18 schools have allowed fewer than 5.5 yards per play for 4 straight years

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday March 23, 2017


Some takeaways:

- All four 2016 College Football Playoff teams are in this group.

- 8 of these schools have also allowed fewer than 25 points per game for four straight years: Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Louisville, LSU, Ohio State, Washington, Wisconsin.

- 5 of these schools will have a new defensive play-caller in 2017: Baylor (Phil Snow), Florida (Randy Shannon), Louisville (Peter Sirmon), Ohio State (Greg Schiano alone), Wisconsin (Jim Leonhard).

- Of the play-callers with new jobs in 2017, Geoff Collins became Florida head coach, Todd Grantham became Mississippi State defensive coordinator, and Justin Wilcox became Cal head coach.

- 5 play-callers were involved with multiple teams on this list: Pete Kwiatkowski, Todd Grantham, Dave Aranda, D.J. Durkin and Justin Wilcox.

- Only 4 of these schools had the same play-caller for all four years and will again in 2017: Clemson, Iowa, Northwestern and San Diego State.

- 5 of these teams won their conference title in 2016: Alabama, Clemson, Penn State, San Diego State and Washington.

- Only UCLA and Utah State missed a bowl game in 2016.

- Alabama’s, LSU’s and and Ohio State’s streaks go back to at least 1999, the furthest back available.

- The only schools to go four straight years under 5 yards per play in four straight years are Alabama, Louisville and Wisconsin.

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