Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2010 FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS, DEFENSE

through games of 1/10/2011

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.

DFEIDFEI
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DEDE
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MeMe
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DSOSRk
-.6981West Virginia8-414-.6851.59610.3053.0596.0815.2032.28191
-.5912Ohio State12-18-.6082.5272.3194.0708.12443.2707.05617
-.5313Oregon11-14-.4046.62323.37715.09631.10325.30521.05918
-.5234Oklahoma12-29-.3867.5959.3547.11651.0642.28211.11049
-.5175Nebraska9-419-.3858.63632.3496.0607.09921.2575.14660
-.5086Stanford11-12-.37010.66755.37714.0543.09012.2454.11753
-.4877TCU12-010-.5574.5081.2641.11752.0673.1651.15465
-.4808Auburn13-01.04966.70986.46471.12157.13560.37055.0183
-.4799LSU10-26-.33414.5585.3588.08721.13866.28110.0365
-.47410Missouri9-315-.3789.64337.38017.08619.13663.2748.11552
-.47211North Carolina State8-413-.30617.62324.37916.08217.0827.29416.10948
-.45612Mississippi State8-427-.20033.64638.43551.08720.181106.37456.0132
-.44513Boston College6-650-.4645.62222.36810.0441.14878.28513.11050
-.44114Miami6-622-.30518.60313.38218.07512.09619.31023.09237
-.43715Clemson5-725-.28819.64035.39225.09630.14070.28614.05514
DFEIDFEI
Rk
TeamFBS
Rec
FEI
Rk
DEDE
Rk
FDFD
Rk
AYAY
Rk
ExEx
Rk
MeMe
Rk
VaVa
Rk
DSOSRk
-.40316Alabama9-33-.36511.61417.37312.0709.14980.30520.0457
-.39717Boise State12-111-.5973.5504.2942.0544.09316.2353.25786
-.39718Arkansas9-37-.17737.63130.39729.13569.09214.34441.0304
-.38719Texas A&M8-428-.34013.61619.40333.08825.13868.32833.06820
-.38320Maryland8-424-.24427.66957.43449.09227.190113.37557.11351
-.36321South Florida7-530-.34212.63431.39226.0452.14981.32131.35399
-.34922Illinois6-635-.17438.62826.42445.11753.10223.33638.08532
-.34623Oklahoma State11-217-.23230.60012.39427.08822.169101.31025.12554
-.33924Iowa7-521-.18036.65045.41338.0575.236119.34744.05212
-.33425Virginia Tech11-25-.20532.66454.42042.11449.11431.38161.07627
-.32426South Carolina8-516-.09347.65650.41941.11550.13765.36149.0071
-.30527Notre Dame8-523-.33315.60011.37111.07311.14071.29917.05010
-.30328North Carolina7-533-.18935.67259.42144.07310.11736.34542.08936
-.28229Florida7-536-.33116.65448.37513.08115.0816.2596.06619
-.27530Texas5-772-.24726.5383.3485.11956.12644.28512.17168
DFEIDFEI
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TeamFBS
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DEDE
Rk
FDFD
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MeMe
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Rk
DSOSRk
-.27031Pittsburgh7-520-.23429.65347.38720.09329.16194.2799.34397
-.24232Central Florida10-338-.17339.66253.38619.09026.188112.31024.18072
-.22833Wisconsin10-212-.06651.69782.44659.10139.193114.39267.07323
-.21734Utah10-347-.28420.64136.40434.15378.12240.32130.14359
-.19635Michigan State10-239-.06849.66756.45262.12764.167100.38060.0499
-.18036Arizona State4-637-.05655.64841.43752.12358.11533.36752.07525
-.17837Florida State9-418-.15341.71188.43854.09632.185110.36651.09338
-.16138Syracuse6-543-.23628.61315.39930.10138.13459.33336.355100
-.12439BYU7-666-.19934.62927.39123.12966.12951.31328.10747
-.10340Connecticut7-549-.25924.65549.40635.11755.14574.31529.17771
-.08141USC8-526.09076.68166.45966.11348.12139.39268.09541
-.07642Florida International7-657-.10946.61316.41337.14775.08610.34643.372104
-.07343Purdue3-888.05167.67261.44458.08824.16093.38663.07424
-.06844Louisville6-631-.05952.64639.39728.12661.12645.30419.30994
-.06145San Diego State8-440-.11744.65044.41840.09833.13357.33134.18573
DFEIDFEI
Rk
TeamFBS
Rec
FEI
Rk
DEDE
Rk
FDFD
Rk
AYAY
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ExEx
Rk
MeMe
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VaVa
Rk
DSOSRk
-.05346Rutgers3-869-.03459.67260.44157.17994.0754.36854.371103
-.05247Kent State4-792-.28222.5808.3619.07613.15385.28715.797120
-.05148Texas Tech7-565.07174.69077.46672.187103.15588.41381.12555
-.04949Air Force8-442-.14043.69883.46470.07814.16499.38664.10145
-.04650Mississippi4-763.04065.63633.45363.18298.09113.39773.0376
-.03751Arizona6-644-.05457.65146.42847.10137.186111.36047.08734
-.03152SMU7-768-.00361.70585.46269.08218.219118.39269.10746
-.02453Georgia5-734.06069.68368.43450.12763.13561.34845.0478
-.01654Middle Tennessee5-790-.11145.67562.43048.09935.14675.31227.401107
-.01355Penn State6-656.02163.72898.44056.10441.12848.33639.05213
-.00656Louisiana Monroe4-795.02964.730100.49185.17289.11534.41179.07728
-.00357Tennessee5-759-.00460.68167.47073.14571.13867.40074.05515
.00558Northern Illinois10-341-.20931.63028.40232.11146.170102.36148.627119
.01259California4-783-.03958.5797.39124.08823.11430.30018.07222
.01560Marshall5-7106-.08648.68873.45865.10643.11329.36853.26989
