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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.

 

 

2016 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 13-1 1.55   1.14 1 .41 1   .108 2 .545 1 .267 1 .072 5 .216 3 .144 25
2 LSU 7-4 1.29   1.00 2 .29 3   .102 1 .614 8 .337 5 .071 4 .165 17 .110 72
3 Ohio State 11-2 1.20   .88 4 .32 2   .134 5 .613 7 .335 4 .042 1 .204 6 .155 14
4 Wisconsin 11-3 .98   .84 5 .14 21   .134 4 .662 26 .353 9 .096 15 .166 16 .178 4
5 Michigan 10-3 .92   .90 3 .02 58   .132 3 .569 2 .291 2 .083 9 .285 1 .090 101
6 Washington 11-2 .91   .82 6 .10 33   .161 8 .650 18 .362 12 .058 2 .161 19 .139 30
7 Colorado 9-4 .86   .65 9 .21 10   .174 11 .689 38 .394 24 .099 18 .130 36 .149 19
8 Florida 9-4 .85   .82 7 .04 50   .147 6 .629 12 .354 10 .091 13 .182 11 .154 15
9 Clemson 13-1 .83   .61 12 .22 7   .182 13 .602 6 .339 6 .114 34 .227 2 .131 43
10 Auburn 7-5 .69   .41 24 .29 4   .161 9 .766 95 .458 52 .097 16 .040 126 .113 65
11 Miami 8-4 .63   .50 17 .13 25   .188 16 .725 63 .409 27 .080 6 .145 24 .094 95
12 Central Florida 5-7 .60   .62 11 -.02 72   .209 24 .640 15 .378 16 .105 22 .169 15 .122 53
13 Minnesota 8-4 .57   .55 15 .02 59   .199 20 .656 22 .385 21 .093 14 .172 12 .139 29
14 Louisville 9-4 .55   .63 10 -.08 90   .194 17 .588 3 .331 3 .121 43 .170 14 .145 24
15 Florida State 9-3 .55   .34 31 .22 8   .224 33 .643 17 .410 29 .126 46 .196 8 .140 28
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
16 Virginia Tech 9-4 .53   .36 30 .17 14   .223 32 .590 4 .359 11 .133 52 .193 9 .114 62
17 UCLA 4-8 .50   .48 18 .02 56   .196 19 .665 28 .414 32 .070 3 .082 96 .146 23
18 Appalachian State 10-3 .47   .56 13 -.09 95   .174 10 .625 10 .378 18 .118 40 .090 83 .132 42
19 Houston 8-4 .46   .43 22 .02 57   .217 28 .664 27 .378 19 .125 44 .145 25 .105 81
20 Stanford 10-3 .45   .28 35 .17 13   .196 18 .681 33 .410 28 .080 7 .130 35 .123 50
21 Iowa 8-4 .44   .53 16 -.09 93   .179 12 .642 16 .382 20 .097 17 .082 97 .112 67
22 Boise State 10-3 .44   .45 19 -.01 68   .184 14 .738 69 .419 37 .085 11 .128 39 .064 122
23 Northwestern 7-5 .43   .37 29 .07 43   .209 25 .655 21 .438 44 .108 26 .142 26 .135 37
24 Arkansas State 8-4 .43   .73 8 -.30 128   .155 7 .655 20 .344 7 .081 8 .182 10 .108 75
25 Indiana 6-7 .39   .44 20 -.05 82   .208 23 .657 23 .390 23 .118 39 .163 18 .112 66
26 North Carolina State 6-6 .39   .27 36 .12 27   .226 37 .745 78 .456 50 .102 20 .153 21 .124 48
27 Boston College 6-6 .39   .37 28 .01 62   .257 53 .615 9 .347 8 .142 60 .209 4 .149 20
28 Georgia 7-5 .38   .40 25 -.02 71   .234 42 .660 24 .377 15 .142 59 .142 28 .163 10
29 Vanderbilt 5-7 .38   .21 39 .17 15   .230 39 .748 81 .496 72 .101 19 .058 123 .115 61
30 West Virginia 9-3 .38   .30 33 .08 42   .207 22 .779 109 .460 53 .103 21 .090 84 .138 33
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
31 Troy 9-3 .38   .55 14 -.18 107   .188 15 .688 35 .378 17 .111 30 .111 57 .167 8
32 Penn State 11-3 .37   .28 34 .09 36   .218 29 .700 44 .414 33 .088 12 .100 69 .106 79
