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NCAAF Football - Defensive Rankings & Statistics - September, 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 4.33 3.63 11.33 40.00 138.33 3.46 16.33 66.00 6.60 204.33 29:22 1.67 5.67
LSU 8.00 3.53 11.33 31.00 111.33 3.59 27.33 94.33 8.58 205.67 26:04 2.00 3.33
Baylor 9.00 3.42 11.00 35.00 64.33 1.84 29.67 156.67 10.00 221.00 32:22 1.67 5.67
Notre Dame 10.33 4.75 17.00 33.67 99.00 2.94 32.67 216.33 10.64 315.33 29:58 3.00 5.00
Mississippi 10.33 4.37 17.67 33.00 145.00 4.39 34.67 151.00 7.95 296.00 30:02 3.00 5.33
TCU 10.50 3.04 11.50 43.00 93.00 2.16 24.50 112.50 9.38 205.50 31:05 3.50 3.50
Akron 10.50 4.42 21.00 41.00 127.00 3.10 31.50 193.50 11.38 320.50 32:02 2.00 4.00
Duke 11.00 4.60 18.00 40.33 166.00 4.12 33.67 174.33 9.87 340.33 28:47 0.67 6.00
Oklahoma 11.00 3.92 18.67 32.00 86.67 2.71 43.33 208.67 8.94 295.33 31:45 2.67 4.00
Alabama 11.67 4.80 14.67 22.00 47.00 2.14 33.67 220.00 11.00 267.00 23:43 0.33 5.00
Mississippi State 12.33 5.03 18.67 34.33 80.33 2.34 43.67 311.67 14.61 392.00 30:02 2.67 4.67
Penn State 12.33 4.44 14.33 28.33 65.00 2.29 33.00 207.33 12.20 272.33 27:17 2.00 8.00
Texas A&M 13.67 4.97 22.00 38.33 132.33 3.45 39.33 253.33 12.67 385.67 33:18 1.00 5.67
BYU 14.00 4.45 18.67 26.33 54.33 2.06 44.00 258.33 10.20 312.67 27:56 2.00 7.33
Syracuse 14.50 4.21 19.50 41.50 112.00 2.70 30.50 191.00 11.24 303.00 32:13 1.00 8.00
Florida 15.00 4.32 15.00 33.50 80.50 2.40 33.00 207.00 12.55 287.50 25:19 4.00 6.00
Pittsburgh 15.00 3.56 12.33 32.33 75.00 2.32 26.33 133.67 11.14 208.67 25:32 2.00 6.00
Wisconsin 15.50 4.43 14.00 38.50 90.00 2.34 21.00 173.50 15.77 263.50 28:13 1.50 6.00
Marshall 16.00 4.37 18.33 35.67 101.67 2.85 38.33 221.67 10.56 323.33 31:22 1.67 8.67
Nebraska 16.67 4.06 16.00 34.33 129.33 3.77 38.33 165.33 9.36 294.67 30:06 0.33 4.67
Auburn 17.00 4.72 20.00 37.00 109.00 2.95 31.50 214.50 11.59 323.50 31:03 2.00 6.00
Northern Illinois 17.33 5.02 17.67 33.33 81.00 2.43 34.33 259.00 12.53 340.00 28:30 1.67 5.33
Ohio State 17.33 4.18 17.67 42.00 179.33 4.27 24.67 99.33 7.45 278.67 31:03 2.33 7.00
Missouri 17.33 5.00 18.33 34.33 121.00 3.52 37.33 237.00 10.46 358.00 32:12 3.00 6.67
Texas State 17.50 5.52 15.50 48.00 239.50 4.99 14.00 102.50 14.64 342.00 32:24 1.50 6.00
Kentucky 17.67 4.91 22.00 41.67 164.67 3.95 36.67 219.67 10.63 384.33 35:30 2.33 6.67
Ball State 18.00 5.09 18.33 27.00 82.33 3.05 41.33 265.33 10.76 347.67 27:42 0.67 4.67
Oregon 18.00 5.54 22.67 38.67 150.00 3.88 38.00 275.00 12.50 425.00 36:47 2.00 5.00
Michigan 18.33 4.12 15.00 30.33 80.00 2.64 31.00 172.67 9.96 252.67 27:34 0.33 6.00
Iowa 18.67 5.03 15.00 29.00 65.67 2.26 34.67 254.67 13.40 320.33 27:22 1.33 8.67
Temple 19.00 5.93 20.00 46.00 270.50 5.88 21.00 127.00 12.70 397.50 31:32 5.00 4.00
Louisville 19.00 4.49 13.00 28.67 75.00 2.62 32.33 198.67 11.04 273.67 25:31 2.33 6.67
