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Teams are ranked in the table below by net points scored per drive (NPD), the difference between points scored per offensive drive (OPD) and points allowed per opponent offensive drive (DPD). Points per drive from long starting field position for the offense (OLD) and opponent offenses (DLD) are calculated on possessions that begin inside the offense's own 20-yard line. Points per drive from middle starting field position for the offense (OMD) and opponent offenses (DMD) are calculated on possessions that begin from the offense's own 20-yard line to it's own 40-yard line. Points per drive from short starting field position for the offense (OSD) and opponent offenses (DSD) are calculated on possessions that begin less than 60 yards from the end zone.

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

 

2018 Points Per Drive (updated 12/3/18)

 

Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
1 Alabama 12-0 3.03   4.04 2 2.60 14 3.71 3 5.61 2   1.01 2 0.58 10 0.97 4 2.08 3
2 Clemson 12-0 2.21   3.19 9 1.81 45 3.36 6 4.04 28   0.99 1 0.44 4 0.84 2 2.56 13
3 Central Florida 11-0 1.96   3.66 3 3.03 10 3.79 2 4.22 20   1.70 25 1.35 46 1.64 35 2.83 25
4 Georgia 10-2 1.91   3.62 4 3.10 7 3.39 4 5.05 6   1.71 28 1.27 39 1.55 31 3.07 44
5 Utah State 9-2 1.69   3.21 7 2.53 16 3.15 8 4.05 26   1.52 17 2.07 103 1.12 9 3.05 42
6 Fresno State 10-2 1.69   2.72 24 1.31 82 2.42 33 4.31 19   1.03 3 0.50 6 1.07 7 2.70 19
7 Notre Dame 12-0 1.59   2.87 17 3.29 3 2.52 26 3.79 42   1.28 5 0.87 16 1.15 12 2.47 10
8 Michigan 10-2 1.47   2.81 20 2.28 19 2.62 22 3.58 61   1.34 8 0.57 9 1.30 16 3.17 50
9 Oklahoma 12-1 1.45   4.20 1 4.63 1 3.90 1 5.19 4   2.75 107 2.82 125 2.50 99 4.47 113
10 Ohio 7-4 1.31   3.51 5 3.57 2 3.06 11 4.78 9   2.20 67 1.88 92 2.01 64 3.56 75
11 Appalachian State 9-2 1.31   2.60 29 1.65 58 2.47 28 3.74 46   1.29 6 0.53 8 1.12 10 2.52 11
12 Ohio State 12-1 1.26   3.15 11 1.72 50 3.09 9 4.35 16   1.89 40 1.16 27 2.02 65 3.00 38
13 Mississippi State 7-4 1.18   2.44 43 1.68 55 2.23 46 4.67 10   1.26 4 1.00 20 0.77 1 3.00 38
14 North Carolina State 8-3 1.16   2.98 14 1.42 74 2.90 15 4.00 30   1.83 33 1.17 29 1.89 53 2.69 17
15 Cincinnati 9-2 1.10   2.49 37 1.63 62 2.33 38 3.69 53   1.39 10 0.96 18 0.94 3 3.42 61
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
16 Penn State 9-3 1.05   2.40 48 1.23 89 2.27 43 3.74 45   1.35 9 1.28 40 1.10 8 2.70 19
17 West Virginia 7-3 1.03   3.21 8 1.72 49 3.36 5 3.87 38   2.18 65 1.14 25 2.11 72 3.58 77
18 Washington 9-3 1.03   2.51 36 2.00 31 2.37 36 3.72 51   1.49 12 0.77 13 1.24 15 3.09 47
19 Army 7-2 1.02   3.27 6 2.69 12 3.16 7 3.95 36   2.26 71 2.25 110 1.84 49 4.60 122
