Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

2013 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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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 Florida State 13-0 1.15 1.11 1 .307 2 .208 2 .585 3 .123 3 .211 3 .231 1
2 Michigan State 12-1 1.09 1.07 2 .285 1 .204 1 .582 2 .098 1 .169 1 .157 23
3 Utah State 8-5 .99 .66 5 .371 16 .338 30 .613 9 .148 5 .242 7 .161 19
4 Oklahoma State 9-3 .95 .71 4 .360 11 .285 12 .630 15 .142 4 .225 4 .191 4
5 Alabama 10-2 .92 .52 10 .366 13 .275 9 .650 18 .171 12 .263 12 .111 86
6 Virginia Tech 7-5 .89 .58 8 .326 3 .232 3 .604 7 .165 8 .274 16 .137 44
7 Florida 4-7 .85 .28 25 .401 27 .368 54 .673 33 .200 22 .297 27 .127 59
8 Louisville 11-1 .81 .90 3 .334 4 .296 19 .612 8 .112 2 .183 2 .181 8
9 Iowa 7-5 .73 .63 7 .336 5 .258 6 .614 10 .179 16 .292 23 .124 62
10 Missouri 11-2 .72 .25 28 .427 42 .349 34 .755 96 .215 28 .285 19 .172 11
11 Stanford 11-3 .71 .41 22 .401 28 .341 32 .724 69 .172 13 .238 6 .110 90
12 USC 10-4 .71 .51 13 .352 9 .257 5 .598 5 .177 14 .296 25 .128 57
13 Wisconsin 8-4 .70 .50 15 .351 8 .281 11 .597 4 .164 7 .275 17 .127 60
14 Mississippi State 6-6 .60 -.09 66 .452 57 .373 59 .754 94 .246 54 .327 41 .162 18
15 TCU 3-8 .60 .51 12 .358 10 .298 20 .680 36 .170 10 .250 9 .144 35
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DFEI DE DE
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DAY DAY
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DTO DTO
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16 BYU 7-5 .58 .49 16 .365 12 .289 14 .650 20 .166 9 .255 10 .110 89
17 North Texas 9-4 .56 .64 6 .367 14 .274 8 .658 24 .155 6 .235 5 .174 10
18 Houston 7-5 .55 .42 19 .393 24 .322 23 .627 14 .186 18 .297 26 .217 2
19 Auburn 11-2 .52 -.15 69 .469 75 .441 93 .741 84 .241 53 .325 38 .095 109
20 Tulane 6-6 .50 .52 11 .384 18 .308 22 .695 49 .192 20 .276 18 .159 21
21 Clemson 9-2 .49 .34 23 .350 7 .270 7 .600 6 .214 27 .357 56 .150 30
22 Arizona 7-5 .47 .21 31 .421 40 .328 26 .695 48 .227 40 .327 40 .121 67
23 Mississippi 7-5 .44 -.03 55 .435 47 .358 43 .734 77 .237 50 .324 37 .137 45
24 Baylor 10-2 .43 .41 20 .385 19 .324 24 .626 13 .226 38 .361 59 .148 31
25 South Carolina 10-2 .42 .13 38 .444 53 .400 77 .654 23 .231 46 .353 51 .169 12
26 Washington 8-4 .41 .07 42 .431 44 .349 35 .716 63 .220 32 .307 30 .113 80
27 Florida Atlantic 6-6 .41 .47 17 .369 15 .248 4 .693 47 .200 23 .289 22 .129 55
28 Nebraska 8-4 .38 .28 26 .399 26 .286 13 .724 68 .224 36 .309 31 .086 112
29 Oregon 10-2 .37 .54 9 .395 25 .289 15 .652 21 .178 15 .273 15 .193 3
30 Penn State 7-5 .35 .22 29 .415 33 .331 29 .664 27 .219 31 .330 43 .137 42
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Team FBS
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DFEI DE DE
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DAY DAY
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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 Oklahoma 11-2 .35 .22 30 .393 22 .343 33 .625 12 .224 35 .358 57 .151 28
