Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2016 FEI RATINGS, DEFENSE

Ratings updated 12/5/16

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
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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1 Alabama 12-0 1.92 1.43 1 .257 1 .218 2 .515 1 .090 1 .174 2 .149 20
2 Ohio State 11-1 1.28 .98 2 .326 4 .233 3 .602 6 .117 3 .195 4 .156 14
3 Washington 11-1 1.22 .80 5 .357 10 .255 5 .653 23 .153 8 .235 8 .153 15
4 Colorado 9-3 1.19 .58 8 .376 17 .279 10 .671 31 .161 10 .240 10 .161 11
5 LSU 6-4 1.04 .75 6 .357 9 .311 19 .634 15 .116 2 .183 3 .125 45
6 Wisconsin 10-3 1.02 .83 4 .347 5 .267 7 .646 18 .129 6 .200 5 .177 4
7 Michigan 10-2 .98 .93 3 .284 2 .202 1 .575 2 .118 4 .205 6 .094 96
8 Florida 8-4 .87 .74 7 .350 6 .246 4 .620 10 .147 7 .238 9 .147 23
9 Auburn 7-4 .81 .48 12 .429 42 .327 26 .746 77 .123 5 .165 1 .114 63
10 Boise State 10-2 .76 .43 15 .382 21 .293 15 .729 66 .155 9 .213 7 .062 122
11 Clemson 11-1 .71 .37 16 .353 7 .285 12 .605 7 .190 17 .315 28 .136 38
12 Central Florida 5-6 .71 .46 13 .388 24 .333 28 .664 28 .211 29 .317 30 .125 46
13 UCLA 4-8 .63 .35 19 .414 32 .345 37 .665 29 .190 16 .286 19 .146 25
14 Stanford 9-3 .62 .21 27 .405 29 .333 31 .675 33 .187 14 .277 15 .114 64
15 Louisville 9-3 .57 .55 9 .322 3 .275 9 .579 3 .191 18 .330 39 .145 30
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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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16 West Virginia 9-2 .55 .12 37 .469 58 .403 62 .802 117 .198 19 .248 11 .153 16
17 Houston 8-3 .53 .31 23 .379 19 .310 18 .664 27 .214 30 .323 36 .114 62
18 Miami 7-4 .53 .19 30 .428 40 .354 41 .744 75 .200 21 .269 14 .096 95
19 Troy 8-3 .49 .45 14 .364 12 .265 6 .669 30 .189 15 .282 18 .150 19
20 TCU 5-6 .48 .02 44 .430 43 .342 34 .746 80 .224 34 .300 24 .082 111
21 Appalachian State 9-3 .48 .50 11 .379 18 .322 23 .633 14 .164 11 .259 13 .141 35
22 Arkansas State 7-4 .47 .51 10 .370 15 .325 25 .664 26 .172 12 .259 12 .117 59
23 BYU 7-4 .46 .15 33 .459 52 .364 43 .708 52 .225 36 .318 32 .192 2
24 Temple 9-3 .46 .31 21 .360 11 .298 16 .613 9 .202 22 .329 38 .113 65
25 Virginia Tech 8-4 .46 .20 29 .370 16 .311 20 .587 4 .227 39 .386 64 .100 88
26 Boston College 5-6 .44 .15 34 .355 8 .315 21 .606 8 .260 52 .429 84 .134 40
27 USC 9-3 .42 .18 31 .396 26 .301 17 .688 37 .208 26 .302 26 .120 55
28 Western Michigan 12-0 .39 .36 17 .420 36 .350 40 .697 42 .202 23 .289 20 .202 1
29 North Carolina State 5-6 .38 .09 39 .463 54 .383 52 .732 68 .220 32 .300 23 .130 42
30 Iowa 8-3 .37 .35 18 .383 22 .282 11 .639 17 .180 13 .282 17 .098 93
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
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31 Ohio 7-5 .35 .27 25 .408 30 .324 24 .713 57 .200 20 .280 16 .120 54
