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
Stanford 6.50 3.34 12.25 39.50 124.00 3.14 19.75 74.00 6.58 198.00 29:03 1.25 6.75
TCU 7.00 3.08 13.33 43.67 91.67 2.10 27.33 127.00 9.52 218.67 31:29 3.33 4.33
Mississippi 8.50 3.74 16.50 32.50 114.50 3.52 33.75 133.50 7.63 248.00 28:22 2.75 6.25
Notre Dame 11.50 5.15 17.00 32.75 108.00 3.30 34.00 235.75 11.36 343.75 29:10 2.50 6.25
Temple 12.00 4.63 16.25 41.25 175.00 4.24 23.25 123.75 10.76 298.75 32:35 4.25 5.25
LSU 13.00 4.59 14.00 35.80 161.60 4.51 27.80 130.60 10.20 292.20 26:34 2.40 4.20
Duke 13.60 4.70 20.60 44.00 186.40 4.24 34.20 181.20 10.41 367.60 30:32 1.80 7.80
Baylor 13.75 3.75 12.75 34.75 80.00 2.30 32.00 170.50 10.66 250.50 31:15 1.50 6.00
Louisville 14.00 3.68 11.60 29.80 58.20 1.95 31.40 167.00 9.71 225.20 26:40 2.60 6.00
Alabama 14.00 4.51 13.75 23.25 62.00 2.67 32.25 188.25 10.91 250.25 22:58 1.00 5.00
Wisconsin 14.50 4.76 11.75 31.25 86.25 2.76 23.50 174.50 15.51 260.75 24:45 1.75 7.50
Penn State 14.60 4.51 14.60 30.20 60.20 1.99 33.80 228.60 12.84 288.80 26:56 1.60 7.20
Kentucky 15.00 4.58 18.50 36.75 137.00 3.73 33.75 186.00 10.63 323.00 32:02 2.50 5.50
Texas A&M 15.00 4.98 20.20 40.80 156.80 3.84 34.80 219.60 12.34 376.40 34:36 0.80 6.40
Marshall 16.25 4.42 20.00 32.50 99.25 3.05 41.75 229.00 10.41 328.25 30:12 2.25 9.00
Auburn 16.25 4.56 18.50 34.25 90.75 2.65 34.50 222.50 10.99 313.25 30:42 2.25 4.25
Oklahoma 16.50 4.56 20.50 34.00 99.25 2.92 42.75 250.50 10.55 349.75 30:23 2.75 4.25
Mississippi State 16.50 5.25 19.00 34.75 82.50 2.37 41.75 319.00 15.19 401.50 30:02 2.25 4.25
Northwestern 16.75 4.57 19.75 40.25 117.25 2.91 39.50 247.00 11.36 364.25 30:40 2.00 6.00
Texas 17.00 4.14 19.75 50.00 179.25 3.59 27.25 140.50 9.37 319.75 30:47 2.75 5.75
Iowa 17.20 4.78 15.60 31.80 93.20 2.93 33.20 217.20 12.20 310.40 28:05 1.40 7.40
Southern Cal 17.50 5.43 18.50 36.50 198.75 5.45 28.75 155.50 10.37 354.25 28:00 2.25 7.00
Pittsburgh 18.00 4.40 14.80 33.60 105.40 3.14 26.40 158.40 12.18 263.80 26:00 1.60 6.00
Houston 18.50 4.27 19.00 47.50 174.50 3.67 31.00 160.50 9.88 335.00 33:24 3.25 12.75
BYU 18.75 4.65 22.75 30.75 88.75 2.89 47.50 275.50 9.93 364.25 31:11 2.00 7.50
Nebraska 19.00 4.81 17.60 30.00 108.40 3.61 39.00 223.20 11.39 331.60 27:28 1.40 6.00
Ga Southern 19.00 5.26 22.40 37.20 165.80 4.46 35.80 218.40 11.38 384.20 29:22 1.60 5.60
Minnesota 19.00 4.64 20.20 33.80 121.80 3.60 39.80 219.40 10.25 341.20 28:02 3.00 5.00
Nevada 19.25 6.15 22.75 28.75 148.25 5.16 42.75 291.75 9.97 440.00 26:39 2.00 7.25
Akron 19.75 5.14 23.00 40.00 166.75 4.17 33.75 212.25 11.47 379.00 32:47 1.75 8.75
Utah 19.75 4.55 22.75 36.25 107.50 2.97 45.00 262.00 10.27 369.50 32:56 2.00 5.00
Maryland 19.80 5.10 22.60 47.60 200.60 4.21 37.60 234.20 12.20 434.80 30:53 2.20 7.20
Ohio State 20.00 4.99 17.00 36.25 152.00 4.19 26.75 162.50 10.66 314.50 27:48 1.75 6.75
