Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2007 FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS, DEFENSE

through games of 1/7/2008

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 and Special Teams 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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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
-.670 1 Oregon State 8-4 16 -.445 7 .532 4 .307 5 .104 47 .064 1 .242 6 .070 18
-.587 2 USC 11-2 3 -.600 2 .497 2 .293 2 .040 3 .126 48 .187 2 .085 26
-.572 3 UCLA 6-7 23 -.361 14 .600 25 .341 10 .114 53 .086 10 .245 8 .037 4
-.536 4 South Florida 8-4 9 -.452 6 .561 12 .359 19 .071 11 .084 7 .308 25 .085 24
-.531 5 Auburn 8-4 15 -.304 22 .536 5 .350 14 .071 12 .143 75 .262 13 .051 9
-.519 6 LSU 12-2 1 -.394 11 .567 13 .346 12 .128 70 .091 17 .267 14 .039 5
-.504 7 Virginia Tech 10-3 12 -.492 3 .528 3 .301 4 .056 4 .099 21 .238 4 .090 30
-.501 8 West Virginia 11-2 2 -.343 15 .549 9 .338 8 .083 24 .111 27 .252 10 .111 39
-.497 9 Oregon 9-4 4 -.271 25 .578 18 .378 28 .116 56 .121 40 .335 40 .093 33
-.479 10 Clemson 8-4 11 -.422 10 .554 11 .298 3 .038 2 .115 31 .209 3 .199 60
-.477 11 Michigan 9-3 22 -.329 17 .600 26 .351 15 .064 9 .107 25 .256 11 .073 19
-.473 12 Utah 9-4 33 -.441 8 .621 33 .332 6 .099 42 .087 12 .257 12 .102 38
-.464 13 Georgia 10-2 6 -.208 30 .606 29 .393 37 .098 40 .136 67 .356 47 .041 7
-.443 14 Ohio State 10-2 8 -.621 1 .448 1 .247 1 .022 1 .097 20 .180 1 .158 51
-.420 15 Cincinnati 9-3 13 -.378 12 .628 38 .371 25 .074 16 .142 74 .307 23 .136 45
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
Rk
Va Va
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DSOS Rk
-.407 16 Oklahoma 11-3 7 -.269 26 .594 23 .366 24 .073 13 .133 61 .308 24 .048 8
-.384 17 Kansas 11-1 20 -.457 5 .545 7 .348 13 .056 5 .126 49 .279 19 .200 61
-.377 18 Pittsburgh 4-7 47 -.171 34 .577 17 .376 26 .077 20 .138 69 .327 33 .058 13
-.372 19 Mississippi State 7-5 37 -.238 29 .615 31 .384 31 .095 34 .122 41 .320 30 .055 11
-.364 20 Connecticut 8-4 39 -.304 21 .627 37 .387 34 .120 64 .120 39 .333 38 .120 43
-.360 21 Alabama 6-6 28 -.161 37 .697 83 .394 38 .099 41 .145 77 .311 28 .101 37
-.339 22 Arizona State 10-3 17 -.285 24 .656 58 .380 29 .117 59 .074 3 .277 18 .087 27
-.337 23 New Mexico 8-4 59 -.311 19 .637 43 .366 23 .062 7 .123 43 .305 22 .252 71
-.330 24 Arkansas 7-5 21 -.163 36 .673 66 .406 40 .096 36 .109 26 .319 29 .066 16
-.325 25 Central Florida 10-4 46 -.181 33 .591 22 .403 39 .094 33 .117 35 .358 49 .164 54
-.299 26 Miami 5-7 64 -.330 16 .606 28 .389 35 .139 78 .102 22 .327 34 .207 63
-.288 27 TCU 8-5 49 -.368 13 .576 15 .339 9 .091 31 .127 52 .274 16 .260 74
