Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2009 FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS, DEFENSE

through games of 1/7/2010

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
-.753 1 Alabama 13-0 1 -.658 2 .479 3 .266 3 .056 8 .104 28 .188 5 .066 17
-.742 2 Iowa 10-2 7 -.567 7 .568 15 .308 10 .036 2 .129 53 .224 7 .101 36
-.662 3 Ohio State 11-2 4 -.607 6 .521 7 .290 5 .041 3 .116 37 .182 4 .108 42
-.607 4 Oklahoma 7-5 21 -.519 9 .490 4 .298 8 .077 23 .077 5 .234 9 .076 24
-.589 5 Boston College 7-5 34 -.400 14 .657 50 .386 29 .066 14 .168 98 .281 15 .041 4
-.586 6 Penn State 10-2 12 -.635 5 .562 12 .296 7 .054 7 .123 44 .177 2 .288 88
-.568 7 Nebraska 10-4 20 -.670 1 .572 17 .295 6 .025 1 .113 33 .214 6 .116 46
-.551 8 North Carolina 6-5 16 -.384 15 .556 11 .358 16 .098 38 .128 49 .336 35 .045 8
-.521 9 Texas 13-1 6 -.641 4 .479 2 .258 2 .061 11 .086 7 .182 3 .140 54
-.516 10 Virginia Tech 10-3 3 -.486 11 .528 9 .322 11 .076 22 .146 74 .299 18 .083 26
-.489 11 Boise State 13-0 15 -.508 10 .497 6 .304 9 .110 52 .069 1 .245 12 .227 80
-.474 12 Mississippi 7-4 27 -.433 13 .527 8 .338 13 .093 33 .101 24 .264 13 .148 56
-.468 13 TCU 11-1 8 -.648 3 .426 1 .241 1 .044 4 .081 6 .165 1 .349 101
-.463 14 South Carolina 6-6 44 -.277 22 .649 43 .378 26 .082 28 .097 18 .284 17 .038 3
-.454 15 Florida 12-1 2 -.553 8 .492 5 .286 4 .048 5 .129 51 .237 11 .045 7
DFEI DFEI
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Team FBS
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
-.413 16 Clemson 8-5 13 -.320 20 .613 27 .373 21 .077 25 .129 52 .271 14 .046 9
-.408 17 Wisconsin 9-3 22 -.227 31 .621 30 .372 19 .106 44 .091 11 .317 27 .196 69
-.397 18 LSU 9-4 17 -.277 21 .683 72 .425 39 .079 27 .194 114 .371 53 .065 15
-.382 19 Air Force 7-5 40 -.479 12 .593 20 .351 15 .073 17 .138 65 .236 10 .174 65
-.379 20 Miami 8-4 10 -.111 43 .643 40 .433 46 .095 36 .167 96 .369 52 .065 16
-.372 21 Oklahoma State 8-4 42 -.235 29 .676 67 .389 31 .079 26 .129 54 .283 16 .090 30
-.339 22 Pittsburgh 9-3 11 -.107 45 .661 52 .408 34 .094 35 .157 85 .342 36 .054 13
-.336 23 Tennessee 7-6 38 -.349 18 .604 24 .378 25 .050 6 .115 34 .303 22 .089 29
-.332 24 Oregon 10-3 9 -.257 25 .569 16 .376 24 .063 12 .131 58 .328 33 .103 39
-.314 25 Arizona 7-5 29 -.118 42 .590 19 .392 32 .086 30 .137 63 .316 26 .082 25
-.303 26 Utah 10-3 49 -.380 16 .594 21 .335 12 .100 41 .075 4 .231 8 .203 71
-.285 27 Arizona State 3-8 60 -.238 28 .603 23 .382 28 .115 57 .092 13 .311 25 .084 27
-.270 28 Purdue 5-7 48 -.110 44 .634 38 .429 43 .117 62 .124 46 .352 43 .068 19
-.240 29 Virginia 3-8 56 -.141 40 .648 41 .440 56 .098 39 .164 93 .390 63 .093 32
-.240 30 Georgia 7-5 30 -.029 51 .683 73 .428 42 .115 58 .137 64 .327 31 .084 28
DFEI DFEI
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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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Me Me
