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2019 COLLEGE FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE LINE STATS

through games of Saturday, 12/7/19

Pulling the ideas mostly from Football Outsiders’ NFL stats, below are the following defensive line stats for each of FBS' 130 schools.

Run-blocking stats

  • Line Yards per Carry: For 2018, we are experimenting with a new definition for college line yardage based on film study and generalization. Instead of the ALY figure FO used for the NFL, this one is tighter: the line gets credit for rushing yardage between 0-3 yards (instead of 0-4) and 50% credit for yards 4-8 (instead of 5-10). Anything over 8 yards is quantified as a highlight opportunity, and credit goes to the runner. As with the pro definition, lost yardage still counts for 125%. (Garbage time is filtered out for all line yardage averages.)
  • Standard Downs Line Yards per Carry: The raw, unadjusted per-carry line yardage for a team on standard downs (first down, second-and-7 or fewer, third-and-4 or fewer, fourth-and-4 or fewer).
  • Passing Downs Line Yards per Carry: The same unadjusted averages for rushing on passing downs.
  • Opportunity Rate: The percentage of carries (when four yards are available) that gain at least four yards, i.e. the percentage of carries in which the line does its job, so to speak.
  • Power Success Rate: This is the same as on the NFL side -- percentage of runs on third or fourth down, two yards or less to go, that achieved a first down or touchdown.
  • Stuff Rate: Same as STUFFED on the NFL side -- percentage of carries by running backs that are stopped at or before the line of scrimmage.

Pass-blocking stats

  • Sack Rate: Unadjusted sack rate for all non-garbage time pass attempts.
  • Standard Downs Sack Rate: Unadjusted sack rate for standard downs pass attempts.
  • Passing Downs Sack Rate: Unadjusted sack rate for passing downs pass attempts.
Defense Line
Yards
Rk Std.
Downs
Line
Yards
Rk Pass.
Downs
Line
Yards
Rk Opp.
Rate
Rk Power
Success
Rate
Rk Stuff
Rate
Rk Sack
Rate
Rk Std.
Downs
Sack
Rate
Rk Pass.
Downs
Sack
Rate
Rk
Air Force 2.43 52 2.30 35 2.84 82 43.1% 30 75.0% 81 15.8% 112 6.9% 50 4.8% 75 9.7% 39
