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Music City Bowl 2012: A Quick Statistical Look at the Matchup Between Vanderbilt and NC State

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Dores v Wolfpack

Stacy Revere

Here's how the Commodores and Wolfpack matchup on paper (source: statmilk.com):

Category VAN NC St. VU Edge
Total Offense, Rank 71st 51st -20.0
Total Offense, Yards/Game 393 421 -28.3
Scoring Offense, Rank 63rd 72nd +09.0
Scoring Offense, Points/Game 29 28 +00.9
Rushing Offense, Rank 55th 109th +54.0
Rushing Offense, Yards/Game 171 117 +54.5
Passing Offense, Rank 71st 20th –51.0
Passing Offense, Yards/Game 221 304 –82.8
Total Defense, Rank 17th 81st +64.0
Total Defense, Yards/Game 326 420 +93.2
Scoring Defense, Rank 15th 46th +31.0
Scoring Defense, Points/Game 18 25 +06.3
Rushing Defense, Rank 51st 60th +09.0
Rushing Defense, Yards/Game 151 158 +07.3
Passing Defense, Rank 10th 98th +88.0
Passing Defese, Yards/Game 176 262 +85.9
Turnover Differential - 5 - 4 –01.0

Of course, Vanderbilt and North Carolina State didn't exactly play the same schedule, so it's hard to just rely on unadjusted performance. With that in mind, here's how the Commodores and Wolfpack stack up in the various rankings that comprise the BCS (source: cbssports.com):

Measure VAN NC St. VU Edge
BCS 26 63 +07
Harris Votes 76 00 +76
Coaches Votes 75 00 +75
Sagarin 29 71 +42
Colley 27 61 +34
Anderson-Hester 25 62 +37
Billingsley 50 58 +08
Massey 17 65 +48
Wolfe 23 60 +37