kleph’s done another boffo job with his statistical analysis, this time looking at how the conference schools did with third-down conversions on offense.
Putting aside the question of how much of a valid predictive indicator this stat might be (although he notes that all five BCS bowl winners last January ranked among the nation’s top ten percent), I think you can safely draw the following conclusions from his chartage:
- At Arkansas, having two first round NFL draft picks at running back is just as good as having Bobby Petrino as a play caller.
- Gus Malzahn certainly gave Auburn’s offense a boost, but Cam Newton sent it into orbit.
- Dan Mullen knows what he’s doing.
- Marcus Lattimore had a big impact.
- Epic fail at Vanderbilt.
By the way, I am so not looking forward to seeing his charts on the defensive rates…