Akron 2.69 94 2.75 111 2.47 38 47.4% 77 79.1% 106 17.0% 96 2.9% 129 2.8% 117 3.1% 127
Alabama 2.44 56 2.44 62 2.46 36 40.3% 9 77.3% 98 16.7% 100 7.5% 35 4.9% 72 10.7% 27
Appalachian State 2.13 14 1.87 4 2.90 87 40.9% 10 66.7% 37 20.6% 51 7.1% 44 6.4% 33 8.0% 68
Arizona 2.85 119 2.87 125 2.73 70 54.4% 128 61.4% 19 16.7% 103 3.9% 119 4.0% 95 3.8% 126
Arizona State 2.45 57 2.40 53 2.66 59 45.9% 57 70.6% 54 17.1% 94 4.9% 102 5.1% 66 4.6% 121
Arkansas 2.56 70 2.54 77 2.63 55 46.2% 62 63.6% 24 21.5% 38 6.1% 68 4.2% 90 8.8% 52
Arkansas State 2.63 81 2.62 88 2.66 60 45.2% 48 73.2% 71 16.8% 99 5.5% 91 5.1% 62 6.0% 96
Army 2.74 102 2.77 115 2.59 49 48.3% 82 68.8% 45 16.7% 101 5.6% 90 4.9% 71 6.4% 90
Auburn 2.20 18 2.13 17 2.46 34 42.4% 27 70.4% 53 23.0% 22 6.4% 61 6.1% 42 6.8% 84
Ball State 2.43 51 2.39 51 2.54 45 44.5% 40 63.9% 26 21.3% 42 3.6% 122 2.4% 122 5.3% 107
Baylor 2.29 28 2.04 11 2.98 97 45.7% 53 76.0% 91 24.2% 16 8.9% 20 7.5% 17 10.9% 25
Boise State 2.12 13 2.01 10 2.50 41 41.5% 17 47.2% 2 23.2% 20 7.4% 38 4.8% 76 10.5% 28
Boston College 2.29 29 2.10 14 2.98 96 42.1% 23 76.0% 91 25.8% 9 3.8% 120 2.7% 119 5.3% 106
Bowling Green 2.79 108 2.66 96 3.29 120 50.3% 102 76.0% 91 17.4% 89 8.1% 25 6.3% 36 11.1% 24
Buffalo 2.12 12 2.45 64 0.95 1 44.1% 37 79.3% 107 20.0% 57 10.4% 9 8.1% 13 13.9% 4
BYU 2.81 113 2.81 120 2.78 72 50.2% 100 72.2% 66 15.5% 118 3.5% 123 1.7% 127 5.6% 100
California 2.60 76 2.44 61 3.18 116 49.7% 95 69.2% 48 16.4% 105 7.0% 48 7.3% 19 6.5% 89
Central Florida 2.15 15 2.10 13 2.29 26 45.4% 50 53.9% 9 25.5% 10 7.7% 31 7.2% 20 8.1% 66
Central Michigan 2.12 11 2.24 27 1.70 3 43.8% 36 56.0% 14 28.0% 1 6.1% 67 4.1% 91 8.5% 57
Charlotte 2.83 117 2.78 116 3.03 104 51.1% 107 83.3% 117 17.0% 95 10.6% 7 10.8% 3 10.3% 32
Cincinnati 2.39 46 2.25 29 2.85 84 45.9% 57 79.4% 108 21.4% 39 6.1% 68 4.8% 74 7.7% 75
Clemson 2.06 7 2.05 12 2.07 11 42.3% 25 52.2% 7 22.3% 29 11.9% 3 11.9% 1 11.8% 16
Coastal Carolina 2.74 103 2.61 85 3.30 121 52.4% 118 66.7% 37 17.8% 79 6.5% 60 5.1% 63 8.7% 55
Colorado 2.78 106 2.73 107 3.00 99 53.3% 124 77.8% 100 14.3% 124 5.8% 85 3.9% 103 9.4% 45
Colorado State 2.81 111 2.74 108 3.14 114 49.9% 97 80.0% 109 16.9% 97 8.0% 28 9.0% 7 6.8% 85
Connecticut 2.91 124 2.72 104 3.74 129 51.9% 114 76.0% 91 14.7% 122 5.5% 91 3.3% 108 8.9% 51
