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NCAAF Football - Defensive Stats

OffenseDefense
Defense
Team Score Y/PL FD RA RY YR PA PY YP TY Time TO PEN penalty_yards Penalty Yards Rank
Alabama11.933.9915.3634.7994.792.7230.43165.7110.13260.5030:141.714.3632.50129
Clemson13.574.2714.7936.57114.863.1428.29161.8610.89276.7129:191.435.2945.29103
Wisconsin13.934.4214.0031.1498.433.1628.21163.6411.93262.0724:302.075.4347.0790
Virginia Tech14.775.0715.4635.54120.543.3927.46199.0814.96319.6227:181.466.3148.1585
Washington16.084.4216.8535.31100.852.8632.08197.159.42298.0031:281.854.2339.54120
Georgia16.404.6915.6033.73126.003.7429.13168.9310.39294.9327:521.335.2039.67119
Penn State16.464.7717.3834.54118.003.4234.54211.4610.49329.4629:381.926.1557.7739
Texas-San Antonio17.004.9815.0934.09127.733.7523.73160.0913.76287.8226:462.005.1854.0957
Wyoming17.544.6618.6946.15160.233.4725.69174.9212.03335.1532:202.924.9246.3195
Fresno State17.934.8917.0733.00115.073.4932.93207.1410.55322.2128:431.505.1440.50114
Troy18.464.7819.0036.85105.312.8633.62231.3111.48336.6232:222.006.3857.5440
Auburn18.504.7416.7137.71137.073.6330.64187.2111.25324.2928:381.365.9348.1487
Michigan18.854.5213.7734.69120.923.4925.23150.0812.19271.0028:021.315.5446.0897
Louisiana State18.925.0716.3133.23128.543.8729.08187.6212.07316.1527:251.384.8535.77127
Texas Christian19.005.0716.6434.29103.933.0331.14227.5013.91331.4329:181.434.7942.57109
Ohio State19.004.4416.7935.79105.072.9431.93195.8611.15300.9331:351.715.9351.5068
Marshall19.924.9519.2335.77121.153.3933.23220.5411.95341.6928:581.155.5456.0848
Iowa19.925.0818.7735.00144.624.1335.31212.8510.77357.4629:502.006.0854.6954
Michigan State20.004.8715.8528.3195.383.3732.77202.3110.91297.6924:411.774.8545.54101
Northwestern20.085.0219.1533.08107.693.2638.08249.5411.46357.2329:121.925.1548.9282
San Diego State20.235.0515.1536.23136.003.7525.23174.0812.04310.0828:331.544.6941.92110
Duke20.235.2216.3138.31153.234.0025.38179.3813.96332.6228:371.465.6953.4660
Appalachian State20.235.3117.0835.31137.623.9029.23205.0812.17342.6928:552.007.1560.6929
Purdue20.545.2719.1537.62131.923.5133.62243.5412.77375.4631:021.626.9259.8533
South Carolina20.695.1620.3837.23141.083.7933.85226.0011.34367.0831:172.155.4640.46115
Mississippi State20.925.2313.4634.46131.623.8224.15174.6914.28306.3126:361.624.9248.1586
Iowa State20.925.4019.9235.38128.003.6232.46238.1510.94366.1529:441.547.1567.4612
Miami-FL21.004.7720.7741.62145.773.5034.46217.0811.02362.8533:292.385.6950.7772
Florida State21.234.7517.3835.85135.623.7833.85195.4610.46331.0829:341.154.6239.23121
Texas21.235.1917.6235.54106.853.0134.92258.7712.89365.6228:412.006.8552.0066
Notre Dame21.465.0520.0838.92154.463.9734.23214.6911.08369.1532:231.546.5455.1552
Army22.006.2518.1532.54172.925.3123.38176.7712.09349.6925:161.154.8538.31123
Northern Illinois22.004.6217.0040.46120.002.9732.85218.5411.74338.5431:291.696.0062.0827
Florida Atlantic22.715.1921.7939.79158.863.9935.29230.7111.70389.5732:301.865.0043.21108
Stanford22.715.9820.9336.86169.364.5930.93236.1412.07405.5029:432.006.6463.3623
Minnesota22.835.5217.3335.17172.174.9027.67174.509.97346.6729:021.505.3353.3362
Boston College22.855.3718.0839.77191.234.8131.46191.6211.86382.8529:341.924.6937.77125
Boise State22.864.8317.8635.36120.213.4033.57212.4310.62332.6428:441.864.4341.79111
