Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2008 FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS, DEFENSE

through games of 1/8/2009

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.

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FD FD
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AY AY
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Va Va
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DSOS Rk
-.630 1 Florida 12-1 1 -.581 3 .556 11 .331 9 .071 14 .135 65 .239 9 .088 20
-.571 2 USC 12-1 2 -.646 1 .489 1 .247 1 .037 3 .096 23 .153 1 .116 35
-.564 3 Boston College 8-5 13 -.476 10 .554 10 .318 6 .076 18 .089 14 .248 10 .168 62
-.556 4 Wake Forest 8-5 18 -.423 12 .533 7 .330 8 .053 7 .118 49 .281 19 .080 13
-.554 5 TCU 10-2 20 -.637 2 .528 4 .259 2 .094 36 .039 1 .162 2 .161 56
-.476 6 Iowa 8-4 16 -.506 7 .557 12 .345 15 .031 2 .153 83 .282 20 .237 88
-.472 7 North Carolina 7-5 6 -.286 21 .649 54 .404 43 .075 16 .201 116 .336 47 .146 50
-.471 8 Connecticut 7-5 26 -.400 14 .590 18 .338 10 .079 20 .050 2 .259 11 .168 61
-.469 9 Clemson 5-6 24 -.392 16 .616 33 .359 19 .040 4 .096 22 .224 5 .157 53
-.466 10 Utah 12-0 11 -.487 8 .514 2 .290 3 .051 5 .094 19 .185 3 .235 87
-.446 11 Texas 12-1 4 -.162 40 .648 51 .410 45 .080 21 .088 12 .336 48 .022 2
-.445 12 Boise State 11-1 19 -.570 4 .588 17 .356 18 .066 12 .132 63 .286 22 .281 96
-.422 13 Alabama 12-2 8 -.529 6 .532 6 .298 4 .052 6 .071 4 .220 4 .109 32
-.419 14 Virginia Tech 9-4 9 -.410 13 .551 9 .343 13 .116 56 .082 6 .271 16 .172 64
-.411 15 Mississippi 8-4 7 -.305 17 .620 36 .360 21 .102 45 .095 21 .268 14 .104 30
DFEI DFEI
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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
-.398 16 California 9-4 33 -.477 9 .613 31 .343 14 .086 27 .117 45 .272 17 .136 44
-.385 17 South Carolina 6-6 41 -.293 20 .564 15 .347 16 .128 73 .105 33 .270 15 .088 21
-.384 18 Tennessee 5-7 58 -.549 5 .528 5 .326 7 .024 1 .195 112 .295 26 .201 77
-.369 19 Oklahoma 11-2 3 -.176 34 .629 40 .417 48 .129 74 .114 41 .338 50 .014 1
-.366 20 East Carolina 9-5 37 -.257 25 .633 43 .393 33 .095 38 .124 56 .299 28 .097 27
-.355 21 Pittsburgh 9-4 12 -.216 30 .594 21 .361 22 .090 32 .103 28 .306 29 .113 34
-.336 22 Ohio State 9-3 14 -.392 15 .664 63 .379 26 .057 10 .156 88 .226 6 .080 15
-.327 23 Cincinnati 10-3 25 -.276 23 .620 35 .352 17 .089 29 .114 39 .268 13 .150 51
-.319 24 Penn State 10-2 5 -.435 11 .525 3 .306 5 .057 9 .115 42 .228 7 .224 82
-.318 25 Florida State 7-4 10 -.185 33 .597 22 .437 58 .129 75 .105 29 .363 60 .129 41
-.281 26 Vanderbilt 7-6 42 -.295 18 .607 28 .381 28 .097 40 .117 48 .279 18 .093 24
-.278 27 Central Florida 3-8 75 -.230 27 .622 37 .369 24 .101 44 .128 58 .297 27 .206 78
