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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.

 

2012 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 Kansas State 10-2 11.1   63.3 1 .137 122 .547 103 .316 1   74.5 2 .240 42 .653 15 .107 123
2 Alabama 12-1 8.3   66.0 3 .167 108 .556 97 .278 6   74.3 4 .216 60 .672 8 .112 121
3 BYU 7-5 7.8   66.9 10 .200 75 .541 106 .259 17   74.7 1 .305 6 .580 72 .115 118
4 Boise State 11-2 6.7   66.2 4 .164 109 .547 105 .289 5   72.9 19 .243 38 .625 29 .132 109
5 UCLA 9-5 6.4   66.9 12 .180 96 .551 99 .270 10   73.4 10 .251 27 .594 61 .155 96
6 Vanderbilt 8-4 6.3   66.4 6 .211 68 .481 119 .308 2   72.7 22 .306 5 .560 91 .134 108
7 Cincinnati 8-3 6.3   68.0 29 .197 81 .559 90 .244 26   74.4 3 .262 16 .638 24 .100 124
8 Wisconsin 7-6 6.2   67.4 19 .168 107 .574 80 .258 19   73.6 7 .320 3 .553 98 .127 111
9 Louisiana Tech 9-3 6.1   67.2 17 .157 114 .582 67 .261 16   73.2 12 .245 34 .636 25 .119 117
10 Middle Tennessee 8-3 5.9   66.2 5 .144 118 .604 52 .252 22   72.1 23 .173 95 .700 3 .127 110
11 Mississippi State 7-5 5.9   67.7 23 .189 88 .538 108 .273 8   73.5 8 .315 4 .538 111 .146 105
12 Ball State 9-4 5.9   68.0 28 .147 117 .607 50 .247 25   73.8 5 .302 7 .584 68 .114 119
13 Miami 6-5 5.9   67.9 26 .188 91 .547 104 .266 14   73.7 6 .333 2 .545 107 .121 115
14 Central Florida 10-4 5.7   67.1 14 .234 37 .476 121 .290 4   72.8 20 .272 12 .570 84 .159 94
15 LSU 9-3 5.5   67.6 22 .193 84 .557 95 .250 23   73.1 15 .260 17 .616 35 .123 114
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
16 Arizona State 7-5 5.4   66.6 7 .178 99 .586 62 .237 30   72.1 24 .229 48 .605 45 .166 86
17 Utah State 10-2 4.7   68.6 36 .257 19 .514 115 .229 36   73.3 11 .356 1 .493 117 .151 100
18 Florida 10-2 4.6   66.7 8 .261 17 .464 123 .275 7   71.3 37 .263 15 .577 75 .161 92
19 Georgia 11-2 4.5   68.5 35 .223 56 .547 102 .230 35   73.0 18 .255 23 .634 26 .111 122
20 Florida State 10-2 4.4   67.1 16 .239 30 .470 122 .291 3   71.6 31 .289 9 .549 105 .162 90
21 Kent State 10-3 4.4   67.1 15 .247 25 .481 120 .272 9   71.5 33 .218 57 .618 34 .165 87
22 Penn State 8-4 4.3   67.0 13 .172 105 .575 79 .254 21   71.3 40 .215 61 .600 49 .185 65
23 Stanford 12-2 4.0   69.2 42 .213 63 .575 77 .213 46   73.2 13 .278 10 .562 90 .160 93
24 TCU 6-6 3.9   65.6 2 .159 113 .573 81 .268 11   69.5 74 .250 30 .550 102 .200 52
25 Pittsburgh 5-6 3.6   66.9 11 .175 101 .558 91 .267 13   70.6 56 .224 51 .586 67 .190 61
26 Texas State 3-8 3.4   68.6 37 .155 116 .621 37 .224 38   72.0 26 .274 11 .556 96 .171 80
27 Ohio 8-4 3.3   69.7 54 .187 93 .619 39 .194 62   73.0 17 .255 21 .599 51 .146 106
28 Texas 9-4 3.3   68.8 40 .217 61 .572 82 .210 48   72.0 25 .259 18 .594 58 .147 104
29 Memphis 4-7 3.1   67.9 25 .212 64 .558 93 .230 34   71.0 48 .270 13 .557 94 .174 78
30 Northern Illinois 11-2 2.6   68.7 38 .140 121 .601 53 .259 18   71.3 38 .259 19 .571 78 .170 82
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
