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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.

 

 

2010 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 12-1 1.18   1.04 3 .14 27   .123 3 .569 2 .319 4 .069 9 .146 27 .192 10
2 Boise State 12-1 1.14   1.15 2 -.01 69   .120 2 .609 3 .290 2 .053 3 .211 1 .165 23
3 West Virginia 8-4 1.05   1.18 1 -.13 94   .095 1 .672 21 .304 3 .058 5 .124 49 .131 64
4 Boston College 6-6 .95   .86 5 .09 39   .132 4 .662 18 .367 10 .044 1 .140 32 .191 13
5 Missouri 9-3 .94   .78 6 .15 21   .154 9 .657 16 .375 12 .084 18 .154 21 .161 26
6 TCU 12-0 .91   .97 4 -.07 83   .140 5 .554 1 .266 1 .116 52 .182 5 .116 83
7 Oregon 11-1 .87   .74 8 .13 30   .158 10 .699 47 .377 13 .096 32 .130 42 .192 11
8 Oklahoma 12-2 .86   .74 7 .12 32   .148 7 .636 7 .352 7 .114 51 .153 22 .142 51
9 Notre Dame 8-5 .84   .60 17 .24 7   .169 12 .675 25 .383 20 .078 13 .104 83 .149 42
10 Stanford 11-1 .82   .71 9 .12 33   .179 15 .688 35 .383 19 .063 7 .116 66 .214 1
11 Texas A&M 8-4 .82   .68 11 .14 26   .195 21 .692 39 .403 33 .088 23 .119 58 .138 57
12 North Carolina State 8-4 .80   .65 13 .16 20   .204 26 .660 17 .378 15 .082 16 .156 18 .156 33
13 Alabama 9-3 .80   .63 14 .16 16   .144 6 .653 14 .374 11 .068 8 .136 35 .153 37
14 Clemson 5-7 .78   .68 12 .10 36   .159 11 .717 62 .393 26 .094 29 .138 34 .109 93
15 Miami 6-6 .75   .61 16 .14 24   .187 16 .647 11 .380 16 .073 11 .120 56 .160 28
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
16 Mississippi State 8-4 .75   .44 30 .31 3   .194 19 .713 57 .432 49 .085 19 .116 65 .155 36
17 Nebraska 9-4 .71   .70 10 .01 61   .150 8 .680 27 .348 5 .059 6 .105 81 .131 66
18 LSU 10-2 .67   .51 22 .16 17   .209 29 .619 6 .355 8 .086 20 .187 4 .194 9
19 Iowa 7-5 .65   .42 31 .23 10   .187 17 .683 30 .413 38 .057 4 .098 89 .187 15
20 South Carolina 8-5 .64   .31 42 .33 1   .221 36 .713 58 .424 43 .110 47 .118 62 .147 45
21 Illinois 6-6 .62   .34 40 .27 5   .232 43 .683 31 .433 51 .113 49 .120 57 .148 43
22 Arkansas 9-3 .61   .37 37 .23 8   .231 42 .671 20 .403 32 .133 67 .175 8 .161 25
23 Florida 7-5 .58   .54 20 .05 49   .212 32 .672 22 .377 14 .080 15 .117 64 .197 5
24 Utah 10-3 .56   .53 21 .04 56   .194 20 .694 43 .404 34 .149 74 .127 43 .142 52
25 Virginia Tech 11-2 .53   .36 38 .17 15   .210 30 .692 40 .419 41 .126 62 .147 26 .203 3
26 Texas 5-7 .50   .48 24 .02 58   .228 40 .614 4 .351 6 .117 54 .172 11 .103 98
27 South Florida 7-5 .50   .59 18 -.10 91   .169 13 .684 32 .395 27 .044 2 .147 25 .103 99
28 Oklahoma State 11-2 .48   .39 35 .09 38   .210 31 .642 8 .402 31 .093 28 .123 52 .191 12
29 North Carolina 7-5 .48   .42 32 .06 44   .225 37 .725 68 .419 40 .072 10 .123 53 .152 38
30 BYU 7-6 .44   .39 34 .05 47   .216 33 .709 55 .391 25 .134 68 .194 3 .134 61
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