33 USC 10-3 .37   .19 44 .18 12   .245 44 .678 32 .411 30 .119 41 .140 30 .126 46
34 Wake Forest 6-6 .36   .39 26 -.02 74   .212 27 .689 36 .411 31 .106 24 .113 55 .159 11
35 Temple 9-4 .33   .43 23 -.10 97   .212 26 .628 11 .367 14 .117 38 .197 7 .117 59
36 San Diego State 10-3 .30   .38 27 -.08 89   .226 36 .637 14 .364 13 .110 28 .123 43 .178 5
37 TCU 5-7 .29   .20 41 .09 37   .228 38 .718 61 .421 38 .114 35 .134 33 .081 113
38 BYU 8-4 .28   .20 42 .08 39   .226 35 .714 51 .454 49 .105 23 .075 106 .195 1
39 Ohio 7-6 .27   .43 21 -.16 104   .206 21 .715 54 .406 26 .109 27 .127 40 .121 55
40 South Carolina 5-7 .26   .14 47 .12 28   .245 45 .741 74 .473 62 .112 31 .084 93 .182 3
41 Utah 8-4 .21   .23 38 -.02 73   .222 31 .673 31 .416 34 .150 67 .118 49 .176 6
42 Washington State 8-4 .17   .11 50 .06 45   .254 50 .746 79 .462 56 .131 51 .092 80 .138 32
43 Texas A&M 7-5 .15   .04 55 .11 30   .232 40 .755 87 .497 73 .129 48 .071 109 .135 36
44 Western Kentucky 10-3 .11   .08 51 .03 54   .250 48 .696 41 .432 40 .149 65 .115 53 .081 112
45 Tulane 3-8 .10   .18 46 -.08 91   .255 51 .635 13 .404 25 .139 58 .117 50 .124 49
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
46 Miami (OH) 6-6 .09   .31 32 -.21 115   .224 34 .716 56 .452 48 .112 32 .104 65 .134 39
47 Western Michigan 12-1 .08   .27 37 -.19 110   .221 30 .718 60 .437 42 .153 71 .122 46 .183 2
48 Nebraska 9-4 .08   .08 53 .00 65   .250 49 .660 25 .426 39 .125 45 .111 58 .104 83
49 Kansas State 8-4 .08   .06 54 .02 60   .259 54 .705 47 .468 58 .108 25 .086 90 .151 17
50 Tulsa 9-3 .03   .21 40 -.18 108   .232 41 .652 19 .418 35 .135 54 .103 67 .090 100
51 Texas 5-7 .01   -.10 62 .11 31   .276 59 .724 62 .447 46 .166 83 .147 23 .110 71
52 Georgia State 2-9 .01   .18 45 -.17 105   .246 46 .785 113 .468 59 .085 10 .031 128 .108 76
53 Oregon State 3-8 -.02   -.19 69 .16 16   .294 73 .738 71 .520 93 .175 88 .063 114 .095 92
54 Notre Dame 4-8 -.03   -.07 59 .04 49   .277 61 .715 55 .461 54 .115 37 .154 20 .092 98
55 Oklahoma State 9-3 -.03   -.15 68 .12 26   .275 58 .693 39 .462 55 .176 90 .111 59 .124 47
56 Duke 3-8 -.04   -.14 67 .10 32   .285 68 .731 65 .483 65 .177 91 .108 63 .123 51
57 Tennessee 8-4 -.06   .02 56 -.09 92   .256 52 .689 37 .434 41 .152 69 .171 13 .122 54
58 Baylor 6-6 -.07   -.12 64 .05 48   .284 65 .743 76 .499 74 .162 80 .142 27 .135 38
59 Louisiana Lafayette 5-7 -.08   .19 43 -.27 125   .243 43 .714 52 .441 45 .114 36 .136 32 .114 63
60 Kent State 2-8 -.09   -.05 58 -.04 80   .278 63 .704 46 .468 57 .113 33 .122 47 .157 13
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
61 Cincinnati 3-8 -.10   -.12 65 .03 55   .268 56 .748 80 .511 87 .110 29 .071 110 .150 18
62 Old Dominion 9-3 -.10   .12 49 -.22 119   .277 62 .685 34 .450 47 .146 64 .131 34 .138 31
63 Army 6-5 -.11   .13 48 -.24 122   .271 57 .673 30 .418 36 .159 77 .112 56 .159 12
64 Air Force 9-3 -.11   -.08 60 -.03 79   .291 72 .716 57 .458 51 .187 99 .097 75 .172 7
65 SMU 4-7 -.12   -.31 80 .19 11   .336 91 .750 83 .501 77 .214 116 .107 64 .143 26
66 North Carolina 6-5 -.12   -.12 63 -.01 66   .264 55 .744 77 .473 61 .120 42 .064 113 .080 115
