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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.

 

2018 Starting Field Position Ratings (updated 10/8/18)

 

Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
1 Alabama 6-0 11.1   64.5 2 .107 124 .607 81 .286 3   75.6 5 .183 67 .733 15 .083 120
2 Syracuse 3-2 10.9   64.7 3 .118 121 .559 114 .324 2   75.7 4 .304 9 .623 72 .072 124
3 Fresno State 3-1 9.9   65.8 5 .048 130 .738 8 .214 29   75.7 3 .326 4 .587 93 .087 119
4 Michigan 5-1 7.5   67.9 16 .255 19 .473 130 .273 6   75.4 7 .196 54 .696 37 .107 110
5 Auburn 3-2 7.4   65.7 4 .136 110 .610 79 .254 10   73.2 23 .161 90 .726 21 .113 104
6 Florida 4-1 6.9   68.6 25 .264 13 .509 127 .226 23   75.5 6 .281 13 .596 87 .123 92
7 Toledo 2-2 6.3   66.0 6 .133 112 .622 70 .244 14   72.3 36 .163 88 .714 27 .122 93
8 North Texas 4-1 6.3   68.0 17 .140 108 .596 92 .263 7   74.3 16 .254 23 .678 45 .068 126
9 Kentucky 4-1 6.0   68.5 22 .211 51 .509 128 .281 4   74.5 12 .316 8 .579 97 .105 112
10 Illinois 2-2 6.0   68.2 19 .120 118 .640 63 .240 17   74.2 17 .213 43 .745 12 .043 129
11 Virginia Tech 2-2 5.8   70.3 57 .216 45 .569 112 .216 27   76.1 2 .196 55 .745 11 .059 128
12 LSU 4-1 5.8   69.5 41 .177 78 .581 103 .242 16   75.3 8 .213 41 .705 34 .082 121
13 San Jose State 0-4 5.7   62.3 1 .086 127 .586 99 .328 1   68.0 106 .293 12 .397 130 .310 7
14 Duke 3-1 5.5   68.5 24 .133 112 .622 70 .244 14   74.0 21 .295 11 .545 115 .159 63
15 Northwestern 2-3 5.3   67.6 12 .164 92 .597 91 .239 18   72.9 27 .262 18 .631 69 .108 108
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
16 Buffalo 4-1 4.7   69.9 53 .255 19 .491 129 .255 9   74.6 11 .179 71 .732 17 .089 116
17 UTSA 3-3 4.6   67.0 8 .215 46 .538 119 .246 13   71.6 49 .323 6 .523 119 .154 66
18 Old Dominion 1-5 4.5   69.7 47 .130 114 .675 36 .195 42   74.2 18 .356 1 .521 120 .123 91
19 Wisconsin 4-1 4.3   70.4 58 .275 9 .510 126 .216 27   74.7 10 .245 26 .673 47 .082 122
20 Georgia Southern 3-1 4.2   68.2 18 .175 81 .575 106 .250 11   72.4 35 .146 100 .732 18 .122 96
21 Stanford 3-2 4.2   70.9 69 .167 85 .704 25 .130 99   75.1 9 .212 44 .692 38 .096 114
22 Ball State 1-4 4.1   69.0 30 .138 109 .655 50 .207 33   73.2 24 .155 97 .776 4 .069 125
23 Appalachian State 2-1 3.9   67.2 9 .172 82 .621 72 .207 33   71.1 59 .091 125 .758 9 .152 71
24 Ohio State 6-0 3.7   70.5 61 .164 92 .642 61 .194 43   74.3 15 .257 20 .635 66 .108 107
25 Penn State 4-1 3.7   67.7 13 .190 65 .571 109 .238 19   71.4 54 .188 64 .672 48 .141 75
26 Utah 2-2 3.3   70.9 68 .159 98 .705 24 .136 94   74.2 20 .200 51 .733 15 .067 127
27 Troy 4-1 3.3   69.6 45 .167 85 .648 54 .185 52   72.9 28 .161 91 .750 10 .089 116
28 California 2-2 3.3   70.9 73 .184 74 .612 78 .204 35   74.2 19 .340 2 .553 111 .106 111
29 Kansas 2-3 3.1   69.5 40 .161 97 .643 59 .196 40   72.6 32 .254 23 .593 90 .153 69
30 Middle Tennessee 2-2 3.0   69.4 39 .098 126 .707 21 .195 41   72.4 34 .300 10 .500 123 .200 41
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
31 Oklahoma 5-1 3.0   69.0 27 .148 105 .705 23 .148 85   72.0 41 .083 127 .800 3 .117 101
32 Tulane 1-4 2.8   69.0 29 .119 119 .661 48 .220 25   71.9 45 .321 7 .446 128 .232 24
