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NCAAF Football - Defensive Rankings & Statistics - April, 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
Florida State 12.14 4.09 16.57 38.29 124.79 3.26 30.50 156.64 9.88 281.43 30:36 2.50 5.07
Louisville 12.15 4.20 14.08 31.23 80.69 2.58 28.69 170.77 11.75 251.46 26:11 2.08 3.31
Michigan State 13.21 4.05 14.29 30.36 86.64 2.85 32.00 165.64 10.89 252.29 26:37 2.00 5.14
Alabama 13.92 4.83 14.92 32.00 106.23 3.32 27.31 180.31 11.90 286.54 28:00 1.46 5.46
Bowling Green 15.86 5.06 17.29 33.43 150.57 4.50 30.14 170.86 10.31 321.43 25:57 1.50 4.79
Wisconsin 16.31 4.73 16.08 31.85 102.54 3.22 32.69 202.54 11.60 305.08 26:26 1.54 5.15
Utah State 17.07 4.55 18.43 38.21 106.71 2.79 34.50 224.14 12.02 330.86 28:47 2.14 5.71
North Texas 17.77 5.14 17.77 32.77 120.54 3.68 35.00 227.77 11.09 348.31 27:46 2.62 4.69
Iowa 18.92 4.58 15.92 35.85 128.38 3.58 30.38 174.69 10.47 303.08 28:45 1.62 4.62
Stanford 19.00 4.86 20.00 31.07 89.36 2.88 39.57 253.79 10.33 343.14 28:14 1.36 5.36
Virginia Tech 19.31 4.53 14.69 34.54 110.92 3.21 27.92 172.31 12.80 283.23 26:41 2.00 6.08
South Carolina 20.31 5.46 17.54 35.69 153.85 4.31 28.38 196.15 11.54 350.00 27:59 2.31 4.77
Oregon 20.46 4.61 20.85 43.31 165.54 3.82 36.92 204.54 9.81 370.08 34:27 2.23 4.77
Cincinnati 21.00 4.77 17.69 32.54 104.46 3.21 33.69 211.15 10.81 315.62 28:43 1.62 6.31
Florida 21.08 5.30 16.08 32.75 142.42 4.35 26.58 171.83 12.97 314.25 26:11 1.50 5.33
Southern Cal 21.21 4.98 18.21 30.43 120.64 3.96 36.86 214.64 10.22 335.29 27:08 1.64 4.71
Central Florida 21.31 5.35 19.08 30.77 122.46 3.98 36.85 239.54 11.45 362.00 27:48 2.00 7.08
Tulane 21.38 4.92 19.46 38.77 123.69 3.19 32.85 228.38 12.37 352.08 29:57 2.69 7.38
Oklahoma State 21.62 4.77 22.08 39.08 142.38 3.64 41.62 242.54 10.87 384.92 33:16 2.54 7.00
Houston 21.77 5.23 22.31 41.62 149.00 3.58 37.92 266.77 11.64 415.77 34:18 3.31 7.92
LSU 22.00 5.08 18.92 36.46 143.23 3.93 30.62 197.46 11.51 340.69 29:56 1.46 5.31
Oklahoma 22.08 5.38 17.92 33.62 137.62 4.09 31.46 212.54 12.28 350.15 27:42 1.92 5.62
BYU 22.08 4.79 20.23 41.38 159.92 3.86 37.69 218.92 10.20 378.85 32:12 1.77 5.38
Clemson 22.15 5.03 17.92 41.77 155.69 3.73 29.08 201.00 12.94 356.69 32:35 2.31 6.54
Minnesota 22.23 5.66 18.85 34.85 158.15 4.54 31.15 215.08 11.32 373.23 27:07 1.46 3.38
Florida Atlantic 22.25 4.86 16.92 38.00 163.25 4.30 28.67 160.67 11.90 323.92 28:20 1.58 5.17
Notre Dame 22.38 5.12 21.54 40.15 168.00 4.18 31.38 198.15 10.73 366.15 30:53 1.31 5.38
Ohio State 22.64 5.28 20.21 33.29 109.43 3.29 38.14 268.00 11.37 377.43 28:35 1.71 5.50
Georgia Tech 22.85 5.52 19.69 32.46 115.77 3.57 32.85 244.46 11.90 360.23 26:41 1.54 5.85
Washington 22.85 4.98 21.54 39.08 161.31 4.13 39.00 227.23 10.59 388.54 31:19 1.77 5.31
