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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.

 

 

2014 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 Clemson 9-3 1.34   1.09 1 .25 9   .133 1 .544 2 .259 1 .101 28 .272 1 .127 57
2 Mississippi 8-4 1.25   .85 5 .40 2   .136 3 .650 22 .351 9 .079 10 .136 41 .186 8
3 Virginia Tech 6-6 1.12   .74 10 .38 4   .166 8 .663 31 .378 21 .117 48 .196 6 .104 95
4 Penn State 7-6 .97   1.01 2 -.03 73   .134 2 .579 3 .295 2 .043 1 .195 7 .128 54
5 Florida 6-5 .95   .75 8 .20 15   .174 12 .652 25 .359 12 .101 29 .159 24 .196 4
6 Alabama 11-2 .95   .69 12 .26 7   .141 4 .664 33 .380 22 .094 21 .128 53 .128 56
7 Louisville 8-4 .94   .94 3 .00 67   .146 5 .589 4 .337 6 .114 44 .215 4 .177 11
8 Stanford 7-5 .91   .75 9 .16 23   .167 9 .714 65 .359 11 .079 11 .103 81 .087 114
9 LSU 7-5 .84   .58 16 .26 6   .184 15 .618 9 .358 10 .110 39 .125 55 .103 96
10 TCU 11-1 .84   .80 7 .04 55   .148 6 .537 1 .325 3 .123 56 .222 3 .191 5
11 Missouri 10-3 .79   .57 17 .22 11   .195 20 .747 90 .381 23 .097 25 .156 25 .123 61
12 Arkansas 6-6 .79   .40 28 .39 3   .221 30 .623 10 .384 26 .107 34 .172 15 .139 37
13 Texas 6-7 .75   .61 14 .14 27   .185 16 .650 20 .374 17 .076 8 .153 28 .134 46
14 Ohio State 14-1 .69   .49 22 .19 18   .206 24 .634 14 .343 7 .109 37 .200 5 .154 21
15 Temple 5-6 .68   .81 6 -.13 94   .154 7 .654 27 .390 29 .081 12 .118 67 .132 48
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
16 Mississippi State 9-3 .66   .47 23 .20 17   .187 17 .652 24 .404 35 .129 63 .103 80 .142 35
17 Utah 8-4 .66   .45 24 .21 13   .197 23 .711 59 .400 31 .125 58 .191 8 .132 49
18 Central Florida 8-4 .64   .87 4 -.23 118   .169 10 .604 6 .336 5 .045 2 .169 17 .169 13
19 Wisconsin 10-3 .61   .57 18 .04 53   .196 22 .635 15 .343 8 .128 62 .182 12 .095 103
20 Virginia 4-7 .61   .40 30 .22 12   .212 27 .689 41 .384 24 .091 19 .152 29 .144 31
21 Louisiana Tech 9-4 .61   .49 21 .12 34   .188 18 .623 11 .376 19 .097 24 .175 14 .208 2
22 Utah State 9-4 .59   .72 11 -.12 92   .181 14 .711 60 .365 14 .102 30 .187 9 .151 25
23 Washington 7-6 .59   .50 19 .09 39   .195 21 .686 39 .421 41 .082 15 .119 65 .164 16
24 Syracuse 2-9 .56   .43 25 .13 32   .213 29 .680 37 .401 32 .098 26 .123 62 .148 29
25 Michigan 5-7 .54   .49 20 .05 52   .192 19 .688 40 .372 16 .048 3 .136 40 .064 125
26 West Virginia 6-6 .53   .29 40 .24 10   .226 37 .696 46 .428 46 .125 59 .125 56 .071 124
27 Memphis 9-3 .51   .69 13 -.18 109   .170 11 .597 5 .333 4 .094 22 .164 20 .151 24
28 Marshall 12-1 .50   .59 15 -.09 82   .181 13 .742 87 .390 30 .084 16 .142 35 .116 71
29 Michigan State 10-2 .49   .38 32 .11 36   .227 38 .610 8 .361 13 .156 85 .227 2 .156 19
30 Miami 5-7 .47   .21 47 .27 5   .244 53 .756 99 .426 44 .092 20 .130 51 .153 23
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
31 Tulane 2-9 .44   .40 27 .04 54   .222 32 .746 89 .471 75 .127 61 .135 45 .190 6
32 Tennessee 6-6 .44   .30 38 .14 29   .229 40 .641 16 .371 15 .131 64 .163 21 .118 67
33 Oklahoma 8-5 .39   .38 31 .01 62   .210 26 .650 21 .384 25 .115 45 .178 13 .115 75
