Best and Worst of the 2018 FBS College Football Season

Throughout the season, there are your winners and losers.  But in this modern time, millenials are clamoring for everyone to be a winner.  We here at AMSTS have seen the desire for everyone to be crowned a winner and done what we have always done. We found a way for all 130 FBS teams to be the best at one statistical category.  But, given the nature of our site, we also went out and found one statistical category in which every team in the nation came in dead last. 

We all know Alabama was good at a lot of stuff, but did you know they were the worst team in the country on 4th down at home?  Now you do.  Did you know that Central Michigan led the nation in punts per game, while coming in last in the nation in points per home game?  Well, that kinda makes sense, doesn’t it.  

I won’t go on too long, but I do always have to point out that for the various stats, best could be high or low, depending on the circumstance.  “Best fumbles per game” means lowest, while “Best fumbles recovered per game” means highest.  An asterisk means the team shared the worst category with one other team (sorry, this isn’t easy, you know!)

Here’s the full list, and be sure to post your favorite juxtapositions in the comments below. 

Team
Best at
Worst at
Air Force
3rd quarter time of possession % in home games
Opponent yards per completion
Akron
Individual most fumbles by a RB in a game against Top 40 teams
Offensive TDs per home game
Alabama
Margin of victory
4th down conversions per home game
Appalachian State
Opponent 2nd quarter points per home game
Yards per MOV point in away games compared to home games for G5 schools with positive MOV on the season
Arizona
Longest made FG in a home game
Individual fumbles lost by a RB
Arizona State
Individual rushing attempts per away game
Individual fumbles per away game by a RB
Arkansas
Individual yards per reception in away games
4th quarter points per away game
Arkansas State
Individual punt returns by a RB
Fumbles recovered per game by a G5 school
Army
3rd down conversion %
Completions per home game
Auburn
Giveaway fumble recovery %
Opponent FG attempts per game
Ball State
Pass attempts per game vs Top 40 opponents
Opponent first downs per home game
Baylor
Individual yards per reception by a QB in away games
Opponents fumble lost per game
Boise State
Opponents fumble lost per game
Points per OT game at home for teams that scored points in overtime
Boston College
Penalty first downs per away game
Individual fumbles lost by a WR
Bowling Green
Opponent rushing yard %
3rd quarter time of possession % in home games
Buffalo
Opponent red zone attempts
Blocked kicks allowed
BYU
Opponent points per FG attempt
Opponent takeaway fumble recovery % for a non-P5 school west of the Mississippi
California
Individual kickoff returns by a defensive player in home games
Offensive points per home game
Central Florida
Home games played
Wins per playoff appearance
Central Michigan
Punts per game
Points per home game
Charlotte
Opponent penalty yards per penalty
Opponent third downs per home game
Cincinnati
Opponent 2nd quarter points per away game
Opponent yards per completion in home games
Clemson
Yards per rush attempt
Individual fumbles per game by a WR vs top 40 teams
Coastal Carolina
Opponent pass attempts per home game
Third downs per away game by a G5 school in the original Thirteen Colonies
Colorado
Opponent penalties per away game
Takeaways per home game
Colorado State
Individual receiving yards per game in conference games
Yards per point for a team west of the Mississippi
Connecticut
Most points scored in a 4+ point loss
Margin of victory
Duke
First quarter points conceded by a non-religious private school
Interceptions per home game
East Carolina
Plays per home game
Points per away game
Eastern Michigan
Opponent passing yards per home game
Second quarter points in home games by a team east of the Mississippi
Florida
Individual number of punt returns vs top 40 teams
Individual fumbles by a QB with fewer than 50 rushing attempts vs Top 40 teams
Florida Atlantic
Individual rushing touchdowns per game
Opponent fumbles per home game
Florida International
2 point conversion receptions by a kicker
Opponent takeaway fumble recovery % for away games*
Florida State
Individual punts in home games
Penalties per game
Fresno State
