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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.

 

 

2013 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 Florida State 13-0 1.08   1.13 1 -.05 75   .119 3 .590 3 .304 2 .052 1 .164 12 .224 1
2 Michigan State 12-1 1.07   1.11 2 -.04 70   .097 1 .578 2 .283 1 .071 10 .195 5 .156 21
3 Virginia Tech 7-5 1.02   .76 5 .27 10   .170 11 .603 5 .329 3 .099 35 .227 2 .135 47
4 Oklahoma State 9-3 .95   .78 4 .17 23   .145 4 .630 15 .363 11 .079 17 .164 13 .188 4
5 TCU 3-8 .94   .72 8 .22 16   .167 8 .679 36 .357 9 .103 39 .167 9 .147 31
6 Florida 4-7 .90   .50 21 .40 3   .195 21 .673 33 .395 27 .088 25 .150 22 .133 52
7 Louisville 11-1 .86   1.04 3 -.18 103   .110 2 .610 9 .329 4 .076 16 .161 16 .178 7
8 Wisconsin 8-4 .83   .69 10 .13 31   .169 10 .603 6 .358 10 .074 12 .162 15 .125 61
9 Alabama 10-2 .82   .61 16 .21 18   .168 9 .655 22 .364 13 .076 14 .118 55 .109 92
10 Utah State 8-5 .80   .76 6 .05 52   .146 5 .611 10 .368 15 .115 52 .153 20 .159 17
11 Iowa 7-5 .77   .67 12 .10 36   .178 15 .610 8 .334 5 .075 13 .164 11 .123 63
12 BYU 7-5 .72   .70 9 .03 63   .161 7 .643 17 .363 12 .089 28 .125 48 .107 96
13 Stanford 11-3 .71   .48 22 .22 14   .179 16 .728 73 .405 29 .079 18 .139 31 .113 84
14 USC 10-4 .70   .66 13 .05 54   .176 14 .600 4 .353 7 .097 34 .194 6 .127 59
15 Missouri 11-2 .68   .39 30 .29 6   .210 27 .760 99 .426 42 .132 66 .138 34 .168 14
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
16 Clemson 9-2 .61   .44 24 .17 25   .218 29 .606 7 .354 8 .113 47 .204 4 .155 23
17 Oregon 10-2 .60   .67 11 -.07 82   .175 13 .650 20 .389 21 .066 8 .073 105 .190 3
18 Mississippi State 6-6 .58   .10 61 .49 1   .248 56 .752 92 .450 56 .173 100 .060 117 .150 29
19 Penn State 7-5 .57   .41 28 .16 28   .219 30 .664 27 .415 34 .103 40 .137 35 .137 43
20 Baylor 10-2 .55   .48 23 .07 44   .223 38 .624 12 .385 19 .121 60 .140 30 .140 37
21 Washington 8-4 .54   .31 36 .23 13   .212 28 .705 56 .427 43 .062 5 .110 62 .116 76
22 Houston 7-5 .54   .58 17 -.05 72   .189 19 .628 14 .394 25 .085 23 .146 27 .220 2
23 Texas 8-5 .53   .41 27 .13 33   .199 23 .663 26 .410 30 .120 59 .163 14 .139 40
24 North Texas 9-4 .51   .75 7 -.24 110   .152 6 .658 23 .365 14 .095 32 .165 10 .177 8
25 Mississippi 7-5 .51   .21 47 .30 5   .237 50 .734 80 .435 48 .101 36 .137 37 .137 44
26 South Carolina 10-2 .50   .34 33 .16 26   .226 39 .662 25 .441 52 .105 41 .113 60 .173 10
27 Oklahoma 11-2 .47   .33 34 .14 30   .219 31 .626 13 .393 24 .129 64 .187 7 .142 35
28 Auburn 11-2 .44   .03 68 .41 2   .239 52 .742 84 .469 74 .164 92 .119 52 .101 103
29 Kansas State 8-4 .43   .40 29 .02 64   .208 26 .808 115 .436 49 .085 21 .077 102 .154 24
30 UCLA 10-3 .41   .32 35 .09 39   .206 25 .729 74 .422 40 .071 9 .084 95 .161 15
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
31 Tulane 6-6 .41   .54 19 -.13 97   .192 20 .695 48 .384 18 .139 73 .119 53 .159 18
32 Nebraska 8-4 .39   .44 25 -.05 74   .221 34 .721 65 .395 26 .110 45 .091 83 .084 112
