Stat overload – bowl game analysis

Sunday Morning Quarterback returns with his statistical look at last season’s games, this time focusing on what went on in the bowls.

Two big statistical factors jump out:

The quick and dirty, portable results:

Rank Category Win %
1. Turnover Margin .870 (20-3)
2. Yards Per Pass .839 (26-5)
3. First to Score .688 (22-11)
4. Time of Possession .645 (20-11)
  Yards Per Carry .645 (20-11)
6. Rush Offense .625 (20-12)
7. Total Offense .613 (19-12)
  Pass Offense .613 (19-12)
  3rd Down Efficiency .613 (19-12)
10. Penalty Yards .385 (10-16)

Turnover margin being such a key doesn’t surprise me.  As a general rule, bowl games would involve more evenly matched teams than you’d see over the course of a regular season and accordingly I would expect turnovers to play a heightened role in that environment.

So how did Georgia fare on that list?  In the CFA Bowl, the Dawgs won turnover margin, yards per pass, were the first to score, led in time of possession, yards per rush, outgained and outrushed Virginia Tech.  The Hokies carried the passing yards and third down efficiency categories and were penalized more than Georgia.

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