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Teams are ranked in the table below by net starting field position (NFP), the difference between the average starting field position for the given team's offensive drives (OFP) and its opponent's offensive drives (DFP), as measured by yards from drive starting field position to end zone.

The percentage of each team's offensive drives that begin inside the team's own 20-yard line (OLF, long starting field position), drives that begin from the team's own 20-yard line to its own 40-yard line (OMF, middle starting field position), and drives that begin less than 60 yards from the end zone (OSF, short starting field position), as well as its opponent's long starting field position (DLF), middle starting field position (DMF), and short starting field position (DSF) percentages are also provided in the table below.

Ratings and supporting data are calculated from the results of non-garbage possesssions in FBS vs. FBS games.

 

2008 Starting Field Position Ratings

 

Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
1 TCU 10-2 9.4   63.6 2 .163 100 .457 120 .380 1   73.0 3 .268 4 .614 28 .118 119
2 Utah 12-0 8.5   64.4 7 .111 120 .563 73 .326 8   72.9 4 .210 40 .630 19 .159 109
3 Louisiana Tech 7-5 8.3   64.6 8 .120 117 .549 86 .331 3   72.9 5 .259 6 .587 55 .154 115
4 North Carolina 7-5 7.8   63.9 3 .138 111 .531 105 .331 5   71.7 11 .257 7 .596 45 .147 117
5 Wake Forest 8-5 7.5   63.6 1 .150 107 .549 87 .301 13   71.0 15 .229 20 .588 54 .183 101
6 Penn State 10-2 6.9   66.3 25 .234 13 .468 119 .298 15   73.3 2 .234 14 .609 32 .156 112
7 Boise State 11-1 6.8   65.8 17 .149 108 .522 108 .328 7   72.6 6 .226 22 .620 24 .153 116
8 Oregon State 9-4 6.6   65.3 14 .116 118 .594 44 .290 20   71.9 9 .255 9 .588 53 .157 111
9 Ohio State 9-3 6.5   67.6 44 .195 53 .520 110 .285 24   74.2 1 .242 11 .694 2 .065 120
10 Florida 12-1 6.0   64.3 6 .190 61 .479 118 .331 6   70.3 25 .231 18 .569 71 .200 88
11 Oklahoma 11-2 5.8   65.2 12 .182 72 .493 116 .324 9   71.0 16 .186 64 .641 13 .172 104
12 Kentucky 6-6 5.7   65.3 13 .176 83 .514 112 .310 12   71.0 18 .278 2 .535 97 .188 97
13 Michigan State 9-4 5.7   66.0 20 .208 40 .494 115 .299 14   71.7 10 .205 45 .590 50 .205 86
14 LSU 7-5 5.5   64.8 9 .162 101 .520 111 .318 10   70.3 26 .230 19 .578 63 .193 91
15 Alabama 12-2 5.4   65.6 16 .164 96 .550 85 .286 21   71.0 17 .192 58 .641 15 .167 106
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
16 USC 12-1 5.1   67.5 41 .209 36 .522 107 .269 31   72.6 7 .225 23 .620 25 .155 114
17 Cincinnati 10-3 5.1   66.5 26 .177 82 .544 91 .279 26   71.5 13 .233 17 .604 36 .164 107
18 Missouri 9-4 5.0   66.1 21 .167 92 .536 100 .297 17   71.1 14 .184 71 .691 3 .125 118
19 Temple 5-7 4.1   64.1 5 .127 115 .542 94 .331 4   68.2 62 .190 61 .551 87 .259 36
20 Iowa 8-4 4.1   66.2 22 .145 110 .557 79 .298 16   70.3 27 .189 62 .621 23 .189 94
21 Iowa State 1-10 3.8   66.2 23 .185 66 .540 96 .274 28   70.0 31 .218 32 .555 85 .227 64
22 BYU 9-3 3.7   67.8 50 .205 42 .547 88 .248 43   71.6 12 .217 33 .591 47 .191 92
