NCAAF Football - Defensive Rankings & Statistics - October, 2014

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 - Offensive Rankings

name score yards per play first downs rush attempts rush yards yards per rush pass attempts passing yards yards per pass total yards time of possession turnovers penalties
Mississippi 10.57 4.15 17.57 33.86 97.14 2.87 36.14 193.43 9.03 290.57 29:29 2.86 6.00
Stanford 12.29 3.78 15.86 35.29 101.86 2.89 32.14 153.00 8.18 254.86 29:52 1.14 5.71
Alabama 13.14 4.37 13.86 26.86 62.86 2.34 33.00 198.71 10.95 261.57 25:11 1.29 4.14
Louisville 14.62 3.91 13.00 29.62 68.75 2.32 33.12 176.38 9.87 245.12 26:49 2.25 5.25
Duke 15.14 5.15 21.71 42.43 193.43 4.56 34.86 204.57 11.64 398.00 30:35 1.86 7.57
Penn State 15.17 4.51 14.17 30.33 60.83 2.01 32.50 222.50 12.71 283.33 27:17 1.50 6.50
Marshall 16.57 4.50 19.71 37.43 134.86 3.60 37.29 201.43 10.00 336.29 30:40 2.00 7.57
LSU 17.00 4.98 15.00 35.88 162.50 4.53 28.12 156.25 10.96 318.75 26:58 2.00 4.62
Temple 17.17 4.86 18.67 44.00 174.83 3.97 27.00 170.50 10.66 345.33 34:54 2.83 6.50
Wisconsin 17.67 4.81 14.83 35.00 116.83 3.34 24.50 169.17 13.72 286.00 26:12 1.33 6.33
Houston 17.86 4.62 16.71 41.14 149.71 3.64 29.71 177.86 11.42 327.57 29:46 3.29 10.86
Akron 18.14 5.11 21.71 37.00 140.00 3.78 34.71 226.14 11.99 366.14 30:51 2.29 9.29
Auburn 18.33 4.84 18.50 36.17 120.67 3.34 32.83 213.00 11.94 333.67 30:13 2.17 4.83
Pittsburgh 18.57 4.58 15.43 33.29 111.14 3.34 27.71 168.29 11.66 279.43 26:51 1.43 6.29
San Diego State 18.71 5.22 18.29 35.57 125.00 3.51 29.43 214.29 12.50 339.29 28:33 1.71 5.86
Boston College 19.00 4.99 16.43 30.14 101.57 3.37 31.00 203.57 10.96 305.14 26:45 0.86 4.29
Notre Dame 19.14 5.07 18.57 33.00 101.86 3.09 35.00 242.86 11.41 344.71 28:46 2.14 7.43
Nebraska 19.86 4.83 18.00 32.57 121.00 3.71 37.57 217.57 11.99 338.57 28:06 1.57 6.57
Georgia 20.00 4.68 18.43 34.71 107.14 3.09 33.71 213.43 10.99 320.57 29:58 2.43 5.14
Central Florida 20.00 4.54 19.17 37.17 124.00 3.34 34.67 202.17 10.19 326.17 30:51 1.83 9.83
Clemson 20.00 4.44 14.29 34.00 103.57 3.05 29.71 179.57 11.53 283.14 27:18 1.43 7.86
Mississippi State 20.00 5.39 21.50 35.50 120.50 3.39 44.00 308.33 13.41 428.83 29:48 2.67 4.67
Virginia Tech 20.00 5.21 15.86 33.29 123.29 3.70 29.29 202.71 14.94 326.00 26:02 2.00 8.00
Ohio State 20.17 4.99 17.17 34.50 137.17 3.98 29.33 181.67 10.58 318.83 27:40 2.33 4.83
Northwestern 20.43 5.12 19.57 40.14 158.29 3.94 33.14 216.57 11.84 374.86 30:29 1.86 6.29
Arkansas State 20.50 4.88 17.67 36.67 114.67 3.13 37.17 245.50 11.69 360.17 29:15 1.67 6.67
TCU 20.67 4.65 18.33 44.33 137.50 3.10 33.00 222.00 14.48 359.50 30:26 2.83 6.00
Memphis 20.83 5.15 19.17 36.50 134.83 3.69 32.83 222.33 11.60 357.17 28:02 2.50 6.83
Ga Southern 21.00 5.30 22.71 38.29 158.00 4.13 37.29 242.43 11.24 400.43 28:44 1.86 4.71
Tennessee 21.29 4.66 17.00 40.71 159.57 3.92 29.14 166.29 10.30 325.86 30:07 2.00 5.43
