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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.

 

 

2017 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 Auburn 9-4 1.36   .94 4 .43 1   .132 5 .604 6 .339 8 .049 3 .111 80 .097 92
2 Alabama 12-1 1.29   1.04 3 .25 9   .095 1 .620 12 .298 3 .029 1 .175 6 .124 53
3 Clemson 11-2 1.28   1.06 2 .22 13   .108 2 .581 2 .279 1 .074 9 .169 9 .122 56
4 Georgia 12-2 1.26   .85 5 .41 2   .132 4 .599 5 .335 7 .072 8 .138 30 .125 50
5 Wisconsin 13-1 1.16   1.07 1 .09 45   .111 3 .582 3 .299 4 .078 10 .203 2 .163 8
6 Ohio State 12-2 1.09   .80 6 .29 4   .161 9 .611 7 .328 6 .054 5 .161 13 .141 31
7 Texas 7-6 .88   .70 10 .19 17   .168 11 .626 14 .347 10 .089 14 .134 39 .128 45
8 Michigan 8-5 .85   .76 7 .09 48   .159 8 .522 1 .291 2 .096 25 .261 1 .083 107
9 Penn State 11-2 .79   .71 9 .08 51   .163 10 .619 10 .324 5 .122 57 .184 5 .136 36
10 Mississippi State 8-4 .78   .51 21 .27 6   .207 30 .652 23 .373 15 .163 93 .185 4 .156 18
11 Notre Dame 10-3 .70   .47 24 .22 12   .193 21 .662 33 .418 39 .090 15 .138 31 .124 52
12 Iowa 8-5 .69   .55 20 .14 30   .185 17 .702 59 .414 36 .093 20 .119 62 .146 22
13 Washington State 8-4 .68   .56 17 .12 36   .228 42 .664 34 .376 17 .161 89 .148 21 .154 20
14 Washington 9-3 .68   .70 11 -.01 73   .148 6 .639 19 .351 12 .033 2 .107 82 .148 21
15 Miami 9-3 .68   .57 16 .11 41   .181 15 .691 49 .382 21 .094 24 .154 17 .161 10
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
16 Michigan State 10-3 .67   .56 18 .11 40   .190 19 .655 26 .357 13 .092 17 .162 11 .141 32
17 Virginia Tech 8-4 .67   .63 14 .04 62   .157 7 .621 13 .347 11 .107 35 .171 7 .114 66
18 Florida State 6-6 .66   .39 33 .27 7   .225 39 .718 71 .412 35 .106 31 .113 76 .092 100
19 Purdue 7-6 .63   .50 22 .14 31   .188 18 .656 27 .396 29 .094 23 .113 77 .113 70
20 Boston College 7-6 .63   .45 28 .18 19   .194 23 .618 9 .380 19 .112 41 .088 104 .135 37
21 Northwestern 10-3 .62   .56 19 .06 55   .196 25 .658 29 .388 24 .089 13 .139 28 .146 23
22 TCU 10-3 .52   .25 42 .28 5   .205 28 .715 68 .397 30 .132 63 .185 3 .106 79
23 Wyoming 7-5 .49   .73 8 -.25 118   .184 16 .695 52 .379 18 .057 6 .113 71 .234 1
24 Fresno State 9-4 .47   .58 15 -.12 88   .180 14 .676 41 .397 31 .094 22 .115 69 .115 65
25 Northern Illinois 7-5 .46   .63 13 -.17 100   .168 12 .593 4 .340 9 .084 11 .132 45 .108 77
26 LSU 8-4 .45   .32 36 .12 35   .194 22 .636 18 .382 20 .101 27 .147 22 .085 104
27 Houston 7-5 .44   .32 37 .12 37   .192 20 .726 79 .456 62 .110 37 .130 48 .144 27
28 Utah 6-6 .44   .40 32 .04 61   .203 26 .629 16 .420 40 .126 60 .168 10 .161 11
29 Indiana 4-7 .43   .38 34 .05 59   .228 41 .628 15 .361 14 .117 50 .138 32 .076 111
30 Appalachian State 8-4 .41   .47 25 -.05 80   .194 24 .647 22 .405 34 .115 45 .115 70 .158 15
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
31 Central Florida 12-0 .41   .28 39 .13 33   .215 34 .725 77 .432 51 .114 44 .134 37 .181 2
32 Troy 10-2 .40   .63 12 -.23 114   .179 13 .686 46 .397 32 .093 21 .121 59 .171 6
33 Duke 6-6 .39   .46 27 -.06 82   .206 29 .667 36 .389 26 .106 34 .113 72 .113 68
