Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2014 FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS, DEFENSE

through games of 1/12/2015

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
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Team FBS
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FEI
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DE DE
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FD FD
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AY AY
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Ex Ex
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Me Me
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Va Va
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DSOS Rk
-.928 1 Clemson 9-3 14 -.712 1 .487 1 .254 1 .097 24 .052 2 .182 1 .008 1
-.718 2 Virginia Tech 6-6 23 -.413 12 .574 10 .378 21 .117 47 .068 3 .353 42 .009 3
-.700 3 Mississippi 8-4 11 -.503 6 .625 33 .344 8 .074 9 .118 33 .246 4 .038 25
-.644 4 TCU 11-1 6 -.578 3 .506 3 .323 3 .125 57 .100 23 .268 8 .107 54
-.605 5 Florida 6-5 33 -.451 8 .606 25 .361 13 .102 30 .102 25 .272 9 .038 23
-.601 6 Louisville 8-4 22 -.576 4 .526 4 .334 5 .109 39 .077 8 .284 13 .059 38
-.600 7 Ohio State 14-1 2 -.321 18 .581 12 .337 6 .105 31 .081 11 .247 5 .034 17
-.599 8 Alabama 11-2 3 -.414 11 .635 43 .378 20 .095 21 .182 113 .280 12 .044 30
-.560 9 Penn State 7-6 46 -.609 2 .497 2 .293 2 .043 1 .092 15 .204 2 .175 71
-.549 10 Virginia 4-7 35 -.257 26 .629 38 .384 25 .091 19 .106 26 .288 15 .011 4
-.537 11 Stanford 7-5 18 -.431 9 .664 56 .360 12 .080 11 .160 96 .250 6 .037 19
-.519 12 Utah 8-4 16 -.261 25 .624 32 .402 31 .121 51 .148 74 .313 24 .031 15
-.455 13 Missouri 10-3 20 -.302 22 .686 79 .379 22 .098 25 .157 91 .297 18 .039 26
-.441 14 Oregon 12-2 1 -.056 59 .724 101 .485 83 .125 59 .184 114 .396 74 .020 6
-.429 15 Georgia 9-3 5 -.203 33 .614 27 .385 26 .079 10 .150 78 .325 32 .026 13
DFEI DFEI
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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
-.423 16 Washington 7-6 42 -.312 19 .671 62 .418 40 .082 15 .146 71 .350 41 .041 29
-.406 17 Mississippi State 9-3 17 -.290 23 .630 40 .407 35 .130 63 .084 13 .307 22 .020 7
-.394 18 LSU 7-5 27 -.309 20 .588 15 .358 11 .110 40 .088 14 .294 17 .037 21
-.393 19 Arkansas 6-6 21 -.225 29 .575 11 .382 24 .108 36 .125 40 .321 27 .024 11
-.391 20 USC 9-4 9 -.116 52 .701 90 .444 57 .089 18 .159 95 .359 47 .038 24
-.384 21 Texas 6-7 73 -.363 14 .610 26 .364 15 .071 8 .156 89 .287 14 .034 18
-.356 22 Arizona State 9-3 13 -.158 40 .671 64 .428 45 .132 65 .138 59 .357 46 .066 40
-.352 23 Wisconsin 10-3 24 -.331 17 .558 8 .346 9 .129 62 .068 4 .244 3 .092 50
-.324 24 Utah State 9-4 60 -.408 13 .623 31 .363 14 .099 27 .093 16 .277 11 .307 98
-.317 25 Tennessee 6-6 34 -.164 39 .604 24 .376 18 .134 68 .074 6 .272 10 .051 32
-.310 26 Boise State 12-2 31 -.249 27 .573 9 .377 19 .124 56 .130 48 .321 28 .239 85
-.304 27 Arizona 10-4 19 .013 65 .694 86 .451 64 .142 74 .109 29 .366 53 .021 8
-.301 28 Florida State 12-1 7 -.131 45 .679 70 .456 67 .145 78 .138 60 .391 68 .022 10
-.299 29 Air Force 9-3 47 -.133 44 .627 37 .449 62 .134 67 .148 75 .388 63 .231 84
-.294 30 Louisiana Tech 9-4 50 -.347 16 .625 34 .382 23 .099 26 .164 100 .328 33 .084 47
DFEI DFEI
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Rec
FEI
Rk
DE DE
Rk
FD FD
Rk
AY AY
Rk
Ex Ex
Rk
Me Me
Rk
Va Va
Rk
