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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
Alabama13.004.0014.4731.6764.272.0333.87197.8710.87262.1329:041.933.87
Michigan14.084.2214.3137.00119.853.2425.23142.5412.96262.3826:571.465.38
Ohio State15.464.3815.3836.92124.623.3830.85172.2311.42296.8526:512.084.54
Wisconsin15.574.9216.3630.0798.793.2931.14202.5712.38301.3624:592.074.43
Louisiana State15.754.7616.0035.75118.003.3030.25196.4212.21314.4228:521.425.25
Florida16.774.6715.8537.54144.463.8525.23148.5413.05293.0028:461.854.31
Auburn17.085.0719.2335.54132.773.7435.85229.1511.03361.9230:491.316.08
Washington17.714.6117.5736.71133.933.6532.07182.939.96316.8628:582.366.14
Appalachian State17.855.0017.8531.92125.923.9434.15204.2310.37330.1526:241.625.92
Clemson18.004.6317.0035.00129.603.7032.20181.8710.83311.4729:181.807.93
Temple18.434.6415.3636.43130.363.5824.43152.1411.70282.5026:271.795.79
Miami-FL18.544.7418.8538.31130.383.4034.31213.7710.61344.1532:011.467.08
Iowa18.855.1018.1537.92149.693.9530.92201.3812.96351.0830:061.385.15
Brigham Young19.545.5218.7733.15112.853.4033.00252.1512.10365.0027:202.386.31
Western Michigan19.795.8217.9332.50153.574.7328.21200.0712.56353.6425:571.865.93
Army19.855.1114.4631.15122.383.9326.08170.2311.59292.6225:231.696.15
San Diego State20.214.7816.9334.29105.713.0831.86210.2912.22316.0028:362.075.21
Stanford20.385.3519.5435.15144.464.1133.62223.6212.16368.0827:131.546.69
Kansas State21.235.8419.0828.92109.693.7935.08263.8512.08373.5423:571.926.31
Arkansas State21.464.9919.3140.15143.383.5732.62219.4612.40362.8530:481.696.85
Colorado21.714.8917.5036.50149.434.0933.36192.0711.64341.5029:031.865.79
Minnesota22.084.8318.9234.85117.853.3837.38230.9210.96348.7728:531.924.69
Troy22.085.0519.2335.54120.153.3837.08246.3812.61366.5429:032.317.62
Wake Forest22.155.3319.3137.31142.383.8232.15228.1512.31370.5429:102.085.38
Northwestern22.235.4021.5436.77139.153.7838.15265.3811.39404.5431:211.924.69
Ohio22.645.1419.0735.36104.862.9734.93256.1411.64361.0028:471.866.57
North Carolina State22.775.1419.0832.62108.623.3336.08244.1511.58352.7728:011.626.00
Virginia Tech22.794.9917.1437.43140.503.7530.79200.2112.98340.7128:441.798.14
Boise State23.315.2021.3841.00176.774.3134.00213.0010.33389.7731:580.697.62
Houston23.464.8016.3834.38100.152.9132.23219.4612.14319.6226:561.385.69
Louisville23.774.7017.4637.15116.083.1231.62207.0812.02323.1531:131.925.92
Miami-OH23.775.2420.0836.00145.154.0331.38208.0811.37353.2327:361.624.69
Utah23.925.5619.5432.85128.463.9136.00254.3113.02382.7726:122.385.38
Nebraska23.925.5317.7733.23147.624.4432.46215.8511.05363.4627:411.465.00
Vanderbilt24.005.9020.4635.00163.544.6734.23244.6211.73408.1528:111.466.15
West Virginia24.005.5621.8539.77168.234.2336.77257.6912.36425.9230:491.927.31
Georgia24.005.2616.0036.15143.693.9726.08183.7711.94327.4626:172.085.00
Southern California24.235.3819.0834.38139.084.0433.85228.0811.81367.1529:151.544.77
Georgia Tech24.465.7921.6236.38172.234.7333.38231.8511.16404.0829:421.465.00
Texas A&M24.545.5523.5444.08191.774.3535.54250.0011.95441.7733:291.856.31
Western Kentucky24.575.2020.0032.5797.212.9839.79279.1411.95376.3631:091.506.86
Central Florida24.624.7819.5444.31170.693.8533.08199.3811.78370.0832:312.006.15
North Carolina24.925.3721.9250.62224.234.4325.31183.8512.99408.0835:321.087.23
