Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2014 FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS, DEFENSE

through games of 12/6/2014

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
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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
-.867 1 Clemson 8-3 18 -.646 1 .500 2 .266 1 .106 36 .056 2 .200 2 .007 1
-.721 2 Virginia Tech 5-6 25 -.413 11 .550 8 .368 16 .114 43 .067 5 .357 48 .008 2
-.699 3 Mississippi 8-3 7 -.574 5 .611 29 .335 8 .056 4 .111 30 .244 5 .052 35
-.636 4 Louisville 8-3 15 -.621 3 .503 3 .311 3 .097 26 .076 8 .264 10 .067 39
-.617 5 Alabama 11-1 2 -.462 7 .634 44 .368 17 .075 10 .179 113 .263 9 .050 32
-.607 6 TCU 10-1 8 -.488 6 .541 6 .345 12 .135 71 .101 25 .290 20 .076 43
-.570 7 Virginia 4-7 31 -.246 27 .629 37 .384 27 .091 21 .106 26 .288 19 .009 3
-.543 8 Florida 5-5 39 -.447 9 .587 19 .344 11 .107 38 .091 18 .248 6 .048 30
-.525 9 Penn State 6-6 51 -.641 2 .497 1 .282 2 .027 1 .087 16 .184 1 .185 73
-.518 10 Mississippi State 9-2 10 -.421 10 .618 32 .384 28 .125 57 .083 14 .288 18 .025 8
-.512 11 Stanford 6-5 20 -.395 14 .690 82 .371 19 .086 15 .172 105 .262 8 .044 24
-.487 12 Ohio State 12-1 5 -.374 17 .552 10 .322 5 .097 27 .083 13 .237 4 .066 38
-.474 13 LSU 7-4 27 -.378 16 .571 13 .337 10 .111 40 .063 4 .267 11 .044 23
-.463 14 Utah 7-4 21 -.227 30 .633 42 .410 39 .122 55 .158 91 .315 26 .032 13
-.453 15 Texas 6-6 64 -.408 13 .596 23 .351 13 .068 9 .151 74 .277 14 .026 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
-.448 16 Washington 7-5 40 -.329 22 .662 56 .406 35 .076 11 .145 65 .336 36 .047 29
-.419 17 Florida State 12-0 4 -.227 31 .669 62 .434 49 .128 62 .135 55 .363 54 .026 10
-.415 18 Oregon 11-1 1 -.089 59 .695 86 .464 75 .117 48 .172 104 .393 71 .038 20
-.405 19 Missouri 9-3 23 -.278 24 .674 70 .376 25 .099 30 .156 87 .299 22 .049 31
-.388 20 Arkansas 5-6 17 -.166 44 .604 25 .410 38 .117 47 .135 54 .346 44 .030 12
-.381 21 Georgia 8-3 6 -.161 46 .609 28 .391 31 .087 17 .157 89 .343 40 .035 18
-.363 22 USC 8-4 13 -.103 55 .712 95 .439 51 .086 16 .173 106 .344 42 .043 22
-.353 23 Baylor 10-1 9 -.206 35 .566 12 .385 29 .169 94 .096 22 .323 31 .105 54
-.346 24 Arizona State 8-3 16 -.181 41 .671 67 .417 44 .140 75 .119 36 .336 35 .075 42
-.345 25 West Virginia 6-5 38 -.182 40 .656 54 .419 45 .119 50 .086 15 .346 43 .035 15
-.327 26 Air Force 8-3 50 -.092 57 .631 41 .460 71 .131 64 .162 96 .407 78 .160 66
-.320 27 Duke 8-3 26 -.186 38 .628 36 .429 46 .062 7 .178 112 .342 39 .037 19
-.312 28 Louisiana Tech 8-4 56 -.360 21 .621 35 .376 24 .100 31 .171 101 .317 28 .084 48
-.310 29 Boise State 11-2 36 -.235 28 .565 11 .374 22 .131 65 .113 32 .316 27 .178 71
-.309 30 Utah State 8-4 61 -.361 20 .616 30 .368 15 .106 37 .093 19 .282 16 .302 98
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
-.301 31 Wisconsin 9-3 30 -.390 15 .544 7 .330 7 .132 68 .059 3 .223 3 .102 53
-.296 32 Tennessee 5-6 42 -.138 48 .594 22 .375 23 .138 73 .080 12 .283 17 .045 25
