The Best and Worst of FBS, 2012 – 2014: Scoring Margin

The “Scoring Margin” is the number of points by which a team outscored its opponents.  What you’ll see below are cumulative numbers for the past three seasons, 2012 through 2014.

Games against FCS competition are not included in these statistics.

The “Rec. Rank” is whare the team ranks nationally in won/lost record over the last three years.
(See Tuesday, June 30, 2015 post entitled The Best and Worst of FBS, 2012-2014:  Record.)
“-” means the team didn’t make the Top 30.
* indicates the team made the Top 30 in both offense and defense!

Rank    Team                       Total Points     Games    Average      Rec. Rank
1    Oregon                               + 855                38         +22.50            T3           *
2    Alabama                             + 831                38         +21.87            T3           *
3    Florida State                      + 817                 38         +21.5               2            *
4    Ohio State                          + 758                40         +18.95             1            *
5    Baylor                                 + 609                36         +16.92            T11
6    Georgia                               + 506               37         +13.68             15          *
7    Wisconsin                           + 493               38         +12.97             29          *
8    Clemson                             + 443               35          +12.66              7           *
9    Michigan State                   + 477               38          +12.55             10
10  Marshall                             + 463               37          +12.51             T24
11  Boise State                         + 485               39          +12.44             T8          *
12  Kansas State                      + 437               36           +12.14            T18        *
13  Northern Illinois               + 464               39           +11.90              5          *
14  Utah State                         + 446                38           +11.74             20
15  Central Florida                  + 442                39          +11.33             T8
16  Louisville                           + 407                36           +11.31              6
17  Stanford                            + 430                40           +10.75             T11
18  Georgia Southern             + 114                11          +10.36              16
19  Texas A&M                         + 362               35          +10.34              23
20  Louisiana State                  + 365               36          +10.14             T21
21  Oklahoma                          + 385               38          +10.13               14
22  Arizona State                     + 340               37          + 9.19               T24
23  Texas Christian                  + 318               35          + 9.09                –
24  Southern California           + 359               40          + 8.98               30
25  U.C.L.A.                               + 345               40          + 8.63               17
26  Cincinnati                           + 307               36          + 8.53               T21
27  Brigham Young                  + 278               36          + 7.72                –
28  South Carolina                   + 273               36          + 7.58               T18
29  Notre Dame                       + 280               39           + 7.18               13
30  Oklahoma State                 + 250               36           + 6.94                –

The teams below had the worst scoring margins over the past three seasons, 2012 through 2014.
Again, games against FCS schools were not counted.  Conference affiliations are for 2014.

Rank   Team                         Total Points    Games     Average         Conference
1    Eastern Michigan                -816               33         -24.73               MAC
2    New Mexico State               -761               33         -23.06             Sun Belt
3    Idaho                                   -759                33         -23.0               Sun Belt
4    Georgia State                      -420                20         -21.0               Sun Belt
5    Southern Mississippi         -719                35         -20.54            Conference USA
6    Colorado                             -663                33         -20.09             Pac-12
7    Kansas                                 -634                33         -19.21             Big 12
8    Massachusetts                    -644                35         -18.4                 MAC
9    Miami (Ohio)                       -573                34         -16.85               MAC
10  California                             -481                33         -14.58             Pac-12
11  Purdue                                 -474                34          -13.94            Big Ten
12  Florida International          -437                33          -13.24           Conference USA
13  Kentucky                              -420                33         -12.73               SEC
14  Hawaii                                  -442                35         -12.63            Mountain West
15  Wake Forest                         -411                33         -12.45                ACC
16  Illinois                                  -422                34         -12.41              Big Ten
17  Southern Methodist           -432                35         -12.34           American Athletic
18  Alabama-Birmingham        -382                33         -11.58            Conference USA
19  U.N.L.V.                                -407                36         -11.31            Mountain West
20  South Florida                       -372                33         -11.27           American Athletic
21  Tulane                                  -351                35         -10.03           American Athletic
22  Washington State               -340                34         -10.00             Pac-12
23  Army                                    -316                32          – 9.88            Independent
24  Akron                                   -325                33          – 9.85                MAC
25  Virginia                                -320                 33         – 9.70                 ACC
26  Wyoming                             -318                33          – 9.64              Mountain West
27  Iowa State                           -320                34          – 9.41              Big 12
28  Texas-El Paso                      -333                37          – 9.00             Conference USA
29  New Mexico                        -322                36          – 8.94             Mountain West
30  Connecticut                         -301                34         – 8.85             American Athletic

Only 10 of the worst 30 teams in scoring margin are from Power Five conferences.

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Below are the best in scoring margin by conference.

ACC
1  Florida State      +817   38   +21.5
2  Clemson             +443   35   +12.66
3  Louisville            +407   36   +11.31

Big Ten
1  Ohio State          +758   40   +18.95
2  Wisconsin           +493   38   +12.97
3  Michigan State   +477   38   +12.55

Big 12
1  Baylor                 +609   36   +16.92
2  Kansas State      +437   36   +12.14
3  Oklahoma          +385   38   +10.13

Pac-12
1  Oregon               +855   38   +22.50
2  Stanford             +430   40   +10.75
3  Arizona State     +340   37   + 9.19

SEC
1  Alabama             +831   38   +21.87
2  Georgia               +506   37   +13.68
3  Texas A&M         +362   35   +10.34

American Athletic
1  Central Florida   +442   39   +11.33
2  Cincinnati           +307   36   + 8.53
3  East Carolina      +247   36   + 6.86

Conference USA
1  Marshall              +463   37   +12.51
2  Louisiana Tech   +238   36   + 6.61
3  Rice                      +101   40   + 2.53

MAC
1  Northern Illinois    +464   39   +11.90
2  Ball State                +171   35   + 4.89
3  Bowling Green       +174   38   + 4.58

Mountain West
1  Boise State           +485   39   +12.44
2  Utah State            +446   38   +11.74
3  Fresno State         +187   37   + 5.05

Sun Belt
1  Georgia Southern    +114   11   +10.36
2  Appalachian State     + 41   10   + 4.1
3  Arkansas State          +122   36   +3.39
4  Louisiana-Lafayette   + 94   36   +2.61

Dominant teams have been Florida State in the ACC, Ohio State in the Big Ten, Oregon in the
Pac-12, Alabama in the SEC,  Marshall in Conference USA and Northern Illinois in the MAC.

Independents
1  Brigham Young      +278   36   +7.72
2  Notre Dame           +280   39   +7.18

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