20 Washington State 9-2 0.97   3.08 12 1.47 71 2.99 13 4.95 7   2.10 58 0.36 1 2.32 88 3.69 88
21 Buffalo 9-3 0.95   2.90 16 1.64 61 2.77 17 4.00 30   1.95 45 1.31 42 1.99 61 2.35 7
22 Boise State 10-3 0.93   2.65 27 2.13 25 2.60 23 3.23 79   1.73 30 1.25 34 1.53 29 3.80 94
23 North Texas 8-3 0.92   2.52 35 3.23 5 1.85 78 3.73 49   1.60 21 1.25 34 1.33 17 3.59 78
24 Missouri 7-4 0.92   2.79 22 2.05 28 2.81 16 3.36 74   1.87 36 1.50 56 1.66 36 3.20 52
25 Syracuse 8-3 0.84   2.72 23 1.43 73 2.34 37 4.22 21   1.88 39 1.45 53 1.63 34 4.00 99
26 Iowa 7-4 0.82   2.34 52 1.71 53 1.56 107 4.03 29   1.52 15 1.53 60 1.00 5 3.24 56
27 Georgia Southern 8-3 0.80   2.71 25 3.25 4 1.90 74 4.00 30   1.91 42 1.63 71 2.02 66 1.58 1
28 Utah 8-4 0.70   2.28 54 0.83 114 2.32 39 3.65 57   1.58 20 0.70 12 1.44 22 3.67 87
29 LSU 8-3 0.70   2.40 47 2.26 20 1.97 64 3.35 75   1.70 26 0.40 2 1.51 28 4.50 115
30 UAB 9-3 0.64   2.22 58 1.63 62 2.18 51 2.96 91   1.57 19 2.11 106 1.04 6 3.08 45
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
31 Temple 8-3 0.61   2.45 41 1.91 37 2.27 42 3.52 65   1.84 34 1.67 77 1.49 26 3.15 49
32 Memphis 7-5 0.59   3.18 10 1.80 46 3.09 10 4.66 11   2.59 100 1.48 54 2.48 97 4.71 126
33 Houston 7-4 0.59   3.01 13 1.73 48 3.05 12 4.04 27   2.43 84 2.03 101 2.20 80 3.53 70
34 Florida International 7-4 0.57   2.84 19 2.09 27 2.70 20 4.41 15   2.27 73 1.55 62 2.41 93 2.69 18
35 Florida 7-3 0.52   2.39 49 1.21 91 2.38 35 3.95 36   1.87 37 1.41 50 1.85 50 2.88 29
36 Iowa State 7-4 0.51   2.27 55 1.28 85 2.24 44 3.50 66   1.76 32 2.10 105 1.42 21 2.75 22
37 Kentucky 8-3 0.50   1.99 84 1.64 60 1.81 82 2.88 99   1.50 13 0.97 19 1.48 24 2.56 13
38 Troy 8-3 0.49   2.18 64 2.81 11 1.93 72 2.25 122   1.69 23 1.17 28 1.67 37 2.40 8
39 Virginia 6-5 0.49   2.39 50 1.83 42 2.30 40 3.07 85   1.90 41 1.35 47 1.71 40 3.53 69
40 Wisconsin 7-5 0.46   2.43 44 1.72 51 2.23 47 3.67 55   1.97 46 1.33 43 1.60 32 3.59 80
41 Miami 6-5 0.45   1.95 89 2.00 31 1.67 95 2.76 105   1.50 14 1.25 34 1.20 14 2.21 6
42 Texas 9-4 0.45   2.66 26 1.24 87 2.71 19 4.21 22   2.22 68 1.07 22 2.27 83 3.43 64
43 Stanford 7-4 0.45   2.53 33 1.44 72 2.47 29 4.00 30   2.08 54 1.96 99 1.92 55 3.64 85
44 Arizona State 7-5 0.43   2.57 31 1.83 42 2.49 27 4.17 23   2.14 62 1.81 88 2.16 75 2.89 30
45 Miami (OH) 6-6 0.36   2.34 51 2.00 31 1.95 70 3.42 69   1.99 49 0.64 11 2.01 63 3.83 96
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
46 Oregon 7-4 0.34   2.47 38 1.69 54 2.44 32 3.41 71   2.13 61 1.81 88 1.84 48 3.48 66
47 Middle Tennessee 7-5 0.33   2.25 56 2.67 13 1.76 86 3.28 78   1.92 43 1.76 85 1.53 30 3.39 59
48 Purdue 6-6 0.33   2.45 42 2.21 22 2.19 50 3.75 44   2.12 59 1.94 96 1.83 47 3.42 61