32 Kansas State 7-4 .35 -.03 47 .472 60 .379 49 .712 55 .256 51 .360 47 .152 17
33 Utah 7-4 .34 .08 40 .421 37 .315 22 .674 32 .225 35 .333 40 .174 6
34 San Diego State 9-3 .34 .18 32 .369 13 .293 14 .629 12 .235 43 .373 51 .174 5
35 Penn State 11-2 .33 .27 24 .401 28 .333 30 .693 40 .203 24 .292 21 .111 68
36 Minnesota 7-4 .33 .33 20 .390 25 .333 29 .652 21 .210 28 .322 35 .145 28
37 Wake Forest 5-6 .32 .26 26 .408 31 .350 39 .693 41 .219 31 .316 29 .168 7
38 Georgia 6-5 .30 .21 28 .369 14 .274 8 .659 24 .233 41 .353 43 .163 8
39 Western Kentucky 9-3 .28 -.05 50 .422 38 .336 33 .689 38 .244 47 .355 44 .067 119
40 Air Force 8-3 .28 -.21 60 .463 53 .382 50 .710 54 .290 70 .409 78 .161 10
41 Vanderbilt 5-6 .28 .02 43 .490 71 .407 65 .746 79 .222 33 .298 22 .111 69
42 Indiana 6-6 .28 .31 22 .381 20 .291 13 .635 16 .208 25 .327 37 .107 76
43 Washington State 8-3 .26 -.19 59 .474 62 .389 54 .746 78 .263 54 .352 42 .144 32
44 Northwestern 6-5 .21 .12 38 .437 46 .345 36 .649 19 .209 27 .322 33 .119 56
45 Texas 5-7 .21 -.27 62 .448 49 .389 53 .728 65 .278 61 .381 61 .111 71
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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 Florida State 8-3 .20 .04 41 .417 34 .368 47 .625 11 .234 42 .375 52 .148 22
47 South Carolina 5-6 .18 .01 45 .469 57 .398 60 .750 82 .227 38 .302 25 .188 3
48 Tulane 3-8 .11 .03 42 .399 27 .331 27 .632 13 .250 49 .395 71 .125 47
49 Southern Mississippi 5-6 .11 -.05 51 .385 23 .350 38 .592 5 .282 64 .476 106 .085 109
50 Louisiana Lafayette 5-6 .11 .14 35 .436 45 .367 46 .709 53 .236 44 .333 41 .110 73
51 Wyoming 7-5 .10 -.42 71 .492 73 .431 83 .706 51 .319 88 .451 96 .144 33
52 Texas A&M 7-4 .09 -.16 54 .491 72 .420 73 .757 90 .229 40 .303 27 .146 24
53 Oregon State 3-8 .08 -.44 73 .520 93 .441 88 .736 70 .296 72 .402 73 .088 103
54 Oklahoma State 8-3 .08 -.44 72 .476 64 .426 78 .702 45 .298 74 .424 83 .128 43
55 Oklahoma 10-2 .04 -.45 74 .488 70 .433 86 .679 34 .293 71 .432 86 .100 89
56 Miami (OH) 6-5 .04 .13 36 .447 48 .391 56 .702 44 .226 37 .322 34 .145 26
57 Nebraska 9-3 .03 -.04 48 .417 33 .359 42 .659 25 .240 45 .365 48 .109 75
58 UTSA 5-6 .01 -.31 64 .483 66 .424 77 .702 46 .275 59 .391 68 .099 90
59 SMU 4-7 .01 -.39 70 .501 77 .429 80 .754 86 .333 94 .442 92 .145 29
60 Old Dominion 8-3 .01 -.05 49 .429 41 .333 32 .653 22 .288 68 .442 91 .136 39
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Team FBS
Rec
DFEI DE DE
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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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61 Kent State 2-8 .00 -.17 55 .467 55 .410 67 .705 49 .277 60 .392 69 .161 12
62 Tulsa 8-3 -.01 -.03 46 .424 39 .366 45 .651 20 .247 48 .379 58 .082 110
63 Notre Dame 4-8 -.02 -.22 61 .456 50 .383 51 .713 56 .271 57 .380 60 .093 97
