Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2009 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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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 Alabama 13-0 1.24 1.16 1 .265 3 .188 5 .549 4 .097 3 .177 4 .146 44
2 Boise State 13-0 1.23 .92 9 .304 9 .245 12 .503 2 .145 14 .288 32 .207 3
3 Texas 13-1 1.12 1.16 2 .258 2 .182 3 .601 11 .117 8 .194 8 .178 13
4 TCU 11-1 1.08 1.07 6 .241 1 .165 1 .485 1 .088 2 .182 5 .110 92
5 Nebraska 10-4 1.08 1.16 3 .295 6 .214 6 .623 17 .082 1 .131 1 .170 17
6 Iowa 10-2 1.01 .95 7 .308 10 .224 7 .612 14 .115 7 .188 7 .187 8
7 Ohio State 11-2 .98 1.11 4 .290 5 .182 4 .582 7 .110 6 .188 6 .212 2
8 Oklahoma 7-5 .97 .94 8 .298 8 .234 9 .566 5 .126 11 .222 13 .161 24
9 Penn State 10-2 .90 1.07 5 .296 7 .177 2 .608 13 .100 4 .165 3 .131 66
10 Florida 12-1 .89 .92 11 .286 4 .237 11 .532 3 .105 5 .197 10 .161 23
11 Air Force 7-5 .86 .92 10 .351 15 .236 10 .667 31 .138 12 .207 12 .228 1
12 North Carolina 6-5 .82 .75 13 .358 16 .336 35 .594 10 .158 17 .266 21 .143 47
13 Utah 10-3 .77 .73 15 .335 12 .231 8 .656 28 .163 18 .248 17 .131 65
14 Boston College 7-5 .71 .66 16 .386 29 .281 15 .701 48 .139 13 .198 11 .161 25
15 Virginia Tech 10-3 .70 .78 12 .322 11 .299 18 .604 12 .118 9 .195 9 .153 35
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Team FBS
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DFEI DE DE
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DAY DAY
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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 LSU 9-4 .57 .52 21 .425 39 .371 53 .748 87 .122 10 .163 2 .115 80
17 South Carolina 6-6 .55 .44 27 .378 26 .284 17 .687 39 .187 27 .272 23 .112 86
18 Middle Tennessee 10-3 .51 .64 17 .341 14 .301 20 .584 8 .185 26 .317 43 .163 21
19 Oklahoma State 8-4 .51 .46 24 .389 31 .283 16 .698 47 .194 32 .278 25 .173 16
20 Mississippi 7-4 .51 .75 14 .338 13 .264 13 .581 6 .147 15 .253 19 .132 64
21 Clemson 8-5 .50 .53 20 .373 21 .271 14 .645 23 .181 22 .280 27 .168 18
22 Oregon 10-3 .48 .46 26 .376 24 .328 33 .613 15 .194 31 .316 42 .138 59
23 Texas Tech 8-4 .46 .48 22 .381 27 .299 19 .676 33 .184 25 .272 22 .125 71
24 UCLA 7-6 .43 .46 25 .372 20 .310 24 .662 29 .188 28 .284 29 .182 9
25 Arizona State 3-8 .37 .38 32 .382 28 .311 25 .641 21 .183 24 .286 30 .115 81
26 Pittsburgh 9-3 .37 .23 37 .408 34 .342 36 .709 52 .213 39 .300 35 .150 40
27 Tennessee 7-6 .36 .54 19 .378 25 .303 22 .647 25 .151 16 .233 14 .158 29
28 Miami 8-4 .35 .23 38 .433 46 .369 52 .730 67 .183 23 .250 18 .111 89
29 West Virginia 8-4 .35 .40 31 .375 23 .359 48 .685 37 .168 20 .245 16 .140 55
30 Wisconsin 9-3 .34 .32 33 .372 19 .317 27 .644 22 .197 33 .306 38 .159 28