Wake Forest 20.20 4.63 18.60 43.80 171.20 3.91 27.60 159.60 9.61 330.80 33:24 2.00 6.60
Michigan State 20.25 5.05 12.25 27.75 78.25 2.82 29.50 210.75 13.82 289.00 22:31 3.00 6.25
Boston College 20.40 5.26 16.00 29.40 111.00 3.78 28.40 193.20 11.10 304.20 26:03 0.80 4.80
Virginia Tech 20.40 5.23 16.00 32.20 105.60 3.28 30.00 220.00 16.67 325.60 26:18 1.80 7.80
Missouri 20.60 5.05 20.00 39.00 144.60 3.71 36.40 236.40 11.05 381.00 31:50 1.80 6.60
Memphis 20.75 5.08 20.25 37.75 131.50 3.48 33.00 227.75 10.72 359.25 29:42 2.50 8.00
San Diego State 20.75 5.76 21.25 35.75 115.25 3.22 30.75 268.00 13.74 383.25 28:39 1.50 6.00
Rutgers 21.20 5.99 19.00 32.60 132.40 4.06 36.00 278.40 12.77 410.80 28:32 1.20 7.00
Air Force 21.25 5.80 20.75 27.50 86.50 3.15 42.00 316.50 13.05 403.00 27:51 2.00 6.00
Oregon 21.25 5.72 24.25 33.25 128.25 3.86 44.25 315.25 11.57 443.50 35:32 2.00 5.00
South Alabama 21.50 5.42 18.75 39.50 179.25 4.54 28.75 190.75 11.92 370.00 30:26 1.75 5.50
Oregon State 21.50 4.63 18.00 32.00 135.00 4.22 34.25 171.50 10.09 306.50 26:00 2.25 9.50
Miami 21.80 4.25 18.80 40.40 135.20 3.35 30.20 164.60 10.29 299.80 31:05 2.20 7.00
Ball State 22.00 5.52 19.50 32.00 141.25 4.41 36.50 237.00 10.90 378.25 28:26 1.00 4.50
Michigan 22.20 4.46 15.60 35.00 105.40 3.01 28.60 178.00 10.60 283.40 28:46 0.40 6.20
North Texas 22.25 4.50 17.50 31.50 86.75 2.75 36.75 220.50 10.63 307.25 31:08 2.75 6.50
Florida International 22.60 4.61 15.60 43.00 139.80 3.25 26.00 178.00 13.09 317.80 31:26 3.40 7.00
Georgia 22.75 4.72 18.75 37.00 110.50 2.99 34.75 228.25 11.00 338.75 30:25 1.75 5.25
Kansas State 23.00 4.65 16.75 33.50 90.25 2.69 32.75 217.75 10.75 308.00 28:39 0.75 6.50
Louisiana-Monroe 23.00 4.66 17.25 36.75 103.75 2.82 30.75 211.00 11.56 314.75 29:16 1.50 7.25
Virginia 23.20 4.80 17.60 33.40 86.60 2.59 36.40 248.20 12.54 334.80 26:56 3.60 8.40
Boise State 23.40 4.97 18.60 35.20 100.20 2.85 36.60 257.00 12.36 357.20 29:16 2.40 6.20
Syracuse 23.50 5.31 21.25 39.00 118.50 3.04 31.50 256.00 12.49 374.50 31:22 1.75 8.00
Central Florida 23.67 5.27 19.00 35.00 102.33 2.92 28.67 233.00 12.26 335.33 31:00 1.33 10.00
Tennessee 23.75 5.20 18.50 38.25 169.00 4.42 32.25 197.25 10.38 366.25 28:41 2.00 6.50
Florida 24.00 5.55 19.33 39.67 119.00 3.00 33.67 287.67 15.14 406.67 29:58 4.00 7.67
Colorado State 24.00 6.21 25.25 43.00 219.00 5.09 31.00 240.50 12.18 459.50 31:17 0.50 5.75
Washington 24.20 5.27 23.00 39.40 128.20 3.25 36.00 268.80 11.89 397.00 32:07 2.40 6.80
Ohio 24.20 5.83 23.20 35.60 145.40 4.08 41.60 304.80 11.72 450.20 30:40 0.80 7.20
Arkansas State 24.75 5.18 18.00 40.25 136.25 3.39 34.25 249.75 12.65 386.00 30:54 1.50 7.75
UCLA 24.75 5.40 23.25 36.00 137.00 3.81 47.50 313.75 10.29 450.75 31:52 1.75 6.75
Hawaii 25.00 4.98 19.50 39.00 127.75 3.28 37.50 253.50 12.07 381.25 31:10 1.50 7.25
