NCAAF Football - Defensive Rankings & Statistics - December, 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 Y/PL FD RA RY YR PA PY YP TY Time TO PEN
Mississippi 13.83 4.61 17.92 39.25 133.58 3.40 30.42 187.58 10.57 321.17 31:30 2.33 6.08
Stanford 16.00 4.21 17.25 34.67 111.75 3.22 33.58 175.67 9.17 287.42 28:12 1.25 6.33
LSU 16.42 4.78 14.92 34.08 143.50 4.21 29.92 162.33 10.76 305.83 26:01 1.67 4.58
Alabama 16.62 4.68 16.23 31.54 88.69 2.81 35.15 223.69 11.68 312.38 27:24 1.38 4.38
Memphis 17.08 4.75 18.58 35.25 125.25 3.55 37.08 218.00 10.85 343.25 29:56 2.25 6.50
Temple 17.50 4.75 19.42 42.42 160.17 3.78 30.58 186.92 10.38 347.08 33:12 2.50 6.17
Clemson 17.58 4.03 14.08 35.17 97.67 2.78 29.25 162.00 10.98 259.67 28:42 1.58 5.92
Penn State 17.67 4.13 14.50 33.17 84.75 2.56 32.17 185.00 10.88 269.75 28:26 1.75 6.75
Central Florida 17.92 4.29 16.58 31.58 97.42 3.08 34.42 185.42 9.85 282.83 27:38 2.25 9.00
Mississippi State 19.42 5.46 20.17 34.25 126.50 3.69 41.08 285.17 13.32 411.67 29:59 1.83 4.50
Houston 19.50 4.79 18.33 38.50 136.33 3.54 31.33 198.25 11.22 334.58 30:05 2.50 8.25
Utah State 19.71 4.76 19.07 39.93 130.64 3.27 34.86 225.43 11.95 356.07 30:22 2.14 7.93
Michigan State 19.92 4.80 14.50 28.42 97.50 3.43 32.67 196.00 11.94 293.50 24:46 2.75 5.17
Wisconsin 20.00 4.76 14.15 34.54 118.92 3.44 24.92 164.31 13.87 283.23 26:19 1.31 5.62
San Diego State 20.08 4.99 18.42 38.67 145.58 3.77 29.00 192.00 11.82 337.58 28:33 1.83 5.08
Arkansas 20.25 5.33 18.17 34.25 124.00 3.62 30.58 221.42 13.02 345.42 26:33 1.83 5.92
TCU 20.33 4.85 17.33 39.25 117.08 2.98 34.83 242.42 14.19 359.50 29:44 3.00 5.42
Virginia Tech 20.42 4.99 16.42 37.58 144.83 3.85 28.92 186.83 13.59 331.67 28:46 1.58 7.00
Louisville 20.50 4.58 14.75 31.83 93.67 2.94 32.17 199.58 11.57 293.25 27:01 2.33 5.08
Boston College 20.50 5.07 16.67 30.75 95.42 3.10 31.08 218.00 11.37 313.42 26:50 1.00 5.42
Duke 20.58 5.24 21.92 44.08 196.33 4.45 32.25 204.00 11.60 400.33 31:18 1.75 7.25
Marshall 20.85 4.68 21.23 41.54 157.15 3.78 33.69 194.69 10.59 351.85 31:30 1.69 6.23
Ohio State 21.15 4.79 18.62 36.08 139.54 3.87 32.38 188.15 10.63 327.69 28:57 2.23 5.00
Florida 21.18 4.42 16.73 37.00 114.36 3.09 32.82 194.18 11.01 308.55 29:52 2.45 7.45
Georgia 21.25 4.81 19.33 41.67 176.75 4.24 27.83 157.25 10.37 334.00 31:02 2.17 5.00
Missouri 21.38 4.77 19.69 38.31 135.85 3.55 33.92 208.54 10.19 344.38 31:05 1.69 5.92
Kansas State 21.75 5.31 20.50 33.42 124.50 3.73 34.58 236.75 10.89 361.25 27:29 1.67 6.00
Michigan 22.42 4.77 16.58 36.67 117.67 3.21 28.58 193.67 11.34 311.33 29:08 0.83 6.00
Oregon 22.46 5.40 22.54 37.46 154.23 4.12 39.23 259.54 11.03 413.77 32:53 1.92 6.15
Florida State 23.00 5.31 20.38 40.62 160.08 3.94 30.69 218.23 12.78 378.31 31:21 1.85 5.46
Akron 23.08 5.18 21.25 38.08 148.58 3.90 33.50 222.50 11.87 371.08 30:54 2.00 7.92
