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NCAAF Football - Defensive Stats

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Defense
Team Score Y/PL FD RA RY YR PA PY YP TY Time TO PEN
Alabama11.504.0414.9234.0894.172.7629.75163.6710.07257.8330:091.674.25
Wisconsin12.004.0213.5830.4280.502.6528.58156.4211.11236.9224:451.925.58
Virginia Tech13.504.8514.6735.92118.833.3127.08186.4214.72305.2527:461.586.50
Clemson13.584.3415.0836.67113.583.1028.58169.6711.44283.2529:221.335.67
Georgia13.754.4814.3332.58112.503.4528.08159.4210.23271.9227:391.335.50
Washington14.504.1816.1735.0892.332.6331.33185.089.25277.4231:061.754.42
Penn State15.504.6917.6735.25119.173.3835.00210.1710.38329.3330:062.006.33
Texas Christian15.674.8316.1733.5890.002.6832.17227.5013.72317.5028:301.505.08
Auburn16.424.5116.1737.58126.003.3531.00183.0010.93309.0028:301.505.67
Troy16.824.6817.6437.27109.822.9530.27206.0911.28315.9132:261.646.27
Texas-San Antonio17.004.9815.0934.09127.733.7523.73160.0913.76287.8226:462.005.18
Fresno State17.254.8816.9232.83119.173.6332.17198.0010.11317.1728:441.584.75
Wyoming17.834.6218.7547.75172.083.6024.25160.6711.83332.7532:352.504.75
Michigan18.254.4713.8335.42125.923.5624.67142.6712.14268.5828:141.175.42
Miami-FL18.274.7720.7341.45152.363.6834.55210.0011.11362.3632:502.646.27
San Diego State18.425.0613.8332.00110.673.4627.00188.0812.07298.7527:051.584.75
Louisiana State18.754.9916.1733.25126.423.8029.17185.2512.02311.6727:501.334.92
Marshall19.254.9818.6736.17125.423.4731.67212.2511.85337.6728:431.255.75
Purdue19.335.1919.1737.17132.253.5634.25238.6712.40370.9231:171.587.00
Northwestern19.834.9819.3334.00111.253.2738.00247.5811.34358.8329:381.925.17
Ohio State19.834.4116.3336.08112.833.1330.08179.0010.74291.8331:061.506.17
Iowa19.925.0519.0034.33142.084.1436.00213.2510.62355.3329:361.926.08
Michigan State20.254.8615.7530.00101.333.3831.33196.5011.67297.8324:481.754.92
Mississippi State20.425.2412.9234.08127.003.7323.58175.0014.38302.0026:181.424.83
Stanford20.675.7520.8337.25170.674.5830.67220.0011.53390.6729:502.006.92
Duke20.755.2216.5839.08160.584.1125.17174.8313.80335.4229:121.585.92
Northern Illinois20.834.5716.1739.50112.252.8432.25215.7512.04328.0030:541.756.33
South Carolina20.835.3120.6737.58146.673.9032.92227.9211.49374.5831:021.925.42
Iowa State21.005.3720.1736.17134.253.7132.42234.1710.73368.4230:221.677.33
Army21.646.1319.3632.36154.454.7726.55206.4512.41360.9125:591.184.45
Texas21.675.1517.6735.67105.672.9635.00257.9212.74363.5829:001.836.67
Notre Dame21.835.0219.9238.67153.173.9634.33213.5011.00366.6731:571.676.67
Central Florida22.455.5320.0037.18155.094.1734.91243.9113.22399.0030:122.457.73
Boston College22.505.4818.5039.83198.754.9932.83199.3311.84398.0829:442.084.83
South Florida22.554.7819.1838.36130.553.4034.18216.1812.01346.7328:582.007.73
Appalachian State22.645.4117.8236.64145.913.9829.55212.2712.42358.1829:271.737.91
Minnesota22.835.5217.3335.17172.174.9027.67174.509.97346.6729:021.505.33
Florida State23.004.7917.9137.82144.913.8333.27195.4510.75340.3630:211.274.36
Southern Miss23.004.9517.0036.08132.173.6629.00189.7512.72321.9229:051.504.83
Houston23.005.3722.5539.27149.453.8138.55268.0911.26417.5531:501.736.55
Boise State23.174.8918.0836.00124.923.4733.33214.0810.79339.0029:081.753.67
Eastern Michigan23.335.3518.7540.17174.924.3528.08190.3311.71365.2529:571.507.33
