Spring Blog • June 19, 2015


Run/Pass Mix 2014 season (Part 1)

Today’s blog and my weekend blog will be on the Run/Pass Mix for each team in both 2013 and 2014. I will put up the chart with all the information on Saturday but today I will just look at the numbers and give you some answers to the most asked questions about this category.

Naturally with the majority of teams moving to the spread offense there is a lot more passing in college football. I was wondering what the run/pass ratio is. I ran the numbers for all 128 teams in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons and they were almost identical. The average team in 2013 ran the ball 55% of the time with 499 carries and threw it 410 times for the season. Each year teams push the pace and run more plays and while teams averages 6 more plays they still finished with a 55% run/pass ratio (503 rushes/412 passes).

The yards are a little different as teams average over 10 yards per completion and a little over 4 yards per rush. In 2013 teams on the season averaged 2230 yards rushing and 2996 yards passing which is 42.6% of the total yards running the football. Last year teams averaged 2262 yards rushing on the season and 2961 yards passing which was 43.0% yards running the football, again nearly identical.

It is no surprise that the teams that ran the ball at the highest percentage were all option teams with Army running the ball 86.4% of the time (weekend blog will delve in further). The team that ran the ball least was also no surprise as Mike Leech’s Wash St Cougars ran it just 24% of the time with 243 rush attempts and 771 pass attempts. In 2013 Wash St ran it just 24.3% of the time so they were very consistent.

The teams that changed the most from 2013 to 2014 both had good reasons. Indiana in 2013 had two solid QB’s and threw the ball 50.6% of the time. Last year their QB unit was wiped out and they had Tevin Coleman in the backfield. With a true frosh QB after transfers and injuries they relied on the run game and had 63.3% rush attempts, the biggest difference of any team.

Miami Ohio in 2013 tried to turn into an option attack and their offense was woeful and they brought in a new coaching staff. That 2013 Miami Ohio team ran the ball 61.2% of the time but despite running it 451 times, only produced 1219 yards rushing and just 2.95 ypc. Last year they brought in Notre Dame transfer QB Andrew Hendrix (PS#12). New head coach Chuck Martin had him throw 56.7% of the time so they went from running it 61.2% to just 43.3%, the biggest difference. I will give you the complete chart tomorrow and break down some of these categories a little further in my weekend blog.

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