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Study Hall: Florida State 23, Miami 19

Miami started and finished well, but FSU dominated the middle. And the turnover battle.

Florida State 23, Miami 19

FSU Miami FSU Miami
Close % 100.0% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 50.0% 40.0% Success Rate 43.2% 54.7%
Leverage % 71.2% 75.7% PPP 0.29 0.32
S&P 0.726 0.871
EqPts 14.8 18.9 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 38.5% 47.1% Success Rate 26.7% 23.5%
Close PPP 0.28 0.27 PPP 0.26 0.10
Close S&P 0.669 0.741 S&P 0.529 0.334
EqPts 2.9 8.1 Number 0 3
Close Success Rate 26.9% 45.7% Turnover Pts 0.0 15.0
Close PPP 0.11 0.23 Turnover Pts Margin +15.0 -15.0
Close S&P 0.382 0.689
Line Yards/carry 1.98 2.95 Q1 S&P 0.340 0.659
Q2 S&P 1.029 0.627
PASSING Q3 S&P 0.951 0.356
EqPts 11.9 10.7 Q4 S&P 0.330 1.215
Close Success Rate 50.0% 48.6%
Close PPP 0.46 0.31 1st Down S&P 0.650 0.875
Close S&P 0.957 0.793 2nd Down S&P 0.585 0.665
SD/PD Sack Rate 11.1%/12.5% 4.6% / 0.0% 3rd Down S&P 0.826 0.534
Projected Pt. Margin: Florida State +10.9 | Actual Pt. Margin: Florida State +4

Quick glossary (complete with national averages) after the jump.

A Quick Glossary

F/+ Rankings: The official rankings for the college portion of Football Outsiders. They combine my own S&P+ rankings (based on play-by-play data) with Brian Fremeau's drives-based FEI rankings.

Field Position %: The percentage of a team's plays run in their opponent's field position. National average: 43%.

Leverage Rate: A team's ratio of standard downs to passing downs. National average: 68%. Anything over 68% means a team did a good job of avoiding being leveraged into passing downs.

Passing Downs: Second-and-7 or more, third-and-5 or more.

PPP: An explosiveness measure derived from determining the point value of every yard line (based on the expected number of points an offense could expect to score from that yard line) and, therefore, every play of a given game. National average: 0.32.

S&P: Think of this as an OPS (the "On-Base Plus Slugging" baseball measure) for football. The 'S' stands for success rate. The 'P' stands for PPP, an explosiveness measure that stands for EqPts Per Play. S&P is measured for all non-garbage time plays in a given college football game. Plays are counted within the following criteria: when the score is within 28 points in the first quarter, within 24 points in the second quarter, within 21 points in the third quarter, and within 16 points (i.e. two possession) in the fourth quarter. For more about this measure, visit the main S&P+ page at Football Outsiders. National average: 0.747. Standard downs S&P average: 0.787. Passing downs S&P average: 0.636.

Standard Downs: First downs, second-and-6 or less, third-and-4 or less.

Success Rate: A common Football Outsiders tool used to measure efficiency by determining whether every play of a given game was successful or not. The terms of success in college football: 50 percent of necessary yardage on first down, 70 percent on second down, and 100 percent on third and fourth down. National Average: 42%.