-.295 33 Arizona 10-3 14 .032 68 .707 90 .458 70 .132 67 .120 37 .376 63 .023 7
-.288 34 Temple 5-6 67 -.448 8 .597 24 .387 30 .082 13 .134 52 .319 29 .248 88
-.272 35 Central Florida 8-3 54 -.599 4 .525 5 .318 4 .043 2 .129 45 .261 7 .378 109
-.243 36 Northwestern 4-7 57 -.206 36 .629 38 .439 53 .136 72 .136 56 .364 55 .224 85
-.238 37 Syracuse 2-9 72 -.183 39 .636 46 .405 34 .099 29 .132 50 .369 57 .074 41
-.238 38 Miami 5-6 33 -.118 50 .672 68 .416 43 .092 25 .151 75 .336 37 .010 4
-.231 39 Nebraska 8-3 29 -.259 25 .581 16 .374 21 .132 69 .110 29 .320 30 .167 69
-.213 40 Minnesota 7-4 34 -.144 47 .608 27 .414 41 .152 86 .120 38 .330 34 .156 65
-.208 41 Auburn 7-4 11 .133 82 .664 57 .486 85 .172 97 .148 71 .440 93 .019 5
-.196 42 Iowa 6-5 45 -.206 34 .575 14 .367 14 .102 33 .118 34 .282 15 .194 75
-.187 43 Michigan State 9-2 19 -.362 19 .508 4 .327 6 .145 79 .032 1 .270 13 .089 49
-.177 44 Michigan 5-7 69 -.294 23 .582 17 .369 18 .049 3 .131 48 .301 23 .184 72
-.173 45 Memphis 8-3 41 -.412 12 .551 9 .336 9 .088 18 .140 62 .268 12 .202 78
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
-.170 46 Oklahoma 8-4 22 -.216 32 .585 18 .374 20 .113 41 .127 42 .305 24 .139 59
-.170 47 Notre Dame 7-5 44 -.012 65 .667 61 .447 61 .135 70 .142 63 .412 80 .051 33
-.159 48 Marshall 11-1 35 -.365 18 .674 69 .383 26 .083 14 .118 33 .290 21 .335 103
-.154 49 Boston College 6-5 28 -.138 49 .576 15 .392 32 .104 34 .128 44 .311 25 .096 50
-.142 50 Florida International 3-7 90 -.230 29 .659 55 .446 60 .167 92 .079 11 .392 68 .196 76
-.135 51 Tulane 2-9 91 -.191 37 .720 100 .470 79 .128 60 .112 31 .419 82 .113 56
-.119 52 Wake Forest 2-9 86 -.170 42 .667 59 .439 54 .101 32 .140 61 .375 62 .192 74
-.111 53 Western Michigan 7-4 49 -.163 45 .653 53 .431 47 .081 12 .145 67 .362 51 .598 124
-.090 54 UCLA 9-3 12 .016 67 .671 66 .441 58 .062 6 .219 125 .343 41 .056 36
-.088 55 South Alabama 6-6 103 -.113 54 .667 60 .450 64 .170 95 .135 53 .375 61 .133 58
-.082 56 Kansas 2-9 98 .098 74 .738 107 .515 98 .175 98 .127 43 .435 92 .071 40
-.080 57 Georgia Tech 9-3 3 .183 92 .709 93 .541 106 .145 80 .222 126 .514 116 .023 6
-.034 58 BYU 7-4 46 -.117 53 .692 83 .439 52 .089 20 .178 111 .347 45 .429 117
-.029 59 San Diego State 6-5 73 -.117 52 .642 49 .409 37 .114 42 .154 82 .330 33 .146 61
-.027 60 Kansas State 8-3 24 .047 70 .636 47 .452 66 .091 22 .191 116 .385 65 .035 17
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
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DSOS Rk
-.019 61 Colorado State 9-2 32 .084 73 .677 75 .475 80 .089 19 .218 124 .412 79 .320 100
-.016 62 Purdue 2-9 77 .099 75 .687 81 .521 100 .119 51 .172 102 .487 107 .201 77
.001 63 East Carolina 7-4 48 -.073 61 .607 26 .432 48 .119 49 .148 70 .361 50 .223 84
.009 64 Akron 4-7 96 -.081 60 .646 51 .439 56 .146 81 .123 39 .388 66 .386 111
.009 65 Louisiana Monroe 4-8 101 -.092 58 .591 21 .411 40 .121 54 .154 81 .338 38 .478 119
.011 66 Maryland 6-5 58 -.094 56 .683 78 .457 69 .092 23 .155 83 .362 52 .167 68
