This gets better every week. I like to see it flesh out. Nice work!
Tracking 2010 Turnovers & Special Teams – Updated Through Bowling Green
I added Special Teams (Punting & Kickoffs).
Synopsis for Turnovers: So, we finally had a game where turnovers had no impact at all (most blowouts are going to be that way). The TOM ended at –0- even though it took another interception followed immediately by a fumble to do that. Is this some kind of a record – do they even keep track of interceptions followed by a fumble?
For the BGSU game, M had more fumbles than average (2.0 versus 1.63) and more lost fumbles than average (2.0 versus 0.80). With no interceptions again this week, M continues to do fantastic in this category. No forced fumbles persists with M now being at just 29% of the average for forcing fumbles. But, the secondary is smokin with 2 more interceptions (if we can just quit fumbling after the int!).
Overall, M is about average for TOs gained but doing great with TOs lost for a current TOM of 4.0 (which is what is was after the first 2 games). This is definitely surprising considering the relative strength of the last 2 opponents. The better team should usually force more TOs. That said, historically, TOs tend to come in bunches rather than a consistent number from game to game. (BTW, TOM was 1.0 after 4 games last year.)
Synopsis for Special Teams: Fugly, fugly, fugly. Field Goals are 1-5, net punting is 31.6 yards/punt (#105), punt returns are 5.4 yards/return (#96), average starting position for the opposition after our kickoff is the 29 yard line, and we average 18.1 yards per KO return (#107). Details for each game are below.
Summary by Game:
The extrapolation is a straight line [Totals] X [13 Total Games / Games Played]. AQ Best and AQ average is over the past 10 years. AQ Best is kind of funky because the team with the "best" in each category is different so the numbers don't add. But, it does provide a point of reference.
Here is the detail of each fumble/interception and a comment providing insight if the turnover (or lack thereof) was significant. Note, blocked punts are not considered a turnover and an interception of an extra point is not considered a turnover (player does not get credit for a interception).
Here is the overall summary by player (data in yellow was affected by this week's game).
Here are the Punting and Kickoff statistics. (Touchbacks are included as –20 yards when determining net yards.)
Remember here are the correlations of TOM to WLM at season's end.
If MICH is still nationally ranked tied for 13th in least amount of giveaways, 31st in takeaways and 17th in TO margin when the season is over, then the first round is on me in Pasadena
Look for me at the bar. I'll be wearing a Michigan shirt.
The players also know the improvement is there and this builds confidence.
Our kickoff coverage has also been very good this year - just look at what has happened to Wisconsin, Iowa & the buckeyes -all have given up big returns this year. Plus look how many kickoffs we've had to cover. I sit in the south endzone & our coverage guys are very disciplined in keeping their lanes of responsibility which gives us a good chance to make the play. Very good news ... Thanks Brian !
Go Blue !