Which college football spring practice is most likely to bring players to their knees?
Yes, which coaches run a spring camp offering the brutal physicality that will challenge players to the point of actually altering their destiny in the season that now lies just 149 days away?
To answer that question we could look to the individual head coaches’ personalities or their backgrounds, but instead why not draw on two important stats to gauge the overall conditioning of their team?
The following slideshow ranks the top 15 college football coaches who run the toughest spring camps (and fall practices) based on last seasons’ points scored and points allowed in the fourth quarter.
Indeed, what better way to meter who was the toughest in the spring and who got their team the most “ready” for the fall, than by seeing who performed the best in the final period of the combined games of 2011?
Though this is admittedly a simplistic study that doesn’t take into account a myriad of other factors such as opponent strength, experience levels and injuries, it’s still an interesting window into which coaches’ teams are most effective late in games.
As a note, the stats used for this presentation are drawn from the very intriguing www.teamrankings.com.