Pace is a big deal these days, but as Bill Connelly points out in his Baylor preview, it ain’t always everything.
Adjusting for run-pass ratio (since runs are less likely to result in clock stoppages), here are the 10 fastest offenses in the country in 2013 according to Adjusted Pace:
- BYU (14.3 plays greater than expected)
- California (plus-12.8)
- Texas Tech (plus-12.5)
- Baylor (plus-11.7)
- Virginia (plus-9.9)
- Nevada (plus-9.9)
- Fresno State (plus-9.4)
- Arizona (plus-8.9)
- Washington (plus-7.8)
- Clemson (plus-7.5)
Here’s the thing about this list: only one of these offenses ranked better than 19th in Off. F/+. Four ranked 48th or worse.
In other words, going fast is just like any other tactical decision you make as an offensive coordinator: it only helps if you know what you’re doing with it.