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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 its 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.

Note that in this data set, successful extra points and two-point conversions following touchdowns are included in the scoring results of offensive drives, and safeties are recorded as a scoring result of negative-two points. Ratings and supporting data are calculated from the results of non-garbage possesssions in FBS vs. FBS games.

 

2016 Points Per Drive (final)

 

Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
1 Washington 11-2 1.86   3.20 6 1.78 56 3.44 4 4.38 12   1.34 7 1.30 34 1.28 11 1.64 1
2 Michigan 10-3 1.74   2.81 24 1.75 59 2.27 45 4.09 22   1.06 2 0.67 9 0.79 2 3.11 54
3 Alabama 13-1 1.69   2.69 27 2.12 30 2.51 27 3.73 46   1.00 1 0.58 5 0.98 4 1.77 4
4 Western Michigan 12-1 1.61   3.38 5 3.00 3 3.40 5 3.77 41   1.78 30 1.39 39 1.82 49 2.88 35
5 Ohio State 11-2 1.55   2.80 25 2.09 32 2.35 39 4.32 13   1.25 5 1.53 55 0.78 1 2.65 24
6 Western Kentucky 10-3 1.51   3.52 1 2.83 4 3.57 1 3.97 30   2.01 49 1.11 26 1.88 52 4.00 97
7 Clemson 13-1 1.37   2.83 22 2.43 16 2.40 33 4.05 24   1.45 9 1.00 19 1.38 16 2.30 11
8 Louisville 9-4 1.35   2.93 14 1.87 43 2.77 21 4.61 7   1.58 15 1.46 48 1.18 7 3.06 48
9 Boise State 10-3 1.23   2.87 20 2.48 14 2.74 22 4.20 17   1.64 18 1.47 49 1.31 13 3.04 47
10 Oklahoma 11-2 1.19   3.48 3 2.82 5 3.49 2 4.67 4   2.29 72 2.19 100 2.22 73 2.74 26
11 Toledo 8-4 1.04   3.10 8 2.67 10 3.14 8 3.59 52   2.05 53 1.32 37 2.18 70 2.93 38
12 Wisconsin 11-3 1.03   2.28 53 1.60 68 1.83 76 3.64 48   1.24 4 0.52 3 1.27 10 2.57 20
13 Temple 9-4 1.01   2.68 28 1.64 66 2.32 41 4.10 20   1.67 21 0.83 14 1.65 32 2.96 41
14 LSU 7-4 0.99   2.26 55 1.78 56 2.15 52 3.61 51   1.27 6 0.62 7 1.25 8 2.43 13
15 Tulsa 9-3 0.98   2.92 15 2.24 24 2.89 14 4.04 26   1.94 42 1.67 68 1.75 44 2.96 42
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
16 Washington State 8-4 0.93   2.87 18 1.94 41 2.91 12 4.00 27   1.94 43 1.79 76 1.77 47 2.76 30
17 USC 10-3 0.93   2.83 21 2.53 13 2.79 18 3.27 71   1.90 39 1.48 52 1.64 29 4.31 108
18 San Diego State 10-3 0.92   2.66 30 2.35 19 2.29 43 3.74 44   1.74 25 0.64 8 2.04 62 3.00 43
19 Appalachian State 10-3 0.90   2.36 47 2.07 33 2.17 51 3.16 79   1.47 10 1.08 23 1.35 15 2.55 19
20 Old Dominion 9-3 0.88   2.95 13 2.45 15 2.87 15 3.64 49   2.08 55 2.00 88 1.83 51 3.10 52
21 Penn State 11-3 0.85   2.73 26 2.30 21 2.37 37 3.97 29   1.88 38 1.11 25 1.76 46 3.69 81
22 Auburn 7-5 0.82   2.44 41 1.76 58 2.48 29 3.31 66   1.62 16 1.71 72 1.57 26 1.77 3
