Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2011 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 Alabama 11-1 1.46 1.60 1 .185 1 .113 1 .452 1 .048 1 .107 1 .121 79
2 LSU 12-1 1.25 1.13 2 .297 2 .213 5 .649 14 .084 2 .129 2 .183 7
3 Oklahoma State 12-1 1.03 .55 16 .418 42 .349 44 .688 40 .185 23 .269 17 .248 1
4 Boise State 12-1 .90 .57 13 .320 4 .265 10 .529 2 .169 15 .319 38 .162 25
5 Texas 8-5 .89 .58 12 .357 11 .287 15 .646 13 .163 11 .253 12 .129 65
6 Oklahoma 10-3 .89 .55 17 .351 9 .291 18 .622 7 .183 21 .294 27 .146 41
7 Penn State 8-4 .88 .49 23 .371 18 .256 9 .697 48 .162 8 .232 6 .155 32
8 Michigan State 10-3 .87 .54 18 .337 7 .250 8 .631 9 .201 28 .319 37 .141 47
9 Oregon 11-2 .83 .31 33 .411 38 .350 45 .719 68 .209 34 .291 25 .150 36
10 Georgia 9-4 .76 .81 4 .301 3 .230 6 .532 3 .160 5 .301 31 .173 15
11 Utah 7-5 .75 .61 10 .394 26 .294 19 .711 61 .162 9 .228 5 .197 4
12 Illinois 6-6 .75 .59 11 .332 5 .203 3 .644 11 .192 25 .298 29 .137 52
13 Stanford 11-2 .68 .23 37 .423 46 .347 42 .679 36 .224 41 .330 40 .119 82
14 South Carolina 10-2 .68 .85 3 .338 8 .265 11 .619 6 .165 14 .267 16 .216 2
15 Louisiana Tech 7-5 .68 .63 9 .355 10 .231 7 .667 26 .173 17 .260 14 .154 33
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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 Michigan 11-2 .65 .50 20 .396 27 .339 40 .662 24 .188 24 .284 22 .180 10
17 Florida State 8-4 .64 .70 7 .335 6 .211 4 .659 23 .156 3 .236 8 .163 24
18 Notre Dame 8-5 .63 .37 25 .408 37 .285 14 .730 77 .184 22 .252 11 .092 107
19 Rutgers 8-4 .61 .70 6 .364 13 .270 13 .617 5 .161 6 .261 15 .181 8
20 Southern Mississippi 11-2 .61 .67 8 .366 16 .304 24 .610 4 .170 16 .278 20 .126 72
21 TCU 10-2 .50 .34 27 .400 32 .336 39 .694 46 .201 29 .290 24 .149 39
22 Ohio State 6-7 .44 .30 35 .382 22 .305 26 .650 15 .203 31 .312 36 .133 60
23 USC 10-2 .44 .06 47 .434 54 .359 51 .709 59 .244 52 .344 51 .126 67
24 California 6-6 .44 .03 50 .446 58 .353 47 .728 76 .257 61 .354 56 .132 61
25 Kent State 4-7 .39 .44 24 .398 30 .311 29 .706 57 .183 20 .258 13 .143 45
26 Mississippi State 6-6 .35 .55 15 .391 24 .301 23 .712 63 .158 4 .222 3 .122 77
27 Tulsa 8-5 .34 .08 46 .427 49 .321 34 .719 67 .248 54 .345 52 .150 37
28 Kansas State 9-3 .31 -.06 58 .479 78 .395 66 .773 103 .284 75 .367 65 .163 23
29 Temple 8-4 .31 .50 19 .364 12 .202 2 .726 74 .162 10 .224 4 .103 101
30 Missouri 7-5 .28 -.04 57 .455 61 .367 55 .704 53 .239 50 .340 49 .134 59
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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 Texas A&M 7-6 .28 .00 54 .404 35 .308 27 .695 47 .251 56 .362 60 .090 109
32 BYU 9-3 .27 .29 36 .373 19 .300 22 .667 28 .206 33 .310 35 .151 34
33 Vanderbilt 5-7 .25 .56 14 .378 20 .288 16 .667 27 .182 19 .273 19 .174 14
34 Connecticut 4-7 .25 .35 26 .381 21 .297 21 .626 8 .224 43 .359 59 .177 12
35 Arkansas State 9-3 .24 .50 21 .368 17 .297 20 .658 21 .192 26 .292 26 .158 29
36 North Carolina State 6-5 .24 .34 28 .401 33 .330 37 .634 10 .231 47 .365 63 .201 3
37 South Florida 4-7 .24 .30 34 .415 41 .370 56 .662 25 .180 18 .273 18 .158 28
38 Cincinnati 9-3 .22 .71 5 .365 15 .304 25 .685 38 .161 7 .235 7 .168 19
39 Pittsburgh 5-7 .22 .33 29 .398 29 .315 32 .690 41 .193 27 .280 21 .110 87
40 Nebraska 8-4 .21 -.16 65 .434 53 .356 50 .738 82 .262 64 .354 58 .100 103
41 Florida International 8-5 .20 .50 22 .400 31 .312 30 .678 34 .164 13 .243 9 .125 73