32 UCLA 10-3 .33 .15 36 .425 41 .355 40 .732 76 .209 26 .286 20 .163 14
33 Texas 8-5 .32 .21 32 .413 32 .378 64 .669 31 .202 24 .303 28 .135 47
34 Oregon State 7-5 .27 .07 41 .416 35 .375 61 .667 29 .255 59 .383 76 .163 15
35 Michigan 7-6 .24 .15 37 .448 54 .412 84 .701 53 .234 47 .333 45 .156 24
36 Arizona State 9-4 .24 -.03 57 .404 29 .357 41 .623 11 .273 75 .438 93 .123 63
37 Central Florida 12-1 .23 .16 35 .420 38 .290 16 .728 71 .228 42 .313 32 .169 13
38 Buffalo 7-5 .22 .16 34 .412 31 .362 46 .685 41 .254 58 .371 66 .146 33
39 Tennessee 4-7 .22 -.34 85 .486 89 .419 87 .738 81 .328 94 .444 97 .180 9
40 Wake Forest 3-8 .22 .05 47 .462 67 .369 56 .720 66 .240 52 .333 47 .112 82
41 Tulsa 3-9 .21 .00 50 .458 61 .362 47 .716 62 .265 68 .369 64 .148 32
42 LSU 9-3 .18 -.11 67 .458 60 .375 62 .675 34 .238 51 .353 52 .111 87
43 Vanderbilt 8-4 .17 .03 49 .433 46 .358 44 .686 42 .255 60 .372 69 .182 7
44 Kansas State 8-4 .17 .26 27 .436 48 .328 25 .808 115 .208 25 .257 11 .154 26
45 Utah 4-7 .15 -.08 64 .452 58 .359 45 .667 28 .236 48 .354 55 .076 119
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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 Pittsburgh 6-6 .14 -.15 71 .450 55 .388 72 .739 83 .261 65 .354 54 .104 100
47 Minnesota 7-5 .14 .05 46 .471 76 .383 67 .710 57 .229 45 .323 36 .137 41
48 Northern Illinois 11-2 .14 .31 24 .417 36 .352 38 .731 72 .192 21 .263 13 .160 20
49 Notre Dame 9-4 .13 -.05 61 .465 70 .395 75 .713 59 .224 37 .314 33 .105 98
50 Northwestern 4-7 .12 .06 45 .451 56 .331 28 .788 106 .226 39 .287 21 .146 34
51 East Carolina 9-3 .12 .43 18 .378 17 .331 27 .696 50 .170 11 .245 8 .163 16
52 North Carolina 6-6 .11 .07 43 .436 49 .392 73 .683 39 .216 29 .316 34 .115 75
53 Fresno State 10-2 .11 -.02 51 .438 50 .374 60 .688 44 .261 64 .380 72 .115 76
54 Bowling Green 9-4 .10 .41 21 .387 20 .291 17 .664 26 .180 17 .272 14 .107 97
55 San Diego State 8-4 .10 -.26 80 .429 43 .352 37 .680 37 .306 91 .450 98 .109 93
56 UTSA 7-5 .10 -.03 56 .476 83 .364 49 .748 89 .228 41 .304 29 .089 110
57 Cincinnati 8-4 .08 .51 14 .347 6 .280 10 .571 1 .188 19 .329 42 .128 58
58 South Alabama 6-5 .06 .13 39 .415 34 .368 51 .638 16 .228 43 .358 58 .118 72
59 Hawaii 1-11 .05 -.44 91 .487 90 .408 82 .731 74 .304 88 .416 85 .111 88
60 Ohio State 11-2 .04 -.05 60 .421 39 .354 39 .671 32 .250 56 .372 68 .143 37
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DFEI DE DE
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DAY DAY
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DTF DTF
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DTO DTO
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61 Maryland 6-6 .03 .19 33 .390 21 .293 18 .647 17 .222 34 .343 49 .085 114
62 Washington State 5-7 .02 -.33 84 .503 97 .450 98 .791 109 .294 83 .372 67 .150 29
63 Boise State 7-5 .01 -.17 75 .485 88 .393 74 .710 58 .237 49 .333 46 .122 64
64 Akron 4-7 -.01 -.28 81 .472 78 .400 78 .688 43 .297 85 .432 90 .133 50
