ACC Football: Time of Possession leaders

Larry Fedora loves to play fast and score points. During his fourth season in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels scored 73 touchdowns, which led the ACC. North Carolina also ranked dead last in time of possession — by a wide margin, too. The Heels possessed the ball for 25:16 per game, which was nearly four minutes less than the next closest team (Duke).

In 2014, Georgia Tech led the conference in time of possession: 34:09.43. As you can see, though, the Yellow Jackets fell way off that pace last season. A strong time of possession doesn’t necessarily translate into prolific offense — that’s obvious. But for Paul Johnson’s option attack, which relies so heavily on ball control and staying ahead of the chains, this drop (more than three minutes per game) reflects their struggles.

Also of note: the ACC — with North Carolina and Clemson — was the only Power Five conference to have multiple teams to score 70-plus touchdowns; the Big 12 — with Baylor, Texas Tech and Oklahoma — was the only other league to achieve that benchmark.

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