Utah23.925.1918.4233.83139.504.1234.25214.0010.88353.5027:591.925.33
Miami-OH24.085.4218.7537.42166.754.4630.42200.8312.55367.5828:341.425.67
Arkansas State24.205.3720.2040.50148.103.6632.10241.9014.93390.0031:352.006.60
Middle Tennessee24.254.9718.7538.75136.583.5231.42212.0010.73348.5830:340.675.58
Alabama-Birmingham24.335.1919.1738.50169.834.4130.50188.0012.00357.8331:281.587.00
Washington State24.425.0215.6735.08146.174.1727.42167.4211.35313.5826:482.255.75
Brigham Young24.695.3520.5440.00147.463.6929.69225.3811.54372.8532:061.315.31
Akron24.755.8422.7539.17191.834.9033.00229.6711.39421.5031:061.836.67
North Carolina State24.755.4719.1733.75132.253.9235.25244.9212.45377.1727:241.426.33
Buffalo24.835.5021.5844.50195.254.3928.00203.7512.29399.0030:051.175.67
Florida Atlantic24.835.3422.3340.42172.834.2835.67233.0811.75405.9232:592.005.00
Indiana25.334.9217.5041.42160.423.8727.67179.6711.91340.0831:361.087.58
Toledo25.425.5820.0035.92170.674.7531.75207.1712.13377.8327:361.505.67
Georgia State25.605.9218.6033.20149.304.5033.00242.7011.50392.0029:051.305.60
Oklahoma25.675.6820.4236.92149.174.0431.75241.1713.15390.3328:331.255.08
Ohio25.755.3318.0032.50113.173.4837.50260.0012.24373.1729:021.427.67
Kansas State25.835.8021.5033.50121.753.6341.00310.2512.17432.0029:461.835.50
Southern California26.175.6520.9236.17158.924.3936.33251.0012.71409.9229:262.007.00
Wake Forest26.335.4723.4243.00191.674.4638.25252.5811.93444.2533:111.504.58
Georgia Tech26.555.5218.2733.91153.644.5330.27200.6411.26354.2726:280.913.82
Pittsburgh26.585.9619.8333.92142.424.2032.58254.1714.12396.5827:321.334.75
Louisiana Tech26.675.7721.2537.50178.834.7731.00216.3311.91395.1729:501.835.33
Virginia26.675.3718.4240.08179.084.4726.75179.5812.53358.6728:291.505.25
Central Michigan26.755.1019.5042.92193.254.5031.92188.1710.80381.4231:322.587.08
Western Kentucky26.835.4919.0838.08172.584.5330.00201.0811.66373.6730:021.176.00
South Alabama26.915.8921.0937.09162.004.3732.73249.0912.34411.0930:091.735.09
Utah State27.005.2421.6749.75219.924.4226.83181.7512.12401.6733:432.177.33
Florida International27.005.9022.4537.55175.454.6731.00229.1811.41404.6429:381.275.00
Louisville27.085.6320.2538.25153.924.0230.42232.8313.12386.7529:341.675.25
Idaho27.185.6619.9138.55167.914.3629.73218.8212.03386.7329:031.275.18
Florida27.275.7317.4536.36153.914.2324.55195.3614.52349.2728:561.555.82
Colorado State27.506.1821.5836.75182.754.9732.17243.0813.26425.8327:591.335.17
Temple27.675.5620.5841.00181.834.4329.42210.0012.35391.8329:341.257.17
League Average27.955.6920.3338.79171.614.4230.80224.7012.38396.3129:591.506.03
Colorado28.176.1223.2539.83209.005.2533.83241.5812.83450.5831:081.175.33
Oregon28.255.0420.1736.17129.923.5935.17229.9211.84359.8331:211.835.42
Rutgers28.335.7320.2539.67183.084.6230.00215.8312.63398.9231:291.256.75
California28.425.8122.4239.58164.084.1534.42265.8311.95429.9230:302.007.58
Kentucky28.586.2622.4234.17162.174.7533.83263.5011.93425.6729:081.507.00
Texas A&M28.675.5118.8340.25165.084.1030.25223.5812.54388.6730:521.675.50
Massachusetts29.005.4318.3639.18180.914.6230.82199.0012.58379.9130:241.647.55
Western Michigan29.005.6518.6736.75156.084.2530.25222.4212.77378.5029:212.176.75
Tennessee29.085.9421.8346.25251.255.4323.25161.6712.60412.9231:461.256.58
Tulane29.176.6820.1738.67210.425.4426.58225.6714.96436.0827:111.676.17