31 Arizona State 4-6 .42   .17 56 .25 6   .238 46 .672 23 .437 53 .123 57 .131 41 .090 113
32 California 4-7 .42   .20 51 .22 11   .254 55 .693 41 .391 24 .088 22 .149 23 .132 63
33 Maryland 8-4 .41   .41 33 .00 65   .203 23 .706 52 .432 48 .091 26 .133 37 .182 17
34 Pittsburgh 7-5 .41   .46 26 -.05 77   .189 18 .697 45 .382 17 .090 24 .148 24 .156 34
35 Florida State 9-4 .40   .36 39 .04 52   .203 24 .761 94 .442 59 .094 30 .116 67 .174 21
36 Auburn 13-0 .39   .07 63 .32 2   .268 61 .725 69 .463 68 .120 55 .113 71 .141 53
37 Syracuse 6-5 .38   .51 23 -.12 93   .207 28 .645 9 .398 28 .099 37 .132 38 .099 101
38 Arizona 6-6 .35   .20 52 .15 22   .254 53 .708 54 .432 47 .108 44 .162 14 .108 95
39 Hawaii 9-4 .33   .34 41 -.01 68   .255 56 .695 44 .411 36 .128 64 .163 12 .213 2
40 Connecticut 7-5 .31   .46 27 -.15 98   .199 22 .678 26 .409 35 .116 53 .158 17 .151 41
41 Penn State 6-6 .29   .12 58 .18 14   .236 44 .732 77 .434 52 .102 40 .063 115 .102 100
42 Toledo 8-5 .28   .45 28 -.17 102   .248 50 .618 5 .402 30 .140 70 .178 7 .191 14
43 Michigan State 10-2 .27   .17 54 .10 37   .254 54 .690 37 .452 62 .127 63 .175 9 .159 30
44 Temple 7-4 .27   .62 15 -.35 120   .173 14 .685 33 .382 18 .079 14 .126 45 .126 70
45 Central Florida 10-3 .24   .38 36 -.14 97   .203 25 .692 38 .386 21 .090 25 .173 10 .143 50
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
46 Wisconsin 10-2 .23   .19 53 .05 50   .225 39 .730 74 .439 55 .099 36 .090 96 .180 18
47 Air Force 8-4 .22   .22 48 .00 66   .237 45 .729 71 .472 72 .076 12 .119 61 .144 48
48 Louisville 6-6 .21   .29 43 -.08 86   .225 38 .705 50 .390 22 .124 60 .109 73 .109 94
49 Kent State 4-7 .20   .55 19 -.35 119   .218 35 .647 10 .361 9 .083 17 .211 2 .195 7
50 Purdue 3-8 .20   -.03 69 .23 9   .294 77 .746 84 .441 57 .087 21 .095 91 .127 68
51 SMU 7-7 .17   .09 62 .08 41   .264 60 .730 75 .465 69 .095 31 .115 68 .095 107
52 Georgia 5-7 .17   .01 65 .16 18   .287 71 .698 46 .427 44 .124 61 .124 50 .147 44
53 Miami (OH) 10-4 .14   .46 25 -.32 114   .239 48 .675 24 .391 23 .135 69 .160 15 .196 6
54 Tennessee 5-7 .13   .11 60 .03 57   .252 51 .770 101 .473 76 .151 76 .101 87 .151 40
55 USC 8-5 .13   -.01 67 .14 23   .254 52 .704 48 .456 65 .113 50 .127 44 .176 19
56 San Diego State 8-4 .12   .29 44 -.17 101   .229 41 .715 59 .419 39 .097 33 .132 39 .083 116
57 Northern Illinois 10-3 .10   .45 29 -.35 118   .204 27 .664 19 .398 29 .109 46 .139 33 .146 46
58 Marshall 5-7 .10   .23 47 -.14 96   .261 59 .768 98 .456 64 .106 42 .113 70 .120 77
59 Rutgers 3-8 .09   .11 61 -.01 71   .274 62 .733 79 .440 56 .178 95 .081 104 .156 35
60 Mississippi 4-7 .08   -.05 71 .13 29   .289 72 .719 63 .459 67 .185 101 .126 46 .119 79
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
61 Western Michigan 5-6 .03   .23 46 -.20 108   .238 47 .651 13 .438 54 .159 83 .159 16 .175 20
