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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.

 

 

2007 DFEI Defense Ratings (final)

 

Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
1 Ohio State 10-2 1.21   1.09 2 .11 25   .107 1 .481 1 .250 1 .023 1 .214 1 .107 99
2 USC 11-2 1.18   1.18 1 -.01 61   .110 2 .565 2 .290 2 .039 3 .195 4 .136 59
3 Oregon State 8-4 1.05   .90 8 .15 17   .173 18 .607 7 .311 5 .104 48 .191 6 .150 41
4 South Florida 8-4 1.05   .91 6 .14 20   .159 12 .631 16 .356 16 .076 19 .197 3 .210 2
5 Virginia Tech 10-3 1.05   .97 3 .08 35   .135 3 .571 3 .303 4 .055 5 .190 7 .153 36
6 UCLA 6-7 .98   .79 14 .19 11   .176 20 .670 35 .347 11 .117 60 .133 46 .133 62
7 Michigan 9-3 .98   .68 22 .30 3   .175 19 .657 25 .355 15 .070 12 .175 11 .147 46
8 Auburn 8-4 .97   .75 17 .22 8   .163 14 .652 23 .349 14 .071 13 .163 16 .121 83
9 LSU 12-2 .91   .84 11 .06 44   .190 27 .620 12 .347 13 .129 71 .141 40 .202 3
10 Utah 9-4 .90   .91 5 -.01 62   .136 4 .685 42 .333 7 .099 42 .160 18 .160 27
11 Kansas 11-1 .90   .87 9 .03 55   .154 10 .573 4 .347 12 .056 6 .182 9 .189 6
12 Cincinnati 9-3 .87   .83 12 .03 53   .160 13 .700 51 .372 25 .073 17 .187 8 .213 1
13 West Virginia 11-2 .86   .79 15 .08 34   .177 21 .619 11 .342 9 .088 30 .156 24 .197 4
14 Georgia 10-2 .84   .62 26 .22 7   .185 25 .681 40 .396 38 .096 38 .156 26 .156 33
15 Boston College 10-3 .81   .95 4 -.14 99   .142 6 .675 38 .339 8 .065 8 .142 39 .183 7
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
16 Clemson 8-4 .80   .85 10 -.05 77   .153 9 .603 6 .301 3 .038 2 .153 31 .115 91
17 Oklahoma 11-3 .80   .60 27 .20 10   .182 23 .636 20 .369 24 .073 14 .158 22 .139 54
18 Penn State 9-4 .77   .90 7 -.13 97   .140 5 .600 5 .333 6 .080 22 .213 2 .160 30
19 New Mexico 8-4 .75   .74 18 .01 58   .167 15 .653 24 .369 23 .067 9 .147 36 .127 74
20 Oregon 9-4 .74   .67 23 .07 38   .178 22 .615 10 .376 28 .115 55 .155 28 .172 17
21 Arizona State 10-3 .74   .65 24 .09 32   .182 24 .691 46 .375 26 .115 56 .194 5 .139 53
22 Pittsburgh 4-7 .72   .43 36 .29 4   .223 43 .623 14 .376 27 .077 20 .123 58 .100 108
23 Connecticut 8-4 .72   .77 16 -.05 73   .167 16 .667 32 .385 33 .118 62 .153 30 .174 14
24 Mississippi State 7-5 .66   .52 30 .15 18   .215 37 .631 18 .391 36 .094 34 .181 10 .161 26
25 Wake Forest 9-4 .64   .72 20 -.08 85   .187 26 .626 15 .367 21 .088 29 .146 37 .193 5
26 BYU 10-2 .63   .80 13 -.17 104   .152 8 .667 31 .361 19 .087 26 .116 66 .109 98
27 TCU 8-5 .62   .72 19 -.10 91   .152 7 .612 8 .343 10 .085 24 .152 32 .103 103
28 Troy 7-4 .61   .55 29 .07 42   .221 42 .614 9 .362 20 .103 46 .138 43 .138 56
29 Miami 5-7 .59   .68 21 -.10 90   .194 28 .683 41 .391 35 .144 83 .173 12 .173 15
30 Illinois 8-4 .58   .41 38 .17 16   .209 34 .741 77 .450 61 .086 25 .086 98 .173 16
