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2019 COLLEGE FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE FEI RATINGS

2019 DFEI Defense Ratings (through Week 15)

DFEI Defense Ratings (DFEI) represent the per possession scoring advantage a team's defense would be expected to have on a neutral field against an average offense. Unadjusted defensive possession efficiency (DPE) is calculated as a function of defensive game splits. Schedule strength is represented by each team's average per possession defensive opponent adjustment (DOA). Touchdown rate (DTD) is the percentage of opponent offensive drives that result in a touchdown. First Down rate (DFD) is the percentage of opponent offensive drives that result in a touchdown or at least one first down. Available Yards percentage (DAY) is the total yards surrendered by the defense divided by the total yards available to be earned based on starting field position. Explosive Drive rate (DED) is the percentage of opponent offensive drives that average at least ten yards per play. Busted Drive rate (DBD) is the percentage of opponent offensive drives that earn zero or negative yards. Turnover rate (DTO) is the percentage of opponent offensive drives that result in a fumble or interception.

Ratings and supporting data are calculated from the results of non-garbage possessions in FBS vs. FBS games.

Rk Team W-L DFEI DPE Rk DOA Rk DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
1 Clemson 12-0 1.51 1.46 1 .04 58 .072 1 .520 1 .235 1 .080 15 .208 3 .192 1
2 Ohio State 13-0 1.33 1.22 2 .11 40 .097 2 .575 2 .262 2 .052 7 .209 2 .142 23
3 Auburn 8-3 1.02 .51 18 .51 1 .190 17 .628 13 .387 21 .124 51 .146 30 .109 66
4 Georgia 10-2 1.00 .94 3 .06 54 .118 3 .591 3 .297 3 .031 2 .181 7 .071 123
5 Baylor 10-2 .92 .75 7 .17 22 .155 8 .725 65 .390 23 .049 4 .099 84 .176 4
6 Iowa 9-3 .90 .82 4 .08 49 .133 4 .656 26 .358 7 .078 13 .117 62 .117 54
7 Utah 10-2 .87 .79 5 .08 47 .148 5 .626 12 .338 5 .096 26 .148 28 .148 19
8 Notre Dame 10-2 .85 .76 6 .09 46 .156 9 .607 7 .339 6 .067 9 .178 8 .163 10
9 Wisconsin 10-3 .80 .62 13 .18 21 .185 16 .669 34 .373 12 .131 55 .185 5 .131 30
10 Penn State 9-2 .76 .57 14 .19 17 .157 10 .719 59 .404 30 .033 3 .132 42 .116 55
11 Oregon 10-2 .76 .70 8 .06 55 .148 7 .659 29 .374 14 .074 10 .141 36 .156 11
12 Alabama 9-2 .74 .67 10 .06 52 .165 11 .688 39 .392 24 .083 16 .138 38 .174 5
13 Michigan 9-3 .74 .50 19 .23 11 .227 34 .625 11 .335 4 .078 12 .172 11 .125 38
14 Florida 8-2 .60 .56 15 .04 60 .174 14 .661 30 .372 11 .119 49 .138 39 .128 33
15 LSU 12-0 .57 .38 30 .19 18 .200 22 .677 37 .399 26 .115 45 .177 9 .131 31
Rk Team W-L DFEI DPE Rk DOA Rk DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
