Monday, October 30, 2006

Michigan's Offensive Output

It is true that Michigan was withouth Mario Manningham, Tyler Ecker, Mike Massey and Rueben Riley.

But New Hampshire put 34 points on the Mildcats. The following teams also scored significant points on lowly Northwestern: Nevada 31; Penn State 33; Wisconsin 41; Purdue 31; and Michigan State 41.

Seventeen points when you get five turnovers from the opposition isn't going to get it in November against the Buckeyes.

3 Comments:

Blogger Andy said...

Held NW to -13 yards rushing. Has OSU held any opponent to negative rushing yards this year? I bet NW goes for over 100 against OSU.

10:23 AM  
Blogger EEWillison said...

Michigan's rush defense is the best in the nation (though OSU isn't far behind). But OSU's scoring defense is the best in the nation (though Michigan isn't far behind either).

I'll take a defense allowing a season average of 7.3 points per game (mostly in garbage time) over a defense allowing -13 yards rushing but giving up a season average of 11.6 points per game (again, admittedly not far behind OSU).

With the defenses fairly even (though very different in how they are effective), it falls to the offense. OSU scores 35.9 points per game, while Michigan scores only 28.3 points per game.

In fact, if you drop off the decimal points, I'd be pretty happy with that score.

For the official side by side stat comparison, check out http://www.the-ozone.net/football/2006/Illinois/statcomparison.htm

10:40 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

By the way, the NW game was played in some of the worst weather conditions in Michigan Football history. You may wish to consider that before you put too much credence in your stats.

12:00 AM  

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