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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.

 

 

2012 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 12-1 1.28   1.00 3 .28 6   .120 5 .600 6 .309 2 .072 14 .184 4 .168 19
2 Florida 10-2 1.18   .90 5 .27 8   .131 7 .620 9 .341 8 .058 5 .146 19 .175 14
3 Michigan State 7-6 1.10   1.00 4 .10 35   .103 1 .561 1 .328 5 .058 4 .155 13 .116 79
4 Notre Dame 12-1 1.01   .90 6 .11 32   .112 2 .649 17 .381 22 .037 1 .134 32 .172 16
5 Rutgers 8-4 .99   1.02 2 -.03 66   .127 6 .687 40 .376 21 .087 22 .127 41 .187 7
6 LSU 9-3 .95   .72 15 .23 12   .171 20 .623 10 .341 9 .075 16 .151 18 .178 11
7 South Carolina 10-2 .91   .77 11 .14 27   .156 11 .659 26 .363 16 .067 8 .193 3 .148 40
8 Stanford 12-2 .90   .69 17 .21 13   .160 13 .604 7 .355 14 .071 13 .154 14 .130 59
9 BYU 7-5 .90   1.04 1 -.13 97   .115 3 .565 2 .306 1 .069 10 .198 1 .145 44
10 Florida State 10-2 .89   .88 8 .01 51   .141 8 .577 3 .309 3 .056 3 .162 11 .113 85
11 Oregon 11-1 .84   .74 14 .10 34   .169 19 .711 51 .399 29 .092 27 .113 58 .190 5
12 Fresno State 8-4 .80   .80 10 .00 57   .178 21 .599 5 .327 4 .125 54 .164 9 .204 4
13 Georgia 11-2 .75   .69 18 .06 39   .163 14 .647 15 .373 20 .131 60 .137 29 .176 13
14 Penn State 8-4 .74   .76 13 -.02 61   .156 12 .652 21 .382 23 .067 9 .126 42 .141 48
15 Virginia Tech 6-6 .73   .61 20 .12 31   .185 24 .643 13 .370 18 .102 30 .153 16 .096 106
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
16 TCU 6-6 .68   .49 26 .20 15   .206 27 .650 18 .369 17 .119 47 .175 5 .163 21
17 Utah State 10-2 .65   .81 9 -.16 105   .116 4 .651 19 .352 12 .082 20 .144 21 .123 65
18 Wisconsin 7-6 .65   .65 19 .00 55   .167 16 .587 4 .330 6 .073 15 .153 15 .080 113
19 Boise State 11-2 .61   .88 7 -.27 122   .147 9 .691 42 .360 15 .066 7 .140 23 .235 1
20 Ohio State 12-0 .58   .55 24 .03 49   .184 23 .658 25 .396 27 .132 61 .099 71 .138 53
21 Kansas State 10-2 .57   .28 39 .29 5   .207 28 .711 50 .442 49 .099 29 .132 35 .215 2
22 Mississippi 6-6 .57   .39 31 .18 16   .222 37 .701 45 .424 36 .139 66 .153 17 .160 23
23 Oregon State 8-4 .57   .42 29 .15 26   .209 31 .649 16 .392 25 .081 19 .135 31 .169 18
24 Cincinnati 8-3 .57   .58 23 -.02 62   .154 10 .746 80 .424 35 .108 36 .077 97 .177 12
25 Connecticut 5-7 .55   .71 16 -.15 104   .167 17 .607 8 .334 7 .080 18 .167 7 .073 119
26 Vanderbilt 8-4 .52   .60 22 -.08 83   .164 15 .672 30 .391 24 .060 6 .157 12 .104 91
27 Tulsa 10-3 .50   .61 21 -.11 89   .194 25 .633 12 .342 10 .089 24 .167 8 .128 63
28 Michigan 8-5 .49   .48 27 .01 53   .183 22 .702 46 .429 40 .069 11 .099 68 .115 82
29 Texas A&M 9-2 .48   .24 45 .24 11   .210 32 .685 39 .427 39 .097 28 .056 116 .097 102
30 Missouri 4-7 .47   -.01 61 .47 1   .309 76 .683 37 .452 53 .165 90 .137 30 .122 67
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
31 Bowling Green 7-5 .44   .76 12 -.32 124   .167 18 .653 22 .344 11 .118 45 .139 26 .132 56
