Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2014 FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS, DEFENSE

through games of 10/18/2014

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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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
-.846 1 Virginia Tech 3-3 15 -.360 23 .580 20 .367 28 .160 87 .025 3 .329 48 .006 2
-.832 2 Louisville 5-2 29 -.901 2 .426 1 .243 1 .021 1 .043 4 .190 2 .071 42
-.750 3 Stanford 3-3 28 -.549 7 .615 47 .345 13 .062 13 .169 89 .217 6 .014 11
-.710 4 Missouri 4-2 34 -.364 21 .630 52 .349 16 .096 35 .151 79 .273 20 .055 35
-.700 5 Mississippi 7-0 6 -.932 1 .551 10 .269 2 .026 2 .103 31 .162 1 .150 62
-.679 6 Clemson 4-2 12 -.415 12 .506 5 .287 3 .157 85 .048 6 .213 5 .009 3
-.676 7 Duke 5-1 24 -.348 28 .671 67 .417 54 .043 5 .171 91 .323 44 .027 17
-.668 8 Utah 4-1 8 -.459 10 .627 50 .356 22 .075 19 .149 77 .226 8 .010 6
-.636 9 Penn State 4-2 48 -.642 3 .485 3 .304 5 .045 7 .106 33 .218 7 .189 72
-.586 10 Alabama 6-1 14 -.592 6 .597 32 .312 6 .069 16 .111 38 .203 4 .106 51
-.572 11 TCU 4-1 5 -.400 16 .586 22 .379 35 .143 72 .129 56 .313 36 .073 43
-.564 12 Mississippi State 6-0 18 -.602 5 .607 40 .353 19 .083 29 .060 10 .237 9 .145 60
-.550 13 Virginia 3-3 35 -.348 27 .589 26 .355 21 .041 3 .123 48 .265 17 .004 1
-.538 14 Tennessee 2-4 42 -.377 19 .597 34 .325 7 .078 22 .065 12 .194 3 .044 31
-.532 15 Kansas State 4-1 19 .004 69 .600 37 .418 55 .060 12 .200 106 .340 52 .034 23
DFEI DFEI
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Rec
FEI
Rk
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
-.499 16 Utah State 3-3 49 -.474 9 .613 45 .354 20 .100 40 .088 21 .313 37 .223 84
-.489 17 Iowa 4-2 36 -.326 32 .573 17 .360 24 .080 25 .133 60 .275 22 .126 56
-.481 18 Nebraska 5-1 20 -.393 17 .500 4 .329 9 .108 49 .095 26 .282 26 .191 73
-.463 19 Notre Dame 6-1 21 -.346 29 .593 28 .378 33 .099 39 .123 50 .329 49 .036 26
-.463 20 Florida State 6-0 7 -.330 30 .605 39 .415 50 .105 45 .145 74 .355 59 .131 57
-.446 21 Baylor 5-1 17 -.407 13 .519 6 .329 10 .127 64 .076 16 .263 16 .060 38
-.432 22 Boston College 3-3 27 -.161 51 .588 24 .388 41 .103 43 .088 22 .279 23 .042 30
-.425 23 Michigan State 5-1 25 -.403 14 .459 2 .304 4 .176 97 .014 1 .254 11 .102 50
-.391 24 Texas 3-4 74 -.384 18 .586 23 .359 23 .092 31 .149 78 .295 29 .011 8
-.385 25 Houston 3-3 57 -.455 11 .595 30 .364 27 .101 42 .076 15 .284 27 .401 116
-.373 26 Auburn 5-1 11 -.283 40 .549 9 .383 37 .113 53 .127 54 .317 40 .036 25
-.368 27 Oregon 5-1 1 .120 75 .794 121 .515 86 .127 65 .206 115 .417 78 .056 36
-.352 28 Ohio State 5-1 13 -.224 44 .554 11 .326 8 .108 47 .092 25 .270 19 .263 94
-.323 29 Florida International 2-4 81 -.373 20 .605 38 .420 56 .145 74 .066 13 .368 64 .253 90
-.310 30 Air Force 4-2 62 -.167 50 .613 46 .442 63 .187 104 .120 44 .391 68 .203 79
DFEI DFEI
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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
-.297 31 Minnesota 5-1 51 -.292 37 .592 27 .388 42 .099 38 .141 72 .297 30 .171 70
