Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2011 FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS, DEFENSE

through games of 1/9/2012

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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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
-.780 1 Alabama 11-1 3 -.952 1 .403 1 .185 1 .024 1 .073 2 .113 1 .189 78
-.747 2 LSU 12-1 1 -.672 2 .588 12 .297 2 .053 4 .130 57 .213 5 .057 20
-.728 3 Oklahoma State 12-1 2 -.382 11 .675 66 .418 42 .115 48 .191 111 .349 44 .024 3
-.596 4 Rutgers 8-4 24 -.474 5 .584 11 .364 13 .094 30 .101 15 .270 13 .103 41
-.549 5 Oregon 11-2 6 -.243 31 .634 34 .411 38 .098 33 .111 27 .350 45 .026 5
-.542 6 Michigan State 10-3 11 -.331 22 .577 9 .337 7 .081 19 .094 9 .250 8 .031 8
-.541 7 South Carolina 10-2 13 -.483 4 .561 5 .338 8 .043 2 .115 31 .265 11 .110 44
-.530 8 Illinois 6-6 61 -.394 9 .596 14 .332 5 .068 11 .075 4 .203 3 .099 38
-.523 9 Texas 8-5 28 -.407 7 .599 16 .357 11 .054 5 .116 32 .287 15 .030 7
-.510 10 Florida State 8-4 12 -.454 6 .600 17 .335 6 .059 7 .104 20 .211 4 .095 37
-.469 11 Georgia 9-4 19 -.551 3 .487 2 .301 3 .077 17 .096 12 .230 6 .149 59
-.464 12 Oklahoma 10-3 4 -.354 17 .567 6 .351 9 .134 64 .104 19 .291 18 .039 10
-.446 13 Stanford 11-2 7 -.219 37 .627 31 .423 46 .157 84 .090 8 .347 42 .057 19
-.445 14 South Florida 4-7 34 -.225 35 .624 28 .415 41 .083 23 .173 100 .370 56 .087 33
-.437 15 Penn State 8-4 39 -.373 14 .662 58 .371 18 .049 3 .127 52 .256 9 .062 24
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
-.414 16 Michigan 11-2 9 -.345 18 .617 22 .396 27 .120 51 .113 28 .339 40 .165 69
-.412 17 Utah 7-5 54 -.377 13 .648 48 .394 26 .099 34 .120 39 .294 19 .104 42
-.407 18 Notre Dame 8-5 15 -.262 29 .660 56 .408 37 .085 24 .170 96 .285 14 .043 13
-.397 19 Kansas State 9-3 18 -.029 62 .723 97 .479 78 .163 91 .113 29 .395 66 .017 1
-.375 20 Southern Mississippi 11-2 25 -.396 8 .560 4 .366 16 .082 22 .157 84 .304 24 .176 72
-.357 21 Boise State 12-1 8 -.319 23 .493 3 .320 4 .118 49 .088 5 .265 10 .157 66
-.357 22 Ohio State 6-7 35 -.265 27 .629 32 .382 22 .091 28 .126 49 .305 26 .068 27
-.325 23 Connecticut 4-7 48 -.238 33 .571 7 .381 21 .122 53 .075 3 .297 20 .161 67
-.321 24 Pittsburgh 5-7 36 -.265 26 .648 50 .398 29 .076 16 .124 45 .315 32 .147 58
-.314 25 North Carolina State 6-5 50 -.243 32 .582 10 .401 33 .104 39 .097 13 .330 37 .153 61
-.304 26 North Carolina 6-6 41 -.109 45 .676 67 .464 67 .096 32 .169 95 .393 63 .050 15
-.298 27 Texas A&M 7-6 16 -.103 47 .617 23 .404 35 .114 47 .102 17 .308 27 .026 4
-.297 28 Mississippi State 6-6 47 -.362 15 .669 62 .391 24 .065 9 .165 89 .301 23 .125 48
-.295 29 USC 10-2 10 -.065 56 .677 70 .434 54 .094 31 .134 64 .359 51 .083 31
-.289 30 Cincinnati 9-3 23 -.389 10 .624 29 .365 15 .081 20 .134 65 .304 25 .221 85