Michigan 21.43 4.62 16.00 34.29 93.57 2.73 30.86 207.43 11.34 301.00 29:22 0.43 6.43
Minnesota 21.43 4.97 20.86 34.00 147.29 4.33 39.29 217.00 9.80 364.29 28:33 2.57 5.43
Missouri 21.43 4.73 20.29 43.00 152.57 3.55 34.57 214.14 10.34 366.71 33:39 2.14 5.71
Colorado State 21.43 5.75 22.29 38.86 180.43 4.64 34.29 240.29 11.76 420.71 30:31 1.00 5.14
Michigan State 21.57 4.86 13.43 29.43 100.29 3.41 30.86 192.43 12.14 292.71 23:38 2.71 5.57
Florida State 21.57 5.09 20.71 40.00 146.57 3.66 33.57 227.86 11.47 374.43 30:31 1.86 5.71
Utah 21.67 4.74 22.67 40.17 114.17 2.84 39.83 264.83 11.43 379.00 32:12 1.83 5.33
Kentucky 21.86 4.84 20.14 40.86 172.86 4.23 32.29 181.29 10.40 354.14 32:56 2.43 5.86
Iowa 21.86 5.18 16.14 34.86 142.00 4.07 31.43 201.14 12.46 343.14 27:56 1.71 7.43
Utah State 22.14 4.58 20.43 38.00 99.43 2.62 38.71 252.14 12.34 351.57 28:57 2.71 8.43
Virginia 22.14 4.81 18.00 33.14 100.57 3.03 35.71 230.71 11.70 331.29 27:41 2.71 7.86
South Alabama 22.33 5.37 20.17 38.83 168.33 4.33 31.83 210.83 11.82 379.17 29:58 1.83 5.67
Kansas State 22.50 5.19 19.50 31.67 100.83 3.18 36.17 251.17 11.08 352.00 27:48 1.50 6.33
Oklahoma 22.86 5.22 20.86 35.29 122.29 3.47 39.57 268.43 11.97 390.71 30:48 2.14 6.00
Florida International 23.00 5.11 16.88 39.00 155.25 3.98 28.12 188.00 12.53 343.25 29:43 3.12 7.00
Baylor 23.00 4.42 18.14 38.57 111.86 2.90 35.00 213.43 11.95 325.29 31:24 1.86 7.29
Southern Cal 23.14 5.40 22.71 34.71 153.57 4.42 40.29 251.14 10.92 404.71 28:30 1.71 6.29
Oregon 23.71 5.59 25.29 39.71 168.86 4.25 40.57 279.57 10.87 448.43 34:40 2.00 5.71
East Carolina 23.83 4.81 22.17 31.00 104.17 3.36 44.67 259.67 10.05 363.83 31:57 1.17 6.83
Syracuse 23.86 5.18 20.57 39.43 126.86 3.22 29.57 230.57 11.61 357.43 32:27 1.86 7.14
San Jose State 24.00 5.20 16.00 39.50 218.50 5.53 20.67 94.50 9.45 313.00 25:38 1.33 7.17
Oregon State 24.33 4.98 18.83 33.67 161.00 4.78 34.00 176.00 9.69 337.00 26:07 2.00 8.33
Air Force 24.43 5.94 18.71 35.00 148.71 4.25 32.14 250.29 13.37 399.00 28:31 1.86 4.71
Miami 24.43 4.46 20.14 42.29 151.57 3.58 31.14 175.86 10.70 327.43 32:28 2.00 6.71
Texas 24.57 4.54 20.29 46.86 182.43 3.89 29.43 163.86 9.97 346.29 28:52 2.00 5.86
Washington 24.71 5.34 24.14 40.00 131.86 3.30 37.71 283.43 11.53 415.29 32:00 2.14 6.86
Central Michigan 24.75 5.12 19.12 34.88 143.38 4.11 32.88 203.25 10.84 346.62 27:04 1.50 5.50
Wake Forest 24.86 4.99 19.00 41.43 175.14 4.23 30.14 181.86 9.87 357.00 32:27 1.71 6.29
Ohio 25.00 5.69 22.25 35.25 142.50 4.04 40.00 285.62 12.03 428.12 30:34 1.12 7.62
Hawaii 25.14 5.32 18.71 40.00 148.29 3.71 32.43 236.71 13.15 385.00 31:32 1.71 5.86
UTSA 25.43 4.93 20.00 39.86 142.14 3.57 31.29 208.57 12.59 350.71 27:52 2.00 6.43
Florida 25.50 4.59 16.33 38.17 113.17 2.97 30.00 199.67 12.10 312.83 30:10 2.67 8.33
Connecticut 25.67 5.13 15.83 35.17 121.17 3.45 28.17 203.83 11.22 325.00 29:52 0.83 8.50
Maryland 26.00 5.32 22.57 46.00 198.29 4.31 38.29 250.29 11.92 448.57 31:30 2.00 7.14