-.295 32 Arizona State 4-1 16 .050 72 .759 106 .499 81 .172 95 .172 92 .415 77 .028 18
-.292 33 Arizona 5-1 4 .197 79 .689 72 .454 67 .135 69 .122 46 .375 67 .012 9
-.285 34 Maryland 4-2 38 -.186 46 .683 70 .445 64 .085 30 .134 62 .311 35 .156 63
-.273 35 Oklahoma 5-2 10 -.294 36 .624 48 .371 29 .106 46 .118 42 .288 28 .085 47
-.270 36 USC 5-2 3 -.063 62 .732 94 .466 69 .098 36 .134 63 .365 61 .023 13
-.265 37 Boise State 5-2 47 -.242 42 .557 12 .381 36 .124 62 .134 61 .306 32 .139 59
-.260 38 Georgia 6-1 2 -.304 35 .579 19 .348 15 .079 24 .105 32 .315 38 .029 19
-.253 39 Marshall 6-0 26 -.629 4 .636 54 .350 18 .045 8 .106 34 .274 21 .404 117
-.220 40 Wake Forest 1-5 98 -.325 33 .704 80 .428 59 .070 17 .141 71 .344 54 .191 74
-.219 41 Wisconsin 3-2 58 -.316 34 .655 58 .373 31 .121 58 .052 7 .255 13 .292 101
-.214 42 Kansas 1-5 92 -.176 48 .703 78 .438 62 .122 59 .095 27 .323 43 .042 29
-.211 43 UCLA 5-2 9 .103 74 .721 88 .475 74 .081 28 .233 123 .354 58 .033 21
-.207 44 Michigan 3-4 67 -.354 25 .569 16 .347 14 .042 4 .111 37 .279 24 .164 68
-.197 45 Washington 4-2 45 -.287 38 .629 51 .402 44 .071 18 .186 98 .317 41 .014 10
DFEI DFEI
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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
-.185 46 Central Florida 3-2 55 -.518 8 .609 42 .404 45 .063 14 .188 101 .346 55 .230 86
-.172 47 West Virginia 4-2 32 -.063 63 .663 63 .422 57 .133 68 .108 35 .355 60 .044 32
-.171 48 California 3-3 40 .335 96 .759 107 .576 117 .172 96 .207 116 .533 117 .009 4
-.162 49 LSU 5-2 50 -.358 24 .585 21 .336 12 .146 77 .024 2 .260 15 .117 52
-.142 50 Arkansas 2-4 56 .155 77 .609 44 .450 66 .156 83 .078 19 .397 69 .041 28
-.140 51 Florida 3-3 68 -.401 15 .527 7 .333 11 .095 34 .068 14 .246 10 .060 39
-.136 52 Memphis 2-3 46 -.127 55 .563 13 .372 30 .141 71 .125 53 .305 31 .213 82
-.131 53 Oklahoma State 4-2 52 -.081 60 .595 31 .405 47 .165 90 .089 23 .343 53 .025 15
-.120 54 Connecticut 0-5 97 -.084 59 .720 86 .415 51 .120 57 .120 43 .256 14 .167 69
-.116 55 Western Michigan 3-3 61 -.042 65 .662 62 .468 70 .081 27 .176 94 .406 72 .320 105
-.108 56 San Jose State 2-3 96 -.138 54 .588 25 .446 65 .078 23 .118 41 .409 74 .159 66
-.107 57 Kentucky 4-2 89 -.280 41 .597 33 .363 26 .056 10 .139 68 .279 25 .136 58
-.102 58 Oregon State 3-2 43 -.193 45 .548 8 .386 38 .048 9 .129 57 .340 51 .040 27
-.092 59 Tulane 1-5 91 -.171 49 .731 93 .493 77 .149 78 .134 65 .462 93 .049 33
-.091 60 Northwestern 2-4 54 -.084 58 .594 29 .428 60 .116 54 .174 93 .328 46 .284 99
DFEI DFEI
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FEI
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DE DE
Rk
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
-.086 61 Hawaii 1-5 76 -.076 61 .608 41 .409 48 .165 91 .101 30 .319 42 .260 91
-.080 62 Miami 3-3 41 -.112 56 .667 64 .412 49 .058 11 .203 109 .333 50 .017 12
-.079 63 Louisiana Tech 4-2 85 -.286 39 .600 36 .386 39 .077 20 .154 80 .310 34 .125 55
-.059 64 Akron 3-3 82 -.139 53 .662 61 .416 53 .132 67 .147 75 .349 56 .314 104