Duke 2.38 43 2.33 40 2.51 42 45.8% 56 66.7% 37 20.1% 55 8.8% 22 9.2% 6 8.3% 63
East Carolina 2.63 82 2.61 86 2.69 66 47.6% 79 50.0% 4 18.5% 72 5.3% 99 4.7% 78 6.1% 92
Eastern Michigan 3.11 129 3.06 130 3.32 122 56.2% 130 86.1% 122 10.3% 129 5.5% 93 3.9% 99 7.9% 71
Florida 2.24 22 2.17 21 2.44 33 41.0% 11 63.0% 23 22.3% 30 10.6% 7 8.4% 10 13.0% 9
Florida Atlantic 2.16 16 2.14 18 2.24 22 41.6% 19 72.7% 69 23.0% 23 8.0% 27 6.2% 39 10.1% 33
Florida International 2.60 77 2.67 97 2.35 29 51.7% 112 75.8% 86 18.5% 71 4.7% 105 2.6% 120 8.0% 67
Florida State 2.56 71 2.41 54 3.19 117 43.4% 34 65.7% 34 17.3% 91 5.7% 86 4.8% 73 6.9% 83
Fresno State 2.66 90 2.59 82 2.97 94 48.7% 88 66.7% 37 17.9% 77 4.3% 113 5.5% 52 2.6% 129
Georgia 2.08 8 1.92 6 2.56 47 37.2% 2 55.0% 11 22.7% 26 5.6% 88 3.2% 111 8.9% 50
Georgia Southern 2.25 23 2.14 19 2.61 52 41.4% 16 50.0% 4 22.9% 24 5.9% 75 4.3% 89 8.0% 68
Georgia State 2.87 121 2.71 103 3.43 125 51.3% 109 75.7% 85 15.0% 120 6.0% 73 6.6% 31 4.8% 114
Georgia Tech 2.69 93 2.59 81 3.12 112 45.9% 59 89.7% 127 16.0% 110 4.3% 113 3.3% 110 5.6% 101
Hawaii 3.02 128 2.98 127 3.21 118 53.9% 127 85.3% 121 12.4% 126 3.1% 127 2.4% 121 4.1% 125
Houston 2.32 35 2.41 56 1.96 8 47.1% 73 60.7% 17 25.1% 11 4.6% 106 4.5% 84 4.7% 117
Illinois 2.33 38 2.29 33 2.48 40 48.1% 80 84.9% 119 22.9% 24 5.9% 79 4.9% 70 6.9% 82
Indiana 2.57 73 2.48 68 3.03 102 47.1% 74 62.1% 21 19.5% 63 6.9% 50 6.2% 38 7.7% 73
Iowa 2.66 91 2.62 89 2.81 76 50.1% 99 90.9% 128 16.7% 101 7.6% 32 4.6% 81 11.6% 18
Iowa State 2.37 42 2.41 57 2.22 18 45.1% 47 65.5% 33 23.1% 21 5.9% 75 6.5% 32 5.2% 108
Kansas 2.87 122 2.84 124 3.01 100 53.2% 122 69.4% 49 16.4% 106 4.5% 107 3.4% 107 6.1% 92
Kansas State 2.66 89 2.49 71 3.17 115 49.5% 92 80.0% 109 17.1% 92 5.6% 89 6.4% 34 4.7% 118
Kent State 2.85 120 2.83 123 2.93 89 53.0% 119 71.1% 58 15.8% 113 5.9% 80 6.3% 36 5.2% 109
Kentucky 2.65 87 2.49 72 3.10 110 48.3% 84 71.4% 59 17.8% 79 10.0% 10 7.9% 14 12.9% 10
Liberty 2.81 115 2.63 94 3.41 124 49.5% 91 60.0% 16 17.8% 81 5.8% 82 5.2% 61 6.7% 86
Louisiana Tech 2.31 34 2.35 43 2.16 14 47.3% 76 72.0% 65 20.2% 53 4.4% 109 3.4% 106 6.0% 95
Louisville 2.72 100 2.77 114 2.54 44 51.9% 115 59.1% 15 15.9% 111 5.9% 77 2.7% 118 10.4% 31
