This week’s Five Factors box scores are up! Check out all the results here. Week 3’s superior performances in each category are below.
Top 5 success rate margins (vs. FBS)
- Ohio State (+42% vs. Army)
- UNC (+30% vs. Old Dominion)
- Oregon (+26% vs. Wyoming)
- Northwestern (+24% vs. BGSU)
- Virginia Tech (+24% vs. ECU)
Steps to an Ohio State national title:— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) September 17, 2017
1. Look awful in early September.
2. Look great after early awful loss.
3. Win! https://t.co/kSnRGkTsNW
Go ahead and congratulate Ohio State on its impending national title now. The 2015 and 2016 teams made the mistake of not losing early.
Top 5 yards per play margins (vs. FBS)
- Oklahoma (+6.3 vs. Tulane)
- Penn State (+6.0 vs. Georgia State)
- Northwestern (+4.4 vs. BGSU)
- Ohio State (+4.3 vs. Army)
- Toledo (+4.1 vs. Tulsa)
OU-Tulane was close for longer than we expected (14-14 after one quarter). And then it very, very much was not.
Top 5 field position margins (vs. FBS)
- Houston (+22.5 vs. Rice)
- WMU (+21.6 vs. Idaho)
- Boise State (+17.5 vs. New Mexico)
- Wisconsin (+17.1 vs. BYU)
- Penn State (+15.9 vs. Georgia State)
WMU scored on its final three possessions to pull off a comeback win over Idaho. The Broncos started the second of those three possessions at the Idaho 33 and the third at the Idaho 28. Probably made a difference.
Top 5 points per scoring opportunity margins (vs. FBS)
- Penn State (+6.22 vs. Georgia State)
- Northwestern (+5.3 vs. BGSU)
- Marshall (+4.2 vs. Kent State)
- Oklahoma (+4.2 vs. Tulane)
- UNC (+3.7 vs. Old Dominion)
Boy, Penn State’s name is all over these lists. The Nittany Lions have completely dominated inferior competition thus far.
Top 5 turnovers luck margins (vs. FBS)
- Texas A&M (+4.2 vs. UL-Lafayette)*
- Penn State (+3.6 vs. Georgia State)
- Iowa State (+3.3 vs. Akron)
- Mercer (+2.9 vs. Auburn)
- Wyoming (+2.4 vs. Oregon)
* Translation: Texas A&M had a turnover margin that was +4.2 ahead of where national averages suggest it should have been. As each turnover is worth approximately five points, that means UL-Lafayette had to deal with about 21 points’ worth of bad turnovers luck. In a 21-point loss.