23 Oklahoma State 9-3 0.81   2.87 17 2.41 17 2.83 16 3.50 59   2.07 54 1.48 50 2.30 83 2.75 28
24 South Florida 10-2 0.77   3.13 7 2.54 12 2.90 13 4.21 16   2.35 76 2.14 96 2.24 77 3.17 57
25 Troy 9-3 0.77   2.31 50 1.33 87 1.75 86 3.98 28   1.54 13 0.60 6 1.51 22 3.36 66
26 Florida State 9-3 0.77   2.63 31 1.46 74 2.80 17 3.79 40   1.87 36 1.42 43 1.98 58 1.88 6
27 Miami 8-4 0.76   2.39 45 1.08 103 2.50 28 3.22 74   1.62 17 1.07 22 1.58 28 2.63 23
28 Air Force 9-3 0.76   2.99 11 1.15 98 3.01 9 4.53 8   2.23 63 0.53 4 2.43 92 3.91 92
29 Virginia Tech 9-4 0.73   2.46 38 1.33 87 2.14 54 3.80 38   1.73 23 1.45 47 1.41 18 3.54 76
30 Houston 8-4 0.70   2.47 37 1.79 52 2.55 26 2.94 92   1.77 29 0.86 17 1.52 23 3.57 77
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
31 Stanford 10-3 0.66   2.23 60 1.06 104 1.89 71 3.87 32   1.57 14 0.67 9 1.73 40 3.40 70
32 Memphis 7-5 0.63   2.96 12 3.20 2 2.78 19 3.21 75   2.32 73 1.60 62 2.36 86 3.86 89
33 West Virginia 9-3 0.60   2.41 43 2.21 26 2.29 42 3.00 88   1.81 34 1.16 27 1.65 31 3.08 50
34 Florida 9-4 0.56   1.78 101 1.37 81 1.16 121 3.58 54   1.22 3 1.11 24 0.84 3 2.78 32
35 Iowa 8-4 0.49   1.98 80 1.47 73 1.51 106 3.29 68   1.49 11 0.76 12 1.41 19 3.38 68
36 BYU 8-4 0.49   2.24 58 1.73 61 1.99 63 3.08 83   1.75 27 1.41 41 2.00 60 1.79 5
37 Louisiana Tech 8-5 0.49   3.45 4 2.79 7 3.47 3 4.30 15   2.96 117 2.21 102 2.75 111 4.50 116
38 Kansas State 8-4 0.49   2.49 36 1.88 42 2.39 35 3.52 58   2.01 48 1.86 81 1.88 53 2.89 36
39 Colorado 9-4 0.47   2.00 75 1.29 91 2.00 62 3.29 68   1.53 12 0.47 1 1.29 12 3.25 61
40 Tennessee 8-4 0.42   2.45 40 2.70 9 1.82 79 3.79 39   2.03 52 1.36 38 1.97 57 3.95 96
41 Arkansas State 8-4 0.40   1.83 90 1.00 105 1.49 108 3.75 43   1.43 8 1.03 21 1.25 9 2.54 16
42 Utah 8-4 0.40   2.18 63 1.83 46 1.85 74 3.28 70   1.78 32 1.30 35 1.82 50 2.94 39
43 Northwestern 7-5 0.40   2.16 67 1.83 48 1.82 77 4.05 24   1.76 28 1.59 61 1.44 20 2.76 29
44 Navy 8-5 0.36   3.49 2 2.11 31 3.30 6 5.21 2   3.13 123 2.30 106 3.40 127 3.20 58
45 Minnesota 8-4 0.36   2.01 74 0.97 110 1.51 105 3.73 45   1.65 19 1.41 40 1.50 21 2.50 14
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
46 Notre Dame 4-8 0.34   2.46 39 2.40 18 2.07 57 3.88 31   2.12 56 0.70 11 2.22 74 3.10 53
47 Georgia Tech 8-4 0.31   2.57 33 2.67 10 2.43 31 3.00 88   2.26 69 1.70 71 2.43 91 2.11 9
48 Nebraska 9-4 0.30   2.23 59 1.14 99 2.23 46 3.64 50   1.93 40 1.42 44 1.58 27 3.80 86
49 Baylor 6-6 0.28   2.51 35 2.78 8 2.14 53 3.46 63   2.24 66 2.00 88 2.14 68 2.78 31
