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Enemy Territory: The 2012 Season

Staff Columnist
Posted Aug 28, 2013


How well did the nation’s power conference teams (plus its independents and a few other squads) do when starting drives in plus territory? Taking notes on the 2012 season will prepare you for the 2013 season that’s just about to begin.


The data for this story was provided throughout the course of 2012 by CFN statistical analysts Mike Schneid and Ryan Orlinski.

Follow Mr. Schneid on Twitter: twitter.com/msschneid

Follow Mr. Orlinski on Twitter: twitter.com/leahslevel

NOTES: During the weeks and months of the 2012 season, the results of individual drives were listed in updated versions of Enemy Territory. In this overview, the focus shifts to total drives and total points. You can use your own metric for a successful drive, relative to the point of origination, but in the process of assessing plus-territory drive starts, let's use the following guidelines as something of a conversation starter:

On drives that start between the 50 and an opponent's 36, a team should score at least a field goal 75 percent of the time and a touchdown 25 percent of the time.

On drives that start between an opponent's 35 and an opponent's 21, a team should score at least a field goal 90 percent of the time and a touchdown 50 percent of the time.

On drives that start in an opponent's red zone, a team should score at least a field goal 100 percent of the time and a touchdown two-thirds (67 percent) of the time.


The final point totals will help you to get a sense of how much a team maximized (or didn't maximize) its plus-territory drive starts over a full college football season. Point totals assume seven points for a touchdown, whether or not the PAT is (was) in fact made over the course of a team's 12-game season. On with the show…



Big Ten



ILLINOIS

Total Possessions: 13 – Total Points on all 13 possessions: 55

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 7 – Points on these drives: 21

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 3 – Points: 17

Drive starts inside the red zone: 3 – Points: 17

INDIANA

Total Possessions: 13 – Points: 61

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 8 – Points: 27

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 3 – Points: 17

Drive starts inside the red zone: 2 – Points: 17



IOWA

Total Possessions: 14 – Points: 34

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 10 – Points: 17

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 3 – Points: 14

Drive starts inside the red zone: 1 – Points: 3



MICHIGAN

Total Possessions: 15 -- Points: 70

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 7 -- Points: 35

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 6 – Points: 28

Drive starts inside the red zone: 2 – Points: 7


MICHIGAN STATE

Total Possessions: 15 – Points: 37

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 7 – Points: 10

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 5 – Points: 24

Drive starts inside the red zone: 3 – Points: 3



MINNESOTA

Total Possessions: 22 – Points: 65

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 12 – Points: 24

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 6 – Points: 13

Drive starts inside the red zone: 4 – Points: 28



NEBRASKA

Total Possessions: 22 – Points: 109

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 12 – Points: 59

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 7 – Points: 37

Drive starts inside the red zone: 3 – Points: 13



NORTHWESTERN

Total Possessions: 19 – Points: 73

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 7 – Points: 17

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 6 – Points: 28

Drive starts inside the red zone: 6 – Points: 28



OHIO STATE

Total Possessions: 19 – Points: 84

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 12 – Points: 42

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 5 – Points 28

Drive starts inside the red zone: 2 – Points: 14



PENN STATE

Total Possessions: 29 – Points: 103

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 15 – Points: 55

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 7 – Points: 31

Drive starts inside the red zone: 7 – Points: 17



PURDUE

Total Possessions: 27 – Points: 80

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 20 – Points: 42

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 5 – Points: 24

Drive starts inside the red zone: 2 – Points: 14



WISCONSIN

Total Possessions: 28 – Points: 93

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 14 – Points: 38

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 10 – Points: 34

Drive starts inside the red zone: 4 – Points: 21



Pac-12



ARIZONA

Total Possessions: 29 – Points: 117

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 15 – Points: 80

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 13 – Points: 37

Drive starts inside the red zone: 1 – Points: 0



ARIZONA STATE

Total Possessions: 25 – Points: 111

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 13 – Points: 45

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 5 – Points: 28

Drive starts inside the red zone: 7 – Points: 38



CALIFORNIA

Total Possessions: 21 – Points: 65

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 13 – Points: 31

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 8 – Points: 34



COLORADO

Total Possessions: 13 – Points: 47

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 6 – Points: 20

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 3 – Points: 17

Drive starts inside the red zone: 4 – Points: 10



OREGON

Total Possessions: 35 – Points: 157

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 13 – Points: 52 <1br/>
Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 14 – Points: 56

