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Defensive Efficiency (DE) is the value generated per drive a team's opponent offenses adjusted for starting field position. DFEI is defensive efficiency adjusted for the strength of opponent offenses faced. Defensive Drive Success rate (DDS) is the percentage of opponent offensive drives that generate value greater than the starting field position value of the drive. 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. 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. Ball Control Rate (DBC) is the percentage of opponent offensive drives that last four plays or more. 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 possesssions in FBS vs. FBS games.

 

 

2018 DFEI Defense Ratings (updated 11/13/18)

 

Rk Team W-L DFEI   DE Rk DDS Rk DAY Rk DFD Rk DTD Rk DTF Rk DBC Rk DTO Rk
1 Alabama 10-0 .68   .91 1 .149 3 .265 3 .515 1 .089 2 .173 4 .475 1 .129 40
2 Clemson 9-0 .78   .93 2 .143 2 .237 1 .543 2 .086 1 .158 1 .533 4 .114 60
3 Michigan 9-1 1.08   1.15 3 .134 1 .261 2 .608 7 .124 4 .203 6 .567 9 .103 81
4 Michigan State 6-4 1.12   1.41 10 .208 8 .370 14 .648 20 .152 10 .235 9 .616 27 .136 32
5 Cincinnati 8-1 1.14   1.23 4 .175 5 .318 4 .623 9 .149 9 .239 11 .553 7 .079 108
6 Mississippi State 5-4 1.16   1.35 8 .221 11 .412 32 .791 112 .128 5 .162 2 .744 122 .093 93
7 LSU 7-2 1.29   1.67 22 .248 22 .376 17 .651 23 .174 17 .268 19 .615 26 .156 14
8 Notre Dame 10-0 1.40   1.49 14 .235 18 .388 22 .643 16 .157 11 .243 13 .652 47 .130 38
9 Iowa State 6-3 1.42   1.68 23 .228 13 .403 28 .723 67 .178 20 .247 16 .693 95 .119 55
10 Penn State 7-3 1.42   1.62 20 .234 17 .379 18 .680 34 .195 26 .287 24 .656 56 .109 67
11 Miami 4-5 1.42   1.42 11 .238 19 .355 11 .657 27 .171 16 .261 17 .610 21 .133 35
12 Appalachian State 6-2 1.43   1.34 7 .185 6 .338 9 .598 5 .141 6 .236 10 .576 11 .098 87
13 Fresno State 7-2 1.45   1.27 5 .172 4 .321 5 .634 15 .108 3 .169 3 .613 24 .161 10
14 Kentucky 6-3 1.51   1.68 25 .267 26 .388 23 .624 11 .178 19 .286 23 .584 15 .149 16
15 Iowa 5-4 1.52   1.48 13 .231 14 .322 6 .654 26 .192 25 .294 28 .577 12 .144 23
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DE Rk DDS Rk DAY Rk DFD Rk DTD Rk DTF Rk DBC Rk DTO Rk
16 California 5-4 1.54   1.57 18 .228 12 .381 20 .693 45 .168 15 .243 12 .663 64 .149 17
17 Washington 6-3 1.55   1.62 21 .242 21 .423 38 .714 59 .176 18 .246 14 .725 114 .110 66
18 San Diego State 6-3 1.56   1.53 15 .234 16 .356 12 .631 13 .198 27 .314 33 .622 31 .099 83
19 Northwestern 6-4 1.60   1.61 19 .254 23 .387 21 .662 30 .185 22 .279 21 .646 41 .108 71
20 Auburn 5-4 1.63   1.68 24 .321 53 .453 63 .717 61 .142 7 .197 5 .679 78 .104 78