34 South Carolina 8-4 .39   .29 38 .09 47   .203 27 .744 89 .446 58 .053 4 .120 61 .128 47
35 Iowa State 7-5 .37   .26 40 .11 38   .222 38 .674 40 .420 41 .096 26 .148 20 .111 71
36 Temple 6-6 .32   .16 50 .15 26   .248 51 .709 62 .438 57 .092 19 .170 8 .106 78
37 Eastern Michigan 5-7 .31   .45 29 -.14 93   .210 31 .669 37 .387 23 .121 54 .134 41 .108 76
38 Boise State 11-3 .27   .44 30 -.17 102   .217 37 .702 58 .383 22 .062 7 .124 56 .161 9
39 San Diego State 9-3 .26   .25 41 .02 66   .230 43 .619 11 .394 27 .111 40 .127 52 .111 72
40 South Florida 9-2 .23   .49 23 -.25 121   .214 33 .669 38 .375 16 .110 38 .152 18 .145 24
41 Utah State 5-7 .22   .34 35 -.12 90   .217 36 .664 35 .423 44 .105 30 .092 97 .158 16
42 USC 11-3 .19   .08 56 .11 39   .248 52 .745 92 .459 64 .133 65 .133 43 .139 34
43 Oregon 6-6 .18   .11 54 .07 54   .273 68 .685 45 .426 47 .140 72 .133 44 .133 41
44 Virginia 5-7 .16   .06 57 .10 43   .277 69 .701 57 .432 52 .124 59 .131 46 .117 61
45 North Carolina State 8-4 .15   -.01 61 .16 24   .261 61 .696 53 .451 60 .101 28 .130 47 .109 74
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
46 Central Michigan 7-5 .12   .40 31 -.28 126   .226 40 .660 31 .402 33 .113 43 .138 29 .145 25
47 UTSA 5-5 .12   .46 26 -.34 128   .214 32 .631 17 .396 28 .117 49 .136 33 .175 5
48 Wake Forest 7-5 .11   -.06 67 .17 20   .264 65 .748 94 .483 75 .138 69 .113 73 .126 49
49 Texas A&M 6-6 .10   -.05 66 .16 25   .279 70 .612 8 .421 42 .176 101 .145 23 .121 57
50 Florida 4-7 .10   .09 55 .00 69   .250 53 .669 39 .425 45 .137 68 .161 12 .121 59
51 Arkansas State 6-5 .06   .20 47 -.14 96   .238 46 .646 21 .389 25 .150 79 .156 15 .109 73
52 Kansas State 7-5 .06   -.08 69 .14 29   .270 66 .709 63 .469 67 .149 77 .135 35 .135 38
53 Marshall 8-5 .05   .24 43 -.20 107   .215 35 .708 61 .427 49 .118 51 .104 85 .076 109
54 Minnesota 5-7 .04   .12 53 -.08 83   .264 63 .659 30 .421 43 .116 48 .155 16 .140 33
55 Georgia Tech 4-6 .04   .03 58 .01 68   .261 62 .652 24 .435 55 .139 71 .113 74 .061 125
56 Middle Tennessee 7-6 .02   .23 44 -.21 110   .230 44 .697 55 .434 54 .086 12 .125 55 .066 119
57 Memphis 9-3 .00   -.20 79 .20 14   .312 89 .714 67 .476 71 .162 92 .130 49 .175 4
58 Pittsburgh 4-7 -.01   -.17 76 .17 22   .285 74 .724 76 .483 74 .154 82 .089 102 .106 80
59 Oklahoma 12-2 -.02   -.14 75 .13 34   .284 73 .710 64 .474 70 .160 87 .117 65 .105 83
60 Stanford 9-5 -.02   -.10 72 .08 49   .255 57 .717 69 .472 68 .110 39 .117 66 .166 7
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
61 Rutgers 3-8 -.03   -.18 77 .14 28   .286 75 .739 86 .507 90 .126 61 .134 36 .084 106
62 Oklahoma State 10-3 -.04   -.01 62 -.03 77   .250 54 .641 20 .432 53 .115 47 .141 27 .122 55
63 Ohio 8-4 -.04   .23 45 -.27 125   .245 48 .657 28 .427 48 .119 53 .112 79 .098 91
64 Miami (OH) 4-7 -.05   .13 51 -.18 105   .240 47 .784 109 .468 65 .112 42 .080 110 .104 84
65 Southern Mississippi 7-5 -.08   .18 48 -.26 122   .246 50 .697 54 .428 50 .106 32 .134 40 .092 99
66 California 4-7 -.09   -.22 80 .13 32   .294 81 .794 112 .488 81 .135 66 .119 63 .159 14