.029 67 Houston 6-5 63 -.258 26 .634 43 .398 33 .092 24 .130 47 .327 32 .268 92
.046 68 UTSA 4-8 104 -.208 33 .621 34 .415 42 .131 66 .138 60 .364 56 .353 107
.069 69 North Carolina State 6-5 59 .172 90 .587 20 .467 76 .110 39 .229 127 .433 90 .026 11
.084 70 Connecticut 1-10 108 .014 66 .721 102 .463 74 .057 5 .156 86 .363 53 .327 102
.088 71 San Jose State 2-9 106 .160 86 .670 65 .517 99 .147 82 .165 98 .446 96 .102 52
.105 72 Central Michigan 6-5 83 -.169 43 .675 73 .450 65 .128 61 .137 57 .361 49 .397 114
.110 73 Indiana 3-8 82 .064 72 .685 79 .476 81 .126 59 .119 35 .389 67 .218 82
.112 74 UTEP 7-5 114 .035 69 .630 39 .434 50 .197 112 .079 10 .398 73 .151 62
.125 75 Oklahoma State 5-6 80 .190 93 .630 40 .461 72 .167 93 .138 59 .407 77 .047 28
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
.129 76 Vanderbilt 2-9 121 .230 98 .670 64 .496 90 .143 77 .196 117 .427 86 .078 45
.131 77 Rutgers 6-5 88 .233 100 .720 101 .521 101 .229 122 .093 20 .441 94 .046 27
.143 78 Pittsburgh 5-6 37 .137 83 .669 63 .439 55 .161 88 .153 78 .372 59 .046 26
.159 79 Kent State 2-9 111 .152 85 .740 110 .485 84 .150 84 .134 51 .429 87 .298 96
.165 80 Middle Tennessee 5-6 92 .232 99 .701 87 .524 103 .172 96 .172 103 .487 108 .212 80
.168 81 Hawaii 3-9 89 .130 80 .646 50 .468 78 .188 105 .125 41 .398 74 .348 106
.169 82 UAB 5-6 79 .115 79 .617 31 .442 59 .143 76 .098 24 .378 64 .274 95
.181 83 Oregon State 4-7 66 .198 95 .636 45 .489 87 .124 56 .155 84 .474 103 .109 55
.187 84 California 4-7 55 .454 117 .779 122 .585 121 .200 114 .179 114 .532 121 .051 34
.193 85 Kentucky 4-7 76 .108 78 .648 52 .454 68 .125 58 .156 88 .393 69 .124 57
.194 86 Arkansas State 6-5 81 -.118 51 .619 33 .409 36 .129 63 .109 28 .354 46 .415 115
.194 87 Nevada 6-5 47 .132 81 .750 113 .511 96 .152 85 .189 115 .429 88 .219 83
.209 88 Northern Illinois 10-2 74 -.024 63 .674 71 .449 63 .121 53 .177 109 .373 60 .336 104
.211 89 Illinois 5-6 78 .176 91 .711 94 .504 93 .178 99 .156 85 .450 98 .152 64
.211 90 Georgia Southern 8-3 70 .062 71 .692 84 .467 77 .068 8 .197 118 .432 89 .097 51
DFEI DFEI
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Team FBS
Rec
FEI
Rk
DE DE
Rk
FD FD
Rk
AY AY
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Ex Ex
Rk
Me Me
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Va Va
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DSOS Rk
.225 91 Texas A&M 6-5 52 .477 118 .759 117 .563 112 .207 117 .147 69 .481 106 .035 16
.228 92 Ohio 5-6 115 -.031 62 .637 48 .448 62 .105 35 .097 23 .393 70 .582 123
.244 93 Ball State 4-6 84 .103 77 .795 126 .513 97 .188 107 .154 80 .421 85 .485 120
.253 94 Colorado 2-10 75 .342 109 .739 108 .532 105 .242 127 .078 9 .474 102 .039 21
.253 95 South Florida 3-8 120 .193 94 .705 89 .484 83 .116 46 .125 40 .420 84 .274 94
.254 96 Texas State 6-5 95 .172 89 .674 72 .481 82 .116 45 .167 99 .402 75 .341 105
.255 97 Cincinnati 9-3 62 .099 76 .703 88 .494 89 .138 74 .138 58 .405 76 .170 70
.277 98 Washington State 2-9 68 .396 112 .718 97 .524 102 .206 116 .160 93 .522 120 .078 46