Kansas State 22.92 5.08 19.15 35.46 139.15 3.92 35.23 219.77 10.31 358.92 28:16 1.92 5.08
Marshall 22.93 4.91 19.64 43.36 160.86 3.71 31.86 208.07 12.67 368.93 33:04 1.86 5.36
Mississippi State 23.00 5.45 17.85 34.23 144.15 4.21 29.85 205.15 11.11 349.31 26:44 1.92 5.00
Missouri 23.07 5.41 21.21 36.64 153.21 4.18 40.50 263.79 10.37 417.00 30:00 2.29 7.36
UCLA 23.15 5.07 22.46 42.62 168.31 3.95 33.54 217.62 10.64 385.92 30:56 2.00 6.31
Baylor 23.54 4.75 18.62 42.00 145.38 3.46 33.85 214.92 13.18 360.31 32:43 2.23 6.15
Mississippi 23.69 5.25 20.46 39.54 154.92 3.92 31.00 215.54 11.44 370.46 30:16 1.69 5.46
Wake Forest 24.08 5.00 19.25 38.42 143.17 3.73 34.75 223.00 10.21 366.17 30:17 1.75 4.75
Arizona 24.23 5.26 21.23 40.85 167.85 4.11 35.38 233.23 11.27 401.08 31:30 1.69 5.77
Navy 24.38 5.65 21.77 39.31 178.85 4.55 30.54 215.92 10.28 394.77 28:24 1.69 5.38
Buffalo 24.38 5.59 18.92 39.31 166.62 4.24 29.15 216.15 14.26 382.77 28:27 2.31 6.92
Rice 24.43 5.34 17.57 38.93 162.07 4.16 29.43 203.07 13.35 365.14 27:13 1.86 4.71
North Carolina 24.46 5.28 21.38 43.77 182.46 4.17 32.62 220.69 12.11 403.15 32:19 1.54 5.31
Memphis 24.58 5.19 20.83 35.08 116.33 3.32 36.33 254.33 11.52 370.67 29:55 1.50 6.00
Western Kentucky 24.58 5.33 16.75 37.58 161.25 4.29 26.00 177.92 11.80 339.17 27:38 1.75 6.33
Vanderbilt 24.62 5.07 20.00 35.38 147.85 4.18 34.54 206.92 9.89 354.77 28:19 2.31 6.38
Ball State 24.69 5.58 21.54 40.92 195.31 4.77 33.31 218.54 10.72 413.85 31:10 2.38 7.62
Auburn 24.71 5.96 20.57 35.43 163.00 4.60 35.21 257.71 12.66 420.71 29:38 1.36 5.71
East Carolina 24.77 4.90 20.46 35.77 117.08 3.27 39.54 252.08 10.78 369.15 30:41 1.85 5.08
Nebraska 24.85 5.21 20.08 41.38 156.15 3.77 29.85 214.62 13.29 370.77 30:40 1.38 4.54
Boise State 24.85 5.25 22.69 43.69 164.15 3.76 35.00 249.23 11.02 413.38 31:37 2.08 5.69
Northern Illinois 25.07 5.44 21.93 39.36 151.71 3.85 36.93 263.14 13.16 414.86 31:27 2.14 5.86
South Alabama 25.17 5.62 19.75 37.50 159.67 4.26 30.83 224.58 12.36 384.25 29:40 1.50 6.92
TCU 25.25 4.83 18.50 39.50 130.83 3.31 34.33 225.58 12.71 356.42 29:37 2.33 6.75
Maryland 25.31 5.09 19.54 40.15 149.31 3.72 33.46 225.08 10.88 374.38 30:27 1.62 5.00
Syracuse 25.38 5.32 18.69 36.08 137.38 3.81 32.92 229.77 11.95 367.15 29:34 1.85 4.31
Texas 25.85 5.48 21.15 42.08 183.08 4.35 32.23 224.15 12.24 407.23 29:43 2.00 7.62
Arkansas State 26.15 5.82 20.85 38.08 182.00 4.78 33.31 233.69 12.71 415.69 30:02 1.54 5.38
Penn State 26.17 5.30 19.42 36.75 144.00 3.92 35.25 237.33 11.44 381.33 30:00 1.67 6.00
Middle Tennessee 26.23 5.31 22.15 46.00 199.69 4.34 29.92 203.77 10.81 403.46 31:48 2.54 5.08
Louisiana Tech 26.25 5.30 21.75 47.33 194.75 4.11 29.75 213.50 12.56 408.25 34:06 2.17 5.25
UTSA 26.33 5.37 21.58 35.75 143.08 4.00 34.33 233.25 11.61 376.33 27:37 1.17 5.67
Louisiana-Lafayette 26.46 5.76 20.38 36.46 150.69 4.13 31.85 242.85 12.63 393.54 29:52 1.77 5.31