21 Missouri 5-4 1.66   2.10 55 .318 50 .475 73 .738 80 .234 41 .316 34 .673 74 .075 111
22 Wyoming 3-6 1.66   1.98 42 .297 39 .395 27 .723 66 .248 49 .342 46 .663 65 .089 96
23 Utah State 8-1 1.68   1.32 6 .216 10 .359 13 .649 21 .144 8 .222 7 .658 60 .171 7
24 Georgia 8-1 1.69   1.77 28 .294 37 .415 34 .671 32 .188 24 .281 22 .671 73 .129 39
25 Southern Mississippi 3-5 1.70   1.46 12 .214 9 .336 8 .622 8 .184 21 .295 29 .551 6 .143 24
26 Boston College 6-3 1.75   1.85 32 .277 27 .423 37 .714 58 .232 40 .325 37 .670 71 .161 11
27 Northern Illinois 7-3 1.77   1.55 16 .266 25 .394 25 .719 62 .164 13 .228 8 .680 80 .125 48
28 Nevada 5-4 1.81   1.96 40 .313 47 .427 44 .661 29 .268 62 .405 74 .634 34 .125 47
29 TCU 3-6 1.82   2.17 57 .346 66 .427 42 .740 81 .269 63 .364 59 .721 112 .058 122
30 Virginia 6-3 1.85   1.92 36 .281 30 .417 35 .729 71 .240 44 .329 40 .688 85 .156 13
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DE Rk DDS Rk DAY Rk DFD Rk DTD Rk DTF Rk DBC Rk DTO Rk
31 Syracuse 7-2 1.87   1.88 35 .292 35 .380 19 .623 10 .223 36 .358 54 .546 5 .154 15
32 Maryland 5-5 1.87   1.97 41 .278 29 .421 36 .685 37 .222 35 .324 36 .648 44 .167 8
33 Troy 7-2 1.88   2.05 49 .301 42 .430 48 .699 49 .243 45 .347 51 .670 72 .146 20
34 North Texas 6-3 1.88   1.56 17 .234 15 .374 15 .645 18 .159 12 .246 15 .607 19 .131 37
35 Central Florida 8-0 1.88   2.01 47 .329 58 .497 85 .765 96 .200 29 .262 18 .729 116 .188 2
36 Florida 6-3 1.89   2.00 43 .314 48 .427 43 .686 39 .225 38 .329 39 .657 57 .147 18
37 Eastern Michigan 5-5 1.90   1.70 26 .262 24 .403 29 .680 35 .205 30 .301 31 .664 69 .164 9
38 Duke 6-3 1.90   2.04 48 .300 41 .444 57 .709 55 .245 48 .346 49 .655 54 .091 95
39 Utah 6-3 1.90   1.94 39 .306 44 .438 54 .755 89 .224 37 .297 30 .684 83 .122 52
40 Temple 6-3 1.91   2.07 50 .331 60 .430 47 .712 57 .263 55 .369 63 .703 103 .136 33
41 Ohio State 9-1 1.92   1.85 33 .288 33 .395 26 .688 41 .216 32 .314 32 .608 20 .128 43
42 Marshall 5-3 1.93   1.73 27 .277 28 .374 16 .644 17 .188 23 .292 27 .604 18 .129 41
43 East Carolina 2-6 1.94   2.22 62 .361 74 .411 31 .565 3 .287 75 .508 115 .491 2 .037 129
44 West Virginia 7-1 1.94   1.86 34 .310 45 .393 24 .667 31 .218 34 .328 38 .655 55 .126 45
45 Minnesota 5-5 1.95   2.09 54 .328 57 .443 56 .647 19 .267 61 .413 79 .569 10 .121 53
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DE Rk DDS Rk DAY Rk DFD Rk DTD Rk DTF Rk DBC Rk DTO Rk
46 USC 5-5 1.96   2.16 56 .320 51 .425 40 .730 73 .270 65 .371 64 .689 88 .057 123
47 UAB 8-1 1.99   1.35 9 .194 7 .332 7 .602 6 .165 14 .274 20 .583 14 .097 88
48 Wisconsin 6-4 2.00   1.80 29 .286 31 .436 53 .686 38 .200 28 .292 26 .619 28 .143 25