23 Bowling Green 6-6 3.7   65.3 15 .181 77 .551 83 .268 32   69.0 49 .130 112 .641 14 .229 63
24 Central Florida 3-8 3.4   65.1 10 .148 109 .542 93 .310 11   68.5 53 .187 63 .560 76 .253 43
25 Mississippi 8-4 3.4   67.4 38 .185 67 .533 103 .281 25   70.8 19 .203 50 .638 17 .159 108
26 Arizona State 4-7 3.0   66.7 29 .175 85 .575 60 .250 42   69.8 36 .268 3 .512 107 .220 72
27 Minnesota 6-6 3.0   67.7 46 .205 44 .568 67 .227 63   70.7 20 .191 59 .640 16 .169 105
28 South Florida 7-5 2.9   67.7 45 .183 71 .580 54 .237 53   70.6 21 .220 27 .591 49 .189 95
29 Oregon 10-3 2.7   65.1 11 .151 106 .552 82 .297 18   67.8 72 .180 75 .618 27 .202 87
30 UTEP 5-7 2.7   67.8 49 .138 112 .616 29 .246 45   70.5 22 .154 98 .669 6 .176 103
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
31 Duke 3-8 2.7   67.3 37 .180 79 .579 55 .241 49   70.0 32 .311 1 .452 118 .237 52
32 Texas 12-1 2.4   70.2 89 .184 69 .656 8 .160 105   72.6 8 .234 15 .609 33 .156 113
33 Notre Dame 7-6 2.4   66.3 24 .211 32 .537 98 .252 41   68.6 52 .220 30 .547 89 .233 55
34 Pittsburgh 9-4 2.4   65.8 18 .182 74 .532 104 .286 22   68.2 64 .224 24 .558 80 .218 73
35 Tennessee 5-7 2.2   67.0 33 .115 119 .608 33 .277 27   69.2 46 .238 12 .540 92 .222 69
36 Southern Mississippi 7-6 2.1   67.2 36 .172 88 .563 75 .265 33   69.2 44 .163 90 .612 30 .224 65
37 California 9-4 2.0   66.6 27 .224 23 .491 117 .286 23   68.7 51 .213 37 .579 61 .207 83
38 Virginia Tech 9-4 1.9   67.4 39 .190 58 .551 84 .259 38   69.3 43 .204 48 .585 56 .211 81
39 San Jose State 5-6 1.8   68.1 55 .168 91 .577 57 .255 40   69.9 34 .259 5 .519 103 .222 70
40 Maryland 7-5 1.7   67.5 42 .164 97 .619 27 .216 71   69.2 45 .191 60 .618 26 .191 93
41 Akron 5-7 1.7   64.1 4 .134 113 .521 109 .345 2   65.8 106 .112 116 .664 8 .224 66
42 Northwestern 8-4 1.7   67.7 48 .196 52 .594 42 .210 74   69.4 41 .257 8 .514 105 .229 62
43 Oklahoma State 8-4 1.7   68.1 54 .168 90 .592 45 .240 50   69.7 37 .214 36 .580 59 .206 84
44 Nebraska 9-4 1.5   67.0 32 .153 105 .604 36 .243 48   68.5 55 .150 105 .599 40 .252 44
45 Florida International 5-7 1.2   65.9 19 .165 94 .561 76 .273 29   67.2 87 .210 41 .536 94 .254 42
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
46 Central Michigan 7-5 1.2   69.1 68 .197 50 .569 64 .234 57   70.2 28 .174 80 .609 35 .217 74
47 Tulsa 10-3 1.2   68.2 58 .164 95 .589 47 .247 44   69.4 42 .138 109 .703 1 .159 110
48 South Carolina 6-6 1.1   67.1 34 .188 62 .586 48 .226 64   68.2 61 .143 108 .624 22 .233 56
49 Hawaii 6-7 1.0   67.1 35 .192 57 .563 74 .245 47   68.1 66 .185 68 .514 106 .301 12
50 New Mexico 4-8 1.0   67.4 40 .174 86 .591 46 .235 55   68.4 57 .154 99 .631 18 .215 76
51 Tulane 2-10 0.7   69.4 74 .160 103 .656 9 .184 92   70.1 30 .216 34 .603 38 .181 102
52 Georgia Tech 7-4 0.7   66.9 30 .164 99 .545 90 .291 19   67.6 75 .200 53 .558 78 .242 51
53 Arizona 8-5 0.6   68.5 59 .201 46 .542 95 .257 39   69.1 48 .215 35 .570 69 .215 77
54 Ball State 11-2 0.4   69.9 84 .186 65 .643 15 .171 97   70.3 23 .206 44 .611 31 .183 100
55 Rutgers 7-5 0.3   69.5 78 .236 12 .567 69 .197 83   69.9 35 .206 43 .571 65 .222 68
