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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.

 

2017 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 Ohio State 12-2 2.04   3.29 5 2.45 15 3.14 5 4.55 5   1.26 6 0.90 24 0.99 5 3.10 50
2 Alabama 12-1 1.86   2.82 16 1.96 30 2.82 14 3.50 52   0.96 2 0.76 16 0.92 4 2.09 4
3 Penn State 11-2 1.82   3.09 8 2.64 11 2.87 10 3.82 36   1.27 8 0.36 2 1.24 14 3.28 57
4 Georgia 12-2 1.81   3.04 10 2.74 10 2.64 19 4.42 10   1.23 5 1.00 30 1.02 6 2.65 19
5 Washington 9-3 1.72   3.07 9 2.52 12 2.83 11 4.07 20   1.34 10 1.32 57 1.10 7 3.27 56
6 Central Florida 12-0 1.65   3.35 4 3.09 4 3.20 4 3.84 33   1.70 29 2.20 105 1.22 13 2.78 29
7 Wisconsin 13-1 1.56   2.64 23 1.06 97 2.54 24 4.82 2   1.08 3 0.69 9 0.91 3 2.35 10
8 Clemson 11-2 1.50   2.44 37 1.47 67 2.25 42 3.69 44   0.94 1 1.06 40 0.65 1 2.05 2
9 Oklahoma 12-2 1.49   3.79 1 3.24 1 3.98 1 3.92 28   2.30 75 1.57 72 2.13 74 3.81 96
10 Auburn 9-4 1.45   2.66 22 2.00 29 2.35 36 4.23 16   1.20 4 1.17 48 1.16 9 1.42 1
11 Oklahoma State 10-3 1.41   3.45 2 3.04 6 3.37 3 4.11 19   2.04 54 1.13 45 2.20 78 2.83 33
12 Florida Atlantic 10-3 1.30   3.39 3 3.15 3 2.95 8 4.65 4   2.10 59 1.35 59 2.05 70 3.14 51
13 South Florida 9-2 1.16   2.78 18 2.13 27 2.63 21 3.78 39   1.62 23 0.33 1 1.59 30 2.84 35
14 Notre Dame 10-3 1.12   2.73 20 1.41 70 2.64 20 5.29 1   1.61 21 0.75 13 1.45 20 2.88 38
15 Toledo 10-3 0.86   2.87 12 2.83 7 2.38 34 3.87 30   2.01 50 0.89 21 1.84 55 4.47 121
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
16 Ohio 8-4 0.83   2.85 14 1.70 47 2.66 16 4.41 11   2.02 53 1.00 30 2.07 72 3.04 46
17 Boise State 11-3 0.83   2.50 32 1.28 80 2.41 32 3.78 41   1.67 26 0.97 28 1.49 23 3.42 67
18 TCU 10-3 0.82   2.52 30 1.41 71 2.45 28 3.79 37   1.70 30 0.93 25 1.80 44 2.67 20
19 Troy 10-2 0.81   2.25 52 1.54 59 2.05 59 3.35 67   1.44 12 1.85 83 0.80 2 2.67 20
20 Memphis 9-3 0.77   3.10 7 3.20 2 2.83 12 3.77 42   2.33 76 2.54 115 1.80 45 3.96 101
21 Appalachian State 8-4 0.71   2.45 35 1.61 55 2.08 55 3.56 48   1.74 32 1.04 37 1.62 35 2.75 25
22 Louisville 7-5 0.71   2.87 13 2.20 22 3.12 6 2.67 107   2.16 66 0.89 21 1.94 64 4.29 111
23 Stanford 9-5 0.69   2.78 18 1.71 44 2.90 9 3.16 81   2.10 58 2.42 112 1.90 61 3.33 63
24 Army 9-3 0.69   3.24 6 2.48 14 3.46 2 3.46 54   2.56 98 3.11 129 2.35 89 2.85 36
25 Mississippi State 8-4 0.69   2.37 40 0.58 121 2.28 40 4.31 13   1.69 27 0.81 19 1.67 39 2.59 18
26 Virginia Tech 8-4 0.69   1.96 85 0.82 111 1.58 99 3.73 43   1.27 7 1.10 43 1.20 12 2.67 20