BYU 26.14 4.98 22.14 34.00 97.14 2.86 43.86 290.57 10.94 387.71 32:31 1.86 7.43
Rutgers 26.57 6.32 20.57 34.00 163.43 4.81 33.29 261.57 12.99 425.00 28:38 1.14 6.00
Louisiana Tech 26.71 4.91 19.57 38.71 148.00 3.82 32.86 203.14 10.46 351.14 30:34 2.57 5.29
Arizona 26.83 5.92 23.17 38.67 154.00 3.98 34.33 278.00 12.64 432.00 30:38 1.33 9.00
Arkansas 26.86 5.87 18.57 32.57 138.57 4.25 31.43 237.00 13.27 375.57 26:30 1.29 6.71
Texas A&M 27.12 5.74 21.75 41.88 191.38 4.57 31.75 231.25 12.94 422.62 33:24 0.75 4.62
Navy 27.14 5.61 21.86 40.86 181.00 4.43 32.29 229.00 10.55 410.00 29:48 1.00 5.00
Boise State 27.14 5.22 18.43 34.29 120.43 3.51 35.86 245.43 12.27 365.86 28:01 2.43 5.14
Oklahoma State 27.14 5.62 21.00 36.00 131.43 3.65 38.71 288.43 12.86 419.86 31:45 1.14 7.43
West Virginia 27.14 5.34 18.71 37.86 167.29 4.42 33.71 215.00 11.85 382.29 29:55 0.57 10.29
Ball State 27.43 6.11 21.00 37.71 197.00 5.22 30.29 218.71 11.87 415.71 29:49 1.71 4.71
Northern Illinois 27.57 5.74 22.14 36.86 141.29 3.83 33.86 264.43 13.13 405.71 32:00 0.86 4.86
Nevada 27.71 6.29 25.00 33.71 161.29 4.78 43.00 321.00 10.80 482.29 28:14 2.14 6.00
Arizona State 27.83 5.88 20.33 38.83 185.33 4.77 33.50 239.83 11.89 425.17 31:06 1.33 7.83
Louisiana-Monroe 28.00 5.25 18.83 37.83 139.83 3.70 31.50 224.00 12.22 363.83 29:46 1.67 7.67
Kansas 28.00 5.83 20.00 37.00 179.29 4.85 33.57 232.00 12.03 411.29 29:43 2.00 6.57
Tulane 28.14 5.45 20.14 39.57 164.71 4.16 27.86 202.57 13.13 367.29 29:25 2.57 6.86
Western Michigan 28.14 5.70 20.43 35.29 174.86 4.96 35.71 230.00 11.67 404.86 27:14 1.14 6.43
Georgia Tech 28.29 6.37 22.00 35.71 187.86 5.26 29.57 227.71 11.81 415.57 27:25 1.43 6.57
UAB 28.43 5.53 18.71 41.00 160.57 3.92 30.29 233.86 15.30 394.43 28:51 1.43 6.29
League Average 28.51 5.62 21.07 39.03 170.93 4.38 33.02 234.30 11.99 405.24 30:01 1.65 6.33
North Carolina State 28.88 5.60 21.00 41.12 187.75 4.57 29.38 206.88 11.65 394.62 31:36 1.38 5.38
South Florida 29.00 5.78 21.57 40.43 181.00 4.48 32.00 237.29 11.30 418.29 32:28 2.00 7.14
Texas State 29.17 5.62 22.50 48.33 227.00 4.70 30.33 215.33 11.64 442.33 33:33 1.33 5.17
UCLA 29.29 5.44 22.57 38.71 157.71 4.07 39.57 267.86 10.59 425.57 30:17 1.14 5.57
Wyoming 30.43 5.78 23.71 41.43 194.71 4.70 32.71 233.71 11.05 428.43 30:07 1.43 4.57
Louisiana-Lafayette 30.83 6.15 20.17 37.00 170.50 4.61 32.33 256.17 11.91 426.67 29:18 0.50 6.00
Purdue 31.25 5.72 23.50 39.00 176.75 4.53 36.00 252.50 12.32 429.25 31:14 1.25 4.25
South Carolina 31.43 6.21 22.29 34.14 181.71 5.32 33.71 239.57 11.18 421.29 28:25 1.14 6.86
Rice 31.50 6.33 20.83 35.17 163.83 4.66 30.83 254.17 14.66 418.00 25:36 1.33 4.33
Appalachian State 31.86 6.20 19.71 38.14 191.71 5.03 28.00 218.43 12.23 410.14 33:14 2.00 7.14
Middle Tennessee 31.88 5.78 24.62 42.12 179.88 4.27 38.12 284.12 12.29 464.00 30:59 2.12 6.88
North Texas 32.00 5.55 20.14 37.29 149.00 4.00 34.14 247.57 11.55 396.57 32:14 2.00 5.71
