Below you’ll find a graph that shows the winning percentages of teams that were better in the categories listed than their opponent. For example, the team that had more rushes won 71.51% of the time in 2011.
The highest percentage on the graph is yards per pass, not yards per rush or total rushing yards as one would think. This data covered 713 games between Division I opponents during the 2011 season (including conference championships and Bowl Games).
You can find the traditional numerical summary including averages for each category here.
Some of these make perfect sense (losers tend to throw more passes) and some others less so - having less penalty yards is not that important, for example.
This is just the beginning of a long-term look at these stats. We’ll keep adding to the database as the 2012 season progresses to see what trends are holding constant and which are changing.