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Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Few Notes on Kickers

FBS kickers convert 72.8% of field goal attempts. They make 74% at home and a little less than 71.5% on the road. This means that about 9% of field goals missed on the road would have been good at home. Or, 1 in 40 field goal attempts is affected by home field advantage. I wouldn't call that a difference maker.

In 2009, Missouri connected on 26 of 27 attempts for a nation's best 96.3%. Akron made only 7 of 17, for a nation's worst 41.2%. Missed field goals cost Indiana more than 2.5 points per game. In 2009, 38 games were lost on missed field goals. New Mexico, Oklahoma and Connecticut lost 2 games each on missed field goals.

About 1 in 7.8 points in 2009 were scored on field goals. Kai Forbath of UCLA scored 30% of his team's points on field goals, while Nevada got less  than 4% of its 483 points on field goals.

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