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12/15/2009

The Keys to Winning College Football Games

It’s common knowledge that statistics like turnover differential, points allowed per game, and stopping the running game are key factors in amassing victories at the NFL level but let’s take a look at possible winning factors for teams at the college football level. I used this site: College Football Team Stats for the following numbers. Very invaluable resource.

Points Allowed per Game
Combined Record of Top 20 Teams: 195-52 (78.95%).
Combined Record of Low 20 Teams: 67-186 (26.48%).

Average Team Passer Rating
Combined Record of Top 20 Teams: 194-53 (78.54%).
Combined Record of Low 20 Teams: 78-163 (32.37%).

Points per Play
Combined Record of Top 20 Teams: 191-55 (77.64%).
Combined Record of Low 20 Teams: 64-177 (26.56%).

Rushing Yards per Game Allowed
Combined Record of Top 20 Teams: 184-60 (75.41%).
Combined Record of Low 20 Teams: 86-169 (33.73%).

Turnover Margin per Game
Combined Record of Top 20 Teams: 172-74 (69.92%).
Combined Record of Low 20 Teams: 90-152 (37.19%).

Average Yard per Play on Offense
Combined Record of Top 20 Teams: 169-76 (68.98%).
Combined Record of Low 20 Teams: 69-172 (28.63%).

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