Last week, we looked at how Big 10 teams fared in terms of yards per play. This week, we turn our attention to how the season played out in terms of the Adjusted Pythagorean Record, or APR. For an in-depth look at APR, click here. If you didn’t feel like clicking, here is the Reader’s Digest version. APR looks at how well a team scores and prevents touchdowns. Non-offensive touchdowns, field goals, extra points, and safeties are excluded. The ratio of offensive touchdowns to touchdowns allowed is converted into a winning percentage. Pretty simple actually.
Once again, here are the 2017 Big 10 standings.
inexplicable performance against Ohio State somewhat inflates their season numbers, but the Hawkeyes were also a slightly unlucky 1-3 in one-score conference games. Change a few plays here or there, especially in the Penn State or Northwestern games and Iowa’s record is much closer to their APR.
Once you become an adult, it’s no secret that life comes at you fast. One minute the president is an erudite, well-spoken intellectual capable of making you believe anything is possible. The next minute he’s a racist, septuagenarian. But I digress. I mention that because Urban Meyer has now coached more games at Ohio State than he did at Florida. I know. I’ll give you a second to collect yourself after that bombshell. What’s even more amazing is how well his Ohio State teams have performed in the clutch. The following table lists each Big 10 team’s record in one-score conference games since Meyer’s arrival in 2012.
1 in 964.
As a comparison, how did Meyer do in close games at Florida? I’m glad you asked.