Forget about havoc. Let’s talk about stop rate.

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Every defense in college football has the same goal on every drive: Get a stop and get off the field. It’s the most basic measurement of whether a defense is successful. And the successful ones win a lot of games.

We call this simple measure of success stop rate: the percentage of a defense’s drives that end in punts, turnovers or a turnover on downs. This metric can offer a more accurate reflection of a defense’s effectiveness in today’s faster-tempo game.

At seventh in stop rate and 45th in three-and-outs, Georgia’s got the most bend but not break numbers on that list.


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17 responses to “Forget about havoc. Let’s talk about stop rate.

  1. Derek

    Should we start worrying about Mizzou?

    Since that Wyoming disaster it looks like they are playing good ball.


  2. Geezus

    I don’t think Stop rate is the best measure unless you can figure out how to factor in sub par opponents, I mean Wisconsin got to play Michigan and we ended up playing Arkansas State (sarcasm).


  3. Mayor

    Well, the defense also stops when the opposing offense scores a TD, so there’s that. 🙂


  4. Dawgoholic

    The stats there are incomplete. I’d like to also see the percentage of drives for each team in which the offense had at least one explosive play, verage first downs per drive, and ypp for these teams.

    A defense that takes a lot of chances will get a lot of three and outs as well as stops but will give up a number of explosive plays.

    A more conservative defense will likely give up more 2-8 yard gains but will stop a lot of drives.


  5. Bulldog Joe

    What’s the stat for imposing your will?


  6. practicaldawg

    What does it say about Tennessee’s offense that GA State is 128 out of 130 on that list? Oh wait, nothing we don’t already know.


  7. FlyingPeakDawg

    I don’t need no stinking stats…


  8. This is the biggest indicator of a need for an improved pass rush on our part.


  9. Doyle Hargraves

    ND is the most talented team, definitely the most talented QB, we’ll face before, if we get to, the SECG. Lot of NFL prospects on that roster. Don’t freak out.


  10. Macallanlover

    Looking like an under bet for the State Penn/ Maryland and game for sure.