The metric below is my attempt to measure offenses in a way other than total yards. It’s not a complicated formula and contains only two components that are weighted equally: Efficiency (measured in yards per play) and Tempo (measured by number of plays per game).
The totals are added together and divided by 2 to get the final score and ranking.
What it doesn’t include is strength of schedule, so one would expect the Baylor’s of the college football worlds should come back to earth at some point during the season.
Each of the components is adjusted so that the average is 100.00 in both categories. Anything above that is “above average” and anything below that is “below average”.
Another way to think about these numbers is to say that when the average team runs 100 plays Baylor runs 105.70 or when the average team gains 100 yards Baylor gains 164.25.
There are some interesting numbers contained below. I mean who knew that BYU has the highest adjusted tempo offense in college football? On the flip side of that is that because of their inefficient passing game, the Cougars are only 75th in efficiency.
The mirror opposite is LSU, which is ranked 111th in adjusted tempo and 9th in efficiency.
On to the Clemson-N.C. State matchup, it just so happens that these two teams are next to each other in the rankings, with Clemson at 32 and N.C. State at 33. Both play fast and both are mediocre at efficiency.
Many fans are probably surprised to find Clemson at number 65 in adjusted efficiency, but this has never been an area that the Tigers exceed at under Chad Morris. The Tigers get yards, because they push the number of plays to make up for the lack of efficiency.
The Clemson offense runs a large percentage of pass plays at or near the line of scrimmage and while this is generally successful in gaining yards, it’s not something that lends itself to medium to big gains that passes down the field would likely gain.