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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.

 

 

2018 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 Mississippi State 7-5 1.25   .97 2 .28 8   .120 3 .761 97 .378 13 .060 7 .154 26 .128 44
2 Clemson 14-0 1.23   1.03 1 .20 19   .108 1 .599 2 .290 1 .070 11 .229 1 .121 58
3 Michigan State 7-6 1.12   .93 4 .20 18   .130 5 .642 13 .344 9 .074 13 .123 56 .130 42
4 Alabama 13-1 1.07   .66 12 .41 1   .168 10 .594 1 .334 5 .112 38 .196 3 .098 91
5 Miami 6-6 .88   .79 6 .09 44   .163 6 .660 25 .342 8 .064 9 .191 5 .128 45
6 Appalachian State 10-2 .86   .93 3 -.07 84   .127 4 .627 6 .342 7 .045 3 .127 49 .134 31
7 Iowa 8-4 .86   .78 7 .07 47   .180 15 .640 12 .325 2 .072 12 .173 15 .158 12
8 Washington 9-4 .82   .60 14 .22 15   .176 14 .699 49 .404 28 .037 1 .088 106 .118 62
9 Fresno State 11-2 .82   .89 5 -.07 88   .119 2 .622 5 .330 3 .063 8 .091 103 .133 35
10 Georgia 10-3 .72   .36 30 .36 3   .203 26 .683 37 .412 37 .081 18 .089 105 .114 67
11 LSU 9-3 .70   .38 28 .32 6   .209 31 .655 20 .380 14 .101 31 .169 18 .135 30
12 Penn State 9-4 .69   .65 13 .05 54   .173 13 .660 27 .364 11 .080 17 .191 6 .105 80
13 California 6-6 .68   .69 10 .00 65   .164 8 .686 38 .370 12 .050 5 .114 66 .164 8
14 Cincinnati 10-2 .68   .70 9 -.02 73   .185 17 .651 18 .350 10 .103 32 .158 22 .103 83
15 Auburn 7-5 .66   .41 23 .25 10   .169 11 .691 42 .430 47 .103 33 .096 97 .118 61
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
16 Notre Dame 12-1 .64   .59 15 .05 51   .163 7 .660 26 .391 20 .082 19 .150 29 .136 29
17 Michigan 10-3 .62   .52 18 .10 38   .186 19 .659 23 .333 4 .078 16 .178 12 .093 96
18 Northwestern 9-5 .58   .53 17 .05 53   .192 21 .687 40 .408 35 .104 35 .104 80 .143 24
19 TCU 6-6 .57   .39 27 .18 23   .226 37 .699 50 .383 17 .096 27 .144 34 .110 73
20 Utah 8-5 .57   .49 19 .08 46   .203 25 .716 64 .407 31 .095 26 .108 72 .122 56
21 Kentucky 9-3 .57   .42 22 .15 28   .188 20 .639 11 .396 21 .090 21 .128 46 .143 23
22 Florida 8-3 .55   .32 33 .23 13   .206 28 .659 22 .398 24 .119 47 .143 36 .151 16
23 Virginia 7-5 .53   .40 25 .13 31   .208 29 .738 83 .416 39 .123 51 .169 17 .138 27
24 Utah State 10-2 .49   .68 11 -.19 109   .167 9 .653 19 .380 15 .087 20 .133 43 .167 6
25 Missouri 7-5 .49   .17 47 .33 5   .227 38 .702 54 .446 58 .135 63 .135 41 .099 86
26 Southern Mississippi 5-5 .45   .73 8 -.28 123   .171 12 .607 3 .337 6 .077 15 .179 10 .154 13
27 Iowa State 7-5 .43   .27 37 .16 26   .222 36 .726 70 .423 44 .074 14 .126 52 .111 71
28 Boise State 10-3 .38   .41 24 -.03 74   .204 27 .739 86 .406 30 .134 62 .113 70 .148 18
29 Syracuse 9-3 .38   .34 32 .04 55   .217 33 .657 21 .396 22 .145 76 .157 23 .145 20
30 Northern Illinois 8-6 .37   .46 21 -.09 91   .185 18 .734 77 .420 42 .052 6 .145 32 .104 82
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
31 San Diego State 6-6 .37   .30 36 .07 48   .227 39 .667 31 .406 29 .092 23 .113 69 .092 98
32 Wyoming 5-6 .36   .22 41 .14 29   .231 41 .694 46 .384 18 .066 10 .207 2 .099 88
33 Minnesota 7-6 .35   .18 46 .17 24   .248 49 .648 16 .433 49 .152 80 .124 53 .124 50
