Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2013 FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS, DEFENSE

through games of 1/6/2014

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 FEI ratings and FEI splits for Offense, Defense, Special Teams and Field Position can be found using the drop-down menus provided above. Program FEI (five-year weighted) ratings and other supplemental drive-based data can be found here.

DFEI DFEI
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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
-.742 1 Stanford 11-3 2 -.309 21 .634 34 .401 28 .083 22 .193 110 .341 32 .005 1
-.733 2 Michigan State 12-1 8 -.706 1 .536 2 .285 1 .072 9 .098 9 .204 1 .059 39
-.717 3 Oklahoma State 9-3 9 -.517 4 .605 16 .360 11 .080 18 .154 78 .285 12 .050 33
-.696 4 Virginia Tech 7-5 29 -.480 5 .540 3 .326 3 .094 33 .094 7 .232 3 .042 29
-.653 5 Florida State 13-0 1 -.693 2 .546 4 .307 2 .054 2 .115 26 .208 2 .098 52
-.643 6 USC 10-4 20 -.421 11 .573 9 .352 9 .098 36 .122 37 .257 5 .025 16
-.555 7 Alabama 10-2 3 -.352 18 .624 28 .366 13 .077 14 .077 2 .275 9 .041 28
-.529 8 Missouri 11-2 5 -.191 37 .669 59 .427 42 .135 67 .129 42 .349 34 .014 6
-.519 9 Utah State 8-5 39 -.467 7 .581 11 .371 16 .116 52 .187 107 .338 31 .153 68
-.475 10 Auburn 11-2 4 -.006 73 .703 83 .469 75 .165 93 .158 82 .441 93 .011 3
-.468 11 South Carolina 10-2 6 -.231 29 .638 38 .444 53 .108 43 .138 55 .400 78 .051 34
-.465 12 TCU 3-8 50 -.434 9 .608 19 .358 10 .105 41 .111 19 .298 20 .033 22
-.459 13 Wisconsin 8-4 19 -.416 12 .552 5 .351 8 .075 12 .119 36 .281 11 .037 25
-.459 14 BYU 7-5 27 -.386 15 .613 23 .365 12 .092 31 .117 30 .289 14 .104 54
-.443 15 Oklahoma 11-2 14 -.190 38 .579 10 .393 22 .132 65 .118 33 .343 33 .035 23
DFEI DFEI
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Rec
FEI
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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
-.422 16 Oregon 10-2 7 -.404 13 .622 27 .395 25 .067 8 .119 34 .289 15 .062 43
-.422 17 Clemson 9-2 22 -.332 20 .536 1 .350 7 .114 48 .107 14 .270 7 .044 30
-.417 18 UCLA 10-3 12 -.199 34 .680 69 .425 41 .072 10 .183 102 .355 40 .023 15
-.404 19 Arizona 7-5 26 -.182 39 .660 47 .421 40 .092 32 .184 105 .328 26 .029 19
-.403 20 Florida 4-7 49 -.285 25 .609 22 .401 27 .091 28 .118 32 .368 55 .018 10
-.397 21 Louisville 11-1 21 -.601 3 .560 7 .334 4 .078 16 .164 88 .296 19 .249 90
-.387 22 Arizona State 9-4 10 -.022 70 .584 13 .404 29 .169 94 .143 64 .357 42 .011 4
-.387 23 Mississippi 7-5 28 -.087 56 .662 51 .435 47 .101 37 .158 83 .358 43 .014 7
-.384 24 Washington 8-4 16 -.130 48 .688 71 .431 44 .064 5 .213 119 .349 35 .023 13
-.359 25 Mississippi State 6-6 32 -.055 63 .692 76 .452 57 .169 96 .138 56 .373 59 .010 2
-.358 26 Nebraska 8-4 46 -.261 27 .678 66 .399 26 .112 44 .079 4 .286 13 .113 57
-.355 27 Baylor 10-2 11 -.289 24 .581 12 .385 19 .123 60 .097 8 .324 24 .077 50
-.345 28 Iowa 7-5 31 -.455 8 .566 8 .336 5 .076 13 .090 6 .258 6 .076 49
-.339 29 Houston 7-5 34 -.346 19 .609 21 .393 24 .087 25 .149 72 .322 23 .188 75
-.293 30 Notre Dame 9-4 23 -.050 65 .692 77 .465 70 .091 29 .189 108 .395 75 .041 27
DFEI DFEI