Arizona State 26.64 5.53 17.36 35.50 137.64 3.88 31.79 234.71 13.20 372.36 29:39 2.36 6.57
Duke 26.64 5.67 22.21 40.93 174.86 4.27 32.86 243.86 12.93 418.71 30:56 1.86 6.14
Miami 26.77 5.75 22.08 40.15 176.54 4.40 34.00 249.85 12.21 426.38 34:01 2.08 6.23
Michigan 26.85 5.29 19.62 36.77 140.15 3.81 33.38 231.31 12.37 371.46 28:38 2.00 4.77
Kent State 26.92 6.05 21.58 40.75 198.83 4.88 27.00 211.08 14.39 409.92 29:23 1.08 6.08
Northwestern 27.08 5.46 23.92 40.33 167.33 4.15 37.17 256.17 11.51 423.50 30:45 1.92 4.33
Pittsburgh 27.15 5.52 18.69 36.85 149.00 4.04 29.69 218.54 12.63 367.54 29:13 1.23 5.54
Texas State 27.33 5.43 19.25 35.42 148.25 4.19 37.92 250.08 11.07 398.33 28:06 1.58 6.25
Ohio 27.46 5.75 20.54 40.69 187.92 4.62 29.85 217.92 12.37 405.85 32:48 1.69 7.62
Utah 28.00 5.40 20.33 37.00 132.00 3.57 36.92 267.33 12.24 399.33 29:48 1.33 6.50
League Average 28.54 5.67 20.89 39.14 172.26 4.40 32.33 232.93 12.12 405.19 29:59 1.71 5.68
South Florida 28.58 5.42 19.83 36.25 139.75 3.86 28.50 211.00 11.78 350.75 31:06 2.08 6.00
Toledo 28.58 5.82 23.33 42.50 170.42 4.01 30.00 251.33 13.77 421.75 30:43 1.67 4.92
Central Michigan 28.58 5.85 21.00 42.08 201.25 4.78 27.17 203.92 12.23 405.17 30:08 1.83 4.75
Akron 28.58 5.51 21.50 40.00 164.08 4.10 32.08 232.92 11.74 397.00 30:38 1.58 4.67
Boston College 28.92 5.94 21.62 39.85 161.85 4.06 32.54 268.00 12.31 429.85 30:45 1.54 4.85
Georgia 29.00 5.41 19.38 40.00 148.15 3.70 29.38 227.38 13.38 375.54 30:37 1.15 6.38
Tennessee 29.00 6.07 21.25 39.42 207.33 5.26 29.50 211.08 12.66 418.42 31:11 2.08 6.25
Rutgers 29.77 5.68 21.15 32.54 100.77 3.10 40.08 312.00 12.25 412.77 30:41 1.38 7.00
Colorado State 29.79 5.76 20.57 37.07 140.36 3.79 35.14 275.71 12.45 416.07 29:10 1.57 4.71
Temple 29.83 6.40 23.92 38.08 175.00 4.60 35.92 298.58 12.89 473.58 31:31 1.08 7.50
Louisiana-Monroe 30.17 5.82 21.33 39.33 189.25 4.81 34.00 237.58 12.96 426.83 30:38 1.58 7.75
North Carolina State 30.17 5.89 19.92 35.92 180.17 5.02 31.92 219.25 11.59 399.42 28:07 1.75 5.25
Connecticut 30.25 5.52 19.42 36.67 135.42 3.69 33.00 249.17 13.53 384.58 31:05 2.00 6.08
Fresno State 30.31 5.65 20.46 40.69 148.15 3.64 35.62 282.62 13.12 430.77 31:38 1.77 6.85
Texas Tech 30.54 5.36 21.62 44.31 201.46 4.55 33.77 217.08 11.38 418.54 31:35 1.46 8.23
Arkansas 30.75 6.09 22.17 38.17 178.42 4.67 29.67 235.00 12.21 413.42 29:33 1.17 4.58
Kentucky 31.17 6.26 21.33 40.25 197.33 4.90 28.00 229.83 12.48 427.17 32:00 1.25 5.92
Oregon State 31.38 6.14 21.85 37.31 190.31 5.10 33.77 246.31 12.08 436.62 27:36 2.23 6.23
Army 31.58 6.55 19.58 41.83 213.33 5.10 20.92 197.50 15.29 410.83 27:51 1.42 5.50
San Diego State 31.69 5.26 20.46 35.92 131.38 3.66 37.54 254.77 11.19 386.15 27:57 1.46 6.31
Kansas 31.83 5.82 22.17 40.42 190.58 4.72 33.92 242.00 12.36 432.58 30:16 2.00 5.25