Central Michigan 23.17 5.13 18.17 32.83 119.75 3.65 31.75 211.42 11.64 331.17 26:32 1.67 5.17
Texas 23.25 4.68 19.25 41.50 162.08 3.91 32.92 186.25 9.51 348.33 29:21 1.83 5.75
Minnesota 23.42 5.32 19.58 35.92 161.17 4.49 32.25 201.50 10.94 362.67 28:27 2.33 4.75
Ga Southern 23.42 5.49 21.17 36.00 153.67 4.27 34.75 234.42 11.53 388.08 27:42 1.67 4.25
Colorado State 23.42 5.62 22.00 40.08 187.58 4.68 33.67 227.17 12.45 414.75 30:35 1.50 4.33
Northern Illinois 23.62 5.40 21.23 38.69 158.46 4.10 32.23 224.46 12.16 382.92 31:25 1.85 4.38
Southern Cal 23.75 5.27 22.83 34.17 132.50 3.88 41.42 265.67 10.99 398.17 29:01 1.83 6.17
Western Michigan 23.83 5.52 18.83 33.83 142.67 4.22 33.50 229.33 12.68 372.00 26:46 1.83 5.75
Tennessee 23.92 5.23 18.42 40.00 162.08 4.05 28.83 197.83 12.76 359.92 29:55 1.83 6.17
Iowa 24.00 5.18 16.00 37.00 158.75 4.29 27.58 175.75 12.26 334.50 28:17 1.25 6.58
Virginia 24.08 5.14 18.75 35.92 120.67 3.36 32.83 232.50 12.80 353.17 28:21 2.42 7.25
Baylor 24.17 5.18 18.92 36.58 107.67 2.94 34.42 260.00 13.87 367.67 30:31 2.00 6.83
Air Force 24.17 5.75 19.33 36.17 141.75 3.92 33.00 256.00 13.96 397.75 28:33 1.42 4.17
Miami 24.33 4.73 19.42 39.00 143.92 3.69 30.25 183.67 10.65 327.58 30:48 1.92 5.58
Syracuse 24.33 5.00 20.00 41.08 139.25 3.39 28.75 209.92 11.20 349.17 33:19 1.67 6.58
Washington 24.38 5.31 22.62 36.92 121.92 3.30 39.46 283.92 11.36 405.85 30:59 2.08 6.00
Oklahoma 24.75 5.16 20.17 34.67 109.58 3.16 39.42 272.67 12.54 382.25 29:26 1.58 6.08
Florida International 24.83 5.38 18.00 39.50 160.42 4.06 28.17 203.33 13.48 363.75 29:30 2.75 5.67
Nebraska 24.83 5.23 18.67 37.83 176.50 4.67 33.50 196.25 12.33 372.75 30:04 1.83 5.50
Ohio 24.83 5.57 20.58 34.58 132.83 3.84 36.25 261.42 12.30 394.25 29:28 1.58 6.67
Georgia Tech 25.08 6.23 20.46 33.08 168.77 5.10 30.54 227.62 11.88 396.38 25:53 2.08 5.38
Northwestern 25.17 5.25 20.42 40.08 169.92 4.24 33.08 214.33 11.69 384.25 30:34 2.25 5.67
Louisiana Tech 25.23 4.88 19.46 35.92 117.92 3.28 37.00 237.77 10.81 355.69 29:56 3.08 6.08
BYU 25.25 4.93 21.50 36.00 117.58 3.27 41.92 266.67 10.88 384.25 32:12 1.75 6.92
Pittsburgh 25.58 5.43 18.58 35.33 156.00 4.42 28.92 192.67 12.57 348.67 26:10 1.17 5.75
East Carolina 25.67 5.12 20.58 32.83 107.08 3.26 39.33 262.58 11.63 369.67 30:30 1.33 7.17
South Alabama 25.83 5.60 20.33 41.00 190.67 4.65 28.75 199.83 12.62 390.50 29:15 1.67 5.92
UTSA 25.92 5.23 19.83 39.25 140.17 3.57 31.42 229.50 12.69 369.67 30:20 1.58 6.25
Louisiana-Lafayette 26.00 5.88 19.46 35.00 142.23 4.06 34.08 263.62 11.90 405.85 28:17 1.31 4.62
Auburn 26.08 5.60 21.33 36.58 149.50 4.09 32.83 239.17 12.53 388.67 29:53 2.00 4.58
Utah 26.17 5.36 21.42 40.67 158.08 3.89 34.58 245.00 11.95 403.08 30:48 1.58 5.67
West Virginia 26.17 5.34 19.08 37.83 162.58 4.30 35.00 226.00 12.38 388.58 29:50 1.08 8.33
Louisiana-Monroe 26.25 5.31 18.92 42.25 183.33 4.34 28.08 189.92 11.63 373.25 30:07 1.33 6.25