27 San Diego State 9-3 0.65   2.45 36 2.30 19 2.07 57 3.86 31   1.79 38 1.69 74 1.77 43 2.06 3
28 Arkansas State 6-5 0.59   2.41 38 1.28 79 2.40 33 3.10 84   1.82 39 1.48 65 1.59 31 3.58 82
29 USC 11-3 0.58   2.59 25 2.15 25 2.48 26 3.52 51   2.01 49 1.56 71 1.71 42 3.64 87
30 Houston 7-5 0.58   2.29 48 1.86 34 2.18 49 3.26 74   1.71 31 1.21 51 1.81 47 2.10 5
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
31 Northwestern 10-3 0.55   2.08 70 0.78 114 1.49 108 4.35 12   1.53 16 1.03 35 1.43 18 2.39 11
32 Iowa State 7-5 0.53   2.31 46 1.92 31 2.20 46 3.25 76   1.79 36 2.10 99 1.49 25 2.58 17
33 Michigan 8-5 0.52   1.83 95 1.85 35 1.42 110 3.16 79   1.31 9 0.52 7 1.46 21 2.25 7
34 LSU 8-4 0.51   2.27 51 1.68 50 1.99 62 4.42 9   1.75 34 0.80 18 1.82 49 3.67 89
35 Fresno State 9-4 0.50   2.03 78 1.32 76 1.84 80 3.68 45   1.53 15 0.57 8 1.59 32 2.78 29
36 Michigan State 10-3 0.46   2.05 74 1.69 49 1.71 89 3.03 90   1.59 19 0.76 15 1.49 24 4.29 112
37 Iowa 8-5 0.45   2.05 75 1.24 84 1.94 72 3.28 73   1.60 20 0.70 11 1.53 27 2.58 16
38 Purdue 7-6 0.44   2.01 80 1.33 74 1.89 75 3.12 83   1.58 17 0.89 20 1.56 28 2.43 12
39 Miami 9-3 0.44   2.08 71 1.71 46 1.73 87 3.38 64   1.64 24 1.14 47 1.43 19 3.26 55
40 North Carolina State 8-4 0.40   2.50 33 1.77 38 2.45 30 3.37 65   2.09 56 1.00 30 2.23 79 3.17 53
41 Colorado State 6-6 0.32   2.71 21 3.06 5 2.65 18 2.68 106   2.39 82 2.03 95 2.33 88 3.47 69
42 Navy 7-6 0.32   2.83 15 1.81 37 2.67 15 4.29 14   2.52 93 2.33 109 2.68 110 2.11 6
43 Marshall 8-5 0.31   2.06 73 1.26 81 2.19 48 2.81 103   1.75 33 1.05 39 1.82 51 2.83 33
44 Utah 6-6 0.30   2.15 60 0.90 106 1.92 73 4.54 6   1.85 42 1.86 85 1.67 40 2.46 13
45 Northern Illinois 7-5 0.29   1.77 98 0.72 116 1.87 77 2.36 117   1.49 13 0.70 10 1.36 15 2.72 24
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
46 Texas 7-6 0.28   1.70 104 1.51 63 1.07 124 3.38 62   1.41 11 0.75 12 1.13 8 3.55 77
47 Boston College 7-6 0.27   1.85 94 1.44 69 1.52 106 3.05 86   1.58 18 1.34 58 1.39 16 2.55 15
48 Duke 6-6 0.23   1.85 93 1.09 94 1.95 70 2.56 112   1.62 22 1.18 50 1.61 34 2.25 7
49 Arizona 6-6 0.22   3.02 11 1.64 51 3.01 7 4.50 8   2.80 111 1.73 77 2.65 107 4.43 119
50 Wyoming 7-5 0.22   1.73 103 0.39 126 1.60 98 2.74 104   1.51 14 1.08 41 1.18 11 3.29 60
51 Washington State 8-4 0.21   2.11 64 1.05 99 2.03 60 3.83 35   1.91 46 1.00 30 1.62 35 3.05 48
52 Wake Forest 7-5 0.21   2.36 41 1.88 33 2.16 50 3.39 61   2.16 65 1.56 70 1.96 66 3.58 81
53 Louisiana Tech 6-6 0.20   2.32 45 2.40 18 2.00 61 3.55 49   2.13 61 1.76 80 2.05 69 2.86 37
