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BCS Champions (It's all about defense)


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The following is a table from 2000-2013 that illustrates that defense wins championships.

 

Col 1 = Year

Col 2 = The total # of teams who had a defense that gave up less than 300 yards/game

Col 3 = The # of teams in the BCS title game that gave up less than 300 yards/game

Col 4 = BCS Winner and their average yards/game given up on defense

Col 5 = Average yards/game given up on defense

Col 6 = BCS Loser and their average yards/game given up on defense

Col 7 = Average yards/game given up on defense

 

[TABLE=class: grid, width: 560]

<tbody>[TR]

[TD=align: center]

 

YEAR[/TD]

[TD=align: center]#Teams

Avg Def

<300 Yds[/TD]

[TD=align: center]#Teams

BCS

Title[/TD]

[TD=align: center]

BCS

Winner

[/TD]

[TD=align: center]

Avg

Def[/TD]

[TD=align: center]

BCS

Loser

[/TD]

[TD=align: center]

Avg

Def[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2000[/TD]

[TD=align: center]14[/TD]

[TD=align: center]2[/TD]

[TD]Oklahoma[/TD]

[TD]279[/TD]

[TD]FSU[/TD]

[TD]277[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2001[/TD]

[TD=align: center]10[/TD]

[TD=align: center]2[/TD]

[TD] Miami[/TD]

[TD]271[/TD]

[TD]Nebraska[/TD]

[TD]287[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2002[/TD]

[TD=align: center]12[/TD]

[TD=align: center]1[/TD]

[TD]Ohio State[/TD]

[TD]321[/TD]

[TD]Miami[/TD]

[TD]285[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2003[/TD]

[TD=align: center]12[/TD]

[TD=align: center]2[/TD]

[TD]LSU[/TD]

[TD]252[/TD]

[TD]Oklahoma[/TD]

[TD]260[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2004[/TD]

[TD=align: center]13[/TD]

[TD=align: center]2[/TD]

[TD]USC[/TD]

[TD]279[/TD]

[TD]Oklahoma[/TD]

[TD]299[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2005[/TD]

[TD=align: center]9[/TD]

[TD=align: center]0[/TD]

[TD]Texas[/TD]

[TD]302[/TD]

[TD]USC[/TD]

[TD]360[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2006[/TD]

[TD=align: center]26[/TD]

[TD=align: center]2[/TD]

[TD]Florida[/TD]

[TD]255[/TD]

[TD]Ohio State[/TD]

[TD]281[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2007[/TD]

[TD=align: center]6[/TD]

[TD=align: center]2[/TD]

[TD]LSU[/TD]

[TD]289[/TD]

[TD]Ohio State[/TD]

[TD]233[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2008[/TD]

[TD=align: center]18[/TD]

[TD=align: center]1[/TD]

[TD]Florida[/TD]

[TD]285[/TD]

[TD]Oklahoma[/TD]

[TD]368[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2009[/TD]

[TD=align: center]13[/TD]

[TD=align: center]2[/TD]

[TD]Alabama[/TD]

[TD]244[/TD]

[TD]Texas[/TD]

[TD]252[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2010[/TD]

[TD=align: center]6[/TD]

[TD=align: center]0[/TD]

[TD]Auburn[/TD]

[TD]368[/TD]

[TD]Oregon[/TD]

[TD]346[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2011[/TD]

[TD=align: center]8[/TD]

[TD=align: center]2[/TD]

[TD]Alabama[/TD]

[TD]184[/TD]

[TD]LSU[/TD]

[TD]262[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2012[/TD]

[TD=align: center]6[/TD]

[TD=align: center]1[/TD]

[TD]Alabama[/TD]

[TD]250[/TD]

[TD]Notre Dame[/TD]

[TD]306[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2013[/TD]

[TD=align: center]7[/TD]

[TD=align: center]1[/TD]

[TD]FSU[/TD]

[TD]281[/TD]

[TD]Auburn[/TD]

[TD]421[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]TOTAL[/TD]

[TD=align: center]160[/TD]

[TD=align: center]20[/TD]

[TD=align: center][/TD]

[TD=align: center][/TD]

[TD=align: center][/TD]

[TD=align: center][/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]AVG[/TD]

[TD=align: center]11.4[/TD]

[TD=align: center]1.4[/TD]

[TD]Avg Winner[/TD]

[TD]275[/TD]

[TD]Avg Loser[/TD]

[TD=align: center]302[/TD]

[/TR]

</tbody>[/TABLE]

 

As you can see, only 160 teams in the last 14 years averaged less than 300 yards on defense, but 20 of those 160 teams played for the BCS championship. 11/14 teams won the game. 2 others were very close to 300 yards (Texas 302 & Ohio State 321). The exception is Auburn vs Oregon in 2010 where neither defense fell in the category.

 

Based on this stat alone, I would say that defense is very important. Is 300 yards/game a magical number? No. But I would think its a pretty good goal if I was a coach. The following is the average yards per game given up by Strong at Florida/Louisville over the last 9 years.

 

[TABLE=class: grid, width: 225]

<tbody>[TR]

[TD][/TD]

[TD=align: center]Florida[/TD]

[TD=align: center]Louisville[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2005[/TD]

[TD=align: center]300[/TD]

[TD=align: center][/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2006[/TD]

[TD=align: center]255[/TD]

[TD=align: center][/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2007[/TD]

[TD=align: center]362[/TD]

[TD=align: center][/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2008[/TD]

[TD=align: center]285[/TD]

[TD=align: center][/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2009[/TD]

[TD=align: center]253[/TD]

[TD=align: center][/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2010[/TD]

[TD=align: center][/TD]

[TD=align: center]312[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2011[/TD]

[TD=align: center][/TD]

[TD=align: center]328[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2012[/TD]

[TD=align: center][/TD]

[TD=align: center]340[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=align: center]2013[/TD]

[TD=align: center][/TD]

[TD=align: center]252[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD=bgcolor: yellow, align: center]AVG[/TD]

[TD=bgcolor: yellow, colspan: 2, align: center] 298.56[/TD]

[/TR]

</tbody>[/TABLE]

 

Not too bad... Thoughts?

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