.304 99 Appalachian State 6-4 113 -.023 64 .709 92 .453 67 .165 91 .107 27 .371 58 .691 127
.319 100 SMU 1-11 125 .304 106 .831 127 .601 125 .194 109 .153 79 .541 123 .162 67
.323 101 Western Kentucky 7-5 65 .422 116 .752 114 .588 122 .213 119 .149 72 .549 126 .211 79
.331 102 Wyoming 3-8 117 .271 104 .746 111 .565 116 .219 120 .132 49 .480 104 .151 63
.337 103 Florida Atlantic 3-9 97 .277 105 .681 77 .500 92 .196 111 .145 66 .468 100 .142 60
.350 104 Southern Mississippi 2-9 122 .336 108 .763 119 .581 120 .186 104 .161 95 .520 119 .249 89
.357 105 Navy 5-5 53 .316 107 .718 99 .550 109 .097 28 .204 121 .471 101 .218 81
DFEI DFEI
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Team FBS
Rec
FEI
Rk
DE DE
Rk
FD FD
Rk
AY AY
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Ex Ex
Rk
Me Me
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Va Va
Rk
DSOS Rk
.358 106 Fresno State 5-7 93 .206 97 .678 76 .493 88 .185 102 .158 90 .443 95 .247 87
.360 107 Toledo 7-4 71 .199 96 .713 96 .486 86 .163 90 .163 97 .420 83 .385 110
.376 108 Buffalo 3-6 99 .237 101 .676 74 .499 91 .186 103 .176 108 .433 91 .504 121
.382 109 Iowa State 2-9 87 .616 127 .762 118 .577 119 .185 101 .208 122 .533 122 .064 37
.407 110 Texas Tech 3-8 85 .496 119 .777 121 .564 115 .230 123 .129 46 .516 117 .082 47
.411 111 North Carolina 5-6 60 .607 126 .746 112 .543 107 .231 124 .201 120 .500 112 .034 14
.413 112 Bowling Green 6-6 110 .170 88 .708 91 .505 94 .224 121 .149 73 .448 97 .298 97
.440 113 Eastern Michigan 1-10 128 .510 120 .763 120 .595 124 .203 115 .153 77 .542 124 .247 86
.447 114 New Mexico State 1-10 123 .401 113 .758 116 .566 118 .144 78 .159 92 .514 115 .533 122
.461 115 Army 3-6 118 .420 115 .789 123 .563 113 .156 87 .089 17 .481 105 .256 90
.464 116 North Texas 3-8 124 .142 84 .686 80 .440 57 .149 83 .074 7 .355 47 .780 128
.469 117 Miami (OH) 2-9 105 .345 110 .790 124 .563 111 .161 89 .177 110 .495 110 .428 116
.482 118 Tulsa 2-10 102 .419 114 .727 104 .545 108 .233 125 .093 21 .454 99 .271 93
.485 119 Massachusetts 3-9 112 .262 103 .693 85 .526 104 .114 44 .200 119 .488 109 .389 112
.522 120 Rice 7-5 107 .168 87 .664 58 .462 73 .198 113 .069 6 .397 72 .261 91
DFEI DFEI
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Team FBS
Rec
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
.527 121 Louisiana Lafayette 7-4 100 .253 102 .737 106 .508 95 .178 100 .161 94 .418 81 .444 118
.528 122 New Mexico 4-8 94 .540 122 .794 125 .601 126 .234 126 .142 64 .500 111 .354 108
.570 123 Troy 3-8 126 .532 121 .757 115 .610 127 .194 110 .233 128 .565 127 .316 99
.583 124 South Carolina 5-6 43 .368 111 .726 103 .565 117 .120 52 .171 100 .510 113 .077 44
.601 125 UNLV 1-11 109 .555 124 .732 105 .563 114 .208 118 .174 107 .518 118 .323 101
.683 126 Idaho 1-10 119 .551 123 .740 109 .556 110 .268 128 .146 68 .513 114 .608 125
.730 127 Georgia State 0-11 127 .685 128 .839 128 .635 128 .188 106 .152 76 .581 128 .680 126
.863 128 Old Dominion 5-6 116 .580 125 .718 98 .590 123 .188 108 .214 123 .549 125 .392 113