Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2012 FEI COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS, DEFENSE

through games of 1/7/2013

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.

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-.795 1 Florida 10-2 5 -.601 3 .562 7 .341 8 .058 5 .168 91 .275 13 .042 15
-.683 2 Michigan State 7-6 23 -.591 4 .535 3 .328 5 .058 4 .097 11 .227 2 .059 22
-.670 3 Stanford 12-2 7 -.410 19 .571 11 .357 14 .071 12 .143 58 .261 9 .035 10
-.657 4 Alabama 12-1 1 -.725 1 .537 4 .301 1 .073 14 .098 12 .230 3 .054 18
-.629 5 South Carolina 10-2 11 -.496 11 .621 28 .362 16 .068 9 .136 52 .292 18 .139 50
-.605 6 LSU 9-3 12 -.445 14 .569 9 .342 9 .076 16 .132 42 .271 11 .055 20
-.591 7 Rutgers 8-4 34 -.532 9 .612 22 .375 20 .082 21 .109 25 .294 20 .143 53
-.587 8 Oregon 11-1 2 -.498 10 .635 34 .388 24 .088 23 .153 73 .331 31 .122 42
-.571 9 Florida State 10-2 13 -.566 5 .532 2 .309 3 .050 2 .129 39 .224 1 .204 74
-.563 10 Kansas State 10-2 4 -.186 40 .672 57 .436 43 .092 28 .202 114 .388 56 .015 2
-.561 11 TCU 6-6 22 -.354 23 .591 15 .369 18 .119 47 .119 30 .302 22 .022 8
-.492 12 Wisconsin 7-6 15 -.394 20 .553 6 .330 6 .073 15 .133 45 .255 7 .062 24
-.491 13 Cincinnati 8-3 20 -.374 22 .656 45 .426 38 .102 32 .172 93 .339 35 .174 63
-.491 14 Utah State 10-2 24 -.554 7 .601 20 .355 13 .077 17 .168 90 .303 23 .278 95
-.482 15 Ohio State 12-0 9 -.297 25 .616 24 .396 28 .137 68 .089 9 .291 17 .172 61
DFEI DFEI
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-.476 16 Notre Dame 12-1 10 -.557 6 .618 25 .379 23 .038 1 .160 83 .289 14 .094 33
-.475 17 Georgia 11-2 8 -.436 16 .600 19 .377 21 .133 63 .127 35 .314 27 .095 34
-.444 18 BYU 7-5 29 -.647 2 .523 1 .309 2 .069 10 .092 10 .267 10 .192 69
-.439 19 Penn State 8-4 31 -.486 12 .590 14 .379 22 .067 8 .164 87 .317 28 .141 51
-.412 20 Texas A&M 9-2 3 -.107 49 .667 52 .428 39 .098 31 .146 59 .345 40 .086 31
-.410 21 Boise State 11-2 32 -.541 8 .649 41 .354 12 .067 7 .149 65 .274 12 .422 112
-.398 22 Connecticut 5-7 64 -.416 17 .564 8 .335 7 .081 19 .081 4 .252 5 .166 58
-.384 23 Oregon State 8-4 16 -.257 30 .635 35 .392 27 .081 20 .128 38 .290 16 .079 28
-.375 24 Virginia Tech 6-6 49 -.378 21 .583 13 .367 17 .103 33 .083 6 .314 26 .121 41
-.339 25 Oklahoma 9-3 6 -.032 58 .701 75 .445 50 .149 79 .104 16 .344 38 .010 1
-.338 26 Michigan 8-5 26 -.286 28 .654 44 .432 40 .069 11 .177 100 .336 34 .062 23
-.313 27 Tulsa 10-3 40 -.334 24 .570 10 .344 10 .089 24 .078 3 .253 6 .353 102
-.312 28 Fresno State 8-4 54 -.445 13 .553 5 .327 4 .125 52 .086 7 .259 8 .226 80
-.303 29 UCLA 9-5 33 -.163 41 .625 30 .404 30 .125 53 .136 51 .333 33 .039 12
-.277 30 Oklahoma State 7-5 14 -.058 55 .674 58 .472 63 .118 45 .174 96 .398 61 .020 7