California 19.00 4.49 20.50 30.50 113.00 3.70 42.50 215.00 9.77 328.00 28:07 2.00 5.00
San Diego State 19.00 5.52 17.00 34.50 127.50 3.70 29.50 225.50 12.53 353.00 26:20 1.00 4.50
Miami 19.33 3.71 16.67 41.00 82.67 2.02 29.00 177.00 10.84 259.67 31:38 2.00 6.67
Virginia Tech 19.33 5.32 17.00 31.00 86.33 2.78 33.00 254.33 18.61 340.67 25:39 2.00 8.00
Florida International 19.67 4.55 13.67 44.33 167.67 3.78 19.67 123.33 12.33 291.00 32:44 3.00 7.67
Tennessee 20.00 5.04 16.33 33.33 129.00 3.87 34.67 214.00 10.70 343.00 27:39 2.00 6.33
Houston 20.00 4.34 20.00 50.33 176.00 3.50 28.33 165.33 10.12 341.33 34:37 3.33 13.33
Southern Cal 20.00 6.03 19.00 41.67 245.67 5.90 26.67 166.33 11.09 412.00 28:56 2.33 5.00
Wake Forest 20.00 4.12 18.33 37.00 100.00 2.70 33.67 191.33 8.97 291.33 32:22 1.67 5.00
Arizona State 20.33 5.41 20.33 42.00 197.00 4.69 31.33 199.67 10.70 396.67 32:48 2.00 8.33
East Carolina 20.33 4.61 20.67 34.00 112.00 3.29 38.67 222.67 9.82 334.67 34:49 1.33 7.67
Utah 20.50 4.12 22.50 42.00 117.00 2.79 40.00 220.50 9.80 337.50 31:59 0.50 6.50
Virginia 20.67 4.81 18.00 32.33 84.67 2.62 41.33 269.33 11.71 354.00 28:40 4.33 7.67
Memphis 21.00 5.08 19.00 37.50 130.00 3.47 30.00 213.00 10.92 343.00 27:51 1.50 9.00
Maryland 21.33 4.76 21.67 46.67 142.33 3.05 41.00 275.33 12.15 417.67 31:16 2.67 6.33
Arizona 21.33 5.15 22.67 36.67 116.00 3.16 37.67 267.00 10.97 383.00 32:25 0.67 7.00
Florida State 21.50 4.90 21.50 49.00 205.50 4.19 21.00 137.50 13.75 343.00 30:15 1.00 3.50
Kansas State 22.00 4.72 17.50 29.00 87.00 3.00 36.00 219.50 9.54 306.50 26:04 1.00 7.50
Oregon State 22.00 4.07 17.50 28.50 115.50 4.05 39.00 159.50 10.63 275.00 22:22 3.50 7.50
Nevada 22.33 6.47 22.33 26.00 141.00 5.42 41.67 297.00 10.48 438.00 23:27 1.67 6.67
Boston College 22.67 5.17 16.33 33.67 125.67 3.73 27.67 191.67 11.50 317.33 26:27 0.67 4.33
Texas 22.67 4.26 20.00 49.67 181.33 3.65 26.00 140.67 8.79 322.00 30:54 2.33 5.33
West Virginia 23.33 5.53 17.67 35.00 164.33 4.70 31.67 204.67 11.58 369.00 29:10 0.67 7.67
UAB 23.67 4.87 20.00 46.00 152.67 3.32 32.00 227.33 14.51 380.00 31:08 1.67 5.67
Air Force 23.67 5.99 19.67 27.00 83.00 3.07 36.67 298.67 13.37 381.67 27:48 0.33 5.00
South Alabama 24.00 5.77 19.50 36.50 176.00 4.82 32.00 219.50 13.30 395.50 28:34 1.50 7.00
Louisiana-Monroe 24.00 4.45 17.33 38.33 111.33 2.90 29.67 191.33 11.48 302.67 30:37 1.67 8.67
UCLA 24.00 5.14 18.33 36.00 136.67 3.80 40.33 255.67 9.59 392.33 31:08 1.00 7.00
Central Michigan 24.33 4.87 19.33 37.33 172.33 4.62 34.33 176.33 9.28 348.67 28:40 2.33 7.00
Wyoming 24.33 5.47 23.00 36.00 152.00 4.22 36.33 243.33 10.90 395.33 26:16 0.67 3.67
Oklahoma State 24.33 5.28 18.00 35.67 111.33 3.12 31.00 240.67 12.89 352.00 32:18 1.00 6.67
North Carolina State 24.67 5.56 18.00 37.00 170.67 4.61 29.00 196.33 11.55 367.00 28:07 1.67 3.67
Minnesota 24.67 5.12 24.00 36.33 152.67 4.20 47.00 274.33 10.16 427.00 28:42 2.67 7.67
