Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2012 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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1 Florida 10-2 1.26 .83 5 .341 8 .275 13 .620 9 .131 7 .212 9 .175 13
2 Alabama 12-1 1.22 .98 1 .301 1 .230 3 .593 5 .114 4 .192 5 .171 16
3 BYU 7-5 1.02 .97 2 .309 2 .267 10 .569 2 .115 5 .203 6 .138 50
4 Oregon 11-1 .97 .74 10 .388 24 .331 31 .708 48 .161 13 .227 10 .190 8
5 Michigan State 7-6 .97 .77 6 .328 5 .227 2 .561 1 .103 1 .184 3 .116 79
6 LSU 9-3 .92 .60 15 .342 9 .271 11 .625 10 .174 20 .278 20 .181 11
7 Utah State 10-2 .91 .75 9 .355 13 .303 23 .657 23 .112 3 .170 2 .126 64
8 South Carolina 10-2 .90 .75 8 .362 16 .292 18 .659 26 .159 12 .241 13 .152 36
9 Kansas State 10-2 .90 .26 32 .436 43 .388 56 .706 46 .202 27 .286 25 .210 3
10 Stanford 12-2 .87 .62 13 .357 14 .261 9 .607 7 .161 14 .265 18 .131 61
11 Fresno State 8-4 .87 .71 12 .327 4 .259 8 .599 6 .178 21 .297 27 .204 4
12 Boise State 11-2 .85 .86 3 .354 12 .274 12 .687 40 .142 9 .207 7 .231 1
13 Rutgers 8-4 .84 .83 4 .375 20 .294 20 .680 36 .129 6 .190 4 .190 6
14 Notre Dame 12-1 .83 .76 7 .379 23 .289 14 .656 21 .107 2 .163 1 .168 19
15 Florida State 10-2 .81 .74 11 .309 3 .224 1 .576 3 .137 8 .238 11 .115 81
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DFEI DE DE
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16 TCU 6-6 .81 .42 22 .369 18 .302 22 .648 16 .201 26 .311 32 .164 23
17 Georgia 11-2 .70 .54 17 .377 21 .314 27 .653 20 .167 17 .255 15 .173 14
18 Penn State 8-4 .65 .60 16 .379 22 .317 28 .649 18 .157 11 .241 12 .142 45
19 Virginia Tech 6-6 .60 .41 23 .367 17 .314 26 .641 13 .179 22 .280 21 .096 105
20 Wisconsin 7-6 .57 .46 21 .330 6 .255 7 .587 4 .167 16 .284 24 .080 113
21 Ohio State 12-0 .56 .39 25 .396 28 .291 17 .658 24 .185 24 .281 22 .137 51
22 Cincinnati 8-3 .53 .49 20 .426 38 .339 35 .742 77 .156 10 .211 8 .172 15
23 Tulsa 10-3 .53 .41 24 .344 10 .253 6 .631 11 .196 25 .310 31 .128 62
24 Oklahoma 9-3 .48 -.09 56 .445 50 .344 38 .724 57 .231 42 .320 42 .104 94
25 Bowling Green 7-5 .46 .61 14 .344 11 .246 4 .657 22 .168 19 .255 16 .133 55
26 Oregon State 8-4 .46 .25 34 .392 27 .290 16 .649 17 .209 31 .323 43 .169 18
27 Oklahoma State 7-5 .42 -.08 54 .472 63 .398 61 .708 49 .236 45 .333 47 .104 95
28 Vanderbilt 8-4 .40 .50 19 .391 26 .312 25 .672 32 .164 15 .244 14 .104 93
29 San Diego State 8-4 .39 .25 33 .445 51 .324 29 .758 86 .250 50 .330 45 .188 9
30 Kent State 10-3 .39 .31 28 .420 35 .353 44 .669 30 .209 30 .312 33 .190 7
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31 San Jose State 10-2 .36 .37 26 .373 19 .301 21 .646 15 .204 28 .316 38 .150 39
