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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 (final)

 

Rk Team W-L DFEI   DE Rk DDS Rk DAY Rk DFD Rk DTD Rk DTF Rk DBC Rk DTO Rk
1 Clemson 14-0 .90   1.15 1 .172 1 .290 1 .599 2 .108 1 .181 2 .567 5 .121 58
2 Mississippi State 7-5 1.00   1.24 2 .231 11 .378 13 .761 97 .120 3 .157 1 .701 104 .128 44
3 Michigan State 7-6 1.09   1.27 3 .179 2 .344 9 .642 13 .130 5 .202 4 .611 22 .130 42
4 Alabama 13-1 1.19   1.55 12 .238 13 .334 5 .594 1 .168 10 .282 21 .538 1 .098 91
5 Appalachian State 10-2 1.32   1.27 4 .187 4 .342 7 .627 6 .127 4 .202 5 .597 14 .134 31
6 Miami 6-6 1.37   1.41 6 .220 5 .342 8 .660 25 .163 6 .247 8 .617 27 .128 45
7 Cincinnati 10-2 1.37   1.50 9 .226 9 .350 10 .651 18 .185 17 .284 24 .582 8 .103 83
8 LSU 9-3 1.37   1.82 28 .270 22 .380 14 .655 20 .209 31 .320 35 .615 25 .135 30
9 Washington 9-4 1.42   1.65 15 .228 10 .404 28 .699 49 .176 14 .253 11 .691 94 .118 63
10 Fresno State 11-2 1.42   1.34 5 .182 3 .330 3 .622 5 .119 2 .191 3 .587 10 .133 35
11 Georgia 10-3 1.43   1.83 30 .301 42 .412 37 .683 37 .203 26 .298 29 .675 74 .114 67
12 Notre Dame 12-1 1.45   1.61 14 .231 12 .391 20 .660 26 .163 7 .247 9 .653 55 .136 29
13 Iowa 8-4 1.49   1.43 7 .223 8 .325 2 .640 12 .180 15 .281 18 .583 9 .158 12
14 Penn State 9-4 1.52   1.57 13 .222 7 .364 11 .660 27 .173 13 .262 13 .642 42 .105 80
15 California 6-6 1.52   1.53 11 .243 15 .370 12 .686 38 .164 8 .240 6 .664 66 .164 8
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DE Rk DDS Rk DAY Rk DFD Rk DTD Rk DTF Rk DBC Rk DTO Rk
16 TCU 6-6 1.56   1.80 23 .288 33 .383 17 .699 50 .226 37 .324 37 .678 78 .110 73
17 Michigan 10-3 1.57   1.66 16 .240 14 .333 4 .659 23 .186 19 .282 22 .612 23 .093 96
18 Auburn 7-5 1.59   1.78 22 .316 54 .430 47 .691 42 .169 11 .245 7 .647 48 .118 61
19 Kentucky 9-3 1.66   1.80 24 .278 26 .396 21 .639 11 .188 20 .294 27 .602 16 .143 21
20 Northwestern 9-5 1.67   1.68 18 .275 25 .408 35 .687 40 .192 21 .280 16 .659 62 .143 24
21 Iowa State 7-5 1.68   1.95 38 .274 24 .423 44 .726 70 .222 36 .306 31 .681 82 .111 71
22 Utah 8-5 1.68   1.70 19 .270 21 .407 31 .716 64 .203 25 .283 23 .682 84 .122 56
23 Southern Mississippi 5-5 1.71   1.46 8 .222 6 .337 6 .607 3 .171 12 .282 20 .547 3 .154 13
24 Missouri 7-5 1.72   2.04 46 .312 48 .446 58 .702 54 .227 39 .323 36 .652 53 .099 86
25 Virginia 7-5 1.72   1.81 27 .269 20 .416 39 .738 83 .208 29 .281 19 .700 101 .138 27
26 Florida 8-3 1.72   1.88 32 .286 32 .398 24 .659 22 .206 28 .313 33 .635 38 .151 16