UNLV 31.85 5.74 21.92 42.92 215.54 5.02 32.54 217.69 12.63 433.23 30:11 1.54 6.08
Texas A&M 32.23 6.36 23.38 41.31 222.31 5.38 33.54 253.46 13.18 475.77 33:15 1.69 6.54
Washington State 32.54 5.92 22.85 42.08 187.23 4.45 35.31 270.77 12.26 458.00 31:23 2.31 6.23
Massachusetts 33.00 6.60 21.25 40.00 215.50 5.39 25.67 217.75 13.83 433.25 30:33 1.58 4.58
Virginia 33.25 5.66 18.83 39.17 170.67 4.36 32.17 232.92 14.33 403.58 26:37 1.75 6.75
West Virginia 33.33 5.93 21.17 43.25 191.67 4.43 33.42 263.33 12.95 455.00 31:41 2.33 7.17
Southern Methodist 33.33 5.58 22.42 37.17 140.75 3.79 36.75 271.83 11.41 412.58 31:04 1.42 7.67
Tulsa 33.92 5.52 21.42 43.33 198.92 4.59 34.50 230.67 11.49 429.58 31:47 2.00 4.92
Nevada 34.42 7.12 23.50 39.33 258.50 6.57 31.67 246.83 11.62 505.33 27:35 1.50 6.42
San Jose State 35.08 6.14 24.42 40.83 211.67 5.18 34.00 247.58 11.79 459.25 29:22 1.42 4.67
Western Michigan 35.42 5.82 22.42 46.50 250.00 5.38 25.58 169.17 12.16 419.17 31:18 1.50 5.83
Illinois 35.42 6.66 23.67 42.75 238.58 5.58 29.50 242.92 12.62 481.50 30:49 0.92 6.83
Miami (Ohio) 35.67 6.35 25.75 44.00 223.33 5.08 32.25 260.92 12.33 484.25 32:20 1.58 5.08
Troy 35.92 6.67 23.00 39.33 169.58 4.31 33.08 313.58 16.36 483.17 30:03 0.92 6.75
Iowa State 36.00 6.05 22.00 41.83 224.00 5.35 34.67 239.08 12.00 463.08 28:53 1.75 4.33
Georgia State 36.67 6.30 23.17 45.17 221.25 4.90 28.83 245.25 13.20 466.50 32:02 1.33 4.25
Wyoming 36.67 6.01 24.58 47.50 220.58 4.64 33.00 263.08 11.56 483.67 34:57 1.67 5.75
Florida International 37.00 6.58 21.33 38.92 205.42 5.28 26.42 224.25 13.06 429.67 28:59 1.17 4.67
Purdue 38.00 6.23 24.58 44.08 235.42 5.34 29.75 224.50 11.56 459.92 32:25 1.67 3.50
Colorado 38.25 6.08 22.58 42.17 208.50 4.94 34.83 259.50 12.61 468.00 31:10 1.75 5.33
Hawaii 38.75 5.97 25.08 48.17 213.58 4.43 34.67 281.08 13.60 494.67 33:21 2.00 5.75
Indiana 38.83 6.74 25.83 43.75 237.75 5.43 34.58 290.17 13.76 527.92 34:11 1.42 5.50
Texas El Paso 39.33 7.43 21.83 40.25 247.83 6.16 22.75 220.50 16.43 468.33 27:34 1.00 3.67
Air Force 40.00 6.41 27.50 49.33 250.58 5.08 27.17 239.67 12.14 490.25 32:26 0.75 4.83
Southern Miss 41.92 5.87 24.00 47.25 224.58 4.75 26.92 210.92 11.94 435.50 32:43 1.58 5.17
New Mexico 42.75 7.42 24.50 41.67 257.17 6.17 28.00 259.42 13.65 516.58 27:36 0.83 3.75
UAB 43.75 7.21 24.58 39.50 221.33 5.60 29.58 276.92 14.32 498.25 29:24 1.17 4.75
New Mexico State 44.58 7.65 24.17 43.67 299.50 6.86 28.17 250.00 13.76 549.50 30:35 1.67 5.50
Eastern Michigan 45.17 7.61 23.50 41.08 258.00 6.28 26.00 252.58 14.86 510.58 29:39 0.92 5.67
California 45.92 7.08 24.75 38.50 188.58 4.90 36.33 341.00 14.51 529.58 30:32 1.08 6.67
Idaho 46.75 6.90 25.75 38.92 211.75 5.44 37.50 315.83 12.47 527.58 28:36 1.58 6.67

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.