49 Auburn 6-5 0.32   2.03 80 0.59 119 2.11 57 3.00 87   1.71 27 1.15 26 1.48 25 3.59 78
50 Toledo 6-5 0.32   2.65 28 2.10 26 2.38 34 3.47 68   2.33 77 2.61 116 1.81 45 4.09 105
51 Southern Mississippi 5-5 0.29   1.73 105 1.03 102 1.65 97 2.96 92   1.44 11 0.44 3 1.12 11 2.86 27
52 Arkansas State 7-4 0.29   2.34 53 2.04 30 2.28 41 2.95 93   2.05 52 1.72 82 1.76 42 3.74 89
53 Eastern Michigan 6-5 0.28   1.90 91 2.05 28 1.28 117 3.08 84   1.62 22 1.24 33 1.35 18 3.00 38
54 Michigan State 7-5 0.25   1.54 115 0.92 112 1.42 111 2.85 101   1.30 7 0.91 17 1.15 13 1.95 2
55 Oklahoma State 5-6 0.24   2.79 21 1.17 93 2.72 18 5.93 1   2.55 98 1.65 74 2.69 112 2.94 36
56 Marshall 7-4 0.24   1.93 90 1.65 58 1.60 100 2.63 113   1.69 24 0.50 6 1.98 59 2.45 9
57 Texas A&M 7-4 0.22   2.42 45 1.67 56 2.10 59 4.00 30   2.20 66 1.11 23 2.20 79 4.06 103
58 Boston College 6-5 0.19   2.07 76 2.22 21 1.59 104 3.23 79   1.88 38 1.12 24 1.97 57 2.83 25
59 Georgia Tech 6-5 0.16   2.98 15 2.33 18 2.46 30 5.30 3   2.83 110 2.05 102 2.53 102 4.63 124
60 South Carolina 6-5 0.15   2.60 29 2.35 17 2.67 21 2.59 115   2.45 85 2.29 112 2.40 92 2.94 35
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
61 Nevada 6-5 0.13   2.11 71 1.40 78 2.05 60 2.91 97   1.98 47 1.17 29 1.70 39 3.55 73
62 Northwestern 8-5 0.11   1.84 97 0.94 109 1.57 106 3.53 64   1.72 29 1.25 34 1.78 43 2.17 5
63 BYU 5-6 0.11   2.09 73 1.13 97 1.70 94 4.57 13   1.98 48 1.52 58 1.74 41 3.47 65
64 San Diego State 6-5 0.06   1.81 99 1.06 100 1.78 85 3.10 83   1.75 31 1.55 63 1.38 20 2.81 24
65 Vanderbilt 5-6 0.02   2.24 57 1.41 77 1.94 71 3.73 50   2.22 69 2.69 119 1.91 54 3.08 46
66 Minnesota 6-6 -0.01   2.09 74 1.58 65 2.04 62 2.70 107   2.09 56 1.75 84 1.68 38 4.09 104
67 Air Force 4-7 -0.02   2.52 34 1.00 103 2.95 14 2.53 117   2.54 97 1.48 55 2.84 116 2.95 37
68 Texas Tech 4-7 -0.05   2.45 40 1.41 76 2.44 31 3.65 56   2.51 94 1.59 67 2.70 113 3.20 52
69 California 6-5 -0.08   1.44 120 0.83 115 1.28 118 2.48 118   1.52 16 1.03 21 1.45 23 2.78 23
70 Northern Illinois 8-5 -0.09   1.48 117 0.96 106 1.26 120 3.00 87   1.57 18 1.61 68 1.37 19 2.09 4
71 Colorado 4-7 -0.10   2.05 78 1.83 44 2.12 55 2.00 124   2.15 64 1.33 43 2.10 71 3.61 81
72 Maryland 5-7 -0.11   2.13 70 2.00 31 1.96 67 3.00 87   2.24 70 1.79 87 2.00 62 3.61 81
73 Duke 6-5 -0.14   1.96 87 0.53 123 2.12 56 2.45 119   2.10 57 1.86 91 2.05 69 2.67 16
74 Wyoming 5-6 -0.17   1.69 107 0.67 118 1.73 88 2.68 108   1.87 35 1.66 76 1.62 33 2.87 28
75 Florida Atlantic 4-7 -0.18   2.18 65 1.65 57 2.10 58 3.60 59   2.36 79 1.90 94 2.19 77 3.22 54
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