62 Washington 7-6 .01   -.07 72 .08 43   .297 82 .730 76 .450 61 .128 65 .115 69 .122 74
63 Florida International 7-6 .01   .21 50 -.20 107   .259 58 .657 15 .413 37 .151 75 .163 13 .145 47
64 Oregon State 5-7 -.02   -.31 92 .29 4   .308 87 .762 96 .491 87 .123 58 .123 54 .131 65
65 Fresno State 7-5 -.03   -.15 80 .12 31   .295 79 .647 12 .450 60 .216 112 .180 6 .094 108
66 Arkansas State 4-8 -.03   .00 66 -.04 76   .283 69 .717 61 .484 82 .151 77 .125 47 .151 39
67 Buffalo 1-10 -.04   .12 57 -.16 99   .295 80 .682 29 .433 50 .091 27 .121 55 .159 29
68 Louisiana Monroe 4-7 -.04   .01 64 -.05 78   .285 70 .797 113 .487 85 .171 89 .106 80 .138 58
69 Troy 8-5 -.07   .11 59 -.18 103   .275 66 .707 53 .423 42 .198 106 .156 19 .144 49
70 Navy 8-4 -.08   -.08 75 .01 63   .294 78 .790 109 .534 99 .101 39 .067 110 .185 16
71 Ohio 7-5 -.08   .26 45 -.34 117   .256 57 .729 73 .456 66 .105 41 .143 31 .165 24
72 Central Michigan 2-9 -.08   -.07 73 -.01 70   .275 63 .748 87 .481 80 .176 92 .092 95 .115 85
73 Southern Mississippi 7-5 -.10   -.03 68 -.07 82   .290 73 .690 36 .430 46 .166 88 .145 28 .138 59
74 Texas Tech 7-5 -.10   -.12 77 .02 59   .290 74 .742 82 .466 71 .187 102 .084 102 .116 81
75 Middle Tennessee 5-7 -.11   .21 49 -.33 115   .242 49 .680 28 .430 45 .098 34 .111 72 .111 90
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
76 Nevada 12-1 -.12   .17 55 -.29 112   .216 34 .724 67 .441 58 .112 48 .119 59 .097 105
77 Iowa State 4-7 -.12   -.26 87 .14 25   .293 76 .715 60 .493 88 .106 43 .073 108 .130 67
78 UCLA 4-8 -.13   -.26 89 .13 28   .292 75 .762 95 .513 96 .154 78 .092 94 .115 84
79 Vanderbilt 2-10 -.14   -.18 83 .04 53   .302 83 .705 49 .484 83 .108 45 .101 86 .086 115
80 Georgia Tech 5-7 -.17   -.09 76 -.08 87   .279 68 .721 65 .501 91 .132 66 .124 51 .140 56
81 Idaho 5-7 -.18   -.08 74 -.10 92   .275 64 .733 78 .500 90 .160 85 .107 77 .160 27
82 Kansas State 6-6 -.22   -.15 79 -.07 85   .278 67 .789 108 .511 95 .203 109 .060 117 .158 31
83 Florida Atlantic 4-8 -.24   -.04 70 -.20 106   .275 65 .746 85 .484 81 .123 59 .094 93 .123 72
84 Colorado 5-7 -.24   -.30 90 .06 46   .318 91 .735 81 .502 92 .144 72 .106 79 .114 87
85 Army 6-6 -.25   -.15 81 -.09 89   .322 94 .686 34 .466 70 .178 96 .144 29 .195 8
86 Kentucky 5-7 -.27   -.33 95 .06 45   .309 88 .724 66 .455 63 .122 56 .154 20 .089 114
87 Tulsa 9-3 -.29   -.23 85 -.06 81   .306 85 .729 72 .485 84 .194 105 .125 48 .201 4
88 Baylor 6-6 -.31   -.32 93 .00 64   .303 84 .773 104 .526 98 .098 35 .106 78 .136 60
89 UAB 4-8 -.33   -.13 78 -.20 109   .297 81 .710 56 .472 74 .145 73 .097 90 .110 92
90 Louisiana Lafayette 3-9 -.34   -.25 86 -.09 88   .329 95 .720 64 .499 89 .189 104 .119 60 .140 54
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
91 Louisiana Tech 4-7 -.36   -.36 96 .01 62   .316 89 .752 91 .510 94 .173 91 .135 36 .120 76
