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Fox's musings...team stat/ranking correlation?

(Fox71's words and numbers, my formatting and posting. -KSBruin)

I’m becoming a stat geek.  I was wondering if there was any sure fire correlation between some team stats and top ten in the rankings.  I thought the nice, conservative style - you win with defense.  Alabama and LSU are numbers 1 and 3 in the AP poll, and numbers 2 and 1 in total defense.  But that stat is screwed up by No. 2 Oklahoma State, which is no. 2 in the poll.  Turnovers, pretty much the same.  Red zone offense and defense?  Nope.  (LSU is number 107 in red zone defense, because it’s based on the number of trips into the end zone.  LSU has only had 19 opponent drives into the red zone.  To put that in perspective, we have allowed 41.)

 These searches are boring.  Unless someone has a sure-fire thing they want me to look at, I’m going to leave this task to someone else.  I don’t think there’s any one stat that has a guaranteed correlation with high rankings.

AP Poll Total Total Scoring Scoring T/O T/O Red Zone Red Zone
Ranking Def. Def. Def. Off. Margin Lost Defense Offense
1 LSU 2 79 2 18 3 1 107 2
2 Okla. St. 101 3 62 2 1 52 15 25
3 Alabama 1 35 1 25 27 7 12 44
4 Oregon 63 8 33 3 27 9 44 9
5 Oklahoma 46 4 21 6 33 52 4 20
6 Arkansas 56 26 30 13 52 42 6 22
7 Clemson 59 14 59 14 35 42 42 61
8 Stanford 24 9 25 5 35 9 8 1
9 VaTech 11 36 8 47 27 9 16 100
10 Boise St. 20 15 15 7 8 3 74 69

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