65 South Florida 2-9 -.01 -.04 58 .474 82 .364 48 .786 105 .256 62 .326 39 .162 17
66 Rice 10-4 -.01 .07 44 .393 23 .307 21 .669 30 .229 44 .342 48 .114 77
67 Middle Tennessee 7-5 -.03 -.06 62 .483 87 .400 79 .718 64 .267 71 .372 70 .183 6
68 Colorado State 7-6 -.03 -.13 68 .454 59 .386 70 .709 56 .259 63 .366 62 .114 79
69 Memphis 2-9 -.03 -.04 59 .462 66 .368 53 .760 98 .264 67 .348 50 .107 96
70 Virginia 1-10 -.05 -.37 88 .467 72 .380 65 .743 85 .306 89 .411 84 .118 73
71 Duke 9-4 -.05 -.20 76 .462 68 .387 71 .692 46 .256 61 .370 65 .135 49
72 Syracuse 6-6 -.07 -.03 53 .433 45 .357 42 .708 55 .250 57 .353 53 .125 61
73 Ball State 9-3 -.08 .04 48 .460 63 .385 69 .750 90 .221 33 .295 24 .157 22
74 Western Kentucky 7-4 -.09 -.16 72 .441 51 .373 58 .684 40 .265 70 .388 77 .137 43
75 Connecticut 3-8 -.10 -.08 65 .461 64 .371 57 .738 82 .270 73 .366 61 .135 48
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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 Louisiana Monroe 5-6 -.11 -.23 78 .476 85 .368 55 .752 92 .286 79 .380 73 .113 81
77 Georgia Tech 5-6 -.15 -.41 89 .474 81 .382 66 .754 95 .288 81 .382 75 .102 101
78 Kansas 2-9 -.15 -.26 79 .482 86 .397 76 .770 103 .281 77 .365 60 .141 39
79 Marshall 9-4 -.15 .12 40 .411 30 .338 31 .679 35 .218 30 .321 35 .122 65
80 Texas Tech 7-5 -.16 -.02 52 .419 37 .350 36 .650 19 .263 66 .404 83 .100 104
81 Texas State 5-6 -.16 -.07 63 .441 52 .368 52 .722 67 .271 74 .375 71 .120 69
82 West Virginia 3-8 -.17 -.16 73 .473 80 .419 88 .719 65 .281 76 .391 79 .144 36
83 UNLV 6-6 -.18 -.54 95 .500 95 .435 92 .745 86 .328 95 .441 94 .117 74
84 Louisiana Lafayette 8-4 -.18 -.16 74 .499 93 .417 86 .731 73 .269 72 .368 63 .131 51
85 Georgia 7-5 -.20 -.49 93 .476 84 .420 89 .735 80 .309 93 .420 87 .074 120
86 Miami 8-4 -.25 -.15 70 .458 62 .452 99 .662 25 .265 69 .400 81 .154 25
87 Arkansas State 7-5 -.27 -.43 90 .471 77 .405 80 .713 60 .287 80 .402 82 .112 85
88 Toledo 6-5 -.27 -.52 94 .499 94 .422 90 .746 87 .331 97 .443 95 .153 27
89 SMU 4-7 -.28 -.22 77 .469 73 .367 50 .769 102 .299 86 .388 78 .112 83
90 Central Michigan 5-6 -.33 -.29 82 .503 96 .430 91 .748 88 .296 84 .395 80 .139 40
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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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DTF DTF
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DTO DTO
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91 Texas A&M 8-4 -.33 -.68 97 .506 98 .447 96 .714 61 .343 100 .480 106 .114 78
92 Iowa State 3-8 -.34 -.33 83 .473 79 .405 81 .681 38 .284 78 .417 86 .121 68
93 North Carolina State 2-9 -.34 -.35 87 .461 65 .384 68 .654 22 .308 92 .471 105 .131 52
94 Boston College 6-6 -.37 -.34 86 .469 74 .409 83 .688 45 .290 82 .421 89 .109 94
95 Colorado 2-8 -.37 -.80 102 .546 104 .490 105 .732 75 .390 109 .533 115 .081 118
96 Ohio 6-6 -.39 -.45 92 .466 71 .413 85 .701 54 .306 90 .436 92 .142 38
97 Arkansas 2-9 -.41 -.89 105 .554 107 .468 103 .807 114 .358 103 .443 96 .128 56
