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Compu-Picks: Home-field advantage overview

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Compu-Picks looks at home-field advantage, and shows why it is extremely important in college football.

Highlights:

In even matchups, the home team wins 2/3 of the time

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Traditional measurements of home-field advantage are artificially dampened

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Home teams score major upsets much more often than road teams

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Home-field advantage does NOT substantially vary between BCS and non-BCS leagues

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And a look into which leagues have had the strongest and weakest home-field advantages (and they're probably not who you think)

 

I'm also attaching the main table in case you want to see the big picture without dealing with the (much longer) details from the article.

All League Games Same League Record Home 1 Game Better Home 1 Game Worse
Total BCS 864 - 680 56.0% 124 - 66 65.3% 126 - 52 70.8% 85 - 99 46.2%
Total 1538 - 1233 55.5% 209 - 107 66.1% 231 - 81 74.0% 128 - 170 43.0%
Home 2+ Games Better Home 2+ Games Worse Records Within 1 Game Count: Within 1 game / Not
Total BCS 471 - 31 93.8% 58 - 432 11.8% 335 - 217 60.7% 552 / 992 35.8%
Total 870 - 62 93.3% 100 - 813 11.0% 568 - 358 61.3% 926 / 1845 33.4%

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