Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2008 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 TCU 10-2 1.29 1.06 4 .259 2 .162 2 .575 2 .110 4 .192 7 .150 47
2 Florida 12-1 1.06 1.08 3 .331 9 .239 9 .603 8 .103 3 .171 2 .206 4
3 Boise State 11-1 1.03 .98 6 .356 18 .286 22 .640 16 .118 6 .184 5 .176 16
4 USC 12-1 1.02 1.11 1 .247 1 .153 1 .541 1 .096 1 .178 3 .126 72
5 Texas 12-1 .98 .36 35 .410 45 .336 48 .680 45 .176 21 .259 19 .104 98
6 Oklahoma 11-2 .96 .29 40 .417 48 .338 50 .671 36 .229 49 .340 56 .207 3
7 Ohio State 9-3 .80 .67 16 .379 26 .226 6 .697 53 .131 8 .188 6 .172 20
8 Alabama 12-2 .78 1.00 5 .298 4 .220 4 .597 6 .130 7 .217 9 .143 57
9 Utah 12-0 .74 .81 11 .290 3 .185 3 .587 4 .145 11 .247 13 .167 25
10 California 9-4 .68 .88 8 .343 14 .272 17 .638 15 .153 13 .240 12 .190 8
11 Connecticut 7-5 .67 .76 13 .338 10 .259 11 .640 17 .165 17 .258 18 .122 80
12 Tennessee 5-7 .67 1.08 2 .326 7 .295 26 .610 12 .098 2 .160 1 .146 54
13 Iowa 8-4 .66 .87 9 .345 15 .282 20 .641 19 .115 5 .179 4 .183 12
14 Boston College 8-5 .63 .97 7 .318 6 .248 10 .605 10 .140 9 .232 10 .159 33
15 San Jose State 5-6 .57 .60 18 .340 11 .231 8 .626 14 .191 25 .305 34 .168 23
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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 Penn State 10-2 .54 .68 15 .306 5 .228 7 .582 3 .148 12 .254 15 .148 50
17 East Carolina 9-5 .52 .49 25 .393 33 .299 28 .686 47 .195 27 .284 26 .183 11
18 Cincinnati 10-3 .48 .50 23 .352 17 .268 13 .677 39 .177 22 .262 21 .127 71
19 Wake Forest 8-5 .46 .77 12 .330 8 .281 19 .599 7 .158 15 .264 22 .197 6
20 New Mexico 4-8 .46 .38 33 .390 31 .330 43 .713 61 .217 44 .304 33 .147 51
21 Mississippi 8-4 .45 .56 19 .360 21 .268 14 .679 43 .175 20 .258 17 .139 59
22 Arizona State 4-7 .43 .50 24 .399 38 .293 25 .707 59 .211 40 .299 30 .171 22
23 Central Florida 3-8 .42 .43 28 .369 24 .297 27 .662 30 .203 32 .306 37 .149 49
24 Virginia Tech 9-4 .41 .83 10 .343 13 .271 16 .612 13 .156 14 .256 16 .204 5
25 North Carolina 7-5 .39 .62 17 .404 43 .336 47 .716 62 .172 18 .240 11 .164 26
26 Clemson 5-6 .38 .69 14 .359 19 .224 5 .664 31 .144 10 .217 8 .128 69
27 Colorado 4-7 .37 -.10 72 .457 71 .374 64 .750 86 .266 71 .355 64 .105 97
28 South Carolina 6-6 .35 .55 21 .347 16 .270 15 .609 11 .203 33 .333 49 .188 9
29 Michigan State 9-4 .31 .41 30 .380 27 .343 54 .604 9 .208 37 .344 58 .149 48
30 Texas Tech 9-2 .31 -.35 86 .513 93 .451 92 .780 101 .312 88 .400 86 .174 17
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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 Pittsburgh 9-4 .30 .36 34 .361 22 .306 29 .665 33 .206 35 .311 40 .123 79
32 Air Force 7-5 .29 .26 42 .451 67 .357 59 .740 78 .237 52 .320 43 .183 13
33 Auburn 4-7 .28 .54 22 .342 12 .292 24 .597 5 .164 16 .275 24 .082 113
34 Temple 5-7 .26 .14 50 .436 56 .331 44 .699 54 .233 50 .333 52 .158 36
35 Troy 7-5 .25 .31 38 .414 47 .317 37 .650 23 .217 43 .333 50 .126 73
36 Arizona 8-5 .24 .40 32 .360 20 .266 12 .676 38 .196 28 .290 28 .128 68
37 Florida State 7-4 .24 .42 29 .437 58 .363 60 .669 35 .202 31 .301 31 .185 10
38 Army 3-8 .23 .13 52 .427 53 .383 68 .719 65 .211 39 .293 29 .079 115
39 Vanderbilt 7-6 .23 .56 20 .381 28 .279 18 .697 52 .186 24 .267 23 .159 35
40 Ball State 11-2 .22 .16 48 .450 65 .342 52 .754 89 .208 36 .276 25 .162 29
41 Missouri 9-4 .20 -.31 84 .457 70 .397 74 .744 81 .293 83 .394 81 .120 82
42 Oregon 10-3 .20 .27 41 .397 37 .345 55 .665 34 .225 47 .339 54 .156 40