-.274 28 California 7-6 24 -.027 57 .650 52 .440 56 .100 43 .181 108 .387 64 .053 10
-.272 29 Wake Forest 9-4 34 -.295 23 .598 24 .364 21 .089 29 .130 54 .274 17 .149 50
-.269 30 Boston College 10-3 19 -.430 9 .589 20 .342 11 .065 10 .113 30 .240 5 .317 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
-.263 31 Arizona 4-7 27 -.050 53 .622 35 .420 47 .098 39 .154 86 .326 32 .069 17
-.255 32 BYU 10-2 14 -.325 18 .613 30 .358 18 .080 23 .131 56 .244 7 .357 101
-.252 33 South Carolina 5-6 30 -.042 54 .728 98 .446 60 .096 35 .125 47 .348 44 .027 3
-.245 34 Virginia 9-4 31 -.306 20 .634 41 .364 20 .087 26 .137 68 .310 26 .301 85
-.244 35 Missouri 11-2 10 -.070 50 .694 79 .432 54 .129 71 .163 96 .376 57 .091 31
-.222 36 Florida State 7-6 36 -.168 35 .617 32 .381 30 .114 54 .072 2 .320 31 .083 21
-.212 37 Tennessee 10-4 18 -.005 63 .642 47 .453 63 .111 50 .136 64 .392 66 .024 1
-.208 38 Troy 7-4 57 -.244 28 .590 21 .353 16 .097 37 .090 16 .274 15 .111 40
-.205 39 Colorado 6-7 52 -.029 56 .652 55 .415 44 .149 85 .087 14 .345 43 .083 22
-.200 40 Iowa 6-6 65 -.252 27 .622 34 .384 32 .074 17 .155 87 .344 42 .379 102
-.192 41 Kentucky 7-5 25 .087 73 .709 90 .479 77 .108 48 .176 105 .352 46 .024 2
-.191 42 Illinois 8-4 29 -.088 47 .688 76 .450 62 .087 27 .152 83 .359 50 .163 53
-.183 43 North Carolina 3-8 58 -.127 38 .630 39 .414 43 .074 15 .141 71 .333 39 .317 92
-.178 44 Vanderbilt 4-7 66 -.124 39 .586 19 .385 33 .078 21 .148 79 .330 36 .055 12
-.174 45 Notre Dame 3-9 74 -.088 46 .671 65 .431 53 .056 6 .161 92 .327 35 .088 29
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
Rk
Va Va
Rk
DSOS Rk
-.161 46 Maryland 5-7 41 -.082 48 .683 74 .432 55 .101 44 .151 82 .357 48 .145 49
-.158 47 Texas 10-3 26 -.058 52 .636 42 .418 46 .117 60 .156 88 .365 55 .137 46
-.132 48 Penn State 9-4 42 -.476 4 .547 8 .336 7 .080 22 .153 85 .250 9 .320 94
-.129 49 Stanford 4-8 53 -.008 62 .662 60 .481 79 .162 97 .130 53 .418 76 .095 35
-.113 50 Wyoming 5-7 85 -.208 31 .544 6 .377 27 .088 28 .136 66 .352 45 .283 81
-.109 51 North Carolina State 4-7 70 -.111 43 .650 51 .424 48 .102 46 .124 45 .385 63 .165 55
-.086 52 Rutgers 7-5 45 -.119 40 .652 54 .428 52 .116 58 .087 13 .383 62 .085 25
-.063 53 Hawaii 10-1 55 -.119 41 .623 36 .427 51 .085 25 .162 94 .376 58 .317 93
-.063 54 Purdue 7-5 61 -.075 49 .677 69 .442 57 .101 45 .133 59 .393 67 .277 80
-.062 55 Michigan State 7-6 35 -.098 45 .551 10 .365 22 .126 68 .090 15 .289 20 .274 78
-.040 56 Florida 8-4 5 .137 84 .704 84 .488 82 .120 65 .200 112 .456 98 .074 20
-.008 57 Wisconsin 8-4 38 -.017 58 .659 59 .407 41 .116 57 .080 5 .301 21 .160 52
.011 58 Washington 4-9 40 .123 81 .651 53 .477 75 .163 98 .127 50 .423 81 .063 15
