Points allowed through first 8 games

Submitted by artds on October 29th, 2011 at 8:58 PM
We've allowed 117 points through the first 8 games this year.

Here are the points allowed through the first 8 games during the RR years:

2010: 240

2009: 188

2008: 230

Note that the 65 points from the 2010 Illinois game aren't even included in the 2010 total, as that was our 9th game last year.

Comments

Mr. Yost

October 29th, 2011 at 9:02 PM ^

It was premature when people were throwing it out after the Minnesota game.

But now? After playing Purdue and N'Western...two teams known for good offense over the past 15 years + Sparty. This stat is VERY legit.

And it should be 110, because that last touchdown today was bullshit.

Humen

October 29th, 2011 at 9:06 PM ^

Can you please post the stats for the years previous to the RR years as well? It would be nice to have a thread praising the defense with some comparative strength rather than weakness

g_reaper3

October 29th, 2011 at 9:17 PM ^

2011 - 117

2010: 240

2009: 188

2008: 230 

2007 - 158

2006 - 101

2005 - 156 

2004 - 147

2003 - 137

2002 - 180

Bottomline, RR had the 3 worst years (2 by far).  Hoke has 2nd best which is pretty impressive since it is his first.  Greg Mattison is the man, best defensive coordinator at M since Greg Mattison.

jmblue

October 30th, 2011 at 11:05 AM ^

Being forced to run a 3-3-5 when that isn't your area of expertise can make a lot of DCs look bad, especially when they've got to do with some dubiously-qualifed position coaches as well.  

Not only is Mattison a clear upgrade over GERG, but the entire defensive staff seems superior.  I'm very impressed in particular with the job Curt Mallory has done coaching the DBs.  That group has done a 180 from last season. 

Zone Left

October 29th, 2011 at 9:32 PM ^

It was 98. Those 12 games include a bowl win against Nebraska. That's scary good defense.

That said, it's nothing next to the 1971 juggernaut. 421 points for against 83 points against. That's better than a 5 to 1 ratio. No word on where Michigan was rated in FEI.

g_reaper3

October 29th, 2011 at 9:38 PM ^

Believe it or not, I think we had six 4 star recruits start on defense today - see below.  Plus, eight upperclassmen and only one freshman.  The cupboard isnt as bare as people like to think.

 

Defense 1st String Year Stars
       
DE Roh 6'5" 269 Jr 4
NT Martin 6'2" 304 Sr 4
DT Van Bergen 6'6" 288 RS Sr 4
DE Heininger 6'6" 295 RS Sr WO?
       
WLB Hawthorne 6'0" 214 Jr 3
MLB Demens 6'1" 241 RS Jr 4
SLB Gordon C. 6'3" 207 RS Soph 4
       
RCB Floyd 6'0" 185 RS Jr 3
SS Woolfolk  6'0" 191 Sr 3
FS Gordon T. 5'11" 208 RS Soph 3
LCB Countess 5'10" 176 Fr 4

 

 

 

 

Space Coyote

October 29th, 2011 at 10:14 PM ^

The only other senior, T-Wolf, will have his spot taken by Kovacs, the normal starter.  Michigan will return 7-8 players on D which is still solid.  The young D-line will need to step up, BWC and another interior player, and probably have Black bulk up and move over to SDE.

Roh and Clark at WDE, Black SDE backed up by Brink, BWC at 3 or 1 tech.  Hopefully Ash and Q can step up and some freshman be ready to play. 

MGoKorey

October 30th, 2011 at 12:36 AM ^

losing 3-4 starters happen all the time to teams. Our defense will be fine and shouls be a little better than this years. Pipkins will probably get some play ... as will BWC, QWash and Ash. I wouldn't be surprised to see some of the DE recruits get some play like strobel, godin, wormley. Clearly, with the staff only taking 1 DT this year our coaching staff is more worried about other positions. Losing 3 DL starters is a loss but that is going to happen to a lot of teams this year.

 

Por ejemplo.... Alabama loses 5 starters (1DL, 2LB, 2DB) this year and that is without Dont'a hightower, dre kirkpatrick or nico johnson (all 3 jrs) announcing if they are going pro or not... very possible they lose 8 starters on defense.

g_reaper3

October 29th, 2011 at 10:22 PM ^

Pretty much the same, 1 less upperclassmen and 1 less 4 star.

Defense 1st String Year Stars
       
DE Roh 6'5" 269 Jr 4
NT Martin 6'2" 304 Sr 4
DT Van Bergen 6'6" 288 RS Sr 4
DE Heininger 6'6" 295 RS Sr WO?
       
WLB D. Morgan 6'1" 220 Fr 3
MLB Demens 6'1" 241 RS Jr 4
SLB J. Ryan 6'3" 230 RS Fr 3
       
RCB Floyd 6'0" 185 RS Jr 3
SS Woolfolk  6'0" 191 Sr 3
FS Gordon T. 5'11" 208 RS Soph 3
LCB Countess 5'10" 176 Fr 4

 

 

 

 

switch26

October 29th, 2011 at 9:39 PM ^

It is pretty impressive what we have done so far on D, but people shouldn't get too excited..  The B1G is not very good right now, and we haven't beaten or played anyone ranked outside of MSU..

 

Ill be impressed if we hold Nebraska to less than 21pts which i don't see happening at all

yoopergoblue

October 29th, 2011 at 9:46 PM ^

I'm actually more confident in our defense at this point than our offense.  My reasoning is that lingering  injuries to key players on our Oline might take their toll in the weeks to come.  I shudder when thinking about our prospects if Lewan had to sit out a few games.  That would leave us with one real backup tackle who has very little experience (Mealer).  

maizenblue87

October 29th, 2011 at 10:04 PM ^

I actually enjoy watching the defense now, especially when we get heat on the quarterback. The GERG era was like a cancer which had metastatized but Dr. Mattison has brought a miracle cure.

trueblueintexas

October 29th, 2011 at 10:31 PM ^

The other important thing to note is how the offense has helped the defense this year.  Long drives that are ending in touchdowns goes a long way to helping the D. (despite the interception party our QB's have become this year).  I think the commentators made a comment about Michigan being one of the leading teams on 70+ drives this season.  They are also doing well on red-zone conversion.

Sean Connery

October 29th, 2011 at 11:51 PM ^

And to think, I was in an argument a few days ago with my MSU friend saying that Greg Mattison isn't a good DC. His argument was because we gave up 28 points to MSU, my response: Are you retarded? Did you miss the last 3 years?