Florida State 25.25 5.38 22.25 43.75 168.25 3.85 31.25 235.00 12.70 403.25 31:24 1.25 4.25
East Carolina 25.50 4.81 21.25 35.25 120.25 3.41 39.75 240.50 10.46 360.75 32:22 1.25 7.75
Kansas 25.50 5.79 18.50 35.75 166.75 4.66 30.75 218.25 12.47 385.00 29:32 1.75 7.50
Georgia Tech 25.50 6.37 19.75 35.75 194.25 5.43 27.25 207.00 12.74 401.25 28:37 1.75 8.00
Utah State 25.75 4.29 20.75 35.50 78.00 2.20 42.50 256.75 11.41 334.75 28:04 2.75 8.75
Arkansas 25.80 5.95 20.40 31.40 139.40 4.44 36.40 263.80 12.68 403.20 26:55 1.40 6.80
North Carolina State 26.00 5.56 19.60 37.80 160.00 4.23 30.00 216.80 11.78 376.80 29:56 2.00 5.20
Northern Illinois 26.00 5.34 19.25 36.25 113.75 3.14 31.50 248.00 12.72 361.75 30:02 1.25 5.00
UAB 26.25 4.87 17.25 43.75 137.75 3.15 30.00 221.50 15.82 359.25 30:51 1.25 6.75
Appalachian State 26.75 6.14 17.00 37.75 218.75 5.79 22.50 151.25 11.00 370.00 30:38 2.00 6.75
Oklahoma State 27.00 5.37 21.50 34.50 111.50 3.23 38.25 279.00 12.00 390.50 32:12 1.50 9.00
Arizona 27.25 5.84 23.00 38.00 135.25 3.56 35.75 295.25 12.98 430.50 31:32 1.00 7.75
Clemson 27.50 4.90 16.75 31.50 108.00 3.43 34.75 216.75 10.70 324.75 27:20 1.25 9.00
Texas State 27.75 5.60 19.25 44.75 224.50 5.02 26.75 176.25 11.37 400.75 30:22 1.25 5.00
Purdue 27.80 5.21 22.40 38.40 154.00 4.01 36.00 233.40 11.67 387.40 31:32 1.20 4.20
Central Michigan 27.80 5.50 20.40 37.00 171.80 4.64 34.20 219.80 10.57 391.60 29:26 2.00 7.00
Connecticut 28.40 5.13 16.20 35.60 112.00 3.15 28.60 217.60 12.09 329.60 29:18 1.00 8.80
San Jose State 28.50 5.66 18.25 44.00 262.00 5.95 17.00 83.00 8.74 345.00 27:06 1.50 8.25
League Average 28.59 5.61 21.13 38.95 168.97 4.34 33.09 235.24 12.01 404.21 30:00 1.65 6.43
West Virginia 28.75 5.86 19.25 37.75 198.50 5.26 31.25 205.75 11.76 404.25 30:18 0.75 7.75
South Florida 29.00 5.43 21.20 41.00 172.40 4.20 31.20 219.40 10.86 391.80 33:01 2.40 5.40
Navy 29.20 5.95 24.00 41.60 201.80 4.85 33.80 247.00 10.83 448.80 28:58 1.20 5.60
UTSA 29.25 5.25 22.25 37.25 118.25 3.17 36.50 268.75 13.11 387.00 26:36 2.00 6.75
Wyoming 29.60 5.64 22.00 39.80 196.40 4.93 31.60 206.60 10.54 403.00 29:00 1.00 4.80
Indiana 29.75 5.37 24.75 33.75 125.25 3.71 46.50 305.50 10.81 430.75 30:00 0.75 6.00
Washington State 30.20 5.40 20.40 42.80 177.20 4.14 32.80 230.80 11.78 408.00 30:20 0.80 8.20
Middle Tennessee 30.60 5.77 22.80 38.20 171.20 4.48 37.40 265.00 11.73 436.20 29:39 2.00 6.20
Arizona State 30.75 6.37 20.00 40.25 204.00 5.07 29.25 238.50 12.89 442.50 31:04 1.50 8.25
Western Michigan 31.25 5.59 21.50 35.25 167.50 4.75 36.50 233.75 11.84 401.25 28:54 0.75 7.50
Miami (Ohio) 31.80 6.01 21.20 38.40 180.20 4.69 32.00 243.20 12.04 423.40 29:30 1.60 5.80
Old Dominion 32.00 5.66 24.20 44.80 191.60 4.28 32.60 246.60 11.01 438.20 33:29 1.60 5.40
Louisiana Tech 32.80 5.23 21.60 39.20 164.20 4.19 33.80 217.80 10.78 382.00 29:46 1.80 4.80