27 Utah State 10-2 1.76   1.51 10 .253 16 .380 15 .653 19 .167 9 .255 12 .647 46 .167 7
28 Syracuse 9-3 1.80   1.90 35 .295 38 .396 22 .657 21 .217 33 .330 38 .578 6 .145 20
29 Troy 9-3 1.80   1.91 36 .279 27 .408 34 .664 29 .229 40 .344 46 .643 43 .186 2
30 Boise State 10-3 1.81   1.81 26 .289 34 .406 30 .739 86 .204 27 .276 15 .676 75 .148 18
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DE Rk DDS Rk DAY Rk DFD Rk DTD Rk DTF Rk DBC Rk DTO Rk
31 Northern Illinois 8-6 1.82   1.75 21 .283 30 .420 42 .734 77 .185 18 .252 10 .699 100 .104 82
32 Nevada 7-5 1.84   1.88 33 .292 36 .421 43 .649 17 .247 47 .380 61 .610 21 .123 51
33 San Diego State 6-6 1.85   1.89 34 .284 31 .406 29 .667 31 .227 38 .340 44 .652 54 .092 98
34 Wyoming 5-6 1.85   1.96 40 .289 35 .384 18 .694 46 .231 41 .333 39 .636 39 .099 88
35 Minnesota 7-6 1.90   2.05 47 .310 46 .433 49 .648 16 .248 49 .383 63 .579 7 .124 50
36 Eastern Michigan 6-6 1.94   1.72 20 .269 19 .411 36 .690 41 .193 23 .280 17 .683 85 .152 15
37 Temple 8-4 1.94   2.03 45 .327 59 .419 41 .692 43 .269 60 .389 67 .679 80 .173 3
38 Texas 10-4 1.95   2.30 67 .366 73 .475 70 .701 53 .268 59 .383 62 .646 45 .122 54
39 Central Florida 11-1 1.96   2.09 49 .336 64 .508 96 .769 103 .209 30 .272 14 .731 121 .164 9
40 Wisconsin 8-5 1.96   1.82 29 .300 40 .434 50 .693 44 .200 24 .289 25 .621 29 .150 17
41 Army 9-2 1.97   2.11 52 .313 49 .457 63 .740 87 .271 63 .366 54 .677 76 .146 19
42 Marshall 8-4 2.00   1.81 25 .283 29 .382 16 .648 15 .193 22 .298 30 .628 33 .110 72
43 Texas A&M 8-4 2.00   2.35 73 .321 57 .414 38 .672 33 .270 62 .402 75 .606 18 .051 129
44 Florida State 4-7 2.03   2.12 55 .340 66 .467 66 .709 59 .284 73 .400 74 .667 67 .064 119
45 Boston College 6-5 2.05   2.03 44 .304 43 .443 56 .739 85 .246 46 .333 41 .688 89 .152 14
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DE Rk DDS Rk DAY Rk DFD Rk DTD Rk DTF Rk DBC Rk DTO Rk
46 Oregon 8-4 2.06   1.94 37 .313 52 .438 52 .707 57 .220 35 .311 32 .647 47 .133 33
47 Duke 7-5 2.08   2.24 64 .329 61 .443 55 .699 51 .274 66 .392 69 .658 60 .082 107
48 Tulane 6-6 2.09   2.12 56 .316 53 .432 48 .664 30 .270 61 .406 77 .651 52 .079 109
49 Stanford 8-4 2.09   2.18 60 .346 68 .483 74 .737 80 .218 34 .296 28 .722 117 .113 69
50 Arkansas State 7-5 2.09   2.11 53 .282 28 .397 23 .669 32 .261 56 .389 68 .592 11 .134 32
51 North Texas 8-4 2.09   1.84 31 .264 17 .401 26 .662 28 .209 32 .316 34 .608 19 .122 55
52 Ohio State 13-1 2.10   2.06 48 .313 51 .418 40 .676 35 .240 45 .355 48 .592 12 .123 53
53 Colorado 4-7 2.12   2.18 61 .298 39 .444 57 .756 95 .252 51 .333 42 .718 114 .084 106