42 Wisconsin 10-3 .18 .13 42 .402 34 .289 17 .672 31 .238 49 .354 57 .148 40
43 Virginia Tech 10-3 .16 .19 40 .388 23 .310 28 .657 20 .203 32 .309 34 .126 71
44 Iowa State 5-7 .15 -.17 67 .504 88 .460 95 .770 101 .257 59 .333 44 .142 46
45 Arkansas 10-2 .15 .17 41 .393 25 .333 38 .645 12 .217 39 .337 47 .130 63
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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 Florida 6-6 .13 .33 30 .365 14 .269 12 .682 37 .202 30 .295 28 .085 111
47 Tennessee 4-7 .10 .22 39 .421 45 .330 36 .701 50 .224 42 .320 39 .103 100
48 Boston College 3-8 .10 -.01 56 .459 64 .422 80 .694 45 .210 37 .302 32 .097 104
49 North Carolina 6-6 .09 -.01 55 .464 67 .393 63 .721 70 .243 51 .337 46 .162 26
50 SMU 7-5 .08 .02 53 .447 59 .418 77 .685 39 .231 46 .337 48 .092 106
51 Houston 12-1 .07 .12 44 .419 43 .348 43 .656 18 .227 44 .347 53 .175 13
52 Marshall 7-6 .06 .06 49 .432 52 .373 57 .704 52 .257 58 .364 61 .171 18
53 Central Florida 4-7 .06 .32 32 .397 28 .327 35 .655 17 .164 12 .250 10 .100 102
54 Toledo 8-4 .05 -.22 72 .458 62 .398 67 .671 30 .295 79 .439 90 .144 44
55 West Virginia 9-3 .01 .32 31 .404 36 .362 52 .653 16 .222 40 .340 50 .139 50
56 San Diego State 7-5 .00 -.22 71 .462 65 .380 59 .714 64 .271 70 .380 71 .171 17
57 Kentucky 4-7 -.01 .22 38 .412 39 .312 31 .690 43 .209 35 .303 33 .155 31
58 Arizona State 5-7 -.02 -.22 73 .497 84 .422 79 .752 92 .262 65 .349 54 .172 16
59 Virginia 7-5 -.05 .06 48 .425 47 .392 62 .690 42 .228 45 .330 41 .110 88
60 Nevada 7-6 -.05 -.08 61 .439 55 .352 46 .658 22 .260 63 .396 76 .130 64
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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 San Jose State 5-7 -.05 -.24 74 .478 76 .379 58 .733 78 .288 76 .393 75 .192 5
62 Clemson 9-4 -.06 -.14 63 .444 57 .356 49 .707 58 .273 71 .387 72 .107 95
63 Ohio 9-4 -.08 .03 51 .420 44 .364 53 .701 51 .234 48 .333 42 .149 38
64 Iowa 6-6 -.11 -.15 64 .479 77 .420 78 .710 60 .260 62 .366 64 .122 78
65 Louisville 6-6 -.15 .11 45 .413 40 .319 33 .724 73 .216 38 .299 30 .104 97
66 Bowling Green 4-7 -.17 -.18 68 .464 66 .393 64 .727 75 .265 67 .365 62 .083 113
67 Oregon State 3-8 -.17 -.65 96 .517 94 .429 82 .750 90 .362 102 .483 104 .155 30
68 Miami (OH) 4-8 -.17 .03 52 .432 51 .345 41 .705 55 .248 53 .352 55 .109 91
69 Louisiana Lafayette 8-4 -.19 .12 43 .440 56 .383 61 .692 44 .270 69 .391 74 .119 81
70 Western Kentucky 7-4 -.19 -.07 60 .430 50 .383 60 .677 33 .250 55 .369 66 .113 86
71 Syracuse 4-7 -.20 -.12 62 .488 81 .477 97 .767 99 .256 57 .333 43 .140 49
72 Purdue 6-6 -.23 -.36 82 .478 75 .393 65 .737 81 .292 78 .396 78 .139 51
73 Utah State 6-6 -.24 -.16 66 .459 63 .406 71 .764 95 .257 60 .336 45 .090 108
74 Miami 5-6 -.24 -.20 69 .501 87 .444 90 .733 79 .210 36 .286 23 .095 105
75 Louisiana Monroe 3-8 -.26 -.07 59 .425 48 .355 48 .656 19 .264 66 .402 82 .120 80
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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 Northern Illinois 10-3 -.26 -.21 70 .465 69 .408 72 .750 89 .283 74 .377 69 .125 74
77 East Carolina 5-7 -.31 -.33 81 .511 92 .437 86 .762 94 .302 82 .396 77 .135 55
78 Eastern Michigan 4-6 -.31 -.30 76 .450 60 .402 69 .705 54 .268 68 .380 70 .054 120
79 Air Force 5-6 -.32 -.62 92 .529 98 .455 92 .800 110 .343 95 .429 88 .181 9
80 Wyoming 6-5 -.33 -.44 88 .500 86 .435 85 .721 71 .320 89 .443 91 .189 6
81 North Texas 5-7 -.33 -.32 77 .468 70 .402 68 .706 56 .309 86 .438 89 .132 62
