Five Factor Box Score: Tennessee vs. Florida Review
The Five Factor Tracker later is still coming later in the week to show how Tennessee and the teams on their schedule are progressing over the year as a whole in the five factors most correlated to winning in college football. But I thought we should look at how Tennessee does head-to-head in the five factors each week--so introducing: the Five Factors Box Score, adapted from the advanced box scores at collegefootballdata.com. Wanna guess how Tennessee did against Florida?
Despite all the red on UT's side here. it's actually not as bad as you'd think.
The other glaring number is points per opportunity. A year ago, UT was finishing drives in the endzone. The modern game heavily favors offense, and you're just not going to win games with a PPO closer to FG value than TD value.
In the offseason I discovered the concept of offensive line stats. Naturally, after a game where I perceived the o-line as playing poorly, I wanted to see what the stats say. And while the stats don't say Tennessee's line played well, the stats also don't say the Vols played any worse than Florida's line.
In looking back at these numbers, what it really comes down to is Tennessee played a poor football game. But Florida certainly didn't play well either, and they gave the Vols plenty of opportunities to take the game over, especially in the third quarter. Tennessee just never seemed to grab the chance when it presented itself. I do like how Tennessee competed in the second half when they could've just rolled over. Those runs where the offensive line was shoving the entire pile downfield showed grit. But grit alone isn't going to beat the schedule UT has in front of them, the level of play has to match.