.018 59 Houston 7-5 73 .043 66 .667 63 .424 49 .157 93 .085 9 .331 37 .258 73
.030 60 Florida Atlantic 8-5 77 -.015 59 .696 81 .473 73 .075 18 .161 93 .419 77 .091 32
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
.037 61 Boise State 9-3 48 -.066 51 .576 16 .391 36 .146 83 .118 37 .341 41 .424 107
.039 62 Duke 1-11 80 .103 77 .712 92 .512 98 .158 94 .123 44 .454 95 .216 67
.053 63 Mississippi 2-9 75 .100 76 .724 97 .515 100 .073 14 .203 114 .455 97 .039 6
.054 64 Army 2-9 97 .069 69 .694 80 .469 72 .119 63 .127 51 .382 61 .094 34
.057 65 Washington State 5-7 62 .105 78 .645 48 .467 70 .128 69 .170 100 .395 70 .084 23
.076 66 Arkansas State 5-7 88 .063 68 .638 44 .462 67 .092 32 .177 106 .412 75 .315 90
.077 67 Western Michigan 4-7 84 -.011 60 .667 62 .447 61 .174 104 .076 4 .363 53 .266 76
.083 68 East Carolina 8-5 69 -.009 61 .681 73 .456 64 .113 52 .131 55 .399 72 .327 95
.086 69 Georgia Tech 6-6 44 -.111 44 .572 14 .358 17 .152 87 .103 24 .311 27 .180 58
.089 70 Temple 4-8 118 -.202 32 .639 45 .416 45 .097 38 .111 28 .394 68 .399 106
.090 71 Southern Mississippi 6-6 63 .039 65 .708 88 .444 58 .139 79 .153 84 .374 56 .263 75
.113 72 UNLV 2-10 90 .047 67 .679 71 .502 92 .122 67 .214 116 .455 96 .230 69
.121 73 Louisville 5-6 43 .244 96 .719 96 .505 95 .178 109 .096 19 .462 99 .167 56
.126 74 Miami (OH) 6-7 98 -.114 42 .603 27 .411 42 .090 30 .147 78 .361 52 .491 112
.138 75 Louisiana Tech 4-7 103 .075 72 .646 49 .465 69 .174 105 .111 29 .377 59 .205 62
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
.138 76 Middle Tennessee 5-6 87 .073 71 .640 46 .426 50 .162 96 .118 36 .360 51 .178 57
.141 77 Baylor 2-9 107 .126 83 .709 89 .530 103 .164 99 .149 80 .515 113 .140 47
.145 78 Texas Tech 8-4 32 .126 82 .680 72 .456 65 .109 49 .234 118 .405 73 .141 48
.165 79 Oklahoma State 6-6 50 .305 100 .649 50 .503 94 .112 51 .157 89 .467 102 .116 42
.180 80 Florida International 1-11 114 .176 91 .676 68 .511 97 .166 100 .124 46 .464 101 .353 99
.181 81 Texas A&M 6-6 67 .262 97 .742 102 .502 93 .156 92 .133 58 .395 69 .060 14
.185 82 Colorado State 2-9 78 .093 75 .675 67 .459 66 .135 76 .095 18 .408 74 .275 79
.192 83 Iowa State 3-8 92 .175 90 .678 70 .486 81 .149 84 .157 90 .425 83 .100 36
.196 84 San Jose State 4-7 119 .155 86 .731 100 .489 84 .118 61 .134 63 .364 54 .307 87
.201 85 Fresno State 8-4 56 .146 85 .731 101 .468 71 .134 75 .134 62 .397 71 .257 72
.204 86 Indiana 6-6 68 .115 79 .652 56 .476 74 .064 8 .220 117 .434 88 .247 70
.207 87 Tulsa 10-4 54 .158 87 .705 85 .494 86 .145 82 .087 11 .422 80 .294 84
.215 88 Tulane 3-8 91 .215 93 .685 75 .502 91 .154 90 .123 42 .439 89 .273 77
.230 89 Air Force 8-4 51 -.039 55 .744 104 .464 68 .075 19 .188 110 .389 65 .214 66
