 .565 12 .367 21 .137 71 .089 19 .307 26 .174 68
-.202 44 Central Florida 6-3 61 -.592 5 .504 4 .312 5 .052 5 .113 31 .253 9 .450 113
-.201 45 Oklahoma 8-3 18 -.237 29 .581 19 .369 22 .101 36 .140 67 .303 25 .155 63
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
-.200 46 Temple 4-5 66 -.368 19 .624 40 .412 39 .101 37 .138 63 .344 41 .246 85
-.199 47 Louisiana Tech 7-3 65 -.324 23 .616 37 .383 28 .089 20 .188 113 .314 29 .093 45
-.189 48 Iowa 6-4 46 -.201 37 .571 14 .367 20 .098 32 .134 52 .280 16 .173 67
-.166 49 Kansas 2-8 92 .016 65 .720 96 .495 87 .161 93 .119 35 .412 77 .074 38
-.164 50 Michigan State 8-2 23 -.301 25 .504 5 .330 9 .159 90 .027 1 .282 19 .152 61
-.151 51 Memphis 7-3 43 -.366 20 .553 8 .343 12 .089 21 .138 65 .278 15 .296 93
-.118 52 Wake Forest 2-8 81 -.211 35 .669 65 .427 51 .102 38 .136 56 .356 52 .184 73
-.116 53 Western Michigan 7-3 49 -.166 46 .652 53 .422 45 .071 11 .152 78 .347 44 .580 122
-.110 54 Houston 5-4 63 -.313 24 .620 39 .390 31 .093 27 .130 46 .315 31 .527 119
-.110 55 Florida International 3-7 90 -.215 34 .659 59 .446 66 .167 98 .079 14 .392 70 .210 76
-.093 56 Boston College 5-5 34 -.038 62 .611 30 .418 42 .115 48 .142 70 .330 36 .105 49
-.083 57 Maryland 6-4 55 -.147 49 .672 67 .442 62 .092 26 .137 62 .342 40 .191 75
-.075 58 Georgia Tech 8-2 6 .131 81 .690 82 .506 92 .130 67 .190 115 .468 103 .036 15
-.070 59 Tulane 2-8 91 -.125 51 .714 92 .479 79 .143 77 .125 42 .426 84 .131 53
-.051 60 South Alabama 6-5 113 -.143 50 .667 60 .441 61 .147 79 .140 68 .358 55 .116 51
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
-.025 61 BYU 6-4 50 -.168 45 .677 74 .423 46 .090 23 .165 96 .333 37 .446 112
-.011 62 East Carolina 6-3 48 -.041 61 .593 22 .429 55 .093 28 .148 76 .344 42 .155 62
-.011 63 Akron 4-6 103 -.086 56 .641 48 .437 60 .154 84 .128 44 .371 64 .445 111
-.007 64 Purdue 2-8 74 .152 85 .689 81 .530 106 .123 54 .172 103 .495 111 .142 58
.003 65 San Diego State 5-5 70 -.029 63 .673 68 .427 50 .124 56 .159 88 .353 50 .218 78
.005 66 Colorado State 9-1 33 .125 79 .673 71 .486 82 .091 25 .218 124 .419 82 .337 100
.041 67 Louisiana Monroe 4-7 109 -.104 54 .572 15 .395 32 .116 49 .145 72 .315 30 .478 116
.056 68 UTSA 3-8 100 -.197 38 .614 34 .413 40 .144 78 .129 45 .364 59 .337 99
.071 69 San Jose State 2-8 97 .150 84 .667 63 .515 98 .152 83 .162 92 .446 94 .087 42
.084 70 Connecticut 1-8 106 .059 72 .737 106 .480 80 .074 12 .168 99 .366 63 .342 101
.095 71 Rutgers 5-5 89 .207 93 .710 91 .511 96 .215 120 .093 22 .441 92 .063 30
.097 72 Central Michigan 6-5 80 -.155 48 .675 73 .450 67 .128 63 .137 59 .361 58 .493 117
.106 73 Middle Tennessee 5-5 95 .219 95 .696 85 .526 103 .176 101 .160 90 .491 109 .222 80
.106 74 UTEP 6-5 112 .037 69 .619 38 .421 44 .212 119 .068 6 .377 66 .178 69
.111 75 Kent State 1-9 108 .205 92 .746 112 .489 84 .149 80 .132 48 .430 89 .295 92
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
.112 76 Oregon State 4-6 60 .102 74 .613 33 .462 72 .109 44 .160 89 .443 93 .096 47
.114 77 California 4-6 54 .424 113 .774 122 .579 121 .188 107 .173 104 .526 121 .037 18
.150 78 Hawaii 3-8 84 .131 80 .647 52 .470 74 .188 106 .120 37 .407 75 .351 103
.187 79 Indiana 2-8 77 .178 88 .682 78 .487 83 .132 69 .124 41 .400 74 .254 86
.193 80 Vanderbilt 2-8 122 .312 105 .700 88 .517 99 .150 81 .200 121 .452 96 .063 31
.197 81 Kentucky 4-6 78 .109 77 .670 66 .456 69 .098 33 .179 108 .398 73 .091 44
.204 82 Pittsburgh 4-6 44 .144 82 .667 62 .430 56 .158 89 .132 49 .359 56 .034 11
.207 83 Cincinnati 7-3 67 .165 87 .717 93 .506 91 .150 82 .124 40 .412 79 .148 60
.208 84 Arkansas State 5-5 76 -.124 52 .612 31 .402 36 .127 60 .097 24 .345 43 .499 118
.209 85 Nevada 5-5 53 .181 89 .752 114 .513 97 .157 88 .198 118 .427 86 .190 74
.214 86 Oklahoma State 4-6 87 .204 91 .653 56 .460 71 .161 95 .137 60 .396 71 .049 27