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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 Virginia 3-8 .32 .23 39 .440 56 .390 62 .738 74 .221 42 .300 36 .148 43
32 South Florida 6-5 .31 .19 44 .430 44 .346 38 .713 57 .230 45 .322 45 .156 30
33 Ohio 8-5 .30 .42 29 .423 37 .356 46 .718 60 .205 35 .286 31 .179 11
34 Navy 9-4 .28 .25 36 .437 53 .381 58 .717 59 .189 29 .264 20 .150 39
35 BYU 11-2 .28 .27 35 .410 35 .322 29 .696 45 .215 40 .309 39 .141 50
36 East Carolina 8-5 .27 .23 40 .439 55 .365 50 .712 56 .209 37 .294 34 .176 14
37 Arizona 7-5 .26 .20 43 .392 32 .316 26 .633 20 .230 46 .364 66 .108 94
38 Rutgers 7-4 .25 .47 23 .367 17 .322 28 .633 19 .203 34 .321 44 .203 4
39 USC 9-4 .24 .43 28 .389 30 .302 21 .685 36 .192 30 .280 28 .137 60
40 Temple 9-3 .20 .63 18 .373 22 .322 30 .594 9 .165 19 .278 26 .195 6
41 Central Florida 7-5 .18 .14 45 .443 59 .349 40 .795 113 .220 41 .277 24 .181 10
42 Central Michigan 11-2 .17 .32 34 .434 48 .380 57 .731 72 .172 21 .235 15 .127 70
43 Purdue 5-7 .16 .08 48 .429 43 .352 43 .683 35 .255 59 .374 72 .145 46
44 Mississippi State 4-7 .16 .03 52 .462 71 .391 65 .720 62 .256 61 .356 60 .152 36
45 Louisiana Tech 3-8 .14 -.06 61 .470 76 .400 73 .724 64 .252 58 .348 56 .106 98
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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 SMU 7-5 .13 -.06 60 .436 52 .356 47 .676 32 .262 67 .388 76 .138 58
47 Colorado 3-9 .13 .22 41 .423 36 .350 41 .646 24 .231 47 .358 62 .136 63
48 Army 4-7 .09 .41 30 .371 18 .306 23 .712 54 .208 36 .292 33 .176 15
49 Auburn 7-5 .02 .06 50 .435 50 .354 45 .709 53 .257 62 .362 63 .149 42
50 Arkansas 7-5 .02 .01 55 .453 65 .420 78 .678 34 .240 50 .354 58 .151 38
51 Georgia 7-5 .01 -.02 59 .428 42 .327 31 .748 86 .259 64 .346 54 .086 115
52 Buffalo 4-7 -.03 .03 53 .467 73 .394 67 .742 80 .242 51 .326 46 .125 72
53 Marshall 6-6 -.04 -.11 64 .455 70 .383 59 .705 50 .256 60 .363 64 .101 108
54 Connecticut 7-5 -.06 -.07 62 .428 41 .362 49 .647 26 .237 49 .367 68 .137 62
55 Minnesota 5-7 -.08 .00 56 .454 67 .392 66 .689 40 .244 54 .355 59 .156 31
56 Missouri 7-5 -.08 .03 51 .432 45 .372 54 .737 73 .248 56 .337 48 .139 57
57 Northwestern 7-5 -.09 .10 46 .435 49 .328 32 .726 65 .247 55 .340 51 .164 20
58 Vanderbilt 1-10 -.10 .09 47 .408 33 .330 34 .693 43 .228 43 .330 47 .110 93
59 Tulsa 4-7 -.10 -.19 69 .467 74 .398 71 .773 103 .242 53 .314 41 .106 97
60 Kentucky 6-6 -.10 .06 49 .437 54 .354 44 .712 55 .242 52 .340 53 .129 67
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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 Washington 5-7 -.10 -.22 76 .532 101 .509 111 .748 85 .261 65 .348 57 .143 48