49 Florida State 3-6 2.01   2.08 52 .333 61 .448 59 .711 56 .281 70 .395 70 .658 61 .061 119
50 Tulsa 1-8 2.06   2.21 61 .363 75 .485 78 .735 76 .265 60 .360 56 .657 58 .127 44
51 Boise State 8-2 2.08   1.93 37 .292 36 .424 39 .745 84 .217 33 .291 25 .689 89 .132 36
52 Texas A&M 5-4 2.10   2.42 82 .320 52 .407 30 .650 22 .270 64 .415 80 .580 13 .030 130
53 Stanford 5-4 2.11   2.41 80 .375 81 .500 88 .729 72 .250 50 .343 47 .708 105 .104 77
54 Colorado 4-5 2.13   2.28 67 .311 46 .460 66 .764 94 .264 57 .346 48 .726 115 .104 79
55 Tulane 4-5 2.13   2.00 44 .304 43 .436 51 .687 40 .252 51 .367 61 .652 48 .104 76
56 South Carolina 5-4 2.14   2.42 84 .412 103 .504 91 .804 118 .278 69 .346 50 .784 130 .072 112
57 Vanderbilt 3-6 2.14   2.42 83 .385 86 .512 98 .708 54 .271 66 .382 65 .667 70 .177 5
58 Akron 3-5 2.15   1.80 30 .298 40 .448 58 .692 44 .231 39 .333 43 .663 66 .087 100
59 Army 7-2 2.15   2.36 74 .346 67 .489 80 .731 74 .308 84 .421 83 .654 52 .115 59
60 Tennessee 4-5 2.16   2.35 73 .358 73 .440 55 .705 52 .284 73 .403 73 .621 30 .095 91
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DE Rk DDS Rk DAY Rk DFD Rk DTD Rk DTF Rk DBC Rk DTO Rk
61 Buffalo 8-1 2.16   1.81 31 .238 20 .348 10 .590 4 .210 31 .355 53 .562 8 .133 34
62 Arizona 4-5 2.19   2.18 58 .324 56 .432 49 .676 33 .278 68 .411 78 .648 45 .120 54
63 Purdue 5-5 2.20   2.21 60 .339 64 .470 70 .720 64 .237 43 .329 42 .703 102 .076 109
64 Texas Tech 4-5 2.20   2.66 100 .372 77 .507 93 .761 90 .327 95 .430 87 .699 99 .088 97
65 Texas 7-3 2.21   2.41 79 .375 80 .495 84 .708 53 .283 71 .400 71 .642 37 .117 58
66 Middle Tennessee 6-3 2.21   2.01 45 .291 34 .452 62 .738 78 .243 46 .329 41 .718 111 .146 21
67 Arkansas State 5-4 2.23   2.39 77 .330 59 .436 52 .689 42 .311 85 .451 96 .602 17 .126 46
68 Florida Atlantic 4-5 2.26   2.48 89 .347 68 .503 89 .762 91 .327 94 .429 86 .713 109 .079 107
69 Miami (OH) 4-6 2.27   2.27 64 .322 54 .425 41 .696 47 .296 78 .425 84 .643 39 .096 89
70 Oklahoma 9-1 2.27   2.61 96 .398 93 .492 82 .738 79 .320 90 .434 91 .689 90 .049 127
71 Washington State 8-1 2.27   2.01 46 .286 32 .413 33 .704 51 .235 42 .333 44 .653 49 .071 113
72 SMU 4-5 2.28   2.39 76 .376 82 .487 79 .743 83 .312 86 .420 82 .651 46 .147 19
73 Central Michigan 0-10 2.28   1.94 38 .314 49 .428 45 .727 68 .264 59 .364 58 .686 84 .124 50
74 Kansas State 3-6 2.29   2.55 92 .412 102 .539 110 .812 122 .294 77 .362 57 .729 117 .106 72
75 North Carolina State 5-3 2.30   2.28 66 .356 72 .477 74 .747 85 .264 58 .354 52 .724 113 .103 80
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DE Rk DDS Rk DAY Rk DFD Rk DTD Rk DTF Rk DBC Rk DTO Rk
76 Oregon 5-4 2.31   2.20 59 .355 71 .474 72 .736 77 .264 56 .358 55 .664 67 .136 31
