Starting field position is a significant factor for offensive success. The closer a drive starts to the end zone, the more likely it is that the offense will score. On average, college football teams start 14.3 percent of offensive possessions in plus territory (at midfield or on the opponent's side of the 50-yard line). Short field opportunities are most often created by exceptional defensive and special teams play.
In 2010, LSU started 24.3 percent of its offensive possessions in plus territory. On defense, TCU allowed only 3.5 percent of opponent drives to start in plus territory. These were the best percentages in the nation in each category.