-.057 65 Colorado State 5-1 23 .092 73 .686 71 .493 78 .100 41 .214 120 .426 80 .353 110
-.035 66 UTSA 2-5 65 -.362 22 .578 18 .379 34 .122 61 .122 47 .325 45 .224 85
-.031 67 East Carolina 4-1 31 .014 70 .650 56 .464 68 .067 15 .200 107 .365 62 .232 87
-.020 68 South Alabama 4-2 100 -.105 57 .630 53 .401 43 .151 80 .123 49 .308 33 .146 61
-.018 69 BYU 4-3 39 -.160 52 .670 66 .436 61 .077 21 .209 117 .373 66 .347 109
-.012 70 Arkansas State 3-2 63 -.349 26 .609 43 .361 25 .094 32 .109 36 .316 39 .382 113
-.001 71 Pittsburgh 3-3 30 -.233 43 .625 49 .350 17 .111 50 .056 8 .254 12 .034 22
.034 72 Nevada 3-3 33 .300 93 .803 125 .549 104 .197 107 .211 119 .455 91 .081 46
.047 73 UAB 3-3 78 -.023 68 .566 15 .404 46 .158 86 .092 24 .328 47 .312 103
.047 74 Louisiana Monroe 3-3 125 -.184 47 .566 14 .376 32 .105 44 .132 59 .269 18 .497 123
.068 75 Rutgers 4-2 66 .293 92 .726 91 .528 93 .210 115 .097 28 .439 83 .098 48
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
.082 76 Central Michigan 3-4 88 -.035 66 .726 92 .470 71 .164 89 .164 87 .400 70 .277 98
.092 77 Middle Tennessee 4-3 94 .257 86 .721 89 .550 105 .198 108 .186 99 .533 116 .206 80
.094 78 Eastern Michigan 1-5 126 .200 80 .754 103 .572 115 .145 76 .203 110 .491 103 .218 83
.135 79 Syracuse 2-4 64 -.051 64 .656 59 .415 52 .094 33 .141 69 .373 65 .077 44
.141 80 San Diego State 3-3 75 -.028 67 .662 60 .423 58 .108 48 .154 81 .367 63 .334 107
.159 81 North Carolina State 3-4 79 .406 107 .639 55 .528 95 .153 81 .250 127 .516 112 .024 14
.194 82 Purdue 2-5 72 .274 89 .690 73 .531 97 .131 66 .179 96 .494 104 .264 95
.214 83 Georgia Southern 4-2 60 .027 71 .676 69 .472 73 .044 6 .206 114 .406 73 .099 49
.215 84 Fresno State 2-5 95 .279 91 .713 82 .528 91 .184 101 .138 67 .507 107 .209 81
.218 85 North Carolina 2-4 53 .535 122 .747 101 .553 106 .266 123 .203 108 .507 109 .009 5
.233 86 Iowa State 2-4 59 .505 118 .696 74 .543 102 .145 75 .275 128 .508 111 .031 20
.251 87 Kent State 1-6 109 .256 85 .766 112 .517 87 .182 99 .130 58 .451 88 .158 65
.252 88 Navy 2-4 70 .227 83 .742 98 .524 89 .081 26 .226 121 .436 82 .198 76
.279 89 Vanderbilt 1-5 116 .267 87 .672 68 .495 79 .125 63 .203 111 .444 85 .078 45
.314 90 Colorado 2-5 69 .359 99 .725 90 .509 82 .231 119 .077 18 .450 87 .011 7
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
.319 91 Temple 3-2 80 -.328 31 .600 35 .387 40 .117 55 .117 40 .352 57 .238 88
.320 92 UTEP 3-3 119 .481 113 .763 109 .580 119 .271 124 .085 20 .549 124 .200 77
.329 93 South Carolina 3-3 44 .456 111 .754 105 .562 111 .098 37 .148 76 .519 115 .070 41
.330 94 Washington State 1-5 37 .332 95 .703 79 .515 85 .203 111 .189 103 .507 110 .027 16
.336 95 Texas A&M 4-3 84 .559 125 .743 99 .548 103 .229 118 .114 39 .460 92 .051 34
.369 96 Florida Atlantic 3-4 104 .276 90 .701 76 .514 84 .208 114 .143 73 .478 97 .201 78
.374 97 New Mexico 2-5 87 .342 98 .793 119 .580 118 .207 113 .134 64 .472 94 .262 93
.377 98 Wyoming 2-4 108 .162 78 .788 116 .555 107 .167 92 .182 97 .482 100 .163 67