32 Nebraska 9-4 .44   .27 41 .17 22   .239 45 .632 11 .412 31 .129 59 .123 49 .117 78
33 Washington 6-6 .43   .36 33 .07 37   .217 35 .703 47 .436 44 .152 77 .101 65 .188 6
34 USC 7-6 .42   .28 38 .14 29   .226 38 .729 63 .431 41 .071 12 .129 39 .174 15
35 Oklahoma State 7-5 .41   .13 52 .27 7   .236 44 .708 49 .472 63 .118 46 .090 84 .104 93
36 Pittsburgh 5-6 .39   .39 32 .01 52   .216 34 .690 41 .425 37 .103 32 .138 28 .155 32
37 North Carolina State 6-6 .39   .48 28 -.09 85   .207 29 .661 27 .397 28 .126 57 .115 56 .121 74
38 Arizona State 7-5 .37   .40 30 -.03 65   .229 40 .643 14 .355 13 .089 26 .197 2 .159 24
39 Oklahoma 9-3 .37   .05 57 .31 3   .241 46 .723 58 .447 50 .153 79 .095 76 .102 95
40 San Jose State 10-2 .33   .51 25 -.18 109   .208 30 .651 20 .373 19 .107 35 .094 79 .154 35
41 San Diego State 8-4 .30   .36 35 -.06 77   .252 51 .763 88 .450 51 .115 40 .145 20 .183 9
42 UCLA 9-5 .28   .25 43 .03 47   .235 43 .658 24 .406 30 .123 52 .128 40 .155 33
43 Iowa 3-8 .26   .21 48 .05 43   .234 42 .734 70 .452 55 .117 44 .070 103 .156 29
44 Mississippi State 7-5 .25   .10 55 .15 25   .231 41 .731 66 .455 56 .085 21 .092 82 .185 8
45 SMU 6-6 .22   .29 37 -.07 81   .253 52 .719 55 .413 32 .158 83 .096 73 .144 46
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
46 Virginia 3-8 .21   .21 47 .00 58   .252 50 .674 31 .417 34 .126 56 .133 33 .067 120
47 Iowa State 5-7 .21   .03 59 .18 19   .247 48 .753 83 .498 76 .120 50 .073 100 .153 37
48 Maryland 3-8 .21   .27 40 -.06 75   .257 57 .676 35 .395 26 .110 37 .132 34 .088 109
49 Kent State 10-3 .21   .33 36 -.12 94   .218 36 .676 34 .425 38 .135 63 .124 46 .182 10
50 Utah 4-7 .19   .21 46 -.02 63   .258 58 .727 60 .415 33 .078 17 .094 80 .148 39
51 Northwestern 9-3 .19   .18 50 .00 56   .226 39 .726 59 .457 57 .089 25 .164 10 .158 27
52 Central Florida 10-4 .15   .36 34 -.22 120   .212 33 .715 53 .432 43 .119 49 .126 44 .159 25
53 Buffalo 3-8 .12   .24 44 -.12 93   .255 54 .657 23 .438 46 .124 53 .139 27 .109 89
54 Minnesota 5-7 .08   .11 53 -.03 67   .254 53 .739 73 .439 47 .116 42 .116 55 .123 66
55 Syracuse 7-5 .08   .10 54 -.03 64   .244 47 .778 100 .437 45 .133 62 .111 59 .081 112
56 Northern Illinois 11-2 .05   .26 42 -.21 119   .204 26 .721 56 .451 52 .088 23 .129 38 .129 61
57 Louisville 10-2 .04   .20 49 -.17 106   .264 61 .674 32 .452 54 .054 2 .140 24 .147 41
58 Clemson 10-2 .02   .14 51 -.12 92   .250 49 .696 43 .432 42 .162 88 .108 60 .128 62
59 Toledo 8-4 .00   -.04 64 .03 48   .257 55 .783 106 .504 79 .224 118 .086 91 .171 17
60 Purdue 5-7 -.01   -.12 68 .12 30   .287 68 .755 84 .472 64 .126 55 .098 72 .147 42
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
61 Houston 5-7 -.01   .06 56 -.07 80   .278 65 .765 89 .479 68 .111 38 .117 54 .167 20
62 Western Kentucky 6-6 -.01   .04 58 -.06 73   .269 62 .731 67 .478 66 .115 41 .123 48 .154 36
63 Texas 9-4 -.04   -.30 80 .26 10   .294 69 .685 38 .479 69 .119 48 .126 43 .133 55