54 Akron 3-8 2.14   1.96 39 .309 45 .470 67 .728 71 .257 55 .354 47 .669 68 .118 62
55 UAB 10-3 2.14   1.68 17 .266 18 .387 19 .629 7 .182 16 .289 26 .608 20 .098 92
56 USC 5-7 2.16   2.29 66 .333 63 .455 62 .750 90 .278 70 .370 58 .708 111 .063 120
57 West Virginia 7-4 2.16   2.32 68 .365 71 .447 59 .698 48 .278 69 .398 73 .659 61 .143 23
58 Middle Tennessee 7-6 2.17   2.09 50 .308 44 .441 54 .706 56 .252 50 .356 50 .678 79 .140 26
59 Georgia Southern 9-3 2.17   2.10 51 .317 55 .450 60 .707 58 .236 44 .333 40 .634 37 .163 11
60 South Carolina 6-6 2.17   2.46 81 .386 87 .502 92 .795 117 .288 75 .362 53 .780 129 .091 100
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DE Rk DDS Rk DAY Rk DFD Rk DTD Rk DTF Rk DBC Rk DTO Rk
61 Maryland 5-7 2.17   2.35 71 .344 67 .478 72 .725 69 .267 58 .368 56 .687 88 .168 5
62 Miami (OH) 6-6 2.18   2.15 58 .293 37 .407 32 .686 39 .271 64 .396 71 .650 51 .107 77
63 North Carolina State 8-4 2.19   2.11 54 .311 47 .428 46 .659 24 .235 43 .356 49 .621 28 .106 78
64 Kansas State 4-7 2.21   2.44 78 .381 85 .522 102 .800 119 .286 74 .357 51 .752 127 .133 34
65 Pittsburgh 6-7 2.23   2.45 79 .368 74 .482 73 .722 68 .306 81 .423 85 .674 72 .104 81
66 BYU 6-6 2.24   2.15 57 .336 65 .407 33 .632 9 .256 52 .405 76 .616 26 .072 117
67 Florida Atlantic 4-7 2.25   2.46 82 .349 69 .492 85 .736 79 .318 89 .432 88 .690 91 .085 103
68 Tennessee 4-7 2.25   2.56 92 .404 94 .476 71 .728 72 .307 83 .422 84 .640 41 .088 101
69 Ohio 8-4 2.26   2.24 63 .333 62 .427 45 .617 4 .275 67 .446 97 .542 2 .167 6
70 Central Michigan 0-11 2.26   1.99 42 .321 56 .438 51 .746 89 .276 68 .370 57 .701 105 .127 46
71 Louisiana Tech 7-5 2.28   2.01 43 .321 58 .401 27 .700 52 .257 53 .367 55 .614 24 .143 22
72 Texas Tech 4-7 2.29   2.66 100 .373 79 .518 100 .776 109 .321 91 .413 82 .724 119 .097 93
73 Texas State 2-9 2.30   1.97 41 .271 23 .440 53 .643 14 .233 42 .361 52 .605 17 .109 76
74 Wake Forest 6-6 2.32   2.47 84 .353 70 .472 68 .750 91 .327 93 .436 91 .647 49 .077 111
75 Vanderbilt 5-7 2.32   2.56 91 .411 98 .533 107 .729 74 .279 72 .383 64 .674 73 .163 10
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DE Rk DDS Rk DAY Rk DFD Rk DTD Rk DTF Rk DBC Rk DTO Rk
76 SMU 4-7 2.35   2.41 76 .381 84 .486 77 .754 94 .306 82 .406 78 .657 59 .142 25
77 Arizona 4-7 2.39   2.48 85 .371 77 .458 64 .682 36 .318 90 .467 107 .636 40 .098 90
78 Rutgers 1-11 2.39   2.38 74 .369 76 .488 82 .738 84 .315 87 .427 86 .685 87 .115 65
79 Indiana 5-7 2.41   2.52 87 .404 95 .508 97 .779 111 .309 84 .396 72 .691 95 .169 4
