Evaluating the B1G after week 10

Submitted by dnak438 on November 5th, 2013 at 11:23 PM

The weekly edition of my ongoing diary evaluating the B1G using the advanced stats of the Football Outsiders (http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/feiplus). Here is the chart:

Following suggestions, I've rotated the chart 45 degrees so that the better teams are at the top of the chart and worse teams are at the bottom. Teams that are better on defense are on the right (e.g., Michigan State), teams that are better on offense are on the left (e.g., Ohio State).

Some notes:

  1. Michigan is migrating towards the clump of okay B1G teams: Iowa, Northwestern, and Nebraska. These games are certainly winnable but they are looking less and less like gimmes (per the advanced stats, of course).
  2. The B1G ten is currently dominated by Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Michigan State.
  3. Purdue is worse than Akron.
  4. That Penn State loss is not looking any better.

Comments

Ron Utah

November 6th, 2013 at 1:20 PM ^

I believe in using data, but I also believe it doesn't explain everything, or even fully explain anything.

That said--this picture looks remarkably accurate: a clear top tier in the B1G (Wiscy, OSU, MSU) with a second-tier (U-M, Northwestern, Nebraska, Iowa) and a close third-tier (Indiana, Minnesota, Penn State, Illinois).

And Purdue.