Report Not-so-good games in The Huddle Posted September 19 1/3rd blowouts 1/3rd competitive 1/3rd avg to bad. isnt that the essence what how it always is? the bell curve is 15% top end, 15% bottom end and then 70% in the middle, those #s are 50% in the middle, competitive to marginal and 50 blowouts and not good, what more do you want when you have your hands tied schedule wise? 17 hours ago, Dr. D said: After reviewing the results across the state for the first four weeks of the season, I have been surprised by the number of lopsided games. For example, there were 237 final scores reported on this site for this week’s games. The margin of difference in those games breaks down as follows: “Competitive game” 1 – 14 points 75 games (32%) “Marginally competitive” 15 – 23 points 43 games (18%) “Not really competitive” 24 – 34 points 48 games (20%) “Blowout/Running clock” 35+ points 71 games (30%) Essentially, half of the games in the state were decided by 24 points or more, and therefore “non-competitive” by my definition. In addition, there were 63 shutouts (27% of games). While it’s great that there are a number of very strong teams in the state, anyone who is concerned about the long-term health of high school football in Florida should be worried by this trend toward non-competitive results. Why are there so many struggling teams in Florida? Is this just a further sign of the “haves” vs. “have-nots”, i.e., the transfer environment? Are athletes at some schools just not playing football anymore? Could a disparity in coaching or resources account for this trend? How long before some schools just give up football if they can no longer compete at a reasonable level? What are you seeing in your areas? Am I overreacting or is this cause for concern?