Football’s victory margins vary widely in Week 1

Illinois high school varsity football teams played in a total of 294 games in Week 1, which ended Sunday, 11 of which were decided by 1 point. One game, however, was decided by 73 points.


The mean victory margin was 23.4, with a standard deviation of 15.7. The median was 22 points.

Note that four of the 15 games reported as having a victory margin of 1 point in the graph were won by forfeit—the IHSA reports a score of 1-0 on those games.

A total of 12 Week 1 games (4.1 percent) were played against out-of-state opponents. Of the 579 varsity football teams in our database this season, 43 (7.4 percent) are scheduled to play at least one game against an out-of-state opponent. Two teams will play more than one game against opponents from outside Illinois:

Illinois teams were 9-3 against out-of-state opponents in Week 1, with victory margins ranging from 6 to 46 points among the wins (mean 26, median 28) and from 12 to 37 among the losses.

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