Florida State25.005.2718.8535.15128.003.6431.08221.0812.83349.0827:041.776.62
Boston College25.005.0915.4632.38108.623.3529.23205.3112.59313.9226:172.085.62
Louisiana-Lafayette25.315.2820.3837.69127.153.3733.77249.9211.99377.0830:181.386.15
Penn State25.435.0419.5739.36151.293.8433.71216.6410.39367.9332:161.507.21
Toledo25.695.8019.6936.46175.774.8231.85220.3112.62396.0829:490.776.54
Air Force26.235.8117.5433.54114.153.4029.46251.8516.29366.0025:561.775.38
Washington State26.386.0420.3132.92134.234.0834.23271.6912.71405.9227:341.777.54
South Carolina26.465.6122.8542.38202.464.7830.92208.6911.21411.1530:032.086.31
Georgia Southern26.505.9621.1737.17168.254.5329.58229.5013.11397.7527:201.585.08
Oklahoma State26.545.9322.6242.23195.314.6233.08251.0012.45446.3131:091.925.38
Georgia State26.584.9122.2548.00206.754.3129.58173.9210.81380.6734:251.505.83
Cincinnati26.925.3423.9246.83189.584.0532.42233.2511.71422.8333:302.005.00
South Alabama27.005.6421.2345.15215.694.7824.08174.6212.07390.3130:291.545.69
Indiana27.235.0919.4642.62160.543.7732.08219.6913.04380.2331:511.776.77
Old Dominion27.235.4021.3838.69156.384.0432.15226.4612.02382.8530:191.775.15
California-Los Angeles27.504.8622.2542.00172.174.1036.67209.8310.32382.0033:151.926.75
Tulane27.675.3618.0039.33159.254.0528.67205.2513.17364.5027:362.255.50
Michigan State27.755.5318.5838.33158.674.1427.67206.1712.49364.8328:061.084.17
Notre Dame27.835.4020.3344.08182.424.1426.08196.4212.21378.8330:581.175.67
Texas-San Antonio27.925.6920.8537.46162.464.3431.38229.5413.32392.0028:331.385.85
Texas Christian28.005.5121.0844.46187.774.2232.92238.9212.73426.6931:531.235.92
Connecticut28.085.7220.9237.33146.083.9134.50264.6711.98410.7530:070.924.92
Duke28.176.2918.0039.08174.924.4826.83239.7516.25414.6728:341.586.00
Kent State28.675.2121.6744.75189.754.2429.42196.7512.90386.5030:522.004.83
Tennessee28.855.8422.5443.77220.775.0433.15228.4612.53449.2332:351.856.38
Oklahoma28.855.8521.2335.77162.624.5538.08269.3812.92432.0027:431.316.69
Memphis28.855.7723.7740.77204.925.0338.08249.6910.68454.6232:462.236.54
Nevada29.006.6322.0048.83298.426.1119.92157.5813.41456.0030:421.256.08
Baylor29.005.4522.3147.62201.694.2431.69230.1513.24431.8532:591.695.92
League Average29.055.7520.9339.55178.434.5131.57230.1612.45408.6029:591.556.05
Utah State29.335.2321.4246.50203.334.3726.17176.5011.70379.8333:150.837.08
Maryland29.545.6723.0045.08214.774.7630.31212.3112.49427.0832:130.926.15
Southern Miss29.545.7614.8532.85152.544.6424.00174.9213.38327.4626:321.156.54
Eastern Michigan29.855.8023.8538.62167.544.3435.46261.9212.20429.4629:121.855.62
Tulsa29.855.4920.0840.38177.624.4037.54250.1512.51427.7730:181.627.62
Ball State30.086.3922.7533.67151.424.5040.08319.6712.74471.0828:481.175.83
Central Michigan30.315.7519.9236.38169.624.6631.92222.9211.69392.5428:451.384.62
Northern Illinois30.335.7924.4243.33200.834.6334.67250.6712.75451.5034:391.336.92
Colorado State30.386.1120.6944.38214.004.8224.31205.6214.37419.6230:271.086.08
Oregon State30.505.7023.1741.25218.425.2933.83209.9211.00428.3328:561.675.92
Fresno State30.925.7221.7550.25248.334.9422.33166.7512.75415.0831:110.755.75
Navy31.006.3421.9339.00179.934.6129.50254.0713.32434.0028:481.294.29
Arkansas31.086.7519.1534.77205.465.9128.46221.1513.19426.6224:531.624.38
