This is cool: It's the introduction to "The Eliminator," which is tracking the title race in each conference. Today's entry does this:
We ran the stats of every Division I team, looking specifically at the national and conference champions of the past several years, to find out what statistical categories correlate to college football success. Then we set statistical benchmarks for each league to see what's been required for each conference champion (for example, you better score a lot of points if you want to win the Pac-10; in the ACC, not so much).
It's an Insider story, but here's a peak at what it said about the Pac-10:
Score at least 30.5 points per game
Have a completion percentage of 58 or better
Average 4.08 yards per carry or better
Post a turnover margin of 0.15/per game or better
Hold opponents to 23.8 points per game or fewer
Hold opponents to a 38.74 third-down conversion percentage or less
Not terribly surprising. The Pac-10 is an offensive league, with good weather (for the most part), great skill players and complicated schemes. Still, the numbers are interesting.