Saturday, January 22

College Football Coaches, Teams Adopting Fourth Chance Attempts


Forty names, games, teams, and minutiae making headlines in college football (confetti sold separately at Clemson, to celebrate finally scoring more than 20 rule points):

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Lane Kiffin (21 years old) he doesn’t like kickers. He’s an analytic believer who hates to clear and disdains field goals when the numbers say we do, which is why his teams annually rank at the top or near the top in fourth-down conversion attempts. Over the past five seasons, three at Florida Atlantic and two at Mississippi, Kiffin chased him fourth down an average of 2.8 times per game in 2017; 3.7 in ’18; 1.6 in ’19 (your analytical chart must have been missing that year); 3.3 last year; and 4.3 times the nation’s leader this season to date. If Ole Miss maintains that pace four or more times per game, it will be the highest average since at least 2008 and probably long before, perhaps decades ago.




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