.238 90 Kansas State 4-7 71 .119 80 .632 40 .446 59 .135 77 .143 76 .380 60 .132 44
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
.243 91 Northwestern 5-6 79 .335 102 .710 91 .513 99 .115 55 .168 98 .434 87 .334 96
.286 92 Kent State 2-9 105 .089 74 .654 57 .486 80 .162 95 .115 32 .443 91 .341 97
.296 93 Ball State 6-6 72 .312 101 .689 77 .488 83 .178 108 .141 72 .421 78 .213 65
.300 94 Ohio 5-6 96 .069 70 .667 64 .480 78 .121 66 .142 73 .433 85 .642 118
.303 95 Syracuse 2-10 108 .376 105 .761 108 .560 111 .172 103 .201 113 .487 108 .088 28
.310 96 Nevada 5-7 89 .193 92 .713 93 .499 89 .154 89 .119 38 .444 93 .456 111
.311 97 Louisiana Monroe 5-6 93 .167 88 .693 78 .496 87 .142 80 .150 81 .421 79 .426 108
.345 98 New Mexico State 2-9 110 .297 99 .766 110 .571 113 .185 112 .081 6 .538 115 .353 100
.368 99 Marshall 3-8 76 .445 112 .769 111 .545 107 .132 72 .174 101 .477 105 .307 88
.369 100 Northern Illinois 2-9 116 .217 94 .705 86 .493 85 .155 91 .116 34 .426 84 .307 89
.380 101 Akron 4-8 109 .018 64 .664 61 .478 76 .144 81 .103 23 .442 90 .506 114
.392 102 Idaho 0-11 111 .427 108 .714 94 .537 104 .119 62 .175 102 .471 103 .288 82
.397 103 North Texas 1-10 106 .403 106 .697 82 .518 101 .275 119 .085 8 .492 110 .225 68
.424 104 Eastern Michigan 3-8 99 .357 103 .771 113 .573 115 .169 102 .178 107 .535 114 .596 117
.428 105 Memphis 6-6 100 .415 107 .770 112 .573 114 .193 114 .163 95 .504 112 .751 119
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
.461 106 Minnesota 1-10 82 .433 109 .763 109 .548 108 .201 116 .158 91 .483 107 .391 105
.471 107 Bowling Green 7-5 101 .221 95 .708 87 .500 90 .192 113 .138 70 .423 82 .290 83
.487 108 Utah State 2-10 117 .437 110 .778 115 .586 117 .151 86 .175 103 .554 117 .341 98
.509 109 Nebraska 5-7 86 .612 118 .805 118 .561 112 .133 74 .211 115 .464 100 .115 41
.524 110 SMU 1-11 94 .574 117 .755 107 .542 105 .177 106 .170 99 .477 104 .302 86
.539 111 UTEP 3-8 81 .554 116 .783 116 .617 119 .181 110 .196 111 .558 118 .380 103
.548 112 Buffalo 5-7 113 .173 89 .773 114 .497 88 .133 73 .164 97 .434 86 .526 115
.557 113 Louisiana Lafayette 3-8 102 .358 104 .746 105 .520 102 .183 111 .175 104 .443 92 .444 110
.567 114 Navy 8-4 60 .444 111 .806 119 .609 118 .153 88 .242 119 .573 119 .439 109
.577 115 Central Michigan 8-5 83 .265 98 .747 106 .509 96 .177 107 .133 60 .446 94 .494 113
.588 116 Toledo 4-7 112 .495 113 .731 99 .544 106 .215 118 .115 33 .478 106 .559 116
.605 117 UAB 1-10 115 .653 119 .798 117 .584 116 .202 117 .185 109 .545 116 .386 104
.650 118 Rice 3-8 104 .554 115 .715 95 .553 110 .201 115 .132 57 .500 111 .209 64
.662 119 San Diego State 3-8 95 .539 114 .744 103 .548 109 .168 101 .136 65 .487 109 .190 59