A sack is a sack. It can be a drive killer, a game changer, a game killer. And it can hurt:
Bit of a spear from former Seminole Marcus Ball; but it's probably the best move he made with his head during his time at FSU.
2 sacks allowed per game might sound ok to you. But not if your team only passes the ball 10 times -- 20% of your team's pass attempts result in a sack. If your team passes it 60 times, you're probably pretty happy with a slim 3.3% sack rate per pass.
So, let's adjust FBS team sacks allowed totals based on how many times they threw the ball.
Note: The following table may be painful for Nole fans. Or said another way; only slightly less painful than a delayed MLB blitz up the middle.
I'll let you get right to the table. PA = Pass attempts ; aPA = adjusted pass attempts (sacks added back as PAs) ; SA = Sacks allowed ; SA% = Sacks allowed divided by adjusted pass attempts. ACC teams are color-coded.
And - as always - my tables are clickable sortable.
If we sort the sacks allowed per pass attempt, we see that Virginia and Duke did an excellent job at limiting sacks based on some combination of pass protection provided by their respective OLs and/or offensive scheming. Maryland is sure going to miss LT Max Garcia (of course, we won't). BC, Wake, and Georgia Tech round out the lower spots.
Florida State pulls up the conference rear and NCAA bottom-of-the-barrel with its 40 sacks allowed (112th) and 9.46% pass attempts ending with a sack. On average, FSU took a sack every 10 to 11 pass attempts. You're just not going to get any sustained successful drives when you're taking a sack at that frequency. I remember thinking our offense was highly successful toward generating scoring chances, so long as we avoided taking a sack on the drive.
For reference, Duke QBs on average were sacked only once every 28 snaps. On a side note, how much more impressive was FSU's 5 sacks in 38 adjusted pass attempts (13.15%) defensive showing at Duke in 2011?
And how awful is that 40 sacks on 291 aPA from Ohio State? 1 out of every 7 attempted passes ended in a sack! That's almost 3x the national average (5.98%).
Conversation Starter: Who do you place the bulk of the blame on for FSU's atrocious numbers? EJ? Coaching staff (prep, gameplan)? Offensive Line? Injuries?