Well Looky Here: Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA No. 1 in Passer Rating Differential

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jan 07, 2013



The Alabama Crimson Tide is the No. 1 team in major college football in Passer Rating Differential, the Mother of All Stats in the NFL.

We know from studies done by various college bloggers that our stats work at the college level, too. College teams, much like pro teams, generally win when they dominate the battle of passing efficiency.

The Tide is a 10-point favorite over Notre Dame. It certainly makes sense based upon PRD: the Irish are merely No. 29 in Passer Rating Differential.

Worth noting, however, that Notre Dame beat three teams in the PRD Top 20: Pittsburgh (No. 11), Oklahoma (No. 13) and USC (No. 17).

Alabama played three teams in the Top 30: they beat Georgia (No. 5) and LSU (No. 27), but lost to Texas A&M (No. 18). The Tide also padded its schedule against teams like Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic and Western Carolina, a 1-10 FCS team.

The NCAA uses a different passer rating formula than the NFL, yielding higher numbers. We didn't really have the ability to quickly recalculate all the numbers using the NFL formula. Still, it paints an interesting picture.

Here's the Top 30 in Passer Rating Differential in college football this year (OPR = Offensive Passer Rating; DPR = Defensive Passer Rating; PRD = Passer Rating Differential).

TeamOPRDPRPRD
Alabama172.1101.5670.54
Florida St.155.2497.3757.87
Fresno St.152.71100.851.91
San Jose St.170.26118.9851.28
Georgia170.21119.6750.54
Arizona St.155.69105.450.29
Utah St.153.21104.4448.77
Oregon159.7611148.76
Northern Ill.151.71105.8945.82
Nebraska140.8596.6444.21
Pittsburgh155.87112.7143.16
Florida133.4691.641.86
Oklahoma145.74104.441.34
Vanderbilt140.6999.7540.94
Boise St.141.8101.440.4
Clemson165.46132.4133.05
Southern California155.82123.1132.71
Texas A&M151.77120.9230.85
South Carolina150.71120.2630.45
Kansas St.154.35124.0430.31
North Carolina150.29120.8529.44
Cincinnati143.19114.1729.02
Oregon St.140.36112.6127.75
Louisville154.83127.3727.46
UCF145.79119.7626.03
Texas Tech154.86129.8325.03
LSU128.29103.3924.9
Wisconsin136.41112.623.81
Notre Dame129.11105.4423.67
Oklahoma St.148.98125.3623.62







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