32 Missouri 4-7 .36 -.18 62 .452 53 .366 48 .683 39 .309 78 .453 87 .122 71
33 USC 7-6 .35 .14 40 .436 44 .344 37 .735 68 .225 39 .306 28 .179 12
34 Mississippi 6-6 .35 .21 36 .419 34 .382 52 .697 44 .218 35 .313 35 .169 17
35 Connecticut 5-7 .34 .51 18 .335 7 .252 5 .611 8 .168 18 .275 19 .074 117
36 SMU 6-6 .34 .27 30 .409 31 .341 36 .713 53 .252 51 .353 52 .147 42
37 Iowa State 5-7 .33 -.12 58 .499 77 .412 69 .752 82 .248 48 .330 46 .154 33
38 Michigan 8-5 .33 .28 29 .432 40 .336 34 .708 47 .185 23 .261 17 .108 90
39 North Carolina State 6-6 .32 .27 31 .398 29 .293 19 .659 25 .208 29 .316 39 .121 73
40 Texas A&M 9-2 .32 .07 43 .428 39 .345 40 .683 37 .211 33 .310 30 .098 103
41 Washington 6-6 .31 .19 37 .441 47 .356 45 .711 51 .222 37 .313 34 .193 5
42 Arizona State 7-5 .30 .31 27 .360 15 .290 15 .645 14 .230 41 .357 53 .158 27
43 Nebraska 9-4 .28 .09 42 .417 32 .352 43 .640 12 .242 46 .379 65 .118 76
44 Central Florida 10-4 .26 .23 35 .434 41 .365 47 .720 55 .213 34 .296 26 .153 35
45 UCLA 9-5 .25 .16 39 .404 30 .333 33 .652 19 .234 43 .358 54 .158 29
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46 Toledo 8-4 .24 -.12 59 .503 79 .404 65 .785 109 .255 55 .325 44 .168 20
47 Mississippi State 7-5 .20 -.03 51 .451 52 .392 57 .729 61 .225 38 .309 29 .186 10
48 Pittsburgh 5-6 .19 .17 38 .424 37 .356 46 .693 42 .219 36 .316 40 .158 26
49 Western Kentucky 6-6 .12 -.08 55 .478 67 .423 73 .731 64 .269 64 .368 60 .154 34
50 Northern Illinois 11-2 .12 .04 46 .464 59 .385 53 .741 75 .210 32 .283 23 .126 65
51 Arkansas State 9-3 .09 -.20 64 .507 80 .458 90 .775 97 .258 58 .333 48 .142 47
52 Iowa 3-8 .08 .02 48 .452 55 .387 55 .734 66 .234 44 .319 41 .156 31
53 Maryland 3-8 .06 .06 45 .389 25 .333 32 .674 34 .252 52 .374 62 .089 108
54 Texas 9-4 .06 -.45 73 .482 69 .438 81 .690 41 .296 70 .429 81 .134 54
55 Northwestern 9-3 .04 .09 41 .455 56 .414 70 .724 58 .228 40 .314 36 .159 25
56 Utah 4-7 .03 .06 44 .418 33 .309 24 .730 63 .262 59 .359 55 .151 38
57 Virginia 3-8 .02 -.03 50 .422 36 .327 30 .672 33 .254 54 .378 64 .067 121
58 Minnesota 5-7 .02 .00 49 .434 42 .345 39 .735 69 .250 49 .340 50 .125 66
59 Houston 5-7 .02 -.15 61 .479 68 .380 51 .765 89 .278 65 .363 56 .167 21
60 Memphis 4-7 .00 -.14 60 .464 58 .440 82 .719 54 .263 60 .366 58 .132 59
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61 Buffalo 3-8 -.08 -.05 52 .443 48 .349 41 .664 27 .254 53 .382 67 .112 88
62 Syracuse 7-5 -.08 -.09 57 .437 45 .375 50 .778 101 .244 47 .314 37 .081 112
63 Florida International 3-9 -.09 -.40 71 .470 61 .402 63 .742 76 .311 80 .420 79 .099 97
64 Clemson 10-2 -.09 -.07 53 .438 46 .398 60 .697 43 .255 56 .366 59 .131 60
65 Texas Tech 7-5 -.11 -.67 93 .512 83 .457 88 .746 79 .341 90 .457 92 .063 122