Utah23.155.0617.4632.85131.003.9933.92207.0810.94338.0827:282.085.3149.5479
Eastern Michigan23.335.3518.7540.17174.924.3528.08190.3311.71365.2529:571.507.3364.4222
South Florida23.504.8919.7538.08130.753.4336.25232.8312.15363.5829:302.007.9271.258
Houston23.835.3722.8339.25147.923.7739.42274.2511.16422.1731:571.756.5853.0864
Miami-OH24.085.4218.7537.42166.754.4630.42200.8312.55367.5828:341.425.6755.1751
Ohio24.235.3118.1531.92112.083.5138.08259.5412.09371.6229:041.317.6969.0810
Southern Miss24.465.0517.6236.77138.463.7729.00193.4612.70331.9229:421.384.9244.38106
Brigham Young24.695.3520.5440.00147.463.6929.69225.3811.54372.8532:061.315.3149.0081
Middle Tennessee24.694.9519.6238.77134.083.4633.46223.2310.79357.3130:330.855.6956.3146
Georgia State24.755.8618.4232.75136.504.1733.33250.5011.88387.0028:471.335.9249.5878
Buffalo24.835.5021.5844.50195.254.3928.00203.7512.29399.0030:051.175.6753.5858
Kansas State25.155.8220.9232.85117.693.5840.46309.0812.29426.7729:221.775.6947.1589
North Carolina State25.235.5619.5433.46131.083.9235.62253.1512.61384.2327:151.625.9249.1580
Central Florida25.315.7421.5438.31159.854.1736.23268.0813.35427.9230:462.468.2373.775
Indiana25.334.9217.5041.42160.423.8727.67179.6711.91340.0831:361.087.5865.5017
Louisiana Tech25.385.6121.1537.77177.924.7131.23209.4611.49387.3829:492.155.3141.23113
Alabama-Birmingham25.625.3919.5438.00175.924.6329.85189.6912.21365.6231:231.466.9263.2324
Arkansas State25.755.3119.4238.25137.333.5933.08241.4214.20378.7530:592.006.9260.0832
Idaho25.755.6220.4238.58167.584.3431.00223.1711.80390.7529:081.504.9245.6799
Temple25.775.4020.5440.92174.624.2729.77206.8512.17381.4629:361.387.0863.0025
Washington State25.775.1316.3836.08152.384.2227.00170.9211.69323.3127:342.155.7750.6973
Southern California26.145.6220.1436.43158.644.3533.93237.0012.86395.6429:041.796.7156.0049
Toledo26.215.6320.2136.93177.714.8131.43207.1412.55384.8628:131.435.3650.7971
Navy26.316.1717.9234.38154.544.4925.62215.7713.75370.3123:411.235.1540.23116
South Alabama26.505.8821.5035.92151.834.2335.08265.9212.18417.7530:231.675.5039.92117
Georgia Tech26.555.5218.2733.91153.644.5330.27200.6411.26354.2726:280.913.8236.00126
Pittsburgh26.585.9619.8333.92142.424.2032.58254.1714.12396.5827:321.334.7538.42122
Western Kentucky26.855.5219.2338.46170.314.4329.85206.8511.85377.1530:271.155.8559.0035
Utah State26.925.1821.2348.15217.154.5128.92182.4611.35399.6233:212.237.0856.9243
Oklahoma27.075.8320.4335.79156.434.3731.93238.4312.50394.8628:101.295.2945.14104
Florida27.275.7317.4536.36153.914.2324.55195.3614.52349.2728:561.555.8245.55100
Louisville27.385.6120.4639.54163.384.1329.62224.6913.04388.0829:341.775.6955.3150
Central Michigan27.545.0619.1542.85187.694.3830.92185.5410.96373.2331:282.386.9265.2319
Colorado State27.776.2921.3136.46187.085.1332.15244.5413.41431.6227:581.385.6248.6983
League Average27.985.6920.3438.72170.674.4130.95225.8212.38396.4929:591.526.0053.560
Akron28.006.0323.4340.64204.865.0432.79238.0711.74442.9331:151.936.4362.3626
Colorado28.176.1223.2539.83209.005.2533.83241.5812.83450.5831:081.175.3350.0875
Kentucky28.236.2222.2335.85175.314.8932.85251.6211.94426.9229:391.387.0060.5430
Wake Forest28.315.5624.0842.08185.774.4140.15271.5411.93457.3132:561.624.7743.62107
Rutgers28.335.7320.2539.67183.084.6230.00215.8312.63398.9231:291.256.7556.4245
Virginia28.385.4118.8542.85200.084.6724.77165.7712.53365.8529:321.385.0845.31102
