Inside The Stats
Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics
By Marc Lawrence
The college bowl season officially kicks off this week and, coupled with the NFL regular season drawing to a conclusion, a likely overdose of pigskin appears on tap for the holidays.
However, for real football fans the word ‘overdose’ is nowhere to be found in the vernacular.
All bowl stats are from the 2012 PLAYBOOK College Bowl Stat Report. Enjoy…
Where The Sun Doesn’t Shine
For the first time ever Sun Belt Conference teams landed four bowl bids this season.
Interestingly, all four entrants find themselves favored by 5 or more points.
Sun Belters are 9-13 SU in postseason games since their inception.
Two teams from the conference have been installed as high as 4-point bowl favorites.
Both lost the game in straight up fashion.
Tale Of The Tape
An interesting handicapping slant is weighing teams and their performance in games against other fellow bowl teams this season.
The best spread beaters were: Northwestern (6-0), Kent State (4-0-1) and Utah State (3-0)
The biggest money losers are: Central Michigan (0-5), Duke (0-5) and Mississippi State (0-4), with USC (1-7) knocking on the door.
In games ‘In The Stats’ (net overall yards versus opponent’s net overall yards), the biggest Yards Per Game stat winners were: Northern Illinois (+143), Texas A&M (+134) and Oregon (+110).
Teams that got pushed all around the field, or the biggest Yards Per Game stat losers, were: Duke (-212), Mississippi State (-194) and Purdue (-189).
Teams with new coaches are often elated to grab a bowl bid. When they do the results are not pretty.
That’s confirmed by the fact that these excited, hormonal teams are just 39-65-2 ATS as bowlers since 1990.
Teams hoping to carry out the daunting task of improving on those numbers this year include: Arizona, Arizona State, Fresno State, Mississippi, Pittsburgh, Toledo and UCLA.
Red Rover Red Over
Week Fourteen in the NFL has been fan friendly for ‘Over’ players.
According to the Playbook NFL Totals Tip Sheet, current streaks include:
• 9-1 ‘Over’ in non-division games when both teams are off a pair of ‘Overs’ and the total in the game is 45 or fewer points.
• 9-1 ‘Over’ when a road underdog is playing off a pair of ‘Overs’ and the total in the game is more than 45 points
• 8-1 ‘Over’ favorites playing off a pair of ‘Unders’ versus an opponent off an ‘Under’.
Three favorites on the NFL card this week find themselves ‘leaking oil’ (teams who have been out-gained in each of their last three games).
They include: Houston, Oakland and San Diego.
Proceed with caution.
Stat Of The Week
NFC dogs hosting an AFC opponent during Week Fourteen of the season are 21-3 ‘Over’ the last three years.
- New Orleans
- AAA Sports
- October 30, 2016 - 1:00 PM
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REASONING: We’ve used Seattle as a “free play selection” the past two weeks, but this Sunday we’re going to go against the struggling Seahawks’ offense and instead back the much hungrier home side. Seattle’s offense looked atrocious in its 6-6 Sunday Night tie with Arizona last week. The Seahawks run game has stalled and QB Russell Wilson still isn’t back to 100% health with his ankle injury. New Orleans on the other hand comes in ranked among the leaders in every offensive statistical category. At 3-4, the Saints still have a shot at the division title, but at 2-5, the odds would obviously be stacked against them. It’s a brutal part of the scheudle for the Seahawks, who have Buffalo visit next weekend, followed by a trip to New England. Note that Seattle is just 1-4 ATS in its last five against the NFC South, while New Orleans is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 as an underdog, including 3-0 ATS this season. Consider a second look at New Orleans in Week 8.