31 Utah 4-7 2.6   68.4 33 .220 58 .575 78 .205 53   71.0 47 .242 40 .594 59 .164 89
32 Washington 6-6 2.5   66.9 9 .174 104 .583 64 .243 28   69.4 76 .174 93 .652 16 .174 77
33 Bowling Green 7-5 2.5   68.3 30 .193 85 .579 72 .229 37   70.8 53 .236 44 .576 76 .188 64
34 Tennessee 4-7 2.5   68.3 31 .169 106 .648 19 .183 71   70.8 54 .228 49 .621 32 .152 99
35 Purdue 5-7 2.1   68.4 34 .178 98 .555 98 .267 12   70.5 58 .252 26 .587 66 .161 91
36 SMU 6-6 2.1   67.3 18 .231 42 .531 110 .238 29   69.3 77 .151 108 .658 14 .192 56
37 USC 7-6 2.0   67.6 20 .141 119 .615 42 .244 27   69.6 71 .245 33 .548 106 .206 50
38 Fresno State 8-4 1.9   69.5 50 .228 46 .550 100 .221 40   71.4 36 .230 46 .605 44 .164 88
39 Oklahoma 9-3 1.8   71.6 91 .212 65 .606 51 .182 73   73.5 9 .263 14 .613 36 .124 112
40 North Carolina 7-4 1.8   69.6 53 .235 34 .561 89 .205 54   71.4 34 .248 31 .579 74 .173 79
41 North Texas 3-8 1.6   71.6 90 .202 73 .637 24 .161 88   73.2 14 .207 72 .669 10 .124 113
42 Syracuse 7-5 1.5   70.4 72 .203 72 .616 41 .181 75   71.9 27 .244 35 .607 40 .148 103
43 Oklahoma State 7-5 1.5   69.5 51 .227 50 .567 87 .207 51   71.1 43 .208 69 .639 23 .153 98
44 Michigan State 7-6 1.5   69.6 52 .220 59 .579 71 .201 55   71.0 45 .200 76 .632 27 .168 85
45 East Carolina 7-5 1.5   69.8 58 .229 44 .557 94 .214 43   71.3 39 .171 96 .679 7 .150 101
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
46 Duke 5-7 1.5   70.4 71 .236 33 .600 55 .164 85   71.8 28 .236 45 .607 41 .157 95
47 San Jose State 10-2 1.1   70.3 70 .235 35 .568 85 .197 58   71.4 35 .255 22 .570 79 .174 76
48 Northwestern 9-3 1.1   69.9 62 .224 53 .580 70 .196 60   71.0 50 .212 62 .610 38 .178 73
49 New Mexico 3-9 1.0   71.7 94 .263 15 .593 57 .144 99   72.8 21 .193 82 .693 4 .114 120
50 Western Kentucky 6-6 0.9   67.6 21 .127 124 .651 17 .222 39   68.6 86 .238 43 .508 115 .254 23
51 Clemson 10-2 0.9   69.4 46 .182 95 .608 47 .209 49   70.2 62 .223 54 .595 56 .182 70
52 Oregon State 8-4 0.8   70.7 76 .238 31 .578 73 .184 70   71.5 32 .243 37 .581 71 .176 75
53 Iowa 3-8 0.7   69.7 57 .224 52 .568 86 .208 50   70.5 57 .219 56 .594 60 .188 63
54 Iowa State 5-7 0.7   71.1 82 .196 82 .649 18 .155 96   71.8 29 .240 41 .607 42 .153 97
55 Tulsa 10-3 0.7   70.3 69 .206 71 .589 60 .206 52   71.0 49 .222 55 .594 57 .183 68
56 Louisiana Monroe 8-5 0.6   69.7 55 .188 92 .618 40 .194 61   70.3 60 .209 66 .608 39 .182 69
57 Ohio State 12-0 0.5   70.0 64 .175 102 .636 25 .189 67   70.4 59 .250 29 .553 101 .197 54
58 Florida Atlantic 2-9 0.4   69.9 61 .163 112 .659 13 .178 76   70.3 61 .217 59 .567 86 .217 41
59 Texas A&M 9-2 0.3   72.8 115 .223 55 .669 10 .107 120   73.1 16 .169 97 .710 1 .121 116
60 Connecticut 5-7 0.3   69.3 44 .156 115 .633 29 .211 47   69.6 70 .200 78 .593 62 .207 49
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
61 Central Michigan 6-6 0.2   70.7 75 .235 36 .583 63 .182 74   70.8 52 .252 25 .550 103 .198 53
62 Oregon 11-1 0.1   67.9 24 .250 23 .486 118 .264 15   68.0 93 .211 63 .563 89 .225 36
