Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2010 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 Boise State 12-1 1.18 1.04 2 .294 2 .235 3 .612 4 .124 3 .203 3 .171 24
2 Ohio State 12-1 1.11 1.00 3 .319 4 .270 7 .566 2 .124 2 .219 5 .194 8
3 TCU 12-0 1.00 .87 4 .264 1 .165 1 .550 1 .142 6 .258 14 .117 79
4 West Virginia 8-4 .90 1.05 1 .305 3 .203 2 .669 22 .096 1 .143 1 .132 64
5 Oregon 11-1 .87 .67 6 .377 15 .305 21 .699 45 .158 10 .225 7 .192 11
6 Stanford 11-1 .76 .55 11 .377 14 .245 4 .685 35 .171 13 .250 12 .216 1
7 Missouri 9-3 .76 .61 8 .380 17 .274 8 .664 18 .157 9 .237 10 .171 22
8 Boston College 6-6 .72 .69 5 .368 10 .285 13 .659 16 .133 4 .202 2 .185 16
9 Oklahoma 12-2 .70 .58 10 .354 7 .282 11 .636 7 .150 7 .236 9 .145 49
10 LSU 10-2 .68 .50 13 .358 8 .281 10 .623 6 .210 32 .337 43 .196 7
11 Notre Dame 8-5 .67 .48 15 .371 11 .299 17 .667 19 .160 11 .240 11 .147 43
12 Nebraska 9-4 .65 .66 7 .349 6 .257 5 .675 25 .152 8 .225 6 .132 63
13 Alabama 9-3 .63 .52 12 .373 12 .305 20 .649 13 .140 5 .216 4 .149 40
14 Mississippi State 8-4 .61 .23 37 .435 51 .374 56 .709 55 .197 20 .278 19 .157 33
15 North Carolina State 8-4 .61 .46 17 .379 16 .294 16 .658 15 .205 26 .313 33 .158 32
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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 Iowa 7-5 .60 .33 29 .413 38 .347 44 .683 33 .187 17 .274 17 .187 14
17 Texas A&M 8-4 .59 .47 16 .403 33 .328 33 .692 39 .195 19 .282 20 .138 58
18 Illinois 6-6 .57 .21 39 .424 45 .336 38 .679 29 .234 43 .344 45 .146 47
19 Oklahoma State 11-2 .55 .39 23 .394 27 .310 25 .638 8 .200 22 .314 35 .194 9
20 Arkansas 9-3 .55 .20 40 .397 29 .344 41 .667 20 .234 44 .351 48 .163 27
21 South Carolina 8-5 .54 .19 42 .419 41 .361 49 .702 48 .229 39 .326 39 .153 36
22 Florida 7-5 .51 .59 9 .375 13 .259 6 .669 23 .206 27 .308 28 .199 5
23 Utah 10-3 .49 .38 24 .404 34 .321 31 .695 43 .198 21 .286 21 .145 48
24 Virginia Tech 11-2 .49 .32 30 .420 42 .381 61 .693 40 .207 28 .299 26 .207 3
25 Miami 6-6 .47 .42 22 .382 18 .310 23 .651 14 .192 18 .295 24 .164 26
26 Texas 5-7 .46 .34 28 .348 5 .285 12 .608 3 .231 41 .379 67 .105 95
27 Clemson 5-7 .42 .42 20 .392 25 .286 14 .713 59 .162 12 .227 8 .103 96
28 Central Florida 10-3 .42 .34 27 .386 19 .310 24 .692 38 .203 24 .293 23 .143 51
29 BYU 7-6 .34 .24 35 .391 23 .313 28 .712 57 .220 35 .309 29 .129 66
30 Air Force 8-4 .34 .13 43 .464 70 .386 64 .724 68 .224 36 .310 31 .147 44
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Team FBS
Rec
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 Maryland 8-4 .33 .38 26 .434 49 .375 57 .704 49 .204 25 .290 22 .183 18