33 Indiana 4-2 2.7   70.2 55 .182 75 .636 64 .182 55   72.8 29 .169 79 .723 24 .108 108
34 Texas A&M 3-2 2.6   71.8 93 .211 51 .614 77 .175 63   74.4 14 .175 75 .719 26 .105 112
35 West Virginia 4-0 2.5   69.2 36 .190 65 .595 94 .214 29   71.7 47 .186 66 .674 46 .140 77
36 Oregon 3-1 2.5   67.9 15 .229 37 .521 124 .250 11   70.4 76 .231 31 .615 75 .154 66
37 Arizona State 3-3 2.4   73.9 113 .293 5 .569 111 .138 92   76.3 1 .263 17 .702 36 .035 130
38 Colorado 4-0 2.4   72.0 97 .233 33 .605 84 .163 73   74.4 13 .205 49 .682 40 .114 103
39 SMU 1-4 2.3   68.7 26 .189 69 .679 31 .132 97   71.1 63 .327 3 .500 123 .173 56
40 Cincinnati 5-0 2.3   69.2 35 .246 23 .557 115 .197 38   71.5 51 .210 48 .597 86 .194 44
41 Purdue 2-3 2.3   69.7 50 .234 30 .609 80 .156 79   72.0 40 .200 51 .646 63 .154 66
42 Minnesota 3-2 2.3   68.3 21 .153 103 .678 33 .169 69   70.6 72 .213 41 .623 73 .164 61
43 Notre Dame 6-0 2.2   70.5 60 .114 122 .729 12 .157 76   72.7 30 .181 69 .681 43 .139 79
44 South Florida 4-0 2.1   69.2 37 .176 79 .667 41 .157 77   71.4 56 .164 86 .727 20 .109 105
45 Iowa 3-1 2.1   67.7 14 .213 49 .511 125 .277 5   69.8 88 .229 32 .583 94 .188 47
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
46 Utah State 3-1 1.9   69.2 33 .163 94 .628 66 .209 31   71.1 62 .120 115 .760 8 .120 99
47 New Mexico 2-2 1.9   66.7 7 .182 75 .582 102 .236 20   68.6 100 .212 44 .577 99 .212 35
48 Virginia 2-2 1.8   69.7 49 .262 16 .548 117 .190 47   71.6 50 .116 117 .767 5 .116 102
49 Arkansas State 2-2 1.8   70.9 67 .191 64 .617 75 .191 45   72.7 31 .326 4 .543 116 .130 86
50 Army 3-2 1.7   71.4 85 .209 54 .605 84 .186 51   73.1 26 .227 33 .682 40 .091 115
51 Eastern Michigan 1-4 1.5   67.4 11 .152 104 .591 97 .258 8   68.9 94 .242 28 .532 118 .226 27
52 UAB 3-1 1.5   69.9 52 .186 71 .605 84 .209 31   71.4 55 .159 92 .705 35 .136 83
53 Memphis 3-2 1.4   69.2 34 .189 69 .623 69 .189 48   70.6 71 .157 94 .706 32 .137 81
54 Vanderbilt 2-3 1.3   71.9 96 .220 43 .600 89 .180 58   73.2 25 .212 44 .654 59 .135 84
55 Iowa State 2-3 1.2   69.8 51 .158 99 .649 53 .193 44   71.0 65 .246 25 .614 77 .140 76
56 Boise State 3-2 1.2   69.1 32 .204 56 .593 96 .204 36   70.3 77 .127 113 .764 7 .109 105
57 Houston 3-1 1.1   69.6 42 .169 84 .729 11 .102 116   70.7 70 .233 29 .550 113 .217 32
58 Louisville 1-4 1.0   69.3 38 .154 101 .673 38 .173 64   70.4 75 .245 26 .571 101 .184 49
59 TCU 2-2 1.0   71.1 77 .286 6 .531 122 .184 53   72.1 39 .265 16 .612 80 .122 93
60 Texas Tech 2-2 1.0   71.2 84 .170 83 .642 62 .189 48   72.2 37 .157 94 .725 22 .118 100
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
61 Florida Atlantic 2-3 0.8   70.8 66 .155 100 .707 22 .138 92   71.7 48 .179 71 .679 44 .143 74
62 Michigan State 3-2 0.8   69.6 43 .190 68 .586 99 .224 24   70.4 74 .220 36 .593 90 .186 48
63 USC 3-2 0.5   70.9 72 .200 58 .617 76 .183 54   71.5 52 .183 67 .633 68 .183 51
64 Oregon State 0-5 0.5   70.9 71 .263 14 .579 104 .158 75   71.4 57 .120 115 .660 57 .220 31
65 Kansas State 1-4 0.3   70.7 65 .224 41 .653 51 .122 108   71.1 61 .255 21 .553 111 .191 46
