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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 12/3/18)

 

Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
1 Fresno State 10-2 8.4   67.3 11 .129 127 .637 48 .234 17   75.7 1 .290 2 .634 55 .076 129
2 Alabama 12-0 8.0   66.2 3 .165 103 .562 117 .273 8   74.1 5 .190 68 .706 13 .103 123
3 Syracuse 8-3 7.3   65.6 1 .139 124 .589 97 .272 9   73.0 12 .250 15 .625 67 .125 114
4 Michigan 10-2 7.0   67.7 12 .212 40 .508 128 .280 5   74.7 2 .193 65 .706 14 .101 125
5 Georgia Southern 8-3 6.7   66.6 6 .145 121 .564 115 .291 3   73.3 10 .167 98 .728 7 .105 122
6 Toledo 6-5 6.4   65.9 2 .159 111 .553 120 .288 4   72.3 28 .201 54 .640 48 .158 77
7 Marshall 7-4 6.2   66.5 5 .174 86 .515 127 .311 1   72.7 20 .239 26 .612 78 .149 90
8 LSU 8-3 5.6   66.7 7 .172 91 .552 121 .276 6   72.3 25 .185 75 .681 22 .133 101
9 Iowa 7-4 5.1   66.7 8 .202 53 .496 130 .303 2   71.8 41 .258 12 .573 104 .169 66
10 Virginia 6-5 4.8   67.2 9 .202 53 .563 116 .235 14   72.0 34 .192 66 .667 31 .142 95
11 Ohio State 12-1 4.7   69.6 45 .160 109 .622 66 .218 30   74.4 3 .271 9 .627 66 .102 124
12 Middle Tennessee 7-5 4.5   67.8 13 .135 126 .624 65 .241 13   72.4 24 .284 6 .545 118 .172 63
13 Vanderbilt 5-6 4.4   69.7 47 .186 73 .593 94 .220 27   74.1 6 .244 20 .655 40 .101 125
14 Eastern Michigan 6-5 4.3   66.3 4 .159 110 .565 114 .275 7   70.6 71 .215 41 .607 84 .178 58
15 North Carolina State 8-3 4.3   68.5 17 .100 130 .692 19 .208 33   72.7 19 .240 23 .628 62 .132 103
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
16 Texas A&M 7-4 4.1   68.9 29 .162 108 .631 54 .208 34   73.0 11 .216 39 .656 39 .128 112
17 Clemson 12-0 4.0   68.7 26 .194 62 .604 82 .201 38   72.8 18 .194 62 .676 24 .129 109
18 Buffalo 9-3 4.0   68.5 18 .171 95 .566 111 .264 10   72.4 23 .123 125 .746 3 .131 105
19 Duke 6-5 3.9   69.0 30 .143 123 .639 46 .218 29   72.9 15 .271 10 .571 105 .158 78
20 Stanford 7-4 3.7   69.9 55 .144 122 .720 5 .136 107   73.6 9 .198 57 .711 11 .091 128
21 Florida 7-3 3.7   70.3 64 .220 34 .606 80 .174 67   74.0 8 .278 7 .583 98 .139 97
22 Penn State 9-3 3.6   68.6 22 .208 47 .557 118 .235 15   72.2 30 .195 61 .671 29 .134 100
23 Auburn 6-5 3.6   68.7 25 .179 82 .602 87 .220 28   72.3 27 .156 106 .711 10 .133 102
24 Ohio 7-4 3.5   69.4 38 .204 50 .593 95 .204 37   72.9 14 .219 37 .640 47 .140 96
25 West Virginia 7-3 3.2   68.7 24 .157 114 .643 43 .200 39   71.9 38 .188 73 .643 45 .170 65
26 Florida International 7-4 3.2   71.0 82 .215 38 .626 63 .159 86   74.2 4 .204 52 .676 25 .120 117
27 Kansas 3-8 3.1   69.2 34 .150 118 .667 28 .183 55   72.3 29 .264 11 .570 106 .165 70
28 Boise State 10-3 2.9   68.6 23 .173 90 .604 82 .223 24   71.6 49 .169 93 .725 8 .106 121
29 Miami (OH) 6-6 2.9   69.0 31 .197 58 .540 125 .263 11   72.0 36 .236 30 .600 88 .164 72
30 Memphis 7-5 2.8   69.1 33 .171 93 .630 56 .199 41   71.9 37 .168 95 .708 12 .124 116
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
31 Appalachian State 9-2 2.8   67.9 15 .195 61 .576 107 .229 20   70.8 67 .153 109 .661 35 .185 52
32 Boston College 6-5 2.8   67.9 14 .169 98 .603 85 .228 21   70.7 68 .239 25 .630 58 .130 106
