College Football Offensive and Defensive YPG vs Opponents avg thru the National Championship.


Every year I am adding to new features and articles to my College Football Preview and PhilSteele.com and for all 130 teams I have added a couple extra columns to the Game-by-Game Stats that you will find for every team. A lot of people have been asking me what those columns stand for and I thought I would explain it further in today’s blog.

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A couple years ago during the season I was wondering how certain offensive and defensive performances that a team had vs a particular opponent stacked up on how the other opponents fared against that team. Not every performance as far as yards gained and given up is created equal due to the quality of opponent played. So to the right of the net yards and points columns, you will see an offensive vs foe and defensive vs foe numbers. The first # is what that performance ranked compared to every other team their opponent allowed throughout the year (#1 being the best, with #12 being the worst since most teams play 12 games) while the second column contains the number of yards positive or negative against their opponent’s average.

I have broke down the offensive and defensive averages and in today’s blog I took all those averages (both offense and defense) and combined them to come up with the most impressive teams in the country compared to how they fared against their opponent. Here is a ranking of all 130 teams and how they did. This list does take out Garbage yards that may occur during overtime and/or blowout wins/losses. You you may see a difference in rankings from the Game by Game Stats listed on the actual Teams Pages. The team page game by game stats include garbage yards.

Here is the breakdown of Offensive and Defensive YPG vs Opponents Average through College Regular Season.