63 Minnesota 5-7 0.1   69.4 47 .222 57 .578 75 .200 56   69.5 75 .246 32 .507 116 .246 26
64 Temple 3-7 0.1   68.9 41 .214 62 .589 59 .196 59   69.1 78 .148 109 .661 13 .191 57
65 Arizona 7-5 0.1   70.1 65 .218 60 .590 58 .192 64   70.2 63 .253 24 .597 53 .149 102
66 Rice 7-6 0.0   69.9 63 .234 39 .532 109 .234 31   70.0 66 .191 84 .624 30 .185 66
67 Nevada 6-6 0.0   70.2 68 .191 86 .638 23 .170 83   70.2 64 .131 120 .701 2 .168 84
68 Toledo 8-4 -0.2   71.9 100 .324 2 .511 117 .165 84   71.7 30 .250 28 .605 43 .145 107
69 Louisville 10-2 -0.2   68.4 32 .234 38 .516 113 .250 24   68.2 90 .217 58 .535 114 .248 25
70 Auburn 2-9 -0.2   71.4 87 .191 87 .635 27 .174 79   71.1 41 .207 71 .603 46 .190 60
71 San Diego State 8-4 -0.3   69.3 43 .254 22 .515 114 .231 32   69.0 80 .168 99 .641 21 .191 59
72 Hawaii 2-9 -0.5   68.0 27 .135 123 .635 26 .230 33   67.4 99 .168 98 .624 31 .208 48
73 Baylor 7-5 -0.6   70.2 67 .163 110 .646 20 .190 65   69.6 73 .151 107 .671 9 .178 72
74 Navy 7-5 -0.6   71.5 88 .185 94 .685 7 .130 112   70.9 51 .224 50 .570 83 .206 51
75 UTEP 3-9 -0.9   71.9 98 .224 54 .622 36 .154 97   71.0 46 .230 47 .600 48 .170 81
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
76 Notre Dame 12-1 -0.9   72.0 101 .344 1 .443 124 .214 45   71.1 42 .209 67 .612 37 .179 71
77 Massachusetts 1-11 -1.1   70.9 77 .225 51 .643 21 .132 110   69.8 69 .203 75 .553 99 .244 27
78 South Carolina 10-2 -1.1   69.4 49 .206 70 .611 44 .183 72   68.3 88 .207 70 .570 80 .222 40
79 Troy 5-7 -1.2   72.3 107 .273 11 .513 116 .214 44   71.1 44 .257 20 .559 92 .184 67
80 Rutgers 8-4 -1.6   69.7 56 .241 29 .538 107 .221 41   68.1 91 .173 94 .600 50 .227 33
81 Air Force 5-7 -1.9   69.8 60 .175 103 .683 8 .143 102   68.0 96 .142 114 .598 52 .260 19
82 Indiana 3-8 -2.1   72.0 103 .189 89 .706 1 .105 121   70.0 65 .132 119 .691 6 .176 74
83 Michigan 8-5 -2.2   70.2 66 .243 26 .581 68 .176 78   68.0 95 .122 124 .664 11 .214 42
84 Texas Tech 7-5 -2.2   69.3 45 .177 100 .631 31 .192 63   67.1 105 .159 103 .579 73 .262 18
85 Army 2-9 -2.2   70.9 78 .140 120 .686 6 .174 80   68.7 84 .157 105 .652 17 .191 58
86 Missouri 4-7 -2.3   69.4 48 .262 16 .518 112 .220 42   67.1 106 .295 8 .417 124 .288 11
87 California 2-9 -2.4   71.2 84 .188 90 .654 16 .158 93   68.8 81 .138 115 .692 5 .169 83
88 Wyoming 4-7 -2.5   72.4 110 .230 43 .631 30 .139 105   69.9 67 .200 77 .592 63 .208 47
89 Eastern Michigan 2-9 -2.8   72.3 108 .256 21 .608 48 .136 108   69.6 72 .205 73 .582 70 .213 44
90 Virginia Tech 6-6 -2.9   70.4 73 .233 40 .583 66 .184 69   67.5 98 .204 74 .573 77 .223 39
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
91 Arkansas 3-8 -2.9   72.7 114 .200 77 .688 5 .112 119   69.8 68 .210 65 .597 55 .194 55
92 Marshall 4-7 -2.9   71.2 85 .212 66 .628 34 .161 90   68.2 89 .211 64 .556 95 .233 31
93 Nebraska 9-4 -3.0   71.7 92 .231 41 .625 35 .144 101   68.7 82 .129 121 .663 12 .209 46
94 UTSA 4-4 -3.2   70.5 74 .247 24 .581 69 .172 82   67.3 102 .135 118 .640 22 .225 38