California28.425.8122.4239.58164.084.1534.42265.8311.95429.9230:302.007.5867.9211
Florida International28.466.0222.5436.77171.314.6632.15243.6211.60414.9229:151.385.4648.3184
Oregon29.005.0720.7737.00128.543.4735.77240.6212.22369.1531:451.925.3154.6955
Western Michigan29.005.6518.6736.75156.084.2530.25222.4212.77378.5029:212.176.7561.9228
Tennessee29.085.9421.8346.25251.255.4323.25161.6712.60412.9231:461.256.5853.0065
Tulane29.176.6820.1738.67210.425.4426.58225.6714.96436.0827:111.676.1756.2547
Oklahoma State29.385.5122.1538.92140.693.6135.38268.6213.18409.3131:531.855.8547.9288
New Mexico State29.695.3521.9239.92165.924.1634.85234.3811.54400.3131:282.086.9258.5437
Texas A&M30.695.6319.7740.85171.314.1931.69237.1512.53408.4630:481.695.3844.85105
North Carolina31.255.8522.0844.33213.004.8030.25223.0813.32436.0833:271.255.2546.8391
Vanderbilt31.335.8520.8339.92198.504.9727.33194.5812.23393.0830:370.757.1746.4293
West Virginia31.466.1421.4641.46204.154.9231.15241.3813.41445.5432:441.467.1565.4618
Illinois31.505.6622.4245.67218.504.7828.25199.9211.94418.4231:451.586.2558.5836
Old Dominion31.675.8122.5844.00204.334.6429.67223.3312.18427.6731:211.334.8350.2574
Nevada-Las Vegas31.756.2824.0044.08239.335.4329.00219.3312.24458.6728:121.585.5054.3356
Cincinnati31.835.8822.9243.83192.424.3929.50238.5813.01431.0032:130.927.1769.339
New Mexico31.836.1319.5833.83157.424.6531.08240.5813.00398.0027:351.085.3349.9276
Massachusetts31.835.7519.0040.00197.424.9430.33207.0012.80404.4230:501.677.3372.676
Missouri31.855.6020.5440.08159.623.9833.92254.4612.58414.0834:581.315.9249.8577
Georgia Southern32.176.6318.8334.42181.255.2727.67230.0815.01411.3325:481.675.2546.3394
Syracuse32.176.4020.6737.58196.675.2331.75247.3312.79444.0029:501.006.5859.5834
Texas Tech32.235.7824.3137.54161.624.3139.23282.1511.43443.7730:302.235.8557.3142
Air Force32.426.8117.6737.58222.835.9320.25171.0815.21393.9226:320.834.1738.08124
Memphis32.465.7524.4643.69184.154.2137.38282.0812.96466.2334:442.387.5464.6221
Charlotte32.756.1623.5043.08205.834.7830.75248.7511.71454.5833:260.925.0041.67112
Texas State32.756.1120.5037.42138.083.6932.50289.2514.11427.3329:450.757.3365.0020
Arizona State32.856.3322.3835.92178.234.9635.23271.9212.27450.1528:361.316.7757.9238
Nevada33.926.1224.9247.08208.254.4229.92263.0813.15471.3334:161.587.5072.337
Hawaii33.926.7622.8340.00210.175.2527.83248.5814.00458.7528:311.255.6751.5867
Arizona34.386.0324.6940.15184.544.6037.92286.0812.11470.6231:341.928.1575.624
Mississippi34.586.1623.1745.83245.335.3528.75214.1712.91459.5034:471.085.6753.5859
North Texas35.005.9620.6442.14202.504.8130.21228.9313.76431.4329:421.145.7151.3669
Kent State35.086.2420.0840.58214.925.3025.17195.0813.85410.0028:341.586.5855.0853
Rice35.756.4321.8338.50192.585.0027.75233.2512.06425.8330:230.504.0833.83128
Baylor35.926.4722.0038.67190.674.9332.17267.7512.60458.4229:580.926.5867.0813
Arkansas36.176.4721.4239.08196.925.0428.83242.1714.18439.0828:351.425.4246.0098
Nebraska36.426.3423.2538.58214.755.5730.25221.4211.35436.1730:411.006.0053.1763
California-Los Angeles36.626.2624.6249.92287.385.7627.31196.3112.57483.6933:301.007.5467.0814
Southern Methodist36.696.5923.3842.00207.694.9530.31269.0014.16476.6930:231.777.2366.0015
Texas El Paso36.756.2423.7543.33234.335.4128.25212.2511.85446.5832:011.176.4256.5044
Maryland37.085.6223.6740.83190.834.6733.83228.5811.48419.4232:431.335.8357.5041
