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NCAAF Football - Defensive Stats

Defense
TeamScoreFDRARYPAPYTYTimePENPenalty YardsPenalty Yards RankYPYRY/PLTO
Illinois8.4012.4028.6070.2032.00159.00229.2025:274.6041.4011911.522.453.782.40
Minnesota8.8012.0023.0081.4027.80140.60222.0022:005.6050.60858.793.544.371.80
Iowa10.0016.2034.8092.8033.20161.60254.4032:236.0046.60998.422.673.741.40
Georgia10.8013.8025.8089.2030.20175.20264.4025:085.2043.801109.633.464.721.40
Alabama11.0015.8037.4087.4028.00149.00236.4031:166.2046.4010210.212.343.610.40
Michigan11.6014.4032.4094.2029.40157.80252.0028:292.4023.801319.862.914.081.20
Mississippi11.8017.8037.40117.0034.00198.60315.6034:415.8045.401069.833.134.421.80
Central Florida13.5017.0034.75146.7528.25168.25315.0027:028.5069.752212.244.225.001.25
James Madison13.7511.5030.2547.5027.50172.75220.2525:015.7543.0011411.911.573.812.25
Syracuse14.0014.2028.2095.0028.20176.60271.6027:517.6067.80269.493.374.821.80
Tulane14.2013.6041.40136.0022.80123.60259.6030:086.6055.60648.963.294.041.00
Iowa State14.4014.2028.4083.0029.20172.40255.4027:335.6047.209610.642.924.431.80
Utah14.4014.6030.20123.2026.80155.40278.6027:086.8062.204110.794.084.892.40
Air Force14.8014.2029.00127.2023.20151.60278.8024:143.6028.6012911.484.395.341.20
Kentucky14.8014.2031.20123.8029.20173.60297.4025:555.2039.0012011.733.974.921.00
Louisiana State14.8014.8031.80110.0027.60183.80293.8028:474.4044.4010911.943.464.952.40
Ohio State14.8012.6033.60110.4024.80153.40263.8029:526.0053.007810.963.294.521.00
Penn State14.8019.4027.2081.4045.00260.20341.6027:485.8055.606311.722.994.732.40
North Carolina State15.4014.8027.6093.0035.20187.00280.0027:565.2052.40799.083.374.461.80
San Jose State15.7516.2538.50152.0023.75154.75306.7530:328.2573.002011.463.954.931.75
Marshall16.2013.2029.0071.2031.20210.00281.2027:064.6032.6012712.802.464.672.40
Temple16.8015.8041.00131.2027.00149.00280.2033:156.8052.20809.203.204.120.60
Alabama-Birmingham17.5017.5037.00151.2531.25161.75313.0028:366.5061.504210.114.094.592.25
Texas A&M17.8021.0038.60170.2032.60188.40358.6032:337.0069.002510.134.415.041.00
Kansas State18.2019.4035.60143.8035.60226.40370.2028:157.2054.607010.684.045.202.20
Washington State18.2018.0033.0096.4036.00275.40371.8033:318.6074.801511.292.925.391.60
South Alabama18.8018.0030.00100.8035.00204.40305.2027:015.8057.405610.323.364.702.60
Boise State19.0011.4034.60101.8021.40134.40236.2029:008.6060.204713.182.944.221.00
Duke19.0020.2033.60131.0034.20242.40373.4028:495.0056.205912.003.905.512.00
Tennessee19.0023.0033.0097.7544.50309.25407.0033:469.0058.755011.672.965.252.00
Southern California19.6021.6034.20154.4030.80204.20358.6029:314.8043.6011210.754.515.523.00
Louisiana-Lafayette20.4019.6034.00128.6038.00242.40371.0031:367.8060.004810.823.785.152.80
Miami-FL20.5013.7530.0085.0024.75251.00336.0026:108.0069.252317.932.836.141.75
Baylor20.6018.2034.0096.8034.40223.20320.0028:466.6054.806710.632.854.681.00
Cincinnati20.6020.2045.00107.4033.20195.80303.2031:535.0047.209511.652.393.881.80
East Carolina20.6018.8036.20128.8027.80238.20367.0028:476.2054.606914.353.565.731.40
Purdue20.6017.8034.40102.0030.80214.00316.0028:435.4055.006613.382.974.851.80
California-Los Angeles20.8018.4030.4080.4039.00237.60318.0031:536.2057.80529.902.644.582.00
Maryland21.0023.2034.00139.6042.20252.40392.0030:093.6032.4012810.524.115.140.80
Navy21.0015.7534.00101.7527.25256.75358.5027:366.5053.507314.262.995.851.25
Florida State21.2021.2037.80150.0030.00179.40329.4029:025.4045.001089.543.974.861.40
Clemson21.4018.8029.2070.2039.00262.60332.8028:207.4065.803110.592.404.881.80
Texas21.4022.0036.60120.2041.20246.60366.8033:278.2057.40579.073.284.710.40
Auburn21.6017.6037.40138.2029.80193.60331.8030:268.8065.203311.263.704.940.60