34 Nevada 7-5 .34   .30 35 .03 57   .247 47 .649 17 .421 43 .117 45 .156 24 .123 51
35 Wisconsin 8-5 .31   .37 29 -.06 79   .200 24 .693 44 .434 50 .114 42 .100 86 .150 17
36 Troy 9-3 .29   .31 34 -.02 71   .229 40 .664 29 .408 34 .093 24 .179 11 .186 2
37 Army 9-2 .27   .14 49 .13 30   .271 63 .740 87 .457 63 .146 77 .135 40 .146 19
38 Eastern Michigan 6-6 .26   .47 20 -.21 112   .193 23 .690 41 .411 36 .048 4 .138 38 .152 15
39 Texas A&M 8-4 .23   -.14 71 .37 2   .270 62 .672 33 .414 38 .182 105 .124 54 .051 129
40 Marshall 8-4 .22   .40 26 -.18 105   .193 22 .648 15 .382 16 .097 28 .131 45 .110 72
41 UAB 10-3 .20   .57 16 -.37 129   .182 16 .629 7 .387 19 .126 53 .189 7 .098 92
42 Temple 8-4 .19   .19 45 .00 63   .269 60 .692 43 .419 41 .115 44 .160 20 .173 3
43 Oregon 8-4 .17   .24 38 -.07 86   .220 35 .707 57 .438 52 .120 49 .153 27 .133 33
44 Texas 10-4 .16   -.09 68 .25 9   .268 59 .701 53 .475 70 .140 73 .134 42 .122 54
45 Central Florida 11-1 .16   .20 43 -.04 76   .209 30 .769 103 .508 96 .112 40 .082 111 .164 9
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
46 Boston College 6-5 .15   .15 48 .00 62   .246 46 .739 85 .443 56 .094 25 .101 83 .152 14
47 Stanford 8-4 .12   .02 59 .10 40   .218 34 .737 80 .483 74 .098 29 .098 94 .113 69
48 Ohio State 13-1 .12   .13 50 -.01 69   .240 45 .676 35 .418 40 .140 71 .145 31 .123 53
49 Colorado 4-7 .08   .02 60 .07 49   .252 51 .756 95 .444 57 .130 54 .092 101 .084 106
50 Florida State 4-7 .08   .07 56 .01 59   .284 73 .709 59 .467 66 .106 36 .092 100 .064 119
51 Duke 7-5 .08   -.03 63 .11 36   .274 66 .699 51 .443 55 .110 37 .110 71 .082 107
52 Middle Tennessee 7-6 .05   .11 51 -.06 81   .252 50 .706 56 .441 54 .140 72 .175 14 .140 26
53 Akron 3-8 .05   .23 40 -.18 108   .257 55 .728 71 .470 67 .103 34 .081 113 .118 63
54 USC 5-7 .04   -.08 67 .12 33   .278 69 .750 90 .455 62 .160 87 .104 82 .063 120
55 Maryland 5-7 .03   -.07 66 .10 42   .267 58 .725 69 .478 72 .130 55 .107 75 .168 5
56 Tulane 6-6 .02   .09 54 -.07 83   .270 61 .664 30 .432 48 .138 65 .171 16 .079 109
57 Arkansas State 7-5 .02   .08 55 -.07 85   .261 56 .669 32 .397 23 .204 114 .141 37 .134 32
58 North Carolina State 8-4 .01   .10 52 -.09 93   .235 43 .659 24 .428 46 .152 79 .098 92 .106 78
59 North Texas 8-4 .01   .34 31 -.33 128   .209 32 .662 28 .401 26 .115 43 .182 8 .122 55
60 West Virginia 7-4 .00   -.10 69 .10 39   .278 70 .698 48 .447 59 .143 75 .159 21 .143 21
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
61 Miami (OH) 6-6 .00   .07 57 -.07 87   .271 64 .686 39 .407 32 .114 41 .143 35 .107 77
62 BYU 6-6 -.02   .04 58 -.06 82   .256 52 .632 9 .407 33 .040 2 .136 39 .072 117
63 Pittsburgh 6-7 -.03   -.25 79 .22 14   .306 81 .722 68 .482 73 .160 88 .097 96 .104 81
64 South Carolina 6-6 -.03   -.27 83 .24 12   .288 75 .795 117 .502 92 .091 22 .114 68 .091 100
65 Tennessee 4-7 -.03   -.36 92 .33 4   .307 83 .728 72 .476 71 .132 58 .114 67 .088 101
66 Texas State 2-9 -.05   .24 39 -.29 125   .233 42 .643 14 .440 53 .101 30 .078 117 .109 76
67 Louisiana Tech 7-5 -.07   .20 42 -.27 121   .257 54 .700 52 .401 27 .157 85 .150 28 .143 22