-.269 28 Texas Tech 9-2 15 .188 88 .706 85 .513 93 .119 62 .183 108 .451 92 .030 4
-.268 29 West Virginia 8-4 21 -.294 19 .654 57 .403 40 .068 13 .188 109 .310 33 .319 100
-.251 30 Georgia Tech 7-4 17 -.166 38 .602 26 .402 39 .076 17 .153 82 .333 46 .193 73
DFEI DFEI
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FD FD
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DSOS Rk
-.233 31 Notre Dame 7-6 50 -.229 28 .559 13 .373 25 .086 26 .105 31 .308 31 .164 58
-.204 32 Auburn 4-7 53 -.270 24 .560 14 .342 12 .075 15 .082 7 .292 24 .153 52
-.197 33 New Mexico 4-8 83 -.198 32 .643 49 .390 31 .078 19 .147 79 .330 43 .165 59
-.196 34 Oregon 10-3 27 -.163 39 .624 38 .397 37 .092 34 .116 44 .345 55 .116 37
-.182 35 Duke 3-8 57 -.058 55 .692 74 .435 55 .131 78 .146 77 .348 56 .141 49
-.177 36 Wisconsin 6-6 56 -.175 35 .591 20 .384 30 .153 92 .102 27 .310 32 .169 63
-.166 37 South Florida 7-5 29 -.134 43 .619 34 .392 32 .119 61 .143 70 .313 35 .182 66
-.157 38 San Jose State 5-6 102 -.284 22 .550 8 .340 11 .115 55 .099 26 .231 8 .352 109
-.156 39 Rutgers 7-5 22 -.118 45 .650 56 .417 49 .122 65 .089 15 .339 51 .164 57
-.143 40 Arizona State 4-7 74 -.174 36 .634 44 .399 38 .114 53 .114 38 .293 25 .104 29
-.139 41 Arizona 8-5 40 -.215 31 .635 46 .360 20 .095 37 .095 20 .266 12 .183 67
-.124 42 Purdue 3-8 67 -.093 49 .713 90 .472 78 .098 41 .115 43 .371 63 .117 38
-.113 43 Colorado 4-7 88 .033 69 .685 70 .457 71 .169 101 .153 85 .374 64 .054 10
-.111 44 Michigan 3-9 70 -.075 53 .613 30 .404 42 .116 59 .090 16 .321 41 .184 69
-.107 45 Temple 5-7 62 -.105 48 .678 68 .436 56 .082 24 .171 98 .331 44 .121 39
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
-.103 46 Ball State 11-2 30 -.030 59 .723 96 .450 65 .100 43 .169 96 .342 52 .158 54
-.103 47 LSU 7-5 34 -.080 52 .600 24 .396 36 .100 42 .092 18 .291 23 .096 26
-.096 48 Illinois 4-7 55 .026 68 .688 72 .445 60 .120 63 .112 36 .353 58 .136 45
-.090 49 Michigan State 9-4 44 -.228 29 .571 16 .380 27 .123 69 .084 9 .343 54 .140 48
-.084 50 Northwestern 8-4 51 -.256 26 .632 42 .403 41 .090 31 .132 61 .312 34 .338 105
-.082 51 Mississippi State 3-8 89 -.114 47 .603 27 .405 44 .058 11 .132 62 .382 67 .256 93
-.069 52 Northern Illinois 5-7 60 -.086 51 .679 69 .456 68 .080 22 .179 103 .351 57 .226 83
-.068 53 Air Force 7-5 64 -.116 46 .702 82 .451 67 .122 66 .130 60 .357 59 .102 28
-.059 54 Georgia 9-3 23 -.013 60 .662 61 .433 54 .123 68 .108 34 .319 39 .127 40
-.057 55 UCLA 4-8 91 -.119 44 .654 58 .395 35 .110 50 .088 13 .318 38 .139 47
-.057 56 Virginia 4-7 45 -.040 58 .675 66 .425 51 .094 35 .179 104 .283 21 .185 71
-.057 57 Marshall 3-8 69 .088 78 .722 95 .497 85 .127 72 .135 66 .438 85 .112 33
-.051 58 Oregon State 9-4 32 -.150 42 .600 23 .362 23 .127 71 .073 5 .333 45 .085 18