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Va Va
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DSOS Rk
-.236 31 USC 9-4 23 -.244 27 .623 32 .389 30 .089 31 .116 38 .302 21 .049 12
-.230 32 Texas Tech 8-4 18 -.266 23 .632 37 .381 27 .059 9 .176 104 .299 19 .170 64
-.227 33 West Virginia 8-4 33 -.261 24 .622 31 .375 23 .077 24 .119 40 .359 48 .103 40
-.222 34 Navy 9-4 37 -.175 37 .661 51 .437 53 .110 51 .157 86 .381 58 .126 51
-.214 35 South Florida 6-5 57 -.152 39 .672 64 .430 44 .139 72 .172 101 .346 38 .074 22
-.202 36 East Carolina 8-5 54 -.128 41 .654 47 .439 55 .144 76 .163 92 .365 50 .101 35
-.190 37 Middle Tennessee 10-3 77 -.344 19 .534 10 .341 14 .112 55 .073 3 .301 20 .378 104
-.166 38 UCLA 7-6 50 -.203 33 .610 26 .372 20 .117 61 .097 21 .310 24 .075 23
-.159 39 Colorado 3-9 84 -.157 38 .599 22 .423 36 .122 66 .095 17 .350 41 .235 81
-.153 40 Auburn 7-5 32 -.016 54 .669 60 .435 50 .122 65 .101 25 .354 45 .091 31
-.149 41 Army 4-7 95 -.247 26 .664 54 .371 18 .096 37 .088 10 .306 23 .502 116
-.143 42 Ohio 8-5 63 -.232 30 .667 55 .423 37 .064 13 .135 59 .356 46 .340 100
-.138 43 Northwestern 7-5 47 -.070 49 .685 74 .435 49 .110 50 .103 27 .328 32 .219 76
-.129 44 Vanderbilt 1-10 72 -.089 46 .654 46 .408 33 .094 34 .142 69 .330 34 .125 50
-.128 45 Arkansas 7-5 26 .002 57 .630 36 .453 65 .178 104 .116 39 .420 78 .095 33
DFEI DFEI
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Rec
FEI
Rk
DE DE
Rk
FD FD
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AY AY
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Ex Ex
Rk
Me Me
Rk
Va Va
Rk
DSOS Rk
-.118 46 Central Michigan 11-2 36 -.193 34 .687 77 .434 48 .082 29 .164 94 .380 57 .422 107
-.098 47 Temple 9-3 55 -.353 17 .564 14 .373 22 .075 20 .098 22 .322 30 .448 112
-.089 48 Minnesota 5-7 53 .001 56 .630 35 .454 67 .074 18 .185 108 .392 66 .142 55
-.081 49 BYU 11-2 35 -.178 36 .652 44 .410 35 .059 10 .141 68 .322 29 .260 87
-.062 50 Kansas 4-7 62 .116 76 .667 58 .448 64 .127 67 .127 48 .398 70 .169 63
-.050 51 Georgia Tech 10-3 5 .177 86 .677 68 .513 94 .169 98 .131 56 .452 93 .066 18
-.043 52 Central Florida 7-5 75 -.079 47 .724 97 .443 59 .142 73 .087 8 .349 40 .158 57
-.031 53 Wake Forest 4-7 46 .230 92 .707 87 .480 82 .147 80 .147 76 .412 77 .047 11
-.030 54 Kentucky 6-6 45 -.009 55 .689 78 .437 54 .114 56 .136 62 .354 44 .102 37
-.022 55 Cincinnati 11-1 14 .093 72 .672 63 .441 57 .102 43 .188 110 .348 39 .130 53
-.018 56 Connecticut 7-5 25 .053 64 .619 29 .428 41 .108 48 .158 88 .362 49 .096 34
-.017 57 Oregon State 7-5 28 .187 89 .608 25 .425 40 .120 64 .136 61 .351 42 .041 5
-.015 58 Kent State 4-7 89 -.179 35 .629 34 .442 58 .098 40 .189 112 .391 65 .658 119
-.009 59 California 7-5 51 -.026 52 .681 70 .445 61 .149 82 .099 23 .374 55 .114 45
-.005 60 Michigan 4-7 59 .046 63 .582 18 .433 47 .142 74 .142 70 .387 61 .107 41
DFEI DFEI