66 Miami 4-1 0.3   68.3 20 .102 125 .712 18 .186 50   68.6 101 .167 80 .583 94 .250 18
67 North Carolina State 4-0 0.2   72.2 102 .077 128 .769 4 .154 82   72.4 33 .171 78 .707 31 .122 96
68 Northern Illinois 3-3 0.1   67.3 10 .074 129 .753 6 .173 67   67.5 112 .188 64 .575 100 .238 21
69 Ohio 2-2 0.1   71.7 90 .234 31 .574 107 .191 45   71.8 46 .191 59 .681 42 .128 87
70 Georgia Tech 2-3 0.1   70.7 63 .176 79 .647 56 .176 62   70.7 68 .149 98 .723 23 .128 87
71 Georgia 5-0 -0.1   72.1 98 .200 58 .644 58 .156 80   72.0 43 .064 130 .809 2 .128 87
72 Massachusetts 1-5 -0.3   69.0 28 .143 106 .698 27 .159 74   68.7 96 .167 80 .652 60 .182 52
73 Maryland 3-2 -0.3   72.3 103 .204 56 .667 41 .130 99   71.9 44 .220 36 .627 70 .153 69
74 Miami (OH) 2-4 -0.5   70.6 62 .197 62 .606 82 .197 37   70.1 83 .211 47 .634 67 .155 65
75 Hawaii 5-1 -0.5   68.5 23 .162 95 .603 88 .235 21   68.0 107 .174 76 .594 89 .232 25
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
76 Oklahoma State 3-2 -0.5   71.2 83 .213 48 .672 40 .115 110   70.7 69 .131 110 .738 13 .131 85
77 BYU 2-3 -0.6   72.6 109 .250 21 .604 87 .146 87   72.0 42 .167 80 .708 30 .125 90
78 Wake Forest 2-3 -0.7   71.2 81 .190 65 .667 41 .143 91   70.5 73 .167 80 .667 50 .167 59
79 Tulsa 0-4 -0.7   70.1 54 .245 24 .585 101 .170 68   69.4 89 .191 59 .596 88 .213 34
80 Wyoming 1-4 -0.7   71.5 88 .143 106 .732 10 .125 103   70.8 67 .222 35 .556 110 .222 29
81 Washington 4-1 -0.8   71.8 94 .128 116 .766 5 .106 113   71.0 64 .143 104 .735 14 .122 93
82 Temple 3-2 -0.8   70.7 64 .136 110 .712 18 .153 84   69.9 87 .177 74 .661 55 .161 62
83 Louisiana Monroe 1-4 -0.9   74.3 116 .226 40 .717 16 .057 127   73.4 22 .255 22 .608 82 .137 81
84 Baylor 3-2 -0.9   72.1 99 .250 21 .571 109 .179 60   71.2 58 .193 58 .649 61 .158 64
85 Florida International 2-2 -0.9   72.3 105 .262 16 .619 73 .119 109   71.4 53 .233 30 .558 108 .209 37
86 Texas 5-1 -1.1   71.0 75 .232 34 .551 116 .217 26   69.9 86 .216 40 .568 105 .216 33
87 Air Force 1-3 -1.1   71.2 80 .167 85 .667 41 .167 70   70.0 85 .191 59 .638 65 .170 58
88 Missouri 2-2 -1.2   70.2 56 .154 101 .673 38 .173 64   69.0 93 .102 121 .714 27 .184 49
89 Tennessee 1-3 -1.3   72.4 106 .200 58 .675 37 .125 103   71.1 60 .279 14 .581 96 .140 77
90 Coastal Carolina 2-2 -1.6   71.8 91 .111 123 .806 2 .083 120   70.2 82 .194 56 .667 50 .139 79
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
91 Boston College 3-2 -1.8   69.7 48 .180 77 .623 68 .197 38   67.9 109 .180 70 .639 64 .180 53
92 San Diego State 3-1 -1.9   70.5 59 .273 10 .545 118 .182 55   68.5 102 .204 50 .571 101 .224 28
93 Central Florida 4-0 -2.0   72.2 101 .263 14 .605 83 .132 98   70.2 81 .108 120 .811 1 .081 123
94 Liberty 2-3 -2.0   71.1 76 .200 58 .677 35 .123 106   69.1 92 .164 85 .657 58 .179 54
95 Washington State 4-1 -2.4   72.4 107 .185 72 .648 54 .167 70   70.1 84 .189 63 .660 56 .151 72
96 Arizona 2-3 -2.4   74.6 120 .237 27 .678 33 .085 119   72.2 38 .217 39 .617 74 .167 59
97 Rice 0-5 -2.5   69.7 46 .161 96 .661 46 .177 61   67.2 115 .158 93 .667 50 .175 55
98 Clemson 5-0 -2.5   72.7 110 .233 32 .633 65 .133 95   70.2 80 .194 57 .613 78 .194 44
