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2009's most erratic teams

Football Outsiders' stats show which teams have been the least, and most, consistent

Updated: November 18, 2009, 5:18 PM ET
By Bill Connelley | Football Outsiders
Getty ImagesTim Tebow may lead college football's best team, but according to Football Outsiders, he also leads one of its least consistent teams.

The Big Game looms this weekend for Stanford and California, but thanks in part to California's seemingly inconsistent play, it has been hard to get a read for who has an advantage. Jeff Tedford's Golden Bears have proved they are a capable team by beating No. 17 Arizona without Jahvid Best and scoring 94 combined points against UCLA and Washington State. But they also scored a combined six points against Oregon and USC.

Cal has built a reputation for up-and-down play, but in terms of week-to-week performance, have they really been any less consistent than anybody else? Not really. In fact, they aren't even in the top 5 most inconsistent teams. Let us explain.