68 Central Michigan 0-11 -.08   .19 44 -.27 122   .276 68 .746 89 .438 51 .119 48 .127 50 .127 46
69 Georgia Southern 9-3 -.10   .10 53 -.20 110   .236 44 .707 58 .450 60 .130 56 .146 30 .163 11
70 Rutgers 1-11 -.14   -.17 74 .04 56   .315 87 .738 84 .488 82 .146 78 .108 73 .115 65
71 Florida Atlantic 4-7 -.16   -.27 84 .11 37   .318 88 .736 79 .492 85 .163 90 .078 118 .085 103
72 Vanderbilt 5-7 -.17   -.35 90 .19 21   .279 72 .729 74 .533 107 .140 70 .085 108 .163 10
73 Arkansas 1-10 -.17   -.45 99 .28 7   .336 100 .762 99 .538 110 .156 84 .074 120 .074 115
74 Indiana 5-7 -.17   -.30 87 .12 32   .309 84 .779 111 .508 97 .132 60 .088 107 .169 4
75 Kansas State 4-7 -.20   -.25 80 .05 52   .286 74 .800 119 .522 102 .181 103 .105 78 .133 34
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
76 Texas Tech 4-7 -.21   -.45 100 .25 11   .321 91 .776 109 .518 100 .224 118 .104 79 .097 93
77 Western Kentucky 3-8 -.22   -.01 62 -.21 111   .248 48 .729 73 .503 93 .140 69 .155 25 .132 37
78 Arizona 4-7 -.22   -.28 85 .06 50   .318 90 .682 36 .458 64 .136 64 .144 33 .098 90
79 Washington State 10-2 -.22   -.04 64 -.18 106   .266 57 .711 62 .451 61 .133 61 .117 60 .109 74
80 Purdue 6-7 -.22   -.34 88 .11 35   .289 76 .750 91 .503 94 .178 101 .118 59 .066 118
81 Arizona State 7-6 -.24   -.14 72 -.10 95   .257 53 .764 101 .488 80 .121 50 .121 58 .121 57
82 SMU 4-7 -.24   -.23 77 -.01 70   .306 82 .754 94 .486 77 .142 74 .082 112 .142 25
83 Nebraska 3-8 -.26   -.36 91 .10 41   .318 89 .721 67 .519 101 .155 83 .124 55 .093 97
84 Kansas 3-8 -.27   -.24 78 -.03 75   .314 85 .711 61 .487 78 .132 59 .099 88 .198 1
85 South Florida 6-6 -.27   -.18 75 -.08 90   .295 77 .718 65 .487 79 .154 82 .115 64 .096 94
86 Tulsa 2-9 -.27   -.12 70 -.15 102   .279 71 .738 82 .499 88 .131 57 .115 65 .131 39
87 Buffalo 9-4 -.29   .01 61 -.30 126   .273 65 .629 8 .401 25 .112 39 .196 4 .126 48
88 Wake Forest 6-6 -.29   -.29 86 -.01 66   .327 93 .750 93 .472 68 .167 92 .122 57 .077 111
89 Ohio 8-4 -.30   -.05 65 -.25 116   .275 67 .617 4 .427 45 .158 86 .117 63 .167 7
90 Charlotte 4-7 -.33   -.22 76 -.10 97   .315 86 .694 45 .490 84 .171 98 .099 89 .099 89
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
91 UCLA 3-9 -.34   -.53 106 .19 20   .360 110 .809 122 .558 116 .169 94 .081 114 .118 64
92 San Jose State 1-10 -.36   -.47 101 .11 34   .338 101 .735 78 .528 105 .184 107 .081 115 .132 36
93 East Carolina 3-8 -.36   -.39 95 .02 58   .338 102 .632 10 .459 65 .176 100 .162 19 .051 128
94 Oklahoma State 6-6 -.39   -.57 107 .18 22   .333 99 .720 66 .528 104 .180 102 .100 87 .060 122
95 North Carolina 1-9 -.41   -.35 89 -.05 77   .328 94 .797 118 .505 95 .195 111 .117 61 .109 75
96 Air Force 4-7 -.49   -.43 97 -.06 80   .345 104 .672 34 .490 83 .181 104 .181 9 .095 95
97 Memphis 7-6 -.51   -.50 103 -.01 68   .342 103 .711 60 .483 75 .171 97 .099 90 .079 110
98 Mississippi 4-7 -.52   -.73 115 .22 17   .358 109 .767 102 .577 121 .200 112 .075 119 .092 99
99 Liberty 4-6 -.52   -.27 81 -.25 117   .331 98 .769 104 .498 86 .185 108 .092 99 .085 105
100 UTSA 3-9 -.53   -.27 82 -.26 119   .305 80 .750 92 .501 91 .195 110 .133 44 .125 49