64 Utah State 2-9 -.03 -.55 86 .487 69 .408 66 .702 47 .306 78 .435 88 .066 120
65 Memphis 7-4 -.07 -.19 57 .471 59 .397 59 .698 43 .279 62 .400 72 .163 9
66 Tennessee 7-4 -.08 -.17 56 .446 47 .394 57 .687 36 .260 53 .379 56 .127 44
67 Toledo 8-3 -.08 -.19 58 .430 44 .378 48 .685 35 .244 46 .356 45 .063 121
68 Baylor 5-6 -.09 -.39 68 .500 75 .417 71 .752 83 .307 79 .408 77 .124 48
69 Northern Illinois 5-6 -.13 -.45 75 .476 63 .389 55 .740 73 .301 75 .407 76 .103 80
70 Duke 3-8 -.13 -.39 69 .483 67 .418 72 .731 67 .285 66 .389 65 .123 50
71 Cincinnati 3-8 -.14 -.35 66 .516 90 .472 100 .744 76 .272 58 .366 49 .152 18
72 South Florida 9-2 -.15 -.29 63 .482 65 .395 58 .746 81 .268 55 .359 46 .123 49
73 Kansas 1-10 -.18 -.66 96 .539 105 .477 106 .770 95 .353 98 .458 98 .122 51
74 Georgia State 2-9 -.18 -.10 52 .472 61 .365 44 .795 114 .252 50 .317 31 .110 72
75 Colorado State 6-5 -.23 -.51 80 .457 51 .404 64 .714 58 .313 83 .438 89 .098 94
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
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76 Illinois 2-9 -.27 -.46 76 .530 100 .465 99 .790 112 .339 96 .429 85 .105 79
77 Central Michigan 5-6 -.27 -.36 67 .467 56 .404 63 .717 61 .315 86 .440 90 .118 58
78 Charlotte 3-8 -.29 -.64 93 .507 82 .427 79 .741 74 .356 101 .480 108 .119 57
79 Virginia 2-9 -.30 -.53 82 .500 76 .411 68 .773 99 .305 76 .394 70 .117 61
80 Rutgers 1-10 -.30 -.53 81 .526 96 .515 121 .754 89 .336 95 .446 93 .082 112
81 South Alabama 4-6 -.31 -.33 65 .503 79 .433 85 .728 64 .281 63 .386 63 .140 36
82 Kentucky 6-5 -.35 -.62 91 .501 78 .436 87 .805 120 .305 77 .379 57 .117 60
83 Army 4-5 -.35 -.12 53 .419 35 .342 35 .706 50 .271 56 .383 62 .141 34
84 Arizona State 4-7 -.36 -.91 109 .525 95 .481 109 .705 48 .376 111 .533 122 .101 87
85 Mississippi 4-7 -.36 -.70 97 .518 91 .460 96 .788 110 .326 90 .413 80 .091 99
86 Arkansas 6-5 -.36 -.74 100 .510 87 .429 82 .733 69 .353 99 .482 109 .112 66
87 Georgia Southern 4-7 -.37 -.47 77 .530 99 .496 113 .754 88 .286 67 .379 59 .111 70
88 Eastern Michigan 6-5 -.37 -.59 90 .509 85 .402 61 .766 94 .314 85 .410 79 .139 37
89 Idaho 7-4 -.38 -.53 83 .508 84 .422 75 .777 104 .313 84 .402 74 .161 13
90 North Carolina 6-4 -.38 -.49 79 .484 68 .423 76 .752 85 .283 65 .376 54 .088 101
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 Hawaii 5-7 -.41 -.88 108 .548 111 .500 116 .780 106 .350 97 .448 94 .081 113
92 San Jose State 3-8 -.41 -.92 110 .519 92 .458 94 .714 59 .370 107 .518 119 .109 74
93 Ball State 3-8 -.41 -.54 84 .509 86 .415 69 .766 92 .289 69 .378 55 .086 106
94 North Texas 4-7 -.43 -.64 94 .553 116 .462 98 .847 127 .331 93 .390 67 .145 27
95 Pittsburgh 7-4 -.44 -.86 106 .529 98 .455 92 .754 87 .370 106 .490 112 .101 86
96 Middle Tennessee 7-4 -.45 -.56 87 .513 89 .421 74 .728 63 .367 105 .505 115 .102 83