16 Pittsburgh 6-5 .55 .44 24 .11 38 .191 18 .706 46 .381 17 .103 33 .176 10 .096 95
17 Michigan State 6-6 .54 .39 28 .14 25 .223 32 .623 9 .376 15 .108 37 .169 13 .138 27
18 Appalachian State 11-1 .50 .48 20 .02 62 .199 21 .603 4 .367 9 .110 40 .144 33 .123 45
19 Northwestern 3-9 .50 .38 31 .12 35 .220 31 .659 28 .409 31 .023 1 .121 53 .083 113
20 Washington 6-5 .49 .28 35 .21 13 .205 25 .709 49 .444 48 .051 6 .154 23 .145 21
21 Florida Atlantic 9-3 .48 .40 27 .08 50 .215 29 .618 8 .386 20 .160 89 .153 24 .188 2
22 Western Kentucky 8-3 .46 .52 17 -.07 85 .177 15 .646 23 .401 29 .088 20 .106 74 .124 43
23 Buffalo 6-5 .44 .69 9 -.25 118 .223 33 .645 22 .368 10 .149 75 .215 1 .124 42
24 Cincinnati 10-3 .44 .36 32 .08 48 .192 19 .689 40 .420 36 .099 29 .152 25 .166 9
25 Miami 5-6 .44 .43 25 .01 64 .202 23 .643 21 .384 19 .101 30 .171 12 .124 41
26 Central Florida 8-3 .43 .65 11 -.22 111 .174 13 .630 14 .362 8 .051 5 .159 17 .094 96
27 Kansas State 7-4 .41 .28 36 .13 32 .208 26 .664 32 .428 43 .152 81 .128 47 .096 92
28 TCU 4-7 .41 .16 40 .25 8 .244 45 .637 16 .401 27 .133 62 .133 41 .126 37
29 Boise State 11-1 .39 .44 23 -.04 82 .216 30 .642 20 .389 22 .090 22 .149 26 .127 36
30 South Carolina 3-8 .38 .06 51 .32 4 .228 37 .717 56 .448 50 .110 41 .110 68 .102 77
Rk Team W-L DFEI DPE Rk DOA Rk DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
31 Temple 7-4 .38 .39 29 -.01 70 .232 40 .652 24 .422 38 .101 32 .145 32 .123 46
32 San Diego State 8-3 .38 .64 12 -.26 120 .148 6 .635 15 .373 13 .078 14 .191 4 .174 6
33 Texas A&M 6-5 .36 .12 45 .25 10 .228 36 .737 72 .415 34 .132 58 .158 19 .096 89
34 Missouri 5-6 .27 .42 26 -.15 105 .205 24 .639 19 .381 18 .090 23 .115 64 .107 69
35 Kentucky 6-5 .26 .29 34 -.03 78 .227 35 .727 67 .419 35 .145 72 .091 96 .118 51
36 Duke 4-7 .24 .14 41 .10 43 .254 52 .638 17 .414 33 .115 46 .138 37 .092 99
37 Minnesota 9-2 .24 .35 33 -.11 97 .215 28 .654 25 .394 25 .093 25 .131 45 .150 17
38 Tennessee 6-5 .23 .12 44 .11 39 .250 48 .724 64 .434 45 .078 11 .129 46 .112 59
39 Virginia Tech 6-4 .20 .24 38 -.04 81 .246 47 .603 5 .401 28 .151 79 .159 18 .119 49
40 Wyoming 6-5 .19 .54 16 -.35 126 .172 12 .742 77 .432 44 .086 17 .102 80 .141 25
41 Iowa State 6-5 .18 .02 54 .16 24 .242 43 .605 6 .424 40 .089 21 .145 31 .081 117
42 Illinois 6-6 .17 .25 37 -.09 93 .232 39 .742 75 .457 53 .139 65 .093 92 .185 3
43 Nebraska 5-7 .16 .18 39 -.02 74 .261 58 .718 58 .425 41 .127 54 .127 50 .120 48
44 California 6-5 .16 .02 55 .14 30 .243 44 .774 100 .503 80 .087 18 .096 89 .113 57
45 Tulsa 4-8 .15 -.11 61 .26 7 .291 69 .723 63 .462 60 .106 36 .085 104 .085 111
Rk Team W-L DFEI DPE Rk DOA Rk DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