54 Kansas State 7-5 0.19   2.38 39 1.74 40 2.23 43 3.25 76   2.18 68 1.57 72 2.15 76 3.47 71
55 Missouri 6-6 0.17   2.58 26 2.79 8 2.08 56 4.26 15   2.41 83 2.29 107 1.89 60 4.33 115
56 Eastern Michigan 5-7 0.17   1.86 90 1.34 73 1.67 93 2.94 97   1.69 28 0.89 23 1.58 29 3.14 51
57 Southern Mississippi 7-5 0.13   2.10 67 1.17 87 2.53 25 2.36 116   1.97 48 2.00 93 1.40 17 3.53 74
58 Oregon 6-6 0.12   2.33 44 1.25 83 2.06 58 3.88 29   2.20 71 1.48 66 1.87 58 3.64 85
59 UAB 7-5 0.12   2.25 53 1.48 66 1.96 68 4.74 3   2.13 62 1.41 61 1.96 65 3.30 61
60 Buffalo 5-6 0.11   2.27 50 1.84 36 1.99 62 3.62 46   2.17 67 1.13 45 2.33 85 3.05 47
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
61 UTSA 5-5 0.10   1.75 101 1.60 56 1.61 96 2.29 119   1.65 25 1.77 81 1.18 10 3.20 54
62 Miami (OH) 4-7 0.08   1.98 83 0.94 104 1.84 79 4.15 18   1.90 44 1.41 62 1.82 50 2.76 27
63 Middle Tennessee 7-6 0.08   1.98 82 1.62 54 1.78 85 4.00 22   1.90 45 1.12 44 1.66 38 2.90 39
64 Utah State 5-7 0.08   1.86 91 0.97 103 1.70 90 3.00 91   1.78 35 1.28 54 1.81 46 2.31 9
65 Central Michigan 7-5 0.04   1.88 86 1.29 78 1.80 83 2.97 96   1.84 40 0.97 28 1.61 33 3.03 45
66 New Mexico State 7-6 0.03   2.05 76 2.19 24 1.72 88 3.00 91   2.01 51 1.08 42 1.93 62 2.75 25
67 Florida State 6-6 0.02   1.87 89 1.63 53 1.52 105 3.39 60   1.85 41 0.39 3 1.84 53 3.55 76
68 South Carolina 8-4 0.00   1.85 92 0.69 117 1.96 66 3.05 88   1.85 43 0.50 5 1.86 56 3.05 49
69 Arizona State 7-6 -0.01   2.47 34 1.56 58 2.58 23 3.26 74   2.48 91 1.89 87 2.31 84 3.35 64
70 Texas A&M 6-6 -0.01   2.14 61 1.77 38 1.75 86 3.96 26   2.15 64 2.00 93 1.87 57 3.77 95
71 Georgia Tech 4-6 -0.01   2.19 57 1.50 64 2.10 52 3.53 50   2.20 70 1.05 38 2.33 86 2.79 32
72 Indiana 4-7 -0.01   1.78 97 0.81 112 1.57 101 3.85 32   1.79 37 0.52 6 1.47 22 4.22 110
73 Temple 6-6 -0.02   2.03 77 2.41 17 1.80 84 2.19 121   2.05 55 0.75 13 1.98 67 3.47 69
74 Western Kentucky 5-7 -0.08   2.11 66 1.52 62 1.91 74 3.61 47   2.19 69 1.72 76 2.15 77 2.96 44
75 SMU 6-6 -0.11   2.81 17 2.22 21 2.83 13 3.36 66   2.92 116 2.68 120 2.77 115 3.75 93
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
76 Western Michigan 5-6 -0.14   2.10 68 1.71 44 1.56 102 3.29 72   2.24 73 1.53 68 1.83 52 4.33 115
77 Mississippi 5-6 -0.15   2.35 42 1.05 98 2.60 22 2.42 114   2.49 92 1.70 75 2.46 95 3.68 90
78 West Virginia 6-6 -0.16   2.30 47 1.73 41 2.19 47 3.83 34   2.46 87 2.60 117 1.93 63 4.06 107
79 UCLA 6-7 -0.16   2.61 24 2.19 23 2.45 29 4.16 17   2.78 108 2.20 104 2.49 97 4.46 120
