I want to point out that ARMY, NAVY, and AIR FORCE are also in the top 10 in least penalized teams every year! fricking Obama!
How in the world can a team that runs the ball 90% of the time like NAVY only be called for 28 penalties in 2011? They lead the nation just about every year in least penalized team. OHHH the HUMANITY of these CHEATERS!
I don't know, why don't you come up with a hypothesis to explain the discrepancy? There is an explanation, right?
So there should be an explanation to explain why Alabama is as well.
I know, for instance, that military personnel are trained to be robotic. They are trained to be the most disciplined people in the world. All those players have a military background. I would hypothesize that that background translates into all phases of their lives, including sports. I know because I have seen it personally with friends in the Marines.
Now, the point about Mississippi State is a good one, although, Mississippi State has been largely irrelevant and downright bad over the last 10 years. Perhaps there is a "mercy bias" to explain why they are consistently at the top of the rankings. I know Croom was a known disciplinarian, but we don't have an example of Croom coaching somewhere else to determine if it is bias or coaching. In the LSU-Bama case, we do.