Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2007 FEI RATINGS, DEFENSE

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.

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Team FBS
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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 Ohio State 10-2 .94 1.07 1 .247 1 .180 1 .478 1 .104 1 .219 4 .104 99
2 South Florida 8-4 .91 .90 4 .359 19 .308 25 .632 18 .161 11 .255 16 .206 1
3 Virginia Tech 10-3 .81 .92 3 .301 4 .238 4 .571 3 .130 3 .228 5 .155 33
4 Oklahoma 11-3 .81 .56 21 .366 24 .308 24 .636 20 .182 23 .286 24 .139 54
5 Kansas 11-1 .75 .77 8 .348 13 .279 19 .573 4 .154 10 .268 20 .189 6
6 Oregon State 8-4 .73 .83 5 .307 5 .242 6 .601 6 .173 20 .288 26 .145 48
7 USC 11-2 .72 1.00 2 .293 2 .187 2 .563 2 .113 2 .200 1 .139 55
8 Michigan 9-3 .69 .53 24 .351 15 .256 11 .650 23 .171 19 .264 18 .143 50
9 West Virginia 11-2 .68 .67 16 .338 8 .252 10 .618 10 .174 21 .281 21 .201 3
10 Auburn 8-4 .67 .57 18 .350 14 .262 13 .643 22 .164 14 .256 17 .121 81
11 Cincinnati 9-3 .65 .72 10 .371 25 .307 23 .696 49 .162 13 .233 8 .203 2
12 Mississippi State 7-5 .62 .49 27 .384 31 .320 30 .628 16 .203 31 .323 45 .162 23
13 Utah 9-4 .61 .77 7 .332 6 .257 12 .683 41 .137 4 .200 2 .161 25
14 LSU 12-2 .61 .68 13 .346 12 .267 14 .616 9 .189 25 .307 36 .201 4
15 UCLA 6-7 .57 .68 14 .341 10 .245 8 .665 34 .168 16 .252 13 .135 61
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Team FBS
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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 Troy 7-4 .54 .46 28 .353 16 .274 15 .604 7 .208 35 .345 54 .139 56
17 Penn State 9-4 .53 .77 9 .336 7 .250 9 .607 8 .140 5 .231 6 .160 28
18 TCU 8-5 .50 .67 15 .339 9 .274 16 .618 11 .145 7 .235 9 .103 104
19 Oregon 9-4 .48 .52 26 .378 28 .335 40 .618 12 .179 22 .290 29 .173 16
20 Connecticut 8-4 .46 .60 17 .387 34 .333 38 .669 36 .169 18 .253 15 .155 34
21 Central Florida 10-4 .46 .27 36 .403 39 .358 49 .661 28 .216 40 .327 47 .146 43
22 Georgia 10-2 .44 .35 31 .393 37 .356 47 .667 35 .189 27 .284 22 .159 30
23 Clemson 8-4 .43 .69 12 .298 3 .209 3 .600 5 .146 8 .244 10 .115 89
24 Arizona State 10-3 .43 .54 23 .380 29 .277 18 .693 47 .184 24 .265 19 .141 52
25 New Mexico 8-4 .41 .55 22 .366 23 .305 22 .651 24 .164 15 .253 14 .123 80
26 Missouri 11-2 .41 .19 44 .432 54 .376 57 .748 83 .238 53 .318 44 .170 17
27 Wake Forest 9-4 .40 .70 11 .364 21 .274 17 .621 13 .189 26 .305 34 .195 5
28 Miami 5-7 .40 .56 20 .389 35 .327 34 .686 42 .197 28 .287 25 .168 19
29 Pittsburgh 4-7 .37 .22 40 .376 26 .327 33 .623 14 .223 44 .358 62 .100 107
30 Boston College 10-3 .35 .83 6 .342 11 .240 5 .679 39 .143 6 .211 3 .185 7
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Team FBS
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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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31 BYU 10-2 .34 .57 19 .358 18 .244 7 .664 31 .153 9 .231 7 .102 106
32 Iowa 6-6 .31 .40 30 .384 32 .344 42 .655 25 .162 12 .247 11 .135 60
33 Texas 10-3 .31 .21 41 .418 46 .365 55 .688 44 .214 37 .311 39 .136 58
34 Florida State 7-6 .26 .42 29 .381 30 .320 31 .665 33 .204 32 .306 35 .150 39
35 South Carolina 5-6 .25 .09 54 .446 60 .348 44 .750 84 .235 51 .314 41 .118 86
36 Alabama 6-6 .22 .25 37 .394 38 .311 28 .717 64 .224 45 .312 40 .125 76
37 Wyoming 5-7 .21 .33 32 .377 27 .352 45 .626 15 .204 33 .326 46 .129 70
38 Vanderbilt 4-7 .21 .19 43 .385 33 .330 36 .641 21 .234 49 .366 69 .133 64
39 Arkansas 7-5 .21 .28 34 .406 40 .319 29 .705 56 .218 42 .309 37 .160 27
40 Colorado 6-7 .20 .06 56 .415 44 .345 43 .708 58 .255 62 .360 63 .124 78
