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Ohio Ranked No. 7 in the UPS Team Performance Index

Frank Solich

Oct. 11, 2012

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University football team is ranked No. 7 in the latest UPS Team Performance Index Poll. The `Cats earned the No. 7 ranking after it defeated Buffalo 38-31 this past weekend at Peden Stadium to improve to 6-0 on the year.

Created by global logistics leader UPS and STATS LLC, the world's leading sports technology, data and content company, the UPS Team Performance Index (TPI) is the first overall data index for college football that comprehensively measures offense, defense and special teams for all 120 NCAA(r) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams.

The statistical components of the UPS Team Performance Index are as follows: Offense (Yards/play), Defense (Yards Allowed/Play), Special Teams (combination of 6 categories - punt returns, opponent punt returns, kickoff returns, opponent kickoff returns, punting, field goal percentage), and miscues (combination of 4 categories - penalty yards, opponent penalty yards, turnovers, opponent turnovers).

For each of the four components, an Index value is created using a proprietary algorithm, with 100 being average. For all categories, anything above 100 is better than average and anything below 100 is below average. The maximum component index is capped at 200 in any category. These components and team's win-loss performance then are combined to reward a team that excels in all facets of the game.

Ohio currently ranks among the Mid-American Conference's top five in six of the league's eight major offensive and defensive statistical categories. The `Cats boast the league's No. 1 scoring offense.

The Bobcats return to action this weekend as they take on Akron, beginning at 2 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN3.