Kent State 32.14 6.06 22.57 46.00 224.43 4.88 27.57 221.71 12.93 446.14 29:25 1.71 6.57
New Mexico 32.43 6.53 23.43 48.14 279.71 5.81 26.00 204.14 13.36 483.86 28:13 1.71 4.29
Toledo 33.43 6.07 24.86 34.57 113.86 3.29 38.43 329.29 12.26 443.14 30:39 0.71 3.71
Vanderbilt 34.00 5.66 22.43 42.00 178.43 4.25 31.43 237.43 11.87 415.86 31:59 1.43 4.57
Massachusetts 34.12 5.72 23.38 40.88 188.75 4.62 37.88 261.88 11.70 450.62 32:33 1.12 9.12
Southern Miss 34.14 6.72 24.00 40.71 226.29 5.56 29.86 247.71 12.47 474.00 30:00 1.71 5.57
Cincinnati 34.50 6.72 25.83 46.00 242.33 5.27 32.00 281.67 13.85 524.00 34:24 1.67 8.00
Indiana 34.86 5.75 24.71 37.86 168.71 4.46 40.57 282.57 11.24 451.29 31:39 0.86 4.71
Miami (Ohio) 35.00 6.10 24.00 39.75 206.25 5.19 35.00 249.62 11.61 455.88 30:20 1.88 6.25
Washington State 35.00 6.01 21.29 37.86 163.00 4.31 36.00 280.71 12.44 443.71 29:40 0.71 8.29
Buffalo 35.00 6.57 18.43 40.29 193.43 4.80 26.86 247.43 18.23 440.86 25:13 1.29 7.00
Iowa State 35.29 5.89 24.71 42.43 208.57 4.92 34.86 246.71 11.21 455.29 31:38 1.00 7.29
Florida Atlantic 35.71 6.22 24.14 37.86 194.43 5.14 37.00 271.29 13.28 465.71 29:21 1.43 5.43
Fresno State 35.75 6.14 22.12 48.88 219.12 4.48 28.25 254.12 14.52 473.25 32:31 1.25 7.25
Army 35.86 6.53 23.43 33.86 176.14 5.20 34.29 268.86 11.62 445.00 28:28 1.43 5.00
Illinois 35.86 6.09 24.14 51.57 271.14 5.26 28.00 213.43 12.55 484.57 34:29 1.00 6.29
Idaho 36.00 7.28 20.00 42.57 267.71 6.29 21.86 201.14 15.64 468.86 27:42 1.86 6.86
New Mexico State 36.25 6.39 24.50 52.25 329.38 6.30 21.75 143.50 10.73 472.88 33:48 2.12 5.25
Bowling Green 36.50 6.29 28.00 43.38 214.25 4.94 42.88 328.00 12.09 542.25 35:46 1.75 7.25
Texas Tech 36.86 5.72 26.14 50.86 239.00 4.70 30.86 228.71 12.51 467.71 34:31 1.14 4.86
Old Dominion 36.86 6.03 24.57 46.43 235.14 5.06 31.00 231.71 10.81 466.86 34:18 1.57 5.86
UNLV 37.00 6.63 26.43 48.71 276.00 5.67 32.29 261.00 13.74 537.00 32:14 1.14 6.71
Texas El Paso 37.67 7.57 18.50 34.83 221.83 6.37 23.67 221.00 17.00 442.83 24:09 1.50 5.17
California 38.43 6.00 28.57 35.14 134.14 3.82 52.43 390.86 11.45 525.00 31:05 1.43 7.29
Colorado 38.57 6.39 22.14 33.86 175.86 5.19 34.00 257.86 13.47 433.71 26:57 1.00 6.71
Western Kentucky 39.50 6.54 27.67 50.17 253.17 5.05 31.50 280.67 13.37 533.83 31:53 1.50 7.17
Eastern Michigan 39.57 6.55 24.29 41.00 223.00 5.44 38.57 298.14 12.28 521.14 34:35 1.43 8.29
Georgia State 40.00 6.16 25.57 46.00 240.86 5.24 31.29 235.43 11.52 476.29 30:23 0.86 6.86
Troy 40.71 6.45 23.29 42.86 237.43 5.54 29.86 231.71 11.75 469.14 30:55 1.43 4.14
Tulsa 40.71 7.39 20.57 35.71 207.14 5.80 31.29 287.71 15.14 494.86 27:27 1.14 6.29
North Carolina 43.29 6.51 25.71 45.29 218.00 4.81 35.00 304.71 14.61 522.71 34:48 2.29 6.71
Southern Methodist 48.00 7.08 27.67 42.17 241.67 5.73 35.33 307.17 13.26 548.83 29:54 0.67 8.00

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.