46 Air Force 9-2 .13 .09 47 .04 59 .253 51 .717 57 .463 63 .101 31 .081 106 .121 47
47 Florida State 5-6 .12 -.13 64 .25 9 .252 49 .756 83 .500 77 .111 44 .052 128 .096 91
48 Louisiana Lafayette 9-3 .12 .13 43 -.01 71 .230 38 .714 53 .463 62 .119 47 .071 115 .087 108
49 Wake Forest 7-4 .10 .11 46 .00 68 .259 57 .699 44 .437 47 .203 109 .105 76 .154 12
50 USC 8-4 .10 .09 50 .01 65 .244 46 .778 102 .470 66 .096 27 .111 66 .111 64
51 Mississippi 3-8 .08 -.21 70 .28 5 .256 53 .795 115 .516 86 .145 71 .068 118 .085 110
52 Memphis 11-1 .08 .09 49 -.01 73 .235 41 .713 51 .455 51 .088 19 .162 16 .125 39
53 South Florida 3-8 .07 -.14 66 .21 14 .298 76 .719 60 .488 72 .140 66 .132 44 .132 29
54 Arizona State 6-5 .04 -.15 68 .20 15 .289 67 .769 92 .472 68 .132 60 .107 70 .149 18
55 Navy 8-2 .03 -.09 60 .12 36 .274 63 .708 48 .460 57 .132 59 .142 35 .142 24
56 Miami (OH) 7-5 .00 .00 57 .01 66 .280 64 .671 35 .413 32 .147 73 .168 15 .112 61
57 Marshall 7-4 .00 .00 56 -.01 69 .258 56 .742 76 .457 54 .105 34 .097 87 .089 104
58 Louisiana Tech 8-3 -.01 .47 21 -.47 129 .198 20 .690 41 .423 39 .063 8 .119 57 .167 8
59 Oklahoma State 7-4 -.01 -.12 63 .11 41 .258 55 .667 33 .455 52 .174 100 .098 85 .098 83
60 Texas 7-5 -.02 -.19 69 .17 23 .264 61 .800 117 .522 89 .157 87 .036 130 .129 32
Rk Team W-L DFEI DPE Rk DOA Rk DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
61 North Carolina 5-6 -.04 .04 53 -.09 94 .252 50 .726 66 .469 65 .111 42 .119 58 .111 63
62 BYU 6-5 -.06 .09 48 -.15 102 .235 42 .706 47 .461 58 .092 24 .067 121 .118 53
63 Oklahoma 11-1 -.07 -.11 62 .04 57 .264 60 .698 43 .421 37 .109 39 .155 22 .047 129
64 SMU 10-2 -.09 .05 52 -.14 101 .257 54 .737 73 .459 55 .138 64 .132 43 .112 62
65 UAB 8-4 -.09 .46 22 -.55 130 .212 27 .674 36 .378 16 .098 28 .182 6 .114 56
66 Southern Mississippi 6-5 -.12 -.06 58 -.05 84 .287 66 .664 31 .427 42 .197 106 .156 21 .090 102
67 Georgia Southern 6-5 -.16 -.34 85 .18 19 .328 95 .639 18 .462 61 .126 52 .118 59 .092 98
68 Virginia 8-4 -.16 -.14 67 -.02 75 .284 65 .657 27 .444 49 .164 92 .157 20 .112 60
69 Central Michigan 7-5 -.17 .13 42 -.30 123 .261 59 .716 55 .435 46 .142 69 .127 49 .104 71
70 Mississippi State 5-6 -.17 -.50 96 .33 3 .345 99 .773 98 .523 91 .164 91 .073 114 .145 20
71 Ball State 4-7 -.19 -.22 72 .02 61 .305 80 .733 70 .500 78 .137 63 .107 71 .153 15
72 Syracuse 4-7 -.21 -.30 81 .09 45 .314 84 .803 118 .510 83 .204 111 .073 113 .153 14
73 Tulane 5-6 -.21 -.35 86 .14 28 .303 77 .721 62 .488 73 .123 50 .098 86 .082 116
74 Army 3-7 -.23 -.23 74 .01 67 .316 86 .758 85 .519 88 .126 53 .126 51 .105 70
75 South Alabama 1-10 -.26 -.31 82 .05 56 .292 70 .758 86 .539 96 .108 38 .092 94 .092 100