77 Georgia Southern 6-3 2.33   2.28 65 .354 70 .498 86 .771 98 .260 54 .338 45 .688 86 .188 3
78 Kansas 3-6 2.34   2.23 63 .337 62 .459 65 .683 36 .277 67 .406 75 .653 51 .198 1
79 BYU 4-5 2.35   2.33 70 .378 85 .433 50 .633 14 .289 76 .456 100 .622 32 .067 115
80 Arkansas 1-8 2.38   2.44 86 .396 92 .510 96 .755 88 .302 81 .400 72 .679 79 .085 101
81 Louisiana Tech 6-3 2.38   2.09 53 .340 65 .429 46 .698 48 .255 52 .365 60 .613 25 .142 27
82 Texas State 2-7 2.39   2.08 51 .295 38 .455 64 .657 28 .257 53 .391 69 .619 29 .124 51
83 Air Force 3-6 2.42   2.51 91 .378 84 .464 67 .653 25 .327 93 .500 112 .612 23 .082 103
84 Indiana 5-5 2.44   2.41 81 .368 76 .482 76 .772 100 .316 88 .409 77 .675 75 .184 4
85 Arizona State 6-4 2.46   2.30 68 .324 55 .478 75 .765 95 .245 47 .321 35 .745 123 .088 98
86 Pittsburgh 5-4 2.48   2.75 106 .404 97 .544 111 .798 114 .343 99 .430 89 .778 127 .111 65
87 Nebraska 2-7 2.48   2.66 101 .411 101 .530 106 .720 63 .346 101 .481 107 .682 81 .093 92
88 Rutgers 1-9 2.49   2.58 95 .400 94 .511 97 .743 82 .352 102 .474 104 .676 76 .105 75
89 New Mexico 2-7 2.49   2.58 94 .409 99 .503 90 .764 92 .345 100 .452 98 .691 92 .145 22
90 Ohio 5-4 2.49   2.35 72 .375 79 .450 61 .625 12 .302 82 .483 109 .531 3 .156 12
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DE Rk DDS Rk DAY Rk DFD Rk DTD Rk DTF Rk DBC Rk DTO Rk
91 South Florida 6-3 2.50   2.43 85 .353 69 .483 77 .723 65 .303 83 .419 81 .647 42 .109 68
92 Georgia Tech 5-4 2.51   2.44 87 .395 91 .490 81 .779 106 .337 97 .433 90 .733 118 .174 6
93 UCLA 2-8 2.52   2.78 108 .464 116 .573 116 .836 125 .373 113 .446 93 .782 129 .118 57
94 Houston 6-3 2.53   2.38 75 .339 63 .465 68 .702 50 .298 80 .425 85 .645 40 .105 74
95 San Jose State 1-8 2.55   2.74 104 .429 106 .525 103 .732 75 .357 107 .488 110 .688 87 .125 49
96 Charlotte 3-6 2.56   2.30 69 .393 90 .450 60 .652 24 .315 87 .483 108 .584 16 .112 64
97 UTSA 3-7 2.58   2.40 78 .374 78 .466 69 .729 70 .318 89 .436 92 .654 53 .140 28
98 Wake Forest 4-5 2.59   2.64 98 .387 87 .509 95 .782 108 .353 103 .452 97 .647 43 .076 110
99 North Carolina 1-8 2.59   2.56 93 .404 96 .507 94 .798 115 .325 91 .407 76 .711 106 .114 62
100 Liberty 3-5 2.60   2.61 97 .393 89 .498 87 .776 105 .355 105 .458 101 .692 94 .084 102
101 Oklahoma State 4-5 2.65   2.89 112 .402 95 .515 99 .692 43 .355 104 .514 116 .636 35 .056 124
102 UTEP 1-8 2.66   2.34 71 .376 83 .494 83 .772 101 .297 79 .385 66 .683 82 .059 121
103 Virginia Tech 3-5 2.69   2.71 102 .442 110 .522 102 .716 60 .326 92 .456 99 .642 38 .105 73
104 Western Kentucky 1-8 2.70   2.45 88 .431 108 .550 114 .775 104 .284 74 .367 62 .745 124 .108 69
105 Western Michigan 5-4 2.70   2.73 103 .438 109 .504 92 .752 87 .371 111 .494 111 .610 22 .114 61
