Pass Efficiency Differential Wins Championships


Yesterday’s blog touched on the importance of offensive pass efficiency and its effect on wins and losses.  The power of the pass efficiency statistic is increased by taking the difference between a team’s offensive and defensive pass efficiency.  This is called the Pass Efficiency Differential (PED).  The top 6 teams in this week’s AP Top 25 are all in the top 10 nationally in PED.

AP Rank Team PED Rank
1 LSU 4
2 Oklahoma St. 10
3 Stanford 8
4 Alabama 6
5 Boise St. 2
6 Oregon 9

 

This is far from a fluky result. Note the PED rankings of the national champions since 2000.

Season Champion PED Rank
2000 Oklahoma 6
2001 Miami (FL) 2
2002 Ohio State 12
2003 LSU 3
2004 USC 4
2005 Texas 1
2006 Florida 6
2007 LSU 8
2008 Florida 2
2009 Alabama 5
2010 Auburn 7
Average 5.1
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