Pro Football Focus Top 10 Players thus Far...
Lewis at 7 and Peppers just missed the cut.
Per Steve Lorenz of 247. 4* DE from Farmington MI (IIRC).
BIG TEN SCORECARD AT THE HALFWAY POINT
Now that nearly everyone has half of their schedule behind them, this is a good time to go back and take a look at the updated scorecards for some summary statistics in our beloved conference.
Like last time, our first one will have passing, rushing and scoring offense and defense. After six games, here is how the conference shakes out:
The one thing I know most of you will zoom towards immediately are Michigan’s defensive numbers, all of which are firmly in the “green” and in each case, the best average in that category in the conference.
Looking at Michigan State, as it is that week, you can see that things aren’t what they used to be on defense in East Lansing. To see them giving up more than 100 yards on the ground on average per game is something I don’t think we’ve seen in a while. Indeed, that rushing defense is about in the middle of the conference, but then again, it isn’t Purdue or Maryland in that regard.
On offense, Michigan is what you might think right now – a bit below average in passing offense, a bit above the bar on rushing offense, and not at all surprisingly, about in the middle for scoring offense. Of course, the need to score a ton of points may not be urgent when you’re shutting down offenses, but scoring a goodly number of them is preferred all the same. Football can be funny that way.
Here are the current averages for kickoff and punt returns and coverage (again, you’re basically looking at average net here, so touchbacks do affect some of the numbers):
There is rather a lot of compression here, so it stands that, like the last time we saw these cards, this is a good punting conference. As for punt returns, the lesson is immediately apparent – DO NOT punt to Will Likely. On kickoff coverage, you can also see plenty of teams doing rather well on special teams, and then of course Michigan on kick returns, primarily thanks to one kick return in particular, is way ahead of everyone else at the moment.
Here are first and third down differentials:
Once again, aren’t you thankful that you are not Purdue or Maryland? Interestingly, they are the only teams where both differentials are in negative territory. Penn State breaks even on first downs and is slightly negative on their third down conversion differential. By contrast, there is of course Michigan, which is second in first down differential and first in third down conversion differential. When you’re forcing three and outs and controlling the ball for what seems like hours on end, it’s fairly easy to do that, I would think. Michigan State’s numbers in this respect are a bit un-MSU-like as well, so we’ll see if that holds on Saturday too.
Hello to all Chicago area MGoBloggers. I am hosting a watch party for the MSU game with some friends of mine, and I wanted to extend an open invitation to those that may not have seen it discussed in this thread here on the boards a few weeks ago (LINK). I do not want to publish my address in a public forum so if you are interested in coming, you can either reach out to me on Twitter (@MikeCohodes) or on gmail[email protected] I live in Gilberts, which is a burb out northwest, about 15 miles west of Schaumburg off of I-90. Significant others and or kids are welcome. Please reach out to me if you are interested in coming and I'll give you my address. I already had an RSVP yes from Bronco648 and interest from StephenRKass (though Stephen you still need to email me for the address).
If you come, you'll be able to watch the game in HD on this (for size comparison my son is 40" tall):
EDIT: Depending on the start time for Game 1 of the NLCS, the party might be extended to include watching that game as well. We do have plans late Saturday night though, so it all depends on the start time. Might also be able to figure out the Picture in Picture mode also and do both at once if there's overlap. Go Cubs!
Sounds like things are going our way
Just remembered a great quote. "A person is only insecure about losing someone when they know someone else can treat them better"— Chris Partridge (@CoachCPartridge) October 14, 2015
EDIT: I fixed the original failure of ctrl C ctrl V. For those that cannot see the update there is a re embed below