56 Air Force 7-5 0.2   68.0 53 .192 55 .538 97 .269 30   68.2 63 .174 79 .614 29 .212 79
57 Western Michigan 8-4 -0.1   68.2 57 .203 45 .534 101 .263 35   68.1 67 .152 103 .629 21 .220 71
58 Middle Tennessee 5-7 -0.2   68.2 56 .190 60 .577 56 .232 58   68.0 68 .186 65 .571 66 .243 49
59 Auburn 4-7 -0.2   70.5 97 .209 37 .582 53 .209 75   70.3 24 .234 16 .555 83 .212 80
60 West Virginia 8-4 -0.2   69.4 75 .199 49 .566 71 .235 54   69.1 47 .254 10 .530 101 .216 75
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
61 Troy 7-5 -0.3   67.7 47 .225 21 .536 99 .239 52   67.5 81 .171 85 .596 44 .233 57
62 Rice 10-3 -0.5   69.9 85 .171 89 .621 26 .207 77   69.4 40 .172 83 .642 11 .185 98
63 Nevada 6-6 -0.5   69.0 65 .210 33 .567 70 .223 67   68.5 54 .092 118 .678 4 .230 60
64 Miami 6-6 -0.6   68.0 52 .194 54 .576 58 .229 61   67.3 83 .174 81 .551 88 .275 23
65 Wisconsin 6-6 -0.7   69.0 67 .238 11 .545 89 .217 70   68.4 58 .204 47 .533 99 .263 33
66 UAB 3-8 -0.7   70.6 100 .183 70 .650 11 .167 100   69.9 33 .185 69 .630 20 .185 99
67 Virginia 4-7 -0.8   69.6 79 .232 15 .568 68 .200 81   68.8 50 .235 13 .521 102 .244 48
68 Louisiana Lafayette 6-6 -0.9   70.6 99 .197 51 .606 34 .197 82   69.7 38 .203 49 .609 34 .188 96
69 Colorado 4-7 -1.1   69.3 71 .276 3 .504 114 .220 68   68.2 65 .183 73 .563 74 .254 41
70 Fresno State 7-6 -1.2   68.5 60 .166 93 .600 40 .234 56   67.3 84 .224 26 .507 109 .270 25
71 Ohio 3-8 -1.3   66.7 28 .161 102 .576 59 .263 36   65.4 109 .164 89 .557 81 .279 19
72 Kansas 7-5 -1.4   68.8 63 .181 76 .594 43 .225 66   67.5 82 .173 82 .597 43 .230 61
73 Colorado State 6-6 -1.5   71.6 108 .211 31 .602 39 .188 90   70.1 29 .185 67 .581 58 .234 54
74 Memphis 5-7 -1.5   71.0 102 .210 35 .623 25 .167 102   69.4 39 .177 77 .600 39 .223 67
75 Vanderbilt 7-6 -1.7   69.0 64 .247 8 .533 102 .220 69   67.3 85 .219 31 .493 111 .288 15
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
76 Houston 7-5 -1.7   69.4 77 .182 73 .662 6 .155 106   67.7 73 .162 93 .642 12 .196 89
77 Stanford 5-7 -1.7   69.3 73 .229 17 .565 72 .206 78   67.6 74 .198 54 .534 98 .267 26
78 Florida State 7-4 -1.8   67.6 43 .182 75 .554 81 .264 34   65.8 105 .202 51 .516 104 .282 18
79 North Carolina State 5-7 -1.8   69.8 82 .224 22 .584 52 .192 85   67.9 70 .163 91 .643 10 .194 90
80 UNLV 5-7 -2.0   70.3 93 .188 63 .664 5 .148 111   68.3 60 .211 39 .555 84 .234 53
81 Arkansas State 5-6 -2.1   70.5 95 .200 48 .608 32 .192 86   68.3 59 .157 96 .579 62 .264 29
82 Texas Tech 9-2 -2.1   69.6 80 .180 81 .604 37 .216 72   67.5 80 .152 102 .589 52 .259 35
83 Connecticut 7-5 -2.2   68.7 62 .200 47 .571 63 .229 62   66.5 95 .186 66 .536 95 .279 20
84 Kansas State 4-7 -2.3   70.3 92 .226 20 .605 35 .169 99   67.9 69 .227 21 .477 115 .297 14
85 Clemson 5-6 -2.4   68.6 61 .216 28 .522 106 .261 37   66.2 98 .163 92 .574 64 .264 30
86 Northern Illinois 5-7 -2.4   69.9 86 .216 29 .595 41 .190 87   67.5 78 .161 95 .589 51 .250 46
87 Florida Atlantic 7-6 -2.4   70.0 87 .185 68 .630 24 .185 91   67.6 77 .178 76 .559 77 .263 32
88 Miami (OH) 1-10 -2.5   69.3 72 .128 114 .632 21 .239 51   66.9 91 .224 25 .543 91 .233 58