Navy29.186.5118.8234.55159.824.6326.91240.0014.12399.8223:301.185.55
Oklahoma State30.085.5021.2538.00131.753.4734.83268.5013.31400.2531:211.835.92
Memphis30.825.5724.0044.27193.644.3737.09259.9112.38453.5533:512.367.91
North Carolina31.255.8522.0844.33213.004.8030.25223.0813.32436.0833:271.255.25
Arizona State31.256.2922.2535.25178.675.0735.75268.0812.19446.7528:061.336.92
Vanderbilt31.335.8520.8339.92198.504.9727.33194.5812.23393.0830:370.757.17
Illinois31.505.6622.4245.67218.504.7828.25199.9211.94418.4231:451.586.25
West Virginia31.586.2821.6740.50204.755.0631.50247.7513.39452.5032:151.427.33
Old Dominion31.675.8122.5844.00204.334.6429.67223.3312.18427.6731:211.334.83
New Mexico State31.735.4222.0040.91177.094.3333.00223.8211.56400.9131:562.007.18
Texas Tech31.755.6924.0836.67154.254.2139.67279.7511.04434.0030:592.255.50
Nevada-Las Vegas31.756.2824.0044.08239.335.4329.00219.3312.24458.6728:121.585.50
Missouri31.755.7320.8339.92163.504.1034.33261.7512.77425.2534:571.425.83
New Mexico31.836.1319.5833.83157.424.6531.08240.5813.00398.0027:351.085.33
Cincinnati31.835.8822.9243.83192.424.3929.50238.5813.01431.0032:130.927.17
Syracuse32.176.4020.6737.58196.675.2331.75247.3312.79444.0029:501.006.58
Air Force32.426.8117.6737.58222.835.9320.25171.0815.21393.9226:320.834.17
Georgia Southern32.556.6619.0033.73180.915.3628.64234.6414.75415.5525:331.735.36
Texas State32.756.1120.5037.42138.083.6932.50289.2514.11427.3329:450.757.33
Charlotte32.756.1623.5043.08205.834.7830.75248.7511.71454.5833:260.925.00
North Texas33.255.7020.5042.50202.004.7530.17212.3313.34414.3329:501.085.25
Hawaii33.926.7622.8340.00210.175.2527.83248.5814.00458.7528:311.255.67
Nevada33.926.1224.9247.08208.254.4229.92263.0813.15471.3334:161.587.50
Arizona34.086.0324.5040.17186.674.6536.67276.9212.13463.5831:312.008.42
Mississippi34.586.1623.1745.83245.335.3528.75214.1712.91459.5034:471.085.67
Kent State35.086.2420.0840.58214.925.3025.17195.0813.85410.0028:341.586.58
Southern Methodist35.506.6723.8342.33213.255.0430.58273.4214.20486.6730:231.927.42
Rice35.756.4321.8338.50192.585.0027.75233.2512.06425.8330:230.504.08
Baylor35.926.4722.0038.67190.674.9332.17267.7512.60458.4229:580.926.58
Arkansas36.176.4721.4239.08196.925.0428.83242.1714.18439.0828:351.425.42
Nebraska36.426.3423.2538.58214.755.5730.25221.4211.35436.1730:411.006.00
California-Los Angeles36.756.2524.9250.00282.675.6528.17206.0812.81488.7533:221.008.00
Texas El Paso36.756.2423.7543.33234.335.4128.25212.2511.85446.5832:011.176.42
Maryland37.085.6223.6740.83190.834.6733.83228.5811.48419.4232:431.335.83
Tulsa37.507.3124.4245.25265.005.8627.08263.9214.87528.9231:581.178.17
Louisiana-Lafayette37.916.4025.0044.55225.645.0730.82256.5512.94482.1830:161.365.36
Connecticut37.926.7725.6737.25185.084.9739.42333.9212.60519.0030:030.929.00
Bowling Green38.006.6126.0845.33253.255.5931.33253.3313.76506.5832:471.925.42
Ball State40.676.6220.1737.33188.005.0426.33233.5815.07421.5826:561.004.08
Louisiana-Monroe40.917.2425.0041.27226.185.4832.55308.4515.35534.6430:041.097.36
San Jose State41.696.2124.0852.77285.385.4127.69213.9212.58499.3135:121.236.31
Oregon State43.006.6126.1742.92235.755.4928.67237.3312.44473.0830:481.176.25
Kansas43.426.4522.0040.83172.504.2231.92296.7513.44469.2532:290.756.00
East Carolina45.007.7324.7541.83246.675.9028.25295.1715.74541.8328:480.927.75

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.