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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.

 

 

2011 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 Alabama 11-1 1.68   1.70 1 -.02 69   .048 1 .452 1 .185 1 .024 1 .282 1 .121 80
2 LSU 12-1 1.55   1.25 2 .30 4   .081 2 .640 11 .295 2 .051 4 .199 6 .176 11
3 South Carolina 10-2 1.09   .96 3 .13 26   .164 13 .621 6 .337 7 .043 2 .171 12 .214 2
4 Georgia 9-4 1.05   .93 4 .12 32   .163 12 .531 2 .303 3 .081 20 .200 5 .169 18
5 Penn State 8-4 1.01   .74 10 .27 6   .160 5 .701 50 .371 17 .049 3 .118 55 .153 34
6 Texas 8-5 .98   .80 6 .18 18   .162 10 .649 13 .356 11 .054 5 .209 2 .128 66
7 Michigan State 10-3 .91   .56 26 .35 3   .200 30 .633 10 .335 6 .080 18 .200 4 .140 47
8 Rutgers 8-4 .87   .85 5 .02 52   .160 6 .620 5 .367 15 .093 29 .120 53 .187 6
9 Illinois 6-6 .85   .73 11 .12 28   .197 29 .646 12 .338 8 .068 11 .156 22 .136 52
10 Oregon 11-2 .84   .50 30 .35 2   .205 33 .724 70 .415 40 .096 33 .109 70 .154 33
11 Oklahoma 10-3 .81   .60 23 .20 12   .182 19 .624 7 .350 9 .133 63 .158 21 .145 40
12 Utah 7-5 .79   .70 13 .09 37   .162 9 .711 60 .394 27 .099 34 .169 14 .197 4
13 Florida State 8-4 .78   .76 7 .03 50   .161 7 .657 18 .335 5 .066 8 .161 19 .161 25
14 Oklahoma State 12-1 .77   .57 25 .20 15   .188 22 .688 39 .418 42 .119 50 .144 31 .244 1
15 Notre Dame 8-5 .72   .53 28 .19 16   .183 20 .725 72 .406 36 .085 22 .106 75 .092 108
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
16 Kent State 4-7 .69   .71 12 -.02 67   .180 18 .711 59 .396 28 .070 13 .148 27 .141 46
17 Mississippi State 6-6 .69   .67 15 .02 53   .161 8 .713 63 .390 24 .063 7 .105 76 .119 82
18 Michigan 11-2 .69   .66 17 .03 49   .188 23 .662 24 .396 29 .120 51 .113 66 .180 8
19 Florida 6-6 .68   .63 21 .06 42   .195 27 .684 37 .358 13 .068 10 .135 37 .090 110
20 Louisiana Tech 7-5 .65   .68 14 -.04 73   .171 15 .671 30 .355 10 .057 6 .101 82 .158 29
21 Cincinnati 9-3 .64   .76 8 -.12 90   .158 3 .691 43 .364 14 .079 17 .118 54 .164 20
22 Vanderbilt 5-7 .64   .63 20 .00 57   .188 24 .669 28 .380 20 .090 26 .195 7 .173 14
23 Southern Mississippi 11-2 .61   .63 19 -.03 71   .175 17 .613 4 .369 16 .088 23 .131 41 .125 72
24 Boise State 12-1 .60   .61 22 -.01 63   .165 14 .532 3 .316 4 .115 48 .187 10 .165 19
25 Stanford 11-2 .59   .37 39 .22 9   .226 43 .686 38 .425 46 .153 81 .161 20 .124 73
26 Connecticut 4-7 .57   .55 27 .02 55   .223 41 .628 8 .380 21 .128 58 .155 23 .176 12
27 Pittsburgh 5-7 .53   .57 24 -.04 74   .193 26 .690 41 .398 31 .076 16 .138 33 .110 90
28 Ohio State 6-7 .52   .40 36 .12 31   .208 34 .653 16 .386 22 .090 27 .104 78 .132 60
29 Kentucky 4-7 .51   .46 32 .05 43   .211 36 .692 44 .413 38 .105 40 .090 97 .158 30
30 South Florida 4-7 .51   .44 34 .06 38   .184 21 .662 25 .419 44 .088 25 .118 59 .154 32