89 Army 3-8 -2.6   69.8 83 .186 64 .644 14 .169 98   67.2 86 .205 46 .564 73 .231 59
90 Marshall 3-8 -2.7   70.2 90 .223 24 .569 65 .208 76   67.5 79 .202 52 .535 96 .264 31
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
91 East Carolina 9-5 -2.7   69.2 69 .222 25 .575 61 .204 79   66.4 96 .162 94 .595 46 .243 50
92 Buffalo 8-6 -2.7   66.9 31 .181 78 .574 62 .245 46   64.2 113 .194 57 .465 117 .342 5
93 Western Kentucky 0-10 -3.1   69.7 81 .221 26 .584 50 .195 84   66.6 93 .171 84 .571 67 .257 37
94 Louisville 4-7 -3.1   71.6 107 .289 1 .508 113 .203 80   68.4 56 .220 28 .567 72 .213 78
95 Boston College 8-5 -3.2   69.2 70 .210 34 .561 77 .229 60   66.0 103 .151 104 .597 42 .252 45
96 Navy 7-5 -3.6   70.3 91 .265 7 .556 80 .179 94   66.7 92 .154 100 .598 41 .248 47
97 Texas A&M 4-8 -3.6   71.2 103 .180 80 .631 23 .189 89   67.6 76 .220 29 .504 110 .276 22
98 Louisiana Monroe 3-8 -3.8   71.7 110 .208 38 .640 17 .152 107   67.9 71 .175 78 .558 79 .267 27
99 Georgia 9-3 -4.0   70.1 88 .233 14 .543 92 .225 65   66.1 101 .148 106 .644 9 .207 82
100 Baylor 3-8 -4.4   71.3 105 .208 41 .632 22 .160 104   66.9 90 .118 115 .676 5 .206 85
101 SMU 0-11 -4.5   70.5 98 .215 30 .636 20 .149 110   66.0 102 .212 38 .487 113 .301 13
102 Kent State 3-8 -4.6   67.9 51 .122 116 .667 4 .211 73   63.3 117 .183 72 .442 119 .375 4
103 Michigan 3-9 -4.6   70.5 96 .242 10 .569 66 .190 88   65.9 104 .185 70 .561 75 .255 38
104 Indiana 2-9 -5.1   72.0 114 .246 9 .603 38 .151 109   66.9 88 .167 86 .571 68 .262 34
105 Purdue 3-8 -5.1   69.0 66 .157 104 .612 31 .231 59   63.9 115 .197 55 .492 112 .311 7
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
106 Toledo 3-9 -5.3   69.4 76 .190 59 .643 16 .167 101   64.1 114 .152 101 .544 90 .304 11
107 Utah State 3-9 -5.5   71.9 112 .192 56 .646 13 .162 103   66.4 97 .144 107 .552 86 .304 10
108 Illinois 4-7 -5.5   72.5 115 .227 18 .636 19 .136 116   66.9 89 .167 87 .579 60 .254 40
109 Mississippi State 3-8 -5.7   70.9 101 .232 16 .584 51 .184 93   65.2 110 .156 97 .557 82 .287 16
110 San Diego State 2-9 -6.0   72.6 116 .274 4 .584 49 .142 113   66.6 94 .130 110 .591 48 .278 21
111 North Texas 1-11 -6.0   70.4 94 .174 87 .674 3 .152 108   64.4 112 .110 117 .583 57 .307 8
112 Arkansas 4-7 -6.4   72.0 113 .218 27 .637 18 .145 112   65.6 107 .180 74 .533 100 .287 17
113 UCLA 4-8 -6.5   71.7 109 .266 6 .559 78 .175 96   65.2 111 .210 42 .471 116 .319 6
114 Syracuse 2-9 -6.6   72.7 118 .270 5 .617 28 .113 118   66.1 100 .197 56 .538 93 .265 28
115 Idaho 1-10 -7.2   72.7 117 .226 19 .652 10 .122 117   65.5 108 .126 113 .604 37 .270 24
116 Wyoming 3-8 -7.6   73.8 120 .277 2 .613 30 .109 119   66.2 99 .079 120 .667 7 .254 39
117 Washington 0-12 -8.0   71.8 111 .205 43 .658 7 .137 115   63.9 116 .123 114 .570 70 .307 9
118 Eastern Michigan 2-9 -10.4   71.5 106 .164 98 .697 1 .139 114   61.1 118 .165 88 .438 120 .397 2
119 Washington State 1-11 -10.4   71.2 104 .176 84 .648 12 .176 95   60.8 119 .130 111 .480 114 .390 3
120 New Mexico State 2-9 -12.3   72.9 119 .208 39 .688 2 .104 120   60.6 120 .086 119 .509 108 .405 1