Offensive Defensive
Team Rank Average Rank Average Total Rank
CLEMSON 4 142.0 3 133.6 275.6 1
ALABAMA 3 151.5 5 124.0 275.5 2
MICHIGAN 34 42.5 2 142.7 185.2 3
GEORGIA 14 84.7 14 98.5 183.2 4
MISS ST 55 12.2 1 160.5 172.7 5
TEXAS A&M 16 77.1 17 90.3 167.4 6
OKLAHOMA 1 189.3 91 -26.7 162.6 7
OHIO ST 2 160.8 79 -12.5 148.3 8
LSU 39 38.1 12 99.2 137.3 9
WASHINGTON 50 16.5 10 108.3 124.9 10
MISSOURI 8 97.4 51 27.0 124.4 11
BOISE ST 17 73.2 33 50.9 124.1 12
CINCINNATI 68 -0.7 7 113.2 112.5 13
NOTRE DAME 31 44.1 27 65.8 109.9 14
Appalachian St 57 10.7 13 98.9 109.6 15
WEST VIRGINIA 7 102.0 65 6.8 108.8 16
OHIO U 13 88.0 58 16.3 104.2 17
FLORIDA 27 50.3 32 51.1 101.3 18
FRESNO ST 59 10.4 18 90.3 100.7 19
PENN ST 22 53.4 37 47.0 100.4 20
ARMY 92 -27.4 6 119.5 92.1 21
WASH ST 18 60.0 46 31.3 91.3 22
UTAH ST 10 91.5 69 -1.2 90.3 23
WISCONSIN 35 42.1 36 47.2 89.2 24
NC State 20 58.4 50 28.1 86.5 25
UCF 6 107.1 87 -22.8 84.3 26
FLORIDA ATLANTIC 12 88.1 76 -7.0 81.1 27
UAB 51 15.2 28 65.3 80.5 28
IOWA 96 -31.3 9 110.6 79.3 29
MIAMI FLA 104 -48.3 4 127.4 79.0 30
ARKANSAS ST 29 46.4 48 31.1 77.5 31
UTAH 63 5.7 24 68.0 73.7 32
MISSISSIPPI 5 121.7 106 -50.1 71.5 33
AUBURN 56 11.1 30 60.3 71.3 34
S MISS 81 -18.3 19 89.3 71.0 35
BYU 82 -19.8 20 88.6 68.8 36
MICHIGAN ST 106 -50.1 8 112.0 61.9 37
IOWA ST 86 -20.6 22 78.1 57.5 38
TEXAS 62 8.3 34 48.6 56.9 39
MIDDLE TENN 46 22.4 44 31.9 54.3 40
TEMPLE 74 -7.8 29 61.2 53.4 41
NEBRASKA 11 89.4 96 -36.4 53.0 42
NORTH TEXAS 23 52.9 68 0.1 53.0 43
AIR FORCE 44 30.5 59 16.0 46.5 44
OKLAHOMA ST 15 83.3 98 -38.2 45.1 45
MARSHALL 69 -2.6 35 47.5 44.9 46
KENTUCKY 91 -27.2 23 68.8 41.6 47
BUFFALO 38 39.4 67 2.1 41.5 48
VIRGINIA 100 -38.7 21 79.9 41.2 49
SYRACUSE 30 44.7 73 -4.3 40.4 50
MEMPHIS 21 58.3 84 -18.2 40.0 51
TCU 113 -58.4 15 96.0 37.6 52
GEORGIA TECH 58 10.6 54 22.9 33.5 53
CALIFORNIA 118 -70.1 11 100.3 30.2 54
BAYLOR 40 37.6 77 -7.9 29.7 55
ARIZONA 25 50.8 89 -23.2 27.6 56
TROY ST 94 -29.9 31 57.4 27.5 57
S CAROLINA 37 39.8 80 -12.7 27.1 58
MIAMI (OH) 76 -12.7 39 38.5 25.9 59
PITTSBURGH 85 -20.2 38 44.3 24.0 60
INDIANA 26 50.5 93 -28.3 22.1 61
TEXAS TECH 24 51.0 94 -28.9 22.1 62
PURDUE 19 59.4 99 -38.4 21.0 63
TULANE 83 -19.9 40 38.4 18.6 64
W MICHIGAN 36 41.4 88 -23.1 18.3 65
NEVADA 71 -4.7 55 22.0 17.3 66
ARIZONA ST 43 35.2 86 -20.9 14.3 67
WYOMING 123 -83.0 16 94.9 11.8 68
LOUISIANA TECH 89 -22.4 42 33.8 11.4 69
Charlotte 112 -57.1 26 67.5 10.4 70
OREGON 52 15.2 74 -6.1 9.1 71
MINNESOTA 84 -20.1 49 28.9 8.8 72
COLORADO 79 -16.5 53 22.9 6.4 73
E MICHIGAN 93 -27.6 45 31.9 4.2 74
DUKE 53 15.0 81 -12.9 2.1 75
USC 80 -18.2 56 20.3 2.1 76
UCLA 45 26.6 90 -25.1 1.5 77
N CAROLINA 33 42.7 103 -41.4 1.2 78
SAN DIEGO ST 117 -69.7 25 67.8 -1.9 79
MARYLAND 78 -16.1 63 7.9 -8.2 80
BOSTON COLL 87 -21.2 61 12.7 -8.5 81
LOUISIANNA 42 35.5 104 -44.2 -8.7 82
VIRGINIA TECH 32 43.2 109 -52.6 -9.4 83
WAKE FOREST 41 37.0 105 -47.7 -10.6 84
NORTHWESTERN 90 -23.8 62 10.5 -13.2 85
HOUSTON 9 91.5 127 -105.2 -13.7 86
STANFORD 64 4.5 85 -19.9 -15.4 87
FLORIDA INT’L 72 -5.4 78 -10.9 -16.3 88
FLORIDA ST 98 -33.0 60 15.5 -17.5 89
VANDERBILT 60 10.3 92 -28.0 -17.7 90
N ILLINOIS 107 -50.4 47 31.1 -19.3 91
TENNESSEE 110 -55.9 41 34.2 -21.7 92
TOLEDO 28 49.5 115 -73.8 -24.3 93
EAST CAROLINA 88 -22.0 72 -3.8 -25.8 94
ULM 65 3.0 95 -30.0 -27.0 95
Georgia Southern 115 -60.6 43 32.8 -27.7 96
ARKANSAS 111 -56.8 52 23.2 -33.6 97
COLORADO ST 48 17.6 108 -51.3 -33.8 98
SOUTH FLORIDA 67 -0.1 102 -40.7 -40.8 99
KANSAS ST 116 -64.6 57 16.6 -48.0 100
SMU 109 -53.8 75 -6.4 -60.2 101
HAWAII 47 18.0 117 -79.1 -61.1 102
KANSAS 102 -46.6 82 -14.9 -61.5 103
NAVY 119 -75.8 64 7.0 -68.7 104
W KENTUCKY 99 -37.1 101 -39.3 -76.4 105
Old Dominion 54 14.9 124 -91.9 -77.0 106
Coastal Carolina 95 -30.4 107 -50.8 -81.2 107
TULSA 120 -79.8 71 -3.5 -83.3 108
BALL STATE 73 -7.7 118 -80.7 -88.3 109
UMass 61 9.6 125 -100.2 -90.6 110
UNLV 75 -9.2 119 -82.2 -91.4 111
SOUTH ALABAMA 101 -41.3 112 -57.4 -98.7 112
Georgia St 77 -15.7 122 -88.1 -103.8 113
Liberty 70 -4.3 126 -103.3 -107.6 114
BOWLING GREEN 105 -48.4 113 -59.6 -108.0 115
ILLINOIS 49 16.9 129 -134.1 -117.1 116
LOUISVILLE 97 -32.6 121 -87.4 -120.0 117
UTEP 121 -81.0 100 -39.1 -120.2 118
Texas St 126 -105.3 83 -16.6 -121.9 119
RUTGERS 128 -122.2 70 -2.0 -124.2 120
C MICHIGAN 129 -133.5 66 6.4 -127.1 121
OREGON ST 66 0.3 128 -128.3 -128.0 122
KENT ST 103 -48.3 120 -84.4 -132.7 123
NEW MEXICO ST 108 -50.7 123 -88.7 -139.4 124
RICE 124 -88.0 110 -55.6 -143.6 125
AKRON 127 -116.3 97 -37.9 -154.2 126
SAN JOSE ST 122 -82.0 116 -77.3 -159.2 127
NEW MEXICO 125 -99.7 114 -60.3 -160.0 128
UTSA 130 -136.8 111 -56.1 -192.9 129
CONNECTICUT 114 -58.6 130 -194.2 -252.7 130