.218 87 UAB 4-6 83 .163 86 .602 27 .445 64 .154 85 .098 25 .385 67 .300 95
.223 88 Georgia Southern 7-3 69 .104 75 .698 86 .474 77 .057 7 .198 117 .420 83 .118 52
.224 89 North Carolina State 5-5 72 .242 97 .588 21 .481 81 .118 52 .225 127 .456 97 .020 6
.226 90 North Carolina 5-5 40 .542 124 .738 107 .535 107 .230 123 .198 119 .491 110 .031 9
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
.228 91 Colorado 2-9 75 .329 108 .734 105 .529 105 .238 124 .070 8 .468 102 .033 10
.239 92 Texas A&M 6-4 57 .517 122 .755 117 .556 112 .217 121 .132 50 .464 101 .027 8
.244 93 Ball State 3-6 86 .108 76 .796 125 .509 95 .185 105 .148 77 .408 76 .425 109
.254 94 Illinois 4-6 85 .267 102 .730 104 .528 104 .197 111 .156 81 .481 107 .141 57
.273 95 Texas State 5-5 98 .149 83 .669 64 .472 76 .110 45 .165 94 .397 72 .356 105
.300 96 Ohio 4-6 116 .017 66 .634 45 .463 73 .116 50 .098 26 .419 81 .589 123
.305 97 Washington State 2-8 59 .430 115 .708 89 .518 101 .208 117 .158 86 .514 116 .074 36
.321 98 Navy 4-5 56 .374 110 .722 98 .550 111 .100 35 .222 125 .481 106 .228 81
.331 99 Southern Mississippi 2-8 117 .294 104 .741 110 .566 116 .167 99 .167 98 .511 115 .231 82
.349 100 South Florida 3-7 121 .236 96 .709 90 .491 85 .126 58 .117 33 .429 87 .298 94
.365 101 SMU 0-10 127 .441 117 .880 128 .645 128 .200 113 .170 100 .590 128 .162 65
.375 102 Western Kentucky 6-5 73 .386 111 .752 113 .579 122 .192 108 .160 91 .537 124 .217 77
.383 103 Bowling Green 6-4 99 .115 78 .725 99 .495 86 .239 125 .138 64 .426 85 .301 96
.388 104 Fresno State 4-6 93 .256 98 .694 84 .506 93 .202 114 .145 73 .464 100 .324 97
.391 105 Appalachian State 5-4 114 .026 68 .699 87 .452 68 .183 104 .097 23 .366 62 .736 127
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
.391 106 Florida Atlantic 3-8 102 .265 101 .683 79 .499 88 .198 112 .127 43 .456 98 .132 54
.394 107 Iowa State 2-7 79 .634 127 .752 115 .574 120 .162 96 .238 128 .531 122 .067 32
.395 108 New Mexico State 1-9 123 .321 107 .742 111 .548 110 .108 42 .167 97 .500 113 .528 120
.397 109 North Texas 3-7 124 .089 73 .679 77 .434 59 .138 73 .083 16 .347 45 .772 128
.397 110 Toledo 6-4 71 .263 100 .754 116 .507 94 .161 94 .178 107 .436 90 .431 110
.403 111 Northern Illinois 8-2 82 .182 90 .722 97 .474 78 .139 76 .191 116 .391 69 .352 104
.407 112 Wyoming 3-7 119 .320 106 .757 120 .567 117 .204 116 .146 74 .478 104 .141 56
.426 113 Buffalo 2-6 110 .286 103 .674 72 .518 100 .196 109 .185 111 .463 99 .564 121
.443 114 Texas Tech 3-7 88 .501 121 .758 121 .560 113 .218 122 .137 61 .523 120 .082 39
.444 115 Massachusetts 3-8 104 .210 94 .692 83 .521 102 .108 41 .200 120 .482 108 .391 108
.454 116 Eastern Michigan 1-9 128 .479 119 .757 119 .589 123 .178 102 .159 87 .534 123 .220 79
.478 117 Rice 7-4 96 .045 70 .636 46 .428 53 .161 92 .076 11 .364 60 .240 83
.494 118 Tulsa 2-9 105 .414 112 .725 100 .540 108 .239 126 .087 18 .450 95 .244 84
.502 119 Troy 3-7 125 .450 118 .755 118 .600 124 .202 115 .213 123 .554 126 .278 88
.511 120 Army 3-6 118 .435 116 .789 123 .563 115 .156 86 .089 21 .481 105 .281 89
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
.565 121 Louisiana Lafayette 6-4 111 .262 99 .725 101 .501 90 .174 100 .156 82 .412 78 .630 125
.566 122 Miami (OH) 2-8 107 .425 114 .795 124 .574 119 .161 91 .188 114 .515 117 .475 115
.569 123 New Mexico 3-8 94 .571 125 .797 126 .606 126 .242 127 .133 51 .496 112 .360 106
.569 124 South Carolina 5-5 38 .360 109 .729 102 .569 118 .103 39 .178 106 .517 118 .085 41
.619 125 Idaho 1-9 115 .498 120 .739 109 .545 109 .252 128 .148 75 .505 114 .615 124
.626 126 UNLV 1-10 101 .542 123 .717 94 .562 114 .210 118 .181 109 .520 119 .288 90
.742 127 Georgia State 0-10 126 .677 128 .832 127 .615 127 .178 103 .139 66 .545 125 .676 126
.920 128 Old Dominion 4-6 120 .618 126 .729 103 .605 125 .196 110 .224 126 .565 127 .468 114