64 Arkansas 3-8 -.04   -.22 73 .18 17   .298 71 .742 75 .478 67 .153 78 .089 87 .089 108
65 Memphis 4-7 -.07   -.03 63 -.04 70   .270 63 .722 57 .467 60 .104 33 .139 25 .130 58
66 Illinois 1-10 -.09   -.35 83 .27 9   .358 103 .707 48 .491 72 .146 75 .130 37 .098 100
67 South Florida 2-9 -.11   -.27 77 .16 23   .300 72 .825 122 .526 91 .117 43 .042 121 .067 121
68 Arkansas State 9-3 -.12   -.08 66 -.04 69   .274 64 .774 97 .512 83 .145 72 .048 119 .145 43
69 Florida International 3-9 -.16   -.15 69 -.01 59   .311 79 .742 74 .470 61 .146 73 .126 45 .099 98
70 Wake Forest 4-7 -.16   -.17 70 .01 54   .305 74 .781 103 .499 77 .164 89 .102 64 .141 49
71 Georgia Tech 6-7 -.19   -.29 78 .10 33   .338 88 .734 69 .503 78 .158 84 .094 81 .144 45
72 California 2-9 -.20   -.37 84 .17 20   .323 83 .746 81 .523 88 .146 74 .092 83 .138 52
73 Boston College 1-10 -.24   -.30 81 .06 40   .303 73 .795 111 .541 101 .106 34 .068 106 .121 72
74 Ohio 8-4 -.26   .00 60 -.25 121   .263 59 .752 82 .463 58 .102 31 .080 95 .131 57
75 North Carolina 7-4 -.27   -.07 65 -.20 113   .263 60 .714 52 .472 62 .120 51 .120 52 .120 75
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
76 Louisiana Lafayette 8-4 -.30   -.12 67 -.18 108   .257 56 .770 93 .489 70 .142 70 .081 94 .101 96
77 Troy 5-7 -.31   -.18 71 -.13 100   .283 67 .730 64 .493 74 .171 94 .066 107 .118 77
78 Washington State 2-9 -.32   -.27 76 -.05 72   .339 89 .780 101 .518 85 .142 68 .094 78 .126 64
79 Arizona 7-5 -.32   -.49 92 .17 21   .357 100 .773 94 .535 94 .136 64 .123 47 .156 30
80 Western Michigan 3-8 -.32   -.02 62 -.31 123   .279 66 .744 78 .490 71 .147 76 .101 67 .078 115
81 Louisiana Monroe 8-5 -.35   -.22 72 -.14 102   .311 78 .743 77 .491 73 .169 93 .101 66 .155 31
82 Auburn 2-9 -.38   -.67 104 .29 4   .345 93 .759 86 .549 105 .155 82 .095 77 .078 114
83 UTEP 3-9 -.41   -.29 79 -.12 91   .296 70 .763 87 .512 81 .193 106 .059 114 .096 104
84 Texas Tech 7-5 -.43   -.50 94 .07 38   .341 91 .746 79 .512 82 .127 58 .095 75 .063 122
85 East Carolina 7-5 -.44   -.34 82 -.10 87   .314 81 .664 28 .475 65 .114 39 .143 22 .107 90
86 Miami 6-5 -.45   -.50 93 .05 44   .311 77 .803 116 .538 98 .144 71 .106 62 .136 54
87 Rice 7-6 -.46   -.26 74 -.20 114   .318 82 .675 33 .465 59 .197 109 .121 51 .121 73
88 South Alabama 1-11 -.46   -.26 75 -.20 112   .307 75 .727 61 .495 75 .173 97 .120 53 .120 76
89 Tennessee 4-7 -.51   -.55 96 .03 45   .338 87 .717 54 .510 80 .172 95 .069 104 .097 103
90 Hawaii 2-9 -.51   -.38 85 -.13 95   .376 108 .696 44 .441 48 .184 103 .168 6 .104 94
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
91 UNLV 2-10 -.51   -.46 90 -.06 74   .336 85 .817 120 .579 116 .137 65 .061 113 .122 70
92 North Texas 3-8 -.52   -.45 89 -.06 76   .314 80 .669 29 .514 84 .207 113 .099 70 .116 80
93 Kansas 0-11 -.52   -.88 119 .35 2   .390 113 .822 121 .611 122 .212 114 .034 122 .110 88
94 Temple 3-7 -.56   -.48 91 -.08 82   .348 94 .774 96 .524 89 .235 120 .122 50 .113 83