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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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Me Me
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Va Va
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DSOS Rk
-.262 31 Texas 8-5 37 -.219 32 .638 36 .413 32 .123 61 .117 31 .378 64 .026 17
-.251 32 Tulane 6-6 67 -.372 16 .642 41 .384 18 .139 71 .106 12 .308 22 .548 121
-.243 33 Central Florida 12-1 17 -.219 33 .691 75 .420 38 .074 11 .140 59 .290 16 .136 65
-.241 34 Utah 4-7 30 -.084 58 .632 33 .452 58 .139 70 .139 57 .359 45 .023 14
-.230 35 Kansas State 8-4 25 -.239 28 .746 105 .436 48 .085 24 .169 91 .328 25 .090 51
-.216 36 Northwestern 4-7 60 -.128 49 .745 104 .451 56 .088 26 .146 66 .331 27 .132 64
-.201 37 Michigan 7-6 36 -.221 31 .656 44 .448 54 .117 54 .143 63 .412 84 .059 38
-.199 38 LSU 9-3 15 -.059 61 .635 35 .458 60 .095 34 .222 121 .375 62 .031 21
-.181 39 Minnesota 7-5 55 -.094 53 .672 64 .471 76 .107 42 .160 84 .383 67 .152 67
-.165 40 Oregon State 7-5 38 -.083 59 .624 29 .416 35 .113 47 .106 13 .375 61 .036 24
-.153 41 North Texas 9-4 58 -.469 6 .606 18 .367 14 .090 27 .116 29 .274 8 .324 103
-.148 42 Ohio State 11-2 13 -.022 71 .650 43 .421 39 .157 86 .150 73 .354 39 .126 60
-.148 43 Penn State 7-5 65 -.284 26 .596 14 .415 33 .103 40 .151 74 .331 29 .073 47
-.141 44 Pittsburgh 6-6 52 -.044 69 .672 63 .450 55 .142 75 .104 11 .388 72 .056 37
-.138 45 Florida Atlantic 6-6 73 -.355 17 .657 46 .369 15 .064 6 .086 5 .248 4 .153 69
DFEI DFEI
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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
-.129 46 Georgia 7-5 18 .141 90 .699 80 .476 84 .147 81 .184 104 .420 89 .031 20
-.119 47 Wake Forest 3-8 80 -.138 44 .720 95 .462 67 .112 45 .208 117 .369 56 .119 58
-.116 48 Virginia 1-10 81 .033 80 .667 57 .467 72 .160 89 .076 1 .380 65 .062 42
-.114 49 East Carolina 9-3 41 -.390 14 .667 55 .378 17 .081 19 .163 86 .331 28 .520 120
-.102 50 Tulsa 3-9 90 -.152 42 .690 73 .458 61 .084 23 .135 52 .362 47 .262 94
-.100 51 Georgia Tech 5-6 35 .090 86 .712 90 .474 81 .136 68 .127 40 .382 66 .076 48
-.097 52 Washington State 5-7 56 .106 88 .752 107 .503 97 .170 97 .131 46 .450 98 .012 5
-.092 53 Vanderbilt 8-4 45 -.167 40 .628 31 .433 46 .124 62 .175 97 .358 44 .054 35
-.090 54 Cincinnati 8-4 54 -.422 10 .556 6 .347 6 .060 3 .158 81 .280 10 .356 107
-.088 55 West Virginia 3-8 66 -.052 64 .660 48 .473 80 .163 92 .131 45 .419 88 .068 45
-.087 56 Connecticut 3-8 93 -.072 60 .706 85 .461 64 .175 100 .135 51 .371 57 .244 87
-.076 57 South Florida 2-9 99 -.092 55 .726 99 .474 82 .128 63 .145 65 .364 49 .150 66
-.061 58 Kansas 2-9 101 .013 78 .726 98 .482 86 .163 91 .126 38 .397 76 .064 44
-.055 59 North Carolina 6-6 43 -.142 43 .662 50 .436 49 .079 17 .194 112 .392 73 .099 53
-.052 60 Northern Illinois 11-2 47 -.305 22 .679 68 .417 36 .096 35 .128 41 .352 38 .503 118
DFEI DFEI
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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
-.050 61 Colorado State 7-6 63 -.057 62 .665 54 .454 59 .139 73 .114 25 .386 70 .193 76
-.034 62 Texas Tech 7-5 44 -.112 51 .606 17 .419 37 .119 56 .131 47 .350 36 .050 32