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-.254 31 Arizona State 7-5 37 -.278 29 .599 18 .360 15 .092 27 .138 54 .290 15 .139 49
-.239 32 Nebraska 9-4 19 -.158 42 .615 23 .417 32 .130 60 .118 28 .352 43 .068 25
-.237 33 San Diego State 8-4 48 -.229 34 .719 90 .445 51 .109 38 .141 55 .324 29 .296 96
-.235 34 Pittsburgh 5-6 44 -.236 33 .658 47 .424 37 .096 30 .193 112 .356 46 .105 37
-.230 35 Vanderbilt 8-4 43 -.413 18 .634 33 .391 26 .060 6 .179 102 .312 25 .192 68
-.229 36 USC 7-6 30 -.190 39 .669 55 .436 44 .073 13 .132 44 .344 37 .053 17
-.226 37 Washington 6-6 55 -.248 32 .667 51 .441 47 .148 77 .163 86 .356 45 .102 35
-.198 38 Texas 9-4 17 .218 87 .662 49 .482 69 .120 48 .190 107 .438 81 .017 4
-.191 39 Syracuse 7-5 27 -.026 59 .711 82 .437 45 .133 64 .148 62 .375 50 .112 39
-.191 40 Central Florida 10-4 35 -.199 38 .687 66 .434 41 .120 49 .173 95 .365 47 .251 88
-.186 41 Bowling Green 7-5 72 -.438 15 .580 12 .344 11 .119 46 .105 17 .246 4 .518 122
-.177 42 North Carolina State 6-6 59 -.290 26 .607 21 .398 29 .127 58 .075 2 .293 19 .214 77
-.171 43 Mississippi 6-6 42 -.251 31 .620 27 .419 34 .141 72 .106 20 .382 52 .054 19
-.169 44 Louisville 10-2 28 -.157 43 .628 31 .452 54 .054 3 .155 76 .409 67 .217 78
-.165 45 Northwestern 9-3 21 -.123 47 .669 56 .455 56 .090 25 .172 94 .414 70 .170 59
DFEI DFEI
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Va Va
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DSOS Rk
-.159 46 Kent State 10-3 53 -.221 36 .638 37 .420 35 .129 59 .153 75 .353 44 .390 109
-.148 47 Virginia 3-8 78 -.133 45 .597 16 .422 36 .127 55 .149 66 .327 30 .176 64
-.141 48 Maryland 3-8 81 -.213 37 .622 29 .389 25 .111 40 .119 29 .333 32 .157 57
-.138 49 Northern Illinois 11-2 36 -.151 44 .706 78 .464 59 .091 26 .196 113 .385 53 .439 114
-.128 50 Iowa State 5-7 39 .018 62 .752 103 .499 77 .121 50 .174 97 .412 68 .020 6
-.122 51 Missouri 4-7 57 -.047 56 .640 38 .452 53 .165 90 .115 27 .366 48 .037 11
-.093 52 San Jose State 10-2 38 -.290 27 .599 17 .373 19 .095 29 .082 5 .301 21 .354 103
-.078 53 Utah 4-7 58 -.110 48 .683 63 .418 33 .079 18 .127 36 .309 24 .188 67
-.063 54 Minnesota 5-7 74 -.101 50 .676 60 .434 42 .110 39 .162 85 .345 39 .112 40
-.058 55 Clemson 10-2 25 -.063 54 .662 50 .438 46 .166 91 .103 14 .398 60 .267 92
-.057 56 Illinois 1-10 110 .109 75 .686 65 .491 72 .149 78 .107 24 .430 78 .087 32
-.041 57 Toledo 8-4 56 .050 65 .772 115 .503 79 .221 116 .107 23 .404 65 .218 79
-.031 58 Iowa 3-8 63 -.100 51 .680 61 .452 55 .117 43 .141 56 .387 55 .153 56
-.029 59 Mississippi State 7-5 62 -.093 52 .690 68 .451 52 .085 22 .217 121 .392 57 .068 26
-.028 60 Purdue 5-7 89 .070 70 .718 89 .472 62 .127 54 .134 46 .368 49 .053 16
DFEI DFEI
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-.022 61 Buffalo 3-8 91 -.126 46 .619 26 .443 48 .127 56 .104 15 .349 42 .333 99