Drive starts inside the red zone: 8 – Points: 49



OREGON STATE

Total Possessions: 20 – Points: 58

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 10 – Points: 17

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 5 – Points: 17

Drive starts inside the red zone: 5 – Points: 24



STANFORD

Total Possessions: 24 – Points: 76

Drive starts inside the 50 to the 36: 13 – Points: 38

Drive starts inside the 35 to the 21: 9 – Points: 24

Drive starts inside the red zone: 2 – Points: 14



UCLA

Total Possessions: 35 – Points: 134

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 15 – Points: 38

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 13 – Points: 72

Drive starts inside the red zone: 7 – Points: 24



USC

Total Possessions: 21 – Points: 83

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 9 – Points: 34

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 12 – Points: 49



UTAH

Total Possessions: 23 – Points: 86

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 13 – Points: 45

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 6 – Points: 20

Drive from inside the red zone: 4 – Points: 21



WASHINGTON

Total Possessions: 25 – Points: 97

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 10 – Points: 31

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 8 – Points: 35

Drive starts inside the red zone: 7 – Points: 31



WASHINGTON STATE

Total Possessions: 24 – Points: 54

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 13 – Points: 21

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 7 – Points: 16

Drive starts inside the red zone: 4 – Points: 17

Big East



CINCINNATI

Total Possessions: 24 – Points: 100

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 13 – Points: 44

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 5 – Points: 21

Drive starts inside the red zone: 6 – Points: 35



CONNECTICUT

Total Possessions: 16 – Points: 40

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 9 – Points: 17

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 7 – Points: 23



LOUISVILLE

Total Possessions: 17 – Points: 75

Drive starts inside the 50 to the 36: 3 – Points: 10

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 10 – Points: 37

Drive starts inside the red zone: 4 – Points: 28



PITTSBURGH

Total Possessions: 24 – Points: 105

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 9 – Points: 34

Drive starts from inside the 36 to the 21: 13 – Points: 57

Drive starts inside the red zone: 2 – Points: 14



RUTGERS

Total Possessions: 26 – Points: 68

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 17 – Points: 30

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 7 – Points: 24

Drive starts inside the red zone: 2 – Points: 14

Result: touchdown



SOUTH FLORIDA

Total Possessions: 13 – Points: 54

Drive starts inside the 50 to the 36: 6 – Points: 21

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 5 – Points: 23

Drive starts inside the red zone: 2 – Points: 10



SYRACUSE

Total Possessions: 22 – Points: 75

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 15 – Points: 41

Drive starts from inside the 35 to the 21: 6 – Points: 27

Drive starts inside the red zone: 1 – Points: 7



TEMPLE

Total Possessions: 21 – Points: 68

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 9 – Points: 17

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 10 – Points: 51

Drive starts inside the red zone: 2 – Points: 0



Independents



ARMY

Total Possessions: 13 – Points: 30

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 11 – Points: 23

Drive starts inside the red zone: 2 – Points: 7.