.397 99 Miami (OH) 1-6 99 .370 100 .776 114 .559 108 .153 82 .165 88 .507 108 .455 121
.401 100 Georgia Tech 4-2 22 .554 124 .750 102 .593 122 .150 79 .233 124 .545 122 .035 24
.413 101 South Florida 2-4 110 .212 81 .667 65 .471 72 .111 51 .127 55 .429 81 .242 89
.417 102 Cincinnati 3-3 93 .484 114 .800 123 .620 126 .185 103 .154 82 .536 118 .064 40
.419 103 Texas State 2-3 122 .301 94 .714 83 .513 83 .143 73 .159 84 .444 84 .408 118
.427 104 Ball State 1-4 83 .336 97 .845 127 .567 114 .241 121 .121 45 .481 99 .326 106
.437 105 Army 2-4 117 .384 103 .754 104 .562 110 .164 88 .098 29 .480 98 .343 108
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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Me Me
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Va Va
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DSOS Rk
.443 106 New Mexico State 1-6 114 .404 106 .790 118 .589 121 .136 70 .210 118 .543 120 .443 120
.444 107 Texas Tech 2-4 86 .376 101 .720 87 .522 88 .200 110 .160 85 .478 96 .056 37
.459 108 Illinois 2-4 90 .421 109 .743 100 .541 100 .203 112 .176 95 .485 101 .185 71
.463 109 Tulsa 1-6 105 .395 104 .700 75 .528 94 .278 126 .056 9 .423 79 .121 54
.463 110 Bowling Green 4-3 113 .400 105 .761 108 .561 109 .293 128 .163 86 .519 114 .192 75
.474 111 North Texas 1-5 123 .221 82 .769 113 .498 80 .169 93 .077 17 .411 76 .590 127
.482 112 SMU 0-6 128 .506 119 .881 128 .663 128 .220 116 .186 100 .638 128 .121 53
.505 113 Ohio 3-4 118 .133 76 .650 57 .488 75 .113 52 .125 52 .447 86 .540 124
.530 114 Southern Mississippi 2-4 120 .378 102 .734 95 .619 125 .156 84 .141 70 .604 126 .288 100
.533 115 Massachusetts 2-6 103 .247 84 .702 77 .532 98 .117 56 .170 90 .494 105 .260 92
.574 116 Western Kentucky 2-4 71 .546 123 .781 115 .596 123 .192 106 .192 104 .545 121 .393 115
.575 117 Louisiana Lafayette 2-3 121 .492 116 .765 111 .528 92 .176 98 .157 83 .404 71 .391 114
.607 118 Troy 1-5 127 .572 126 .793 120 .639 127 .241 122 .241 126 .612 127 .272 97
.615 119 Indiana 2-4 77 .490 115 .716 84 .527 90 .122 60 .189 102 .472 95 .270 96
.649 120 Appalachian State 1-4 124 .417 108 .800 122 .543 101 .240 120 .060 11 .455 90 .563 125
DFEI DFEI
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DE DE
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FD FD
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DSOS Rk
.669 121 Georgia State 0-6 106 .457 112 .788 117 .564 112 .182 100 .136 66 .500 106 .471 122
.679 122 Northern Illinois 4-2 101 .430 110 .813 126 .529 96 .172 94 .203 112 .452 89 .308 102
.683 123 Old Dominion 2-4 115 .517 120 .719 85 .583 120 .188 105 .203 113 .537 119 .354 111
.697 124 Idaho 1-6 112 .493 117 .741 97 .537 99 .272 125 .123 51 .487 102 .653 128
.699 125 Toledo 3-3 73 .627 127 .800 124 .566 113 .185 102 .231 122 .517 113 .440 119
.707 126 Buffalo 1-4 107 .521 121 .738 96 .574 116 .279 127 .197 105 .547 123 .581 126
.747 127 Rice 3-3 102 .267 88 .708 81 .489 76 .200 109 .046 5 .411 75 .361 112
.822 128 UNLV 1-5 111 .684 128 .764 110 .597 124 .222 117 .236 125 .580 125 .158 64