62 Northern Illinois 6-6 -.13 .00 58 .454 66 .422 81 .692 42 .233 48 .337 50 .117 78
63 Kent State 4-7 -.13 .20 42 .442 58 .391 64 .697 46 .212 38 .304 37 .159 27
64 Syracuse 3-8 -.14 -.22 74 .436 51 .343 37 .686 38 .289 82 .422 91 .140 53
65 Troy 9-4 -.14 -.25 79 .454 68 .386 60 .706 51 .281 77 .398 83 .105 99
66 California 7-5 -.14 .01 54 .445 61 .374 55 .730 69 .248 57 .340 52 .128 68
67 Wyoming 6-6 -.16 -.19 70 .491 86 .459 95 .731 70 .285 79 .389 78 .108 95
68 Bowling Green 7-6 -.16 -.21 73 .448 63 .397 69 .654 27 .288 81 .440 95 .111 91
69 Michigan State 5-7 -.16 -.26 80 .468 75 .377 56 .761 92 .282 78 .370 69 .085 117
70 Michigan 4-7 -.16 -.11 63 .433 47 .387 61 .619 16 .269 70 .434 94 .112 87
71 Louisiana Monroe 5-6 -.16 -.14 65 .447 62 .390 63 .752 88 .273 72 .363 65 .140 51
72 Oregon State 7-5 -.17 -.33 84 .425 40 .351 42 .632 18 .296 86 .468 106 .112 85
73 Kansas State 4-6 -.18 -.14 66 .424 38 .400 72 .663 30 .277 74 .418 88 .188 7
74 Kansas 4-7 -.19 -.20 72 .448 64 .398 70 .730 68 .286 80 .391 80 .103 101
75 Notre Dame 6-6 -.19 -.32 83 .491 87 .438 92 .754 89 .262 66 .347 55 .123 74
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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 Cincinnati 11-1 -.21 -.19 71 .441 57 .348 39 .695 44 .258 63 .371 70 .102 106
77 Maryland 1-10 -.29 -.18 68 .490 85 .421 79 .783 108 .279 76 .356 61 .124 73
78 Southern Mississippi 6-6 -.29 -.23 77 .479 80 .431 88 .759 91 .277 73 .364 67 .149 41
79 Western Michigan 4-7 -.33 -.15 67 .444 60 .394 68 .705 49 .262 68 .372 71 .139 56
80 Duke 4-6 -.33 -.22 75 .464 72 .429 87 .720 61 .271 71 .377 73 .112 83
81 Baylor 3-8 -.33 -.27 82 .534 102 .479 102 .780 106 .263 69 .337 49 .119 75
82 Ball State 2-9 -.35 -.26 81 .487 83 .424 83 .744 81 .289 83 .389 77 .140 52
83 Arkansas State 3-8 -.37 -.25 78 .454 69 .411 76 .689 41 .277 75 .402 84 .118 77
84 Louisville 3-8 -.38 -.44 92 .499 88 .431 89 .761 93 .291 84 .382 74 .103 102
85 Wake Forest 4-7 -.39 -.43 91 .480 82 .412 77 .759 90 .302 88 .398 82 .112 84
86 Texas A&M 6-7 -.39 -.40 88 .476 78 .433 90 .715 58 .319 92 .447 99 .118 76
87 New Mexico State 2-10 -.43 -.65 101 .515 97 .480 103 .738 75 .336 100 .456 101 .090 113
88 Utah State 3-8 -.44 -.70 103 .479 81 .367 51 .731 71 .351 103 .480 110 .112 88
89 Florida International 3-9 -.46 -.53 93 .520 100 .423 82 .769 99 .320 93 .416 87 .116 79
90 Louisiana Lafayette 5-6 -.46 -.35 85 .507 92 .476 101 .740 77 .301 87 .407 85 .163 22
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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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91 Fresno State 7-5 -.48 -.59 97 .513 95 .459 96 .798 114 .326 95 .408 86 .085 116
