That's interesting, but insufficient. It hides what really matters, efficiency. Our offense limits possessions and total plays, so naturally we'd score less per game. What really matters is points per possession and points per play. Football Outsiders did a very comprehensive analysis on this very thing for both offenses and defenses and call it their S&P ratings/rankings. Our O blows away our D in this analysis.In 2013, GT was number 59 in points scored against FBS teams at 29.1
In 2013, GT was number 57 in points allowed against FBS teams at 26.4.
Now, what needs improvement?
Just to summarize, our O ranks #21 vs all other offenses in S&P. Conversely our D ranks #68 vs all other defenses.
Check it out. I feel this is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more indicative on where we stand on O and D than just simply comparing points scored vs points allowed. Sometimes you have to dig a little and get behind the numbers to find the truth.
For those who don't want to open the links, here's their methodology:
The S&P+ Ratings are a college football ratings system derived from the play-by-play data of all 800+ of a season's FBS college football games (and 140,000+ plays). There are three key components to the S&P+:
- Success Rate: A common Football Outsiders tool used to measure efficiency by determining whether every play of a given game was successful or not. The terms of success in college football: 50 percent of necessary yardage on first down, 70 percent on second down, and 100 percent on third and fourth down.
- EqPts Per Play (PPP): An explosiveness measure derived from determining the point value of every yard line (based on the expected number of points an offense could expect to score from that yard line) and, therefore, every play of a given game.
- Drive Efficiency: As of February 2013, S&P+ also includes a drive-based aspect based on the field position a team creates and its average success at scoring the points expected based on that field position.
- Opponent adjustments: Success Rate and PPP combine to form S&P, an OPS-like measure for football. Then each team's S&P output for a given category (Rushing/Passing on either Standard Downs or Passing Downs) is compared to the expected output based upon their opponents and their opponents' opponents. This is a schedule-based adjustment designed to reward tougher schedules and punish weaker ones.