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2019 FEI RATINGS, DEFENSE

2019 DFEI Defense Ratings (through Week 7)

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.

Rk Team W-L DFEI DPE Rk DOA Rk DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
1 Clemson 6-0 1.55 1.50 2 .05 54 .075 5 .522 4 .234 3 .104 42 .179 15 .164 24
2 Ohio State 6-0 1.42 1.41 3 .02 64 .051 1 .492 2 .229 2 .017 3 .254 1 .169 17
3 Oregon 4-1 1.33 1.26 4 .07 50 .071 3 .536 6 .269 4 .036 6 .143 40 .214 2
4 Wisconsin 6-0 1.29 1.59 1 -.30 117 .067 2 .467 1 .185 1 .017 2 .250 2 .167 21
5 Iowa 4-2 1.06 1.04 6 .02 62 .117 7 .617 12 .317 7 .050 10 .133 50 .083 95
6 South Carolina 2-3 1.05 .43 27 .62 1 .180 20 .738 67 .442 46 .098 40 .115 61 .148 33
7 Northwestern 1-4 1.04 .81 13 .23 24 .148 13 .656 30 .374 22 .016 1 .098 78 .098 81
8 Penn State 5-0 1.02 1.06 5 -.04 75 .071 4 .607 8 .318 8 .018 4 .179 16 .107 74
9 Alabama 6-0 .99 .97 8 .02 63 .119 8 .610 10 .355 17 .068 18 .169 24 .169 18
10 Auburn 5-1 .98 .73 16 .25 21 .162 16 .635 18 .376 24 .135 63 .176 18 .108 72
11 Georgia 4-1 .91 1.03 7 -.12 86 .098 6 .686 38 .318 9 .020 5 .157 33 .098 82
12 Pittsburgh 3-2 .90 .52 24 .38 7 .194 26 .716 55 .369 21 .104 43 .164 29 .119 62
13 Missouri 4-1 .88 .91 9 -.03 73 .164 17 .509 3 .299 5 .073 22 .164 31 .164 25
14 TCU 2-2 .87 .45 26 .43 5 .213 36 .532 5 .322 10 .106 45 .213 4 .064 113
15 Michigan State 4-3 .87 .41 28 .45 3 .205 30 .644 21 .365 19 .082 29 .164 28 .151 30
Rk Team W-L DFEI DPE Rk DOA Rk DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
16 Western Kentucky 4-1 .83 .87 11 -.03 74 .130 9 .630 17 .351 14 .043 7 .065 111 .130 51
17 Michigan 5-1 .81 .85 12 -.04 76 .197 28 .652 27 .316 6 .061 13 .212 5 .167 22
18 Cincinnati 5-1 .80 .51 25 .28 17 .186 23 .614 11 .375 23 .100 41 .186 13 .200 5
19 Utah 4-1 .73 .64 20 .09 45 .152 14 .652 28 .377 25 .109 46 .174 20 .196 8
20 Florida 4-1 .71 .37 32 .33 11 .214 37 .714 53 .420 38 .179 91 .143 43 .196 7
21 Notre Dame 5-1 .69 .69 17 .00 67 .159 15 .683 36 .391 27 .079 26 .175 19 .190 10
22 Central Florida 3-2 .67 .88 10 -.21 102 .131 10 .656 29 .353 16 .049 9 .131 52 .115 64
23 Baylor 5-0 .67 .68 18 -.02 71 .143 11 .750 77 .413 35 .054 11 .089 90 .143 40
24 Temple 4-1 .66 .76 15 -.10 84 .185 21 .646 24 .407 32 .062 15 .138 48 .138 44
25 Boise State 5-0 .62 .61 21 .01 65 .206 31 .651 26 .352 15 .111 48 .143 42 .143 38
26 Duke 3-2 .58 .34 35 .24 22 .245 49 .660 31 .396 28 .151 72 .151 38 .094 86