LSU 2.23 20 2.34 42 1.87 6 44.2% 38 46.2% 1 21.8% 35 6.4% 62 4.0% 96 9.4% 44
Marshall 2.52 63 2.51 74 2.54 46 45.6% 52 65.0% 31 15.7% 116 8.9% 21 7.0% 23 11.3% 22
Maryland 2.43 53 2.38 48 2.60 50 44.9% 43 71.4% 59 20.1% 54 3.4% 124 3.0% 114 4.2% 124
Massachusetts 3.17 130 3.02 129 4.00 130 53.7% 126 79.0% 105 8.4% 130 3.3% 126 3.3% 108 3.1% 127
Memphis 2.44 55 2.35 44 2.78 71 42.1% 24 80.0% 109 21.2% 45 7.3% 39 5.1% 67 9.7% 38
Miami-FL 1.98 4 1.74 3 2.62 53 41.9% 20 54.2% 10 27.2% 4 11.1% 5 8.2% 11 13.8% 5
Miami-OH 2.61 79 2.62 91 2.57 48 49.4% 90 73.8% 76 17.7% 84 9.4% 13 7.9% 15 11.4% 21
Michigan 2.26 25 2.22 24 2.47 37 39.4% 7 75.9% 88 19.4% 64 9.7% 12 7.4% 18 12.0% 14
Michigan State 1.80 1 1.64 1 2.36 30 38.2% 4 61.1% 18 26.4% 6 7.3% 40 5.9% 49 8.9% 48
Middle Tennessee 2.71 99 2.70 101 2.80 75 53.2% 121 65.9% 35 18.0% 76 2.6% 130 1.3% 129 4.6% 122
Minnesota 2.63 84 2.63 92 2.63 56 48.3% 83 80.0% 109 17.1% 92 7.4% 37 6.0% 48 9.5% 42
Mississippi State 2.62 80 2.76 112 2.00 10 46.7% 68 73.7% 74 17.7% 83 6.2% 65 3.5% 105 9.6% 41
Missouri 2.34 40 2.38 50 2.18 16 42.1% 22 63.6% 24 20.6% 51 5.4% 94 5.1% 65 5.8% 99
Navy 2.24 21 2.25 30 2.18 15 42.0% 21 89.5% 125 21.4% 41 7.8% 30 7.1% 22 8.5% 58
NC State 2.48 60 2.18 22 3.26 119 45.0% 44 85.0% 120 19.1% 65 7.5% 35 5.2% 59 10.4% 30
Nebraska 2.63 85 2.68 98 2.46 35 50.1% 98 89.5% 125 18.0% 75 6.3% 63 4.7% 79 8.2% 64
Nevada 2.32 36 2.23 25 2.64 57 42.4% 26 68.2% 44 21.4% 39 5.4% 94 3.0% 113 8.3% 61
New Mexico 2.53 64 2.57 80 2.35 28 50.7% 104 78.6% 103 17.7% 84 5.3% 100 1.2% 130 11.5% 19
New Mexico State 2.97 127 2.99 128 2.89 86 56.2% 129 92.0% 129 14.4% 123 4.2% 117 3.9% 99 4.7% 119
North Carolina 2.55 68 2.43 60 2.91 88 44.4% 39 64.3% 27 21.2% 44 6.8% 55 6.1% 42 7.8% 72
North Texas 2.65 88 2.59 83 2.84 82 45.9% 60 75.0% 81 16.4% 104 6.7% 56 4.5% 84 9.6% 40
Northern Illinois 2.26 26 2.24 28 2.33 27 45.8% 55 55.2% 12 24.6% 15 4.4% 109 3.9% 102 5.1% 110
Northwestern 2.30 33 2.14 20 2.80 74 41.2% 14 81.4% 115 22.0% 33 6.0% 71 5.1% 63 7.1% 80
Notre Dame 2.41 49 2.26 32 2.83 80 45.9% 61 73.1% 70 22.1% 32 9.4% 14 10.3% 4 8.2% 65
Ohio 2.68 92 2.69 100 2.64 58 50.8% 105 86.4% 123 17.7% 82 5.3% 98 4.4% 86 6.7% 87
Ohio State 2.02 5 2.13 16 1.76 4 39.5% 8 55.6% 13 27.8% 2 12.8% 1 8.8% 8 16.4% 3