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
-.286 31 Virginia Tech 10-3 27 -.193 40 .608 18 .388 23 .119 50 .126 50 .310 28 .051 16
-.285 32 Tennessee 4-7 57 -.234 34 .636 36 .421 45 .121 52 .131 61 .330 36 .110 43
-.238 33 Florida 6-6 44 -.273 25 .620 26 .365 14 .070 13 .109 24 .269 12 .164 68
-.220 34 Louisiana Tech 7-5 40 -.345 19 .615 20 .355 10 .058 6 .096 11 .231 7 .193 79
-.216 35 West Virginia 9-3 17 -.218 38 .597 15 .404 36 .090 26 .132 63 .362 52 .188 77
-.212 36 Kent State 4-7 102 -.342 21 .619 25 .398 30 .071 14 .167 90 .311 29 .235 87
-.197 37 Iowa State 5-7 60 -.004 64 .703 85 .504 88 .081 21 .128 55 .460 95 .030 6
-.191 38 Louisville 6-6 30 -.132 41 .694 79 .413 40 .112 46 .104 21 .319 33 .202 82
-.188 39 Syracuse 4-7 62 -.057 57 .713 93 .488 81 .163 89 .140 71 .477 97 .094 36
-.187 40 Boston College 3-8 64 -.030 61 .669 63 .459 64 .089 25 .185 108 .422 80 .077 29
-.185 41 Arkansas 10-2 14 -.121 43 .630 33 .393 25 .101 36 .138 68 .333 38 .129 52
-.184 42 TCU 10-2 21 -.244 30 .642 43 .400 32 .149 79 .097 14 .336 39 .156 63
-.175 43 California 6-6 49 -.089 53 .662 57 .446 58 .154 81 .125 47 .353 47 .073 28
-.172 44 Iowa 6-6 37 .004 65 .672 65 .479 77 .069 12 .260 120 .420 78 .156 64
-.171 45 Virginia 7-5 56 -.114 44 .614 19 .425 47 .124 56 .110 26 .392 62 .129 51
DFEI DFEI
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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
-.165 46 Missouri 7-5 20 -.056 58 .641 41 .455 61 .099 35 .183 106 .367 55 .041 12
-.158 47 Temple 8-4 38 -.380 12 .701 83 .364 12 .068 10 .128 54 .202 2 .621 117
-.145 48 Vanderbilt 5-7 45 -.343 20 .621 27 .378 20 .091 27 .129 56 .288 16 .157 65
-.139 49 Wisconsin 10-3 5 -.128 42 .656 54 .402 34 .139 70 .139 70 .289 17 .184 73
-.134 50 Clemson 9-4 32 .017 67 .653 52 .444 57 .147 75 .127 51 .356 49 .093 35
-.130 51 BYU 9-3 46 -.211 39 .595 13 .373 19 .111 45 .127 53 .300 22 .392 105
-.116 52 Kentucky 4-7 88 -.223 36 .643 45 .412 39 .109 42 .101 16 .312 31 .286 96
-.112 53 Nebraska 8-4 31 .038 68 .700 82 .434 53 .123 55 .146 75 .356 50 .062 25
-.091 54 Florida International 8-5 69 -.317 24 .625 30 .400 31 .072 15 .145 74 .312 30 .546 114
-.085 55 Houston 12-1 22 -.101 49 .617 24 .419 43 .110 43 .169 94 .348 43 .619 116
-.065 56 San Jose State 5-7 82 .038 69 .685 75 .478 76 .144 73 .110 25 .379 58 .125 49
-.059 57 Tulsa 8-5 52 -.102 48 .693 77 .427 49 .131 61 .118 35 .321 34 .129 53
-.045 58 Central Florida 4-7 63 -.262 28 .636 37 .397 28 .064 8 .182 103 .327 35 .665 119
-.003 59 Toledo 8-4 33 .080 77 .658 55 .458 62 .171 97 .096 10 .398 67 .238 88
-.002 60 Arkansas State 9-3 73 -.358 16 .575 8 .368 17 .103 38 .130 58 .297 21 .457 112
DFEI DFEI
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Rec
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