50 Colorado State 6-6 0.22   2.82 23 3.47 1 2.41 32 4.09 21   2.60 89 1.68 70 2.67 105 3.94 95
51 Ohio 7-6 0.21   1.95 85 1.27 93 1.90 70 2.82 102   1.74 24 0.88 18 1.75 45 2.74 27
52 Texas A&M 7-5 0.21   2.18 64 1.37 80 2.18 48 3.43 64   1.97 45 1.42 46 2.24 76 1.77 2
53 North Carolina 6-5 0.20   2.36 48 1.75 59 2.03 59 4.32 14   2.16 59 1.65 67 1.72 39 4.68 120
54 TCU 5-7 0.20   2.13 69 1.94 40 1.70 89 3.47 61   1.93 41 1.29 32 1.54 25 3.90 91
55 Miami (OH) 6-6 0.18   1.98 77 1.42 77 1.81 81 3.76 42   1.81 33 1.83 80 1.73 42 2.00 7
56 Pittsburgh 7-5 0.18   3.03 10 2.19 27 2.92 10 4.81 3   2.86 109 2.32 107 2.66 104 4.15 102
57 Army 6-5 0.15   2.28 52 2.14 29 2.35 38 2.23 122   2.13 58 1.31 36 1.66 33 3.74 82
58 UTSA 5-7 0.14   2.38 46 1.63 67 1.96 66 4.06 23   2.24 67 2.62 119 2.09 64 2.31 12
59 New Mexico 8-4 0.10   2.87 19 1.67 63 2.91 11 4.50 10   2.77 100 2.63 120 2.41 89 4.22 104
60 Middle Tennessee 7-5 0.08   2.89 16 2.16 28 2.78 20 4.45 11   2.81 106 2.14 95 2.27 82 4.54 117
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
61 Idaho 8-4 0.07   2.52 34 0.89 114 2.64 23 3.19 76   2.45 82 1.53 56 2.54 96 4.41 113
62 Southern Mississippi 6-6 0.06   2.24 56 2.02 36 2.01 60 3.57 55   2.18 60 1.96 87 1.73 40 3.35 64
63 Georgia 7-5 0.05   1.83 92 1.23 94 1.80 83 2.54 108   1.78 31 0.85 16 1.15 6 4.61 119
64 North Carolina State 6-6 0.04   2.02 73 2.79 6 1.58 98 2.38 115   1.99 47 1.80 77 1.91 54 2.55 17
65 Indiana 6-7 0.01   1.76 104 1.78 55 1.66 92 2.06 125   1.75 26 0.84 15 1.70 37 3.36 65
66 Texas 5-7 0.00   2.20 61 2.06 34 2.22 47 2.27 120   2.20 61 1.61 63 2.20 71 3.36 66
67 Central Florida 5-7 -0.02   1.66 109 1.13 101 1.30 115 3.24 73   1.69 22 1.23 29 1.11 5 3.24 60
68 Wyoming 7-6 -0.03   2.41 44 1.33 87 2.33 40 3.82 36   2.44 81 1.74 75 2.33 84 3.79 85
69 UCLA 4-8 -0.06   1.77 103 0.41 125 1.86 73 3.83 35   1.83 35 1.48 51 1.38 17 3.16 56
70 Northern Illinois 5-6 -0.09   2.18 65 1.41 79 2.38 36 2.38 113   2.27 70 1.63 65 1.93 55 3.59 79
71 Eastern Michigan 6-6 -0.20   2.16 67 1.34 86 2.28 44 2.85 97   2.35 75 2.46 111 2.12 66 3.21 59
72 Vanderbilt 5-7 -0.21   1.77 102 0.49 123 1.98 64 3.55 56   1.98 46 1.81 78 1.80 48 2.55 17
73 Mississippi 4-7 -0.23   2.42 42 1.80 50 2.18 49 4.53 9   2.65 95 1.92 82 2.76 113 3.57 77
74 Mississippi State 5-7 -0.23   2.24 57 0.80 116 2.63 24 2.36 117   2.47 84 1.65 66 2.41 88 4.37 110
75 Texas Tech 4-7 -0.28   3.09 9 2.35 20 3.22 7 3.58 53   3.37 127 3.45 128 3.04 122 4.37 111
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
76 Wake Forest 6-6 -0.28   1.38 119 0.70 121 1.19 120 2.57 107   1.66 20 0.77 13 1.52 24 3.07 49