Ga Southern 25.00 5.76 24.00 40.67 202.67 4.98 34.33 229.00 11.45 431.67 32:07 1.33 5.00
Colorado State 25.00 6.24 26.67 41.00 212.33 5.18 35.33 264.33 11.84 476.67 31:38 0.33 6.00
UTSA 25.33 5.00 21.33 38.67 119.67 3.09 37.33 260.00 13.45 379.67 26:14 2.00 7.33
Rutgers 25.33 6.18 20.67 29.67 113.00 3.81 43.00 336.33 12.77 449.33 30:07 1.67 8.33
Old Dominion 25.67 5.31 20.67 37.67 131.33 3.49 33.00 244.00 11.26 375.33 30:25 2.00 4.33
Clemson 26.00 4.19 13.50 34.50 167.50 4.86 25.50 84.00 5.60 251.50 28:04 1.00 6.50
Ohio 26.00 6.23 24.00 40.00 173.33 4.33 35.00 294.00 13.16 467.33 34:15 0.33 6.33
Appalachian State 26.00 6.06 15.00 33.00 203.00 6.15 21.00 124.50 9.96 327.50 30:08 2.50 5.50
Georgia Tech 26.00 6.56 18.33 36.67 216.67 5.91 23.33 177.00 14.35 393.67 27:56 1.33 6.67
Texas El Paso 26.00 7.73 20.00 33.67 242.00 7.19 27.00 226.67 15.11 468.67 23:27 2.00 5.67
Navy 26.33 5.74 22.00 39.33 187.00 4.75 33.67 232.33 10.72 419.33 26:24 1.33 6.33
Hawaii 26.33 4.98 19.33 40.00 131.00 3.28 35.00 242.33 13.22 373.33 30:44 1.33 6.67
Michigan State 26.50 5.65 16.50 32.50 97.50 3.00 32.50 270.00 15.43 367.50 24:08 1.50 8.00
Boise State 26.67 5.38 21.00 31.00 49.00 1.58 44.00 354.33 13.63 403.33 29:26 3.00 6.33
Arkansas 26.67 5.72 21.33 32.67 145.67 4.46 36.67 251.00 11.77 396.67 28:45 1.67 5.33
Northwestern 27.00 5.03 21.50 50.00 167.50 3.35 31.00 240.00 13.33 407.50 30:03 1.00 7.00
Utah State 27.33 4.41 20.33 31.67 62.00 1.96 45.67 279.00 11.79 341.00 28:04 2.33 9.00
Indiana 27.50 4.36 24.50 32.00 103.00 3.22 53.00 267.50 8.49 370.50 27:30 1.00 3.00
New Mexico State 27.67 5.78 21.00 48.67 255.00 5.24 20.00 142.00 11.83 397.00 32:42 2.33 5.33
Iowa State 27.67 5.98 21.33 42.67 220.00 5.16 27.00 196.33 11.78 416.33 33:09 0.67 8.00
North Carolina 28.00 5.78 19.00 38.00 162.50 4.28 36.00 265.00 13.59 427.50 34:40 4.50 5.50
Arkansas State 28.33 5.29 17.67 41.33 133.33 3.23 30.00 243.67 14.06 377.00 30:34 1.67 6.67
Washington State 28.67 5.12 20.67 44.00 174.00 3.95 33.00 220.00 11.19 394.00 32:33 1.00 7.67
North Texas 28.67 4.95 18.67 28.00 89.67 3.20 38.33 238.67 10.85 328.33 28:28 2.67 7.00
League Average 28.71 5.61 21.19 38.90 168.30 4.33 33.19 236.37 11.95 404.66 30:00 1.59 6.29
Washington 29.00 5.71 25.33 38.67 129.00 3.34 40.00 320.33 12.99 449.33 30:47 1.67 7.33
Georgia 29.50 4.99 21.00 43.00 139.00 3.23 31.00 230.00 12.11 369.00 30:41 1.50 5.00
Middle Tennessee 29.67 5.67 21.33 40.33 184.67 4.58 36.00 248.00 11.81 432.67 30:59 1.67 7.67
Connecticut 29.67 5.67 16.33 33.67 120.33 3.57 31.33 248.00 12.40 368.33 27:39 1.00 11.33
Louisiana Tech 29.67 5.09 21.33 36.67 155.00 4.23 37.33 221.67 10.08 376.67 30:08 2.33 5.33
Miami (Ohio) 31.00 6.01 18.33 37.67 176.33 4.68 27.33 214.33 13.68 390.67 26:54 2.00 6.67
Illinois 31.67 5.16 22.33 49.00 183.67 3.75 31.33 231.00 12.60 414.67 33:03 1.33 6.00