DSOS Rk
-.289 31 Temple 5-6 66 -.459 7 .597 21 .387 28 .082 14 .134 55 .319 26 .298 95
-.263 32 Miami 5-7 37 -.116 53 .685 74 .422 42 .092 20 .138 61 .342 36 .009 2
-.261 33 Duke 8-4 26 -.138 42 .647 50 .441 54 .058 5 .180 112 .360 48 .037 20
-.258 34 Syracuse 2-9 72 -.194 35 .636 45 .405 33 .099 28 .132 52 .369 54 .053 35
-.258 35 West Virginia 6-6 44 -.120 51 .655 54 .430 46 .121 54 .097 21 .357 45 .040 28
-.258 36 Northwestern 4-7 57 -.216 31 .629 39 .439 50 .136 69 .136 57 .364 50 .201 76
-.249 37 Central Florida 8-4 53 -.541 5 .533 6 .338 7 .046 2 .118 34 .291 16 .360 109
-.231 38 Baylor 10-2 10 -.129 47 .591 18 .409 36 .181 99 .094 19 .357 44 .128 57
-.227 39 Memphis 9-3 40 -.425 10 .541 7 .330 4 .096 22 .127 45 .259 7 .228 82
-.212 40 Michigan State 10-2 15 -.267 24 .533 5 .353 10 .161 87 .051 1 .309 23 .082 46
-.193 41 Michigan 5-7 67 -.305 21 .582 13 .369 16 .049 3 .131 50 .301 19 .166 70
-.189 42 Minnesota 7-5 39 -.124 50 .616 28 .424 43 .167 92 .109 28 .331 34 .155 62
-.184 43 Nebraska 8-4 29 -.215 32 .588 16 .375 17 .137 70 .111 30 .324 31 .161 66
-.167 44 Marshall 12-1 30 -.351 15 .671 63 .390 30 .084 16 .123 37 .303 21 .319 100
-.167 45 Auburn 7-5 12 .156 91 .686 77 .502 95 .186 102 .143 69 .449 98 .017 5
DFEI DFEI
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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
-.152 46 Tulane 2-9 90 -.202 34 .720 98 .470 76 .128 61 .112 31 .419 81 .092 49
-.147 47 UCLA 10-3 8 .014 67 .677 69 .446 58 .063 6 .215 125 .347 39 .053 33
-.142 48 Florida International 3-7 91 -.240 28 .659 55 .446 59 .167 93 .079 10 .392 69 .178 72
-.134 49 Oklahoma 8-5 32 -.175 38 .588 17 .386 27 .118 48 .131 49 .319 25 .127 56
-.124 50 Boston College 6-6 28 -.124 49 .601 23 .403 32 .109 38 .123 39 .322 29 .084 48
-.113 51 Georgia Tech 10-3 4 .178 95 .719 97 .553 109 .156 85 .219 126 .525 120 .021 9
-.112 52 Wake Forest 2-9 86 -.180 37 .667 57 .439 51 .101 29 .140 62 .375 57 .182 73
-.109 53 Iowa 6-6 54 -.126 48 .587 14 .388 29 .109 37 .116 32 .303 20 .165 69
-.108 54 Notre Dame 8-5 38 .014 66 .673 65 .458 69 .140 71 .140 63 .421 84 .065 39
-.102 55 San Diego State 6-6 69 -.155 41 .632 41 .406 34 .105 33 .173 105 .322 30 .223 81
-.085 56 Kansas 2-9 103 .088 75 .738 106 .515 99 .175 96 .127 44 .435 94 .078 45
-.074 57 Western Michigan 7-5 58 -.135 43 .667 58 .435 48 .081 12 .141 64 .365 52 .538 124
-.055 58 South Alabama 6-7 101 -.093 56 .667 59 .449 61 .167 94 .128 46 .376 58 .156 63
-.040 59 BYU 7-5 45 -.131 46 .675 67 .436 49 .096 23 .163 99 .348 40 .436 119
-.026 60 Purdue 2-9 80 .088 76 .687 80 .521 101 .119 49 .172 103 .487 107 .158 64
DFEI DFEI
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Rec
FEI
Rk
DE DE
Rk
FD FD
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AY AY
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Ex Ex
Rk
Me Me
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Va Va
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DSOS Rk
-.008 61 Akron 4-7 98 -.091 57 .646 49 .439 52 .146 79 .123 38 .388 64 .340 103
-.005 62 Louisiana Monroe 4-8 102 -.103 54 .591 19 .411 37 .121 52 .154 86 .338 35 .398 115
-.002 63 Kansas State 8-4 25 .085 74 .639 47 .457 68 .115 43 .189 116 .400 77 .039 27
.000 64 East Carolina 7-5 49 -.098 55 .591 20 .420 41 .121 53 .141 65 .346 38 .251 88
.020 65 Houston 7-5 59 -.189 36 .650 53 .417 39 .086 17 .143 68 .344 37 .249 87
.034 66 UTSA 4-8 104 -.219 30 .621 30 .415 38 .131 64 .138 58 .364 51 .326 101