BYU

Total Possessions: 17 – Points: 62

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 7 – Points: 17

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 5 – Points: 21

Drive starts inside the red zone: 5 – Points: 24



NAVY

Total Possessions: 10 – Points: 14

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 5 – Points: 0

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 3 – Points: 14

Drive starts inside the red zone: 2 – Points: 0



NOTRE DAME

Total Possessions: 20 – Points: 46

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 10 – Points: 27

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 5 – Points: 3

Drive starts inside the red zone: 5 – Points: 16



Conference USA BCS Busters



CENTRAL FLORIDA

Total Possessions: 24 – Points: 93

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 10 – Points: 38

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 11 – Points: 34

Drive starts inside the red zone: 3 – Points: 21



SMU

Total Possessions: 22 – Points: 51

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 11 – Points: 13

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 5 – Points: 21

Drive starts inside the red zone: 6 – Points: 17



SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

Total Possessions: 12 – Points: 45

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 7 – Points: 28

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 3 – Points: 3

Drive starts inside the red zone: 2 – Points: 14



TULSA

Total Possessions: 32 – Points: 106

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 18 – Points: 50

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 8 – Points: 42

Drive starts inside the red zone: 6 – Points: 14



ACC



BOSTON COLLEGE

Total Possessions: 21 – Points: 37

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 13 – Points: 24

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 6 – Points: 10

Drive starts inside the red zone: 2 – Points: 3



CLEMSON

Total Possessions: 21 – Points: 105

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 13 – Points: 49

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 5 – Points: 35

Drive starts inside the red zone: 3 – Points: 21



DUKE

Total Possessions: 21 – Points: 75

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 11 – Points: 34

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 8 – Points: 27

Drive starts inside the red zone: 2 – Points: 14



FLORIDA STATE

Total Possessions: 35 – Points: 165

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 16 – Points: 58

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 12 – Points: 72

Drive starts inside the red zone: 7 – Points: 35



GEORGIA TECH

Total Possessions: 22 – Points: 97

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 8 – Points: 42

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 10 – Points: 38

Drive starts inside the red zone: 4 – Points: 17



MARYLAND

Total Possessions: 19 – Points: 47

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 11 – Points: 14

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 4 – Points: 20

Drive starts inside the red zone: 4 – Points: 13



MIAMI

Total Possessions: 25 – Points: 86

Drives starts from the 50 to the 36: 11 – Points: 24

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 7 – Points: 31

Drive starts inside the red zone: 7 – Points: 31



NORTH CAROLINA

Total Possessions: 26 – Points: 117

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 11 – Points: 38

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 6 – Points: 24

Drive starts inside the red zone: 9 – Points: 55



NORTH CAROLINA STATE

Total Possessions: 23 – Points: 92

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 13 – Points: 44

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 8 – Points: 34

Drive starts inside the red zone: 2 – Points: 14



VIRGINIA

Total Possessions: 15 – Points: 41

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 7 – Points: 21

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 4 – Points: 10

Drive starts inside the red zone: 4 – Points: 10



VIRGINIA TECH

Total Possessions: 20 – Points: 75

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 10 – Points: 38

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 7 – Points: 16

Drive starts inside the red zone: 3 – Points: 21



WAKE FOREST

Total Possessions: 21 – Points: 58

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 13 – Points: 20

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 5 – Points: 21

Drive starts inside the red zone: 3 – Points: 17



Mountain West



AIR FORCE

Total number of possessions that started in the opponent’s half of the field: 9. Total points scored in those nine possessions: 28.

Drive starts from the 50 to the opponent’s 36: 3. Total points scored: 7.

Drive starts from the opponent’s 35 to the 21: 3. Total points: 7.

Drive starts inside the opponent’s red zone: 3. Total points: 14.