101 Virginia Tech 5-7 -.55   -.45 98 -.10 96   .324 92 .697 47 .500 90 .183 106 .099 91 .106 79
102 UTEP 1-10 -.56   -.17 73 -.39 130   .301 78 .780 112 .498 87 .138 66 .106 77 .057 124
103 New Mexico 2-9 -.57   -.48 102 -.09 92   .354 107 .762 98 .516 99 .223 117 .108 74 .123 52
104 Oklahoma 12-2 -.61   -.83 119 .22 16   .382 115 .771 106 .541 113 .125 52 .104 81 .056 126
105 Baylor 6-6 -.62   -.71 114 .09 45   .346 105 .789 115 .535 108 .263 127 .098 95 .060 121
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
106 Houston 7-5 -.63   -.37 94 -.26 120   .329 96 .715 63 .484 76 .139 68 .127 51 .120 60
107 Georgia Tech 6-6 -.64   -.65 110 .01 61   .376 113 .807 120 .538 109 .165 91 .101 84 .138 28
108 Toledo 6-6 -.65   -.40 96 -.25 118   .329 95 .705 55 .473 69 .201 113 .128 47 .101 85
109 Western Michigan 6-6 -.66   -.52 104 -.13 100   .380 114 .737 81 .488 81 .226 119 .175 13 .131 38
110 Florida International 8-4 -.67   -.36 93 -.30 127   .303 79 .731 76 .523 103 .118 46 .084 110 .126 47
111 UNLV 3-8 -.71   -.53 105 -.18 107   .348 106 .773 107 .515 98 .174 99 .098 93 .114 68
112 Louisiana Monroe 5-6 -.72   -.57 108 -.15 103   .330 97 .839 128 .530 106 .170 95 .054 128 .080 108
113 Kent State 1-10 -.79   -.78 117 -.01 67   .411 120 .783 114 .566 120 .171 96 .054 127 .101 84
114 Ball State 3-8 -.79   -.69 113 -.11 99   .366 111 .813 124 .560 117 .138 67 .033 130 .130 41
115 New Mexico State 2-9 -.87   -.59 109 -.28 124   .372 112 .730 75 .500 89 .168 93 .117 62 .088 102
116 Colorado State 3-8 -.87   -.65 111 -.22 113   .356 108 .822 127 .556 114 .229 120 .127 48 .085 104
117 Hawaii 7-6 -.90   -.66 112 -.24 115   .383 116 .812 123 .556 115 .188 109 .101 85 .054 127
118 Rice 1-11 -.90   -.76 116 -.14 101   .397 118 .779 110 .539 111 .237 123 .092 102 .115 66
119 Navy 2-10 -1.00   -1.17 125 .17 25   .448 125 .741 88 .605 124 .216 116 .060 124 .129 43
120 Old Dominion 3-8 -1.04   -.82 118 -.22 114   .388 117 .791 116 .563 118 .209 115 .067 122 .060 123
 
Rk Team W-L DFEI   DPE Rk DOA Rk   DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
121 Bowling Green 2-9 -1.05   -.96 120 -.09 94   .441 123 .763 100 .539 112 .153 81 .085 109 .076 112
122 Louisiana Lafayette 6-7 -1.12   -.96 121 -.16 104   .405 119 .756 96 .564 119 .160 89 .107 76 .099 87
123 Massachusetts 3-8 -1.13   -1.13 124 .01 60   .452 126 .782 113 .610 125 .250 125 .065 123 .121 59
124 Illinois 3-8 -1.13   -1.05 122 -.08 89   .418 121 .770 105 .577 122 .238 124 .090 104 .131 40
125 South Alabama 2-9 -1.18   -1.12 123 -.06 78   .448 124 .808 121 .602 123 .232 121 .080 116 .112 70
126 Coastal Carolina 4-7 -1.22   -1.20 126 -.02 72   .439 122 .813 125 .641 127 .290 128 .093 98 .075 114
127 Louisville 1-10 -1.33   -1.48 128 .15 27   .500 128 .873 129 .636 126 .236 122 .036 129 .073 116
128 Georgia State 1-10 -1.44   -1.44 127 .00 64   .458 127 .776 108 .643 128 .318 129 .056 126 .056 125
129 Oregon State 1-10 -1.66   -1.75 129 .09 43   .522 129 .817 126 .668 129 .261 126 .070 121 .043 130
130 Connecticut 0-11 -2.49   -2.38 130 -.10 98   .600 130 .886 130 .772 130 .419 130 .057 125 .076 113