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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Effective Points/Possession week 1

As the season goes on, I will be reporting the Adjusted Effective Points/Possession. For now, with only one game under our belts, I will just be reporting the raw EPPP. Effective Points/Possession is the average point value of a possession; this is not just the number of points scored but the value of the field position gained or lost. This is a new stat for me, but it is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

The top performance by offensive EPPP in week 1 came from Air Force on their way to beating Idaho St 49-21. Air Force scored 7 touchdowns, punted twice, missed a field goal, and ended the game. More impressive when you consider the opponent, Nebraska scored 7 touchdowns, missed 2 field goals, punted once and ended the game. Youngstown St comes in at #4; that's all I've got to say about that.

At the other end North Carolina turned Elon over 4 times and held them under 20 yards on all but two possessions. Missouri scored a couple defensive touchdowns. Mike Leach managed only -2.2 EPPP against his alma mater in his debut with Washington St. And Stanford, a point/possession leader the past few seasons, rung up -.5 EPPP against San Jose St.

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