67 Southern Mississippi 6-6 -.14   .08 52 -.22 118   .284 66 .600 5 .388 22 .219 118 .206 5 .084 109
68 Virginia 2-9 -.18   -.26 75 .09 38   .302 77 .767 96 .499 76 .178 94 .070 111 .116 60
69 Oklahoma 11-2 -.18   -.21 71 .04 51   .276 60 .671 29 .474 63 .178 92 .118 48 .099 91
70 UTSA 5-7 -.18   -.13 66 -.06 84   .279 64 .714 53 .485 67 .143 61 .129 37 .093 97
71 Memphis 7-5 -.18   -.32 81 .14 22   .303 78 .710 49 .499 75 .138 56 .110 60 .152 16
72 Illinois 2-9 -.19   -.30 79 .11 29   .344 94 .792 116 .534 101 .160 79 .128 38 .104 84
73 Wyoming 7-6 -.21   -.26 76 .05 47   .310 82 .708 48 .488 69 .205 113 .099 71 .140 27
74 Toledo 8-4 -.23   -.04 57 -.18 109   .246 47 .696 40 .438 43 .130 50 .123 44 .058 123
75 Georgia Tech 8-4 -.24   -.22 72 -.03 75   .285 67 .797 118 .516 91 .130 49 .065 112 .146 22
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
76 Kansas 1-10 -.26   -.39 87 .13 23   .353 100 .770 100 .539 106 .187 100 .072 107 .122 52
77 Utah State 2-9 -.26   -.34 83 .08 40   .301 76 .699 43 .484 66 .138 57 .098 74 .065 121
78 Rutgers 1-10 -.28   -.41 89 .13 24   .341 93 .756 90 .529 97 .195 106 .081 99 .081 111
79 Georgia Southern 4-7 -.28   -.20 70 -.07 88   .286 69 .754 86 .530 98 .183 96 .095 79 .111 69
80 South Florida 10-2 -.28   -.23 73 -.06 86   .290 71 .755 88 .503 79 .155 73 .090 82 .135 35
81 Maryland 5-7 -.29   -.08 61 -.21 113   .297 75 .768 97 .493 70 .145 63 .123 45 .080 116
82 Northern Illinois 5-6 -.30   -.27 77 -.03 77   .304 79 .750 82 .476 64 .176 89 .047 125 .101 86
83 Mississippi 4-7 -.32   -.56 100 .24 6   .323 90 .782 111 .513 89 .188 101 .060 121 .090 102
84 Michigan State 2-9 -.33   -.41 90 .08 41   .322 89 .712 50 .488 68 .195 105 .085 92 .093 96
85 Arkansas 6-6 -.34   -.49 97 .15 18   .348 96 .750 84 .506 81 .197 107 .083 95 .114 64
86 Ball State 3-8 -.35   -.23 74 -.12 99   .288 70 .773 103 .510 86 .205 112 .098 73 .083 110
87 Kentucky 6-6 -.36   -.38 85 .02 61   .307 81 .814 123 .507 82 .150 66 .079 101 .107 78
88 Eastern Michigan 6-6 -.40   -.37 84 -.03 78   .313 83 .769 98 .508 84 .143 62 .054 124 .136 34
89 Connecticut 2-9 -.45   -.39 86 -.05 83   .314 84 .771 102 .535 102 .153 70 .102 68 .085 107
90 Missouri 3-8 -.46   -.45 93 -.01 67   .305 80 .738 70 .526 96 .135 53 .099 72 .099 89
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
91 Mississippi State 5-7 -.47   -.54 99 .07 44   .319 87 .733 66 .513 88 .163 81 .126 41 .133 40
92 Central Michigan 5-7 -.47   -.42 92 -.06 85   .341 92 .733 67 .493 71 .185 98 .089 85 .111 70
93 Idaho 8-4 -.48   -.39 88 -.09 94   .315 86 .756 89 .504 80 .165 82 .063 116 .165 9
94 South Alabama 4-7 -.49   -.28 78 -.22 116   .296 74 .736 68 .515 90 .136 55 .088 87 .128 45
95 Buffalo 2-9 -.54   -.32 82 -.22 117   .314 85 .826 126 .556 117 .157 75 .091 81 .099 90
96 Arizona State 4-7 -.55   -.80 113 .25 5   .373 110 .700 45 .522 95 .267 126 .140 29 .100 87
97 Pittsburgh 7-5 -.56   -.71 109 .15 19   .369 108 .752 85 .532 99 .174 87 .114 54 .107 77
98 Fresno State 0-11 -.59   -.69 107 .10 34   .361 104 .782 110 .533 100 .126 47 .059 122 .050 126
