Points Per Play in 2006

Athlon Sports recently pointed out that Nebraska led the nation in offensive plays in 2006 with 965.

“It tells you we’re moving the chains” Bill Callahan says. “It means the system is working.”

That got me thinking more about the efficiency of our offense last season. So I took a quick look at how are scoring output fit with the number of plays we ran. Last year we scored 428 points off of those 965 plays. That works out to .44 points/play, which ranks 25th nationally.

To put that in perspective, the national average was roughly .38,

In addition, here are the Top 10 teams in terms of offensive plays in 2006 as well as their points per play quotient (plays, pts/play).

1. Nebraska (965 plays, .44)
2. Oregon (958 plays, .40)
3. Purdue (941 plays, .39)
4. Houston (935 plays, .49)
5. NM State (930 plays, .40)
6. Missouri (922 plays, .42)
7. Hawaii (913 plays, .72)
8. TCU (909 plays, .42)
9. Oregon St. (899 plays, .43)
10. Oklahoma (897 plays, .47)

And here are the Top 10 teams nationally in points per play a year ago.

1. Hawaii (913 plays .72)
2. West Virginia (823 plays, .61)
3. Boise St. (857 plays, .60)
4. Louisville (867 plays, .57)
5. Ohio St. (820 plays, .55)
6. Texas (854 plays, .55)
7. Oklahoma St. (843 plays, .54)
8. Brigham Young (889 plays, .54)
9. LSU (818 plays, .54)
10. Pittsburgh (712 plays, .54)

Ultimately I think we had a pretty good offense in 2006. By many measures we were among the nation’s best. However, when we look at measures of offensive efficiency we seem kind of middle of the road. That seems to indicate we left a lot of points on the field a year ago. What says you?

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