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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Where the Pack is ranked, statistically

It's a bit early for these rankings to mean much, but here's where the Pack ranks nationally in several key categories after two games, courtesy NCAAsports.com:

119 teams ranked in Football Bowl Subdivision
Category National

Rushing Offense 109 78.00

Passing Offense 94 153.50

Total Offense 116 231.50

Scoring Offense 100 17.00

Rushing Defense 75 143.00

Pass Efficiency Defense 50 108.84

Total Defense 61 336.00

Scoring Defense 86 29.00

Net Punting 16 39.40

Punt Returns 51 10.83

Kickoff Returns 106 15.00

Turnover Margin T-25 1.00

Pass Defense 51 193.00

Passing Efficiency 106 89.95

Sacks 4 4.00

Tackles For Loss 37 6.50

Sacks Allowed T-69 2.00


Again, it's early, but you can't feel good about posting three-digit numbers in 5 of 17 categories. It's not surprising, though, that 4 of those are offensive rankings given how badly we've played on that side of the ball.

Some encouraging numbers are in there, though: 16th in punting, which is often overlooked in a team's success quotient. Its an even more impressive stat given just how much punting Bradley Pierson has had to do so far through two games. We'll hope that fatigue or "punter's leg" doesn't start to become a problem if our offense doesn't improve.

State's also showing fourth, nationally, in sacks at 4.00 per game. The strong rush is yielding dividends in the turnover margin, as well, as State is tied in 25th at +1 per game.

So kudos all around to Mike Archer and the performance of the defense thus far. Hopefully with the return of Russell Wilson at QB we'll see improvement offensively and start to turn this thing around and headed in the right direction.

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