34 Arizona State 9-3 .38   .31 37 .07 44   .226 36 .723 69 .422 42 .135 68 .155 26 .155 20
35 Georgia 9-3 .38   .27 42 .10 37   .238 46 .654 26 .385 28 .077 9 .169 16 .185 10
36 Northwestern 4-7 .38   .34 34 .04 56   .239 48 .664 32 .436 50 .134 67 .112 72 .164 15
37 Nebraska 8-4 .38   .29 39 .09 40   .222 31 .647 18 .375 18 .137 70 .163 22 .124 59
38 Oregon 12-2 .35   .10 59 .25 8   .239 47 .755 98 .482 84 .123 54 .129 52 .187 7
39 Florida International 3-7 .33   .40 29 -.07 80   .244 52 .709 57 .448 59 .165 92 .165 18 .197 3
40 USC 9-4 .32   .18 51 .14 28   .233 42 .723 71 .446 57 .088 18 .132 47 .138 40
41 Florida State 12-1 .32   .19 50 .13 33   .252 59 .755 97 .456 69 .145 78 .138 37 .138 39
42 Boise State 12-2 .31   .41 26 -.11 85   .213 28 .606 7 .377 20 .122 53 .165 19 .149 27
43 Minnesota 7-5 .30   .23 43 .07 45   .239 49 .659 28 .424 43 .167 93 .123 60 .174 12
44 Arizona 10-4 .28   .08 61 .20 16   .243 51 .724 74 .448 61 .141 73 .135 44 .135 44
45 Air Force 9-3 .26   .21 48 .06 49   .231 41 .713 64 .448 58 .133 66 .084 104 .119 65
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
46 UTSA 4-8 .22   .36 33 -.14 97   .207 25 .648 19 .415 38 .131 65 .138 38 .110 82
47 San Diego State 6-6 .19   .28 41 -.09 83   .222 33 .696 45 .402 33 .104 31 .074 113 .148 28
48 Baylor 10-2 .18   .15 56 .03 57   .248 56 .651 23 .409 36 .181 100 .148 31 .134 45
49 Wake Forest 2-9 .17   .32 35 -.16 102   .225 35 .729 81 .439 53 .101 27 .124 58 .124 60
50 Iowa 6-6 .16   .21 45 -.05 76   .237 45 .626 12 .385 27 .108 35 .137 39 .101 98
51 South Alabama 6-7 .16   .14 57 .02 60   .250 58 .712 61 .449 62 .167 94 .103 82 .109 88
52 Boston College 6-6 .14   .18 52 -.04 74   .237 44 .662 30 .402 34 .108 36 .144 33 .086 115
53 Auburn 7-5 .14   -.31 95 .45 1   .300 90 .743 88 .502 94 .186 104 .093 92 .164 14
54 UCLA 10-3 .09   -.01 65 .10 38   .258 62 .723 72 .450 63 .063 6 .075 112 .094 105
55 Kansas State 8-4 .08   -.09 72 .16 22   .260 65 .707 55 .453 65 .114 43 .130 50 .146 30
56 Louisiana Monroe 4-8 .05   .16 55 -.11 88   .253 60 .660 29 .413 37 .120 51 .107 76 .107 91
57 Duke 8-4 .01   .20 49 -.19 111   .227 39 .738 84 .441 56 .057 5 .092 95 .128 55
58 BYU 7-5 .01   .16 54 -.15 101   .259 64 .723 70 .436 49 .096 23 .108 74 .120 63
59 Houston 7-5 -.01   .31 36 -.32 125   .236 43 .707 54 .417 40 .086 17 .150 30 .150 26
60 Kansas 2-9 -.01   -.19 85 .17 21   .289 80 .773 108 .517 100 .172 96 .086 101 .117 70
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
61 Western Michigan 7-5 -.03   .22 44 -.25 120   .244 54 .726 78 .435 48 .081 14 .096 87 .119 66
62 Central Michigan 6-6 -.03   .11 58 -.15 99   .265 67 .727 79 .477 78 .152 84 .098 83 .136 43
63 Maryland 6-6 -.04   .00 64 -.03 72   .255 61 .725 76 .473 77 .105 32 .131 48 .105 94
64 Ohio 5-6 -.04   .08 60 -.12 93   .258 63 .677 35 .448 60 .105 33 .121 63 .129 50
65 Notre Dame 8-5 -.06   -.07 70 .01 64   .272 70 .695 44 .454 68 .139 71 .119 66 .139 38
66 Georgia Tech 10-3 -.08   -.27 90 .19 19   .297 89 .797 117 .553 111 .156 86 .117 69 .227 1