98 Kent State 3-8 -.54 -.76 101 .530 100 .459 101 .759 97 .330 96 .435 91 .098 107
99 Rutgers 5-7 -.56 -.69 99 .494 92 .443 95 .734 78 .331 98 .451 99 .101 103
100 Nevada 3-8 -.59 -1.17 116 .602 119 .554 119 .811 118 .393 111 .485 108 .098 106
101 Wyoming 4-7 -.62 -.81 103 .512 99 .448 97 .699 51 .375 107 .537 116 .110 91
102 Massachusetts 1-10 -.68 -.70 100 .551 105 .506 107 .815 119 .343 99 .420 88 .130 54
103 Western Michigan 1-10 -.70 -.65 96 .530 101 .453 100 .750 91 .345 101 .460 102 .121 66
104 Navy 8-4 -.71 -.94 107 .566 111 .510 110 .773 104 .355 102 .459 101 .118 71
105 Indiana 4-7 -.71 -1.20 118 .596 116 .556 121 .822 122 .398 113 .485 107 .085 115
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Team FBS
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DFEI DE DE
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DAY DAY
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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 Temple 2-9 -.72 -.69 98 .558 108 .509 109 .800 112 .304 87 .380 74 .096 108
107 Illinois 3-8 -.73 -.98 109 .561 109 .476 104 .790 107 .370 106 .468 104 .084 116
108 Louisiana Tech 3-8 -.73 -.03 54 .462 69 .377 63 .752 93 .248 55 .330 44 .186 5
109 Idaho 1-10 -.79 -1.10 114 .542 103 .466 102 .701 52 .417 118 .596 121 .110 92
110 San Jose State 5-6 -.82 -1.17 115 .553 106 .509 108 .761 99 .403 115 .529 114 .112 84
111 Kentucky 1-10 -.86 -1.10 112 .576 113 .521 112 .835 123 .385 108 .462 103 .083 117
112 Miami (OH) 0-12 -.86 -.97 108 .572 112 .532 115 .798 111 .363 105 .455 100 .105 99
113 Southern Mississippi 1-11 -.89 -.86 104 .491 91 .441 94 .726 70 .393 110 .541 117 .119 70
114 Florida International 1-10 -.90 -.90 106 .535 102 .505 106 .735 79 .359 104 .488 109 .085 113
115 California 0-11 -.96 -1.31 119 .598 117 .555 120 .763 100 .420 119 .550 119 .061 124
116 New Mexico State 1-10 -.99 -1.08 111 .602 118 .550 117 .808 116 .408 116 .505 111 .136 46
117 Georgia State 0-9 -1.02 -1.10 113 .586 115 .539 116 .790 108 .410 117 .519 113 .100 105
118 Army 2-9 -1.02 -1.07 110 .577 114 .527 114 .766 101 .396 112 .518 112 .108 95
119 Troy 5-6 -1.08 -1.18 117 .563 110 .525 113 .800 113 .400 114 .500 110 .062 123
120 Purdue 0-11 -1.09 -1.48 120 .620 120 .517 111 .810 117 .450 120 .556 120 .130 53
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DFEI DE DE
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DAY DAY
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DTD DTD
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DTO DTO
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121 New Mexico 3-9 -1.63 -1.95 124 .634 123 .551 118 .817 121 .542 124 .663 125 .058 125
122 UTEP 2-10 -1.64 -1.74 122 .621 122 .564 123 .797 110 .483 122 .606 122 .068 121
123 UAB 1-10 -1.67 -1.62 121 .621 121 .557 122 .856 124 .466 121 .545 118 .102 102
124 Eastern Michigan 1-10 -1.77 -1.92 123 .671 124 .644 124 .815 120 .519 123 .636 124 .065 122
125 Air Force 1-10 -1.80 -2.21 125 .719 125 .655 125 .904 125 .567 125 .628 123 .087 111