77 Arkansas 6-6 -0.29   2.33 49 2.24 23 1.81 80 4.17 18   2.62 92 2.13 93 2.14 69 4.79 123
78 Maryland 5-7 -0.36   1.88 88 1.44 75 1.74 87 3.18 77   2.23 64 2.23 103 2.05 63 2.59 22
79 Georgia Southern 4-7 -0.38   1.96 83 1.00 105 1.97 65 3.80 37   2.34 74 3.26 127 1.68 34 3.47 73
80 Ball State 3-8 -0.38   1.91 86 0.93 112 1.82 78 3.50 59   2.29 71 2.94 125 2.10 65 2.00 7
81 South Alabama 4-7 -0.40   1.98 81 1.81 49 1.80 84 2.86 96   2.38 77 1.17 28 2.63 102 3.26 62
82 South Carolina 5-7 -0.43   1.51 115 1.23 95 1.25 117 2.83 99   1.94 44 0.49 2 1.94 56 3.85 88
83 Louisiana Lafayette 5-7 -0.43   1.59 112 1.00 105 1.15 122 3.11 82   2.02 50 1.29 33 1.65 30 3.46 72
84 Kentucky 6-6 -0.44   2.10 71 1.43 76 2.06 58 3.31 66   2.54 87 2.60 116 1.99 59 4.14 101
85 California 5-7 -0.46   2.67 29 2.27 22 2.58 25 3.46 62   3.13 122 2.32 107 3.18 124 4.00 97
86 Hawaii 6-7 -0.52   2.27 54 1.96 39 1.76 85 4.65 5   2.80 104 2.73 121 2.72 108 3.00 43
87 Tulane 3-8 -0.53   1.49 116 0.88 115 0.87 126 3.83 34   2.02 51 1.27 31 1.69 36 3.52 75
88 Michigan State 2-9 -0.54   1.96 84 1.67 63 1.73 88 3.26 72   2.50 85 2.36 109 2.27 81 3.35 63
89 Missouri 3-8 -0.57   1.81 96 2.22 25 1.49 107 2.75 103   2.38 78 1.93 83 2.41 90 2.90 37
90 Oregon State 3-8 -0.57   1.86 89 1.16 97 1.81 82 2.96 91   2.43 80 1.95 86 2.24 75 3.50 74
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
91 Boston College 6-6 -0.60   1.28 123 0.34 127 1.09 124 2.82 101   1.87 37 1.00 19 1.68 35 3.03 45
92 Akron 4-7 -0.63   1.98 78 1.52 72 2.01 61 2.73 104   2.62 91 1.62 64 2.96 120 2.79 33
93 Nevada 4-7 -0.64   2.29 51 1.79 51 2.17 50 3.85 33   2.93 116 2.13 92 2.75 110 4.76 122
94 SMU 4-7 -0.66   1.98 79 1.67 62 1.83 75 2.96 90   2.64 94 1.54 57 2.26 79 4.00 97
95 Georgia State 2-9 -0.67   1.45 118 0.95 111 1.56 99 2.73 105   2.12 56 1.73 74 1.31 14 3.86 90
96 Duke 3-8 -0.70   1.53 114 1.35 84 1.31 114 2.84 98   2.23 62 2.16 98 2.26 78 2.24 10
97 Iowa State 3-8 -0.71   2.19 62 1.55 70 1.62 95 4.61 6   2.90 112 2.60 116 2.70 106 4.40 112
98 Utah State 2-9 -0.71   1.82 94 0.92 113 1.88 72 2.83 99   2.53 86 2.61 118 1.72 38 4.96 126
99 Virginia 2-9 -0.73   1.69 108 1.58 69 1.59 96 2.17 124   2.42 79 2.74 122 1.74 43 3.92 94
100 Cincinnati 3-8 -0.76   1.49 117 1.36 83 1.24 118 2.50 110   2.25 68 1.57 59 2.00 60 3.79 84
101 Central Michigan 5-7 -0.78   1.83 91 1.97 38 1.46 110 2.91 94   2.61 90 1.24 30 2.81 116 3.38 68
102 Arizona State 4-7 -0.79   2.11 70 1.79 53 1.92 68 3.16 80   2.90 113 2.29 104 2.90 119 3.83 87
103 Oregon 3-8 -0.81   2.59 32 1.85 44 2.10 55 5.38 1   3.40 128 1.50 53 3.35 125 5.18 127