66 Arkansas 3-8 -.11 -.43 72 .474 66 .400 62 .738 72 .295 69 .400 74 .082 111
67 Purdue 5-7 -.13 -.29 68 .472 62 .368 49 .754 83 .289 68 .383 68 .148 40
68 Ohio 8-4 -.15 -.22 65 .466 60 .385 54 .757 85 .265 62 .350 51 .132 57
69 Illinois 1-10 -.16 -.57 82 .491 72 .430 78 .711 50 .355 101 .500 111 .099 100
70 Louisville 10-2 -.17 .02 47 .452 54 .409 67 .674 35 .264 61 .391 69 .147 41
71 Louisiana Lafayette 8-4 -.18 -.28 67 .487 70 .416 71 .764 88 .257 57 .336 49 .104 96
72 Louisiana Monroe 8-5 -.25 -.36 69 .493 73 .423 72 .747 80 .308 76 .413 77 .158 30
73 Wake Forest 4-7 -.28 -.45 74 .495 75 .402 64 .780 103 .307 75 .394 73 .142 46
74 Georgia Tech 6-7 -.29 -.46 75 .495 76 .442 83 .729 62 .331 85 .454 90 .143 44
75 Troy 5-7 -.29 -.46 76 .499 78 .425 75 .738 73 .289 67 .391 70 .121 74
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DFEI DE DE
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DAY DAY
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DTO DTO
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76 North Carolina 7-4 -.30 -.19 63 .474 65 .412 68 .712 52 .265 63 .372 61 .114 86
77 Colorado State 4-7 -.32 -.55 81 .544 103 .432 79 .777 98 .366 106 .471 103 .134 52
78 Rice 7-6 -.32 -.38 70 .461 57 .393 58 .671 31 .316 82 .471 102 .123 70
79 Hawaii 2-9 -.32 -.59 83 .444 49 .349 42 .702 45 .379 108 .540 120 .105 92
80 Arizona 7-5 -.34 -.65 91 .530 93 .474 100 .770 93 .355 100 .462 95 .158 28
81 North Texas 3-8 -.36 -.62 88 .509 81 .425 74 .667 29 .308 77 .463 97 .117 77
82 California 2-9 -.37 -.62 89 .524 90 .468 95 .742 78 .320 83 .432 83 .133 56
83 South Florida 2-9 -.38 -.61 86 .527 92 .398 59 .832 122 .303 73 .364 57 .067 120
84 South Alabama 1-11 -.39 -.51 80 .495 74 .465 93 .727 59 .307 74 .422 80 .120 75
85 Western Michigan 3-8 -.42 -.27 66 .490 71 .430 77 .748 81 .283 66 .379 66 .079 114
86 Florida Atlantic 2-9 -.44 -.86 100 .525 91 .462 92 .683 38 .350 96 .512 115 .092 107
87 Middle Tennessee 8-3 -.45 -.46 77 .535 96 .470 97 .780 104 .321 84 .412 76 .211 2
88 East Carolina 7-5 -.47 -.50 79 .473 64 .408 66 .667 28 .312 81 .467 101 .116 80
89 Miami 6-5 -.49 -.59 84 .537 100 .496 108 .806 116 .302 72 .375 63 .140 49
90 Air Force 5-7 -.50 -.61 87 .543 102 .468 96 .754 84 .341 91 .453 88 .111 89
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DFEI DE DE
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91 Auburn 2-9 -.50 -.90 105 .554 105 .495 107 .761 87 .345 94 .453 89 .071 119
92 West Virginia 6-6 -.51 -.97 112 .567 113 .525 114 .777 100 .396 116 .509 114 .122 72
93 Boston College 1-10 -.52 -.65 90 .546 104 .467 94 .791 111 .310 79 .392 72 .124 67
94 Baylor 7-5 -.54 -.91 107 .561 109 .480 102 .769 92 .399 118 .518 116 .147 43
