Does it take too long for USC to call plays? That is a question worth asking when you look at teams like Oregon, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. I bring this up because USC’s scored 14 points or less in 30 of its past 31 quarters.
And the Trojans rank 120th in plays per minute. USC is only one of seven teams nationally to average less than 2 plays per minute. UCLA averages 2.9 plays per minute and Oregon averages 3.2 plays per minute.
USC ranks 16th in the country in time of possession, but only one of the top 14 teams in time of possession are in the AP Top 25. Meanwhile, seven of the top 14 teams in plays per minute are in the top 25.
Now it is worth noting Alabama ranks 118th in plays per minute. But Nick Saban is so good, it probably doesn’t matter what he does. Here’s the four slowest teams per NCAA stats: