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Week 12 Five Factors box scores

Five Factors stats from each game of the college football season’s 12th week.

NCAA Football: Louisiana State at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

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)

  1. Ohio State (plus-32 percent vs. Illinois)
  2. Louisiana Tech (plus-25 percent vs. UTEP)
  3. Colorado State (plus-23 percent vs. SJSU)
  4. Arkansas State (plus-23 percent vs. Texas State)
  5. 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)

  1. Louisville (plus-5.9 vs. Syracuse)
  2. Southern Miss (plus-4.7 vs. Charlotte)
  3. Georgia (plus-4.3 vs. Kentucky)
  4. Utah State (plus-4.2 vs. Hawaii)
  5. Oregon (plus-4.2 vs. Arizona)

Goodness, did Louisville lay a whooping on Syracuse.

Top 5 field position margins (vs. FBS)

  1. LSU (plus-25.3 vs. Tennessee)
  2. Arkansas State (plus-24.9 vs. Texas State)
  3. UCF (plus-22.7 vs. Temple)
  4. Florida (plus-16.4 vs. UAB)
  5. 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)

  1. Georgia Southern (plus-6.5 vs. South Alabama)
  2. Northwestern (plus-6.0 vs. Minnesota)
  3. Indiana (plus-5.9 vs. Rutgers)
  4. Utah State (plus-5.4 vs. Hawaii)
  5. 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)

  1. Northwestern (plus-3.3 vs. Minnesota)
  2. UMass (plus-3.3 vs. BYU)
  3. Florida (plus-3.0 vs. UAB)
  4. TCU (plus-2.9 vs. Texas Tech)
  5. 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.