95 UNLV 2-10 -.54 -.75 97 .580 116 .541 117 .823 121 .338 89 .411 75 .123 68
96 Tennessee 4-7 -.56 -.69 94 .510 82 .460 91 .720 56 .336 86 .466 100 .098 101
97 UTEP 3-9 -.59 -.59 85 .514 84 .427 76 .767 91 .301 71 .392 71 .098 102
98 Kansas 0-11 -.60 -1.01 114 .603 122 .551 122 .819 118 .379 109 .463 98 .112 87
99 Ball State 9-4 -.60 -.88 103 .524 89 .471 98 .736 70 .338 88 .459 93 .074 116
100 Duke 5-7 -.61 -.91 109 .533 95 .484 103 .741 74 .360 104 .485 108 .115 82
101 Navy 7-5 -.61 -.95 111 .626 124 .570 124 .819 119 .343 93 .419 78 .114 84
102 Texas State 3-8 -.61 -1.04 117 .589 117 .552 123 .851 124 .395 113 .464 99 .167 22
103 Central Michigan 6-6 -.62 -.65 92 .535 97 .449 85 .785 107 .346 95 .441 84 .123 69
104 Eastern Michigan 2-9 -.62 -.86 101 .556 106 .486 104 .733 65 .350 97 .477 105 .117 78
105 Washington State 2-9 -.69 -.50 78 .516 85 .434 80 .784 106 .336 87 .429 82 .128 63
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DTF DTF
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106 Louisiana Tech 9-3 -.70 -.73 96 .522 87 .457 89 .767 90 .353 99 .461 94 .140 48
107 Idaho 1-10 -.71 -1.09 120 .596 120 .542 118 .844 123 .443 122 .524 117 .115 83
108 Tulane 2-10 -.73 -.76 98 .567 112 .538 115 .796 113 .359 103 .451 86 .155 32
109 Akron 0-11 -.74 -.87 102 .557 107 .500 109 .800 114 .363 105 .454 91 .059 123
110 Temple 3-7 -.74 -.73 95 .522 88 .449 84 .772 95 .342 92 .443 85 .114 85
111 Wyoming 4-7 -.77 -.92 110 .594 118 .545 119 .778 102 .368 107 .473 104 .162 24
112 Nevada 6-6 -.81 -.88 104 .537 98 .480 101 .774 96 .358 102 .462 96 .088 109
113 UAB 2-9 -.84 -.91 108 .537 99 .495 106 .735 67 .394 112 .536 119 .106 91
114 Indiana 3-8 -.85 -.85 99 .519 86 .472 99 .728 60 .353 98 .485 107 .074 118
115 Southern Mississippi 0-12 -.85 -.90 106 .531 94 .455 87 .791 110 .395 114 .500 112 .078 115
116 UTSA 4-4 -.86 -1.03 115 .599 121 .548 121 .814 117 .395 115 .486 109 .151 37
117 Miami (OH) 3-8 -.89 -1.00 113 .563 110 .523 113 .777 99 .380 110 .489 110 .099 99
118 New Mexico 3-9 -.89 -1.03 116 .577 115 .509 110 .821 120 .393 111 .478 106 .134 53
119 Marshall 4-7 -1.00 -1.04 118 .539 101 .450 86 .794 112 .397 117 .500 113 .099 98
120 Massachusetts 1-11 -1.07 -1.16 121 .567 111 .515 111 .785 108 .430 120 .547 121 .132 58
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121 Kentucky 1-10 -1.10 -1.07 119 .560 108 .495 105 .771 94 .410 119 .531 118 .086 110
122 Colorado 1-10 -1.28 -1.41 122 .612 123 .540 116 .800 115 .478 124 .598 123 .096 106
123 New Mexico State 0-11 -1.32 -1.47 124 .596 119 .547 120 .781 105 .439 121 .562 122 .053 124
124 Army 2-9 -1.37 -1.45 123 .574 114 .515 112 .737 71 .456 123 .619 124 .096 104