2014 College Football Defensive Powerhouses

Joe Gavazzi

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 8:18 PM GMT

In this article we bring you a list of College Football Defensive Powerhouses qualified using strict guidelines & parameters to assist you with your week 7 college football picks. Dive right in and take advantage of this unique betting edge on college football odds.

There can be no doubt that scoring is on the rise in college football. A group of teams that formerly scored 53-54 PPG have now averaged almost 57 PPG in the last four weeks. With numbers on the rise, it is time to rethink the parameters that we use to define College Football Defensive Powerhouses. Formerly, I looked for teams who allowed 17 or less PPG, 300 or less YPG, and 2.5 or less YPR. It is rare that those animals exist now in college football. But as a result of recent research, I have now expanded not only the number of parameters involved to be a Defensive Dandy, but also the standards of each of those criteria.

The following is a list of 5 parameters, all of which a team must meet to qualify for Defensive Powerhouses status.

•Allow 21 or less PPG

•Allow 125 or less RYPG

•Allow 3.5 or less YPR

•Allow 325 or less total yards

•Allow 5.0 or less YP play

With those parameters in mind, below is a list of all teams who qualify under the above parameters heading into week 7 of college football for Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Team

PPG

RYPG

YPR

Total Yards

Yards Per Play

Alabama

15.8

64

2.6

265

4.6

Auburn

14.4

100

2.9

307

4.6

Baylor

12.4

102

2.8

268

3.9

Iowa

17.2

93

2.9

310

4.8

Kansas St

21.0

81

2.7

316

4.8

Louisville

12.7

58

2.0

230

3.8

Marshall

15.8

120

3.5

320

4.4

Michigan St

21

72

2.4

297

4.8

Notre Dame

12.0

96

2.9

316

4.7

Penn St

14.6

60

2.0

289

4.5

Stanford

8.6

125

3.3

232

3.7

TCU

13.5

107

2.5

279

3.8

Wisconsin

15.6

110

3.2

286

4.9

 

Once we have our list, it is helpful only if we know how to use it. Some of the more obvious ways to use it, are to consider these teams as a play in the role of college football odds underdog and particularly in the role of double-digit dog. Other ways might involve situational plays that include momentum, letdown, or bounce back. Yet another option might be to use these teams in conjunction with a strong running game. In that regard, finding a defensive dog who averages over 200 RYPG is a strong indicator of ATS success which should be considered when making your college football picks.

I will be back next week when we will discuss the College Football Defensive Duds, a group of teams whose statistical parameters are at the opposite end of the spectrum from our Defensive Powerhouses.