Big Ten teams in Big Ten play in 2009

thePhilipJFry's picture
September 29, 2010 at 2:12p
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How did the big ten offenses fair in big ten play last season?

 

1st

Yards

Passing

comp

att

YPA

Rushing

RA

YPC

Fumbles

INT

PTS

Illinois

18.13

353.1

176.8

14.8

27.9

6.34

176.4

40.3

4.38

0.63

1.00

18.5

Indiana

17.50

372.8

262.4

23.0

38.5

6.81

110.4

28.8

3.84

0.50

1.38

24.4

Iowa

16.38

307.0

209.8

14.5

29.1

7.20

97.3

34.1

2.85

0.63

1.75

21.8

Michigan

17.38

321.3

201.1

16.1

29.1

6.91

120.1

39.1

3.07

1.50

1.38

22.1

MichiganState

17.75

376.9

248.0

18.3

32.1

7.72

128.9

31.1

4.14

0.88

1.13

25.6

Minnesota

15.75

295.3

198.1

13.5

27.9

7.11

97.1

34.1

2.85

1.00

1.25

21.5

Northwestern

22.88

377.4

270.8

26.8

41.6

6.50

106.6

36.9

2.89

1.00

0.63

22.3

OhioState

18.50

333.6

134.1

11.3

20.1

6.66

199.5

43.8

4.56

0.75

0.75

27.8

PennState

19.38

400.6

225.9

17.1

29.0

7.79

174.8

36.3

4.82

0.50

0.75

26.8

Purdue

19.63

376.5

260.6

23.5

38.5

6.77

115.9

32.0

3.62

1.25

1.00

25.5

Wisconsin

21.25

395.0

197.4

16.5

27.5

7.18

197.6

46.0

4.30

0.75

1.13

29.5

That’s a lot of numbers.

It’s average per game results from big ten games only last season.

I see, that’s still a lot of numbers.

Yeah, so you should know that offenses are good when they score points, points are related to yards, the number of yards produced depends greatly on the number of plays the offense gets, the number of plays an offense gets depends on the pace they play with, how often they run the ball, how quickly their defense gets the ball back . . .

The point man, get to the point!

Yards per passing attempt (YPA) and yards per carry (YPC) will tell you which teams played offense well last season.

So who played well last season?

Penn State led the league in both yards per passing attempt and yards per carry.  They were the gold standard of Big Ten offensive production.  Michigan State threw it almost as well as Penn State and Ohio State was in their neighborhood running the football, but nobody did both as well as Penn State.

It all looks the same to me man.

Throwing the football, you see those two points clear out on the right side?  That means Penn State and Michigan State threw the football better than everybody else.

Running the football, Penn State is out in front again, then a steady fall until you reach the Michigan/Northwestern/Iowa/Minnesota group of limited rushing production.

 

Both at once!

You’re a mad man, here you go.

WHAT?

You have passing on the X axis and rushing on the Y.  The upper right hand corner is where you want to be, lower left is a problem.

That’s Penn State and Michigan State leading the way high and right.  That is Illinois, Ohio State and Wisconsin from left to right across the top of the graph.  Northwestern is hanging out low and left.

So Penn State, Michigan State, Wisconsin must have dominated the standings last season.

They did well, only 9 losses combined last season, but I sense you are mocking me.

Yeah, there was a big ten title game in Columbus last season, and Penn State, Michigan State and Wisconsin weren’t invited.

Defense

 

1st

Yards

Passing

comp

att

YPA

Rushing

RA

YPC

Fumbles

INT

PTS

Illinois

21.00

395.4

215.6

15.9

27.4

7.88

179.8

40.3

4.47

1.13

0.25

25.75

Indiana

23.13

417.4

235.3

17.4

29.8

7.91

182.1

42.5

4.29

1.13

1.50

31.75

Iowa

16.00

279.3

159.0

15.0

29.9

5.32

120.3

38.0

3.16

0.75

1.63

16.13

Michigan

20.38

428.5

225.1

17.3

27.9

8.08

203.4

43.3

4.70

0.25

1.00

33.25

MichiganState

19.75

393.3

268.5

21.0

35.1

7.64

124.8

36.5

3.42

0.75

0.38

27.75

Minnesota

20.13

385.5

235.5

19.3

32.9

7.16

150.0

37.3

4.03

1.13

0.88

26.75

Northwestern

18.13

354.1

229.9

17.8

30.1

7.63

124.3

33.1

3.75

1.13

0.88

24.88

OhioState

16.13

277.9

197.4

20.6

36.5

5.41

80.5

31.3

2.58

0.63

2.38

12.63

PennState

17.00

310.3

194.1

17.9

32.9

5.90

116.1

33.1

3.51

0.63

1.13

14.88

Purdue

17.63

354.1

182.8

15.3

27.5

6.65

171.4

38.6

4.44

1.00

1.00

27.63

Wisconsin

15.25

313.8

241.8

18.0

31.5

7.67

72.0

28.5

2.53

0.88

1.13

24.25

Graphs?

There were two very good passing defenses, Iowa and Ohio State, then Penn State with Purdue and Minnesota in the middle.  Then everybody else had trouble defending the pass.

There were two very good rushing defenses, Wisconsin and Ohio State, with Iowa, Michigan State and Penn State also above average in that department.

Much more clearly, Ohio State in the lower left hand corner with Iowa and Penn State also standing out.  And yes the upper right hand corner is Michigan, who couldn't stop the run but made up for it by giving up large gains in the passing game.

So Penn State was the best offense, one of the three standout defenses, why no title?

Here is Penn State against Iowa and Ohio State

Penn State on offense

YPA

YPC

Iowa

6.2

3.3

Ohio State

4.5

2.5

 

 

 

Penn State on D

YPA

YPC

Iowa

5.2

4.4

Ohio State

7.4

4.7

Both Iowa and Ohio State ran the ball effectively against Penn State and both shut down Penn State’s running game.  In the end Penn State in 2009 was a very good football team with two poor performances in the running game when they could least afford them.

Conclusion?

The big ten 2009 came down to defense.  The offensive flaws in the Hawkeyes and Buckeyes were covered up by standout defenses.  Iowa would probably look much better as a passing offense if Stanzi is taking every snap in their last three games, particularly against Northwestern and Minnesota (hard for me to imagine him putting up better numbers against Ohio State than the big ten best that Vandenberg did).  But the injury did happen and I’m just giving you the numbers here.

Comments

Jason Priestas's picture

Damn, son. Nice work.

BucksfanXC's picture

Wow, someone actually paid attention in Stats class? Impressive Graphs!

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