67 BYU 3-9 -.13   .02 60 -.15 98   .233 45 .725 78 .477 72 .092 18 .092 98 .108 75
68 Georgia State 7-4 -.14   .12 52 -.26 124   .254 55 .654 25 .426 46 .138 70 .115 68 .115 64
69 Tennessee 3-8 -.14   -.30 85 .16 23   .315 91 .677 42 .484 76 .153 80 .121 60 .113 69
70 Louisville 7-5 -.14   -.13 74 -.01 72   .284 72 .769 98 .484 77 .149 78 .112 78 .142 28
71 Navy 7-6 -.16   -.43 97 .27 8   .320 96 .719 73 .512 93 .188 110 .117 67 .094 98
72 New Mexico State 7-6 -.18   .21 46 -.39 130   .260 60 .695 51 .415 38 .107 36 .119 64 .141 30
73 Idaho 3-8 -.19   -.07 68 -.12 87   .272 67 .776 104 .496 85 .168 98 .104 86 .128 46
74 Toledo 10-3 -.19   -.01 63 -.18 104   .255 56 .678 43 .437 56 .148 75 .101 91 .114 67
75 West Virginia 6-6 -.20   -.23 81 .03 63   .299 84 .713 66 .493 83 .166 95 .134 42 .102 85
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
76 Akron 6-7 -.20   -.28 83 .08 53   .293 80 .807 118 .539 106 .153 81 .047 127 .160 12
77 Arizona State 7-6 -.20   -.38 92 .18 18   .313 90 .738 81 .510 91 .188 109 .144 25 .100 88
78 Florida Atlantic 10-3 -.21   -.10 71 -.11 85   .264 64 .736 80 .484 78 .090 16 .104 84 .160 13
79 UAB 7-5 -.21   .17 49 -.38 129   .246 49 .710 65 .453 61 .123 58 .123 57 .130 44
80 Massachusetts 3-8 -.21   .02 59 -.24 115   .288 78 .691 48 .469 66 .129 62 .144 24 .122 54
81 North Carolina 2-9 -.22   -.32 87 .10 42   .298 83 .718 70 .522 98 .183 107 .092 100 .099 90
82 Tulane 4-7 -.23   -.56 104 .33 3   .345 104 .796 115 .552 109 .186 108 .080 111 .142 29
83 Buffalo 5-6 -.23   -.12 73 -.11 86   .286 76 .699 56 .472 69 .135 67 .075 114 .105 82
84 Louisiana Tech 6-6 -.25   -.03 64 -.22 112   .258 58 .719 72 .488 80 .133 64 .109 81 .180 3
85 Syracuse 3-8 -.26   -.44 99 .19 15   .321 97 .723 74 .496 84 .182 105 .095 95 .058 126
86 Kentucky 6-6 -.30   -.32 86 .02 67   .293 79 .744 90 .506 89 .195 113 .143 26 .105 81
87 Texas Tech 5-7 -.30   -.35 89 .05 60   .318 93 .770 102 .529 101 .122 55 .095 96 .155 19
88 Missouri 6-6 -.32   -.20 78 -.12 89   .286 77 .692 50 .458 63 .158 83 .158 14 .075 112
89 South Alabama 3-8 -.33   -.27 82 -.06 81   .283 71 .800 116 .563 113 .158 84 .092 99 .125 51
90 Baylor 1-10 -.33   -.43 96 .10 44   .318 94 .744 88 .518 96 .209 120 .070 120 .062 123
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
91 Illinois 2-10 -.33   -.35 90 .02 65   .333 100 .742 87 .514 94 .106 33 .038 129 .136 35
92 Western Michigan 5-6 -.34   -.08 70 -.26 123   .302 86 .683 44 .415 37 .201 115 .122 58 .144 26
93 Western Kentucky 5-7 -.35   -.03 65 -.32 127   .259 59 .662 32 .447 59 .115 46 .129 50 .101 87
94 Mississippi 5-6 -.37   -.43 98 .06 58   .302 85 .738 82 .515 95 .167 96 .135 34 .095 94
95 Kent State 1-10 -.40   -.38 91 -.02 76   .347 105 .686 47 .500 88 .182 104 .149 19 .116 63
96 Old Dominion 4-7 -.42   -.28 84 -.14 95   .331 99 .769 99 .493 82 .162 90 .085 105 .100 89
97 Colorado 4-7 -.43   -.49 101 .06 57   .295 82 .779 106 .537 105 .189 111 .041 128 .090 102
98 Maryland 3-8 -.47   -.64 108 .17 21   .368 113 .769 100 .535 103 .103 29 .103 88 .094 97
99 UCLA 6-7 -.49   -.64 107 .15 27   .336 101 .789 110 .556 110 .145 74 .072 118 .072 115