-.005 62 Arkansas State 9-3 51 -.018 60 .733 95 .507 80 .133 65 .167 89 .458 90 .173 62
-.005 63 Western Kentucky 6-6 66 -.078 53 .685 64 .478 67 .115 42 .177 101 .423 73 .233 83
.037 64 Georgia Tech 6-7 50 .092 71 .662 48 .495 76 .165 89 .150 67 .442 83 .107 38
.037 65 SMU 6-6 76 -.228 35 .657 46 .409 31 .161 86 .105 18 .341 36 .103 36
.041 66 Texas Tech 7-5 45 .213 86 .714 85 .512 83 .127 57 .127 37 .457 88 .029 9
.051 67 Wake Forest 4-7 102 .097 73 .717 87 .495 75 .165 88 .134 48 .402 64 .145 54
.053 68 Arizona 7-5 41 .243 90 .743 98 .530 93 .132 61 .191 109 .474 100 .059 21
.054 69 Washington State 2-9 97 .064 68 .712 84 .516 85 .136 67 .160 81 .434 80 .183 65
.057 70 Houston 5-7 84 -.044 57 .691 69 .479 68 .111 41 .160 84 .380 51 .276 94
.058 71 California 2-9 79 .185 81 .711 81 .521 87 .141 71 .148 63 .473 99 .070 27
.062 72 Ohio 8-4 70 .060 66 .728 92 .466 60 .103 34 .191 110 .385 54 .359 104
.073 73 West Virginia 6-6 52 .388 109 .734 96 .567 113 .216 115 .151 70 .525 114 .016 3
.080 74 Arkansas 3-8 67 .107 74 .697 72 .474 66 .139 70 .123 32 .400 62 .083 30
.105 75 Florida International 3-9 85 .064 69 .682 62 .470 61 .146 74 .113 26 .402 63 .149 55
DFEI DFEI
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DSOS Rk
.122 76 South Alabama 1-11 105 .095 72 .653 43 .495 74 .173 95 .100 13 .465 93 .424 113
.122 77 South Florida 2-9 73 .178 79 .790 118 .527 92 .118 44 .176 99 .398 59 .082 29
.124 78 North Carolina 7-4 47 .033 64 .652 42 .474 65 .121 51 .205 117 .412 69 .231 82
.141 79 Louisiana Lafayette 8-4 75 .064 67 .688 67 .487 70 .146 75 .132 43 .416 71 .236 85
.150 80 Western Michigan 3-8 82 -.004 61 .693 71 .490 71 .150 80 .134 47 .430 77 .532 123
.169 81 Boston College 1-10 86 .194 83 .752 104 .546 104 .109 36 .240 123 .467 94 .136 47
.178 82 Memphis 4-7 95 .029 63 .632 32 .464 58 .105 35 .175 98 .440 82 .360 105
.224 83 Kansas 0-11 93 .387 108 .802 122 .603 122 .198 110 .147 60 .551 122 .018 5
.226 84 Tennessee 4-7 61 .281 96 .692 70 .510 82 .175 97 .182 103 .460 91 .170 60
.238 85 Baylor 7-5 18 .430 114 .755 109 .561 109 .189 105 .210 120 .480 102 .040 13
.239 86 Idaho 1-10 119 .350 101 .820 124 .596 120 .230 121 .107 21 .542 118 .194 71
.251 87 Hawaii 2-9 120 .185 82 .645 40 .444 49 .185 102 .065 1 .349 41 .390 110
.253 88 Temple 3-7 83 .273 92 .728 93 .522 89 .228 118 .123 31 .449 84 .142 52
.286 89 UTEP 3-9 88 .222 89 .714 86 .514 84 .195 108 .150 68 .427 76 .245 86
.299 90 Rice 7-6 80 .132 76 .645 39 .461 57 .187 104 .135 50 .393 58 .272 93
DFEI DFEI
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.300 91 Eastern Michigan 2-9 101 .373 104 .708 79 .556 106 .192 107 .158 78 .486 104 .451 115
.300 92 Tulane 2-10 117 .259 91 .768 112 .567 112 .197 109 .148 61 .538 115 .473 118
.301 93 UNLV 2-10 106 .274 93 .785 117 .580 116 .138 69 .169 92 .541 117 .255 89