27 California 3-2 .52 .39 31 .13 42 .179 18 .786 104 .509 82 .089 33 .054 118 .143 41
28 San Diego State 4-1 .52 .79 14 -.27 112 .145 12 .618 14 .346 12 .091 35 .218 3 .200 4
29 Navy 3-1 .50 .36 33 .15 41 .196 27 .609 9 .349 13 .087 31 .196 8 .087 92
30 Kansas State 2-2 .50 .41 29 .08 47 .191 25 .617 13 .398 29 .149 71 .149 39 .128 53
Rk Team W-L DFEI DPE Rk DOA Rk DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
31 Iowa State 3-2 .48 .23 42 .25 20 .208 32 .642 20 .402 30 .075 24 .151 36 .094 85
32 Texas 4-2 .38 -.05 60 .43 4 .243 48 .743 74 .506 78 .171 85 .043 124 .171 16
33 Washington 4-2 .38 .34 36 .04 57 .200 29 .738 69 .453 53 .062 16 .154 34 .169 20
34 Arizona State 4-1 .37 .11 48 .26 19 .226 42 .774 94 .453 52 .094 37 .170 23 .075 101
35 SMU 6-0 .31 .57 23 -.25 107 .208 33 .688 40 .381 26 .117 54 .169 25 .156 29
36 Miami 2-3 .31 .29 39 .02 60 .228 44 .702 46 .440 45 .105 44 .140 45 .140 43
37 Memphis 4-1 .31 .41 30 -.10 83 .190 24 .690 41 .431 40 .086 30 .172 21 .138 45
38 North Carolina 3-3 .24 .14 47 .10 44 .236 46 .708 49 .438 42 .125 58 .125 56 .097 84
39 Minnesota 5-0 .24 .60 22 -.36 124 .185 22 .648 25 .363 18 .074 23 .111 63 .130 52
40 Tulsa 2-4 .23 -.09 64 .32 15 .284 68 .730 62 .468 61 .081 27 .081 101 .054 118
41 USC 3-3 .23 .08 50 .15 38 .217 39 .855 127 .518 84 .116 53 .101 73 .087 93
42 Mississippi 2-4 .22 -.10 65 .32 14 .250 50 .813 116 .502 74 .125 59 .047 121 .063 115
43 Utah State 2-2 .19 -.01 59 .21 29 .283 66 .774 95 .477 66 .113 52 .019 128 .132 49
44 Florida Atlantic 3-2 .19 -.15 70 .34 10 .306 78 .677 35 .464 60 .226 116 .161 32 .194 9
45 Oklahoma 5-0 .19 .03 54 .16 36 .212 35 .692 42 .406 31 .077 25 .192 10 .038 127
Rk Team W-L DFEI DPE Rk DOA Rk DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
46 Texas A&M 2-3 .15 -.18 72 .33 12 .280 64 .720 56 .434 41 .120 56 .180 14 .120 61
47 Virginia 3-2 .14 .22 43 -.08 80 .232 45 .589 7 .368 20 .071 21 .179 17 .054 119
48 Texas State 1-4 .14 -.25 80 .39 6 .306 77 .742 73 .536 102 .129 60 .048 119 .145 35
49 Buffalo 1-4 .09 .30 37 -.20 101 .304 76 .732 63 .440 44 .232 117 .196 7 .125 56
50 Tulane 4-1 .09 .11 49 -.03 72 .241 47 .685 37 .408 33 .130 61 .111 64 .111 68
51 Texas Tech 2-3 .09 -.13 68 .21 28 .284 67 .687 39 .445 47 .164 79 .164 30 .179 13
52 Arizona 3-2 .08 -.15 69 .22 25 .274 60 .855 126 .534 100 .161 75 .016 129 .145 36
53 LSU 5-0 .07 .22 44 -.14 90 .226 43 .623 15 .413 36 .057 12 .189 11 .113 66
