Stop rate is the efficiency of a defense getting off the field through punt, turnover or fourth-down stop. It can be a better measure of your D than yards or points per game, given the up-tempo nature of modern football.
Georgia, to no one’s surprise, led the nation in stop rate at 83%, according to The Athletic. Clemson was second at 80%, which has been consistent for them under Brent Venables the last few years. We beat two of the top 10 stop rates: A&M (6th) and Penn State (7th).
Playoff teams: Georgia 1st, Michigan 8th, Cincy 9th, Bama 19th.
Our stop rate was 66.7%, which was 49th in the country and sixth in the SEC. Bama’s stop rate in 19th was 71.7%, not that much better than ours (we’re much closer to them than they are to Georgia).
Other teams that beat us: Auburn was 52nd at 66%, the Flopnecks were 55th at 65.7%.
Worst stop rate in FBS? Kansas at 40%. And they still beat Texass TCU was 127th which may explain why Gary Patterson is unemployed.