-.042 59 Ohio 3-8 77 -.013 61 .705 83 .459 73 .082 23 .189 110 .396 73 .219 81
-.030 60 Kentucky 6-6 68 -.159 41 .643 48 .381 29 .140 81 .105 30 .328 42 .184 68
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
-.014 61 Army 3-8 100 -.086 50 .640 47 .427 53 .114 54 .105 32 .383 68 .184 70
-.009 62 Miami 6-6 35 -.058 56 .635 45 .412 46 .109 48 .146 75 .342 53 .104 31
-.008 63 Maryland 7-5 49 .060 73 .672 65 .465 76 .107 46 .198 115 .336 49 .200 75
-.001 64 Bowling Green 6-6 46 -.074 54 .646 50 .425 50 .092 33 .177 101 .307 30 .398 114
.001 65 Missouri 9-4 28 .211 91 .662 62 .457 70 .113 52 .180 106 .397 74 .027 3
.002 66 Minnesota 6-6 73 -.043 57 .664 64 .456 69 .142 83 .164 93 .421 83 .296 98
.005 67 Southern Mississippi 7-6 43 -.001 63 .658 60 .450 66 .130 76 .144 73 .382 66 .242 89
.031 68 North Carolina State 5-7 31 .067 74 .717 92 .506 87 .110 49 .165 94 .482 104 .231 86
.042 69 Tulsa 10-3 39 .000 64 .601 25 .425 52 .147 88 .084 8 .378 65 .193 74
.068 70 Troy 7-5 65 -.173 37 .615 32 .414 47 .056 8 .154 86 .317 37 .227 84
.082 71 Buffalo 8-6 48 .092 79 .787 114 .546 107 .142 84 .135 67 .471 98 .129 42
.083 72 Arkansas 4-7 81 .134 82 .700 79 .496 83 .150 90 .150 80 .479 101 .054 9
.109 73 Louisville 4-7 84 .098 80 .611 29 .445 61 .190 107 .087 11 .370 62 .266 94
.132 74 Florida Atlantic 7-6 97 .087 77 .693 76 .479 79 .133 80 .120 50 .388 69 .206 79
.134 75 Arkansas State 5-6 96 .046 70 .694 77 .462 75 .116 57 .124 54 .421 82 .343 107
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
.139 76 Wyoming 3-8 108 .010 66 .688 71 .462 74 .116 58 .196 113 .406 76 .292 97
.145 77 BYU 9-3 52 .059 72 .722 94 .447 62 .130 77 .174 100 .320 40 .350 108
.150 78 Kansas 7-5 61 .203 89 .708 87 .480 80 .146 86 .117 47 .419 81 .056 11
.163 79 Nebraska 9-4 59 .082 76 .627 39 .437 59 .169 100 .092 17 .392 71 .087 19
.163 80 Stanford 5-7 66 .145 84 .705 84 .506 86 .116 60 .171 97 .441 88 .180 65
.173 81 New Mexico State 2-9 115 .217 92 .767 111 .552 111 .190 106 .129 59 .494 108 .336 104
.173 82 Houston 7-5 47 .209 90 .676 67 .494 82 .152 91 .124 55 .427 84 .132 43
.192 83 Florida International 5-7 111 .009 65 .650 55 .436 57 .088 28 .161 89 .367 61 .411 116
.193 84 Oklahoma State 8-4 36 .251 95 .695 78 .484 81 .133 79 .180 105 .407 78 .032 6
.206 85 Syracuse 2-9 87 .346 101 .709 88 .524 97 .111 51 .239 120 .495 109 .116 36
.209 86 Colorado State 6-6 85 .286 97 .772 112 .527 99 .171 102 .154 87 .472 99 .206 80
.213 87 Western Michigan 8-4 72 .110 81 .763 109 .496 84 .107 47 .137 68 .440 86 .159 55
.224 88 Louisiana Tech 7-5 98 -.012 62 .590 19 .395 34 .144 85 .122 53 .315 36 .411 115
.227 89 Eastern Michigan 2-9 99 .404 107 .760 108 .612 116 .256 118 .099 25 .585 118 .270 95
.228 90 Navy 7-5 38 .050 71 .774 113 .508 89 .096 39 .209 118 .394 72 .340 106