92 Bowling Green 2-10 -.38   -.17 82 -.21 110   .318 90 .750 89 .479 79 .155 79 .101 85 .169 22
93 Cincinnati 3-8 -.38   -.32 94 -.06 80   .344 98 .728 70 .477 77 .160 84 .144 30 .096 106
94 Tulane 3-8 -.40   -.31 91 -.10 90   .360 105 .750 90 .477 78 .176 94 .118 63 .140 55
95 North Texas 3-9 -.45   -.26 88 -.19 105   .307 86 .743 83 .472 75 .157 82 .100 88 .093 110
96 Virginia 2-8 -.47   -.52 101 .05 48   .352 102 .806 115 .542 105 .176 93 .102 84 .111 91
97 Utah State 3-8 -.48   -.59 105 .11 34   .360 104 .768 100 .535 100 .216 113 .080 105 .104 97
98 Michigan 6-6 -.51   -.54 103 .04 55   .350 101 .757 93 .544 106 .171 90 .064 113 .107 96
99 Minnesota 3-8 -.51   -.67 109 .16 19   .378 108 .694 42 .540 104 .180 98 .108 74 .126 69
100 Ball State 3-7 -.54   -.21 84 -.33 116   .322 93 .748 86 .490 86 .165 87 .104 82 .157 32
101 Western Kentucky 2-10 -.54   -.38 97 -.17 100   .357 103 .705 51 .472 73 .163 86 .132 40 .116 80
102 Wyoming 2-9 -.55   -.48 100 -.07 84   .348 100 .768 99 .525 97 .143 71 .089 97 .098 104
103 Indiana 4-7 -.56   -.63 108 .08 42   .371 106 .776 105 .548 109 .207 110 .052 119 .060 120
104 Northwestern 6-6 -.56   -.53 102 -.03 74   .336 97 .748 88 .502 93 .182 99 .077 107 .119 78
105 Houston 4-7 -.56   -.43 99 -.13 95   .344 99 .770 102 .538 102 .156 80 .041 120 .123 73
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
106 Kansas 3-8 -.59   -.63 107 .04 54   .376 107 .734 80 .564 111 .183 100 .064 114 .092 111
107 Colorado State 3-9 -.60   -.60 106 .00 67   .378 109 .757 92 .546 108 .198 107 .108 75 .099 103
108 Duke 2-9 -.63   -.71 111 .08 40   .388 110 .777 106 .539 103 .198 108 .107 76 .099 102
109 Wake Forest 2-9 -.63   -.68 110 .05 51   .393 112 .813 120 .572 113 .179 97 .089 98 .116 82
110 Akron 1-10 -.68   -.39 98 -.29 111   .322 92 .791 110 .538 101 .157 81 .087 99 .113 88
111 San Jose State 0-11 -.71   -.90 113 .18 13   .392 111 .792 112 .594 118 .217 114 .067 111 .133 62
112 New Mexico 1-11 -.75   -.72 112 -.03 75   .424 115 .780 107 .573 114 .227 116 .083 103 .121 75
113 UTEP 5-7 -.87   -.57 104 -.30 113   .333 96 .808 117 .553 110 .100 38 .058 118 .092 112
114 Washington State 1-10 -.94   -1.14 119 .20 12   .443 118 .791 111 .596 119 .226 115 .087 100 .113 89
115 New Mexico State 2-10 -.94   -.92 114 -.02 72   .411 114 .806 116 .546 107 .240 117 .078 106 .062 119
116 Memphis 1-11 -1.00   -.95 115 -.05 79   .426 116 .798 114 .574 115 .240 118 .070 109 .093 109
117 UNLV 2-11 -1.00   -1.11 118 .10 35   .467 119 .808 118 .620 120 .250 119 .067 112 .125 71
118 Rice 4-8 -1.04   -1.01 116 -.02 73   .406 113 .766 97 .567 112 .188 103 .086 101 .078 118
119 East Carolina 6-7 -1.05   -1.06 117 .01 60   .443 117 .812 119 .588 116 .208 111 .060 116 .114 86
120 Eastern Michigan 2-10 -1.44   -1.25 120 -.19 104   .480 120 .772 103 .593 117 .260 120 .094 92 .079 117