Friday, January 20, 2012
The Big 12 officials' official numbers
By ESPN.com staff
Every now and then, an e-mail warrants its own post.
This week, Ben in Sicily asked:
Can you do something like this for the B12?
Oh, Ben. We've got you covered here.
Here's how Big 12 officials did this year on reviews, including bowl games. Big 12 officials were on hand at the national championship "game," if you want to call it that.
That number is, obviously, down from an average of 85 from the past three seasons. Such is life when you trim two teams from the league.
Plays reviewed: 142
That's down from 169 last year, but came with fewer games. Technically, it would be up from 2008 and 2009, when officials reviewed 142 and 148 plays in 86 and 84 games, respectively.
Plays reversed: 45 (31.6%)
That's up from 27.8 percent in 2010 and 18.9 percent in 2009. In 2008, 24 percent of reviewed plays were reversed. It's the highest since 2007 (32.7%) but the highest percentage was in the first year of replay, 2005. That season, 34.3% of challenges resulted in overturned plays.
Coaches' challenges: 9
Successful coaches' challenges: 2
This was the first season since 2007 that didn't have a game with two coaches' challenges. The nine was the lowest number ever.
Not a bad year for successes. The worst was back in 2009. There were 13 games with one coaching challenge and eight games with two. Not one was overturned. Ouch.
Average review time: 1:33
That's the highest number since 2007. In 2008, it dipped from 1:35 to 1:05, but went up to 1:15 in 2009 and 1:20 in 2010 before spiking again this year.
Those precious 13 seconds! We must have them!