Promoted to front page because I heart statistics --Joe
Hey guys, I crunched some numbers to see how the two teams compare- what surprised me was how little separation there was between them in the numbers I ran. I find this particularly useful given the JMU aberration, which I conveniently threw out (along with Stanford’s Cal State-Sacramento game).
Some background on what I did:
- All data is from NCAA.org, the FCS schools are not included in the averages
- There are three tables: Points gained/allowed, Yards gained, and Yards allowed analysis for each game for each team
- Each table compares the actual performance of each game versus what was to be expected. For instance, we (VT under Team) rushed for 128.0 yards against Boise St, which is 24.5 yards better than their seasonal average of 103.5 ypg allowed rushing. Conversely Boise St averaged 200.1 ypg rushing for the season, but we only let them get 168 as seen on the defense
- All Deltas are positive if VT or Stanford's game performance was favorable (ie "team").
This is what happens when your obsession with databases and VT football collide. If you have any questions on my approach, column headers, or see any errors please let me know. And please accept my apologies in advance for the small font.