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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
-.004 61 SMU 7-5 67 .038 62 .648 42 .436 52 .110 53 .131 57 .356 47 .196 68
-.002 62 Baylor 3-8 87 .104 73 .746 111 .534 102 .076 21 .195 115 .479 102 .130 52
-.001 63 Michigan State 5-7 41 .133 79 .683 71 .468 75 .155 88 .148 80 .377 56 .071 21
.013 64 Maryland 1-10 70 .065 67 .690 79 .490 85 .132 70 .116 36 .421 79 .117 47
.030 65 Missouri 7-5 61 -.050 50 .672 62 .432 45 .066 15 .146 75 .372 54 .317 96
.036 66 Washington 5-7 58 .158 81 .706 86 .532 101 .176 102 .143 71 .509 111 .037 2
.041 67 Rutgers 7-4 52 -.225 32 .563 13 .367 17 .102 42 .094 15 .322 28 .167 61
.051 68 Notre Dame 6-6 31 .160 83 .738 108 .491 87 .146 78 .115 35 .438 92 .068 20
.051 69 Buffalo 4-7 71 -.077 48 .700 82 .467 73 .075 19 .200 119 .394 67 .391 105
.057 70 Syracuse 3-8 85 .072 69 .669 61 .436 51 .174 100 .107 31 .343 37 .110 43
.061 71 Louisiana Tech 3-8 79 .017 58 .724 96 .470 76 .089 32 .122 41 .400 72 .256 85
.065 72 Mississippi State 4-7 43 .021 59 .680 69 .462 71 .144 77 .128 50 .391 64 .032 1
.077 73 Wyoming 6-6 108 .064 66 .723 94 .491 86 .108 47 .185 107 .459 95 .216 75
.115 74 Texas A&M 6-7 68 .160 84 .667 59 .476 78 .153 86 .125 47 .433 90 .166 60
.125 75 Kansas State 4-6 74 .108 75 .653 45 .424 38 .109 49 .198 117 .400 73 .295 89
DFEI DFEI
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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
.126 76 Western Michigan 4-7 90 .068 68 .615 28 .444 60 .172 99 .107 30 .394 68 .413 106
.152 77 Tulsa 4-7 88 .081 70 .712 89 .467 74 .152 83 .091 12 .398 71 .245 83
.156 78 Louisiana Monroe 5-6 110 .037 61 .686 75 .447 62 .107 46 .124 45 .390 62 .432 108
.156 79 Duke 4-6 69 .141 80 .664 53 .464 72 .131 68 .140 67 .429 87 .103 38
.158 80 Marshall 6-6 82 .061 65 .667 57 .455 70 .132 69 .109 32 .383 59 .252 84
.163 81 Louisville 3-8 86 .229 91 .709 88 .499 88 .154 87 .145 73 .431 89 .123 49
.178 82 Ball State 2-9 92 .091 71 .702 84 .487 83 .116 59 .165 95 .424 83 .457 114
.184 83 Bowling Green 7-6 78 .108 74 .627 33 .448 63 .163 92 .131 55 .397 69 .322 99
.191 84 Northern Illinois 6-6 65 .027 60 .667 56 .454 66 .117 60 .150 81 .422 81 .320 98
.191 85 North Carolina State 3-7 64 .310 97 .697 81 .554 108 .174 101 .147 77 .517 113 .121 48
.206 86 Indiana 3-8 73 .193 90 .686 76 .488 84 .153 84 .136 60 .466 98 .225 79
.212 87 Miami (OH) 1-11 109 .239 94 .674 66 .503 90 .194 108 .070 2 .436 91 .208 72
.216 88 Akron 2-9 99 .183 87 .729 100 .516 98 .068 16 .161 90 .427 86 .453 113
.234 89 Houston 9-4 39 .331 100 .738 107 .519 99 .168 95 .148 78 .471 99 .296 90
.270 90 Southern Mississippi 6-6 66 .185 88 .695 80 .479 80 .135 71 .199 118 .431 88 .372 103
DFEI DFEI
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Team FBS
Rec
FEI
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DE DE
Rk
FD FD
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AY AY
Rk
Ex Ex
Rk
Me Me
