Looking at the review and watching the EMU game as well as the Colts v. Dolphins the other night is it possible that the reason our D looked gashed at times was because they were on the field a long time? Now granted if they would have been able to make a couple of stops we would have simply scored more, but running a play every 20 seconds or so leads to some issues on the D side.
Time of possession and the D
but another reason is, looking at the UFR, once backs got to the second level we were not where we were supposed to be. The linebackers scored a -12.5
TOP is overrated when you have an offense and QB like Manning.
(ours has been pretty good too so far)
Last year the meme was that the defense looked worse because the offense couldn't hold on to the ball, so the D was always on the field and getting tired.
knowing the offense hadn't scored AGAIN; I'm sure it isn't as bad to return to the field after the offense scored.
Last year: 3 yards and a cloud of dust
This year: 90 yards and a trail of vapor
This is something I have always wondered about. It seems like teams that put up a ton of points never have a great D, sometimes a good one but never a great one, and I wondered if this because the defense was tired. It makes sense. If you have a fast paced offense that scores quickly and the other team dominates TOP, being tired has to factor in on the D.
The two games sited are anomalies. Last year TOP was 28 min for M and 32 for the opposition for the year. Not a big discrepancy.
In 2007 it was 30 min for M and 30 for the opposition.
2008 PSU: First half TOP M=17 PSU=13, Score was 17-14 M, the D got killed in the 2nd half. It wasn't from TOP. End of game TOP was 30 M, 30 PSU
2008 osu: First half TOP M=14, osu=16, Score was 14-7 osu, the D got killed in the 2nd half. It wasn't from TOP. End of game TOP was 29 M, 31 osu.
Looking at the first 6 mins 18 secs of the game on play-by-play
Indy TD: 80 yds on 1 play TOP: 12 secs
Miami TD: 75 yds 10 plays (no incompletions, 1 penalty) TOP: 6 min 6 secs
Score is tied, but Miami enjoys a 96%-4% TOP advantage.
Points are the most important factor, obviously. Turnovers, which can dramatically affect pts/possesion, are very important; a turnover deep in your own territory lowers your pts/possesion and gives the opponent an excellent opportunity to raise his pts/possesion. If pts/possesion are fairly even, then TOP may indicate the winner, or not, if one teams is running and staying in-bounds and the other is thowing the ball over 10 yds with a >50% completion rate.
TOP is usually not very meaningful in games with big plays, such as EMU at M last Saturday.