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Chick-fil-A Bowl preview: statistical comparison

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Here's how the two teams stack up against each other in each of the key statistical categories in Hooper's wizbang BlogPoll Computerer. The top row for each team is the actual data; the bottom the national rankings.

 
WL
SOS
PED
RD
3DO
TD
PEO
OPPG
TO
3DD
RTT
RANK
Tennessee Logo
0.25
0.91
1.576
0.13
0.04
1.03
0.38
0.66
0.3
0.87
53.61
46
27
8
58
58
18
40
26
48
24
29
Virginia Tech Logo
0.97
1.22
1.79
0.24
0.34
1.19
1.25
1.46
0.18
0.72
99.56
15
17
6
52
43
14
13
11
55
27
10

 

Hmm. I don't really like the looks of that, do you? Looking at the bright side, though, the numbers are mostly very close, even if Tech does have the advantage in most categories.

Pitting the respective units against each other:

Tennessee Logo
Delta
Virginia Tech Logo
SOS
27
-10
17
SOS
TD
18
37
55
TO
TO
48
-34
14
TD
PED
8
5
13
PEO
3DD
24
19
43
3DO
PEO
58
-52
6
PED
3DO
58
-31
27
3DD

 

So both teams have an advantage on defense, but which defense has more of an advantage? If you look at total defense, Tennessee's ranking outpaces Virginia Tech's total offense by a mere three spots more than vice versa. When it comes to pass efficiency and third downs, though, the differences in the rankings are much more pronounced in favor of the Hokies.

Next up in the preview series: Hokie players to watch for.