Rk Team W-L DFEI DPE Rk DOA Rk DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
76 West Virginia 4-7 -.28 -.37 90 .09 44 .317 87 .792 113 .491 74 .150 77 .100 82 .083 114
77 Utah State 6-5 -.29 -.21 71 -.08 90 .315 85 .715 54 .484 70 .131 56 .100 81 .154 13
78 Florida International 5-6 -.30 -.08 59 -.22 113 .291 68 .769 93 .483 69 .111 43 .120 56 .128 34
79 Purdue 4-8 -.32 -.28 80 -.03 80 .310 83 .779 103 .501 79 .145 70 .090 99 .090 103
80 Western Michigan 6-5 -.33 -.13 65 -.20 110 .270 62 .762 87 .505 81 .159 88 .103 79 .127 35
81 Indiana 7-4 -.33 -.26 78 -.07 87 .294 71 .765 89 .496 75 .218 120 .118 60 .109 67
82 Northern Illinois 4-7 -.34 -.26 76 -.08 91 .323 91 .734 71 .487 71 .202 108 .121 54 .073 122
83 Old Dominion 0-11 -.38 -.35 87 -.02 77 .320 89 .713 50 .508 82 .148 74 .107 72 .098 84
84 Texas Tech 3-8 -.40 -.46 93 .06 53 .309 81 .713 52 .510 84 .199 107 .147 29 .140 26
85 Houston 3-8 -.41 -.77 114 .37 2 .386 115 .773 99 .540 98 .242 125 .068 120 .091 101
86 Fresno State 3-8 -.41 -.33 83 -.08 92 .317 88 .730 68 .531 93 .119 48 .127 48 .151 16
87 UCLA 4-8 -.42 -.56 99 .14 27 .353 100 .767 90 .523 90 .188 104 .090 98 .098 88
88 Rice 3-9 -.43 -.27 79 -.16 106 .296 72 .704 45 .464 64 .152 83 .104 77 .088 107
89 Colorado State 3-8 -.45 -.22 73 -.23 114 .305 79 .695 42 .461 59 .133 61 .117 63 .094 97
90 Stanford 4-8 -.45 -.57 100 .12 34 .325 93 .770 95 .545 102 .151 80 .063 123 .079 118
Rk Team W-L DFEI DPE Rk DOA Rk DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
91 Arkansas State 6-5 -.45 -.40 91 -.05 83 .326 94 .681 38 .500 76 .149 76 .149 27 .099 80
92 North Carolina State 3-8 -.45 -.52 98 .07 51 .344 98 .770 96 .525 92 .131 57 .115 65 .057 126
93 UNLV 3-8 -.49 -.26 77 -.23 116 .296 73 .808 122 .540 97 .168 96 .080 107 .104 72
94 Texas State 2-9 -.50 -.62 102 .12 33 .375 109 .742 78 .547 103 .141 68 .078 109 .086 109
95 Louisville 6-5 -.50 -.64 103 .14 26 .383 113 .782 106 .556 108 .203 110 .060 124 .113 58
96 Georgia Tech 3-8 -.52 -.49 95 -.03 79 .342 97 .769 94 .550 105 .162 90 .111 67 .103 75
97 Middle Tennessee 3-8 -.52 -.37 88 -.15 103 .298 74 .810 124 .573 117 .140 67 .091 95 .099 81
98 Arizona 3-8 -.53 -.71 109 .18 20 .360 103 .808 123 .578 121 .168 97 .056 127 .096 94
99 Maryland 2-9 -.53 -.67 105 .14 31 .353 101 .750 81 .560 110 .181 102 .069 117 .103 74
100 Boston College 5-6 -.54 -.46 94 -.08 89 .310 82 .746 79 .555 107 .167 94 .079 108 .111 65
101 Nevada 6-5 -.57 -.34 84 -.23 115 .328 96 .720 61 .470 67 .168 95 .120 55 .096 93
102 Eastern Michigan 5-6 -.57 -.40 92 -.17 107 .322 90 .763 88 .518 87 .153 84 .110 69 .144 22
103 Liberty 5-5 -.62 -.25 75 -.36 127 .298 75 .740 74 .532 94 .106 35 .135 40 .125 40
