- ChantRant got an interview with Ga Tech coach Paul Johnson, where they discuss the triple option.
- I'd like to introduce you to a new site, ACCSports.com I spoke with their new managing editor, Jim Young, and he asked me to link this Christian Ponder article.
- Scalpem asks: Have you been impressed with Christian Ponder? Mark Sclabach sure thinks so, in this Steve Ellis Article: Schlabach also pointed to Ponder. "I think their biggest problem the last three years has been the inconsistency at quarterback," he said. "I like Drew Weatherford. I think he's a great kid but he wasn't very good the last couple of years."
- Andrew Carter writes that Antone Smith should play Saturday
- I want to say that this is an AMAZING piece on Johnson's offense, and I will link this every day. Read this now as I will refer to specific details in the article throughout the week.
The Numbers Game:
15 Sacks in 177 Dropbacks (162 Pass Attempts) in games against Legit D1 competition is good for a sack rate of 8.5% This is a great stat to use when measuring pressure, as it accounts for the frequency at which an offense passes. Back in August, I detailed our sack rates in the past:
- '04: 7.8% 25 Sacks over 322 Dropbacks in 9 games. Teams Excluded: UAB, Syracuse, Duke.
- '05: 9.0% 33 Sacks over 366 Dropbacks in 10 games. Teams Excluded: The Citadel, Duke. Syracuse.
- '06: 6.8% 18 Sacks over 266 Dropbacks in 9 games. Teams Excluded: Troy, Rice, Duke, Western Michigan.
- '07: 6.4% 27 Sacks over 424 Dropbacks in 11 games. A sack every 14.7 dropbacks. Teams Excluded: UAB, Duke.
Sack rate is the most effective way to measure sacks because it takes out the naturally occurring variance that results from game to game. A good sack rate is 8.5%. The top teams in the country have sack rates of about 10.5%, but they probably average around 9% against their good competition. Since that is the filter I applied, that is the number we will shoot for. 6.4% for FSU is bad.
The 6 against Virginia Tech definitely helped.
- Phil Steele says FSU has the 44th ranked Opponent Adjusted Pass Efficiency defense. Tomahawk Nation follow this stat closely. Where does GTech rank? 45th.
Florida State still leads the Nation in the following defensive statistics:
- Red Zone TD % Defense, allowing only 31% TD's in the red zone (7 TD's in 22 Trips)
- 3rd down % defense (and nobody else is even close) Opponents are 16 of 92, which is sick (17%).
Enough with the nerdy stuff for now. I have an announcement!
I think Jimbo Fisher is a reader. Why?
In yesterday's press conference, he mentioned that it was good to see Greg Carr play a good game against a good team. Rough quote:
His number's are against better people. He's doing it against better competition and in bigger situations than when he was younger.
How does that relate to us? Well, we were the only ones talking about that very issue! Nobody else had mentioned that Carr was averaging 3.7Catches 75 yards, and 1.7TD's against garbage teams, while only averaging 2.8 Catches, 48Yards, and 0.4 TD's against good teams. Jimbo, if you are a fan, keep up the good work. You guys have quite the challenge this week.
A note about poll questions:
17% of people would rather see a sack than a holding penalty. I have to say that I voted for the Holding penalty. Think about this:
A Sack can result in a fumble, and possible an injury, and definitely results in a loss of down! The loss of down is the key. A holding penalty does NOT result in a loss of down.
I would rather have a holding penalty and 1st n 20, than a sack that results in 2nd and 15. Why? Ref's will NOT call holding every play. They subconsciously want to call a similar amount of penalties on each team. I've discussed this at length HERE, and HERE
I think now is good time to take a look at the most and least penalized teams in the nation:
|Rank||Name||Games||Penalties||Yards Penalized||Penalties Per Game||Yards Per Game||Wins||Losses||Ties|
I conveniently bolded the ranked teams.
Now the most penalized teams:
Yes, 7 of the 8 most heavily penalized teams are ranked! What group do you want to be in? I'll take aggressiveness.
Finally, a huge concern:
Florida State is 94th in Tackles for Loss allowed! That's bad, but what's worse is that we've played only 7 games, while other teams have played 8 or 9, and 2 of our 7 were against 1-AA teams! This WILL come back to doom us, and unless we get lucky and fix it, this week looks like the perfect opportunity for it to hurt us.