67 Akron 4-7 -.10   .16 53 -.26 121   .242 50 .712 63 .437 51 .144 76 .106 77 .144 32
68 Purdue 2-9 -.12   -.30 94 .18 20   .326 103 .719 67 .516 99 .119 50 .104 78 .111 81
69 East Carolina 7-5 -.13   .21 46 -.33 126   .222 34 .634 13 .417 39 .118 49 .098 84 .118 68
70 Indiana 3-8 -.15   -.13 76 -.02 71   .284 76 .709 58 .480 80 .122 52 .095 88 .115 73
71 UTEP 7-6 -.15   -.09 74 -.06 77   .293 88 .643 17 .437 52 .214 120 .186 10 .129 51
72 Oklahoma State 6-6 -.16   -.20 87 .05 51   .280 73 .693 42 .458 70 .160 87 .113 71 .073 122
73 UAB 5-6 -.16   -.14 77 -.02 70   .291 84 .679 36 .440 55 .142 75 .134 46 .090 111
74 Northern Illinois 10-3 -.16   -.02 66 -.15 100   .248 57 .725 75 .464 72 .124 57 .124 57 .111 79
75 Rutgers 7-5 -.17   -.28 92 .11 35   .313 95 .794 115 .514 98 .206 115 .107 75 .099 99
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
76 Cincinnati 9-4 -.17   -.04 67 -.13 95   .265 66 .742 86 .488 86 .139 72 .093 93 .126 58
77 South Florida 3-8 -.18   -.17 80 .00 68   .292 86 .726 77 .480 79 .115 46 .080 108 .133 47
78 North Carolina State 7-5 -.18   -.20 86 .02 61   .290 82 .669 34 .458 71 .113 41 .185 11 .113 77
79 Illinois 5-7 -.19   -.27 91 .08 42   .313 96 .753 94 .496 92 .180 99 .093 91 .120 64
80 Arkansas State 6-6 -.19   .00 63 -.20 113   .292 85 .683 38 .426 45 .137 69 .143 34 .137 42
81 Nevada 6-6 -.22   -.17 81 -.04 75   .280 72 .797 118 .514 96 .147 79 .070 115 .161 17
82 Colorado State 9-3 -.22   -.08 71 -.14 98   .248 55 .730 82 .481 82 .109 38 .088 99 .109 86
83 Georgia Southern 8-3 -.23   -.12 75 -.11 86   .274 71 .701 48 .467 73 .068 7 .060 120 .128 53
84 Connecticut 1-10 -.24   -.06 69 -.17 105   .290 83 .766 102 .468 74 .056 4 .065 118 .105 93
85 Ball State 4-6 -.25   -.09 73 -.16 104   .286 77 .824 126 .514 97 .185 103 .092 94 .185 9
86 Vanderbilt 2-9 -.26   -.33 96 .07 43   .319 101 .717 66 .493 90 .142 74 .124 59 .080 119
87 Navy 7-5 -.27   -.28 93 .01 63   .293 87 .805 121 .535 106 .081 13 .081 107 .138 41
88 Rice 8-5 -.27   -.05 68 -.22 114   .289 79 .698 47 .435 47 .174 97 .154 27 .107 90
89 Appalachian State 6-4 -.29   .02 62 -.31 123   .282 74 .728 80 .453 66 .165 91 .097 85 .087 113
90 Kentucky 4-7 -.29   -.18 83 -.12 90   .289 81 .695 43 .454 67 .125 60 .141 36 .109 87
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
91 Kent State 2-9 -.32   -.15 78 -.18 107   .268 68 .780 109 .485 85 .150 81 .063 119 .110 84
92 Oregon State 4-7 -.34   -.35 97 .01 66   .308 91 .708 56 .492 89 .123 55 .123 61 .085 116
93 Middle Tennessee 5-6 -.34   -.41 102 .07 46   .319 100 .741 85 .523 102 .170 95 .111 73 .111 80
94 Louisiana Lafayette 8-4 -.35   -.16 79 -.19 112   .271 69 .767 103 .490 88 .163 89 .085 102 .109 89
95 Bowling Green 7-6 -.37   -.25 88 -.12 91   .318 99 .721 68 .496 93 .212 118 .117 68 .156 18
96 Hawaii 3-9 -.40   -.18 82 -.22 117   .288 78 .705 53 .472 76 .192 108 .130 49 .089 112
97 Pittsburgh 5-7 -.44   -.36 99 -.08 81   .313 97 .754 95 .451 64 .164 90 .127 54 .082 117
98 South Carolina 6-6 -.44   -.52 107 .08 41   .318 98 .780 110 .556 112 .114 42 .053 121 .106 92
