The Statistical Improbability of the WVU Game

So what the heck actually happened against West Virginia, and how rare was it? Find out inside

Normally in this article, I would write out grades for each of the positions, and we would argue about them. It would be fun. However, after getting started on it, I realized that all A's for the offensive positions and all F's for the defensive position really didn't write for impactful or even entertaining reading.

So what I want to do today is take a look at some of the statistical improbabilities that happened in the Baylor vs. West Virginia game that brought West Virginia officially into the Big 12 conference, and showed everyone that they might be the best representation of what the nation thinks of Big 12 football now; all offense, tons of points and yards, and very little to no defense. So, what statistics stood out to me?

*Both teams combined to average 8.37 yards per play. That is almost a first down on every play, and that is more than any team has averaged over a full year (Hawaii, 2006-2007 at 8.3). The next highest total was 7.5, by Boise State. The highest by a power conference school since 2003 is 7.4 by USC (2005). Baylor last year averaged 7.3 yards per play, second to Houston at 7.4

*Both teams combined for 180 offensive plays. In an up-tempo college basketball game, there are about 150 offensive possessions or plays. Texas State had the highest possessions per game rate in 2011, with 77.3.

*There were 67 combined first downs in the game. Baylor recorded 34, 12 by rush, 19 by pass and 3 by penalty. West Virginia had only 33 with 10 coming via rush, 22 by pass and 1 by penalty.

*West Virginia scored a point every .79 plays, while Baylor scored a point every .68 plays. Oklahoma State led the nation last year by scoring a point ever .634 plays.

*Baylor ran a play every 17 seconds of possession, and ran a total of 92 plays in those 25:40 of game-time.

*A touchdown was scored every 3.1 minutes of game action. That is a point every 27 seconds of game action. Baylor scored a point for every 20.48 seconds of possession while WVU scored a point for every 29.43 seconds, so I guess WVU needs to step it up a bit.

Again guys, this game was just insane, in case you couldn't tell by the exploding score board. Luckily for the Baylor and West Virginia defense, it was just one game. The defenses also know that they have two of the most efficient and explosive offenses covering for them.

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