41 Tennessee 10-4 .20 .06 57 .453 63 .392 66 .698 50 .235 50 .336 50 .123 79
42 Illinois 8-4 .20 .13 48 .450 62 .359 50 .739 77 .210 36 .284 23 .174 14
43 Hawaii 10-1 .18 .25 38 .427 51 .376 58 .692 46 .238 54 .344 53 .162 24
44 Virginia 9-4 .18 .52 25 .364 20 .310 26 .671 38 .168 17 .250 12 .118 85
45 Purdue 7-5 .14 .09 53 .442 57 .393 67 .734 73 .241 56 .328 48 .146 44
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Team FBS
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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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46 Michigan State 7-6 .14 .27 35 .365 22 .289 20 .629 17 .240 55 .381 76 .114 93
47 Notre Dame 3-9 .14 .14 47 .431 53 .327 35 .762 96 .259 65 .339 52 .154 35
48 Boise State 9-3 .14 .11 52 .391 36 .341 41 .660 26 .243 58 .368 71 .118 84
49 Southern Mississippi 6-6 .05 -.09 65 .444 58 .374 56 .759 94 .270 70 .356 61 .161 26
50 East Carolina 8-5 .05 .01 61 .456 64 .399 72 .719 65 .238 52 .330 49 .175 13
51 Rutgers 7-5 .04 .17 45 .428 52 .383 62 .754 88 .217 41 .288 27 .116 88
52 Western Michigan 4-7 .03 -.04 63 .447 61 .363 53 .701 53 .257 63 .366 70 .104 100
53 Temple 4-8 .02 .32 33 .416 45 .394 68 .688 43 .201 30 .293 30 .181 9
54 Army 2-9 .02 -.10 68 .469 72 .382 61 .739 76 .291 83 .394 83 .134 63
55 Miami (OH) 6-7 .01 .17 46 .411 42 .361 52 .660 27 .231 46 .350 58 .141 53
56 Florida Atlantic 8-5 -.02 -.09 64 .473 73 .419 77 .758 93 .280 77 .369 73 .174 15
57 Arizona 4-7 -.02 .11 50 .420 47 .326 32 .664 32 .231 47 .347 55 .168 20
58 North Carolina State 4-7 -.04 .11 51 .424 48 .385 63 .708 57 .204 34 .289 28 .095 111
59 Iowa State 3-8 -.05 -.30 86 .486 81 .425 83 .702 54 .298 89 .424 97 .132 66
60 Wisconsin 8-4 -.06 .02 59 .407 41 .301 21 .732 70 .232 48 .317 43 .109 97
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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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61 Arkansas State 5-7 -.08 -.10 67 .462 67 .412 75 .669 37 .262 68 .391 81 .131 68
62 California 7-6 -.09 .06 58 .440 56 .387 64 .694 48 .244 59 .351 59 .144 49
63 Stanford 4-8 -.09 .01 60 .481 79 .418 76 .753 87 .221 43 .293 31 .156 32
64 Houston 7-5 -.09 -.14 70 .424 49 .331 37 .712 61 .294 85 .413 92 .118 87
65 Middle Tennessee 5-6 -.10 -.10 66 .426 50 .360 51 .691 45 .279 76 .404 87 .184 8
66 Kentucky 7-5 -.11 -.20 76 .479 77 .352 46 .757 92 .291 81 .384 78 .149 41
67 North Carolina 3-8 -.11 .23 39 .414 43 .333 39 .711 60 .215 38 .302 33 .126 75
68 Texas A&M 6-6 -.11 -.48 96 .502 93 .395 69 .781 104 .297 88 .380 74 .133 65
69 Louisiana Tech 4-7 -.11 -.20 75 .465 69 .377 59 .681 40 .278 73 .408 88 .139 57
70 Georgia Tech 6-6 -.12 .19 42 .358 17 .311 27 .634 19 .200 29 .315 42 .103 102
71 Mississippi 2-9 -.14 -.25 80 .515 100 .455 97 .772 99 .285 78 .368 72 .114 92
72 Baylor 2-9 -.16 -.42 94 .530 103 .515 113 .761 95 .313 96 .412 91 .112 94
73 Oklahoma State 6-6 -.17 -.49 97 .503 94 .467 102 .664 30 .328 98 .494 112 .112 95
74 Washington 4-9 -.18 -.22 77 .477 75 .423 81 .717 63 .259 66 .361 64 .127 73
75 Texas Tech 8-4 -.18 -.18 73 .456 65 .405 73 .727 68 .258 64 .355 60 .125 77
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Team FBS
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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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76 UNLV 2-10 -.23 -.13 69 .502 92 .455 96 .733 71 .267 69 .365 67 .145 46
77 Maryland 5-7 -.24 .08 55 .432 55 .357 48 .734 72 .216 39 .294 32 .151 37
78 Tulsa 10-4 -.25 -.34 89 .494 86 .422 80 .780 103 .301 91 .385 79 .104 101
79 Louisiana Monroe 5-6 -.25 -.24 79 .496 87 .421 79 .748 81 .260 67 .347 56 .126 74
