Now that F/+ is publishing offensive and defensive ratings, we can look at the strengths and weaknesses of the teams in the top 25.
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You want to be in the NE corner of this chart. Teams with good offenses are at the top of the chart, and teams with good defenses are at the right of the chart.
A few notes:
- The line running diagonally across the teams is basically the average of each of the chart locations among this group of 25. If you're NE of the line, you're an above-average top 25 team.
- A team at 0,0 would be an average NCAA football team on both sides of the ball.
- Florida State and Oregon seem to have the most balance so far this year. Neither team is top 5 in either category, but the Seminoles and Ducks are both very good on both sides of the ball.
- A&M is doing their best imitation of 2012 Baylor: super-elite on offense (#1 in F/+), horrid on defense. The Aggies are #107 on defense. Both systems agree: FEI has them at #107 on defense, and S&P+ has them at #108.
- Virginia Tech is the bizarro A&M. #1 on defense, #107 on offense.
I'll take a look at individual conferences next week.