32 California 4-7 .31 .07 50 .391 24 .300 18 .693 41 .254 53 .367 57 .132 65
33 Arizona State 4-6 .29 -.01 53 .437 52 .367 52 .672 24 .238 46 .354 49 .090 113
34 Hawaii 9-4 .29 .23 36 .411 36 .341 40 .695 44 .255 54 .367 58 .213 2
35 Auburn 13-0 .28 -.15 64 .464 71 .370 55 .723 67 .270 61 .373 63 .142 55
36 SMU 7-7 .20 -.09 60 .462 69 .392 69 .726 72 .260 59 .358 51 .096 106
37 South Florida 7-5 .20 .45 19 .392 26 .321 30 .679 30 .172 14 .253 13 .097 103
38 Arizona 6-6 .20 -.02 54 .428 47 .360 47 .705 51 .256 56 .363 54 .101 100
39 Connecticut 7-5 .18 .45 18 .406 35 .315 29 .676 26 .200 23 .296 25 .152 39
40 Michigan State 10-2 .18 -.06 56 .452 62 .380 60 .690 37 .254 52 .368 59 .159 30
41 Kent State 4-7 .16 .49 14 .361 9 .287 15 .649 12 .214 33 .329 41 .191 13
42 Pittsburgh 7-5 .14 .32 31 .387 20 .279 9 .712 56 .186 16 .262 16 .144 50
43 Wisconsin 10-2 .14 .08 46 .446 59 .392 67 .743 82 .229 40 .309 30 .183 17
44 Florida State 9-4 .14 .20 41 .438 54 .366 51 .756 94 .207 30 .275 18 .178 19
45 North Carolina 7-5 .14 .21 38 .421 44 .345 42 .723 66 .226 37 .313 34 .146 46
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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 Toledo 8-5 .14 .30 33 .402 31 .333 36 .618 5 .248 50 .402 76 .191 12
47 Purdue 3-8 .12 -.20 70 .444 58 .386 63 .752 90 .296 79 .394 74 .128 67
48 Penn State 6-6 .10 -.12 61 .440 56 .336 39 .736 79 .240 48 .326 40 .096 105
49 San Diego State 8-4 .09 .09 44 .418 40 .331 34 .713 60 .231 42 .324 37 .084 116
50 Tennessee 5-7 .07 -.06 57 .470 73 .400 74 .768 101 .254 51 .330 42 .152 38
51 Georgia 5-7 .06 -.16 65 .434 50 .348 45 .706 53 .286 72 .404 78 .143 52
52 USC 8-5 .06 -.12 62 .459 66 .392 68 .702 47 .255 55 .364 56 .177 20
53 Miami (OH) 10-4 .04 .38 25 .390 22 .309 22 .677 28 .236 45 .349 46 .193 10
54 Marshall 5-7 .03 -.02 55 .458 65 .368 53 .766 99 .262 60 .343 44 .121 74
55 Western Michigan 5-6 .02 .09 45 .438 55 .380 59 .648 11 .240 47 .370 60 .176 21
56 Southern Mississippi 7-5 .02 -.18 66 .420 43 .328 32 .690 36 .282 70 .408 80 .141 56
57 Temple 7-4 .01 .42 21 .388 21 .311 26 .683 32 .179 15 .262 15 .122 72
58 Syracuse 6-5 -.01 .25 34 .399 30 .333 35 .647 9 .210 31 .325 38 .101 99
59 Nevada 12-1 -.04 .00 52 .437 53 .388 66 .722 64 .218 34 .302 27 .098 102
60 Mississippi 4-7 -.04 -.22 72 .453 63 .397 73 .712 58 .280 69 .394 73 .121 73
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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 Northern Illinois 10-3 -.04 .31 32 .402 32 .361 48 .667 21 .207 29 .311 32 .148 41