95 Air Force 5-7 -.57   -.43 87 -.14 103   .339 90 .756 85 .542 102 .142 69 .071 101 .110 87
96 Ball State 9-4 -.57   -.71 108 .14 28   .342 92 .738 72 .527 92 .154 80 .074 99 .074 117
97 Middle Tennessee 8-3 -.58   -.41 86 -.17 107   .327 84 .782 104 .539 99 .155 81 .064 110 .209 3
98 West Virginia 6-6 -.61   -.81 113 .20 14   .396 115 .777 99 .567 112 .216 115 .079 96 .122 68
99 Colorado State 4-7 -.62   -.43 88 -.18 110   .360 105 .781 102 .545 103 .140 67 .061 112 .140 50
100 Eastern Michigan 2-9 -.63   -.59 98 -.05 71   .352 98 .738 71 .553 106 .189 104 .057 115 .115 81
101 Kentucky 1-10 -.64   -.82 114 .18 18   .411 119 .766 90 .559 107 .159 85 .131 36 .084 111
102 Florida Atlantic 2-9 -.65   -.64 101 -.01 60   .350 95 .683 36 .525 90 .175 98 .075 98 .092 107
103 Southern Mississippi 0-12 -.65   -.70 106 .05 42   .400 116 .792 110 .536 96 .200 110 .108 61 .077 116
104 Duke 5-7 -.66   -.71 107 .05 41   .357 101 .743 76 .535 93 .236 123 .064 109 .121 71
105 Baylor 7-5 -.66   -.82 115 .16 24   .404 117 .767 91 .562 109 .192 105 .062 111 .144 47
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
106 Navy 7-5 -.69   -.72 112 .03 46   .336 86 .813 118 .622 124 .168 92 .056 117 .112 86
107 Central Michigan 6-6 -.71   -.52 95 -.19 111   .351 97 .786 108 .539 100 .160 87 .099 69 .122 69
108 UAB 2-9 -.72   -.64 102 -.09 84   .396 114 .731 68 .536 95 .194 107 .090 85 .104 92
109 Nevada 6-6 -.74   -.64 103 -.10 86   .358 102 .774 95 .537 97 .182 100 .044 120 .088 110
110 Indiana 3-8 -.75   -.61 100 -.14 101   .353 99 .728 62 .519 86 .184 102 .096 74 .074 118
111 Louisiana Tech 9-3 -.77   -.56 97 -.21 118   .351 96 .768 92 .521 87 .159 86 .086 90 .139 51
112 Wyoming 4-7 -.78   -.72 109 -.07 78   .367 106 .783 107 .593 119 .167 91 .033 123 .158 26
113 Akron 0-11 -.79   -.72 110 -.07 79   .372 107 .803 115 .563 110 .182 101 .051 118 .058 123
114 Tulane 2-10 -.80   -.60 99 -.20 116   .359 104 .796 112 .567 111 .197 108 .070 102 .155 34
115 Texas State 3-8 -.82   -.84 116 .02 50   .385 111 .846 123 .583 117 .222 117 .068 105 .162 22
116 Miami (OH) 3-8 -.86   -.72 111 -.13 98   .379 109 .774 98 .561 108 .202 111 .105 63 .097 101
117 Idaho 1-10 -.86   -.93 120 .07 36   .452 122 .847 124 .600 121 .234 119 .065 108 .113 84
118 UTSA 4-4 -.90   -.69 105 -.20 117   .382 110 .809 117 .583 118 .180 99 .011 124 .157 28
119 New Mexico 3-9 -.98   -.85 117 -.13 99   .386 112 .816 119 .571 113 .219 116 .088 88 .149 38
120 Marshall 4-7 -1.05   -.85 118 -.20 115   .406 118 .797 113 .546 104 .173 96 .083 93 .098 99
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
121 Colorado 1-10 -1.21   -1.18 123 -.03 68   .483 124 .800 114 .613 123 .242 124 .083 92 .100 97
122 Massachusetts 1-11 -1.24   -1.11 121 -.13 96   .439 120 .789 109 .575 115 .203 112 .089 86 .130 60
123 Army 2-9 -1.25   -1.14 122 -.11 90   .452 123 .730 65 .571 114 .235 121 .113 57 .096 105
124 New Mexico State 0-11 -1.33   -1.23 124 -.11 88   .443 121 .783 105 .600 120 .235 122 .087 89 .052 124