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
31 TCU 10-2 .51   .51 29 .00 60   .197 28 .693 46 .399 32 .146 77 .146 28 .146 39
32 Virginia Tech 10-3 .49   .39 38 .10 36   .201 31 .660 22 .389 23 .118 49 .188 9 .125 70
33 Tennessee 4-7 .48   .32 44 .16 21   .234 49 .712 62 .438 55 .126 57 .135 38 .108 95
34 North Carolina State 6-5 .44   .46 33 -.02 64   .230 46 .630 9 .397 30 .104 37 .193 8 .200 3
35 Temple 8-4 .43   .75 9 -.32 119   .160 4 .723 69 .358 12 .067 9 .101 83 .109 93
36 Arkansas 10-2 .42   .36 40 .06 39   .214 37 .650 15 .391 25 .100 35 .136 36 .129 65
37 Arkansas State 9-3 .37   .64 18 -.27 114   .189 25 .662 26 .373 18 .101 36 .209 3 .155 31
38 USC 10-2 .36   .17 55 .18 17   .244 51 .709 56 .434 52 .094 31 .142 32 .126 69
39 Missouri 7-5 .35   .15 57 .20 13   .243 50 .708 54 .457 62 .104 38 .069 114 .132 61
40 West Virginia 9-3 .35   .40 37 -.05 77   .226 42 .658 19 .406 37 .096 32 .123 47 .137 51
41 Florida International 8-5 .35   .66 16 -.32 118   .162 11 .682 34 .399 33 .071 14 .130 42 .123 74
42 Texas A&M 7-6 .34   .17 56 .16 20   .249 55 .698 48 .401 34 .112 47 .107 74 .089 111
43 California 6-6 .33   .21 53 .13 27   .255 57 .730 77 .444 58 .153 82 .146 29 .131 63
44 North Carolina 6-6 .32   .21 51 .10 34   .246 54 .725 71 .469 70 .094 30 .152 26 .159 27
45 BYU 9-3 .28   .47 31 -.19 102   .205 32 .669 29 .376 19 .110 44 .110 69 .150 36
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
46 Marshall 7-6 .27   .29 45 -.02 65   .256 58 .712 61 .436 54 .141 71 .122 50 .173 13
47 Tulsa 8-5 .27   .21 52 .06 41   .250 56 .718 65 .426 47 .135 66 .103 80 .147 37
48 Wisconsin 10-3 .26   .33 42 -.08 82   .234 48 .661 23 .393 26 .137 68 .153 25 .145 41
49 SMU 7-5 .25   .24 49 .02 56   .229 45 .679 33 .445 59 .092 28 .122 49 .092 106
50 Kansas State 9-3 .24   .00 68 .24 8   .285 75 .771 100 .476 75 .167 90 .118 57 .160 26
51 Iowa State 5-7 .22   .02 65 .20 14   .257 59 .770 99 .504 88 .081 19 .115 63 .142 45
52 Boston College 3-8 .22   .07 62 .15 22   .216 39 .696 47 .461 64 .088 24 .048 115 .096 104
53 Central Florida 4-7 .22   .44 35 -.22 110   .171 16 .658 20 .402 35 .072 15 .099 85 .099 103
54 Nebraska 8-4 .21   -.01 69 .22 11   .267 67 .740 83 .439 56 .122 53 .076 108 .099 102
55 Virginia 7-5 .21   .27 47 -.06 81   .228 44 .690 42 .425 45 .124 55 .110 68 .110 91
56 Louisville 6-6 .20   .36 41 -.15 98   .215 38 .726 74 .415 39 .111 45 .163 17 .111 88
57 Clemson 9-4 .11   .06 64 .05 45   .268 69 .693 45 .433 51 .144 74 .137 35 .111 89
58 Miami 5-6 .09   .12 60 -.03 70   .210 35 .733 78 .501 85 .105 39 .114 64 .095 105
59 Miami (OH) 4-8 .08   .27 46 -.19 103   .244 52 .710 57 .435 53 .084 21 .137 34 .122 76
60 Nevada 7-6 .07   .20 54 -.13 95   .257 60 .649 14 .432 50 .155 83 .155 24 .128 67
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
61 Houston 12-1 .07   .32 43 -.25 113   .223 40 .656 17 .417 41 .108 42 .096 87 .172 15