80 Indiana 6-6 -.25 -.22 78 .476 74 .434 88 .723 66 .291 82 .402 86 .177 12
81 Air Force 8-4 -.27 .12 49 .464 68 .389 65 .774 101 .241 57 .311 38 .180 10
82 Ball State 6-6 -.27 -.40 93 .488 83 .421 78 .704 55 .304 93 .432 100 .178 11
83 Kansas State 4-7 -.28 -.18 72 .446 59 .380 60 .662 29 .278 75 .420 94 .165 21
84 Florida 8-4 -.28 -.25 81 .488 82 .456 98 .752 86 .272 71 .362 65 .136 59
85 Fresno State 8-4 -.28 -.25 82 .468 71 .397 71 .754 89 .254 61 .337 51 .090 113
86 San Jose State 4-7 -.32 -.31 87 .489 84 .364 54 .782 105 .286 79 .366 68 .160 29
87 Colorado State 2-9 -.42 -.20 74 .459 66 .408 74 .698 51 .278 74 .398 84 .143 51
88 Ohio 5-6 -.43 -.15 71 .480 78 .433 85 .709 59 .277 72 .390 80 .128 71
89 Nevada 5-7 -.43 -.40 92 .499 89 .444 93 .748 82 .301 92 .402 85 .098 108
90 Akron 4-8 -.44 -.04 62 .478 76 .442 90 .699 52 .253 60 .363 66 .151 38
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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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91 Marshall 3-8 -.44 -.79 107 .545 107 .477 105 .810 111 .331 99 .408 89 .050 119
92 Tulane 3-8 -.45 -.49 98 .502 91 .439 89 .731 69 .300 90 .411 90 .115 90
93 Kent State 2-9 -.46 -.28 83 .486 80 .443 91 .746 80 .292 84 .392 82 .108 98
94 Bowling Green 7-5 -.50 -.37 91 .500 90 .423 82 .738 75 .308 95 .417 93 .131 69
95 Washington State 5-7 -.51 -.28 84 .467 70 .395 70 .716 62 .305 94 .426 98 .135 62
96 Florida International 1-11 -.52 -.50 99 .511 97 .464 101 .724 67 .338 100 .467 108 .097 109
97 Duke 1-11 -.54 -.30 85 .512 98 .454 95 .774 100 .295 86 .381 75 .103 105
98 Northern Illinois 2-9 -.55 -.36 90 .493 85 .426 84 .767 97 .295 87 .384 77 .093 112
99 Northwestern 5-6 -.56 -.67 101 .513 99 .434 87 .740 79 .366 110 .495 114 .115 91
100 Louisville 5-6 -.57 -.46 95 .505 95 .462 99 .756 91 .319 97 .422 96 .163 22
101 Buffalo 5-7 -.60 -.33 88 .497 88 .434 86 .828 116 .289 80 .349 57 .109 96
102 North Texas 1-10 -.68 -.81 110 .518 101 .492 110 .739 78 .394 114 .533 117 .127 72
103 Memphis 6-6 -.70 -.80 109 .573 114 .504 112 .785 108 .363 108 .462 106 .148 42
104 SMU 1-11 -.71 -.89 113 .542 105 .477 104 .769 98 .381 112 .496 116 .150 40
105 Syracuse 2-10 -.72 -.78 105 .560 111 .487 108 .784 106 .351 103 .448 103 .090 114
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Team FBS
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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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106 New Mexico State 2-9 -.72 -.73 103 .571 113 .538 115 .806 110 .363 107 .450 104 .089 115
107 Nebraska 5-7 -.72 -1.08 117 .561 112 .464 100 .836 118 .398 116 .477 110 .086 118
108 UTEP 3-8 -.74 -.98 114 .617 119 .558 118 .826 115 .384 113 .465 107 .145 47
109 Central Michigan 8-5 -.75 -.57 100 .509 96 .446 94 .791 109 .342 101 .432 101 .146 45
110 Minnesota 1-10 -.77 -.79 106 .548 108 .483 107 .820 114 .345 102 .421 95 .086 117
111 Eastern Michigan 3-8 -.78 -.74 104 .573 115 .535 114 .814 112 .356 104 .438 102 .169 18
112 Utah State 2-10 -.80 -.80 108 .586 117 .554 117 .833 117 .357 106 .429 99 .159 31
113 Idaho 0-11 -.83 -.84 111 .537 104 .471 103 .738 74 .365 109 .495 113 .103 103
114 Louisiana Lafayette 3-8 -.90 -.71 102 .520 102 .443 92 .778 102 .357 105 .459 105 .095 110
115 Rice 3-8 -.92 -1.08 118 .553 110 .500 111 .750 85 .444 119 .593 119 .132 67
116 Toledo 4-7 -.97 -1.01 115 .544 106 .478 106 .754 90 .431 118 .571 118 .154 36
117 UAB 1-10 -1.05 -1.15 119 .584 116 .545 116 .847 119 .395 115 .467 109 .089 116
118 San Diego State 3-8 -1.12 -.89 112 .548 109 .487 109 .784 107 .376 111 .480 111 .120 83
119 Navy 8-4 -1.35 -1.02 116 .609 118 .573 119 .815 113 .403 117 .495 115 .121 82