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Introducing the Addazio Ratio

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It's a way to measure offensive futility.

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Ty and Dan on the Solid Verbal have been joking at times this fall about how bad the Boston College offense is by pointing out that the team doesn't have that many more pass completions than punts. While BC does run the ball a lot, it's not like it's a triple option team. The Eagles have 248 pass attempts on the year; Army and Navy have a combined 212.

It's been fun listen to them monitor it, so I decided to name pass completions-to-punts the Addazio Ratio and run it back for ten seasons. The 2015 stats aren't final since bowl games haven't happened yet, but this is all completely not serious anyway, so I don't care.

Generally, the higher the Addazio Ratio, the better. It's different for the triple option teams, of course, since they so rarely even attempt passes. In fact, ten of the lowest 11 Addazio Ratios since 2006 came from Army and Navy. The 2008 and 2015 Army teams even managed a ratio of under one, meaning they had more punts than completions. The one exception in the top 11 is, of course, Steve Addazio. His 2015 Boston College team had 110 completions and 92 punts for a ratio of 1.20. That's good for ninth place overall.

Here are the ten lowest Addazio Ratios for the past ten seasons, excluding triple options teams like the service academies, Paul Johnson's Georgia Tech, and Georgia Southern.

Team Completions Punts Addazio Ratio
2015 Boston College 110 92 1.20
2014 New Mexico 76 57 1.33
2012 New Mexico 79 55 1.44
2008 UCF 132 90 1.47
2013 Miami (Ohio) 131 83 1.58
2009 New Mexico State 133 82 1.62
2015 New Mexico 108 64 1.69
2011 Eastern Michigan 110 64 1.72
2013 Florida International 153 88 1.74
2011 Ohio State 125 71 1.76

Maybe this should be called the Addazio-Davie Ratio, since Footbaw Bob is in the second, third, and seventh spots. Anyway, look at Jim Tressel interim Luke Fickell's Buckeyes sliding in there at the tenth spot.

Here are the highest Addazio Ratios of the past ten years. This table has lots of Mike Leach.

Team Completions Punts Addazio Ratio
2006 Hawaii 444 17 26.12
2007 Texas Tech 544 30 18.13
2008 Texas Tech 465 26 17.88
2007 Hawaii 459 35 13.11
2006 New Mexico State 421 33 12.76
2008 Missouri 404 34 11.88
2009 Houston 525 45 11.67
2015 Washington State 471 42 11.21
2014 Washington State 510 49 10.41
2008 Houston 411 41 10.02

The coaches here are June Jones with his Hawaiian Run 'n Shoot, Leach and his Air Raid at Texas Tech and Wazzou, Kevin Sumlin and his Air Raid at Houston, Hal Mumme and his 2006 NMSU Air Raid, and Gary Pinkel's Chase Daniel-era spread. The next three teams are 2012, 2006, and 2009 Texas Tech, the latter two being Leach teams again.

And finally, I couldn't finish without cataloguing all of the Addazio Ratios that Steve Addazio himself has had as either offensive coordinator or head coach. He's remarkably consistent when not under the influence of Urban Meyer.

Team Completions Punts Addazio Ratio
2015 Boston College 110 92 1.20
2014 Boston College 135 66 2.05
2012 Temple 116 55 2.11
2013 Boston College 164 76 2.16
2004 Indiana 162 74 2.19
2011 Temple 116 46 2.52
2010 Florida 230 51 4.51
2009 Florida 249 34 7.32