62 Oregon State 5-7 -.06 -.46 89 .492 86 .400 75 .760 95 .310 87 .408 81 .124 70
63 Texas Tech 7-5 -.09 -.25 74 .466 72 .413 81 .742 81 .290 76 .391 71 .116 84
64 Middle Tennessee 5-7 -.10 .08 47 .430 48 .312 27 .682 31 .245 49 .359 52 .106 94
65 Fresno State 7-5 -.10 -.29 77 .447 60 .387 65 .647 10 .287 73 .443 95 .096 107
66 Louisville 6-6 -.10 .02 51 .397 28 .304 19 .709 54 .228 38 .322 36 .102 97
67 UCLA 4-8 -.11 -.40 84 .509 95 .425 84 .760 96 .287 74 .378 66 .116 82
68 Iowa State 4-7 -.12 -.43 87 .500 91 .447 91 .725 70 .292 77 .402 77 .133 62
69 Idaho 5-7 -.14 -.29 78 .500 92 .450 94 .733 77 .275 64 .375 64 .160 29
70 Florida International 7-6 -.14 .07 49 .413 37 .346 43 .663 17 .258 58 .389 69 .147 42
71 Rutgers 3-8 -.15 -.13 63 .441 57 .368 54 .731 75 .276 66 .378 65 .157 34
72 Arkansas State 4-8 -.16 -.20 69 .487 84 .439 90 .722 65 .285 71 .394 75 .152 37
73 Army 6-6 -.18 -.22 71 .462 68 .393 70 .684 34 .316 92 .463 101 .197 6
74 Central Michigan 2-9 -.21 -.27 76 .479 79 .430 86 .746 85 .277 67 .371 61 .115 87
75 Troy 8-5 -.21 -.06 58 .418 39 .336 37 .701 46 .274 63 .391 70 .146 45
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Team FBS
Rec
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 Tulsa 9-3 -.21 -.30 80 .484 82 .425 85 .730 74 .305 85 .417 84 .206 4
77 Navy 8-4 -.21 -.30 79 .540 105 .471 100 .797 113 .297 80 .372 62 .186 15
78 Washington 7-6 -.22 -.34 82 .455 64 .362 50 .733 78 .301 82 .411 82 .116 81
79 Colorado 5-7 -.27 -.46 91 .499 90 .455 96 .738 80 .315 90 .427 90 .115 88
80 Louisiana Monroe 4-7 -.29 -.27 75 .491 85 .411 79 .795 111 .287 75 .361 53 .139 57
81 Ohio 7-5 -.30 .07 48 .460 67 .383 62 .727 73 .258 57 .354 50 .167 25
82 Buffalo 1-10 -.33 -.08 59 .425 46 .358 46 .677 27 .292 78 .432 93 .162 28
83 Vanderbilt 2-10 -.34 -.46 88 .484 83 .378 58 .705 50 .302 83 .429 91 .086 115
84 Georgia Tech 5-7 -.34 -.20 67 .500 93 .447 92 .724 69 .276 65 .380 68 .134 61
85 Tulane 3-8 -.34 -.49 92 .474 76 .394 72 .744 83 .353 101 .475 105 .143 54
86 Florida Atlantic 4-8 -.35 -.23 73 .481 81 .432 88 .745 84 .270 62 .363 55 .124 69
87 Louisiana Tech 4-7 -.36 -.61 97 .510 96 .458 97 .752 89 .316 91 .420 86 .120 75
88 UAB 4-8 -.37 -.36 83 .472 75 .420 83 .713 61 .301 81 .422 88 .112 91
89 Kansas State 6-6 -.39 -.31 81 .506 94 .437 89 .792 109 .277 68 .350 47 .154 35
90 Baylor 6-6 -.40 -.56 95 .531 99 .448 93 .779 107 .305 86 .392 72 .137 59
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Team FBS
Rec
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 Kentucky 5-7 -.41 -.46 90 .451 61 .411 80 .721 62 .303 84 .420 87 .090 114