76 USC 5-7 -0.18   1.96 88 1.28 84 1.71 92 4.15 25   2.14 63 1.85 90 1.78 44 3.76 92
77 Kansas State 4-7 -0.21   2.13 68 1.79 47 1.88 75 3.50 66   2.33 78 2.23 109 2.13 73 3.24 55
78 Arizona 4-7 -0.22   2.19 63 2.19 23 2.05 61 2.79 103   2.41 82 1.62 69 2.38 91 3.55 72
79 South Florida 6-5 -0.23   2.03 79 1.97 35 1.97 66 2.38 121   2.27 74 1.67 77 2.23 81 3.05 41
80 Louisiana Lafayette 6-6 -0.25   2.87 18 3.14 6 2.59 24 3.54 63   3.12 121 1.73 83 3.27 123 4.25 111
81 Indiana 5-7 -0.27   2.20 61 3.04 9 1.80 84 2.91 96   2.47 89 1.25 34 2.57 106 3.41 60
82 Louisiana Tech 6-5 -0.29   1.75 103 0.50 124 1.73 89 2.77 104   2.04 51 1.52 57 1.82 46 3.11 48
83 Nebraska 3-8 -0.31   2.20 60 1.86 40 2.24 45 2.71 106   2.51 95 2.72 121 2.31 87 2.93 34
84 Western Michigan 6-5 -0.33   2.47 39 3.06 8 1.85 77 3.80 39   2.80 108 1.91 95 2.14 74 4.61 123
85 Tulane 5-6 -0.33   1.76 102 1.48 70 1.60 101 2.60 114   2.09 55 1.36 48 2.04 67 3.06 43
86 TCU 5-6 -0.38   1.56 114 1.23 88 1.03 126 3.38 72   1.94 44 0.48 5 2.05 68 3.52 68
87 Pittsburgh 6-6 -0.38   2.11 72 1.84 41 1.83 79 3.74 48   2.49 91 1.63 71 2.54 103 2.90 31
88 Hawaii 7-5 -0.41   2.53 32 0.96 107 2.55 25 4.17 23   2.94 116 1.63 71 2.70 114 4.00 99
89 Louisiana Monroe 5-6 -0.42   2.19 62 1.22 90 2.15 52 4.33 17   2.62 101 2.71 120 2.45 95 3.18 51
90 Virginia Tech 5-6 -0.43   1.98 85 1.59 64 2.14 54 1.83 128   2.41 83 0.77 13 2.50 98 4.06 101
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
91 Tulsa 2-9 -0.45   1.86 95 1.21 92 1.82 80 2.83 102   2.31 76 0.79 15 2.19 78 3.62 84
92 Mississippi 4-7 -0.46   2.42 46 2.58 15 2.22 49 3.80 39   2.88 114 3.24 128 2.56 104 3.74 90
93 Liberty 4-6 -0.51   2.05 77 1.14 96 1.76 87 4.32 18   2.56 99 1.58 66 2.29 85 4.14 109
94 Wake Forest 5-6 -0.51   2.01 83 1.13 97 1.87 76 4.00 30   2.52 96 1.65 75 2.38 90 3.79 93
95 SMU 4-7 -0.51   1.88 94 1.48 69 1.64 98 3.32 77   2.40 80 1.69 80 2.09 70 4.33 112
96 Baylor 5-6 -0.54   2.17 66 1.26 86 1.96 68 5.07 5   2.70 104 1.17 31 2.88 118 3.56 74
97 Texas State 2-9 -0.58   1.45 119 0.42 127 1.22 123 3.07 86   2.02 50 1.52 58 1.98 58 2.64 15
98 Western Kentucky 3-8 -0.59   1.67 109 1.30 83 1.49 108 2.67 109   2.26 72 1.90 93 2.30 86 2.53 12
99 Charlotte 4-7 -0.67   1.74 104 0.91 113 1.97 64 2.64 112   2.41 81 1.43 52 2.17 76 3.58 76
100 North Carolina 1-9 -0.68   1.82 98 2.15 24 1.66 96 1.86 126   2.49 92 2.68 118 1.95 56 3.85 98
101 Kansas 3-8 -0.77   1.68 108 0.94 108 1.81 81 1.82 129   2.45 87 1.41 50 2.57 105 3.75 91
102 Tennessee 4-7 -0.78   1.67 110 1.90 38 1.35 115 2.88 99   2.45 86 1.71 81 2.35 89 4.06 101
103 Old Dominion 3-8 -0.79   2.08 75 1.17 93 2.15 53 2.67 109   2.87 112 2.45 115 2.63 109 4.12 108
104 Florida State 4-7 -0.82   1.46 118 0.50 124 1.49 110 3.59 60   2.28 75 2.92 126 1.88 52 2.91 32