43 Oregon State 9-4 .18 .29 39 .362 23 .333 45 .653 28 .200 30 .306 36 .127 70
44 Wisconsin 6-6 .18 .24 44 .384 30 .310 32 .679 44 .226 48 .333 51 .131 66
45 West Virginia 8-4 .17 .48 26 .403 40 .310 33 .699 55 .173 19 .247 14 .173 19
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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 Northwestern 8-4 .16 .48 27 .403 41 .312 34 .694 51 .181 23 .260 20 .153 44
47 UCLA 4-8 .13 .19 46 .395 35 .318 38 .684 46 .235 51 .344 59 .118 85
48 Minnesota 6-6 .13 .12 53 .456 69 .421 83 .694 50 .216 42 .312 41 .194 7
49 Northern Illinois 5-7 .12 .13 51 .456 68 .351 57 .723 67 .223 46 .309 38 .107 94
50 Notre Dame 7-6 .12 .41 31 .373 25 .308 31 .645 21 .197 29 .306 35 .145 55
51 Illinois 4-7 .11 -.01 64 .445 60 .353 58 .728 72 .256 66 .352 62 .120 83
52 LSU 7-5 .09 .14 49 .396 36 .291 23 .654 29 .215 41 .329 48 .108 91
53 Oklahoma State 8-4 .04 -.40 89 .484 81 .407 78 .727 69 .328 93 .452 102 .180 14
54 South Florida 7-5 .03 .19 45 .392 32 .313 35 .651 24 .206 34 .317 42 .119 84
55 Marshall 3-8 .03 -.19 77 .497 85 .438 85 .802 110 .262 70 .327 47 .111 89
56 Bowling Green 6-6 .01 .11 56 .425 50 .307 30 .646 22 .246 62 .381 77 .154 42
57 Purdue 3-8 .01 .10 57 .472 78 .371 63 .787 104 .238 54 .302 32 .139 58
58 Rutgers 7-5 .01 .24 43 .417 49 .339 51 .675 37 .195 26 .289 27 .106 96
59 Arkansas State 5-6 .01 -.06 69 .462 75 .421 82 .702 57 .256 67 .365 69 .157 37
60 Wyoming 3-8 .01 .00 63 .462 74 .406 76 .750 87 .241 57 .321 45 .089 107
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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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61 Kansas 7-5 -.01 -.45 92 .480 80 .419 81 .737 76 .328 94 .446 95 .139 60
62 Nebraska 9-4 -.01 -.15 75 .437 59 .392 71 .704 58 .282 80 .400 84 .085 111
63 Michigan 3-9 -.01 .08 59 .404 42 .321 41 .652 26 .245 61 .376 74 .110 90
64 Southern Mississippi 7-6 -.02 -.05 66 .450 66 .382 66 .726 68 .247 63 .340 55 .171 21
65 Kentucky 6-6 -.04 .35 36 .381 29 .328 42 .678 41 .210 38 .309 39 .147 53
66 Western Michigan 8-4 -.05 -.24 80 .496 84 .440 86 .779 100 .275 75 .353 63 .115 87
67 Louisiana Tech 7-5 -.08 .10 58 .395 34 .315 36 .640 18 .245 60 .382 78 .151 46
68 Tulsa 10-3 -.11 -.06 68 .425 52 .378 65 .678 42 .252 65 .371 71 .126 74
69 Florida International 5-7 -.15 -.07 70 .436 57 .367 61 .693 49 .277 77 .400 83 .124 75
70 Ohio 3-8 -.16 -.05 67 .459 73 .396 73 .746 82 .270 73 .363 67 .123 78
71 Georgia Tech 7-4 -.16 .32 37 .402 39 .333 46 .653 27 .237 53 .364 68 .178 15
72 Buffalo 8-6 -.16 -.25 81 .546 107 .471 98 .826 116 .316 89 .383 79 .168 24
73 Duke 3-8 -.17 .17 47 .435 55 .348 56 .700 56 .238 55 .341 57 .162 30
74 Georgia 9-3 -.19 .05 60 .433 54 .319 39 .708 60 .269 72 .380 76 .108 92
75 BYU 9-3 -.22 .01 61 .447 62 .320 40 .748 84 .261 69 .349 61 .157 39
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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 Miami 6-6 -.22 .12 54 .412 46 .342 53 .693 48 .248 64 .358 65 .088 110
77 Houston 7-5 -.24 -.40 88 .494 82 .427 84 .759 90 .331 96 .436 93 .103 99
78 Virginia 4-7 -.25 .00 62 .425 51 .283 21 .718 64 .239 56 .333 53 .137 62
79 Florida Atlantic 7-6 -.27 -.22 79 .479 79 .388 70 .727 70 .287 81 .394 82 .133 65
80 Utah State 3-9 -.31 -.57 98 .535 103 .500 111 .762 93 .336 99 .441 94 .156 41
81 Mississippi State 3-8 -.32 .11 55 .405 44 .382 67 .645 20 .223 45 .346 60 .107 93