.320 94 Miami 6-5 60 .304 98 .775 116 .537 100 .132 62 .209 118 .496 108 .135 46
.321 95 Air Force 5-7 96 .196 84 .746 101 .543 102 .143 73 .183 104 .468 95 .342 100
.321 96 Southern Mississippi 0-12 115 .328 100 .752 105 .531 94 .202 112 .132 41 .455 87 .126 44
.326 97 Akron 0-11 98 .308 99 .770 113 .557 107 .185 101 .126 34 .500 109 .463 117
.328 98 Louisiana Monroe 8-5 69 .132 77 .705 77 .493 73 .171 93 .151 69 .423 72 .193 70
.346 99 UAB 2-9 113 .285 97 .674 59 .537 99 .189 106 .136 53 .495 106 .202 73
.359 100 Auburn 2-9 116 .430 113 .717 88 .554 105 .159 83 .159 80 .495 107 .041 14
.390 101 Ball State 9-4 68 .448 117 .723 91 .524 90 .155 82 .135 49 .471 97 .208 75
.391 102 East Carolina 7-5 107 .184 80 .638 36 .473 64 .109 37 .167 88 .408 66 .246 87
.392 103 Troy 5-7 77 .168 78 .711 83 .499 78 .174 96 .107 22 .425 75 .486 120
.412 104 Florida Atlantic 2-9 114 .364 103 .667 54 .525 91 .175 98 .142 57 .462 92 .188 66
.422 105 Central Michigan 6-6 100 .274 94 .754 108 .535 97 .154 81 .192 111 .449 85 .492 121
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.428 106 Indiana 3-8 71 .362 102 .699 73 .519 86 .184 100 .125 33 .472 98 .233 84
.444 107 Massachusetts 1-11 123 .535 120 .752 107 .567 111 .207 114 .157 77 .515 111 .389 108
.447 108 North Texas 3-8 99 .275 95 .667 53 .509 81 .200 111 .158 79 .425 74 .267 91
.448 109 Colorado State 4-7 121 .205 85 .741 97 .544 103 .134 66 .152 71 .432 79 .486 119
.469 110 Navy 7-5 103 .459 118 .800 121 .626 124 .171 94 .257 124 .570 124 .197 72
.469 111 Miami (OH) 3-8 112 .440 115 .752 106 .563 110 .207 113 .149 64 .523 113 .302 98
.486 112 Louisiana Tech 9-3 46 .384 107 .700 74 .522 88 .160 84 .160 82 .457 89 .262 90
.497 113 Duke 5-7 87 .441 116 .705 76 .533 95 .230 122 .129 40 .484 103 .132 45
.504 114 Wyoming 4-7 94 .417 112 .744 99 .594 118 .171 92 .239 122 .545 119 .299 97
.507 115 Middle Tennessee 8-3 92 .218 88 .771 114 .535 96 .147 76 .202 116 .470 96 .383 107
.545 116 Colorado 1-10 122 .513 119 .757 110 .612 123 .243 124 .087 8 .540 116 .136 48
.550 117 Kentucky 1-10 111 .406 111 .762 111 .560 108 .162 87 .190 108 .495 105 .125 43
.568 118 Nevada 6-6 65 .373 105 .730 94 .537 98 .182 99 .153 74 .480 101 .350 101
.570 119 New Mexico State 0-11 124 .664 124 .746 100 .596 119 .228 120 .202 115 .547 120 .376 106
.580 120 UTSA 4-4 118 .379 106 .791 119 .599 121 .186 103 .209 119 .548 121 .422 111
DFEI DFEI
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.595 121 Marshall 4-7 90 .405 110 .748 102 .539 101 .160 85 .183 105 .450 86 .455 116
.634 122 New Mexico 3-9 109 .572 122 .795 120 .577 115 .223 117 .152 72 .509 110 .229 81
.651 123 Texas State 3-8 104 .561 121 .816 123 .589 117 .228 119 .184 106 .552 123 .210 76
.652 124 Army 2-9 108 .652 123 .711 80 .574 114 .237 123 .105 19 .515 112 .563 124