Scouting FSU's Opponents: Week 8

This is a weekly feature on TomahawkNation.com in which we review the performances of each of FSU's upcoming opponents. I will not do game charts for games against D1-AA opponents. All game charts are non-garbage time only.

This takes a lot of work. I hope that your enjoyment of each game increases with additional knowledge of the opponent.

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Please remember that all of these stats are pre-garbage time only.

  NCSU UVA
Score 28 14
Plays 72 67
Yards/Play 4.8 3.7
NCSU outgained UVA by 31% per-play
Field Position Own 29 Own 37

NC State was clearly the better team in this contest, as you can see by the 31% advantage per play. This game could have been a blowout in State's favor, but NCSU missed a field goal, and only scored a TD on 33% of its red-zone trips.  

Neither team ran effectively in this one, but one team did pass effectively. Virginia was 11 for 35 for 125 yards and three interceptions. Awful. Mike Glennon was 20-36, for 230 and 2 INTs (3 TDs). Acceptable. 

And the Wolfpack had to be better on a down-to-down basis, because its kick coverage was terrible. NCSU kicked off five times, and UVA started at its own: 50, 26, 35, 40 and 41.  

NC State 28, Virginia 14 - Backing The Pack

Mike Glennon played a near-perfect first half; his throws were on target in almost every case, but he didn't get any help from the guys at the receiving end (NC State was missing two key receivers for much of the game). Brian Underwood dropped a sure TD that hit him in the hands; later on a receiver in the end zone had a ball hit him in the stomach and drop to the ground. Should have been a better afternoon for him, stats-wise, but that's so much water under the bridge. He wasn't sacked all afternoon, and though the offense stalled for a long period in the second half, they played through the drops and managed enough points to avoid a woulda-coulda-shoulda finish.
  GT UM
Score 7 24
Plays 60 44
Yards/Play 4.5 3.5
GT outgained UM by 28% per-play
Field Position Own 20 Own 42

This was the least-dominant 17-point win I have ever seen. This isn't homerism. I've told you before when a rival is impressive. But this wasn't one of those games.

Miami was outplayed by Georgia Tech, on a down-to-down basis (see chart at left), but special teams and turnovers absolutely killed Georgia Tech.

Miami's touchdown drives were both only 46 yards. That's right, Tech gave the Hurricanes tremendous field position via turnovers and special teams. Miami didn't have a single drive of over 50 yards. Miami had four drives start in Georgia Tech territory! What's more? Miami's other touchdown came when GT muffed a punt and then bumped it into the end zone. Miami's field position was, on average, 22 yards better per drive than Tech's. Over a 13-drive game, that is an enormous difference.

3.5 yards/play for Miami is absolutely horrid. Jacory Harris was 8-23 for 140 yards and an interception. There was a good wind on the field, however, which hurt. The run game was also pretty bad, averaging 3.3 yards/carry by running back. 

Credit Miami's defense, however, for playing tough. And Credit Al Golden for an excellent plan. Miami's defense has no quality depth, so Miami's offense took almost the entire play clock on each snap. The Canes' defense stayed fresh. 

Miami announced a crowd of 43,716, however that figure was again way, way high based on estimates of those who were there. That program is in serious trouble if this team cannot draw 40,000 for a ranked team, at home, with beautiful weather. Miami hosts Virginia this Thursday. Don't expect more than 35,000 in the stands. DO expect Miami to announce more than 40,000.

  BC VT
Score 14 30
Plays 59 71
Yards/Play 4.6 6.6
VT outgained BC by 42% per-play
Field Position Own 28 Own 25

BC is a bad team. Virginia Tech is a pretty good team. VT thoroughly outplayed BC on a down-to-down basis (42% outgain), and were +2 in turnovers. This blowout should have been bigger, but BC kept putting the Hokies in terrible field position. 

BC held the lead at the half (7-6), but VT made some qualify adjustments and had drives of 60, 89, 56, 74 in the second portion. 

Postgame thoughts from BCI

UF: Bye week

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