80 Kentucky 6-6 -0.22   2.16 59 0.57 122 2.30 38 3.17 78   2.38 81 0.93 26 2.60 106 3.48 72
81 Minnesota 5-7 -0.24   1.77 99 0.55 124 1.68 92 3.16 80   2.02 52 1.17 48 1.68 41 4.33 115
82 Tulane 4-7 -0.25   2.34 43 1.30 77 2.44 31 3.40 58   2.58 100 2.96 126 2.43 93 2.54 14
83 Florida International 7-5 -0.25   2.22 54 1.73 41 2.22 44 3.00 91   2.47 90 1.97 92 2.60 104 2.67 20
84 UNLV 5-6 -0.26   2.51 31 2.26 20 2.48 27 2.91 98   2.78 107 2.89 124 2.53 102 3.55 75
85 Colorado 4-7 -0.29   2.12 62 2.50 13 1.95 71 2.41 115   2.41 84 1.42 64 2.71 113 2.93 41
86 Texas Tech 5-7 -0.29   2.29 49 1.53 60 2.09 54 3.79 37   2.57 99 1.35 60 2.51 100 3.77 94
87 Massachusetts 3-8 -0.30   2.06 72 0.77 115 2.22 45 2.63 109   2.36 78 2.16 101 1.81 48 3.59 84
88 North Texas 8-5 -0.32   2.53 29 2.44 16 2.35 35 3.32 70   2.85 113 2.88 123 2.52 101 4.16 108
89 Pittsburgh 4-7 -0.33   1.88 87 1.35 72 1.82 81 3.46 54   2.21 72 1.55 69 2.13 75 2.93 40
90 Georgia State 7-4 -0.34   1.63 109 1.03 100 1.87 76 1.78 127   1.97 47 1.03 35 1.89 59 3.50 73
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
91 California 4-7 -0.35   2.12 63 0.87 108 1.96 64 4.00 22   2.47 89 0.77 17 2.41 92 4.30 113
92 Coastal Carolina 3-8 -0.44   2.11 65 2.75 9 1.54 104 3.04 89   2.55 97 1.79 82 2.47 96 3.71 91
93 Virginia 5-7 -0.48   1.62 111 1.50 64 1.13 123 3.00 91   2.09 57 1.42 63 1.50 26 4.06 106
94 Florida 4-7 -0.48   1.63 110 0.34 128 1.61 97 3.78 40   2.11 60 0.96 27 2.05 71 3.71 91
95 Louisiana Monroe 4-8 -0.55   2.55 28 1.52 61 2.31 37 4.54 6   3.10 118 2.11 100 3.49 128 3.28 59
96 Air Force 4-7 -0.59   2.55 27 1.46 68 2.66 16 4.00 22   3.15 122 2.68 121 2.90 117 3.91 100
97 Idaho 3-8 -0.62   1.65 108 1.10 92 1.26 119 3.33 68   2.26 74 1.85 83 1.63 37 4.37 118
98 Nevada 3-8 -0.63   2.20 56 1.69 48 1.96 66 4.06 21   2.83 112 2.63 119 2.68 109 3.30 62
99 BYU 3-9 -0.65   1.49 116 1.13 90 1.28 116 2.65 108   2.14 63 1.27 53 2.24 80 3.38 65
100 Louisiana Lafayette 4-7 -0.70   2.19 58 1.73 41 1.85 78 3.95 27   2.89 115 1.87 86 3.06 121 3.64 86
101 Syracuse 3-8 -0.72   1.81 96 0.88 107 1.96 69 2.62 110   2.53 95 2.39 110 2.33 87 3.57 78
102 Vanderbilt 4-7 -0.78   1.98 81 1.07 96 2.26 41 2.25 120   2.77 105 1.94 91 2.51 99 4.32 114
103 Nebraska 4-8 -0.81   1.96 84 2.14 26 1.65 94 3.05 86   2.77 106 1.94 90 2.74 114 4.00 104
104 North Carolina 2-9 -0.84   1.51 114 0.22 129 1.30 114 4.00 22   2.35 77 1.03 34 2.85 116 2.96 43
105 Akron 6-7 -0.85   1.51 115 0.64 118 1.29 115 3.30 71   2.36 79 2.29 106 1.84 54 3.88 98
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
