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Week 3 Five Factors box scores

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

Georgia State v Penn State Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

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)

  1. Ohio State (+42% vs. Army)
  2. UNC (+30% vs. Old Dominion)
  3. Oregon (+26% vs. Wyoming)
  4. Northwestern (+24% vs. BGSU)
  5. Virginia Tech (+24% vs. ECU)

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)

  1. Oklahoma (+6.3 vs. Tulane)
  2. Penn State (+6.0 vs. Georgia State)
  3. Northwestern (+4.4 vs. BGSU)
  4. Ohio State (+4.3 vs. Army)
  5. 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)

  1. Houston (+22.5 vs. Rice)
  2. WMU (+21.6 vs. Idaho)
  3. Boise State (+17.5 vs. New Mexico)
  4. Wisconsin (+17.1 vs. BYU)
  5. 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)

  1. Penn State (+6.22 vs. Georgia State)
  2. Northwestern (+5.3 vs. BGSU)
  3. Marshall (+4.2 vs. Kent State)
  4. Oklahoma (+4.2 vs. Tulane)
  5. 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)

  1. Texas A&M (+4.2 vs. UL-Lafayette)*
  2. Penn State (+3.6 vs. Georgia State)
  3. Iowa State (+3.3 vs. Akron)
  4. Mercer (+2.9 vs. Auburn)
  5. 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.