This study examines home advantage in American college football games from a multilevel perspective. It quantifies the extent and significance of that home advantage and examines how it varies between BCS and non-BCS teams as well as analyzing the relationship between home advantage and team parity. Our results indicate that home advantage exists for most teams and conferences. It equates to a 6 point advantage for home teams and a 3-point disadvantage for away teams when controlling for team strength and other predictors. It concludes that after controlling for team ability, non-BCS teams possess a stronger home advantage than BCS teams. Such a result is likely related to the greater parity among BCS teams which leads to a “choking under pressure” effect for them in closely played games.
|Translated title of the contribution||Home advantage in American College Football games: a multilevel modelling approach|
|Pages (from-to)||1 - 23|
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2011|