104 Ohio 5-6 -.64 -.37 89 -.27 121 .304 78 .624 10 .460 56 .152 82 .168 14 .056 127
105 North Texas 3-8 -.66 -.51 97 -.15 104 .325 92 .775 101 .515 85 .167 93 .050 129 .067 124
Rk Team W-L DFEI DPE Rk DOA Rk DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
106 Colorado 5-7 -.68 -.82 115 .14 29 .376 111 .768 91 .541 99 .184 103 .104 78 .136 28
107 Washington State 5-6 -.71 -.70 107 -.01 72 .355 102 .851 130 .573 118 .207 113 .058 125 .099 82
108 Kansas 2-9 -.73 -.94 120 .21 12 .393 119 .821 126 .575 119 .188 105 .077 111 .043 130
109 Vanderbilt 2-9 -.75 -.85 117 .10 42 .393 120 .803 119 .590 123 .248 127 .077 112 .077 120
110 Arkansas 1-10 -.77 -1.03 124 .26 6 .421 124 .781 105 .568 114 .237 123 .070 116 .096 90
111 Coastal Carolina 4-7 -.80 -.70 108 -.10 96 .391 117 .836 128 .552 106 .173 99 .091 97 .118 52
112 Hawaii 8-5 -.80 -.72 110 -.08 88 .373 108 .789 111 .563 111 .239 124 .077 110 .085 112
113 Toledo 5-6 -.84 -.75 112 -.10 95 .370 107 .780 104 .571 115 .213 118 .094 90 .063 125
114 Oregon State 4-7 -.85 -.97 121 .12 37 .395 121 .807 121 .596 126 .210 116 .092 93 .101 79
115 Louisiana Monroe 4-7 -.87 -.88 119 .02 63 .393 118 .748 80 .541 100 .207 114 .081 105 .119 50
116 Georgia State 6-5 -.87 -.74 111 -.13 100 .385 114 .770 97 .557 109 .180 101 .107 73 .098 85
117 Charlotte 6-5 -.88 -.69 106 -.20 109 .366 106 .732 69 .538 95 .170 98 .143 34 .098 86
118 San Jose State 4-7 -.89 -.65 104 -.24 117 .366 105 .789 110 .564 112 .154 86 .065 122 .171 7
119 Akron 0-12 -.90 -.61 101 -.30 122 .387 116 .782 107 .542 101 .153 85 .097 88 .089 105
120 Rutgers 2-10 -.92 -1.11 125 .19 16 .430 125 .789 112 .571 116 .211 117 .088 102 .053 128
Rk Team W-L DFEI DPE Rk DOA Rk DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
121 Kent State 5-6 -1.04 -.86 118 -.18 108 .363 104 .796 116 .593 125 .150 78 .088 101 .088 106
122 Troy 4-7 -1.06 -.76 113 -.31 124 .378 112 .756 84 .547 104 .227 122 .118 61 .101 78
123 UTSA 3-8 -1.08 -.82 116 -.26 119 .375 110 .750 82 .577 120 .258 128 .125 52 .108 68
124 New Mexico 1-10 -1.09 -1.02 123 -.07 86 .400 122 .792 114 .567 113 .217 119 .100 83 .083 115
125 New Mexico State 1-10 -1.20 -1.18 128 -.02 76 .431 126 .819 125 .617 129 .224 121 .086 103 .078 119
126 East Carolina 2-8 -1.23 -1.01 122 -.22 112 .419 123 .803 120 .590 124 .205 112 .068 119 .103 76
127 Bowling Green 2-9 -1.29 -1.16 127 -.13 98 .455 128 .786 109 .581 122 .321 129 .089 100 .098 87
128 Connecticut 1-10 -1.42 -1.29 129 -.13 99 .472 129 .783 108 .603 127 .245 126 .094 91 .104 73
129 UTEP 0-11 -1.45 -1.14 126 -.31 125 .434 127 .830 127 .605 128 .208 115 .057 126 .075 121
130 Massachusetts 1-10 -2.49 -2.04 130 -.45 128 .593 130 .841 129 .709 130 .336 130 .106 75 .124 44