Mississippi State21.8018.4028.20117.8037.60215.00332.8027:425.8038.601229.774.185.062.00
California22.0021.0030.00120.4038.20268.40388.8028:326.4062.603811.094.015.701.80
New Mexico22.0017.8030.40113.2034.40222.40335.6029:187.2077.201110.593.725.182.60
Texas Christian22.0020.5035.75120.2537.00248.25368.5028:374.7538.7512112.733.365.071.25
Wisconsin22.0017.0033.80124.6026.60191.60316.2029:255.4049.008912.283.695.241.80
Troy22.2022.6038.00130.2037.60247.60377.8029:596.8064.603410.863.435.001.60
Virginia Tech22.2018.4032.20100.0032.00209.40309.4028:434.8042.8011611.143.114.820.80
Western Kentucky22.2020.4037.80115.2038.60238.00353.2031:037.8074.601610.263.054.622.80
Nevada-Las Vegas22.4019.4035.60104.2032.80252.40356.6028:155.8051.608212.622.935.212.40
Michigan State22.6022.6036.60136.8035.60275.00411.8034:488.4076.001411.463.745.701.40
Liberty22.8017.8037.00136.8034.20228.80365.6029:499.0077.201011.673.705.132.80
Virginia23.0020.8039.60156.0030.60199.40355.4031:467.4066.00309.683.945.061.80
Washington23.2019.4034.80108.0030.00233.40341.4027:585.8043.6011312.683.105.271.40
Oklahoma State23.2519.7534.25111.5038.50285.25396.7533:225.5054.507112.403.265.451.00
Southern Miss23.2520.2542.25160.2533.25234.00394.2532:087.0062.504012.163.795.221.75
Louisville23.4018.0037.20160.4027.20210.60371.0029:2610.8073.001912.394.315.761.80
Rutgers23.6015.8032.2095.6027.60179.80275.4027:596.2046.6010111.242.974.611.60
Kansas24.0022.0037.00115.6036.20267.80383.4032:256.2046.2010311.253.125.241.40
Notre Dame24.0019.7536.00142.2531.00213.25355.5028:077.0060.504611.683.955.310.25
Toledo24.2016.8038.20156.2029.40183.00339.2031:149.4080.00710.644.095.021.20
Missouri24.8018.2034.60120.6032.60216.60337.2027:425.4043.8011111.653.495.021.60
Northwestern24.8020.0040.60172.6028.40211.60384.2032:135.4048.409113.234.255.572.00
Oklahoma25.2024.8043.60198.2034.20224.80423.0034:225.6047.609410.414.555.441.00
League Average25.3319.7235.85143.4231.78224.64368.0629:496.4956.29011.714.005.441.52
Miami-OH25.4018.4030.8084.8035.20253.60338.4028:315.6051.408311.422.755.132.00
Southern Methodist25.5018.5040.75180.5030.00219.50400.0032:2310.0087.75212.724.435.651.75
Pittsburgh25.6017.2032.60125.2031.60198.80324.0025:586.2049.208811.693.845.051.40
San Diego State25.8021.0037.60170.8033.40233.80404.6029:496.6053.207711.694.545.701.60
Memphis26.2020.6035.20112.2036.20288.00400.2031:165.0041.6011812.973.195.612.40
Brigham Young26.4020.8041.00162.6027.40175.60338.2030:217.0055.606210.713.974.941.00
Texas State26.4016.8034.40145.4033.00192.60338.0028:565.0048.40929.084.235.011.80
Fresno State26.5022.2540.00175.0029.50211.00386.0030:587.0054.756812.604.385.550.50
Texas El Paso26.8320.3335.00162.8328.17188.33351.1727:486.6763.173712.994.655.561.50
Coastal Carolina27.0020.4035.00112.8032.60276.60389.4027:246.2050.208713.563.225.763.00
Old Dominion27.2024.2043.40191.8035.00260.00451.8035:307.8066.802912.264.425.762.40
Oregon State27.2019.2032.00153.0032.20205.00358.0028:565.6046.2010410.684.785.581.60
South Carolina27.2021.2041.80185.4026.60180.00365.4030:527.8077.001212.334.445.341.40
Appalachian State27.4019.2037.20141.0025.80201.20342.2029:316.4056.006012.733.795.431.60
Texas Tech27.6015.0035.20148.2027.00205.20353.4027:437.2067.602713.324.215.681.20
Western Michigan28.0019.8035.40152.6027.80226.60379.2030:167.0054.007213.494.316.001.80
Georgia Southern28.2022.8037.40205.0032.40238.80443.8030:537.0065.403211.825.486.361.20
Wyoming28.3319.6734.33139.5035.33260.17399.6731:166.0055.176512.014.065.740.83
Arizona State28.6023.4039.00173.4031.20225.20398.6030:256.0053.207511.154.455.681.20
Boston College28.6018.4038.00154.4031.40218.80373.2030:487.0058.005112.294.065.381.00