33 North Texas 8-3 2.7   69.7 49 .169 97 .600 88 .231 19   72.5 22 .239 26 .634 53 .127 113
34 Minnesota 6-6 2.5   68.8 28 .176 84 .625 64 .199 42   71.3 54 .203 53 .630 58 .167 68
35 Army 7-2 2.4   68.6 21 .169 99 .584 100 .247 12   71.0 62 .154 108 .718 9 .128 111
36 Troy 8-3 2.4   69.1 32 .206 49 .571 109 .222 25   71.5 50 .186 74 .659 37 .155 79
37 California 6-5 2.3   70.7 72 .234 24 .548 122 .218 31   72.9 13 .288 3 .568 108 .144 94
38 Kansas State 4-7 2.2   69.8 51 .173 89 .664 34 .164 79   72.0 34 .248 16 .590 95 .162 74
39 Kentucky 8-3 2.0   70.8 75 .216 37 .578 105 .207 35   72.8 16 .286 4 .563 113 .151 86
40 San Jose State 1-10 2.0   67.3 10 .152 117 .614 76 .235 16   69.3 99 .257 13 .478 129 .265 11
41 Arizona State 7-5 1.9   72.2 104 .231 26 .631 54 .138 106   74.0 7 .200 55 .731 6 .069 130
42 Oregon 7-4 1.8   68.8 27 .225 32 .566 111 .209 32   70.5 72 .191 67 .625 67 .184 54
43 Iowa State 7-4 1.7   71.0 83 .207 48 .612 78 .182 56   72.8 17 .242 22 .629 60 .129 110
44 Cincinnati 9-2 1.7   68.5 19 .209 46 .566 111 .225 22   70.2 80 .209 50 .612 78 .179 55
45 Temple 8-3 1.6   68.2 16 .167 101 .644 41 .189 53   69.8 86 .189 71 .622 71 .189 49
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
46 Notre Dame 12-0 1.6   70.0 58 .158 113 .662 35 .180 57   71.6 48 .168 95 .693 20 .139 98
47 Louisiana Lafayette 6-6 1.6   69.6 43 .171 94 .634 52 .195 46   71.1 59 .185 76 .681 23 .134 99
48 Purdue 6-6 1.6   70.3 63 .230 27 .608 79 .162 82   71.9 39 .221 36 .614 76 .166 69
49 Georgia 10-2 1.3   70.3 62 .180 77 .649 40 .171 72   71.7 47 .098 128 .777 2 .125 114
50 Northwestern 8-5 1.3   69.5 39 .189 70 .616 75 .195 46   70.8 65 .242 21 .582 100 .176 59
51 SMU 4-7 1.3   69.4 37 .200 56 .637 49 .163 80   70.6 70 .239 26 .582 99 .179 55
52 BYU 5-6 1.3   70.1 59 .203 51 .619 70 .178 60   71.4 52 .200 55 .635 50 .165 71
53 Illinois 3-8 1.3   69.7 48 .107 129 .705 10 .189 54   71.0 61 .180 81 .672 27 .148 93
54 Missouri 7-4 1.2   70.0 56 .175 85 .627 62 .198 44   71.2 58 .171 92 .674 26 .155 79
55 Utah 8-4 1.2   70.2 61 .182 76 .644 41 .174 68   71.4 53 .150 110 .737 4 .113 118
56 Georgia Tech 6-5 1.1   68.5 20 .171 92 .638 47 .190 51   69.6 91 .194 63 .621 72 .184 53
57 Wyoming 5-6 1.0   70.6 71 .194 63 .629 59 .177 62   71.7 44 .240 23 .570 106 .190 48
58 Texas Tech 4-7 0.9   71.4 86 .212 41 .599 90 .190 52   72.3 26 .239 26 .612 78 .149 90
59 Colorado 4-7 0.9   70.8 74 .173 87 .699 12 .128 110   71.7 46 .275 8 .550 117 .176 60
60 Arkansas State 7-4 0.9   71.8 96 .192 67 .656 38 .152 91   72.6 21 .286 4 .563 112 .151 88
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
61 Washington State 9-2 0.9   71.2 85 .164 106 .664 33 .172 70   72.1 33 .190 69 .698 19 .112 119
62 Utah State 9-2 0.8   69.3 35 .154 116 .667 28 .179 59   70.1 82 .110 127 .735 5 .154 82
63 Louisiana Tech 6-5 0.7   69.7 46 .159 112 .635 51 .206 36   70.3 77 .213 47 .567 111 .220 30
64 Navy 2-9 0.6   69.8 52 .155 115 .691 20 .155 87   70.4 74 .198 58 .651 42 .151 87
65 Virginia Tech 5-6 0.5   71.2 84 .200 56 .630 57 .170 74   71.7 43 .168 94 .702 16 .130 108
