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)
- New Mexico (+47% vs. UNLV)
- Memphis (+44% vs. UConn)
- Clemson (+36% vs. Wake Forest)
- Ole Miss (+35% vs. ULM)
- Michigan (+32% vs. Maryland)
Man ... UNLV was playing a backup quarterback, but New Mexico absolutely drubbed the Rebels.
Top 5 yards per play margins (vs. FBS)
- Clemson (+6.8 vs. Wake Forest)
- Memphis (+6.3 vs. UConn)
- Ole Miss (+5.9 vs. ULM)
- Alabama (+5.1 vs. Arkansas)
- New Mexico (+3.5 vs. UNLV)
It, uh, appears Clemson responded pretty well to the scare against Syracuse last week.
Top 5 field position margins (vs. FBS)
- Toledo (+22.1 vs. BGSU)
- Georgia Southern (+20.2 vs. South Alabama)
- SJSU (+19.1 vs. Colorado State)
- Hawaii (+17.2 vs. Wyoming)
- Memphis (+14.6 vs. UConn)
Field position very much came in handy for Toledo in a game that was much closer than expected.
Top 5 points per scoring opportunity margins (vs. FBS)
- Clemson (+6.0 vs. Wake Forest)
- Ole Miss (+5.8 vs. ULM)
- Temple (+5.0 vs. ECU)
- Fresno State (+4.3 vs. Nevada)
- Utah (+3.6 vs. Stanford)
Stanford created two more scoring opportunities than Utah and lost by 19. That’s tough to do.
Top 5 turnovers luck margins (vs. FBS)
- Indiana (+3.5 vs. Ohio State)
- Buffalo (+2.9 vs. CMU)
- Tulsa (+2.8 vs. Houston)
- Illinois (+2.6 vs. Rutgers)
- Arizona (+2.6 vs. California)
Translation: Indiana had a turnover margin that was +3.5 ahead of where national averages suggest it should have been. As each turnover is worth approximately five points, that means the Hoosiers enjoyed about a 17- to 18-point boost thanks to turnovers luck. It helped them cover the spread, at least.