A little introduction. I am basically a college basketball writer and one very interested in the application of tempo free statistics. That love of statistics and analysis carries to other sports. Naturally, the opportunity to comment on college football, another big favorite, is most gratifying. On Study Hall , came across a formula presented by BenDNole. Concise and not overbearing, it involves Ultimate Adjusted Yards Per Event. While watching the Syracuse Orange devour the clock early and establish themselves against a ranked West Virginia ballclub, I decided to apply the formula once the statistics were compiled. First, a review of the formula :
uAYA = (Total Yards + PassTD*20 + RushTD*18 -Fumbles*25 - INT *45)/Attempts
For the contest the final totals were as follows :Syracuse 7.55
West Virginia 5.4
West Virginia had 65 attempts while the Orange, entertaining a frenzied Carrier Dome, had 74. No fumbles or interceptions greatly enhanced Syracuse's metric. A little perspective, last season Auburn, the National Champions had an O-uAYA of 7.95 while the defensive side netted a 5.07 (per BenDNole). Simply, the Orange did not just upset West Virginia. They put an impressive show of dominance on in the process.