Wake Forest 26.42 5.22 19.25 41.75 182.67 4.38 29.00 186.58 10.61 369.25 31:16 1.58 5.67
Boise State 26.54 5.31 17.62 35.38 141.46 4.00 33.69 225.00 11.61 366.46 28:21 2.23 5.38
Cincinnati 26.75 6.07 22.42 38.08 181.50 4.77 35.75 266.33 12.25 447.83 31:19 1.92 6.08
Hawaii 26.85 5.67 21.00 41.31 172.31 4.17 32.38 245.85 13.15 418.15 31:13 1.54 6.38
North Carolina State 27.00 5.30 20.67 41.08 175.58 4.27 29.33 197.50 11.67 373.08 30:52 1.58 5.33
South Florida 27.00 5.71 21.50 40.50 184.00 4.54 30.25 219.83 10.59 403.83 31:56 1.67 5.75
Ball State 27.17 5.87 22.08 39.58 191.08 4.83 33.50 237.75 11.41 428.83 30:06 2.00 5.58
Nevada 27.23 5.86 24.31 37.54 179.46 4.78 38.69 267.62 10.48 447.08 28:54 2.08 4.62
Texas A&M 27.33 5.89 23.42 44.08 223.50 5.07 32.17 225.50 12.19 449.00 34:22 1.00 5.83
Appalachian State 27.33 5.31 17.75 35.83 152.33 4.25 29.67 195.17 11.15 347.50 28:40 1.58 6.67
Arizona 27.46 5.59 24.23 42.08 170.38 4.05 38.38 279.08 11.16 449.46 33:04 1.85 9.08
UCLA 27.50 5.22 22.33 39.42 157.67 4.00 37.33 243.33 10.62 401.00 30:27 1.17 5.67
Texas State 27.67 5.71 21.83 43.50 202.83 4.66 34.67 243.25 11.14 446.08 31:54 1.58 6.08
Arizona State 27.67 5.66 20.00 38.92 156.75 4.03 35.00 261.75 12.46 418.50 30:58 2.08 7.25
Arkansas State 27.75 5.51 20.75 42.67 191.92 4.50 31.92 219.33 12.13 411.25 30:48 2.25 7.17
Texas El Paso 28.08 6.34 16.31 33.77 179.15 5.31 24.69 191.23 14.98 370.38 25:01 1.69 5.54
Navy 28.25 5.85 21.67 40.75 199.67 4.90 29.33 210.58 10.71 410.25 29:47 1.25 4.33
League Average 28.34 5.62 20.83 39.24 173.32 4.42 32.27 228.47 12.06 401.78 30:00 1.67 6.00
Tulane 28.42 5.65 20.50 37.25 157.92 4.24 31.42 229.92 12.54 387.83 29:28 2.33 6.33
Maryland 28.92 5.43 22.42 44.92 201.58 4.49 35.83 236.50 12.08 438.08 32:39 1.75 6.67
Kent State 29.00 5.75 21.91 44.73 214.00 4.78 30.09 216.27 12.65 430.27 30:57 1.55 7.00
Notre Dame 29.25 5.44 21.75 40.58 161.67 3.98 33.25 239.83 11.89 401.50 30:44 1.83 6.33
Toledo 29.33 5.69 21.92 33.25 120.50 3.62 37.50 282.42 12.55 402.92 28:52 1.00 4.83
San Jose State 29.42 5.52 18.25 44.67 239.42 5.36 20.08 117.83 10.55 357.25 28:35 1.17 4.92
Connecticut 29.83 5.22 20.25 40.17 169.83 4.23 32.42 208.75 10.94 378.58 31:35 1.25 7.08
North Texas 29.83 5.48 18.50 37.25 161.58 4.34 30.17 207.67 11.54 369.25 31:15 1.83 5.58
UAB 29.92 5.67 20.42 39.58 175.08 4.42 32.00 231.00 13.59 406.08 29:27 1.58 5.33
Rice 30.33 6.00 20.08 34.83 151.75 4.36 31.33 245.08 14.07 396.83 26:17 1.50 4.58
Rutgers 30.92 6.49 20.75 38.17 212.58 5.57 29.67 227.75 13.08 440.33 29:34 1.33 6.33
South Carolina 31.17 6.26 22.58 39.50 214.42 5.43 29.75 219.17 11.79 433.58 29:01 1.42 6.25
Kentucky 31.25 5.50 22.50 42.58 191.58 4.50 31.42 215.75 11.93 407.33 32:34 1.92 4.83
Middle Tennessee 31.50 5.85 23.25 42.08 182.58 4.34 35.17 269.67 12.49 452.25 31:14 1.67 5.83
Buffalo 31.55 5.86 18.36 41.00 175.18 4.27 26.82 222.55 16.43 397.73 27:08 1.36 6.55