.010 61 Georgia Tech 7-5 43 .132 79 .645 46 .480 79 .149 78 .157 83 .427 81 .129 54
.012 62 Wake Forest 5-7 55 .041 70 .705 88 .471 72 .158 87 .151 80 .411 74 .185 74
.018 63 Arizona State 5-7 42 .054 72 .710 92 .497 84 .159 88 .131 62 .422 79 .089 34
.043 64 Ohio 9-4 58 -.093 52 .636 38 .420 44 .110 44 .117 34 .364 53 .349 103
.048 65 SMU 7-5 70 -.105 46 .638 39 .447 59 .092 29 .131 60 .418 77 .103 39
.053 66 San Diego State 7-5 75 .066 75 .664 59 .462 65 .150 80 .171 99 .380 59 .171 70
.077 67 Marshall 7-6 85 -.093 51 .651 51 .432 52 .138 68 .125 46 .373 57 .138 55
.084 68 East Carolina 5-7 92 .055 73 .706 89 .511 92 .127 58 .183 104 .437 86 .146 57
.096 69 Miami (OH) 4-8 76 -.078 55 .667 60 .432 51 .078 18 .163 86 .345 41 .248 90
.101 70 Utah State 6-6 65 -.021 63 .688 76 .459 63 .132 62 .118 36 .406 71 .437 111
.121 71 Miami 5-6 26 .065 74 .714 94 .501 87 .105 40 .248 119 .444 90 .186 75
.134 72 Louisiana Monroe 3-8 86 -.089 54 .648 49 .425 48 .128 59 .120 40 .355 48 .476 113
.148 73 Oregon State 3-8 91 .314 98 .707 90 .517 94 .138 67 .147 77 .429 82 .047 14
.148 74 Maryland 1-10 81 .370 104 .758 106 .559 104 .156 83 .188 109 .491 105 .051 17
.152 75 Western Kentucky 7-4 87 -.044 59 .645 47 .430 50 .177 100 .105 22 .383 60 .323 102
DFEI DFEI
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Team FBS
Rec
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
.157 76 Florida Atlantic 1-11 115 .067 76 .677 71 .525 97 .102 37 .197 112 .485 102 .622 118
.174 77 Mississippi 1-10 98 .309 96 .768 108 .534 100 .188 106 .143 73 .458 93 .121 46
.212 78 Air Force 5-6 79 .233 88 .781 114 .529 98 .143 71 .181 102 .455 92 .152 60
.216 79 Purdue 6-6 78 .144 81 .693 78 .478 75 .139 69 .190 110 .393 65 .129 50
.221 80 Army 2-9 106 .299 94 .740 102 .551 103 .202 110 .135 66 .482 99 .119 45
.225 81 Bowling Green 4-7 90 .005 66 .705 86 .464 66 .129 60 .114 30 .393 64 .188 76
.233 82 Eastern Michigan 4-6 99 .087 78 .643 44 .450 60 .134 63 .143 72 .402 69 .256 92
.239 83 Nevada 7-6 71 -.041 60 .616 21 .439 55 .158 86 .130 59 .352 46 .201 81
.240 84 Akron 0-11 118 .368 103 .777 113 .570 110 .196 108 .089 7 .533 113 .432 109
.242 85 Northwestern 5-7 51 .233 89 .776 112 .538 101 .136 66 .184 107 .441 88 .208 84
.244 86 Baylor 9-3 29 .475 110 .774 111 .592 114 .233 118 .171 98 .532 112 .059 23
.257 87 Idaho 1-10 107 .147 82 .676 68 .496 83 .147 76 .088 6 .417 76 .274 93
.283 88 Louisiana Lafayette 8-4 80 -.094 50 .642 42 .440 56 .107 41 .119 38 .383 61 .399 106
.286 89 Northern Illinois 10-3 53 .046 71 .724 98 .465 69 .145 74 .138 69 .408 72 .251 91
.286 90 Tulane 1-11 113 .310 97 .638 40 .498 85 .185 105 .123 43 .482 100 .323 101
DFEI DFEI
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Rec
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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Va Va