97 Bowling Green 3-8 -.46 -.84 103 .503 80 .429 81 .739 71 .396 118 .535 123 .112 67
98 Louisiana Tech 7-5 -.47 -.85 104 .528 97 .474 104 .803 119 .378 114 .471 104 .102 82
99 Maryland 5-6 -.48 -.48 78 .513 88 .446 89 .798 116 .311 81 .389 66 .076 116
100 Georgia Tech 7-4 -.48 -.56 88 .522 94 .432 84 .811 122 .297 73 .367 50 .144 31
101 Missouri 3-8 -.50 -.70 98 .532 101 .500 115 .739 72 .312 82 .422 82 .101 85
102 Syracuse 3-8 -.51 -1.04 116 .573 119 .479 108 .775 103 .384 116 .495 113 .130 41
103 Michigan State 2-9 -.51 -.59 89 .494 74 .416 70 .716 60 .328 91 .458 97 .086 105
104 Akron 4-7 -.51 -.62 92 .549 113 .477 107 .766 93 .323 89 .421 81 .105 78
105 Iowa State 3-8 -.53 -1.04 117 .548 112 .486 111 .809 121 .374 110 .462 101 .087 104
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
106 Mississippi State 4-7 -.54 -.71 99 .508 83 .474 103 .718 62 .331 92 .461 99 .121 52
107 Connecticut 2-9 -.55 -.65 95 .538 104 .448 90 .778 105 .316 87 .407 75 .085 107
108 Fresno State 0-11 -.56 -.96 111 .533 102 .477 105 .782 108 .361 104 .462 100 .050 126
109 Florida International 4-8 -.58 -.86 107 .546 108 .459 95 .773 100 .359 103 .465 102 .102 84
110 Buffalo 2-9 -.59 -.54 85 .550 114 .505 118 .821 125 .308 80 .375 53 .103 81
111 Marshall 2-9 -.59 -1.03 115 .582 122 .548 125 .828 126 .371 109 .448 95 .121 53
112 Rice 2-9 -.64 -1.03 114 .546 109 .472 102 .784 109 .376 112 .480 107 .056 124
113 New Mexico 7-4 -.73 -.85 105 .507 81 .462 97 .690 39 .371 108 .538 124 .052 125
114 New Mexico State 3-9 -.74 -.77 101 .540 106 .455 91 .759 91 .355 100 .467 103 .149 21
115 Massachusetts 1-10 -.76 -.78 102 .544 107 .472 101 .752 84 .357 102 .474 105 .093 98
116 UNLV 3-8 -.76 -.99 113 .546 110 .495 112 .770 96 .397 121 .515 118 .071 117
117 California 5-7 -.78 -1.29 125 .576 120 .496 114 .789 111 .415 123 .527 121 .099 92
118 East Carolina 2-9 -.83 -1.04 118 .559 118 .510 119 .770 97 .377 113 .489 111 .033 128
119 Purdue 2-9 -.88 -.96 112 .536 103 .486 110 .775 101 .395 117 .510 116 .085 108
120 Navy 8-3 -.90 -1.23 124 .601 125 .560 126 .812 123 .396 119 .488 110 .099 91
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 -.95 -1.13 120 .619 127 .565 127 .874 128 .379 115 .433 87 .107 77
122 Arizona 2-9 -.98 -1.17 122 .552 115 .455 93 .802 118 .421 125 .526 120 .041 127
123 Texas State 1-10 -1.05 -1.07 119 .558 117 .500 117 .772 98 .417 124 .541 126 .079 115
124 Texas Tech 4-7 -1.05 -1.49 127 .640 128 .575 128 .815 124 .438 127 .538 125 .062 123
125 Louisiana Monroe 3-8 -1.08 -1.21 123 .584 123 .534 123 .796 115 .407 122 .511 117 .088 102
126 UTEP 3-8 -1.09 -1.16 121 .577 121 .510 120 .793 113 .396 120 .500 114 .081 114
127 Oregon 3-8 -1.15 -1.56 128 .603 126 .543 124 .775 102 .465 128 .600 128 .070 118
128 Florida Atlantic 2-9 -1.16 -1.37 126 .585 124 .523 122 .780 107 .423 126 .542 127 .089 100