82 Arkansas 4-7 -.32 -.37 87 .496 83 .479 101 .750 88 .300 85 .400 85 .100 102
83 Baylor 3-8 -.33 -.79 106 .536 104 .455 93 .772 98 .386 110 .500 112 .218 1
84 Hawaii 6-7 -.33 -.15 74 .472 77 .415 80 .717 63 .276 76 .385 80 .152 45
85 Louisville 4-7 -.34 -.20 78 .445 61 .370 62 .651 25 .278 78 .427 90 .103 100
86 Navy 7-5 -.34 -.09 71 .508 89 .394 72 .791 106 .296 84 .374 72 .217 2
87 Rice 10-3 -.34 -.50 94 .514 94 .446 89 .741 79 .340 100 .459 106 .163 27
88 Toledo 3-9 -.41 -.44 91 .506 88 .462 95 .742 80 .331 95 .446 96 .137 61
89 Middle Tennessee 5-7 -.43 -.04 65 .449 64 .388 69 .719 66 .259 68 .360 66 .144 56
90 Maryland 7-5 -.44 -.14 73 .465 76 .336 49 .748 85 .244 59 .327 46 .084 112
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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 Nevada 6-6 -.45 -.28 82 .447 63 .406 75 .678 40 .309 87 .455 104 .134 63
92 Colorado State 6-6 -.47 -.49 93 .527 99 .472 99 .772 99 .325 91 .421 89 .163 28
93 North Carolina State 5-7 -.48 -.16 76 .506 87 .482 104 .764 94 .244 58 .320 44 .173 18
94 Kent State 3-8 -.49 -.51 95 .521 96 .448 90 .788 105 .356 104 .452 103 .161 31
95 Memphis 5-7 -.50 -.44 90 .457 72 .407 77 .664 32 .289 82 .435 92 .094 105
96 Louisiana Lafayette 6-6 -.50 -.56 97 .512 92 .479 102 .727 71 .326 92 .448 98 .129 67
97 Fresno State 7-6 -.51 -.33 85 .510 90 .469 96 .747 83 .273 74 .366 70 .067 119
98 Stanford 5-7 -.56 -.30 83 .506 86 .441 88 .736 74 .279 79 .379 75 .147 52
99 Akron 5-7 -.64 -.53 96 .527 101 .455 94 .780 102 .333 97 .427 91 .159 34
100 Central Michigan 7-5 -.65 -.71 102 .527 100 .440 87 .803 112 .336 98 .418 88 .102 101
101 UTEP 5-7 -.65 -.97 111 .547 108 .488 106 .731 73 .388 111 .531 116 .157 38
102 Syracuse 2-9 -.70 -.74 104 .524 97 .495 109 .761 92 .342 101 .449 100 .094 104
103 New Mexico State 2-9 -.71 -.61 100 .552 111 .494 108 .810 114 .362 106 .447 97 .121 81
104 Kansas State 4-7 -.72 -1.10 115 .584 113 .528 113 .815 115 .403 113 .495 110 .089 109
105 Louisiana Monroe 3-8 -.72 -.63 101 .537 106 .495 110 .800 109 .300 86 .375 73 .067 120
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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 Tulane 2-10 -.72 -.80 107 .516 95 .450 91 .759 91 .366 107 .482 107 .134 64
107 Western Kentucky 0-10 -.80 -.60 99 .526 98 .484 105 .769 95 .317 90 .413 87 .106 95
108 Texas A&M 4-8 -.80 -1.04 112 .610 115 .551 116 .844 117 .385 109 .456 105 .115 86
109 UAB 3-8 -.85 -.72 103 .511 91 .481 103 .737 77 .356 103 .483 108 .161 32
110 UNLV 5-7 -.85 -.77 105 .537 105 .411 79 .781 103 .352 102 .450 101 .070 118
111 SMU 0-11 -.89 -1.34 118 .635 118 .551 115 .866 119 .429 116 .495 109 .080 114
112 Indiana 2-9 -.93 -.86 108 .548 109 .475 100 .797 108 .358 105 .449 99 .114 88
113 Eastern Michigan 2-9 -.93 -1.05 113 .612 116 .585 118 .810 113 .421 115 .520 115 .124 76
114 Miami (OH) 1-10 -.98 -.87 109 .527 102 .505 112 .737 75 .368 108 .500 111 .079 116
115 Iowa State 1-10 -1.01 -1.09 114 .558 112 .490 107 .769 96 .419 114 .544 117 .154 43
116 San Diego State 2-9 -1.11 -.88 110 .551 110 .469 97 .770 97 .398 112 .517 114 .124 77
117 Washington 0-12 -1.21 -1.32 117 .627 117 .534 114 .875 120 .438 117 .500 113 .089 108
118 Washington State 1-11 -1.22 -1.31 116 .600 114 .558 117 .802 111 .471 118 .588 119 .074 117
119 North Texas 1-11 -1.66 -1.75 120 .636 119 .592 119 .792 107 .528 120 .667 120 .096 103
120 Idaho 1-10 -1.66 -1.65 119 .671 120 .630 120 .865 118 .486 119 .563 118 .090 106