This week’s Five Factors box scores are up! Check out all the results here. Week 6’s superior performances in each category are below.
Top 5 success rate margins (vs. FBS)
- Cal (+38% vs. Oregon State)
- Boise State (+31% vs. Colorado State)
- Utah (+25% vs. USC)
- Fresno State (+25% vs. New Mexico)
- Alabama (+24% vs. Tennessee)
This Utah team has quickly blossomed into something efficient and destructive. The Utes have gone from 43rd to 19th in S&P+ in just three weeks.
Top 5 yards per play margins (vs. FBS)
- Cal (+4.6 vs. Oregon State)
- Missouri (+3.9 vs. Memphis)
- Air Force (+3.4 vs. UNLV)
- Florida State (+3.4 vs. Wake Forest)
- Michigan (+3.2 vs. Michigan State)
Goodness. No mercy, Cal.
Top 5 field position margins (vs. FBS)
- Marshall (+26.6 vs. FAU)
- MTSU (+19.5 vs. Charlotte)
- Georgia Southern (+18.8 vs. NMSU)
- Clemson (+17.2 vs. NC State)
- Minnesota (+17.0 vs. Nebraska)
Minnesota dominated in field position and still got blown out. Hard to do.
Top 5 points per scoring opportunity margins (vs. FBS)
- Oklahoma (+5.3 vs. TCU)
- Arkansas (+4.6 vs. Tulsa)
- Purdue (+4.1 vs. Ohio State)
- Florida State (+2.9 vs. Wake Forest)
- Clemson (+2.8 vs. NC State)
Bonus points to Iowa, by the way, for gaming the system here — the Hawkeyes didn’t show up on this list because they didn’t allow Maryland a scoring opportunity, period.
Top 5 turnovers luck margins (vs. FBS)
- FIU (+3.3 vs. Rice)
- UMass (+3.0 vs. Coastal Carolina)
- UCLA (+2.8 vs. Arizona)
- Marshall (+2.5 vs. FAU)
- Navy (+2.2 vs. Houston)
Translation: UCLA had a turnover margin that was +2.8 ahead of where national averages suggest it should have been. As each turnover is worth approximately five points, that means the Bruins enjoyed about a 14-point boost thanks to turnovers luck. Made quite the difference in a one-point win.