54 Nebraska 4-3 .06 .26 40 -.20 99 .261 55 .716 54 .411 34 .125 57 .114 62 .102 79
55 North Carolina State 3-2 .04 .29 38 -.25 108 .210 34 .710 51 .415 37 .065 17 .194 9 .065 110
56 Oklahoma State 3-2 .04 -.11 67 .15 39 .281 65 .641 19 .453 54 .172 86 .078 104 .031 129
57 Ball State 2-3 .00 .14 46 -.14 89 .258 53 .712 52 .447 49 .061 14 .106 68 .197 6
58 Wake Forest 4-1 .00 .01 55 -.01 70 .279 63 .706 48 .446 48 .206 108 .044 123 .147 34
59 Appalachian State 4-0 -.03 -.22 77 .19 32 .313 81 .646 23 .463 59 .188 99 .167 26 .125 57
60 Louisiana Tech 4-1 -.04 .34 34 -.38 126 .226 41 .677 34 .425 39 .048 8 .129 53 .113 67
Rk Team W-L DFEI DPE Rk DOA Rk DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
61 Florida State 3-3 -.05 -.21 76 .16 35 .269 57 .756 84 .504 75 .090 34 .064 112 .141 42
62 Syracuse 2-3 -.06 -.05 61 -.01 69 .270 58 .825 121 .483 67 .206 109 .063 113 .159 28
63 Liberty 3-2 -.08 .15 45 -.23 105 .216 38 .804 115 .530 97 .118 55 .118 58 .176 15
64 South Florida 2-3 -.09 -.15 71 .06 52 .315 82 .722 58 .497 69 .167 81 .093 88 .111 71
65 Wyoming 3-2 -.10 .23 41 -.33 123 .222 40 .762 89 .461 58 .111 49 .095 82 .143 39
66 Kentucky 3-3 -.10 .04 52 -.14 88 .250 51 .781 99 .460 57 .172 87 .078 105 .125 59
67 Mississippi State 3-3 -.12 -.19 74 .08 48 .297 73 .828 122 .502 73 .109 47 .078 103 .188 12
68 Purdue 2-4 -.13 -.20 75 .07 49 .307 79 .720 57 .469 62 .173 88 .107 67 .067 107
69 Army 2-3 -.13 .04 53 -.18 96 .286 70 .755 80 .501 72 .082 28 .143 41 .143 37
70 West Virginia 2-3 -.16 -.52 96 .36 9 .351 99 .772 93 .487 68 .140 65 .140 46 .070 106
71 Louisiana Lafayette 3-2 -.16 .00 56 -.16 92 .259 54 .741 70 .475 65 .111 50 .056 117 .093 88
72 Miami (OH) 1-4 -.16 -.53 98 .36 8 .390 114 .644 22 .451 50 .237 119 .186 12 .136 47
73 Central Michigan 3-3 -.17 -.10 66 -.07 78 .303 75 .697 43 .439 43 .167 80 .136 49 .106 75
74 UAB 4-1 -.17 .66 19 -.83 130 .179 19 .625 16 .343 11 .071 20 .196 6 .107 73
75 Tennessee 1-4 -.21 -.36 84 .15 40 .321 85 .755 79 .522 88 .094 38 .151 37 .132 48
Rk Team W-L DFEI DPE Rk DOA Rk DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
76 Fresno State 1-3 -.22 -.43 92 .22 26 .349 98 .698 44 .501 71 .070 19 .140 47 .209 3
77 Indiana 3-2 -.22 .00 58 -.22 103 .255 52 .725 59 .451 51 .137 64 .098 79 .059 116
78 Air Force 3-2 -.23 -.41 90 .19 31 .333 90 .733 65 .498 70 .089 32 .067 108 .089 90
79 Illinois 2-4 -.24 .05 51 -.29 116 .278 62 .747 76 .459 56 .215 113 .089 91 .177 14