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Va Va
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DSOS Rk
.277 91 Stanford 8-5 19 .469 113 .733 105 .514 96 .178 103 .178 105 .425 85 .062 14
.283 92 Washington State 1-11 117 .405 109 .776 116 .611 118 .264 119 .144 72 .566 118 .044 6
.291 93 Florida State 6-6 24 .545 115 .772 114 .565 112 .228 118 .087 9 .481 104 .046 10
.293 94 Troy 9-4 83 .123 77 .641 39 .454 68 .163 93 .150 82 .386 60 .223 77
.304 95 San Diego State 3-8 104 .168 85 .703 85 .511 93 .161 90 .195 116 .474 100 .308 94
.304 96 New Mexico 1-11 111 .329 99 .718 92 .541 105 .153 85 .183 106 .533 117 .209 74
.329 97 New Mexico State 2-10 120 .332 101 .656 49 .515 97 .148 81 .139 66 .480 103 .298 91
.335 98 Illinois 2-9 80 .464 112 .723 95 .553 107 .143 75 .188 111 .500 107 .111 44
.340 99 Arkansas State 3-8 103 .158 82 .655 48 .454 69 .118 63 .160 89 .411 76 .594 117
.345 100 Louisiana Lafayette 5-6 112 .130 78 .715 90 .507 92 .146 79 .187 109 .476 101 .620 118
.354 101 UTEP 4-8 91 .365 104 .740 109 .540 104 .168 96 .176 103 .459 97 .224 78
.368 102 UAB 5-7 96 .317 98 .762 112 .568 113 .183 107 .190 113 .524 115 .308 95
.379 103 Tulane 2-9 116 .392 108 .808 119 .648 119 .111 54 .232 120 .592 119 .192 67
.381 104 San Jose State 1-10 118 .351 103 .730 101 .570 115 .216 115 .162 91 .516 112 .175 66
.382 105 North Texas 2-10 102 .243 95 .674 65 .478 79 .156 89 .106 29 .421 80 .351 102
DFEI DFEI
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Rec
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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
.386 106 Memphis 1-10 105 .408 110 .787 117 .562 110 .180 106 .123 43 .500 106 .209 73
.400 107 Florida International 3-9 106 .278 96 .721 93 .520 100 .211 114 .122 42 .423 82 .197 70
.429 108 Rice 2-10 119 .495 114 .701 83 .570 114 .197 110 .157 87 .505 108 .165 58
.450 109 Colorado State 2-9 97 .340 102 .776 115 .540 103 .168 97 .168 99 .457 94 .298 92
.462 110 Toledo 5-7 98 .235 93 .731 103 .503 91 .164 94 .097 19 .404 75 .436 109
.483 111 Iowa State 6-6 76 -.020 53 .718 91 .471 77 .107 45 .176 102 .402 74 .477 115
.508 112 Fresno State 7-5 81 .375 106 .744 110 .513 95 .202 112 .093 14 .459 96 .166 59
.524 113 Utah State 3-8 94 .438 111 .731 104 .479 81 .209 113 .097 20 .367 51 .258 86
.585 114 UNLV 4-7 101 .569 116 .765 113 .573 116 .217 116 .148 79 .524 114 .302 93
.589 115 Hawaii 5-7 114 .378 107 .735 106 .550 106 .162 91 .154 84 .485 105 .244 82
.600 116 Eastern Michigan 0-12 115 .577 118 .726 99 .555 109 .265 120 .094 16 .529 116 .318 97
.607 117 Nevada 8-5 93 .373 105 .724 98 .502 89 .197 109 .102 26 .425 84 .167 62
.627 118 Western Kentucky 0-11 113 .596 119 .807 118 .648 120 .219 117 .167 97 .615 120 .440 111
.767 119 Idaho 8-5 100 .623 120 .813 120 .592 117 .179 105 .172 100 .509 110 .439 110
.943 120 Florida Atlantic 5-7 107 .574 117 .730 102 .564 111 .198 111 .151 83 .509 109 .714 120