62 Iowa 6-6 .06   .06 63 -.01 61   .258 62 .705 52 .475 73 .068 12 .083 100 .121 79
63 Toledo 8-4 .06   -.06 75 .11 33   .293 80 .667 27 .456 61 .170 95 .109 71 .143 43
64 Louisiana Monroe 3-8 .01   .22 50 -.21 109   .264 64 .659 21 .432 49 .132 60 .116 60 .132 62
65 Arizona State 5-7 .01   -.04 74 .05 46   .259 63 .741 86 .490 82 .156 85 .102 81 .170 17
66 Ohio 9-4 .01   .25 48 -.24 112   .232 47 .703 51 .419 43 .110 43 .116 61 .142 44
67 San Jose State 5-7 -.03   .01 66 -.03 72   .291 78 .736 79 .482 79 .142 73 .095 90 .189 5
68 Western Kentucky 7-4 -.04   .15 58 -.19 101   .246 53 .683 35 .429 48 .175 99 .167 16 .111 87
69 Wake Forest 5-7 -.05   -.03 70 -.02 66   .281 73 .719 66 .471 72 .158 88 .123 48 .144 42
70 Syracuse 4-7 -.06   -.04 73 -.02 68   .267 68 .771 101 .494 83 .168 92 .130 43 .137 50
71 San Diego State 7-5 -.08   -.03 71 -.05 79   .271 70 .714 64 .462 65 .150 80 .100 84 .171 16
72 Bowling Green 4-7 -.08   .00 67 -.08 85   .265 65 .727 75 .464 67 .129 59 .114 65 .083 113
73 Louisiana Lafayette 8-4 -.09   .15 59 -.24 111   .273 71 .689 40 .442 57 .112 46 .161 18 .118 83
74 Northern Illinois 10-3 -.11   -.03 72 -.08 84   .283 74 .750 90 .465 68 .145 75 .171 13 .125 71
75 Auburn 7-5 -.11   -.21 85 .10 35   .290 77 .710 58 .468 69 .122 54 .084 99 .122 77
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
76 East Carolina 5-7 -.12   -.08 77 -.04 75   .297 81 .758 93 .510 92 .125 56 .094 92 .133 59
77 Purdue 6-6 -.16   -.15 78 -.01 62   .290 76 .739 81 .477 77 .138 69 .116 62 .138 49
78 Oregon State 3-8 -.17   -.46 95 .29 5   .364 103 .746 87 .517 93 .136 67 .076 109 .161 24
79 Utah State 6-6 -.19   .10 61 -.29 116   .257 61 .764 95 .459 63 .132 61 .118 56 .090 109
80 North Texas 5-7 -.21   -.15 79 -.06 80   .300 83 .700 49 .463 66 .179 100 .107 72 .136 53
81 Eastern Michigan 4-6 -.24   -.07 76 -.18 100   .265 66 .708 53 .448 60 .133 62 .133 40 .062 120
82 Mississippi 1-10 -.27   -.41 93 .13 24   .319 88 .784 106 .524 98 .181 102 .095 88 .103 99
83 Georgia Tech 7-5 -.28   -.16 80 -.12 91   .301 84 .683 36 .479 78 .146 79 .179 11 .138 48
84 Idaho 1-10 -.28   -.19 83 -.09 86   .314 87 .737 80 .497 84 .146 78 .124 46 .109 92
85 Air Force 5-6 -.31   -.33 89 .02 51   .336 94 .794 109 .519 95 .140 70 .112 67 .178 9
86 Rice 4-8 -.32   -.34 91 .02 54   .327 92 .721 68 .488 81 .170 96 .075 111 .122 75
87 Troy 3-9 -.33   -.20 84 -.13 94   .292 79 .740 82 .486 80 .169 94 .084 98 .104 98
88 Western Michigan 6-6 -.36   -.17 81 -.20 104   .276 72 .746 88 .505 89 .157 86 .127 45 .164 21
89 Florida Atlantic 1-11 -.39   -.19 82 -.20 106   .328 93 .740 84 .527 99 .107 41 .076 107 .130 64
90 Wyoming 6-5 -.40   -.32 88 -.08 83   .323 91 .726 73 .504 87 .145 76 .105 77 .185 7
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