92 Indiana 3-8 -.51 -.42 89 .488 84 .466 98 .746 83 .314 91 .420 89 .178 12
93 Nevada 8-5 -.51 -.66 102 .502 89 .425 84 .772 102 .331 98 .429 92 .102 103
94 Iowa State 6-6 -.52 .00 57 .471 77 .402 74 .740 78 .229 44 .309 40 .198 5
95 San Diego State 3-8 -.53 -.38 87 .511 93 .474 100 .788 111 .305 90 .387 75 .102 105
96 San Jose State 1-10 -.53 -.78 107 .570 115 .516 112 .775 104 .360 106 .465 104 .153 34
97 UAB 5-7 -.56 -.57 96 .568 113 .524 115 .794 112 .341 101 .430 93 .151 37
98 Miami (OH) 1-11 -.56 -.60 98 .503 90 .436 91 .729 66 .357 104 .489 114 .078 119
99 Akron 2-9 -.58 -.43 90 .516 98 .427 86 .746 82 .331 97 .443 96 .127 69
100 Georgia Tech 10-3 -.58 -.35 86 .513 94 .452 93 .738 76 .292 85 .396 81 .154 33
101 Colorado State 2-9 -.61 -.70 104 .540 103 .457 94 .785 109 .364 107 .464 103 .140 54
102 Houston 9-4 -.63 -.55 95 .519 99 .471 99 .765 97 .322 94 .421 90 .154 32
103 Illinois 2-9 -.63 -.82 109 .553 107 .500 106 .741 79 .330 96 .446 98 .063 120
104 Stanford 8-5 -.67 -.61 99 .514 96 .425 85 .778 105 .304 89 .390 79 .111 90
105 Hawaii 5-7 -.67 -.78 108 .550 106 .485 105 .786 110 .350 102 .446 97 .145 45
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Team FBS
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DFEI DE DE
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DAY DAY
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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 Washington State 1-11 -.77 -.90 112 .611 118 .566 118 .808 115 .392 115 .485 112 .160 26
107 Florida State 6-6 -.77 -.92 113 .565 112 .481 104 .819 117 .386 114 .471 108 .165 19
108 Memphis 1-10 -.78 -.87 111 .562 110 .500 107 .811 116 .369 109 .455 100 .098 110
109 UNLV 4-7 -.79 -.97 114 .573 116 .524 114 .783 107 .374 110 .478 109 .104 100
110 North Texas 2-10 -.80 -.54 94 .478 79 .421 80 .723 63 .333 99 .461 102 .099 109
111 New Mexico 1-11 -.82 -.73 105 .541 105 .533 117 .763 95 .366 108 .480 111 .115 82
112 North Carolina State 3-7 -.83 -.86 110 .554 108 .517 113 .771 100 .376 111 .488 113 .101 107
113 UTEP 4-8 -.86 -.76 106 .540 104 .459 97 .771 101 .359 105 .465 105 .107 96
114 Toledo 5-7 -.88 -.65 100 .503 91 .404 75 .769 98 .381 112 .495 115 .142 49
115 Tulane 2-9 -.95 -1.04 116 .648 119 .592 119 .838 120 .394 116 .470 107 .081 118
116 Rice 2-10 -1.13 -1.18 118 .570 114 .505 108 .764 96 .433 119 .567 120 .102 104
117 Idaho 8-5 -1.16 -1.23 119 .592 117 .509 110 .828 119 .433 118 .523 117 .090 114
118 Florida Atlantic 5-7 -1.29 -1.03 115 .564 111 .509 109 .746 84 .381 113 .511 116 .095 112
119 Western Kentucky 0-11 -1.36 -1.42 120 .648 120 .615 120 .825 118 .465 120 .564 119 .096 111
120 Eastern Michigan 0-12 -1.36 -1.13 117 .555 109 .529 116 .761 94 .427 117 .562 118 .137 61