104 North Texas 4-8 -0.92   1.82 95 1.79 53 1.69 90 2.35 118   2.74 96 2.20 101 2.80 115 3.09 51
105 UNLV 3-8 -0.92   2.16 66 1.18 96 2.40 34 3.53 57   3.09 119 2.29 104 3.17 123 3.42 71
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
106 Kent State 2-8 -0.93   1.31 122 1.37 82 0.79 127 3.06 85   2.23 65 1.93 83 2.26 80 2.57 20
107 Florida International 4-8 -0.98   1.79 98 1.34 85 1.65 93 3.05 86   2.77 101 1.41 42 2.57 99 4.26 106
108 East Carolina 2-9 -0.98   1.89 87 0.77 118 2.45 30 2.38 113   2.87 110 1.81 79 2.37 87 4.74 121
109 Syracuse 3-8 -1.05   1.81 97 1.65 65 1.69 91 2.46 111   2.86 108 2.15 97 2.83 117 3.92 93
110 Bowling Green 3-8 -1.05   1.78 100 1.08 102 1.94 67 2.43 112   2.84 107 1.93 85 2.90 118 3.67 80
111 Massachusetts 1-10 -1.05   1.74 105 0.97 109 1.59 97 3.08 84   2.80 103 1.58 60 2.45 94 4.33 109
112 New Mexico State 3-9 -1.06   1.71 107 0.63 122 1.56 100 3.73 46   2.77 102 1.56 58 2.50 95 4.58 118
113 UTEP 3-8 -1.10   2.03 72 2.03 35 1.43 111 4.16 19   3.13 124 2.57 115 3.39 126 3.04 46
114 Arizona 2-9 -1.12   2.00 75 1.42 78 2.09 56 2.92 93   3.12 121 2.55 113 2.80 114 4.30 107
115 San Jose State 3-8 -1.15   1.74 106 1.83 46 1.55 101 2.37 116   2.88 111 1.67 68 2.73 109 4.89 125
116 Charlotte 3-8 -1.16   1.58 113 1.28 92 1.53 104 2.26 121   2.74 97 1.52 54 2.56 98 4.15 103
117 Florida Atlantic 2-9 -1.19   1.97 82 2.00 37 1.92 69 2.20 123   3.16 125 2.95 126 2.71 107 5.42 128
118 Marshall 2-9 -1.25   1.66 110 1.13 100 1.34 113 2.86 95   2.91 114 2.78 123 3.03 121 2.70 25
119 Purdue 2-9 -1.27   1.79 99 1.52 71 1.53 103 3.05 87   3.05 118 2.54 112 2.64 103 4.48 115
120 Rice 2-9 -1.29   1.62 111 0.74 119 1.62 94 2.53 109   2.91 115 2.56 114 2.54 97 4.46 114
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
121 Louisiana Monroe 3-8 -1.29   1.83 93 1.85 45 1.54 102 3.18 78   3.12 120 2.44 110 3.61 128 2.53 15
122 Buffalo 2-9 -1.31   1.24 124 1.33 87 1.21 119 1.29 128   2.55 88 2.14 94 2.58 100 2.85 34
123 Connecticut 2-9 -1.34   1.11 127 0.79 117 0.89 125 3.15 81   2.45 83 2.09 91 2.36 85 3.14 55
124 Fresno State 0-11 -1.44   1.36 120 0.37 126 1.36 112 3.41 65   2.80 105 1.73 73 2.61 101 4.23 105
125 Illinois 2-9 -1.45   1.31 121 0.73 120 1.49 109 1.50 127   2.76 99 2.18 99 2.13 67 4.13 100
126 Kansas 1-10 -1.62   1.13 126 0.45 124 1.14 123 2.69 106   2.75 98 2.08 90 2.76 112 2.95 40
127 Rutgers 1-10 -1.80   0.83 128 0.97 108 0.59 128 1.71 126   2.63 93 1.42 45 2.21 72 3.77 83
128 Texas State 1-10 -2.06   1.20 125 0.18 128 1.25 116 2.33 119   3.25 126 2.86 124 2.44 93 4.80 124