91 Washington State 3-8 -.41   -.37 92 -.05 78   .320 90 .762 94 .509 91 .172 98 .107 73 .107 97
92 Maryland 1-10 -.41   -.55 100 .14 23   .359 101 .789 107 .559 104 .156 84 .078 104 .164 23
93 Northwestern 5-7 -.42   -.27 87 -.15 97   .299 82 .795 110 .538 101 .134 65 .047 116 .134 57
94 Washington 6-6 -.47   -.72 108 .24 7   .368 106 .805 111 .559 105 .218 115 .128 44 .120 81
95 Army 2-9 -.48   -.61 105 .12 29   .394 111 .808 112 .551 103 .202 109 .135 39 .135 56
96 Duke 3-8 -.50   -.50 98 .00 59   .319 89 .741 85 .508 90 .190 107 .121 51 .078 114
97 UCLA 6-8 -.51   -.56 101 .05 47   .352 99 .768 97 .521 96 .134 64 .092 96 .127 68
98 Hawaii 5-7 -.55   -.25 86 -.30 117   .305 85 .766 96 .471 71 .163 89 .121 52 .135 55
99 UTEP 4-7 -.58   -.49 97 -.10 88   .314 86 .771 102 .518 94 .212 113 .144 30 .136 54
100 Buffalo 2-9 -.59   -.44 94 -.14 96   .346 96 .677 32 .477 76 .157 87 .094 91 .063 118
101 Colorado State 2-9 -.60   -.48 96 -.13 93   .341 95 .748 89 .524 97 .171 97 .081 102 .146 38
102 Middle Tennessee 2-10 -.61   -.34 90 -.27 115   .351 98 .750 91 .476 74 .142 72 .095 89 .108 96
103 Minnesota 3-8 -.64   -.86 111 .22 10   .404 113 .769 98 .575 110 .183 103 .077 105 .087 112
104 Tulane 1-11 -.67   -.58 102 -.10 89   .374 107 .672 31 .502 86 .183 104 .168 15 .115 84
105 Navy 4-7 -.72   -.63 107 -.09 87   .383 108 .720 67 .570 107 .121 52 .103 79 .178 10
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
106 Fresno State 3-9 -.73   -.61 106 -.12 92   .354 100 .708 55 .528 100 .215 114 .118 58 .063 119
107 Ball State 6-6 -.75   -.80 109 .05 48   .361 102 .789 108 .575 111 .188 106 .075 110 .113 86
108 Central Michigan 2-9 -.76   -.60 104 -.16 99   .349 97 .729 76 .547 102 .186 105 .070 113 .070 117
109 Baylor 9-3 -.77   -.89 115 .12 30   .411 114 .815 115 .592 114 .233 118 .096 86 .151 35
110 Arizona 3-8 -.79   -.97 116 .18 19   .395 112 .782 105 .572 108 .210 112 .073 112 .113 85
111 New Mexico State 4-9 -.79   -.59 103 -.20 105   .367 104 .753 92 .561 106 .180 101 .093 94 .133 58
112 Colorado 3-10 -.84   -.89 114 .06 40   .412 115 .809 114 .575 109 .168 93 .092 95 .092 107
113 Memphis 1-10 -.85   -.51 99 -.34 120   .367 105 .773 103 .576 112 .203 110 .094 93 .164 22
114 Kansas 1-10 -.88   -1.31 119 .42 1   .487 119 .809 113 .658 119 .261 119 .043 118 .122 78
115 Indiana 0-11 -.93   -.88 113 -.05 76   .393 110 .855 118 .606 116 .205 111 .077 106 .103 101
116 Texas Tech 4-7 -.95   -1.08 117 .13 25   .425 117 .775 104 .594 115 .225 117 .083 101 .108 94
117 UAB 3-9 -1.02   -.82 110 -.21 108   .389 109 .865 119 .625 118 .167 91 .024 120 .159 28
118 UNLV 2-9 -1.08   -1.13 118 .05 44   .430 118 .832 117 .617 117 .262 120 .047 117 .103 100
119 Akron 0-11 -1.08   -.87 112 -.21 107   .421 116 .816 116 .577 113 .202 108 .079 103 .070 116
120 New Mexico 1-10 -1.52   -1.52 120 .00 58   .520 120 .867 120 .690 120 .224 116 .041 119 .071 115