99 Fresno State 5-8 -.44   -.35 98 -.10 84   .311 93 .702 49 .481 83 .193 109 .161 23 .093 106
100 Texas State 6-5 -.45   -.26 89 -.19 110   .283 75 .703 51 .481 81 .116 47 .094 90 .116 72
101 Texas A&M 7-5 -.45   -.58 108 .14 30   .308 92 .752 93 .546 108 .211 117 .090 97 .075 121
102 San Jose State 2-9 -.45   -.38 101 -.07 79   .333 105 .703 50 .517 101 .144 77 .117 70 .090 110
103 Colorado 2-10 -.48   -.62 110 .14 31   .366 111 .771 105 .532 105 .242 127 .092 96 .072 123
104 Toledo 8-4 -.48   -.37 100 -.11 87   .319 102 .723 73 .490 87 .177 98 .121 64 .092 109
105 Wyoming 3-8 -.50   -.51 106 .01 65   .348 107 .783 112 .569 117 .226 122 .026 128 .122 62
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
106 Florida Atlantic 3-9 -.51   -.49 105 -.01 69   .343 106 .736 83 .504 95 .193 110 .136 42 .093 107
107 Washington State 2-9 -.57   -.72 114 .16 26   .366 110 .754 96 .528 104 .209 116 .090 98 .030 128
108 SMU 1-11 -.64   -.71 112 .07 47   .386 116 .850 127 .597 125 .197 112 .047 124 .094 104
109 Southern Mississippi 2-9 -.66   -.68 111 .02 58   .370 112 .815 124 .586 120 .193 111 .076 111 .092 108
110 North Texas 3-8 -.66   -.18 84 -.48 128   .311 94 .762 101 .440 54 .148 80 .148 32 .115 74
111 California 4-7 -.66   -.87 121 .21 14   .397 122 .815 123 .587 121 .199 113 .082 106 .103 97
112 Miami (OH) 2-9 -.67   -.61 109 -.06 78   .371 114 .798 119 .563 114 .161 88 .097 86 .153 22
113 Iowa State 2-9 -.71   -.87 120 .16 24   .364 108 .758 100 .571 119 .182 101 .083 105 .098 100
114 Buffalo 3-6 -.78   -.44 103 -.33 127   .365 109 .712 62 .495 91 .183 102 .087 100 .096 102
115 Massachusetts 3-9 -.78   -.46 104 -.32 124   .331 104 .704 52 .524 103 .113 40 .070 114 .113 78
116 Texas Tech 3-8 -.78   -.84 118 .05 50   .392 119 .811 122 .567 116 .231 124 .077 110 .098 101
117 Army 3-7 -.84   -.72 115 -.11 89   .370 113 .770 104 .553 110 .150 82 .050 123 .110 85
118 North Carolina 5-7 -.85   -1.01 126 .16 25   .407 125 .752 92 .548 109 .234 126 .103 79 .117 69
119 Western Kentucky 8-5 -.86   -.88 122 .02 59   .406 124 .787 114 .590 122 .219 121 .135 43 .142 34
120 New Mexico State 1-10 -.93   -.75 116 -.18 108   .391 118 .782 111 .570 118 .150 83 .068 117 .143 33
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
121 Tulsa 2-10 -.93   -.71 113 -.22 116   .375 115 .750 91 .545 107 .230 123 .079 109 .079 120
122 Troy 3-8 -.99   -.82 117 -.16 103   .396 121 .802 120 .601 126 .189 107 .047 125 .142 36
123 Eastern Michigan 1-10 -1.06   -1.12 127 .06 48   .441 127 .797 116 .595 124 .203 114 .051 122 .059 126
124 UNLV 1-11 -1.09   -.91 123 -.17 106   .393 120 .773 107 .567 115 .213 119 .047 126 .080 118
125 New Mexico 4-8 -1.13   -.92 124 -.22 115   .404 123 .823 125 .601 127 .234 125 .085 103 .113 76
126 Old Dominion 5-6 -1.14   -1.00 125 -.13 96   .436 126 .786 113 .590 123 .188 106 .068 116 .128 52
127 Idaho 1-10 -1.15   -.84 119 -.31 122   .386 117 .772 106 .559 113 .260 128 .094 89 .110 83
128 Georgia State 0-11 -1.61   -1.37 128 -.24 119   .487 128 .885 128 .635 128 .186 105 .044 127 .044 127