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Stat watch: OSU at top in yards per play

OSU has been the best BCS conference team in YPP over the last five years.



Photo Attribution: USATSI

Photo Attribution: USATSI

The goal of every play on offense is to gain as many yards as possible with the ultimate goal being to gain however many yards necessary to score a touchdown. Presumably, if a team scores a touchdown on every offensive play, it will not lose a game.[1. It might if it has Baylor’s 2010 defense.]

So which schools have been the best at this in the last few years?

Let’s take a look at 2008-2012 first:[1. We’ve already earmarked this timeframe as the “golden era” of OSU football.]

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Pretty good, right?

OSU is No. 1 for BCS teams although somewhere Kliff Kingsbury is likely polishing his Ray Bans and texting Dana Holgorsen explosion and fire emoticons. These are all programs I want to be associated with (on offense anyway).

How about 2010-2012?[1. The REALLY golden era.]

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OSU and Baylor are the only two teams that averaged over 7 yards per play for the entirety of those three seasons. Again, all teams I want to be associated with on offense.

But does it translate to wins?

Yes, it does.

Since 2008 OSU has played 26 single games in which it averaged over 7 YPP — its record in those games is 23-3 (it was only 27-13 when averaging less than 7 YPP so it seems that 7 is a magic number of sorts).

Obviously a lot of this is intuitive but just another way to show that when OSU’s offense is humming, they’re extremely tough to beat.[1. Only Nevada (27), Oregon (25), Boise (25), and Houston (24) have more wins than OSU when totaling more than 7 yards per play in a single game over that timeframe.]

Check out the full 2013 OSU football preview here.

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