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4th down: Which coaches are 'going for it'

One of the great early season games in 2011 will be the matchup between LSU and Oregon at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. ESPN’s College Gameday will be on hand. Amazingly, LSU sold out their allotment of 37,000 tickets. Oregon sold 15,000 tickets, as well.

The game will feature Les Miles, who led the nation is fourth down conversion percentage a year ago. Meanwhile, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly attempted the second most fourth down attempts a year ago. The Ducks “went for it” a total of 34 times during their run to the national championship game.

July 4th is right around the corner, so let’s take a look at some fourth down statistics.

In 2010, seven head coaches “went for it” on fourth down more than thirty times.

1. Paul Johnson - Georgia Tech (40)
2. Chip Kelly - Oregon (34)
3. Todd Berry - ULM (33)
4. Urban Meyer - Florida (33)
5. Lane Kiffin - USC (32)
6. Bill Cubit - Western Michigan (30)
7. Troy Calhoun - Air Force (30)

Six coaches “went for it” on fourth down less than ten times.

1. Steve Spurrier – South Carolina (6)
2. Frank Spaziani – Boston College (6)
3. Larry Porter – Memphis (7)
4. Skip Holtz – USF (8)
5. Gene Chizik – Auburn (9)
6. Al Golden – Temple (9)

Seven head coaches watched their teams convert more than 75% of fourth down attempts.

1. Les (91%)
2. The Zooker (81%)
3. The Vest (80%)
4. Bielema (80%)
5. Dan Mullen (78%)
6. Ruffin McNeill (75%)
7. Chris Ault (75%)