33 Florida Atlantic 6-6 .37   .58 18 -.21 106   .200 24 .693 46 .369 16 .064 6 .136 39 .129 56
34 Arizona 7-5 .37   .28 40 .09 40   .229 44 .688 43 .420 39 .090 30 .139 32 .118 72
35 Cincinnati 8-4 .36   .65 14 -.29 116   .185 18 .578 1 .352 6 .059 3 .244 1 .133 50
36 Utah 4-7 .35   .17 56 .18 22   .236 48 .667 30 .452 57 .139 71 .132 44 .076 119
37 Michigan 7-6 .34   .31 37 .03 59   .229 45 .701 51 .443 53 .115 53 .127 46 .153 25
38 Wake Forest 3-8 .34   .25 43 .08 42   .234 47 .719 64 .462 67 .109 44 .078 101 .117 74
39 Bowling Green 9-4 .32   .54 20 -.23 108   .179 17 .667 28 .387 20 .081 19 .098 75 .106 98
40 North Carolina 6-6 .31   .22 46 .09 38   .220 32 .681 39 .436 50 .085 22 .113 59 .113 82
41 Central Florida 12-1 .30   .36 32 -.06 80   .226 41 .730 75 .423 41 .073 11 .139 33 .168 12
42 East Carolina 9-3 .28   .63 15 -.34 121   .170 12 .696 50 .378 17 .081 20 .133 41 .156 22
43 South Florida 2-9 .28   .21 48 .07 45   .254 62 .788 105 .473 78 .127 63 .144 29 .161 16
44 LSU 9-3 .27   .09 63 .18 21   .238 51 .675 34 .458 62 .095 33 .095 80 .111 88
45 Notre Dame 9-4 .27   .19 51 .07 43   .222 36 .715 61 .467 71 .090 31 .097 76 .111 87
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
46 Maryland 6-6 .25   .38 31 -.13 98   .222 37 .647 18 .390 23 .065 7 .150 24 .085 111
47 Arizona State 9-4 .24   .00 73 .24 12   .266 70 .614 11 .401 28 .165 93 .215 3 .120 65
48 Vanderbilt 8-4 .23   .19 52 .04 57   .252 60 .683 41 .432 45 .122 61 .129 45 .173 11
49 Pittsburgh 6-6 .23   .02 69 .20 20   .259 63 .733 78 .447 55 .141 75 .133 42 .104 100
50 Texas Tech 7-5 .22   .20 50 .02 65   .259 64 .648 19 .415 33 .117 55 .154 19 .099 107
51 Northwestern 4-7 .21   .21 49 .00 66   .230 46 .791 108 .456 60 .086 24 .072 108 .144 33
52 Oregon State 7-5 .21   .17 54 .04 58   .252 59 .671 32 .415 35 .112 46 .161 17 .168 13
53 Virginia 1-10 .21   -.07 78 .28 8   .301 85 .747 88 .467 72 .158 86 .082 97 .116 77
54 Minnesota 7-5 .20   .17 53 .03 62   .229 43 .710 59 .471 75 .107 42 .084 93 .137 42
55 Tulsa 3-9 .20   .16 57 .05 53   .272 74 .722 66 .463 70 .089 26 .070 109 .146 32
56 Buffalo 7-5 .16   .27 41 -.12 93   .248 57 .677 35 .412 32 .165 94 .158 18 .150 28
57 Ohio State 11-2 .14   .09 62 .04 56   .245 55 .671 31 .418 37 .154 85 .147 26 .140 38
58 Syracuse 6-6 .13   .17 55 -.04 71   .250 58 .708 57 .433 46 .160 90 .146 28 .125 62
59 Duke 9-4 .11   .01 70 .10 37   .253 61 .696 49 .459 65 .152 83 .108 67 .139 39
60 West Virginia 3-8 .09   .01 71 .09 41   .282 76 .718 63 .474 83 .160 91 .115 57 .141 36
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
61 Rice 10-4 .08   .27 42 -.19 104   .226 40 .667 29 .390 22 .113 49 .137 36 .119 70
62 Connecticut 3-8 .08   .13 59 -.05 76   .266 69 .727 70 .453 58 .172 96 .125 49 .133 51
63 UTSA 7-5 .06   .15 58 -.09 85   .240 53 .752 93 .480 85 .056 2 .072 107 .088 110
64 Memphis 2-9 .03   .03 67 .00 67   .266 71 .758 97 .463 69 .089 27 .121 50 .113 83