66 UAB 9-3 0.5   69.8 50 .211 43 .594 93 .195 45   70.2 79 .142 116 .672 28 .187 50
67 Houston 7-4 0.4   69.5 42 .147 120 .693 15 .160 85   70.0 84 .224 34 .579 101 .197 44
68 South Carolina 6-5 0.4   71.5 88 .169 96 .686 22 .144 100   71.9 40 .171 91 .699 18 .130 107
69 Central Florida 11-0 0.3   71.8 99 .256 12 .595 92 .149 93   72.1 31 .213 46 .689 21 .098 127
70 Old Dominion 3-8 0.2   70.7 73 .164 104 .664 32 .171 71   70.9 64 .246 17 .567 109 .187 50
71 Maryland 5-7 -0.1   70.8 76 .195 60 .656 37 .148 94   70.8 66 .214 44 .611 81 .176 60
72 Nevada 6-5 -0.1   69.5 39 .211 42 .556 119 .232 18   69.4 94 .212 48 .577 103 .212 33
73 Indiana 5-7 -0.1   70.6 70 .167 101 .667 28 .167 76   70.5 73 .176 87 .662 34 .162 75
74 Oklahoma 12-1 -0.3   71.8 93 .201 55 .679 24 .119 116   71.4 51 .081 130 .807 1 .111 120
75 UTSA 3-9 -0.4   71.0 81 .242 16 .578 104 .180 58   70.7 69 .313 1 .484 128 .203 38
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
76 Rice 1-11 -0.4   70.0 57 .120 128 .718 8 .162 83   69.6 89 .214 44 .618 74 .168 67
77 Texas State 2-9 -0.5   69.9 54 .231 25 .545 123 .224 23   69.4 92 .178 85 .628 63 .194 46
78 South Florida 6-5 -0.5   70.9 78 .229 28 .604 84 .167 76   70.4 75 .145 113 .703 15 .152 84
79 Texas 9-4 -0.5   71.8 97 .226 30 .582 102 .192 50   71.3 55 .190 70 .660 36 .150 89
80 Tennessee 4-7 -0.5   71.8 95 .180 77 .676 25 .144 99   71.2 57 .246 19 .605 86 .149 92
81 Tulsa 2-9 -0.6   69.9 53 .223 33 .600 88 .177 64   69.3 95 .156 107 .607 85 .238 18
82 USC 5-7 -0.6   71.7 92 .225 31 .634 53 .141 104   71.1 60 .181 80 .646 43 .174 62
83 Arizona 4-7 -0.6   72.3 107 .235 21 .621 67 .144 103   71.7 45 .197 59 .652 41 .152 85
84 New Mexico 2-9 -0.7   70.4 65 .183 75 .641 45 .176 65   69.6 90 .208 51 .592 92 .200 41
85 Tulane 5-6 -0.8   70.5 68 .149 119 .674 26 .177 63   69.7 87 .257 14 .521 126 .221 28
86 Oklahoma State 5-6 -0.9   71.8 100 .168 100 .730 2 .102 123   71.0 63 .168 95 .701 17 .131 104
87 Northern Illinois 8-5 -0.9   71.0 80 .173 88 .673 27 .154 88   70.1 81 .232 32 .567 110 .201 40
88 Wisconsin 7-5 -0.9   69.5 41 .235 20 .544 124 .221 26   68.6 107 .162 102 .631 57 .208 37
89 Washington 9-3 -1.0   70.4 66 .179 79 .667 28 .154 89   69.4 93 .179 83 .642 46 .179 57
90 TCU 5-6 -1.1   72.3 108 .298 1 .504 129 .198 43   71.3 56 .221 35 .618 74 .160 76
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
91 Air Force 4-7 -1.1   72.8 109 .193 64 .681 23 .126 112   71.8 42 .233 31 .603 87 .164 73
92 Ball State 3-8 -1.1   71.4 87 .187 72 .642 44 .171 73   70.3 78 .179 83 .667 31 .154 81
93 Western Kentucky 3-8 -1.3   71.0 79 .240 18 .568 110 .192 49   69.7 88 .225 33 .543 120 .233 21
94 Liberty 4-6 -1.4   69.3 36 .212 39 .621 67 .167 76   67.9 113 .185 77 .600 88 .215 31
95 Oregon State 1-10 -1.4   71.8 98 .234 23 .617 73 .148 94   70.4 76 .165 99 .635 50 .200 41
96 San Diego State 6-5 -1.6   71.5 89 .264 10 .574 108 .163 81   69.8 85 .216 38 .552 116 .231 23
97 Louisiana Monroe 5-6 -1.8   73.9 119 .202 52 .693 16 .105 122   72.1 32 .214 43 .634 54 .152 83
98 Southern Mississippi 5-5 -2.3   70.4 67 .283 5 .517 126 .200 39   68.1 112 .137 120 .624 70 .239 17
99 Massachusetts 3-8 -2.6   69.6 44 .164 105 .689 21 .148 96   67.0 118 .161 103 .629 60 .210 35