Texas31.255.6522.3343.83178.334.0733.08256.5012.77434.8330:281.426.58
Idaho31.316.2422.3834.23145.234.2434.46283.0813.05428.3127:472.156.31
Kentucky31.316.1322.7744.23230.775.2227.08206.0813.26436.8530:081.626.54
Iowa State31.335.9724.4243.83218.174.9832.08234.7511.99452.9230:201.085.17
New Mexico31.466.3019.5436.23172.464.7626.46222.3114.38394.7726:041.004.69
Missouri31.506.0522.7544.33231.925.2334.83246.8312.29478.7536:061.676.25
South Florida31.625.8225.0843.85196.464.4839.00285.5412.25482.0033:112.004.62
Mississippi State31.776.2422.9237.31177.544.7636.31281.5412.58459.0831:081.775.23
Illinois31.925.5421.5047.42219.174.6225.67185.9211.50405.0834:001.505.17
Buffalo32.335.9421.5849.75253.255.0923.75183.1713.40436.4233:011.084.50
North Texas32.626.0721.8545.23239.545.3027.23200.2314.30439.7733:391.697.08
Louisiana Tech33.575.7923.9337.43146.573.9235.29274.7111.91421.2931:371.296.36
Akron33.586.0524.5044.50224.675.0532.50241.3312.12466.0034:011.176.58
Virginia33.756.3321.5040.42190.004.7030.08256.5813.93446.5830:591.425.92
Mississippi34.006.1822.5045.50246.335.4129.17214.9212.52461.2534:031.336.83
Wyoming34.076.5920.5738.36203.645.3130.36248.9314.46452.5728:251.936.00
Charlotte34.586.0424.1733.83143.424.2441.25309.8311.99453.2530:411.927.42
San Jose State34.676.4821.0845.00246.675.4822.17188.5814.14435.2529:121.585.50
Florida International34.836.3322.3338.25200.925.2530.25232.8312.53433.7528:131.175.83
Texas El Paso34.926.1622.0839.17210.335.3728.83208.4211.91418.7529:490.924.67
Pittsburgh35.235.9923.3133.46120.693.6142.31333.1512.37453.8529:061.466.31
Marshall35.256.3524.1740.67201.754.9631.00253.6713.84455.4230:081.676.75
Massachusetts35.506.1323.8341.08193.584.7132.83259.5812.26453.1733:011.256.92
Middle Tennessee35.775.4724.5444.38198.694.4837.77250.7711.40449.4631:521.466.08
East Carolina36.086.4321.3342.17228.255.4128.17223.8313.85452.0829:460.676.33
Southern Methodist36.256.0022.3341.50210.505.0734.00242.5012.18453.0029:222.177.67
Nevada-Las Vegas36.755.8722.2540.33186.924.6332.92243.1713.90430.0831:331.254.33
Hawaii37.296.3723.8644.36234.215.2828.07227.3612.94461.5730:261.216.86
Kansas37.336.0423.0845.75236.585.1729.75219.7512.50456.3332:111.836.58
Rice37.337.4321.5039.75216.835.4528.17287.6716.13504.5030:490.927.58
Rutgers37.506.3520.1746.33264.175.7024.58186.5013.01450.6732:431.175.83
Purdue38.256.2221.7545.42238.425.2526.25207.4213.31445.8330:401.337.08
Arizona38.336.1025.1741.33194.174.7035.58275.1711.75469.3334:091.178.50
Bowling Green38.336.3022.7542.00190.674.5431.67273.3313.50464.0031:031.427.50
Syracuse38.586.9122.9241.42225.425.4431.08275.6715.39501.0831:141.585.33
New Mexico State38.836.6224.0045.75248.925.4430.00252.4213.06501.3334:401.925.92
Louisiana-Monroe39.086.6524.3345.25257.835.7027.00222.5013.76480.3330:331.087.25
Florida Atlantic39.756.9124.6744.75245.425.4829.58268.4213.82513.8332:171.255.42
Arizona State39.837.0723.1733.25163.084.9040.42357.4213.84520.5029:491.426.83
Texas State41.086.2023.8345.00223.424.9631.00247.6711.98471.0832:340.927.75
Oregon41.426.4228.0843.42246.675.6837.42271.9211.21518.5834:121.008.08
California42.586.7126.6744.33272.926.1632.92245.4212.48518.3331:391.508.92
Texas Tech43.507.0526.7541.67238.585.7336.92315.7513.98554.3328:551.086.50

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.