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ND Ranked 105 Out of 120 in Study of CFB Homefield Advantage

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Predictionmachine.com ran the numbers and ranked all 120 FBS football teams based on home field advantage. The Fighting Irish are ranked 105th here - but that puts them at greater home field advantage than LSU and Alabama. Is this evidence of a problem that needs fixing in Notre Dame Stadium (and if so, what can be done about it?), or of consistent play across venues? From the article: "Homefield advantage in college football is typically presumed to mean 'about three points' (the average right now is actually closer to 3.8) difference in the final score. This means that if two teams are identical, neither team should be favored on a neutral field, while the home team would be favored by about three if they played at one of the team's stadium. This can lead to essentially a six point swing from one venue to the next. The truth is that some stadiums could actually mean up to nine points, while some do not help much at all. This research has been directly applied to the college football engine for the upcoming season." "Fans, particularly of SEC and other elite teams will inevitably be disappointed at their apparent lack of impact (most will likely jump to the chart, react and never read this part). However, it's not necessarily a good thing to top this list. In fact, the best teams should be closer to the bottom than the top because they should be more consistent, dominate regularly and not be subject to the large swings in performance that is seen in other teams . . . . While traditionally elite FBS teams should not fare well in this exercise, the same can be said . . . about teams that are traditionally really bad. Where homefield means most is with the next tier of teams behind the absolute elite - mostly BCS conference teams that can usually compete for conference titles, but who do not have four star recruits filling the two-deep and are not always legitimate BCS Championship contenders. That's when the raw value of homefield matters most; when the talent is strong but not elite and players are more susceptible to the impact of crowd noise, tradition and atmosphere."

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