I did this for the Rutgers games, and some people commented that it's pointless to compare stats from a blowout against a very overmatched team. Or that the "transitive property" doesn't apply to college football states. Whatever. Take em for what you want -- our D still shut down Rutgers way better than OSU did.
Undeterred, let's do it again. I know, OSU had a tougher fight -- Wiscy was at home, at night, had extra week to prepare, and "Hornibrook wasn't injured by a vicious hit the first time he threw." Agaoin, whatever. What do these stats tell me? OSU's offense is probably a bit better than ours, but we still managed to put ourselves in position to score exactly the same number of regulation points as OSU, had our FG kickers been average-competent (23 pts each). OTOH, OUR DEFENSE IS WAY BETTER THAN THEIRS. We've now seen that in 2 games in 3 weeks. Sweet Christmas.
Note: The OSU data appears to include OT, and ESPN doesn't have per-period stats, so I couldn't back it out. I guess in regulation they'd have 25 yds less offense and 21 on defense, etc. OT doesn't seem to have affected TOP (nor should it). I excluded OT scoring from the TD data.
|Vs WISKY DEFENSE|
|Regulation TDs Scored||2||2|
|Vs WISKY OFFENSE|
|TD Given Up||2||1|
|FG Atts Given Up||3||0|
What nearly ended up with being the fans of the clear #2 team in the land didn't end up quite so, but a very entertaining week.
- Tennesse (and Ole Miss) finally gets the door shut on them as pretender
- NC State and Wisc nearly pulled off upsets (as did Indiana)
- Sparty goes down again
- Ohio looks mortal, as does Clemson
The best things for me this week, though, are:
- the safety by Northwestern - one of the best, cleanest hits on a QB you'll ever see, and with tremendous authority as MSU's QB was horizontal immediately after the hit - the definition of a 'de-cleater'
- this article... http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/sports/ncaafootball/houston-cougars-tom-herman-kiss-macho-culture.html?_r=0 ... coaching, like leadership, at every level is about teaching and caring; winning is only a result, of good teaching and building believers amongst the team, the team, the team...the article struck an interesting chord with me
What you got?
In nearly identical games, NC State and Wisc had the chance to win the game in regular time and OT.
Both teams were rushing over 5+ yards a carry against gassed defenses in the 4th.
Then, the coaches, (for both teams, different games) decide to pass nearly every down at the end of the game and into OT to lose.
A good coach, like our own, if it works - will run the same play over and over.
Tire fire in South Bend - come one, come all!
Brian Kelly is still an ass, but how long does he last?
Best note: UM gains farther lead in win percentage.
Good day so far.
To hell with Notre Dame!