-.025 63 San Diego State 8-4 88 .007 75 .626 30 .429 43 .122 59 .116 28 .352 37 .111 56
-.018 64 Tennessee 4-7 74 .157 91 .680 70 .486 89 .180 106 .148 70 .419 87 .014 8
-.007 65 Syracuse 6-6 86 -.136 46 .667 56 .433 45 .160 88 .111 20 .357 41 .222 82
.008 66 UTSA 7-5 69 -.101 52 .732 101 .476 83 .049 1 .114 23 .364 48 .245 89
.014 67 Hawaii 1-11 87 .120 89 .702 82 .487 90 .146 80 .175 98 .408 82 .166 73
.016 68 Maryland 6-6 71 -.227 30 .614 24 .390 21 .065 7 .111 18 .293 18 .244 88
.024 69 Memphis 2-9 76 -.048 68 .694 79 .462 66 .083 21 .174 95 .368 53 .224 83
.026 70 Duke 9-4 33 .036 81 .673 65 .462 68 .154 83 .199 113 .387 71 .055 36
.033 71 Western Kentucky 7-4 82 -.085 57 .650 42 .441 51 .103 39 .171 93 .373 58 .490 117
.055 72 Fresno State 10-2 53 -.093 54 .669 60 .438 50 .159 87 .134 50 .374 60 .329 105
.072 73 Marshall 9-4 48 -.191 36 .622 26 .411 30 .077 15 .141 61 .338 30 .589 123
.077 74 SMU 4-7 75 -.050 66 .701 81 .469 73 .119 57 .112 21 .367 50 .129 62
.086 75 South Alabama 6-5 64 -.192 35 .598 15 .415 34 .150 82 .181 101 .368 52 .571 122
DFEI DFEI
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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
.099 76 Iowa State 3-8 72 .050 83 .638 37 .473 79 .142 77 .149 71 .405 81 .060 41
.106 77 Ball State 9-3 59 -.135 47 .707 86 .460 63 .136 69 .136 53 .385 69 .644 124
.106 78 Middle Tennessee 7-5 78 .005 74 .679 67 .483 87 .115 50 .229 122 .400 79 .280 99
.119 79 Buffalo 7-5 83 -.153 41 .662 49 .412 31 .169 95 .077 3 .362 46 .160 71
.121 80 North Carolina State 2-9 98 .064 84 .615 25 .461 65 .177 102 .115 27 .384 68 .163 72
.134 81 Rice 10-4 68 -.137 45 .608 20 .393 23 .114 49 .133 49 .307 21 .234 85
.137 82 Texas State 5-6 115 -.049 67 .639 39 .441 52 .113 46 .143 62 .368 51 .465 115
.152 83 Boise State 7-5 57 -.021 72 .710 89 .485 88 .061 4 .214 120 .393 74 .194 77
.155 84 UNLV 6-6 96 .165 94 .723 97 .500 95 .161 90 .204 116 .435 92 .214 81
.165 85 Colorado 2-8 104 .267 97 .715 93 .546 104 .171 98 .114 24 .490 105 .022 12
.186 86 Western Michigan 1-10 116 .158 92 .716 94 .530 101 .121 58 .147 68 .453 100 .422 114
.193 87 Texas A&M 8-4 24 .437 111 .693 78 .506 98 .179 103 .157 80 .447 96 .028 18
.198 88 Bowling Green 9-4 40 -.289 23 .631 32 .387 20 .082 20 .148 69 .291 17 .336 106
.199 89 Akron 4-7 103 .012 77 .656 45 .472 78 .117 55 .109 15 .400 77 .267 95
.212 90 Louisiana Monroe 5-6 107 .013 79 .714 92 .476 85 .143 78 .113 22 .368 54 .250 91
DFEI DFEI
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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
.247 91 Louisiana Lafayette 8-4 79 .010 76 .708 87 .499 93 .115 51 .169 92 .417 86 .406 111
.268 92 Miami 8-4 42 .037 82 .640 40 .458 62 .132 66 .184 103 .452 99 .156 70
.278 93 Toledo 6-5 62 .288 101 .729 100 .499 94 .102 38 .203 115 .422 90 .269 96
.281 94 Southern Mississippi 1-11 123 .284 100 .689 72 .491 91 .156 85 .163 87 .441 94 .421 113
.285 95 Massachusetts 1-10 121 .181 95 .796 122 .551 105 .222 116 .139 58 .506 107 .260 93
.294 96 Louisiana Tech 3-8 108 -.127 50 .721 96 .462 69 .116 53 .202 114 .377 63 .686 125
.295 97 Arkansas State 7-5 91 .164 93 .664 53 .471 77 .140 74 .140 60 .405 80 .195 78