BOISE STATE

Total Possessions: 38 – Points: 134

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 20 – Points: 62

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 9 – Points: 30

Drive starts inside the red zone: 9 – Points: 42



COLORADO STATE

Total Possessions: 10 – Points: 56

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 3 – Points: 7

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 4 – Points: 28

Drive starts inside the red zone: 3 – Points: 21



FRESNO STATE

Total Possessions: 32 – Points: 139

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 18 – Points: 73

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 9 – Points: 42

Drive starts inside the red zone: 5 – Points: 24



HAWAII

Total Possessions: 28 – Points: 68

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 12 – Points: 14

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 7 – Points: 17

Drive starts inside the red zone: 9 – Points: 37



NEW MEXICO

Total Possessions: 15 – Points: 63

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 7 – Points: 21

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 4 – Points: 21

Drive starts inside the red zone: 4 – Points: 21



NEVADA

Total Possessions: 18 – Points: 66

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 9 – Points: 28

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 6 – Points: 7

Drive starts inside the red zone: 3 – Points: 31



SAN DIEGO STATE

Total Possessions: 21 – Points: 97

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 12 – Points: 34

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 6 – Points: 42

Drive starts inside the red zone: 3 – Points: 21



UNLV

Total Possessions: 12 – Points: 34

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 6 – Points: 3

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 6 – Points: 31



WYOMING

Total Possessions: 17 – Points: 45

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 10 – Points: 21

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 7 – Points: 24



Big 12



BAYLOR

Total Possessions: 18 – Points: 76

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 7 – Points: 21

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 7 – Points: 31

Drive starts inside the red zone: 4 – Points: 24



IOWA STATE

Total Possessions: 18 – Points: 54

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 11 – Points: 34

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 2 – Points: 3

Drive starts inside the red zone: 5 – Points: 17



KANSAS

Total Possessions: 15 – Points: 38

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 8 – Points: 14

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 4 – Points: 14

Drive starts inside the red zone: 3- Points: 10



KANSAS STATE

Total Possessions: 40 – Points: 172

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 16 – Points: 62

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 9 – Points: 45

Drive starts inside the red zone: 15 – Points: 65



OKLAHOMA

Total Possessions: 18 – Points: 61

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 11 – Points: 30

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 4 – Points: 17

Drive starts inside the red zone: 3 – Points: 14



OKLAHOMA STATE

Total Possessions: 21 – Points: 125

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 10 – Points: 63

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 7 – Points: 38

Drive starts inside the red zone: 4 – Points: 24



TCU

Total Possessions: 30 – Points: 114

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 12 – Points: 28

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 8 – Points: 27

Drive starts inside the red zone: 10 – Points: 59



TEXAS

Total Possessions: 21 – Points: 83

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 13 – Points: 48

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 5 – Points: 28

Drive starts inside the red zone: 3 – Points: 7



TEXAS TECH

Total Possessions: 15 – Points: 83

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 4 – Points: 24

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 10 – Points: 52

Drive starts inside the red zone: 1 – Points: 7



WEST VIRGINIA

Total Possessions: 14 – Points: 44

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 7 – Points: 16

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 4 – Points: 7

Drive starts inside the red zone: 3 – Points: 21



SEC



ALABAMA

Total Possessions: 30 – Points: 142

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 16 – Points: 51

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 9 – Points: 56

Drive starts inside the red zone: 5 – Points: 35



ARKANSAS

Total Possessions: 12 – Points: 34

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 7 – Points: 28

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 4 – Points: 6

Drive starts inside the red zone: 1 – Points: 0



AUBURN

Total Possessions: 14 – Points: 33

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 8 – Points: 20

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 5 – Points: 13

Drive starts inside the red zone: 1 – Points: 0



FLORIDA

Total Possessions: 33 – Points: 112

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 15 – Points: 45

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 11 – Points: 37

Drive starts inside the red zone: 7 – Points: 30



GEORGIA

Total Possessions: 29 – Points: 82

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 22 – Points: 55

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 4 – Points: 6

Drive starts inside the red zone: 3 – Points: 21



KENTUCKY

Total possessions: 15 – Points: 31

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 9 – Points: 28

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 3 – Points: 3

Drive starts inside the red zone: 3 – Points: 0



LOUISIANA STATE

Total Possessions: 26 – Points: 92

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 14 – Points: 48

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 8 – Points: 20

Drive starts inside the red zone: 4 – Points: 24



MISSISSIPPI

Total Possessions: 19 – Points: 88

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 8 – Points: 30

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 7 – Points: 42

Drive starts inside the red zone: 4 – Points: 16



MISSISSIPPI STATE

Total Possessions: 23 – Points: 86

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 10 – Points: 42

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 13 – Points: 44



MISSOURI

Total Possessions: 32 – Points: 117

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 13 – Points: 27

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 15 – Points: 62

Drive starts inside the red zone: 4 – Points: 28



SOUTH CAROLINA

Total Possessions: 23 – Points: 80

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 13 – Points: 28

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 7 – Points: 31

Drive starts inside the red zone: 3 – Points: 21



TENNESSEE

Total Possessions: 21 – Points: 96

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 9 – Points: 34

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 8 – Points: 34

Drive starts inside the red zone: 4 – Points: 28



TEXAS A&M

Total Possessions: 19 – Points: 87

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 11 – Points: 42

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 5 – Points: 31

Drive starts inside the red zone: 3 – Points: 14



VANDERBILT

Total Possessions: 21 – Points: 58

Drive starts from the 50 to the 36: 12 – Points: 27

Drive starts from the 35 to the 21: 5 – Points: 17

Drive starts inside the red zone: 4 – Points: 14