.047 67 Rutgers 7-5 77 .158 92 .727 102 .511 97 .211 118 .094 18 .423 86 .067 41
.075 68 Maryland 6-6 65 -.027 63 .689 82 .472 77 .106 34 .159 93 .383 61 .161 67
.076 69 Colorado State 9-3 43 .134 85 .689 83 .484 82 .111 41 .215 124 .426 87 .354 108
.083 70 North Carolina State 7-5 55 .131 83 .598 22 .461 71 .107 35 .230 127 .422 85 .027 14
.088 71 Connecticut 1-10 106 .003 64 .721 99 .463 73 .057 4 .156 88 .363 49 .344 105
.093 72 UTEP 7-6 109 .017 68 .626 35 .434 47 .209 117 .072 5 .395 73 .158 65
.101 73 Indiana 3-8 83 .053 72 .685 76 .476 78 .126 60 .119 35 .389 65 .208 78
.111 74 San Jose State 2-9 108 .149 89 .670 61 .517 100 .147 80 .165 101 .446 97 .141 61
.126 75 Vanderbilt 2-9 121 .219 101 .670 60 .496 91 .143 76 .196 118 .427 88 .068 42
DFEI DFEI
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Team FBS
Rec
FEI
Rk
DE DE
Rk
FD FD
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AY AY
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Ex Ex
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Me Me
Rk
Va Va
Rk
DSOS Rk
.150 76 Central Michigan 6-6 82 -.076 58 .685 75 .478 79 .154 84 .146 72 .402 79 .376 111
.153 77 Oklahoma State 6-6 75 .139 87 .627 36 .458 70 .160 86 .127 43 .391 67 .059 37
.160 78 UAB 5-6 78 .104 79 .617 29 .442 55 .143 75 .098 22 .378 59 .256 90
.163 79 Kent State 2-9 110 .142 88 .740 109 .485 84 .150 82 .134 54 .429 89 .316 99
.166 80 Middle Tennessee 5-6 92 .222 102 .701 91 .524 103 .172 95 .172 104 .487 108 .218 80
.176 81 Oregon State 4-7 62 .187 97 .636 44 .489 88 .124 55 .155 87 .474 103 .093 51
.176 82 Kentucky 4-7 76 .097 78 .648 52 .454 66 .125 58 .156 90 .393 71 .095 52
.187 83 Hawaii 3-9 89 .120 82 .646 48 .468 75 .188 105 .125 42 .398 76 .403 116
.190 84 Nevada 6-6 56 .119 81 .745 111 .511 96 .142 73 .199 120 .430 90 .243 86
.190 85 California 4-7 51 .443 117 .779 123 .585 121 .200 113 .179 110 .532 121 .051 31
.201 86 Texas A&M 7-5 48 .421 116 .746 114 .554 110 .215 120 .154 85 .483 106 .032 16
.202 87 Cincinnati 9-4 61 .063 73 .707 93 .488 86 .140 72 .133 53 .392 70 .192 75
.208 88 Georgia Southern 8-3 70 .052 71 .692 84 .467 74 .068 7 .197 119 .432 91 .108 55
.217 89 Illinois 5-7 81 .175 94 .696 88 .493 89 .182 100 .142 67 .439 96 .164 68
.220 90 Ohio 5-6 117 -.041 60 .637 46 .448 60 .105 32 .097 20 .393 72 .537 123
DFEI DFEI
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Team FBS
Rec
FEI
Rk
DE DE
Rk
FD FD
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AY AY
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Ex Ex
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Me Me
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Va Va
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DSOS Rk
.227 91 Navy 7-5 52 .114 80 .721 100 .531 105 .082 13 .189 115 .451 99 .191 74
.235 92 Ball State 4-6 85 .092 77 .795 126 .513 98 .188 107 .154 84 .421 83 .451 120
.247 93 South Florida 3-8 120 .182 96 .705 92 .484 81 .116 45 .125 41 .420 82 .264 92
.247 94 Texas State 6-5 94 .161 93 .674 66 .481 80 .116 44 .167 102 .402 78 .390 112
.248 95 Colorado 2-10 74 .331 110 .739 107 .532 106 .242 127 .078 9 .474 102 .038 22
.262 96 Arkansas State 6-6 84 -.041 61 .633 42 .427 44 .133 66 .120 36 .371 56 .431 117
.264 97 Northern Illinois 10-3 79 .044 69 .680 72 .463 72 .120 50 .173 106 .390 66 .305 97
.269 98 Washington State 2-9 64 .385 113 .718 95 .524 102 .206 115 .160 97 .522 119 .069 43