95 Louisiana Lafayette 8-4 -3.3   73.9 120 .277 8 .589 61 .135 109   70.6 55 .223 53 .588 65 .189 62
96 North Carolina State 6-6 -3.5   71.3 86 .296 4 .527 111 .178 77   67.8 97 .138 117 .621 33 .241 29
97 Wake Forest 4-7 -3.5   72.0 104 .274 10 .570 83 .156 95   68.6 85 .188 86 .570 81 .242 28
98 Miami (OH) 3-8 -3.5   72.5 111 .200 76 .656 15 .144 100   69.0 79 .145 112 .629 28 .226 35
99 Georgia Tech 6-7 -3.5   69.8 59 .227 49 .576 76 .197 57   66.3 114 .151 106 .554 97 .295 8
100 Maryland 3-8 -3.7   68.7 39 .179 97 .564 88 .257 20   65.0 119 .147 110 .559 93 .294 9
101 Kentucky 1-10 -3.8   71.1 83 .256 20 .556 96 .188 68   67.4 100 .178 90 .589 64 .234 30
102 Boston College 1-10 -3.9   71.9 99 .237 32 .607 49 .156 94   68.0 94 .242 39 .462 122 .295 7
103 West Virginia 6-6 -3.9   70.9 79 .229 45 .629 33 .143 103   66.9 109 .122 123 .647 19 .230 32
104 Houston 5-7 -4.2   72.3 106 .258 18 .583 65 .160 91   68.1 92 .198 80 .549 104 .253 24
105 Tulane 2-10 -4.2   71.5 89 .163 111 .701 3 .136 107   67.4 101 .190 85 .535 113 .275 12
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
106 Arkansas State 9-3 -4.4   72.7 113 .294 5 .548 101 .159 92   68.4 87 .145 113 .645 20 .210 45
107 South Alabama 1-11 -4.4   70.9 80 .195 83 .658 14 .148 98   66.5 113 .167 100 .567 87 .267 15
108 Mississippi 6-6 -4.8   71.8 96 .279 7 .558 92 .163 86   67.0 108 .146 111 .597 54 .257 21
109 Florida International 3-9 -5.0   72.0 102 .228 47 .611 45 .161 89   67.0 107 .185 87 .543 108 .272 13
110 Western Michigan 3-8 -5.2   71.1 81 .197 80 .613 43 .190 66   65.9 117 .124 122 .651 18 .225 37
111 Southern Mississippi 0-12 -5.8   71.8 97 .242 27 .629 32 .129 113   66.0 115 .223 52 .477 119 .300 5
112 New Mexico State 0-11 -5.9   74.5 123 .200 78 .704 2 .096 122   68.7 83 .209 68 .565 88 .226 34
113 Virginia 3-8 -6.2   72.9 116 .265 14 .596 56 .140 104   66.7 112 .244 36 .467 120 .289 10
114 UNLV 2-10 -6.2   73.6 119 .228 48 .676 9 .096 123   67.3 103 .183 88 .603 47 .214 43
115 Kansas 0-11 -6.5   73.3 118 .242 28 .633 28 .125 115   66.8 111 .161 102 .568 85 .271 14
116 UAB 2-9 -6.6   71.8 95 .209 69 .619 38 .173 81   65.2 118 .164 101 .537 112 .299 6
117 Colorado State 4-7 -7.0   72.9 117 .198 79 .690 4 .112 118   65.9 116 .175 92 .570 82 .254 22
118 Colorado 1-10 -7.0   71.7 93 .202 74 .661 12 .137 106   64.7 120 .200 79 .467 121 .333 3
119 Akron 0-11 -7.1   73.9 121 .275 9 .609 46 .116 117   66.8 110 .197 81 .540 110 .263 17
120 Washington State 2-9 -8.3   72.3 109 .267 13 .570 84 .163 87   64.0 122 .157 104 .583 69 .260 20
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
121 South Florida 2-9 -8.4   75.6 124 .283 6 .642 22 .075 124   67.2 104 .192 83 .542 109 .267 16
122 Illinois 1-10 -8.5   72.3 105 .211 67 .667 11 .122 116   63.7 123 .138 116 .553 100 .309 4
123 Idaho 1-10 -9.1   72.5 112 .296 3 .578 74 .126 114   63.4 124 .177 91 .484 118 .339 2
124 Buffalo 3-8 -9.7   74.3 122 .269 12 .600 54 .131 111   64.6 121 .182 89 .460 123 .358 1