106 Tulsa 2-10 -0.88   2.21 55 1.57 57 2.30 38 3.38 62   3.10 119 3.04 128 3.00 120 3.57 78
107 Georgia Southern 2-9 -0.92   1.70 105 1.12 91 1.48 109 2.88 99   2.61 101 0.47 4 2.58 103 3.89 99
108 Baylor 1-10 -0.97   1.66 107 1.00 101 1.55 103 3.41 57   2.63 103 2.17 102 2.49 98 3.39 66
109 Old Dominion 4-7 -0.97   1.46 117 1.18 85 1.49 107 1.81 125   2.43 85 1.31 56 2.00 68 3.97 102
110 South Alabama 3-8 -1.04   1.34 123 1.00 101 1.13 121 2.57 111   2.38 80 1.94 89 2.44 94 2.76 27
111 Tennessee 3-8 -1.04   1.42 119 0.80 113 1.18 120 3.15 82   2.46 88 2.19 103 2.28 83 3.28 58
112 Arkansas 3-8 -1.05   2.10 69 1.33 74 2.09 53 3.50 52   3.15 123 1.73 78 3.45 126 4.04 105
113 Bowling Green 2-9 -1.06   1.87 88 1.09 93 1.82 82 2.86 101   2.93 117 2.45 113 2.60 104 4.81 126
114 Cincinnati 3-8 -1.12   1.74 102 0.84 110 1.96 64 2.18 122   2.86 114 2.41 111 3.08 123 2.78 29
115 Maryland 3-8 -1.23   1.55 113 0.86 109 1.27 117 3.43 56   2.78 109 1.29 55 2.95 119 3.64 87
116 Texas State 1-10 -1.26   1.37 121 1.90 32 1.03 127 3.00 91   2.63 104 2.30 108 2.38 90 3.57 78
117 Rutgers 3-8 -1.27   1.17 125 0.09 130 1.58 100 1.76 128   2.45 86 2.04 96 2.39 91 2.93 42
118 New Mexico 2-9 -1.36   1.43 118 1.26 82 1.27 118 2.30 118   2.79 110 2.58 116 2.27 82 5.41 129
119 Connecticut 2-9 -1.43   1.68 106 1.14 89 1.65 95 2.81 102   3.11 120 1.93 88 3.23 124 4.17 109
120 Hawaii 2-9 -1.45   1.75 100 2.03 28 1.42 111 3.08 85   3.20 124 1.52 67 3.38 125 4.50 122
 
Rk Team Rec NPD   OPD Rk OLD Rk OMD Rk OSD Rk   DPD Rk DLD Rk DMD Rk DSD Rk
121 Illinois 2-10 -1.47   1.05 126 0.64 118 1.04 126 1.80 126   2.52 94 2.09 98 2.26 81 3.59 83
122 Charlotte 1-10 -1.58   0.97 128 0.61 120 0.63 129 2.70 105   2.55 96 1.26 52 2.66 108 3.82 97
123 Kent State 1-10 -1.76   0.86 130 1.14 88 0.68 128 1.13 129   2.62 102 2.92 125 2.12 73 3.42 68
124 East Carolina 3-8 -1.78   2.03 79 1.63 52 2.11 51 2.00 123   3.80 129 3.00 127 3.74 130 5.06 128
125 Ball State 1-10 -1.91   1.37 122 0.56 123 1.35 113 2.87 100   3.28 126 2.04 97 3.07 122 4.71 125
126 Rice 1-11 -1.99   1.37 120 1.08 95 1.37 112 1.93 124   3.36 127 1.74 79 3.49 127 4.61 124
127 Kansas 0-11 -2.12   1.27 124 1.18 85 1.13 122 2.54 113   3.39 128 2.81 122 2.69 111 4.58 123
128 UTEP 0-12 -2.21   1.00 127 0.90 105 1.05 125 0.93 130   3.21 125 3.65 130 2.70 112 4.82 127
129 San Jose State 1-11 -2.25   0.88 129 0.48 125 0.52 130 3.33 68   3.12 121 2.50 114 2.93 118 3.97 103
130 Oregon State 0-11 -2.26   1.57 112 0.35 127 1.69 91 3.40 58   3.83 130 2.61 118 3.56 129 5.54 130