80 South Florida 6-6 2.42   2.41 75 .365 72 .487 79 .718 65 .295 77 .411 80 .654 56 .096 94
81 Arizona State 7-6 2.44   2.34 70 .329 60 .488 80 .764 101 .257 54 .336 43 .750 124 .121 57
82 Washington State 10-2 2.45   2.24 65 .313 50 .451 61 .711 62 .266 57 .374 59 .656 58 .109 74
83 Arkansas 1-10 2.45   2.64 97 .426 106 .538 110 .762 99 .336 100 .441 94 .689 90 .074 115
84 Kansas 3-8 2.46   2.48 86 .372 78 .487 78 .711 61 .314 85 .442 95 .669 69 .198 1
85 Tulsa 2-9 2.47   2.33 69 .393 91 .499 88 .738 82 .279 71 .378 60 .672 71 .131 40
86 East Carolina 3-8 2.47   2.58 94 .412 99 .459 65 .632 10 .338 101 .535 119 .551 4 .051 128
87 San Jose State 1-10 2.49   2.70 103 .412 101 .528 105 .735 78 .338 102 .460 101 .706 110 .132 36
88 Western Kentucky 3-8 2.49   2.22 62 .388 88 .503 93 .729 73 .248 48 .340 45 .698 98 .132 37
89 Nebraska 3-8 2.51   2.56 90 .388 89 .519 101 .721 67 .318 88 .441 93 .690 92 .093 97
90 Purdue 6-7 2.52   2.52 88 .388 90 .503 94 .750 93 .289 76 .386 66 .678 77 .066 118
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DE Rk DDS Rk DAY Rk DFD Rk DTD Rk DTF Rk DBC Rk DTO Rk
91 Liberty 4-6 2.53   2.47 83 .377 83 .498 86 .769 104 .331 98 .430 87 .700 102 .085 105
92 Charlotte 4-7 2.54   2.43 77 .414 102 .490 84 .694 45 .315 86 .455 100 .622 30 .099 89
93 UCLA 3-9 2.57   2.74 106 .449 113 .558 116 .809 122 .360 110 .445 96 .750 125 .118 64
94 Memphis 7-6 2.59   2.68 102 .382 86 .483 75 .711 60 .342 103 .481 111 .691 93 .079 110
95 Buffalo 9-4 2.61   2.17 59 .301 41 .401 25 .629 8 .273 65 .433 90 .594 13 .126 48
96 Oklahoma State 6-6 2.61   2.81 109 .407 96 .528 104 .720 66 .333 99 .463 103 .660 63 .060 122
97 New Mexico 2-9 2.61   2.67 101 .431 108 .516 99 .762 98 .354 107 .465 105 .700 103 .123 52
98 North Carolina 1-9 2.62   2.56 89 .398 93 .505 95 .797 118 .328 94 .412 81 .711 112 .109 75
99 UTSA 3-9 2.63   2.45 80 .375 82 .501 91 .750 92 .305 80 .406 79 .680 81 .125 49
100 Oklahoma 12-2 2.64   3.04 119 .451 115 .541 113 .771 106 .382 115 .495 113 .729 120 .056 126
101 Air Force 4-7 2.69   2.65 98 .397 92 .490 83 .672 34 .345 104 .513 116 .629 34 .095 95
102 Mississippi 4-7 2.69   2.95 115 .467 120 .577 121 .767 102 .358 109 .467 109 .683 86 .092 99
103 UTEP 1-10 2.72   2.35 72 .374 81 .498 87 .780 112 .301 78 .385 65 .699 99 .057 124
104 Houston 7-5 2.74   2.57 93 .373 80 .484 76 .715 63 .329 96 .460 102 .633 35 .120 60
105 Baylor 6-6 2.74   2.90 114 .421 104 .535 108 .789 115 .346 105 .438 92 .662 64 .060 121
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DE Rk DDS Rk DAY Rk DFD Rk DTD Rk DTF Rk DBC Rk DTO Rk