.282 99 Pittsburgh 5-7 41 .205 98 .687 81 .451 63 .164 89 .149 76 .382 60 .053 34
.293 100 Appalachian State 6-4 111 -.034 62 .709 94 .453 65 .165 90 .107 27 .371 55 .666 127
.311 101 SMU 1-11 125 .294 107 .831 127 .601 125 .194 109 .153 83 .541 123 .132 58
.332 102 Wyoming 3-8 118 .260 105 .746 113 .565 117 .219 121 .132 51 .480 104 .139 60
.333 103 Florida Atlantic 3-9 99 .266 106 .681 73 .500 94 .196 112 .145 70 .468 101 .138 59
.339 104 Toledo 8-4 68 .217 100 .700 89 .486 85 .179 97 .150 79 .418 80 .341 104
.348 105 Southern Mississippi 2-9 122 .326 108 .763 119 .581 120 .186 104 .161 98 .520 118 .251 89
DFEI DFEI
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Team FBS
Rec
FEI
Rk
DE DE
Rk
FD FD
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AY AY
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Ex Ex
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Me Me
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Va Va
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DSOS Rk
.364 106 Fresno State 5-8 95 .207 99 .679 71 .488 87 .195 111 .151 80 .438 95 .256 91
.366 107 Army 3-7 114 .372 112 .776 121 .555 111 .153 83 .102 24 .482 105 .301 96
.371 108 Western Kentucky 8-5 63 .461 118 .760 117 .594 123 .221 122 .149 77 .563 126 .229 83
.375 109 Buffalo 3-6 100 .227 103 .676 68 .499 92 .186 103 .176 108 .433 92 .434 118
.385 110 Louisiana Lafayette 8-4 93 .150 90 .740 110 .499 93 .165 91 .157 92 .398 75 .500 122
.393 111 Iowa State 2-9 88 .605 126 .762 118 .577 119 .185 101 .208 122 .533 122 .078 44
.425 112 Texas Tech 3-8 87 .485 119 .777 122 .564 116 .230 123 .129 47 .516 116 .098 53
.437 113 Eastern Michigan 1-10 128 .500 120 .763 120 .595 124 .203 114 .153 82 .542 124 .208 77
.439 114 North Carolina 5-7 71 .627 127 .745 112 .548 108 .234 126 .193 117 .508 113 .024 12
.441 115 New Mexico State 1-10 123 .390 114 .758 116 .566 118 .144 77 .159 94 .514 115 .482 121
.449 116 Bowling Green 7-6 112 .136 86 .695 87 .493 90 .215 119 .136 56 .434 93 .284 94
.462 117 South Carolina 6-6 36 .328 109 .727 103 .559 113 .117 46 .180 111 .495 111 .058 36
.466 118 Rice 8-5 96 .051 70 .648 51 .443 56 .179 98 .083 12 .388 62 .218 79
.467 119 Miami (OH) 2-9 107 .335 111 .790 124 .563 114 .161 88 .177 109 .495 110 .396 113
.467 120 North Texas 3-8 124 .132 84 .686 78 .440 53 .149 81 .074 7 .355 43 .784 128
DFEI DFEI
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Rec
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DE DE
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FD FD
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AY AY
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Va Va
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DSOS Rk
.479 121 Massachusetts 3-9 115 .252 104 .693 85 .526 104 .114 42 .200 121 .488 109 .397 114
.482 122 Tulsa 2-10 105 .409 115 .727 104 .545 107 .233 124 .093 17 .454 100 .327 102
.540 123 New Mexico 4-8 97 .530 122 .794 125 .601 126 .234 125 .142 66 .500 112 .352 107
.561 124 Troy 3-8 126 .522 121 .757 115 .610 127 .194 110 .233 128 .565 127 .276 93
.612 125 UNLV 1-11 113 .545 124 .732 105 .563 115 .208 116 .174 107 .518 117 .351 106
.676 126 Idaho 1-10 119 .540 123 .740 108 .556 112 .268 128 .146 73 .513 114 .594 125
.716 127 Georgia State 0-11 127 .675 128 .839 128 .635 128 .188 106 .152 81 .581 128 .610 126
.859 128 Old Dominion 5-6 116 .569 125 .718 96 .590 122 .188 108 .214 123 .549 125 .365 110