105 UNLV 3-8 -0.85   2.02 82 1.39 79 1.80 83 3.57 62   2.87 113 1.62 70 2.53 101 4.48 114
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
106 UCLA 3-9 -0.92   1.90 92 1.32 81 1.59 102 4.63 12   2.82 109 1.54 61 2.86 117 3.81 95
107 Ball State 3-8 -0.98   1.85 96 1.00 103 1.41 112 4.43 14   2.83 111 1.95 97 2.44 94 5.53 130
108 Akron 3-8 -0.99   1.07 127 0.42 126 1.01 127 2.42 120   2.05 53 1.56 64 1.85 51 2.73 21
109 East Carolina 3-8 -1.00   1.65 112 1.41 75 1.59 103 2.67 109   2.65 103 2.75 123 1.99 60 4.69 125
110 UTEP 1-10 -1.08   1.42 122 0.94 109 1.29 116 3.00 87   2.50 93 1.33 43 2.27 84 3.62 83
111 Illinois 3-8 -1.09   2.02 81 1.54 68 1.63 99 3.78 43   3.11 120 2.27 111 3.02 120 4.56 117
112 Coastal Carolina 4-7 -1.15   2.13 69 1.71 52 2.03 63 3.80 39   3.28 123 3.71 129 3.10 121 3.54 71
113 New Mexico 2-9 -1.17   1.57 113 0.58 121 1.26 119 3.74 47   2.74 106 1.78 86 2.61 107 4.12 107
114 Colorado State 3-8 -1.18   1.71 106 1.86 39 1.37 113 3.38 72   2.89 115 2.00 100 2.96 119 3.33 58
115 San Jose State 1-10 -1.20   1.43 121 0.30 128 1.05 125 3.16 81   2.63 102 1.37 49 3.15 122 2.92 33
116 Massachusetts 3-8 -1.24   2.20 59 1.05 101 1.92 73 4.83 8   3.44 126 2.40 113 3.58 127 3.85 97
117 Navy 2-9 -1.25   2.15 67 0.59 120 2.22 48 3.41 70   3.41 124 2.14 108 3.52 126 4.56 119
118 Central Michigan 0-11 -1.26   0.87 130 0.22 129 0.84 129 1.86 127   2.13 60 1.56 64 1.51 27 3.42 63
119 Arkansas 1-10 -1.35   1.36 125 0.71 117 1.49 109 1.67 130   2.71 105 2.10 104 2.45 96 3.51 67
120 Bowling Green 2-9 -1.43   1.78 101 1.58 67 1.58 105 2.94 94   3.20 122 2.67 117 2.65 111 4.96 127
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
121 Rutgers 1-11 -1.45   1.02 128 0.20 130 1.00 128 2.94 95   2.47 88 1.28 41 2.63 110 3.26 57
122 UTSA 3-9 -1.47   1.02 129 0.55 122 0.38 130 3.70 52   2.48 90 1.68 79 2.52 100 3.65 86
123 Kent State 1-10 -1.51   1.53 116 1.58 65 1.23 122 3.62 58   3.03 118 2.44 114 2.23 82 4.16 110
124 New Mexico State 2-9 -1.53   1.42 123 1.17 95 1.35 114 2.10 123   2.95 117 1.20 32 2.73 115 4.58 120
125 Georgia State 1-10 -1.61   1.90 93 1.94 36 1.72 91 3.33 76   3.50 127 2.78 124 3.35 124 4.58 121
126 South Alabama 2-9 -1.62   1.79 100 1.00 103 1.72 90 2.89 98   3.42 125 2.11 107 3.43 125 4.09 105
127 Rice 1-11 -1.64   1.40 124 0.76 116 1.25 121 2.57 116   3.05 119 3.11 127 2.63 108 4.50 115
128 Oregon State 1-10 -1.79   1.97 86 0.93 111 1.95 69 3.68 54   3.76 128 2.74 122 3.60 128 5.09 128
129 Louisville 1-10 -2.43   1.33 126 1.10 99 1.06 124 3.13 82   3.76 129 1.96 98 3.69 129 5.34 129
130 Connecticut 0-11 -2.86   1.66 111 1.33 80 1.71 93 1.92 125   4.51 130 4.06 130 4.62 130 4.56 117