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In the June 19-20 blog I discussed my power ratings system, which lets me analyze at what level each team played during an individual game. This “game grade” takes into account the yards rushing, yards passing, points scored, rushing yards allowed, passing yards allowed and points allowed and factors them in against the opponent played and even factors in the site the game was played at.

One of the main factors in this “game grade” deals with total ypg differential (total off-total def). Naturally, a team that outgains their opponents by a large margin over the course of the season will receive a higher game grade average. While this is just one factor that goes into my overall game grade it got me wondering what were some of the best seasons in the last decade for teams outgaining their opponents.

Here are the best 50 seasons in the last decade (’00-’09) for outgaining opponents on the season.

Rk Year Team Ttl Yds Outgained Opp
1 2000 Florida St 3264
2 2008 USC 3028
3 2009 Florida 2874
4 2005 USC 2845
5 2009 TCU 2821
6 2004 Louisville 2797
7 2005 Texas 2719
8 2008 Tulsa 2670
9 2008 TCU 2646
10 2001 Florida 2611
11 2006 Hawaii 2540
12 2008 Oklahoma 2522
13 2003 Oklahoma 2517
14 2009 Texas 2370
15 2003 Kansas St 2369
16 2002 Miami, Fl 2351
17 2003 LSU 2329
18 2006 LSU 2271
19 2003 Oregon St 2266
20 2002 Kansas St 2262
21 2006 TCU 2256
22 2003 Miami, Oh 2240
23 2008 Florida 2237
24 2009 Alabama 2224
25 2004 USC 2207
26 2008 Penn St 2237
27 2007 Hawaii 2136
28 2002 USC 2136
29 2007 Texas Tech 2135
30 2004 Oklahoma 2120
31 2001 Texas 2117
32 2007 Kansas 2112
33 2007 LSU 2109
34 2007 USC 2103
35 2009 Boise St 2100
36 2002 Marshall 2097
37 2007 Ohio St 2089
38 2002 Boise St 2089
39 2004 California 2058
40 2001 Miami, Fl 2023
41 2006 Louisville 2013
42 2007 West Virginia 2009
43 2003 Minnesota 2005
44 2006 Florida 1969
45 2001 Nebraska 1968
46 2009 Oklahoma 1966
47 2003 Michigan 1944
48 2008 Houston 1941
49 2001 TCU 1937
50 2003 Memphis 1934

As you can see Washington St has really struggled the last couple of years being outgained in ’09 by 3,161 yards and 2,630 yards in ’08. Altogether the Cougars have been outgained by 5,791 yards the last two years or an avg of 241 ypg!

Temple also had two of the worst seasons of the last decade. In 2006 they were outgained by 2,841 yards in ’06 and by 2,348 yards in ’05. However, those days look to be far behind them under HC Golden as the Owls won 9 games last year and were only outgained by 7 total yards!

Florida St outgained their opponents in 2000 by an amazing 3,264 yds or 253 ypg on the season! The Seminoles avg 530 ypg on offense and gave up just 277 ypg and were dominant all year long until they came up short in the national title game against Oklahoma.

The 2008 USC Trojans had arguably the best defense of the last decade allowing just 9.0 ppg and 222 ypg. The offense was equally potent avg 37.5 ppg and 455 ypg and outgained their opponents by 3,028 yds on the season. However, an early loss to Oregon St kept the Trojans out of the national title game.

While the Gators came up short in the SEC Title game last year, they did outgain their opponents by 2,874 yds which was #1 in the country with their amazing 659-246 yd edge over Cincinnati in the Sugar bowl putting them over the top.

Here are the teams that had the most appearances in the top 50

USC 5
Florida 4
TCU 4
Oklahoma 4
Texas 3
LSU 3

On the opposite side here the worst 50 seasons in the last decade for teams getting outgained by their opponents on the season.

Rk Year Team Ttl Yds Outgained Opp
1 2009 Washington St -3161
2 2006 Temple -2841
3 2008 Washington St -2630
4 2009 New Mexico St -2526
5 2003 Army -2514
6 2001 Baylor -2415
7 2005 Temple -2348
8 2002 Rutgers -2292
9 2008 Washington -2263
10 2003 Buffalo -2227
11 2006 Utah St -2069
12 2007 FIU -2133
13 2007 Syracuse -2122
14 2007 Utah St -2069
15 2009 FIU -2048
16 2003 Baylor -2023
17 2008 SMU -1982
18 2001 Rutgers -1962
19 2000 Duke -1953
20 2007 UAB -1944
21 2009 Rice -1913
22 2002 E Michigan -1912
23 2009 San Jose St -1907
24 2002 Buffalo -1899
25 2009 WKU -1890
26 2002 Kansas -1868
27 2006 Stanford -1867
28 2007 Duke -1839
29 2003 Miss St -1834
30 2003 Arizona -1830
31 2008 Idaho -1813
32 2005 North Texas -1812
33 2006 Louisiana Tech -1803
34 2005 Duke -1795
35 2009 E Michigan -1787
36 2008 San Diego St -1780
37 2007 Army -1776
38 2005 Ohio -1760
39 2004 Duke -1760
40 2005 Ball St -1759
41 2003 Iowa St -1741
42 2001 Kansas -1734
43 2008 Syracuse -1732
44 2001 ULM -1732
45 2002 Tulsa -1703
46 2004 Kentucky -1682
47 2003 Stanford -1659
48 2004 E Carolina -1633
49 2005 New Mexico St -1631
50 2001 Duke -1626

Duke had five of the worst seasons this past decade as far as getting outgained by opponents, which was three more than any other program. However, like Temple HC Cutcliffe has turned them around and the Blue Devils were only outgained by a single yard last year!

Here are the teams that had two bottom 50 performances….Army, Baylor, Buffalo, FIU, Kansas, New Mexico St, Rutgers, Stanford, Syracuse, Temple, Utah St and Washington St.

I will be back tomorrow with a look at how the conference polls are coming along on the homepage. Remember this is a great way for me to gauge how the public views each game. When you vote you have the entire conference schedule in front of you and the home team is capitalized. Get your votes in today and see how the fans think the big games like Oklahoma-Texas, Ohio St at Iowa, Florida St at Miami, Fl and West Virginia at Pittsburgh are going to shake out! To vote you do have register your e-mail address but this is just to make sure there is no stuffing of the ballot box.

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  • GeauxIrish

    Wow, 2001 Duke was so bad that they showed up on the list twice! #19 and #50

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    Thank you for noticing that, it was supposed to be the 2000 Duke team at #19. Phil

  • inert1

    This is interesting. Now it would be fun to come up with a comparison that takes a team's schedule into account. The 2008 Washington team was really miserable, but playing BYU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, and the rest of the Pac 10 makes a big difference.

  • ConnGator

    Hmm, no 2004 Auburn. Interesting.

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    Auburn actually just missed the list. They 5469 yds of total offense and gave up just 3609 yds on defense for a +1860 differential. Thanks, Phil

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    Auburn actually just missed the list. They 5469 yds of total offense and gave up just 3609 yds on defense for a +1860 differential. Thanks, Phil