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DSOS Rk
.299 91 Troy 3-9 110 .142 80 .684 74 .490 82 .171 96 .158 85 .444 89 .226 86
.310 92 Auburn 7-5 66 .255 91 .654 53 .465 68 .126 57 .205 113 .412 75 .086 32
.312 93 Washington State 3-8 89 .264 93 .708 91 .508 91 .175 98 .067 1 .459 94 .142 56
.314 94 Rice 4-8 96 .238 90 .669 61 .485 80 .166 92 .103 18 .403 70 .103 40
.336 95 Western Michigan 6-6 59 .159 83 .679 72 .505 89 .157 85 .149 79 .483 101 .282 95
.337 96 Kansas 1-10 114 .665 117 .786 116 .675 119 .268 120 .152 81 .629 120 .018 2
.339 97 Colorado State 2-9 103 .323 99 .715 95 .524 96 .171 95 .146 76 .486 103 .247 89
.343 98 Buffalo 2-9 100 .262 92 .634 35 .476 73 .154 82 .122 42 .438 87 .437 110
.355 99 Duke 3-8 72 .364 101 .696 80 .507 90 .183 103 .148 78 .433 83 .082 30
.360 100 Central Michigan 2-9 95 .387 107 .698 81 .544 102 .183 102 .135 67 .490 104 .291 99
.372 101 Wyoming 6-5 101 .222 87 .705 87 .500 86 .148 77 .164 87 .435 85 .194 80
.381 102 New Mexico State 4-9 109 .368 102 .732 99 .562 105 .181 101 .168 93 .519 108 .287 98
.410 103 Washington 6-6 68 .463 109 .772 109 .569 109 .228 117 .165 88 .527 111 .034 9
.417 104 Memphis 1-10 117 .300 95 .732 100 .573 111 .205 111 .118 37 .524 110 .790 120
.421 105 Hawaii 5-7 83 .159 84 .702 84 .471 71 .163 90 .121 41 .409 73 .319 100
DFEI DFEI
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DE DE
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FD FD
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Va Va
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DSOS Rk
.442 106 Minnesota 3-8 104 .509 113 .745 103 .566 107 .176 99 .216 115 .479 98 .059 22
.466 107 Fresno State 3-9 84 .450 108 .683 73 .531 99 .218 114 .106 23 .472 96 .281 94
.478 108 Ball State 6-6 94 .554 115 .773 110 .579 112 .189 107 .227 118 .504 106 .207 83
.478 109 Middle Tennessee 2-10 116 .193 85 .671 64 .477 74 .144 72 .123 44 .365 54 .558 115
.482 110 Arizona 3-8 74 .557 116 .746 104 .565 106 .197 109 .156 82 .555 115 .062 26
.483 111 UCLA 6-8 93 .381 105 .752 105 .522 95 .135 65 .220 117 .451 91 .053 18
.493 112 Indiana 0-11 105 .503 112 .791 117 .604 116 .209 113 .183 105 .566 116 .172 71
.506 113 North Texas 5-7 112 .202 86 .676 69 .468 70 .184 104 .125 48 .402 68 .287 97
.519 114 Colorado 3-10 108 .530 114 .783 115 .582 113 .171 94 .116 33 .509 107 .058 21
.523 115 Navy 4-7 67 .382 106 .717 96 .568 108 .123 54 .208 114 .521 109 .402 107
.555 116 Texas Tech 4-7 77 .674 118 .758 107 .594 115 .225 115 .167 92 .542 114 .041 11
.604 117 New Mexico 1-10 120 .783 120 .856 120 .690 120 .227 116 .216 116 .611 119 .154 62
.638 118 UNLV 2-9 119 .708 119 .830 118 .621 117 .264 119 .179 101 .608 118 .121 47
.643 119 UTEP 4-7 97 .340 100 .735 101 .514 93 .205 112 .171 97 .434 84 .378 104
.647 120 UAB 3-9 111 .479 111 .849 119 .625 118 .167 93 .167 91 .596 117 .409 108