Opponent points per away game
Opponent overtime points per away game for teams that gave up points in OT
Georgia
Total passing yards vs top 40 teams
Third downs per home game by a team without this year's Heisman winner
Georgia Southern
Incompletions per game
Plays per game
Georgia State
2 point conversion receptions per conference game
Opponent 4th quarter points per away game
Georgia Tech
Rushing yards per game
Completions per game
Hawaii
Individual receiving touchdowns, distance travelled
Interceptions per game
Houston
Individual passing touchdowns per game vs top 40 opponents
2nd quarter time of possession %
Illinois
Penalty first downs per home game
Opponent 2nd quarter points per home game
Indiana
Individual completed 2 point conversion passes in conference games
3rd quarter points per game by a P5 team outside of New Jersey
Iowa
Yards per point in away games
First quarter points per home game
Iowa State
Individual 2 point conversion receptions by a QB per game
Games rescheduled
Kansas
Individual 2 point conversion receptions by a TE per game
Second quarter points by a P5 team
Kansas State
Individual interception return yards for players with 2+ interceptions in a game vs Top 40 teams
Individual fumbles lost by a WR in conference games
Kent State
Individual yards per kickoff return by a defensive player in home games
Penalty first downs per home game
Kentucky
Opponent 2nd half points per game
Red zone scoring % in away games
Liberty
Individual completed 2 pt conversion pass per attempt in home games
Opponent 2nd half points per away game
Louisiana
Fumble recovery % in away games
Opponent 4th down conversions per home game
Louisiana Tech
Individual kickoff returns per game by a WR in away games
3rd down conversions per home game
Louisiana-Monroe
Individual most fumbles by a WR in away games
Opponent completion % in home games
Louisville
Individual kickoff returns by a RB
Hiring Jeff Brohm, Away game MoV
LSU
Overtime points per away game
Penalty first downs per away game by a P5 time
Marshall
Fumbles lost per home game
Fumbles recovered per home game
Maryland
Opponent interceptions thrown %
Worst opponent points per FG attempt*
Massachusetts
Opponent rush % in home games
QB Sacks conceded per home game
Memphis
Individual yards per rush
Opponent interceptions thrown % in away games
Miami
Opponent 3rd down conversion %
Completion % for home games for P5 teams averaging > 10 passes/game
Miami (OH)
Red zone scoring %
OT Points conceded per away game by G5 schools east of the Mississippi
Michigan
Opponent yards per game
Opponents points per FG attempt*
Michigan State
Opponent rushing yards per game
Individual fumbles per away game for QBs who played more than one game
Middle Tennessee
Completion % in away games
Opponent 3rd down conversion % in away games for teams that finished above .500
Minnesota
Individual receiving touchdowns in home games
Individual fumbles per game vs top 40 teams
Mississippi State
Opponent points per game
Worst 4th down convert in away games*
Missouri
Longest made FG
FG Conversion % at home for a P5 school not in the playoff*
Navy
Penalties per away game
First quarter points per away game
Nebraska
Individual rushing 2 pt conversions per game vs Top 40
Individual fumbles lost
Nevada
Individual yards per rush in away games
Individual interceptions per game vs top 40 teams
New Mexico
Individual punt returns by a Safety in away games
2nd half time of possession %
New Mexico State
Individual rushing 2 pt conversions per home game
Penalties per home game
North Carolina
Opponent FG attempts per home game
Individual interceptions per game
North Carolina State
Red zone scoring attempts per game
Opponent passing play %
North Texas
Opponent 1st quarter points per away game
Penalty yards per penalty
Northern Illinois
Opponent 1st quarter points per home game
Single game attendance
Northwestern
Penalties per game
Opponent passing % in away games
Notre Dame
Individual completion % in home games
Opponent takeaway fumble recovery % for home games*
Ohio
Offensive TDs per home game
Gross Punting Yards per home game
Ohio State
4th quarter points per game
Penalty first downs per last 3 games of the season by a P5 team
Oklahoma
Points per game
Punts per game
Oklahoma State
Individual gross punting yards per punt in home games
1st quarter time of possession %
Old Dominion
2 point conversion receptions by a TE per away game