DFEIDFEI
Rk
TeamFBS
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DEDE
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AYAY
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MeMe
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DSOSRk
.02161Arkansas State4-860.01562.64942.48784.15277.15992.43990.10044
.04262Buffalo1-10108-.05753.63834.42546.09228.13153.35846.507116
.04663Southern Mississippi7-551.06270.67663.42043.15579.0858.32832.20477
.05664Troy8-564-.05656.64640.41839.195106.0859.33637.26588
.06065Florida Atlantic4-899.05368.72396.48181.11754.175104.43288.411109
.06166Nevada12-129-.05654.68469.43753.11347.13562.38866.529117
.06367Western Michigan5-667-.06850.61618.43855.16084.10427.38059.465111
.06868UCLA4-881.17490.72999.50995.15580.171103.42584.07121
.08269Vanderbilt2-1098.17387.67664.48483.10844.14473.37858.09440
.08770Cincinnati3-854.17286.70284.47477.16186.15386.39471.27990
.09771Hawaii9-462-.16740.61720.41136.12865.12847.34140.22480
.09872Washington7-658.11080.68571.45564.13067.11028.36250.09643
.10273Temple7-470-.27823.62625.38821.08116.16396.31126.624118
.10874Oregon State5-746.22495.71390.49286.12460.16397.40075.05616
.11375Navy8-432.11481.771115.540105.10240.271120.471100.19675
DFEIDFEI
Rk
TeamFBS
Rec
FEI
Rk
DEDE
Rk
FDFD
Rk
AYAY
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ExEx
Rk
MeMe
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VaVa
Rk
DSOSRk
.11376Tulane3-8100.13984.68470.47476.18097.0601.39472.383106
.11477Army6-661.06571.65043.46268.17995.12038.39370.26187
.12478Colorado5-779.17388.66252.49990.14673.10022.45596.15364
.12579UAB4-884.08875.68572.47275.14774.11937.42083.357101
.13080Georgia Tech5-752.06673.69379.50093.12662.12646.44792.19374
.13081Central Michigan2-978.10679.67765.47979.17792.13154.43086.19776
.13582Louisiana Lafayette3-997.11682.67158.49888.186102.12950.46698.32696
.14683Kentucky5-745.17891.63129.45161.12359.13156.41180.08431
.18584Miami (OH)10-4104-.28221.62121.39022.13068.09317.30922.403108
.18785Western Kentucky2-1087.22394.69076.47274.16387.15589.40577.377105
.19186Tulsa9-353.17489.72397.48482.199108.09215.42585.23382
.20187Toledo8-593-.24825.5616.40231.14070.13458.33335.31495
.21188Virginia2-880.359107.766114.546108.17893.15082.473101.15263
.23289Idaho5-7102.09277.69580.50092.16085.11532.45094.30693
.23790Iowa State4-782.18992.69278.50091.10845.208117.44791.13558
DFEIDFEI
Rk
TeamFBS
Rec
FEI
Rk
DEDE
Rk
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ExEx
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MeMe
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DSOSRk
.23791Wake Forest2-9105.317100.773117.567114.18299.16498.548117.05111
.24192Duke2-977.439113.760112.539102.198107.14979.480105.07526
.24393North Texas3-985.19093.71792.48080.15983.12342.41078.359102
.24394Fresno State7-586.09478.61014.44760.213113.10326.38765.21078
.24695Bowling Green2-10103.06572.71994.47678.15176.11635.43187.34698
.25396Houston4-774.22997.742105.537100.15882.15083.490106.467112
.26697Minnesota3-876.395110.65851.540103.18096.16295.473102.09339
.27298Ohio7-594-.14042.68975.46067.10642.09820.38362.506115
.29199Indiana4-789.326102.741104.548109.207110.15590.474103.08733
.303100Northwestern6-671.391109.69781.49989.183100.14877.40576.16867
.304101Kansas3-8110.421112.71389.564111.185101.13969.495108.16266
.314102Kansas State6-648.14785.754108.50694.200109.13155.43789.29392
.322103Baylor6-673.22896.740103.53199.09934.183108.44893.13157
.347104Ball State3-7109.12483.71187.49787.16788.14072.41682.499114
.385105Utah State3-8107.334104.72195.52597.221114.12341.46799.14861
DFEIDFEI
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TeamFBS
Rec
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DSOSRk
.392106New Mexico1-11117.328103.762113.569115.231115.14676.530113.17469
.397107Louisiana Tech4-791.27199.71491.51096.17390.15891.45897.14962
.417108Akron1-10115.23998.730102.538101.15781.13052.500109.478113
.419109Michigan6-655.359106.68874.543106.17491.203116.500110.12556
.447110San Jose State0-11113.500114.754109.594118.212112.15384.551118.08835
.464111Memphis1-11118.404111.756111.567112.236117.09418.490107.25085
.494112UNLV2-11116.576116.786119.630120.256119.15487.591120.08030
.498113Wyoming2-9111.320101.755110.52998.14572.182107.45195.21279
.499114Rice4-8112.591117.71993.567113.188104.195115.532115.23584
.513115UTEP5-7101.379108.800120.553110.10036.183109.477104.23483
.523116Colorado State3-9119.337105.743106.540104.193105.12849.505111.17670
.537117East Carolina6-775.599118.782118.586116.211111.13664.537116.09542
.578118Washington State1-1096.756120.750107.600119.232116.179105.530114.08029
.593119New Mexico State2-10120.538115.772116.546107.244118.10224.514112.22581
.729120Eastern Michigan2-10114.674119.730101.592117.262120.08711.568119.429110