82 Rice 4-8 -.34 -.44 87 .485 80 .403 70 .717 66 .324 91 .452 95 .124 76
83 Wake Forest 5-7 -.37 -.27 75 .471 72 .411 74 .719 69 .281 73 .390 73 .144 43
84 Idaho 1-10 -.40 -.41 86 .496 83 .417 76 .735 80 .309 87 .420 85 .110 89
85 Georgia Tech 7-5 -.42 -.32 78 .480 79 .427 81 .678 35 .306 84 .451 94 .140 48
86 Colorado State 2-9 -.43 -.63 94 .524 96 .486 103 .748 88 .341 94 .457 97 .146 42
87 Western Michigan 6-6 -.43 -.32 79 .505 89 .483 101 .746 86 .276 72 .370 67 .164 21
88 Maryland 1-10 -.43 -.67 99 .559 104 .491 105 .789 106 .359 101 .455 96 .164 22
89 Hawaii 5-7 -.44 -.37 83 .471 71 .409 73 .766 97 .305 83 .398 79 .135 56
90 Auburn 7-5 -.48 -.38 84 .465 68 .412 75 .701 49 .291 77 .416 84 .126 68
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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 UCLA 6-8 -.50 -.78 102 .522 95 .451 91 .766 98 .355 99 .463 101 .128 66
92 Washington 6-6 -.53 -1.01 109 .569 109 .527 111 .803 111 .370 107 .461 100 .126 70
93 Troy 3-9 -.56 -.33 80 .490 82 .444 89 .743 85 .296 81 .398 80 .105 96
94 Army 2-9 -.57 -.79 104 .551 103 .482 99 .808 112 .394 113 .488 106 .135 57
95 Tulane 1-11 -.58 -.68 100 .498 85 .482 100 .669 29 .369 106 .552 118 .115 83
96 Washington State 3-8 -.59 -.62 93 .508 91 .459 94 .758 93 .325 92 .429 87 .108 92
97 Northwestern 5-7 -.60 -.57 90 .538 101 .441 88 .792 107 .296 80 .374 68 .136 54
98 Arizona 3-8 -.61 -1.01 110 .565 106 .555 115 .779 105 .385 109 .495 108 .115 84
99 UTEP 4-7 -.63 -.61 91 .514 93 .434 84 .769 100 .308 85 .400 81 .137 53
100 Florida Atlantic 1-11 -.65 -.39 85 .525 97 .485 102 .740 84 .331 93 .447 92 .126 69
101 Duke 3-8 -.66 -.67 98 .507 90 .433 83 .739 83 .313 88 .424 86 .078 114
102 Ball State 6-6 -.69 -.99 108 .579 112 .504 106 .795 109 .364 104 .457 98 .114 85
103 Mississippi 1-10 -.69 -.66 97 .534 100 .458 93 .795 108 .321 90 .404 83 .107 94
104 Baylor 9-3 -.71 -1.02 111 .592 114 .532 112 .815 115 .411 115 .504 110 .151 35
105 Minnesota 3-8 -.77 -1.07 113 .566 107 .479 98 .765 96 .392 112 .513 112 .088 110
DFEI
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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 Fresno State 3-9 -.78 -.87 106 .531 99 .472 96 .711 62 .352 98 .495 109 .063 118
107 Colorado 3-10 -.80 -1.18 116 .582 113 .509 107 .814 114 .419 116 .514 113 .085 112
108 New Mexico State 4-9 -.83 -.87 105 .562 105 .519 108 .752 91 .369 105 .491 107 .134 58
109 Navy 4-7 -.83 -.78 103 .568 108 .521 109 .717 65 .377 108 .526 116 .179 11
110 Buffalo 2-9 -.86 -.69 101 .476 73 .438 87 .675 32 .350 97 .518 115 .057 119
111 Middle Tennessee 2-10 -.94 -.56 89 .477 74 .365 54 .747 87 .356 100 .477 103 .110 90
112 Memphis 1-10 -.97 -.64 95 .573 111 .524 110 .772 102 .362 103 .469 102 .165 20
113 Central Michigan 2-9 -1.02 -.89 107 .544 102 .490 104 .722 72 .349 96 .484 105 .071 116
114 UNLV 2-9 -1.09 -1.44 118 .621 117 .608 118 .840 117 .434 118 .517 114 .104 99
115 Texas Tech 4-7 -1.11 -1.30 117 .594 115 .542 114 .775 104 .425 117 .548 117 .108 93
116 Kansas 1-10 -1.15 -1.59 119 .675 119 .629 120 .821 116 .500 119 .609 120 .125 75
117 Indiana 0-11 -1.19 -1.09 115 .604 116 .566 116 .852 118 .391 111 .459 99 .104 98
118 Akron 0-11 -1.21 -1.08 114 .570 110 .533 113 .813 113 .411 114 .505 111 .071 117
119 UAB 3-9 -1.42 -1.02 112 .625 118 .596 117 .865 119 .389 110 .450 93 .159 27
120 New Mexico 1-10 -1.45 -1.84 120 .690 120 .611 119 .866 120 .526 120 .607 119 .072 115