92 Bowling Green 2-10 -.43 -.20 68 .476 78 .431 87 .747 88 .315 89 .422 89 .171 23
93 Houston 4-7 -.46 -.61 99 .537 100 .490 106 .767 100 .342 99 .446 98 .117 80
94 Northwestern 6-6 -.49 -.64 100 .499 89 .405 76 .746 87 .331 96 .443 96 .120 76
95 Utah State 3-8 -.50 -.78 103 .525 97 .467 99 .762 97 .352 100 .462 100 .107 93
96 Louisiana Lafayette 3-9 -.56 -.42 86 .498 88 .466 98 .721 63 .321 93 .446 97 .143 53
97 Minnesota 3-8 -.56 -.95 112 .540 103 .473 102 .694 42 .378 108 .545 116 .126 68
98 North Texas 3-9 -.59 -.52 93 .480 80 .410 78 .746 86 .312 88 .417 85 .094 109
99 Western Kentucky 2-10 -.62 -.54 94 .472 74 .405 77 .705 52 .357 105 .505 110 .116 83
100 Ball State 3-7 -.63 -.42 85 .497 87 .416 82 .754 93 .325 95 .430 92 .158 31
101 Cincinnati 3-8 -.66 -.56 96 .474 77 .394 71 .726 71 .339 98 .467 102 .097 104
102 Indiana 4-7 -.70 -.89 108 .548 109 .474 103 .776 104 .371 106 .478 106 .060 120
103 UTEP 5-7 -.70 -.74 102 .553 110 .477 104 .808 116 .333 97 .412 83 .092 111
104 Wake Forest 2-9 -.72 -.86 107 .567 114 .548 117 .809 117 .382 110 .472 104 .118 78
105 Duke 2-9 -.73 -.89 109 .539 102 .480 105 .777 105 .388 111 .500 109 .099 101
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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 Wyoming 2-9 -.75 -.72 101 .529 98 .451 95 .773 103 .355 102 .459 99 .091 112
107 Michigan 6-6 -.78 -.82 106 .543 106 .500 110 .754 92 .355 103 .471 103 .109 92
108 Kansas 3-8 -.81 -.92 110 .564 111 .495 108 .731 76 .380 109 .519 112 .093 110
109 Virginia 2-8 -.84 -.80 104 .546 108 .473 101 .813 119 .355 104 .437 94 .112 90
110 San Jose State 0-11 -.88 -1.11 114 .594 118 .551 118 .797 114 .390 112 .489 107 .136 60
111 Colorado State 3-9 -.91 -.81 105 .540 104 .505 111 .752 91 .376 107 .500 108 .101 98
112 Akron 1-10 -.92 -.61 98 .538 101 .500 109 .791 108 .322 94 .407 79 .113 89
113 Rice 4-8 -.93 -1.20 116 .567 113 .532 115 .766 98 .406 113 .531 114 .078 118
114 Memphis 1-11 -.94 -1.06 113 .567 112 .490 107 .795 112 .417 115 .525 113 .094 108
115 Washington State 1-10 -1.03 -1.41 119 .600 119 .530 114 .795 110 .446 118 .562 118 .116 85
116 UNLV 2-11 -1.07 -1.34 118 .630 120 .591 120 .821 120 .470 119 .573 119 .120 77
117 New Mexico 1-11 -1.11 -.95 111 .569 115 .530 113 .777 106 .423 116 .545 115 .123 71
118 East Carolina 6-7 -1.13 -1.32 117 .586 116 .537 116 .810 118 .442 117 .546 117 .116 86
119 New Mexico State 2-10 -1.25 -1.13 115 .546 107 .514 112 .803 115 .409 114 .510 111 .063 119
120 Eastern Michigan 2-10 -1.50 -1.48 120 .592 117 .568 119 .770 102 .476 120 .619 120 .079 117