Chart: How up-tempo offenses affect scoring defense and winning

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Monday December 03, 2012


Posted by: Pete Roussel on December 3, 2012

Twenty-five teams in college football averaged over 77 offensive snaps per game this season.

Of the twenty-five teams, only Bill Blankenship's team at Tulsa was able to win their conference championship.  Jim Mora's squad at UCLA won the PAC-12 South, but not the outright PAC-12 championship.

Fast-paced offenses have become a trend in college football.  More teams utilized an up-tempo rhythm during at least certain parts of the game this season.

Coaches, however, understand the up-tempo offense affects your own defense.

Today, I wanted to see exactly how defenses finished up in the category of scoring defense when their own offense utilizes a fast-break offense.

The most important statistic is winning.  A year ago this week, Jon Gruden ('GruDawg' to Sean Payton) made it clear he hates those guys that quote all of the statistical bull***t.

There's no question, more than any time in college football, offenses and defenses have to complement each other.  When they don't, coaches can end up losing their jobs.

Alabama averaged the 3rd fewest offensive snaps per game (63).  The Crimson Tide will play for the national championship.  Kansas State and Florida averaged 64 snaps per game.  Both teams went 11-1.  Notre Dame and Ohio State each averaged 70 offensive snaps per game, yet neither lost a game.

Here's the chart for you to print out and post in the staff room.  The 'snaps' category refers to the average number of offensive snaps per game.  The 'scoring d' column is the 'scoring defense' national ranking. (Sorry, the chart is not mobile-version friendly)

Team Snaps Play-caller Wins Losses Scoring D Finish
Marshall 91 Bill Legg 5 7 119 3rd C-USA East
LA Tech 88 Tony Franklin 9 3 116 3rd WAC
Arizona 83 Rich Rod 7 5 100 4th PAC-12 S
Tulsa 83 Greg Peterson 10 3 42 1st C-USA
Baylor 83 Art Briles 7 5 114 5th Big 12
Oregon 82 Chip Kelly 11 1 26 2nd PAC-12 N
Houston 82 Travis Bush 5 7 104 3nd C-USA W
Ball St. 81 Rich Skrosky 9 3 89 2nd MAC W
Nevada 81 Nick Rolovich 7 5 94 5th Mtn. West
Troy 81 Kenny Edenfield 5 7 82 6th Sun Belt
Clemson 80 Chad Morris 10 2 47 2nd ACC  A
NC State 80 Dana Bible 7 5 45 3rd ACC A
Texas A&M 80 Kliff Kingsbury 10 2 30 3rd SEC W
Akron 79 Terry Bowden 1 11 104 7 MAC E
Arizona St. 79 Mike Norvell 7 5 41 3rd PAC-12 S
Rice 79 John Reagan 6 6 88 4th C-USA W
West Virginia 78 Dana Holgorsen 7 5 113 8th Big 12
Oklahoma St. 78 Todd Monken 7 5 72 4th Big 12
Syracuse 78 Nate Hackett 7 5 52 4th Big East
Indiana 78 Seth Littrell 4 8 103 5th Big Ten Leaders
Ohio 78 Tim Albin 8 4 52 3rd MAC E
UCLA 78 Noel Mazzone 9 4 55 1st PAC-12 S
Penn St. 78 Bill O'Brien 8 4 20 2nd Big Ten Leaders
Fresno St. 77 Dave Schramm 9 3 27 2nd Mtn. West
BYU 77 Brandon Doman 7 5 5 Independent

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