Central Florida 32.00 6.22 21.50 31.50 117.50 3.73 35.50 299.00 13.00 416.50 29:35 2.00 6.50
Tulane 32.00 5.43 23.67 43.00 185.33 4.31 32.00 222.00 13.32 407.33 30:58 2.67 9.33
Purdue 34.00 5.65 23.33 37.67 171.00 4.54 32.33 224.67 11.42 395.67 31:28 1.00 4.33
Cincinnati 34.00 6.87 27.00 39.00 240.00 6.15 43.00 323.00 11.54 563.00 35:12 1.00 7.00
Kansas 34.50 6.90 18.50 36.00 227.50 6.32 31.50 238.50 14.45 466.00 28:42 1.50 9.50
San Jose State 34.50 5.90 19.00 41.00 238.00 5.80 21.50 130.50 9.67 368.50 26:40 2.00 7.50
South Florida 34.67 5.44 24.67 40.67 170.33 4.19 42.67 283.00 10.11 453.33 34:26 3.33 4.67
Massachusetts 35.00 5.44 24.33 49.33 218.00 4.42 30.00 213.67 10.86 431.67 36:31 1.00 9.33
Kent State 35.33 6.14 24.33 49.00 215.00 4.39 27.67 255.67 13.22 470.67 31:24 2.33 4.33
Colorado 35.67 6.11 22.67 36.67 197.67 5.39 28.67 201.33 12.58 399.00 26:50 0.67 7.00
Bowling Green 36.00 6.42 31.33 37.67 155.00 4.12 50.67 412.33 11.56 567.33 34:35 1.33 7.33
Vanderbilt 36.33 5.12 23.67 44.67 137.33 3.07 36.33 277.33 12.06 414.67 32:47 1.33 3.33
Eastern Michigan 36.67 6.76 21.00 39.00 216.33 5.55 35.00 284.00 12.53 500.33 31:38 1.00 7.67
Texas Tech 36.67 5.15 28.00 58.00 297.67 5.13 26.00 135.00 10.38 432.67 37:45 0.67 4.00
Louisiana-Lafayette 36.67 6.47 20.33 34.00 176.33 5.19 36.33 279.00 11.79 455.33 29:25 0.33 4.67
South Carolina 36.67 6.82 28.00 32.67 172.67 5.29 42.67 341.00 11.12 513.67 29:57 0.67 6.33
Army 37.00 6.94 27.00 30.50 176.00 5.77 39.00 306.00 11.33 482.00 28:20 2.00 5.00
Western Michigan 38.00 5.46 22.50 35.00 135.50 3.87 39.50 271.50 11.80 407.00 30:06 0.50 7.50
Florida Atlantic 39.00 7.33 28.67 39.00 265.33 6.80 41.33 323.67 14.49 589.00 29:27 1.33 5.67
UNLV 39.33 6.87 28.67 52.33 274.00 5.24 31.67 302.67 15.13 576.67 32:20 0.67 7.33
Georgia State 39.67 6.11 27.67 47.33 201.33 4.25 33.00 289.33 12.96 490.67 32:57 1.33 5.33
Troy 40.00 6.21 25.67 45.33 234.00 5.16 31.67 244.00 11.26 478.00 32:32 1.33 5.33
Southern Miss 40.33 7.10 25.33 41.67 276.33 6.63 28.33 220.33 12.02 496.67 29:50 2.33 4.00
Western Kentucky 41.00 6.23 27.67 43.67 179.33 4.11 38.00 329.33 12.83 508.67 29:27 1.00 9.00
Idaho 41.50 7.22 25.50 41.50 208.00 5.01 29.00 301.00 18.81 509.00 28:19 0.50 7.50
Toledo 42.33 6.41 25.67 36.00 120.67 3.35 40.00 366.33 13.57 487.00 29:53 1.00 3.67
Rice 43.00 8.56 23.00 34.00 224.50 6.60 27.50 302.00 17.26 526.50 23:28 0.50 4.00
Southern Methodist 44.00 5.49 24.00 52.50 253.00 4.82 32.00 210.50 10.79 463.50 33:22 1.00 13.00
Tulsa 44.33 7.76 22.00 34.33 230.67 6.72 35.00 307.33 14.41 538.00 30:05 0.67 6.00
New Mexico 44.50 7.90 22.50 46.00 376.50 8.18 21.50 157.00 13.65 533.50 28:12 0.50 3.00
Buffalo 46.00 7.22 20.67 42.67 193.67 4.54 27.00 309.00 18.54 502.67 26:39 1.00 6.67
Fresno State 55.33 7.10 28.33 53.33 271.67 5.09 30.67 324.67 17.09 596.33 33:26 1.00 9.00

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.