Oklahoma 2.39 45 2.46 65 2.20 17 46.8% 70 66.7% 37 26.0% 7 9.4% 15 10.9% 2 7.6% 76
Oklahoma State 2.55 67 2.41 55 3.06 108 46.4% 64 76.5% 96 21.0% 49 6.8% 53 5.5% 55 8.8% 53
Old Dominion 2.11 9 2.26 31 1.53 2 41.6% 18 75.9% 88 26.9% 5 4.9% 103 5.4% 56 4.4% 123
Ole Miss 2.71 98 2.68 99 2.84 81 46.4% 65 77.1% 97 15.7% 116 7.1% 46 8.5% 9 5.1% 111
Oregon 2.28 27 2.37 47 1.99 9 45.4% 49 64.5% 29 20.7% 50 6.6% 59 4.9% 69 8.8% 53
Oregon State 2.63 86 2.50 73 3.13 113 47.2% 75 71.0% 57 18.2% 74 7.0% 49 6.3% 35 8.0% 68
Penn State 2.12 10 1.95 7 2.69 64 38.5% 5 69.0% 47 25.0% 12 8.0% 26 5.7% 50 10.4% 29
Pittsburgh 2.32 37 2.21 23 2.63 54 43.1% 31 68.0% 43 21.2% 46 11.4% 4 6.7% 30 16.6% 2
Purdue 2.55 66 2.61 87 2.24 21 50.2% 100 80.0% 109 19.0% 66 5.2% 101 4.6% 82 6.1% 94
Rice 2.29 31 2.24 26 2.48 39 41.0% 12 73.5% 73 21.7% 36 4.0% 118 3.0% 114 5.4% 104
Rutgers 2.79 107 2.73 105 3.06 107 48.7% 87 74.1% 77 15.7% 114 5.7% 87 1.8% 125 11.4% 20
San Diego State 1.92 2 1.87 5 2.09 12 39.2% 6 53.3% 8 27.4% 3 5.9% 77 5.5% 52 6.4% 91
San Jose State 2.81 114 2.78 117 2.94 91 51.6% 111 80.0% 109 15.1% 119 4.8% 104 2.3% 123 8.5% 60
SMU 2.35 41 2.33 41 2.39 31 41.3% 15 70.6% 54 20.1% 56 9.3% 17 6.9% 27 12.1% 13
South Alabama 2.39 44 2.51 75 1.95 7 45.1% 46 75.0% 81 19.6% 61 4.3% 112 3.5% 104 5.6% 103
South Carolina 2.59 75 2.56 79 2.68 63 46.9% 72 66.7% 37 16.4% 107 5.8% 84 4.4% 86 7.6% 77
South Florida 2.57 72 2.49 70 2.93 90 51.2% 108 78.1% 101 21.1% 48 7.5% 33 4.4% 86 11.3% 23
Southern Miss 2.49 62 2.40 52 2.79 73 42.6% 28 71.4% 59 19.8% 59 9.3% 16 6.1% 40 13.2% 7
Stanford 2.70 96 2.62 90 3.02 101 51.4% 110 77.4% 99 19.8% 60 6.3% 64 5.5% 54 7.7% 74
Syracuse 2.75 104 2.73 106 2.83 79 48.4% 86 78.1% 102 18.8% 68 6.8% 53 3.9% 101 10.8% 26
TCU 2.22 19 2.32 39 1.86 5 43.4% 33 74.1% 77 21.8% 34 5.4% 96 5.2% 60 5.6% 101
Temple 2.29 32 2.31 37 2.24 20 44.7% 41 71.4% 59 22.4% 28 8.5% 24 7.2% 21 10.0% 34
Tennessee 2.73 101 2.53 76 3.48 127 49.9% 96 74.3% 80 15.7% 114 9.0% 19 6.0% 47 13.7% 6
Texas 2.48 61 2.47 67 2.51 43 46.2% 63 69.6% 50 21.1% 47 4.4% 108 4.1% 93 4.9% 112
Texas A&M 2.33 39 2.38 49 2.16 13 45.5% 51 87.5% 124 24.9% 13 6.1% 70 5.3% 57 7.0% 81
Texas State 2.87 123 2.74 109 3.47 126 49.6% 93 81.6% 116 13.6% 125 4.4% 111 4.0% 94 4.8% 115