.311 98 Boston College 6-6 70 .090 87 .667 58 .469 74 .130 64 .130 44 .409 83 .124 59
.314 99 Rutgers 5-7 94 .269 98 .691 74 .494 92 .180 105 .209 118 .443 95 .128 61
.318 100 Arkansas 2-9 89 .421 109 .761 110 .554 107 .174 99 .165 89 .468 103 .018 11
.323 101 California 0-11 106 .545 116 .740 103 .598 117 .229 117 .153 76 .555 120 .015 9
.330 102 Illinois 3-8 77 .410 108 .765 111 .561 109 .176 101 .193 111 .476 104 .068 46
.334 103 Idaho 1-10 119 .424 110 .669 62 .542 103 .244 119 .126 39 .466 102 .211 80
.336 104 Miami (OH) 0-12 122 .369 105 .758 109 .572 112 .145 79 .161 85 .532 115 .359 108
.347 105 Navy 8-4 51 .448 112 .755 108 .566 111 .091 30 .300 125 .510 110 .130 63
DFEI DFEI
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DE DE
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FD FD
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AY AY
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Me Me
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Va Va
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DSOS Rk
.347 106 Wyoming 4-7 102 .273 99 .669 61 .512 99 .154 84 .132 48 .448 97 .321 102
.372 107 Army 2-9 97 .387 106 .739 102 .577 114 .252 120 .153 77 .527 114 .273 97
.401 108 New Mexico State 1-10 118 .400 107 .792 121 .602 118 .256 121 .136 54 .550 117 .327 104
.409 109 Florida International 1-10 124 .317 104 .709 88 .535 102 .197 108 .103 10 .505 106 .233 84
.413 110 Indiana 4-7 61 .600 117 .780 114 .596 116 .220 114 .186 106 .556 121 .060 40
.424 111 Purdue 0-11 114 .676 120 .790 120 .620 120 .200 110 .250 123 .517 111 .049 31
.429 112 Temple 2-9 84 .301 103 .784 117 .558 108 .200 109 .152 75 .509 109 .197 79
.441 113 Central Michigan 5-6 112 .070 85 .713 91 .503 96 .139 72 .174 96 .430 91 .514 119
.450 114 Kentucky 1-10 95 .478 114 .789 119 .576 113 .202 111 .193 109 .521 112 .040 26
.462 115 San Jose State 5-6 85 .484 115 .746 106 .553 106 .187 107 .172 94 .509 108 .259 92
.470 116 Ohio 6-6 110 .201 96 .664 52 .466 71 .142 76 .157 79 .413 85 .320 101
.492 117 Kent State 3-8 100 .291 102 .705 84 .530 100 .179 104 .179 99 .459 101 .240 86
.496 118 Georgia State 0-9 111 .458 113 .780 116 .586 115 .220 113 .110 16 .539 116 .389 109
.567 119 Nevada 3-8 92 .606 118 .787 118 .602 119 .221 115 .180 100 .554 119 .109 55
.794 120 Troy 5-6 105 .618 119 .769 113 .563 110 .231 118 .146 67 .525 113 .415 112
DFEI DFEI
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DE DE
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FD FD
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AY AY
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Me Me
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Va Va
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.831 121 UAB 1-10 113 .792 121 .814 124 .621 121 .288 122 .119 35 .557 122 .179 74
.847 122 Eastern Michigan 1-10 125 .835 123 .769 112 .671 124 .306 125 .130 43 .644 124 .466 116
.871 123 UTEP 2-10 120 .830 122 .780 115 .621 122 .288 123 .110 17 .564 123 .315 100
.906 124 Air Force 1-10 117 1.046 125 .894 125 .719 125 .212 112 .288 124 .655 125 .273 98
.987 125 New Mexico 3-9 109 1.045 124 .808 123 .634 123 .300 124 .167 90 .551 118 .403 110