I worked on this post as a response in another thread, but I thought it might get buried and thought it might spark some interesting discussion. I compiled these stats in response to a post which stated that Michigan offense has been "historically terrible." Now, I will admit there have been some historically terrible stats put up (PSU and MSU games), but I think the stats below might tell a bit of a different story -- perhaps one in which the OC's job should not be in question.
Currently, in FBS (B10) Michigan offense is:
- 63rd in Total Offense (10th B10) w/ 411.6 ypg
- 24th in Scoring Offense (5th B10) w/ 37.9 ppg
- 79th in Rushing Offense (10th B10) w/ 154.9 ypg
- 86th in Total Rushing Yds (10th B10) w/ 1239 yrds
- 99th in Rushing Yds/Attempt (11th B10) w/ 3.7 ypa
- 21st in Rushing TD's (3rd B10) w/ 23 TD's
- 44th in Passing Offense (4th B10) w/ 256.8 ypg
- 57th in Total Passing Yds (5th B10) w/ 2054
- 5th in Passing Yds/Attempt (1st B10) w/ 16.3 ypa
- 62nd in Passing TD's (8th B10) w/ 13 TD's
- 61st in Red Zone Offense @ 83.3% (as an aside, the best team in the nation in Red Zone Offense is FSU, scoring 97.8% of the time it enters the Red Zone. The Big 10 is well represented in the high end of this cateorgy with NWU being #2 @ 97.1%, Minnesota is #3 (REALLY?!?) @ 96.7%, and OSU is #9 @ 93.5%. Michigan has 36 Red Zone attempts in 8 games, while NW has 35 in 9 games, Minn has 30 in 9 games, and OSU has 46 in 9 games)
Individual players in FBS (B10):
- 23rd in Total Offense/Game (1st B10) w/ 307.9 ypg
- 21st in Total Yards (1st B10) w/ 2463 yrds
- 34th in Total Passing Yds (2nd B10) w/ 1989 yds
- 6th in Passing Yds/Attempt (1st B10) w/ 9.8 ypa
- 46th in Passing TD's (5th B10) w/ 13 TD's
- 115th in Rushing Yds (13th B10) w/ 474 yds
- 77th in Rushing Attempts (10th B10) w/ 113 attempts
- 41st in Rushing TD's (5th B10) w/ 9 TD's
- 12th in Total Receiving Yds (2nd B10) w/ 898 yds
- 11th in Receiving Yds/Game (1st B10) w/ 112.6 ypg
- 38th in Yards/Reception (4th B10) w/ 18.0 yds/rec
- 22nd in Receiving TD's (2nd B10) w/ 7 TD's
- 81th in Total Receiving Yards (5th B10) w/ 557 yds
- 17th in Yards/Reception (3rd B10) w/ 19.2 yds/rec
- 89th in Receiving TD's (14th B10) w/ 4 TD's
- 74th Total Rushing Yds (11th B10) w/ 595 yds
- Infinity in Rushing Yds/Attempt (27th B10) w/ 3.7 ypa
- 13th in Rushing TD's (1st B10) w/ 11 TD's
- 14th Rushing Attempts (2nd B10) w/ 163 attempts
- Despite the fact that Michigan cannot run the ball (79th in Rushing Offense, 86th in Total Rushing, and 99th in Rushing Yds/Attempt), Michigan can score rushing TD's (21st in Rushing TD's). Obviously, Gardners 9 Rushing TD's help this a great deal, but Fitz is leading the B10 in Rushing 10 with 11, and in 13th in FBS. Seems like something is working in the run game, and it's not just Gardner being an uber-athletic QB that is deadly on bootlegs and/or scrambles in the Red Zone.
- Michigan gives the ball to Fitz a great deal (2nd most Rushing Attempts in the B10). But, he's just not getting much for it -- only 3.7 ypa (Poor Fitz).
- Fitz scores a TD every 14.81 carries, and Garnder scores a TD every 12.55 carries. That's a TD every 13.8 carries between the two.
- Gardner is a very good passer, and were it not for his early season INT binge, he'd be considered one of the best in the nation.
- Gallon is AWESOME!
- Funchess is a BEAST!
I know there are a lot of Michigan Men/Women on this board who simply hate Borges and want him gone right now. I know that these same people are still smarting and holding a grudge about games from '11, '12, and especially '13. I am NOT trying to be an apologist for Borges. I am simply trying to point out that the offense, depsite only being able to aveage 3.7 ypc rushing due to unacceptably bad OL play, is STILL able to score and put up some pretty good numbers. Further, Gardner, Gallon, Funchess, and even Fitz have nationally respectable numbers.
Again, I am NOT saying that Borges is a great OC. What I am trying to show is that if Michigan's OL was even B10 average, it seems likely that Michigan's offense would be off the chart good. A great deal of that is Garder, IMO, but I think 11 rushing TD's for Fitz is very impressive, and totally out of character for a team that seems to struggle running so much.
Be nice guys, I spent a lot of time compiling these stats. If there are any errors, I'll try to correct them. I hope y'all find this at least slightly illuminating. Let's try to have a civil conversation, and let's hope that Michigan's offfensive weapons ADD to their numbers.
Beat the Huskers!