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Study Hall: Oklahoma State 59, Baylor 24

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How is Oklahoma State playing such good defense? No big plays whatsoever. (I said today that OSU might have the best safeties in the country, and I meant it.) How is Baylor losing games? Run defense.

Oklahoma State 59, Baylor 24

Baylor OSU Baylor OSU
Close % 45.8% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 60.0% 54.0% Success Rate 54.3% 62.0%
Leverage % 77.1% 79.4% PPP 0.30 0.79
S&P 0.847 1.406
TOTAL
EqPts 30.8 42.7 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 45.8% 55.2% Success Rate 45.8% 15.4%
Close PPP 0.18 0.68 PPP 0.26 0.27
Close S&P 0.638 1.235 S&P 0.716 0.420
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 12.6 25.5 Number 5 1
Close Success Rate 45.8% 75.0% Turnover Pts 25.9 6.0
Close PPP 0.18 1.06 Turnover Pts Margin -19.9 +19.9
Close S&P 0.641 1.807
Line Yards/carry 2.40 4.94 Q1 S&P 0.851 1.508
Q2 S&P 0.484 1.194
PASSING Q3 S&P 0.893 1.138
EqPts 18.1 17.3 Q4 S&P 1.135 0.912
Close Success Rate 45.8% 47.6%
Close PPP 0.18 0.54 1st Down S&P 0.728 1.501
Close S&P 0.634 1.017 2nd Down S&P 1.021 0.497
SD/PD Sack Rate 0.0% / 11.1% 0.0% / 0.0% 3rd Down S&P 0.567 1.298
Projected Pt. Margin: Oklahoma State +31.8 | Actual Pt. Margin: Oklahoma State +35

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%.