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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Va Va
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.228 91 Rice 10-3 54 .317 99 .701 80 .514 94 .184 103 .143 71 .446 89 .082 16
.236 92 Memphis 5-7 76 .222 94 .648 53 .457 72 .164 95 .133 64 .407 77 .249 92
.236 93 Utah State 3-9 110 .290 98 .730 99 .535 103 .148 89 .205 117 .500 111 .201 76
.250 94 Hawaii 6-7 105 .078 75 .648 52 .472 77 .166 97 .138 69 .415 80 .167 60
.257 95 Akron 5-7 71 .217 93 .742 100 .527 101 .083 25 .167 95 .455 94 .389 111
.273 96 Western Kentucky 0-10 112 .271 96 .760 106 .526 98 .125 70 .173 99 .484 105 .436 117
.283 97 Kent State 3-8 86 .173 87 .729 98 .521 96 .186 104 .144 74 .448 90 .317 99
.286 98 Baylor 3-8 79 .370 103 .752 104 .536 104 .089 30 .228 119 .455 93 .030 5
.302 99 Middle Tennessee 5-7 92 .011 67 .655 59 .449 64 .122 67 .122 52 .388 70 .632 120
.321 100 Nevada 6-6 78 .143 83 .631 41 .447 63 .208 113 .087 10 .406 75 .185 72
.332 101 Toledo 3-9 103 .168 86 .710 89 .506 88 .121 64 .113 37 .462 95 .244 90
.346 102 Fresno State 7-6 82 .165 85 .707 86 .510 90 .140 82 .147 78 .469 96 .385 110
.361 103 Washington State 1-11 119 .518 112 .727 97 .600 114 .198 109 .099 24 .558 117 .083 17
.362 104 Indiana 2-9 107 .425 109 .748 102 .548 109 .146 87 .163 91 .475 100 .137 46
.376 105 Miami (OH) 1-10 101 .399 106 .693 75 .527 102 .202 111 .114 40 .505 112 .395 113
DFEI DFEI
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.393 106 Tulane 2-10 114 .432 110 .714 91 .516 95 .196 108 .161 90 .450 91 .092 22
.395 107 Kansas State 4-7 90 .583 114 .790 116 .584 113 .234 116 .194 111 .528 113 .092 23
.412 108 SMU 0-11 106 .635 118 .839 118 .635 118 .259 119 .143 72 .551 115 .040 7
.434 109 Central Michigan 7-5 63 .387 105 .788 115 .527 100 .168 99 .146 76 .440 87 .322 102
.439 110 Washington 0-12 117 .586 115 .857 120 .627 117 .205 112 .152 81 .534 114 .080 14
.444 111 Louisiana Monroe 3-8 104 .336 100 .758 105 .537 106 .167 98 .117 46 .495 110 .455 118
.452 112 Iowa State 1-10 109 .589 116 .744 101 .558 112 .231 115 .111 35 .490 107 .093 25
.464 113 UAB 3-8 95 .411 108 .720 93 .511 91 .212 114 .068 3 .481 103 .247 91
.531 114 Louisiana Lafayette 6-6 93 .354 102 .689 73 .512 92 .159 93 .182 107 .479 102 .471 119
.538 115 San Diego State 2-9 116 .466 111 .752 103 .551 110 .159 94 .177 102 .469 97 .322 101
.543 116 UNLV 5-7 94 .383 104 .766 110 .537 105 .164 96 .164 92 .411 79 .331 103
.620 117 Texas A&M 4-8 113 .566 113 .803 117 .610 115 .189 105 .197 114 .551 116 .045 8
.639 118 UTEP 5-7 80 .616 117 .701 81 .547 108 .201 110 .127 57 .488 106 .057 12
.730 119 North Texas 1-11 120 .799 120 .760 107 .636 119 .368 120 .120 51 .592 119 .231 85
.780 120 Idaho 1-10 118 .779 119 .847 119 .671 120 .234 117 .153 84 .630 120 .390 112