99 South Carolina 3-2 -2.5   71.2 82 .167 85 .704 25 .130 99   68.7 98 .130 111 .722 25 .148 73
100 Marshall 2-2 -2.7   71.4 86 .235 28 .529 123 .235 21   68.7 95 .082 128 .714 27 .204 38
101 New Mexico State 2-4 -2.8   71.2 78 .167 85 .679 30 .154 82   68.4 104 .132 109 .671 49 .197 42
102 Western Kentucky 1-3 -3.0   71.4 87 .267 12 .578 105 .156 80   68.4 103 .261 19 .413 129 .326 5
103 Navy 1-3 -3.0   69.6 44 .227 39 .591 97 .182 55   66.6 117 .163 89 .605 83 .233 23
104 North Carolina 1-3 -3.1   72.5 108 .229 37 .625 67 .146 87   69.3 90 .279 14 .465 127 .256 15
105 Southern Mississippi 1-2 -3.6   71.5 89 .282 8 .538 119 .179 59   67.9 110 .189 62 .568 105 .243 20
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
106 South Alabama 1-5 -3.7   69.1 31 .123 117 .712 17 .164 72   65.4 123 .167 80 .542 117 .292 9
107 Pittsburgh 2-3 -4.3   72.3 104 .214 47 .661 49 .125 103   68.1 105 .136 107 .610 81 .254 17
108 Charlotte 1-3 -4.3   71.8 92 .128 115 .795 3 .077 122   67.4 113 .111 119 .667 50 .222 29
109 Mississippi 3-2 -4.3   73.5 112 .167 85 .722 15 .111 111   69.2 91 .135 108 .692 38 .173 56
110 Louisiana Tech 2-2 -4.4   70.9 70 .196 63 .647 56 .157 77   66.5 118 .157 94 .569 104 .275 14
111 UNLV 1-3 -4.5   71.0 74 .167 85 .688 28 .146 87   66.5 119 .200 51 .520 121 .280 11
112 Texas State 0-4 -4.7   71.2 78 .231 35 .596 93 .173 64   66.4 120 .146 102 .625 71 .229 26
113 Rutgers 1-5 -5.5   74.1 115 .231 35 .662 45 .108 112   68.7 97 .219 38 .547 114 .234 22
114 Georgia State 1-4 -5.5   75.7 125 .213 49 .723 14 .064 126   70.2 79 .224 34 .571 101 .204 38
115 Connecticut 0-5 -5.6   76.4 129 .222 42 .733 9 .044 129   70.8 66 .146 100 .732 18 .122 96
116 Louisiana Lafayette 1-3 -5.6   75.9 127 .273 10 .727 13 .000 130   70.3 78 .147 99 .765 6 .088 118
117 East Carolina 2-2 -6.0   74.7 122 .333 2 .569 112 .098 117   68.6 99 .098 122 .706 32 .196 43
118 UCLA 0-5 -6.3   74.0 114 .211 51 .684 29 .105 114   67.7 111 .130 111 .667 50 .204 40
119 Central Michigan 0-5 -6.4   71.8 95 .217 44 .650 52 .133 95   65.4 122 .085 126 .593 90 .322 6
120 Nevada 2-3 -6.8   72.1 100 .235 28 .618 74 .147 86   65.3 125 .141 105 .563 107 .297 8
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
121 UTEP 0-5 -7.9   75.8 126 .286 6 .643 59 .071 124   67.9 108 .173 77 .615 75 .212 35
122 Mississippi State 3-2 -8.0   74.6 121 .298 4 .574 107 .128 102   66.6 116 .178 73 .578 98 .244 19
123 Nebraska 0-5 -8.1   75.3 123 .242 26 .661 46 .097 118   67.2 114 .121 114 .603 84 .276 13
124 Western Michigan 3-2 -8.6   74.4 118 .245 24 .679 31 .075 123   65.8 121 .164 86 .491 125 .345 3
125 Kent State 0-5 -9.3   74.4 117 .119 119 .814 1 .068 125   65.0 126 .138 106 .483 126 .379 2
126 Florida State 2-3 -10.3   74.4 119 .261 18 .594 95 .145 90   64.1 128 .074 129 .647 62 .279 12
127 Bowling Green 0-5 -10.6   75.6 124 .317 3 .600 89 .083 120   65.0 127 .145 103 .600 85 .255 16
128 Colorado State 2-3 -10.8   76.2 128 .338 1 .538 119 .123 106   65.4 124 .097 124 .613 78 .290 10
129 Akron 1-2 -11.6   73.4 111 .184 73 .711 20 .105 114   61.8 130 .098 123 .512 122 .390 1
130 Arkansas 0-5 -13.1   76.6 130 .206 55 .746 7 .048 128   63.4 129 .115 118 .557 109 .328 4