Texas Tech 2.45 58 2.35 45 2.82 77 45.8% 54 75.9% 88 18.8% 69 5.9% 81 4.8% 77 7.2% 79
Toledo 2.70 95 2.70 102 2.67 61 49.6% 94 73.3% 72 17.5% 88 3.8% 120 4.7% 80 2.5% 130
Troy 2.61 78 2.49 69 3.03 105 44.7% 42 70.6% 54 17.7% 84 7.3% 40 5.7% 51 9.7% 36
Tulane 2.42 50 2.46 66 2.28 25 46.8% 71 72.4% 67 18.3% 73 4.2% 116 3.0% 112 5.4% 105
Tulsa 2.55 65 2.42 59 2.97 95 42.9% 29 65.9% 35 18.8% 67 4.3% 115 3.9% 98 4.6% 120
UAB 1.96 3 1.67 2 2.68 62 37.5% 3 47.6% 3 25.9% 8 9.7% 11 6.8% 28 13.1% 8
UCLA 2.43 54 2.35 46 2.69 65 45.0% 44 74.1% 77 23.2% 19 6.0% 72 6.8% 29 4.7% 116
UL-Lafayette 2.96 126 2.92 126 3.11 111 53.2% 123 75.0% 81 12.0% 128 7.8% 29 7.0% 23 9.0% 47
UL-Monroe 2.81 112 2.83 122 2.71 68 53.5% 125 75.8% 86 16.8% 98 5.8% 83 3.9% 97 8.5% 58
UNLV 2.63 83 2.61 84 2.73 69 48.2% 81 71.9% 64 19.6% 62 3.0% 128 1.8% 126 4.9% 113
USC 2.84 118 2.66 95 3.58 128 51.9% 113 72.4% 67 16.2% 108 7.0% 47 5.0% 68 9.8% 35
Utah 2.20 17 2.11 15 2.44 32 43.3% 32 68.8% 45 21.7% 37 6.7% 56 4.6% 83 9.5% 43
Utah State 2.80 110 2.80 119 2.82 78 52.0% 117 64.3% 27 16.0% 109 6.2% 66 4.1% 91 8.6% 56
UTEP 2.83 116 2.80 118 2.95 92 49.2% 89 84.6% 118 14.7% 121 3.3% 125 1.6% 128 5.9% 97
UTSA 2.29 30 2.30 34 2.24 19 46.5% 66 61.5% 20 24.7% 14 6.8% 52 2.8% 116 11.8% 17
Vanderbilt 2.78 105 2.76 113 2.85 85 52.0% 116 64.5% 29 17.4% 90 5.4% 96 2.2% 124 9.7% 36
Virginia 2.57 74 2.41 58 3.08 109 48.4% 85 76.0% 91 21.2% 43 11.0% 6 10.1% 5 12.0% 14
Virginia Tech 2.26 24 1.97 8 3.03 103 41.2% 13 70.0% 51 23.5% 17 7.5% 33 6.1% 41 9.3% 46
Wake Forest 2.40 47 2.44 63 2.26 23 46.6% 67 62.5% 22 22.5% 27 7.2% 42 6.0% 46 8.9% 48
Washington 2.56 69 2.54 78 2.60 51 47.4% 78 95.0% 130 17.8% 78 7.2% 43 7.0% 26 7.6% 78
Washington State 2.94 125 2.82 121 3.39 123 50.9% 106 70.0% 51 12.3% 127 6.0% 74 6.0% 45 5.9% 97
West Virginia 2.71 97 2.63 93 3.05 106 50.4% 103 73.7% 74 18.5% 70 8.6% 23 6.1% 42 12.2% 12
Western Kentucky 2.46 59 2.31 38 3.00 98 46.7% 69 78.8% 104 20.0% 58 7.1% 45 7.7% 16 6.5% 88
Western Michigan 2.79 109 2.74 110 2.95 93 53.1% 120 65.2% 32 17.5% 87 9.1% 18 7.0% 25 12.7% 11
Wisconsin 2.41 48 2.30 36 2.70 67 43.5% 35 50.0% 4 22.3% 30 12.2% 2 8.1% 12 17.3% 1
Wyoming 2.04 6 1.98 9 2.28 24 35.9% 1 71.8% 63 23.3% 18 6.7% 58 5.3% 58 8.3% 61