I put the penalty comparison between LSU and Alabama in an internet T-test to see if it was statistically significant. My p vaule was 0.076, just greater than the traditional 0.05 to determine difference. I havent done this calculation in years maybe I'm off if anyone would like to check my work.
If my p vaule is correct, I still think that it is a pretty impressive difference bt the two schools.
I've always wanted some statistics nerds to really take an analytical look at this. If I were a statistics professor at LSU, this would be the project I assign to my students.
That being said, I would guess that if you broadened your data set by comparing the # of penalties for every SEC game over the last 10 seasons rather than the average penalties per season you'd reach statistical significance (so you're not limiting yourself to such a small set of data like 10, you'd have like 80 SEC games..if you catch my drift)
Still that p value is noteworthy and pretty much proves the inherent bias in officiating towards Alabama.
This post was edited on 12/4 at 12:33 am