Background info on terminology

A couple of house-keeping notes for some terms going forward for the tens’ of people who read any of this, all of who I probably forced to click on it:

First off, I gathered all of this information myself using both teams 2017 seasons and am not trying to say any coach is unintelligent or that I am smarter than them. For both teams, the statistics and plays used only include plays that the starting quarterback was still in (other than Vedral’s few snaps versus Navy). This is to avoid skewed numbers due to the game being out of hand. I also didn’t include the Austin Peay and FIU games for UCF to save some time. For Mizzou, I didn’t include the Missouri State and Idaho games as well as the Texas bowl game because Heupel didn’t coach.

Numbers used, you won’t be able to find looking at raw stats and box scores, almost every number is an advanced stat of some sort.

A Successful play gains 40% of yards to go on 1st down, 60% on 2nd down, and 100% on 3rd and 4th down. Different websites use different %’s for this, I think 40/60/100 is the best breakdown to determine if a play is successful. Looking at success rate, in my opinion is the best way to measure efficiency and performance. For instance, a player can have a 15 yard run on 3rd and 25 and it looks great for the box score and individual raw stats, but it’s not a successful play. Both UCF and Missouri had top offenses in the country, so their numbers will look better than most teams. I look at a good success as anything over 52.5% and anything over 57.5% as great. Between 48.5-52.5% is about average and below 40% is poor.

For Yards after reception, I added up the total yards before contact and after contact. These are yards gained from where the ball is caught. So, on a screen pass thrown 2 yards behind the LOS, if the receiver gets back to the LOS that is 2 YAR. All throws are how far the ball travels to the targeted receiver. For instance a ball thrown from midfield and caught at the 37 is charted as a 13 yard pass, regardless of how far the receiver runs after the reception.

Accuracy is charted as all passes that were caught plus all passes that were dropped.
Directional wise, RS and LS are passes outside the numbers, R and L are between the hashes and the numbers, and M is between the hashes. On runs, RE and LE are outside the ends, R and L are between the guards and ends, and M is anything between the guards.

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