Oregon State 31.58 5.76 22.00 34.33 158.17 4.61 36.25 248.08 11.63 406.25 27:47 1.50 7.17
Purdue 31.67 5.58 22.33 42.25 194.08 4.59 32.25 221.92 12.10 416.00 31:05 1.58 4.17
Miami (Ohio) 31.83 6.03 23.17 39.33 199.92 5.08 32.67 234.33 11.62 434.25 30:53 1.83 5.50
Oklahoma State 32.00 5.80 22.00 41.00 168.00 4.10 34.42 269.25 12.92 437.25 32:39 1.00 6.83
Fresno State 32.62 6.22 20.23 44.23 206.92 4.68 29.00 248.54 14.23 455.46 31:13 1.54 7.46
Indiana 32.83 5.85 22.25 37.50 182.67 4.87 36.58 250.67 11.14 433.33 31:40 1.42 4.67
Wyoming 32.83 6.54 21.00 38.75 203.00 5.24 27.08 227.75 12.77 430.75 27:32 1.33 4.67
Army 32.92 6.48 21.75 36.33 193.00 5.31 30.08 237.42 11.72 430.42 28:40 1.25 4.50
Massachusetts 33.00 5.75 23.42 41.00 191.75 4.68 36.83 255.75 11.41 447.50 32:44 1.42 7.92
Kansas 33.25 6.28 21.92 38.83 209.67 5.40 33.33 243.50 12.54 453.17 29:44 1.75 5.92
Vanderbilt 33.25 5.72 21.92 41.50 183.75 4.43 28.83 218.33 12.19 402.08 30:30 1.08 6.42
Illinois 33.92 6.00 23.00 48.83 249.58 5.11 28.50 214.75 12.89 464.33 32:53 1.50 5.33
Bowling Green 33.92 6.00 26.38 40.85 206.77 5.06 42.38 292.38 11.41 499.15 34:26 2.23 6.69
Florida Atlantic 34.42 6.23 22.83 40.33 223.25 5.54 33.58 237.50 12.03 460.75 30:00 1.25 5.75
Southern Miss 35.42 6.41 23.25 40.17 216.33 5.39 30.25 235.08 12.21 451.42 30:35 1.42 6.00
New Mexico 35.92 6.79 25.58 46.08 266.33 5.78 29.92 250.00 13.82 516.33 29:46 1.58 5.00
Troy 36.17 6.39 23.33 43.42 246.17 5.67 27.67 207.75 12.22 453.92 30:38 1.50 4.58
Idaho 37.27 6.93 20.45 43.82 246.18 5.62 22.91 216.55 14.98 462.73 29:10 1.55 7.09
Old Dominion 38.00 6.12 24.25 46.00 222.50 4.84 27.83 229.67 12.03 452.17 33:13 1.58 5.42
UNLV 38.46 6.58 24.15 52.08 293.85 5.64 25.92 219.62 14.72 513.46 32:34 1.31 6.46
Washington State 38.58 6.18 21.33 35.83 145.67 4.07 35.75 296.58 12.89 442.25 28:31 0.67 7.92
Iowa State 38.83 6.53 27.33 43.33 246.00 5.68 37.58 282.67 12.11 528.67 31:29 1.33 6.58
North Carolina 38.92 6.40 24.42 46.42 232.17 5.00 31.00 263.50 14.31 495.67 34:57 1.92 6.42
Colorado 39.00 6.55 22.50 36.42 204.75 5.62 34.00 256.17 12.60 460.92 27:25 0.92 7.17
New Mexico State 39.08 6.51 24.33 49.50 309.92 6.26 24.92 174.50 11.20 484.42 32:43 1.75 5.67
Western Kentucky 39.25 6.53 26.00 45.58 229.58 5.04 31.25 272.25 13.67 501.83 31:50 1.83 6.33
Tulsa 39.25 6.95 21.75 38.92 214.67 5.52 31.17 272.08 14.07 486.75 28:25 1.25 5.92
California 39.75 6.27 27.67 36.33 144.67 3.98 45.25 367.17 12.38 511.83 30:02 1.42 8.00
Eastern Michigan 40.92 6.75 23.17 42.75 225.25 5.27 31.17 273.50 13.29 498.75 33:29 1.00 6.58
Texas Tech 41.25 6.25 27.08 49.92 260.25 5.21 32.17 253.17 13.32 513.42 33:55 1.25 5.75
Southern Methodist 41.33 6.62 25.17 45.08 235.75 5.23 30.33 263.67 13.76 499.42 31:09 1.33 6.92
Georgia State 43.33 6.57 25.58 48.50 303.42 6.26 27.17 193.67 10.47 497.08 31:38 0.67 5.92

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.