65 Northern Illinois 11-2 .03   .43 26 -.40 123   .196 22 .734 82 .420 38 .108 43 .133 43 .158 19
66 Kansas 2-9 .02   -.11 81 .12 34   .288 80 .770 103 .491 91 .173 98 .086 87 .137 46
67 Washington State 5-7 -.01   -.17 87 .16 27   .294 83 .791 107 .503 96 .170 95 .085 91 .150 30
68 Boise State 7-5 -.02   .07 66 -.09 87   .237 49 .710 60 .485 89 .061 4 .099 73 .122 64
69 Georgia Tech 5-6 -.02   -.16 85 .13 32   .286 78 .756 96 .474 82 .134 67 .084 92 .101 102
70 Colorado State 7-6 -.03   .12 60 -.15 99   .259 65 .704 52 .455 59 .136 70 .080 99 .111 89
71 Akron 4-7 -.03   -.07 79 .04 55   .295 84 .690 45 .473 79 .116 54 .085 88 .132 53
72 Tennessee 4-7 -.05   -.34 93 .29 7   .328 96 .728 72 .482 86 .184 106 .104 69 .176 9
73 San Diego State 8-4 -.06   -.13 82 .06 49   .306 90 .680 37 .429 44 .122 62 .136 38 .109 93
74 Iowa State 3-8 -.08   -.14 83 .06 48   .289 81 .683 40 .474 80 .141 76 .099 74 .120 67
75 SMU 4-7 -.08   -.02 75 -.06 79   .309 93 .772 104 .476 84 .118 56 .096 79 .110 91
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
76 Miami 8-4 -.10   -.01 74 -.09 84   .261 67 .659 24 .458 64 .130 65 .087 86 .152 27
77 South Alabama 6-5 -.10   .22 44 -.32 120   .228 42 .638 16 .415 36 .150 82 .181 8 .118 71
78 North Carolina State 2-9 -.10   -.17 86 .06 47   .308 92 .654 21 .460 66 .180 105 .150 23 .128 58
79 Ball State 9-3 -.12   .28 39 -.40 122   .220 33 .745 85 .458 63 .135 68 .085 89 .156 20
80 Fresno State 10-2 -.12   .08 65 -.19 105   .261 68 .688 44 .438 51 .159 88 .153 21 .115 79
81 Middle Tennessee 7-5 -.13   .00 72 -.13 96   .271 73 .722 67 .483 87 .113 48 .068 111 .180 6
82 Marshall 9-4 -.13   .30 38 -.42 124   .222 35 .684 42 .411 31 .076 15 .089 85 .120 66
83 Hawaii 1-11 -.13   -.18 88 .05 51   .302 88 .727 71 .484 88 .145 79 .134 40 .110 90
84 Georgia 7-5 -.14   -.30 92 .17 24   .307 91 .737 83 .474 81 .146 80 .109 63 .073 120
85 Louisiana Monroe 5-6 -.19   -.03 76 -.16 101   .287 79 .750 90 .472 76 .140 74 .103 71 .118 73
86 Boston College 6-6 -.20   -.15 84 -.05 77   .291 82 .695 47 .473 77 .135 69 .106 68 .106 97
87 Western Kentucky 7-4 -.20   .08 64 -.29 115   .261 66 .681 38 .434 47 .101 37 .126 47 .143 34
88 Texas State 5-6 -.31   -.03 77 -.28 114   .276 75 .724 69 .445 54 .119 57 .090 84 .119 69
89 Louisiana Tech 3-8 -.32   .22 45 -.54 125   .244 54 .748 89 .457 61 .115 50 .115 58 .183 5
90 Arkansas State 7-5 -.36   -.19 89 -.17 102   .285 77 .708 58 .468 73 .139 72 .118 54 .111 86
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
91 Texas A&M 8-4 -.38   -.60 101 .22 15   .340 100 .716 62 .504 97 .177 103 .149 25 .113 81
92 Rutgers 5-7 -.39   -.42 98 .03 60   .326 94 .730 76 .490 90 .177 102 .085 90 .099 106
93 Louisiana Lafayette 8-4 -.40   -.08 80 -.31 118   .267 72 .733 77 .498 93 .115 51 .076 104 .130 55
94 Toledo 6-5 -.42   -.39 97 -.03 69   .331 97 .746 86 .499 94 .102 38 .093 81 .153 26
95 Colorado 2-8 -.44   -.66 104 .22 17   .387 108 .734 81 .548 105 .177 104 .073 106 .081 118
