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18 Sep 2012

ESPN: Home Field Advantages For Top Teams

Four primetime games between undefeated, top-25 opponents are coming up this Saturday, and the home teams will all be favored to win. When teams do play better at home, what does it mean? Are we talking stronger offensive efficiency or defensive efficiency? Or does it relate more to special teams? In this piece, I take a closer look at home game efficiency splits for Oregon, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, and Florida State heading into their showdown match-ups this weekend.

Posted by: Brian Fremeau on 18 Sep 2012

5 comments, Last at 20 Sep 2012, 1:55pm by bravehoptoad

Comments

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by sundown (not verified) :: Wed, 09/19/2012 - 10:15am

Not an Insider, so I only read the lead section, but this study is a 180 of how I think it works. I don't think it's as much that teams play better at home... I think teams play WORSE on the road due to the fan noise, unfamiliar surroundings, etc.

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by Octavian :: Wed, 09/19/2012 - 11:53am

Fair criticism, however it could be also be a little from column A and a little from column B.

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by Baldnbroke (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2012 - 9:59am

I fail to see the difference, since you are never (or very rarely) on neutral ground. You are either home or away, and whether one is better than the other or the other worse than the first is a pointless discussion.

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by Baldnbroke (not verified) :: Thu, 09/20/2012 - 10:01am

Tried to write this as a reply to #1. Failed.

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by bravehoptoad :: Thu, 09/20/2012 - 1:55pm

What...you don't think studies of the Super Bowls and the London games are worth the distinction?

I kid, I kid....

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by simeonjunker11 :: Sat, 09/22/2012 - 2:25am

Not an Insider, so I only read the lead section, but this study is a 180 of how I think it works. I don't think it's as much that teams play better at home... I think teams play WORSE on the road due to the fan noise, unfamiliar surroundings, etc.
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