99 Charlotte 3-8 -.59   -.46 94 -.14 102   .356 102 .741 72 .507 83 .200 110 .104 66 .119 58
100 Colorado State 6-6 -.61   -.51 98 -.10 96   .346 95 .717 58 .472 60 .157 76 .110 61 .087 105
101 Hawaii 6-7 -.61   -.58 103 -.03 76   .350 98 .774 104 .540 107 .182 95 .153 22 .095 93
102 Syracuse 3-8 -.63   -.83 115 .21 9   .381 115 .777 108 .574 120 .266 125 .079 100 .129 44
103 Akron 4-7 -.64   -.42 91 -.22 120   .320 88 .766 94 .540 108 .156 74 .078 102 .109 73
104 Bowling Green 3-8 -.68   -.68 106 .00 63   .393 118 .741 73 .503 78 .178 93 .096 77 .111 68
105 Louisiana Tech 8-5 -.68   -.82 114 .15 20   .391 116 .804 120 .536 103 .159 78 .116 51 .101 85
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
106 Massachusetts 1-10 -.70   -.49 96 -.21 114   .348 97 .742 75 .539 105 .174 86 .061 118 .091 99
107 East Carolina 2-9 -.72   -.70 108 -.02 69   .368 107 .760 92 .546 112 .224 120 .096 78 .040 128
108 Florida International 4-8 -.72   -.58 102 -.14 103   .362 105 .777 106 .551 114 .192 103 .077 104 .100 88
109 Middle Tennessee 7-5 -.72   -.47 95 -.25 123   .377 113 .730 64 .522 94 .151 68 .082 98 .094 94
110 North Texas 4-8 -.74   -.62 104 -.12 100   .353 101 .846 127 .563 118 .199 109 .088 86 .132 41
111 New Mexico State 3-9 -.77   -.57 101 -.20 111   .352 99 .761 93 .542 109 .197 108 .063 115 .148 21
112 San Jose State 3-8 -.81   -.76 111 -.05 81   .367 106 .717 59 .518 92 .208 114 .108 62 .108 74
113 Iowa State 3-8 -.83   -.89 120 .06 46   .379 114 .810 122 .551 113 .190 102 .060 120 .086 106
114 Navy 8-5 -.83   -1.00 124 .16 17   .395 120 .806 121 .605 126 .153 72 .097 76 .121 56
115 Marshall 2-9 -.85   -.83 117 -.02 70   .373 109 .822 125 .581 123 .220 119 .076 105 .119 57
116 Purdue 2-9 -.88   -.76 112 -.11 98   .392 117 .777 107 .537 104 .238 121 .100 70 .085 108
117 Arizona 2-9 -.90   -.90 121 .00 64   .421 126 .802 119 .552 115 .174 85 .116 52 .041 127
118 New Mexico 8-4 -.91   -.67 105 -.23 121   .360 103 .696 42 .509 85 .184 97 .136 31 .056 124
119 UNLV 3-8 -.92   -.72 110 -.20 112   .395 121 .760 91 .545 110 .202 111 .062 117 .078 117
120 Rice 2-9 -.97   -.83 116 -.14 101   .376 112 .784 112 .546 111 .256 124 .088 88 .056 125
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
121 California 5-7 -1.00   -1.03 125 .03 52   .413 123 .790 115 .575 121 .252 123 .084 94 .105 82
122 Louisiana Monroe 3-8 -1.06   -.99 123 -.06 87   .407 122 .796 117 .584 124 .248 122 .124 42 .088 103
123 Texas State 1-10 -1.12   -.86 118 -.27 126   .415 125 .769 99 .556 116 .169 84 .077 103 .077 118
124 Nevada 4-7 -1.15   -.87 119 -.29 127   .375 111 .865 128 .614 127 .192 104 .038 127 .106 80
125 UTEP 3-8 -1.16   -.90 122 -.25 124   .393 119 .786 114 .575 122 .214 117 .071 108 .080 114
126 Texas Tech 4-7 -1.19   -1.22 127 .03 53   .439 127 .818 124 .641 128 .280 128 .061 119 .068 120
127 Florida Atlantic 2-9 -1.26   -1.09 126 -.17 106   .413 124 .770 101 .571 119 .270 127 .087 89 .087 104
128 Oregon 3-8 -1.27   -1.36 128 .09 35   .465 128 .775 105 .603 125 .209 115 .085 91 .070 119