96 UNLV 6-6 -.45   -.36 95 -.09 88   .333 98 .746 87 .502 95 .159 89 .109 65 .116 78
97 Western Michigan 1-10 -.46   -.35 94 -.12 91   .342 101 .752 94 .533 102 .120 58 .077 103 .120 68
98 Ohio 6-6 -.49   -.28 91 -.21 107   .302 87 .705 53 .462 68 .144 77 .108 66 .137 45
99 Arkansas 2-9 -.50   -.71 110 .21 19   .364 104 .809 116 .558 108 .173 99 .109 64 .127 60
100 Temple 2-9 -.52   -.43 99 -.09 89   .304 89 .800 112 .558 107 .200 109 .048 122 .096 109
101 Central Michigan 5-6 -.55   -.23 90 -.32 119   .302 86 .750 91 .508 98 .147 81 .103 70 .138 41
102 Navy 8-4 -.58   -.65 103 .07 46   .348 102 .768 102 .560 109 .089 29 .063 116 .134 48
103 Illinois 3-8 -.58   -.71 109 .12 35   .367 105 .792 109 .561 110 .175 101 .067 112 .083 114
104 Massachusetts 1-10 -.62   -.39 96 -.24 109   .339 99 .807 114 .547 103 .220 114 .092 82 .128 57
105 Kent State 3-8 -.63   -.51 100 -.12 94   .328 95 .759 98 .526 100 .172 97 .121 51 .103 101
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
106 California 0-11 -.69   -1.00 118 .32 4   .420 118 .763 101 .598 116 .229 116 .084 94 .061 124
107 Florida International 1-10 -.73   -.67 105 -.06 78   .367 106 .733 79 .533 101 .200 108 .067 113 .083 115
108 Miami (OH) 0-12 -.77   -.70 108 -.06 81   .363 103 .798 111 .572 113 .145 78 .097 78 .105 99
109 Indiana 4-7 -.80   -1.04 119 .24 11   .408 115 .825 122 .603 117 .233 118 .025 124 .083 116
110 Army 2-9 -.80   -.70 107 -.11 90   .386 107 .754 95 .567 112 .246 120 .079 100 .114 80
111 Kentucky 1-10 -.81   -.87 113 .06 50   .391 110 .836 123 .580 114 .200 110 .064 115 .082 117
112 Nevada 3-8 -.85   -.99 116 .14 29   .398 112 .813 119 .605 119 .220 112 .081 98 .098 108
113 Idaho 1-10 -.87   -.90 115 .03 61   .426 119 .705 55 .548 104 .240 119 .101 72 .109 94
114 Southern Mississippi 1-11 -.91   -.61 102 -.30 117   .394 111 .723 68 .491 92 .153 84 .117 56 .117 75
115 Wyoming 4-7 -.92   -.67 106 -.25 112   .388 109 .705 54 .518 99 .158 87 .065 114 .108 95
116 Purdue 0-11 -.94   -1.21 120 .27 9   .450 120 .810 117 .620 120 .200 111 .060 118 .130 54
117 San Jose State 5-6 -.94   -.89 114 -.05 73   .403 114 .761 100 .553 106 .187 107 .097 77 .112 85
118 New Mexico State 1-10 -.97   -.84 111 -.13 95   .409 116 .811 118 .605 118 .260 121 .055 121 .134 49
119 Georgia State 0-9 -1.02   -.86 112 -.16 100   .410 117 .790 106 .586 115 .220 113 .020 125 .100 105
120 Troy 5-6 -1.24   -1.00 117 -.24 111   .400 113 .800 113 .563 111 .231 117 .069 110 .062 123
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
121 UAB 1-10 -1.54   -1.42 121 -.12 92   .475 121 .858 124 .626 122 .292 122 .058 119 .100 104
122 UTEP 2-10 -1.72   -1.47 122 -.25 113   .484 122 .795 110 .620 121 .295 123 .041 123 .066 121
123 Eastern Michigan 1-10 -1.76   -1.68 123 -.07 83   .523 123 .817 120 .674 124 .312 125 .110 61 .064 122
124 New Mexico 3-9 -1.85   -1.76 124 -.09 86   .537 124 .818 121 .634 123 .298 124 .083 96 .058 125
125 Air Force 1-10 -1.97   -1.96 125 -.01 68   .570 125 .897 125 .714 125 .224 115 .056 120 .084 113