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DE Rk DDS Rk DAY Rk DFD Rk DTD Rk DTF Rk DBC Rk DTO Rk
106 Baylor 4-5 2.71   2.99 114 .430 107 .535 109 .800 117 .360 108 .450 95 .660 62 .050 126
107 Mississippi 4-5 2.83   3.03 116 .485 121 .602 123 .804 119 .361 109 .449 94 .711 107 .103 82
108 Florida International 6-3 2.84   2.48 90 .409 98 .515 100 .727 69 .284 72 .391 68 .716 110 .114 63
109 Louisiana Monroe 5-4 2.84   2.75 105 .418 104 .526 104 .846 127 .330 96 .390 67 .780 128 .088 99
110 Memphis 5-4 2.85   2.78 107 .388 88 .471 71 .694 46 .357 106 .515 117 .653 50 .061 120
111 Toledo 4-5 2.89   2.79 109 .418 105 .516 101 .764 93 .364 110 .476 105 .664 68 .118 56
112 UNLV 2-7 2.92   2.81 110 .448 113 .529 105 .800 116 .371 112 .464 103 .695 97 .095 90
113 Ball State 2-7 2.95   2.65 99 .410 100 .535 108 .790 110 .340 98 .430 88 .690 91 .140 29
114 Massachusetts 3-7 2.98   3.09 117 .504 123 .585 119 .769 97 .419 120 .544 122 .701 100 .128 42
115 Kent State 1-8 3.03   3.12 120 .480 120 .585 120 .843 126 .422 121 .500 114 .755 125 .108 70
116 Colorado State 3-6 3.10   2.82 111 .446 111 .546 112 .822 123 .376 114 .458 102 .733 119 .099 85
117 Rice 0-10 3.13   3.01 115 .468 118 .546 113 .784 109 .414 119 .529 120 .631 33 .099 84
118 New Mexico State 2-7 3.17   2.92 113 .459 115 .530 107 .752 86 .394 115 .524 119 .679 77 .092 94
119 Old Dominion 3-7 3.20   3.09 118 .446 112 .576 117 .793 113 .397 116 .500 113 .736 120 .066 116
120 Illinois 3-6 3.21   3.25 121 .467 117 .587 121 .790 111 .410 118 .518 118 .657 59 .143 26
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DE Rk DDS Rk DAY Rk DFD Rk DTD Rk DTF Rk DBC Rk DTO Rk
121 Navy 1-8 3.25   3.61 128 .558 127 .643 128 .779 107 .488 128 .627 128 .663 63 .140 30
122 Hawaii 5-5 3.27   3.11 119 .455 114 .591 122 .855 128 .409 117 .479 106 .764 126 .045 128
123 Coastal Carolina 4-5 3.28   3.33 122 .471 119 .630 126 .805 120 .437 123 .543 121 .713 108 .080 105
124 Louisville 1-8 3.32   3.45 126 .538 126 .611 124 .860 129 .473 126 .550 124 .742 121 .065 118
125 Bowling Green 1-8 3.34   3.34 123 .495 122 .562 115 .772 102 .475 127 .615 127 .693 96 .079 106
126 Georgia State 1-8 3.35   3.57 127 .565 128 .639 127 .772 99 .457 125 .592 126 .641 36 .065 117
127 South Alabama 1-8 3.37   3.35 124 .529 125 .615 125 .824 124 .451 124 .548 123 .696 98 .098 86
128 Louisiana Lafayette 4-5 3.46   3.44 125 .511 124 .584 118 .773 103 .432 122 .559 125 .705 104 .068 114
129 Oregon State 1-8 3.89   3.99 129 .596 129 .678 129 .809 121 .521 129 .645 129 .691 93 .053 125
130 Connecticut 0-9 4.46   4.57 130 .701 130 .757 130 .874 130 .598 130 .684 130 .701 101 .080 104