Iowa State 33.00 6.05 24.00 43.75 226.00 5.17 32.75 236.50 11.54 462.50 32:54 0.75 8.50
South Carolina 33.00 6.27 23.60 32.80 164.40 5.01 37.40 275.60 11.58 440.00 28:35 0.80 6.80
Texas El Paso 34.00 7.80 19.00 34.50 228.50 6.62 25.00 235.75 16.26 464.25 24:43 1.75 5.75
Buffalo 34.40 6.40 17.00 39.20 166.00 4.23 26.20 252.80 19.45 418.80 25:50 1.00 6.20
Florida Atlantic 34.80 6.54 25.20 39.60 221.80 5.60 37.20 280.80 14.47 502.60 29:59 1.40 5.40
Tulane 34.80 5.96 22.80 42.20 196.60 4.66 29.00 227.60 14.41 424.20 30:03 2.20 7.80
Vanderbilt 34.80 5.31 23.60 43.60 161.40 3.70 34.60 254.00 11.14 415.40 33:33 1.60 4.00
Illinois 35.00 5.49 25.60 53.80 229.60 4.27 31.60 239.00 12.71 468.60 35:17 1.40 6.80
Toledo 35.60 6.21 24.00 35.20 126.40 3.59 35.60 313.20 13.05 439.60 29:20 1.00 3.60
Colorado 35.60 5.97 22.40 34.40 170.20 4.95 34.60 241.60 13.73 411.80 26:19 1.20 7.00
California 35.75 5.28 29.00 34.00 128.25 3.77 56.50 349.75 10.21 478.00 30:57 1.75 6.25
Cincinnati 36.00 6.47 30.33 49.33 240.67 4.88 35.00 305.00 13.66 545.67 36:21 1.67 6.67
Louisiana-Lafayette 36.00 6.43 21.25 37.50 197.75 5.27 35.00 268.50 11.31 466.25 30:34 0.25 5.50
Southern Miss 36.40 6.38 25.00 44.00 247.40 5.62 29.40 220.60 11.37 468.00 31:53 2.20 5.80
Army 36.75 6.42 27.75 36.75 196.75 5.35 38.25 285.00 11.18 481.75 28:00 1.75 5.25
New Mexico State 36.80 6.51 23.40 50.40 312.00 6.19 18.80 138.60 11.95 450.60 33:10 2.40 5.40
Western Kentucky 37.50 6.39 26.25 45.75 237.50 5.19 32.25 260.75 13.04 498.25 29:38 1.25 7.50
Kent State 37.75 6.29 25.00 48.00 224.75 4.68 28.75 258.25 13.42 483.00 31:10 2.50 5.50
Idaho 38.25 7.23 22.25 42.00 230.25 5.48 25.50 257.75 17.47 488.00 29:50 1.00 8.00
Rice 38.50 7.45 22.25 28.00 147.25 5.26 36.00 329.25 15.31 476.50 23:45 1.00 4.75
Texas Tech 38.75 5.62 26.50 54.00 262.75 4.87 27.25 193.75 13.84 456.50 35:21 1.00 5.50
New Mexico 39.75 6.91 26.00 44.75 295.00 6.59 33.00 242.00 11.66 537.00 27:48 1.25 3.75
UNLV 39.80 6.76 28.20 50.40 295.60 5.87 30.40 250.40 14.23 546.00 32:09 0.80 7.40
Massachusetts 40.00 5.74 25.20 48.20 221.40 4.59 36.40 264.00 11.48 485.40 35:39 1.20 9.40
Georgia State 41.00 5.85 25.00 45.75 196.50 4.30 31.50 255.50 11.88 452.00 30:38 1.00 5.50
Fresno State 41.20 6.72 22.80 49.80 231.40 4.65 26.00 277.80 17.58 509.20 31:58 1.00 7.40
Troy 41.60 6.35 23.80 41.60 219.60 5.28 32.00 248.00 11.59 467.60 32:03 1.00 4.20
Tulsa 42.50 7.02 21.75 38.00 218.25 5.74 34.00 287.50 13.53 505.75 28:58 0.50 6.25
Bowling Green 43.60 7.12 30.40 40.80 231.60 5.68 46.20 387.60 12.75 619.20 33:50 2.20 6.20
North Carolina 44.00 6.62 26.00 41.50 190.00 4.58 40.50 353.00 14.26 543.00 34:37 2.75 6.00
Eastern Michigan 45.75 6.63 21.75 44.25 246.25 5.56 31.00 253.00 12.34 499.25 34:24 1.00 6.75
Southern Methodist 50.50 6.93 26.75 43.50 259.75 5.97 36.00 291.25 12.80 551.00 29:35 0.75 9.25

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.