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Pace of Play – Week 11

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For those of you that have been hanging around in the Matrix for a while, you know of the extensive work I have done on pace of play and how it correlates to team performance and injuries.  This is one subject that I do love to tackle and try and find new trends in college football.

I finally got enough spare time to jump into pace this week.  I started tweeting about pace last night and there were a couple of stats in here that were interesting.

  • This is the BIG one and warrants a further look into this trend.  There are 128 FBS teams.  The BOTTOM 64 (slowest) teams are 9.91% more efficient at scoring per snap than the top 64 fastest teams AND those slowest paced teams are 7.72% more efficient at stopping points per snap on defense.
  • Only 2 teams in the top 20 of pace of play are in the top 25 this week, Texas A&M and Clemson.
  • Out of the top 25 ranked teams, 16 of them are in the bottom half of pace of play.
  • Through 11 weeks, the pace of play is 1.22% faster than the 2015 season.  2015 was the first time in 7 years that year over year pace of play did not increase.  We are seeing a flattening of pace.
  • The top half of teams for pace this year are 3.89% less efficient in scoring than the top half group of 2015.  Defenses are evolving to stop pace and make it less efficient.
  • The bottom half of pace team are 9.27% more efficient in scoring per play versus 2015 group.


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