100 Wake Forest 5-6 -2.6   71.9 102 .179 81 .694 14 .127 111   69.2 100 .183 79 .620 73 .197 45
101 Michigan State 7-5 -2.8   71.9 101 .248 15 .577 106 .174 66   69.0 103 .215 42 .537 122 .248 15
102 Miami 6-5 -3.3   70.2 60 .217 36 .589 98 .194 48   66.9 119 .183 78 .527 124 .290 6
103 North Carolina 1-9 -3.4   72.1 103 .252 13 .580 103 .168 75   68.7 105 .195 60 .594 91 .211 34
104 Baylor 5-6 -3.8   73.8 117 .229 29 .653 39 .119 117   70.0 83 .189 72 .590 96 .221 29
105 Pittsburgh 6-6 -3.8   73.0 110 .237 19 .618 71 .145 98   69.2 102 .143 115 .632 56 .226 25
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
106 Florida Atlantic 4-7 -3.8   73.1 112 .195 59 .692 18 .113 119   69.3 97 .163 101 .628 63 .209 36
107 South Alabama 2-9 -4.3   70.6 69 .136 125 .720 5 .144 101   66.2 124 .144 114 .592 93 .264 12
108 Connecticut 0-11 -4.4   73.6 116 .189 68 .703 11 .108 120   69.2 101 .171 90 .657 38 .171 64
109 UNLV 3-8 -4.4   71.8 94 .211 44 .617 74 .173 69   67.3 116 .159 105 .591 94 .250 14
110 Coastal Carolina 4-7 -4.7   73.3 114 .189 68 .721 4 .090 128   68.6 108 .131 123 .645 44 .224 26
111 Mississippi 4-7 -4.7   74.0 124 .210 45 .710 9 .081 130   69.3 96 .142 117 .667 31 .192 47
112 Western Michigan 6-5 -4.8   71.5 90 .250 14 .589 99 .161 84   66.7 121 .180 82 .539 121 .281 7
113 New Mexico State 2-9 -4.9   72.2 105 .219 35 .628 60 .153 90   67.3 117 .146 112 .613 77 .241 16
114 Mississippi State 7-4 -5.1   73.2 113 .272 7 .583 101 .146 97   68.1 111 .163 100 .635 52 .202 39
115 Bowling Green 2-9 -5.2   73.0 111 .264 9 .592 96 .144 101   67.8 115 .178 86 .585 97 .237 19
116 Georgia State 1-10 -5.4   74.7 128 .162 107 .752 1 .086 129   69.3 98 .215 40 .561 114 .224 26
117 Louisville 1-10 -5.5   72.2 106 .179 79 .692 17 .128 109   66.8 120 .209 49 .527 123 .264 13
118 Nebraska 3-8 -5.6   73.9 118 .257 11 .618 72 .125 113   68.3 109 .140 119 .628 63 .233 21
119 Rutgers 1-11 -5.7   73.9 120 .271 8 .605 81 .124 114   68.2 110 .246 18 .485 127 .269 10
120 East Carolina 3-8 -5.7   74.4 127 .291 2 .603 86 .106 121   68.7 106 .118 126 .669 30 .213 32
 
Rk Team Rec NFP   OFP Rk OLF Rk OMF Rk OSF Rk   DFP Rk DLF Rk DMF Rk DSF Rk
121 Hawaii 7-5 -5.9   70.9 77 .193 66 .630 57 .178 61   65.0 129 .140 118 .559 115 .301 5
122 UCLA 3-9 -6.1   74.0 123 .184 74 .699 13 .118 118   67.9 114 .176 87 .625 67 .199 43
123 Central Michigan 0-11 -6.4   71.6 91 .193 65 .657 36 .150 92   65.2 127 .134 121 .545 118 .321 2
124 Colorado State 3-8 -6.8   75.5 130 .287 3 .612 77 .101 124   68.7 104 .161 104 .610 82 .229 24
125 Charlotte 4-7 -7.3   74.0 122 .280 6 .627 61 .093 127   66.7 122 .126 124 .640 49 .234 20
126 Akron 3-8 -7.4   73.6 115 .241 17 .620 69 .139 105   66.2 125 .132 122 .596 90 .272 9
127 UTEP 1-10 -7.9   74.2 125 .235 21 .636 50 .129 108   66.3 123 .146 111 .577 102 .276 8
128 Kent State 1-10 -8.9   73.9 121 .178 83 .726 3 .096 125   65.0 128 .194 64 .411 130 .395 1
129 Arkansas 1-10 -8.9   74.8 129 .188 71 .719 7 .094 126   65.9 126 .172 89 .525 125 .303 4
130 Florida State 4-7 -10.9   74.3 126 .284 4 .596 91 .121 115   63.4 130 .085 129 .610 83 .305 3