Wake Forest28.6018.4035.80135.4035.00245.60381.0031:186.6060.804511.923.785.381.80
Middle Tennessee29.0023.8039.20107.8036.00284.40392.2031:436.2058.804912.582.755.222.40
Florida Atlantic29.3321.1738.17173.1730.50241.67414.8331:067.3361.504311.894.546.041.50
Florida29.5023.0041.25203.2528.00220.75424.0031:465.0037.0012512.804.936.121.75
Georgia Tech29.6025.6045.80188.8030.80223.00411.8032:326.2047.009711.994.125.382.20
Massachusetts29.6020.6036.80176.2026.20176.80353.0026:446.0046.6010013.004.795.602.00
West Virginia29.6018.6031.20100.6027.80230.80331.4026:388.6081.60614.073.225.620.60
Arkansas State29.8016.8033.40121.6025.20239.80361.4024:378.4083.00416.423.646.170.60
Army30.0023.7542.50222.0024.00191.00413.0028:376.2545.0010711.945.226.210.75
Kent State30.2022.6035.80152.6034.60295.60448.2031:474.2035.8012612.534.266.370.80
Oregon30.2021.6027.2094.6037.40282.20376.8028:395.8053.207610.853.485.831.00
Indiana30.4021.0043.00142.6034.20277.80420.4034:208.8081.60512.743.325.451.80
Arkansas30.6020.0033.60142.4033.60289.40431.8029:448.4067.002815.074.246.431.20
Rice31.0018.6029.20148.2025.80204.40352.6025:198.2079.20812.625.086.411.80
Arizona31.2021.8036.00213.4027.20187.40400.8030:436.0057.405510.535.936.341.40
Nevada31.2019.6040.80181.2027.80233.60414.8031:589.2074.401713.904.446.052.20
Buffalo31.4017.6033.60193.2025.40225.40418.6026:426.8063.203613.915.757.091.40
Tulsa31.6019.0041.40196.6025.80184.40381.0027:127.6072.002112.634.755.671.40
New Mexico State32.3322.3343.33191.0025.33201.67392.6733:044.8348.679012.744.415.720.50
Nebraska32.6024.4037.40200.2041.00269.00469.2030:236.8061.404410.435.355.981.20
Connecticut32.6723.8338.17147.6730.17251.17398.8330:494.6738.1712311.873.875.841.17
Central Michigan33.4022.4038.00144.2036.20264.20408.4031:176.4055.806112.233.795.500.80
Eastern Michigan33.4022.8037.80164.8032.80245.40410.2031:339.4084.40311.694.365.810.80
Georgia State33.4024.0044.00197.6028.60238.20435.8034:224.0046.0010512.674.496.002.00
Ball State33.6024.6043.80201.6034.00230.60432.2030:395.4046.609811.194.605.561.60
North Carolina33.6026.0042.00193.0034.00257.80450.8031:347.0056.605811.414.605.931.00
Vanderbilt33.8023.0034.60158.0037.00299.20457.2031:026.0050.408613.014.576.391.20
Houston34.0024.0033.60135.0038.60273.80408.8029:154.2037.6012411.504.025.661.40
Stanford34.0020.2536.00210.7529.50218.25429.0030:538.5077.75912.655.856.550.50
Texas-San Antonio34.0021.0040.40187.2032.40253.60440.8030:557.8069.202412.434.636.051.00
Northern Illinois35.6023.6034.40125.0035.80311.80436.8029:354.6042.8011512.993.636.221.60
North Texas36.3323.6738.83195.1736.17267.50462.6730:255.3351.838112.255.036.171.17
Utah State36.4022.8040.00188.4030.80219.80408.2031:267.0057.605412.214.715.771.40
Louisiana-Monroe36.8019.8034.60133.8033.00247.60381.4028:566.2057.605311.363.875.641.20
Akron38.0023.4041.20203.8030.20264.00467.8029:308.2063.803513.894.956.551.20
South Florida38.0024.6036.60218.4031.60269.40487.8031:464.6041.8011711.925.977.151.60
Louisiana Tech38.7523.5040.25230.5030.25212.75443.2529:5810.0095.50112.515.736.291.75
Florida International39.5023.7534.50159.7535.75298.00457.7532:297.5062.503912.964.636.521.25
Colorado State41.0022.7537.75164.0033.75251.75415.7530:472.7525.5013010.494.345.811.25
Bowling Green41.6026.0034.40161.4044.00336.20497.6030:536.6053.407410.784.696.352.00
Ohio42.0027.6037.40197.2039.60380.60577.8028:058.2076.801313.795.277.501.20
Colorado43.2026.4044.00294.2025.20214.60508.8032:285.6048.009312.776.697.350.80
Hawaii45.4023.6037.80260.8027.80219.80480.6029:405.2050.608412.936.907.331.40
Charlotte46.3326.5044.00253.3325.33285.00538.3331:078.6773.171815.415.767.761.00

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.

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