This week’s Five Factors box scores are up! Check out all the results here. Week 11’s superior performances in each category are below.
Top 5 success rate margins (vs. FBS)
- Ohio State (plus-32 percent vs. Illinois)
- Louisiana Tech (plus-25 percent vs. UTEP)
- Colorado State (plus-23 percent vs. SJSU)
- Arkansas State (plus-23 percent vs. Texas State)
- Oklahoma (plus-22 percent vs. Kansas)
Big plays and turnovers have occasionally backfired on Ohio State, but the Buckeyes remain the safest bet in the country from a “being much, much more efficient than you” perspective.
Top 5 yards per play margins (vs. FBS)
- Louisville (plus-5.9 vs. Syracuse)
- Southern Miss (plus-4.7 vs. Charlotte)
- Georgia (plus-4.3 vs. Kentucky)
- Utah State (plus-4.2 vs. Hawaii)
- Oregon (plus-4.2 vs. Arizona)
Goodness, did Louisville lay a whooping on Syracuse.
Top 5 field position margins (vs. FBS)
- LSU (plus-25.3 vs. Tennessee)
- Arkansas State (plus-24.9 vs. Texas State)
- UCF (plus-22.7 vs. Temple)
- Florida (plus-16.4 vs. UAB)
- Northwestern (plus-16.1 vs. Minnesota)
The only thing worse than playing in the rainy conditions LSU and Tennessee played in? Trying to play on a tilted field. Tennessee was working uphill the entire night.
Top 5 points per scoring opportunity margins (vs. FBS)
- Georgia Southern (plus-6.5 vs. South Alabama)
- Northwestern (plus-6.0 vs. Minnesota)
- Indiana (plus-5.9 vs. Rutgers)
- Utah State (plus-5.4 vs. Hawaii)
- Oklahoma (plus-3.6 vs. Kansas)
Georgia Southern completely and totally destroying South Alabama was maybe an even more random occurrence than Iowa’s destruction of Ohio State.
Okay, nothing was that random.
Top 5 turnovers luck margins (vs. FBS)
- Northwestern (plus-3.3 vs. Minnesota)
- UMass (plus-3.3 vs. BYU)
- Florida (plus-3.0 vs. UAB)
- TCU (plus-2.9 vs. Texas Tech)
- Purdue (plus-2.9 vs. Iowa)
Translation: UMass had a turnover margin that was +3.3 ahead of where national averages suggest it should have been. As each turnover is worth approximately five points, that means BYU suffered about 16-17 points’ worth of bad turnovers luck. In a six-point loss.