80 Western Michigan 3-3 -.26 -.06 63 -.19 98 .270 59 .784 102 .509 81 .162 78 .095 84 .162 26
81 BYU 2-4 -.26 -.19 73 -.07 79 .286 69 .762 90 .529 95 .095 39 .016 130 .127 55
82 Old Dominion 0-5 -.27 .00 57 -.26 110 .278 61 .704 47 .455 55 .093 36 .093 86 .111 69
83 Stanford 3-3 -.29 -.52 97 .23 23 .333 89 .783 101 .529 96 .183 95 .083 99 .083 97
84 Georgia Tech 1-4 -.37 -.41 89 .04 58 .333 91 .759 88 .509 80 .148 69 .093 87 .111 70
85 Toledo 3-2 -.38 -.05 62 -.33 122 .262 56 .785 103 .528 94 .200 104 .108 66 .077 100
86 UNLV 1-4 -.40 -.23 78 -.17 94 .300 74 .733 64 .526 92 .183 93 .083 98 .067 109
87 Houston 1-4 -.41 -.90 115 .49 2 .390 113 .814 117 .563 112 .254 122 .034 126 .085 94
88 Louisville 3-2 -.46 -.62 103 .17 34 .382 109 .765 92 .531 99 .162 77 .044 122 .118 63
89 Hawaii 3-2 -.50 -.56 102 .07 51 .383 111 .750 78 .521 86 .283 126 .100 76 .067 108
90 Northern Illinois 1-4 -.50 -.28 81 -.22 104 .345 96 .759 87 .507 79 .241 120 .103 71 .052 121
Rk Team W-L DFEI DPE Rk DOA Rk DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
91 Maryland 2-3 -.51 -.24 79 -.26 109 .293 72 .672 33 .474 64 .207 110 .086 92 .103 76
92 North Texas 1-4 -.51 -.63 104 .12 43 .352 100 .796 111 .557 109 .185 96 .037 125 .074 105
93 UCLA 1-5 -.53 -.85 112 .32 13 .400 117 .814 118 .594 123 .243 121 .086 93 .114 65
94 Kansas 1-4 -.54 -.76 108 .22 27 .354 102 .833 123 .573 115 .167 82 .104 69 .021 130
95 Arkansas State 2-3 -.54 -.71 106 .17 33 .339 93 .758 85 .562 111 .161 76 .129 54 .065 111
96 Arkansas 1-4 -.55 -.40 87 -.16 91 .328 88 .741 72 .506 77 .155 74 .103 70 .138 46
97 Boston College 2-3 -.57 -.45 93 -.13 87 .311 80 .738 68 .543 106 .148 68 .082 100 .131 50
98 Coastal Carolina 2-3 -.58 -.39 86 -.19 97 .354 103 .792 108 .521 87 .146 67 .083 97 .125 58
99 South Alabama 0-5 -.58 -.40 88 -.17 95 .315 83 .741 71 .535 101 .148 70 .111 65 .074 104
100 Virginia Tech 2-2 -.59 -.38 85 -.20 100 .347 97 .755 81 .505 76 .204 107 .102 72 .122 60
101 Rice 0-6 -.61 -.77 110 .16 37 .383 110 .733 66 .528 93 .183 94 .067 110 .083 98
102 Colorado State 1-5 -.63 -.34 83 -.29 115 .321 84 .667 32 .473 63 .154 73 .115 60 .103 77
103 Troy 1-3 -.63 -.69 105 .06 53 .372 107 .791 106 .559 110 .302 129 .116 59 .093 87
104 Florida International 2-3 -.63 -.33 82 -.31 118 .292 71 .792 107 .519 85 .146 66 .063 114 .167 23
105 Vanderbilt 1-5 -.65 -.94 118 .29 16 .403 118 .821 120 .595 124 .284 127 .075 107 .045 123
Rk Team W-L DFEI DPE Rk DOA Rk DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
