In a playoff system only 16 teams would advance.

DAVE: This rating is used early in the year, combining early-season ratings with the preseason DVOA projection. (For first three weeks, it uses non-opponent-adjusted VOA ratings.) The goal is to get the best idea of how good a team will be over the entire season without jumping to conclusions based on one or two good or bad early games. The rating was created through regression analysis of week-to-week DVOA ratings from 2001-2005. It is called DAVE because of all the people who bug us about the complicated names of our stats -- a typical FO response was "well, we can't name the statistic DAVE." So this time, we did. Stands for DVOA Adjusted for Volatility Early.

One example of this is Texas Christian University (TCU).

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Pythagorean Theorem: The principle, made famous by baseball analyst Bill James, that states that the record of a baseball team can be approximated by taking the square of team runs scored and dividing it by the square of team runs scored plus the square of team runs allowed. Statistician Daryl Morey later extended this theorem to other sports including professional football. Teams that win a game or more over what the Pythagorean theorem would project tend to regress the following year; teams that lose a game or more under what the Pythagorean theorem would project tend to win more the following year, particularly if they were 8-8 or better despite underachieving.

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QBASE: Fully introduced by Andrew Healy, QBASE is a system for projecting the peak success of college quarterbacks entering the NFL. The system applies to all quarterbacks taken in the first 100 picks of the draft, and is based on three factors:

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Catholic Match Girl: The girl featured in an advertisement that ran on FO during the 2006 season. Her fair face, doe eyes, and intense stare caused some FO readers to fall in love with her and others to run in fear.

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After all, he's only the Buckeyes' ninth-leading receiver with 15 catches, 11th-leading rusher with a single carry for nine yards and tied for 10th (with Dontre Wilson, who broke his foot and missed the last seven games) in scoring with three touchdowns.

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"There's a lot of things I can do on the football field," said Spencer, the son of a former Ohio State captain, standout running back Tim Spencer, now an assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "I just try to do everything I can when I'm out there, whether it's block or throw something or catch something, I try to do it to the best of my ability. I guess the best of my ability is sometimes kind of cool."

DALLAS (AP) - It might seem easy to pick the most valuable player for Ohio State.

Success Rate: There are three stats called Success Rate.

Ohio State and Clemson have played twice before, both in bowl games. Quarterback Mitch Leidner will play his final college game when Minnesota goes up against Washington State in the Holiday Bowl. Both teams are capable of producing an exciting and close game. Clemson won the 1978 Gator Bowl over the Buckeyes 17-15 in Woody Hayes' last game as Buckeyes coach. While the SEC and Big Ten are pretty much automatic in terms of getting a team in the playoffs, there are seasons, such as this one, where a strong case can be made for two or three teams.

Yet coach Urban Meyer's choice isn't among the top six on the team in any major statistic.

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Alabama has played Washington four times previously, twice in bowls and not since 1986. Don James, his coach at Kent State and football mentor, won a national championship in 1991 at Washington.

Alabama, Clemson,  and Washington were named to the 4-team playoff, in that order.

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Catch rate: Percentage of passes intended for a specific receiver that are complete rather than incomplete or intercepted. Occasionally referred to as "catch percentage," but we prefer "catch rate" because it is shorter. Often shortened in stats tables to C%.