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
31 South Carolina 5-6 .58   .26 55 .32 2   .243 57 .765 96 .454 63 .096 37 .125 54 .118 85
32 Florida State 7-6 .56   .49 32 .07 39   .202 31 .667 33 .382 30 .113 54 .149 34 .155 35
33 Missouri 11-2 .53   .34 47 .19 13   .238 53 .748 82 .434 55 .122 67 .116 67 .170 20
34 Iowa 6-6 .52   .58 28 -.06 78   .159 11 .662 26 .385 32 .073 15 .126 53 .132 66
35 Virginia 9-4 .51   .64 25 -.13 98   .169 17 .675 39 .369 22 .088 28 .163 17 .119 84
36 Arkansas 7-5 .50   .48 35 .03 54   .215 38 .703 53 .401 39 .095 35 .127 51 .165 24
37 Central Florida 10-4 .50   .48 34 .02 56   .211 35 .669 34 .407 40 .091 32 .131 47 .149 44
38 Notre Dame 3-9 .50   .35 45 .15 19   .253 61 .753 87 .428 51 .055 4 .082 103 .151 39
39 Alabama 6-6 .46   .41 39 .05 47   .224 44 .717 62 .394 37 .099 41 .105 83 .125 78
40 Rutgers 7-5 .44   .37 43 .06 43   .217 41 .761 92 .431 53 .116 59 .130 48 .116 88
41 Purdue 7-5 .43   .30 50 .13 22   .247 59 .734 72 .444 57 .095 36 .095 89 .152 37
42 Wyoming 5-7 .42   .50 31 -.07 81   .201 30 .631 17 .382 29 .087 27 .141 41 .128 71
43 Vanderbilt 4-7 .41   .31 49 .11 27   .233 49 .643 21 .384 31 .078 21 .171 14 .132 68
44 Arizona 4-7 .40   .27 53 .13 24   .231 46 .664 29 .420 45 .098 39 .112 72 .168 22
45 Texas 10-3 .38   .29 51 .09 30   .217 40 .691 45 .423 48 .112 53 .138 42 .138 55
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
46 North Carolina State 4-7 .37   .32 48 .05 49   .207 33 .711 60 .429 52 .104 47 .156 27 .096 109
47 Tennessee 10-4 .36   .14 62 .23 5   .236 50 .691 47 .454 62 .103 45 .115 68 .133 61
48 Georgia Tech 6-6 .35   .39 41 -.05 72   .200 29 .634 19 .358 17 .152 87 .159 21 .103 102
49 Michigan State 7-6 .32   .36 44 -.04 71   .237 52 .621 13 .360 18 .124 68 .172 13 .112 94
50 Maryland 5-7 .32   .38 42 -.06 79   .214 36 .736 74 .431 54 .100 43 .079 104 .150 42
51 California 7-6 .31   .25 56 .07 41   .244 58 .688 44 .439 56 .100 44 .113 71 .144 50
52 Colorado 6-7 .27   .19 59 .08 33   .252 60 .706 56 .415 44 .147 84 .147 35 .123 81
53 North Carolina 3-8 .26   .34 46 -.08 86   .216 39 .709 59 .415 43 .067 10 .097 88 .127 72
54 Kentucky 7-5 .25   .03 73 .22 6   .287 79 .753 86 .476 73 .107 49 .093 92 .147 47
55 Wisconsin 8-4 .25   .21 58 .04 51   .232 47 .732 70 .407 41 .116 58 .167 15 .109 97
56 Stanford 4-8 .24   .22 57 .02 57   .226 45 .755 88 .483 78 .161 96 .110 76 .155 34
57 Hawaii 10-1 .21   .39 40 -.18 107   .237 51 .695 48 .423 50 .084 23 .145 38 .160 28
58 Miami (OH) 6-7 .21   .43 37 -.22 110   .232 48 .665 30 .414 42 .090 31 .155 29 .142 52
59 Texas Tech 8-4 .16   .06 68 .10 28   .258 64 .727 66 .456 64 .109 50 .109 78 .125 77
60 Temple 4-8 .14   .49 33 -.35 119   .204 32 .697 49 .422 46 .099 40 .134 44 .183 8
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
61 Florida Atlantic 8-5 .13   .13 64 .01 59   .280 74 .752 84 .470 70 .068 11 .112 73 .174 13
62 Texas A&M 6-6 .13   -.20 95 .33 1   .297 85 .781 104 .502 91 .156 93 .086 100 .133 65
63 Louisiana Tech 4-7 .13   .09 66 .04 52   .274 71 .671 36 .460 66 .171 103 .123 57 .137 58
64 Western Michigan 4-7 .13   .18 60 -.05 75   .257 63 .701 52 .447 59 .174 105 .111 74 .104 101
65 Washington 4-9 .12   -.05 78 .18 14   .265 66 .717 61 .481 76 .163 97 .157 23 .127 75
66 East Carolina 8-5 .12   .13 63 -.01 65   .239 55 .718 63 .457 65 .110 52 .129 50 .178 11
67 Boise State 9-3 .11   .29 52 -.18 105   .240 56 .651 22 .386 34 .144 81 .123 56 .116 87
68 Army 2-9 .10   .03 71 .07 37   .293 83 .744 80 .473 72 .120 64 .105 84 .135 60
69 Mississippi 2-9 .09   -.08 80 .17 15   .285 78 .780 103 .521 100 .073 16 .114 69 .114 92
70 Air Force 8-4 .08   .26 54 -.18 106   .239 54 .776 99 .462 67 .075 18 .075 110 .179 10
71 UNLV 2-10 .07   .12 65 -.05 74   .265 67 .735 73 .501 89 .121 66 .076 108 .144 49
72 Southern Mississippi 6-6 .06   .07 67 -.01 66   .266 68 .763 95 .446 58 .137 76 .122 61 .165 23
73 Kansas State 4-7 .06   -.03 75 .09 31   .276 72 .664 27 .448 60 .127 70 .149 33 .172 19
74 Iowa State 3-8 .05   -.14 88 .19 12   .309 94 .707 58 .497 87 .138 77 .073 112 .130 69
75 Indiana 6-6 .02   -.04 76 .06 46   .290 80 .731 69 .479 75 .062 7 .090 93 .172 18
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
76 Florida 8-4 -.03   -.11 82 .07 36   .281 75 .742 78 .487 82 .117 61 .102 85 .133 64
77 Houston 7-5 -.06   .04 70 -.09 89   .294 84 .706 57 .423 47 .157 94 .118 64 .118 86
78 Middle Tennessee 5-6 -.07   .03 72 -.10 92   .277 73 .686 43 .423 49 .161 95 .088 94 .182 9
79 Duke 1-11 -.07   -.06 79 -.02 67   .297 87 .777 100 .516 98 .155 91 .095 90 .101 107
80 Colorado State 2-9 -.08   .00 74 -.07 83   .281 76 .703 54 .464 68 .141 79 .156 25 .148 45
81 Baylor 2-9 -.09   -.23 96 .14 21   .313 95 .761 94 .530 102 .164 100 .119 62 .112 95
82 Akron 4-8 -.10   .15 61 -.26 113   .253 62 .705 55 .479 74 .144 82 .116 65 .151 38
83 Arkansas State 5-7 -.11   .04 69 -.15 102   .260 65 .672 37 .465 69 .092 33 .107 82 .130 70
84 Washington State 5-7 -.13   -.11 85 -.01 63   .315 96 .720 65 .471 71 .133 74 .126 52 .133 63
85 Louisville 5-6 -.13   -.20 93 .07 40   .319 97 .756 90 .505 93 .178 109 .074 111 .163 25
86 Oklahoma State 6-6 -.15   -.37 99 .22 9   .328 98 .664 28 .508 96 .109 51 .109 77 .109 96
87 Fresno State 8-4 -.18   -.12 86 -.07 80   .268 69 .761 93 .482 77 .152 88 .087 97 .087 115
88 San Jose State 4-7 -.19   -.11 84 -.08 84   .298 89 .785 106 .495 85 .116 57 .124 55 .157 32
89 Ball State 6-6 -.19   -.25 98 .06 45   .301 92 .699 50 .485 80 .176 107 .110 75 .176 12
90 Tulsa 10-4 -.20   -.11 83 -.09 87   .301 91 .778 101 .492 83 .142 80 .085 101 .102 104
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