106 Marshall 2-3 -.71 -.43 91 -.28 114 .321 86 .792 109 .514 83 .170 84 .057 115 .038 128
107 Ohio 1-4 -.71 -.55 101 -.16 93 .322 87 .729 61 .524 90 .169 83 .085 95 .051 122
108 Georgia State 3-2 -.76 -.51 95 -.24 106 .356 105 .797 113 .552 108 .203 106 .119 57 .102 80
109 Georgia Southern 1-3 -.76 -1.03 122 .27 18 .450 125 .700 45 .539 104 .175 90 .100 74 .075 103
110 San Jose State 2-3 -.81 -.54 99 -.27 111 .339 94 .797 112 .568 113 .186 98 .085 96 .271 1
111 Louisiana Monroe 2-3 -.82 -.77 109 -.06 77 .371 106 .758 86 .522 89 .210 112 .081 102 .161 27
112 Kent State 2-3 -.83 -.74 107 -.10 82 .356 104 .756 83 .592 122 .133 62 .133 51 .089 89
113 Washington State 2-3 -.84 -.88 114 .05 55 .377 108 .849 125 .582 118 .189 100 .057 116 .075 102
114 Middle Tennessee 1-4 -.84 -.86 113 .02 61 .353 101 .902 130 .643 128 .196 103 .098 80 .098 83
115 Eastern Michigan 2-3 -.86 -.54 100 -.31 119 .339 95 .780 98 .539 103 .186 97 .153 35 .169 19
116 Southern Mississippi 3-2 -.90 -.98 119 .08 46 .392 115 .725 60 .530 98 .275 124 .098 81 .039 126
117 Colorado 3-3 -.91 -.90 117 -.01 68 .406 120 .781 100 .569 114 .203 105 .094 85 .188 11
118 East Carolina 1-3 -.91 -.46 94 -.46 129 .333 92 .800 114 .547 107 .111 51 .067 109 .089 91
119 Rutgers 1-5 -1.02 -.90 116 -.11 85 .403 119 .774 96 .525 91 .194 102 .048 120 .065 112
120 New Mexico State 0-7 -1.03 -1.06 125 .03 59 .421 123 .789 105 .582 119 .237 118 .092 89 .053 120
Rk Team W-L DFEI DPE Rk DOA Rk DTD Rk DFD Rk DAY Rk DED Rk DBD Rk DTO Rk
121 Connecticut 0-5 -1.14 -1.18 126 .04 56 .489 127 .745 75 .619 127 .191 101 .170 22 .149 32
122 Akron 0-6 -1.23 -.83 111 -.40 127 .397 116 .778 97 .586 120 .175 89 .095 83 .063 114
123 Bowling Green 1-4 -1.28 -1.19 127 -.09 81 .431 124 .843 124 .581 117 .314 130 .020 127 .059 117
124 New Mexico 1-4 -1.30 -.99 120 -.31 120 .383 112 .817 119 .576 116 .267 123 .100 75 .083 96
125 Nevada 3-2 -1.31 -1.03 123 -.28 113 .455 126 .764 91 .540 105 .218 114 .127 55 .127 54
126 UTEP 0-4 -1.32 -.99 121 -.32 121 .410 122 .795 110 .603 126 .179 92 .077 106 .103 78
127 UTSA 1-4 -1.41 -1.04 124 -.37 125 .408 121 .755 82 .591 121 .224 115 .143 44 .082 99
128 Charlotte 1-4 -1.55 -1.56 128 .00 66 .500 128 .708 50 .599 125 .208 111 .167 27 .042 125
129 Oregon State 1-4 -1.59 -1.80 129 .21 30 .511 129 .872 129 .677 129 .277 125 .085 94 .043 124
130 Massachusetts 1-5 -2.43 -2.02 130 -.41 128 .567 130 .867 128 .720 130 .300 128 .100 77 .150 31