106 Virginia Tech 5-7 2.76   2.65 99 .415 103 .500 90 .697 47 .324 92 .465 104 .627 32 .106 79
107 Western Michigan 6-6 2.79   2.71 104 .431 107 .488 81 .737 81 .380 114 .515 117 .599 15 .131 38
108 Louisiana Monroe 5-6 2.79   2.76 107 .411 97 .530 106 .839 128 .330 97 .394 70 .786 130 .080 108
109 Toledo 6-6 2.85   2.60 95 .369 75 .473 69 .705 55 .329 95 .467 108 .624 31 .101 85
110 UNLV 3-8 2.86   2.72 105 .439 111 .515 98 .773 107 .348 106 .451 99 .682 83 .114 68
111 Georgia Tech 6-6 2.88   2.83 110 .450 114 .538 109 .807 120 .376 113 .466 106 .752 126 .138 28
112 Florida International 8-4 2.91   2.60 96 .412 100 .523 103 .731 76 .303 79 .414 83 .706 109 .126 47
113 Kent State 1-10 2.96   2.98 117 .465 119 .566 120 .783 114 .411 120 .525 118 .705 108 .101 84
114 Rice 1-11 2.99   2.95 116 .458 118 .539 111 .779 110 .397 118 .510 114 .634 36 .115 66
115 Hawaii 7-6 3.02   2.88 113 .436 109 .556 115 .812 123 .383 116 .471 110 .718 115 .054 127
116 New Mexico State 2-9 3.05   2.79 108 .423 105 .500 89 .730 75 .372 112 .510 115 .664 65 .088 102
117 Colorado State 3-8 3.05   2.84 111 .458 116 .556 114 .822 127 .356 108 .433 89 .746 123 .085 104
118 Ball State 3-8 3.06   2.87 112 .439 110 .560 117 .813 124 .366 111 .450 98 .732 122 .130 41
119 Massachusetts 3-8 3.12   3.32 124 .532 126 .610 125 .782 113 .452 126 .577 125 .694 96 .121 59
120 Old Dominion 3-8 3.16   3.02 118 .440 112 .563 118 .791 116 .388 117 .491 112 .716 113 .060 123
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DE Rk DDS Rk DAY Rk DFD Rk DTD Rk DTF Rk DBC Rk DTO Rk
121 Bowling Green 2-9 3.21   3.16 120 .458 117 .539 112 .763 100 .441 123 .578 126 .695 97 .076 112
122 Navy 2-10 3.22   3.40 126 .526 125 .605 124 .741 88 .448 125 .605 128 .655 57 .129 43
123 Louisiana Lafayette 6-7 3.25   3.18 121 .511 123 .564 119 .756 96 .405 119 .535 120 .702 106 .099 87
124 South Alabama 2-9 3.26   3.31 123 .520 124 .602 123 .808 121 .448 124 .554 123 .672 70 .112 70
125 Illinois 3-8 3.29   3.27 122 .475 121 .577 122 .770 105 .418 121 .543 122 .648 50 .131 39
126 Coastal Carolina 4-7 3.39   3.39 125 .486 122 .641 127 .813 125 .439 122 .540 121 .720 116 .075 114
127 Georgia State 1-10 3.46   3.63 127 .579 128 .643 128 .776 108 .458 127 .590 127 .645 44 .056 125
128 Louisville 1-10 3.54   3.67 128 .555 127 .636 126 .873 129 .500 128 .573 124 .755 128 .073 116
129 Oregon State 1-10 3.88   3.96 129 .591 129 .668 129 .817 126 .522 129 .638 129 .704 107 .043 130
130 Connecticut 0-11 4.57   4.57 130 .705 130 .772 130 .886 130 .600 130 .677 130 .724 118 .076 113