100 Georgia Southern 2-9 -.54   -.40 93 -.14 94   .349 107 .738 83 .500 86 .230 124 .063 122 .127 48
101 Texas State 1-10 -.58   -.41 94 -.17 103   .309 88 .780 108 .534 102 .195 112 .073 116 .057 128
102 Vanderbilt 4-7 -.58   -.58 106 .00 71   .348 106 .739 85 .520 97 .165 94 .113 75 .052 129
103 Florida International 7-5 -.60   -.35 88 -.25 117   .315 92 .815 122 .537 104 .177 102 .100 92 .131 43
104 Nebraska 4-8 -.61   -.67 112 .06 56   .366 112 .763 97 .528 100 .122 56 .084 106 .076 110
105 Coastal Carolina 3-8 -.64   -.47 100 -.17 101   .331 98 .754 95 .487 79 .119 52 .127 51 .085 105
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
106 Colorado State 6-6 -.65   -.42 95 -.24 116   .307 87 .745 91 .500 87 .204 116 .102 90 .117 62
107 New Mexico 2-9 -.67   -.64 109 -.02 75   .361 110 .705 60 .479 73 .205 118 .074 115 .066 121
108 Army 9-3 -.68   -.58 105 -.10 84   .343 103 .828 124 .557 111 .172 100 .091 101 .121 58
109 Nevada 3-8 -.68   -.69 113 .00 70   .358 109 .833 127 .590 124 .158 85 .083 107 .133 40
110 North Texas 8-5 -.68   -.67 111 -.02 74   .362 111 .738 84 .511 92 .148 76 .134 38 .074 113
111 SMU 6-6 -.70   -.78 116 .08 50   .380 115 .775 103 .568 116 .232 125 .106 83 .134 39
112 Charlotte 1-10 -.74   -.55 103 -.19 106   .319 95 .832 126 .567 115 .168 99 .053 125 .071 117
113 UNLV 5-6 -.77   -.55 102 -.22 113   .353 108 .810 120 .572 117 .181 103 .034 130 .121 60
114 Arkansas 3-8 -.77   -1.00 121 .22 11   .403 120 .807 119 .592 125 .218 122 .126 53 .101 86
115 Kansas 0-11 -.80   -1.04 125 .24 10   .444 128 .794 113 .581 121 .254 129 .071 119 .048 130
116 Arizona 6-6 -.83   -.66 110 -.16 99   .371 114 .748 93 .523 99 .140 73 .126 54 .133 42
117 Cincinnati 3-8 -.84   -.80 117 -.05 79   .336 102 .779 107 .581 120 .159 86 .088 103 .062 124
118 Bowling Green 2-9 -.87   -.75 115 -.13 91   .386 117 .795 114 .589 123 .205 117 .079 113 .157 17
119 Air Force 4-7 -.90   -.85 118 -.05 78   .393 118 .812 121 .575 118 .214 121 .051 126 .077 108
120 Louisiana Lafayette 4-7 -.94   -.73 114 -.20 109   .381 116 .778 105 .550 108 .198 114 .079 112 .095 96
 
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 -.94   -1.02 122 .08 52   .396 119 .828 125 .616 128 .246 128 .060 123 .097 93
122 Connecticut 2-9 -.94   -1.04 123 .09 46   .421 122 .770 101 .583 122 .183 106 .103 87 .063 122
123 UTEP 0-12 -1.03   -1.06 126 .03 64   .439 126 .789 111 .576 119 .167 97 .096 93 .088 103
124 San Jose State 1-11 -1.12   -.86 119 -.25 120   .416 121 .723 75 .542 107 .161 88 .102 89 .066 120
125 Ball State 1-10 -1.19   -.98 120 -.22 111   .440 127 .759 96 .557 112 .224 123 .069 121 .069 118
126 Louisiana Monroe 4-8 -1.24   -1.04 124 -.20 108   .422 123 .803 117 .564 114 .245 127 .095 94 .095 95
127 Rice 1-11 -1.32   -1.19 128 -.13 92   .429 124 .848 129 .615 127 .162 91 .057 124 .057 127
128 Oregon State 0-11 -1.33   -1.51 129 .19 16   .491 129 .855 130 .642 129 .209 119 .082 108 .073 114
129 Hawaii 2-9 -1.39   -1.14 127 -.25 119   .436 125 .836 128 .611 126 .236 126 .073 117 .091 101
130 East Carolina 3-8 -1.86   -1.72 130 -.15 97   .505 130 .820 123 .655 130 .279 130 .081 109 .072 116