91 Louisiana Monroe 5-6 -.24   -.13 87 -.11 93   .271 70 .752 85 .503 92 .140 78 .078 105 .124 80
92 Florida International 1-11 -.29   -.23 97 -.05 76   .340 100 .728 67 .508 95 .163 99 .129 49 .095 110
93 Nevada 5-7 -.31   -.16 91 -.15 100   .297 88 .736 75 .493 84 .149 85 .108 80 .101 106
94 Bowling Green 7-5 -.31   -.15 89 -.16 103   .305 93 .733 71 .499 88 .191 113 .076 107 .137 57
95 Tulane 3-8 -.32   -.20 94 -.12 94   .300 90 .731 68 .502 90 .154 90 .108 81 .115 90
96 Ohio 5-6 -.36   -.04 77 -.32 117   .282 77 .718 64 .485 81 .120 63 .134 45 .127 73
97 Northern Illinois 2-9 -.39   -.19 92 -.20 109   .297 86 .773 98 .497 86 .156 92 .086 99 .094 112
98 Kent State 2-9 -.41   -.11 81 -.30 115   .290 81 .748 81 .484 79 .168 101 .160 19 .107 100
99 Northwestern 5-6 -.43   -.48 101 .05 48   .368 107 .737 76 .516 99 .120 65 .075 109 .113 93
100 Buffalo 5-7 -.45   -.15 90 -.30 116   .292 82 .831 116 .508 94 .131 72 .123 59 .115 89
101 Marshall 3-8 -.46   -.55 105 .09 29   .336 99 .816 113 .549 109 .136 75 .032 119 .048 119
102 Syracuse 2-10 -.54   -.65 109 .11 26   .358 105 .799 109 .565 112 .172 104 .067 115 .090 113
103 Minnesota 1-10 -.57   -.56 106 -.01 64   .345 101 .820 114 .548 108 .201 117 .072 114 .086 116
104 Central Michigan 8-5 -.64   -.40 100 -.24 111   .350 102 .794 107 .514 97 .175 106 .100 87 .144 51
105 Eastern Michigan 3-8 -.65   -.52 103 -.12 96   .353 103 .815 112 .570 113 .168 102 .042 118 .168 21
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
106 Idaho 0-11 -.71   -.63 107 -.07 82   .375 111 .742 79 .544 105 .125 69 .109 79 .102 105
107 New Mexico State 2-9 -.72   -.53 104 -.19 108   .372 110 .806 110 .575 114 .178 110 .078 106 .085 118
108 North Texas 1-10 -.73   -.69 112 -.04 70   .406 117 .755 89 .532 103 .273 119 .119 63 .126 76
109 Nebraska 5-7 -.74   -.87 117 .13 23   .398 115 .836 118 .561 111 .133 73 .047 117 .086 117
110 Louisiana Lafayette 3-8 -.76   -.50 102 -.26 114   .362 106 .780 102 .522 101 .189 112 .094 91 .094 111
111 San Diego State 3-8 -.78   -.69 111 -.09 88   .372 109 .783 105 .546 106 .163 98 .101 86 .124 79
112 SMU 1-11 -.80   -.77 114 -.03 69   .388 113 .769 97 .546 107 .177 108 .122 60 .150 43
113 Utah State 2-10 -.81   -.66 110 -.15 101   .357 104 .833 117 .586 116 .151 86 .087 95 .159 31
114 Toledo 4-7 -.84   -.72 113 -.12 95   .427 118 .756 91 .543 104 .214 118 .084 102 .160 29
115 UTEP 3-8 -.88   -.85 116 -.03 68   .384 112 .826 115 .617 119 .181 111 .051 116 .145 48
116 Memphis 6-6 -.88   -.64 108 -.24 112   .368 108 .797 108 .582 115 .195 114 .113 70 .150 40
117 Rice 3-8 -.91   -.95 118 .04 50   .444 119 .750 83 .553 110 .201 116 .160 20 .132 67
118 UAB 1-10 -.97   -.97 119 .00 60   .397 114 .849 119 .587 117 .198 115 .087 96 .087 114
119 Navy 8-4 -1.16   -.82 115 -.35 118   .403 116 .815 111 .612 118 .153 89 .073 113 .121 82