Rushing yards as a % of total yards for a team east of the Mississippi
Ole Miss
FG attempts per away game
3rd quarter time of possession % in away games
Oregon
Individual yards per reception by a RB
1st half time of possession % by a P5 team
Oregon State
Individual kickoff returns vs Top 40 teams
QB Sacks conceded per game
Penn State
Opponent points per FG attempt in away games
Individual fumbles lost by a RB in conference games
Pittsburgh
Longest kickoff return by a WR against a top 40 team
Punts per play in away games by a P5 team outside of New Jersey
Purdue
Keeping Jeff Brohm, Individual receptions
Opponent completions per game
Rice
Gross Punting Yards per home game
3rd down conversion % in home games
Rutgers
Individual gross punting yards in conference games
Points per game
San Diego State
Opponent rushing yards per away game
Fumble recovery % in away games
San Jose State
3rd quarter points per home game
1st half points per away game
SMU
Individual yards per kickoff return in conference games
1st quarter time of possession for a school not in New Jersey
South Alabama
Individual yards per catch by a WR vs Top 40
Penalty yards per game
South Carolina
Best FG Conversion % at home*
Opponent red zone attempts per away game
South Florida
Opponent rushing yard % in home games
4th quarter time of possession % in away games
Southern Miss
Completion % in home games
Worst opponent 4th down conversion % in away games
Stanford
Longest punt
Plays per game by a team in a state not bordering the Atlantic
Syracuse
Plays per game
Peanlty first downs per home game by a P5 team east of the Mississippi
TCU
Individual yards per reception by a WR vs Top 40
Red Zone scores per home game
Temple
Red Zone scoring attempts per away game
Yards per point in home games for a team in the Original 13 Colonies
Tennessee
Individual yards per reception by a TE
Plays per away game
Texas
Longest punt return by a defensive player
Interceptions thrown per home game by a P5 team west of the Mississippi
Texas A&M
Overtime points per game
3rd down conversions per away game
Texas State
Individual interceptions in the first game of the season for a player who would have no future interceptions
Yards per point in home games
Texas Tech
4th quarter points per home game
Opponent passing yards per game
Toledo
Individual blocked kicks
FG % 30-39 yards vs Top 40 teams*
Troy
Opponent fumbles per home game
Opponent penalties per home game
Tulane
Punts per home game
Red Zone scoring attempts per home game
Tulsa
Opponent rushing yard % in away games
Opponent third down conversions per game
UAB
Sack %
3rd quarter points in final three games of the season*
UCLA
Individual receiving yards by a TE
Third quarter time of possession % for away games by P5 teams not bordering the Atlantic
UNLV
Individual rushing TDs per home game
Sack % in home games
USC
Individual FG per game for home games
Individual fumbles per game
Utah
Opponent red zone %
Blocked punts allowed*
Utah State
Points per home game
Opponent incompletions per home game by a G5 school west of the Mississippi
UTEP
Individual completed 2 pt pass per game in conference games
FG attempts per away game
UTSA
Penalty yards per penalty in away games
Offensive TDs per game
Vanderbilt
Individual kickoff returns by a RB in home games
Opponent 4th downs per away game
Virginia
Individual receiving yards by a RB
Fumbles per game in last game of the season
Virginia Tech
Individual punt returns per game vs top 40 teams
Opponent penalty yards per penalty
Wake Forest
Individual punt return yards in a home game by a Power Five team
Opponent 3rd quarter points per home game
Washington
Opponent yards per completion
Points per overtime in away games in which a team scored points in overtime
Washington State
Red Zone scores per away game
Rushing attempts per game
West Virginia
Individual passing yards per home game
2nd quarter time of possession % in away games by a P5 team
Western Kentucky
Individual 2 point conversions by a QB in a game with fewer than 9 passing attempts and 40 yards passing
Opponent FG attempts per away game
Western Michigan
Individual completed 2 point conversion passes in away games
Opponent 1st quarter points per home game
Wisconsin
Penalty first downs per game
Individual fumbles lost by a RB vs Top 40 teams
Wyoming
FG Conversion %
Opponent penalty first downs per away game