Tulsa37.507.3124.4245.25265.005.8627.08263.9214.87528.9231:581.178.1780.172
Connecticut37.926.7725.6737.25185.084.9739.42333.9212.60519.0030:030.929.0081.171
Bowling Green38.006.6126.0845.33253.255.5931.33253.3313.76506.5832:471.925.4246.5092
Louisiana-Lafayette40.006.5825.1744.75236.585.2930.17256.0813.02492.6730:251.255.3346.2596
Ball State40.676.6220.1737.33188.005.0426.33233.5815.07421.5826:561.004.0839.83118
Louisiana-Monroe41.007.2625.0841.58232.755.6031.75299.3315.22532.0830:161.177.0865.5816
San Jose State41.696.2124.0852.77285.385.4127.69213.9212.58499.3135:121.236.3153.3861
Oregon State43.006.6126.1742.92235.755.4928.67237.3312.44473.0830:481.176.2560.3331
Kansas43.426.4522.0040.83172.504.2231.92296.7513.44469.2532:290.756.0051.3370
East Carolina45.007.7324.7541.83246.675.9028.25295.1715.74541.8328:480.927.7577.333

NCAA Football Football Defensive Rankings

Defense wins championships, although usually only in the SEC. If you are a regular college football bettor, you are aware that defense wins bets as well and not just UNDER wagers. We rate the best college football defenses in more than a dozen key stats, including yards per play, fewest first downs allowed, fewest passing yards per attempt can give you a real advantage at online sportsbooks. Click the headings on each column to re-sort the category and see the best college defensive stats page on the Internet. And scroll to the bottom for a listing of the acronyms and what they mean and why they are important to your NCAA football betting this weekend.

Defensive Rankings Stat Categories

  • Score: Self-explanatory - which teams give up the fewest points. Said another way, what is the best defensive team. You will see the League Average as well.
  • Y/PL: Yards per play - a key handicapping indicator that indicates how many yards each school gives up per play. The lower the number, the better the defense.
  • FD - First downs - which defense allows the fewest first downs. Not always an indicator of time of possession or victories.
  • RA - Rushing Attempts - which defense faces the fewest rushing attempts per game. This can indicate a tough run defense or can indicate that the team's offense scores so many points that opponents are forced to pass more.
  • RY - Rushing Yards - rankings of best run-stop defenses in college football.
  • YR - Yards Per Rush - which defense allows the fewest yards per rush. This is a major handicapping stat and should be check weekly!
  • PA - Passing Attempts - fewest passing attempts per game among NCAA schools.
  • PY - Passing Yards - which defense allows the fewest passing yards per team, ranked by each school.
  • YP - Yards per Pass - which teams allow the least yards per pass.
  • Time - Time of Possession - which defenses are on the field the least? Who has the best time of possession stats? This is important category and can mean the defense is very good or it can mean their offense holds the ball very well.
  • TO - Turnovers - which college teams create the most turnovers? Which schools generate the most takeaways? This is often an opportunistic defense which makes an average team good and a good team excellent.
  • Pen - Penalties - This is an overall ranking of which college teams take the most penalties (it is NOT broken down by offensive or defensive penalties.