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DVOA has finally climbed on board the Wentz Wagon! The Eagles move into the No. 1 spot, but they aren't the only strong, well-balanced team in the NFL this year. New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and the Los Angeles Rams make this one of the best seasons ever for multiple teams over 30% in DVOA, and Minnesota isn't far behind.

10 Oct 2014

Varsity Numbers: A Look at the Big Uglies

by Bill Connelly

We're just about to the midway point of the 2014 college football season, so I thought it would be a good time to check in on line stats.

Pulling the ideas mostly from Football Outsiders’ pro stats, I have been tracking a variety of line measures for a while, including them on all my SB Nation season previews. We're working to set up landing pages here at FO for weekly updates, but in the meantime, let's have ourselves a Varsity Numbers data dump.

Below are the following stats for each of FBS' 128 schools.

Run-blocking stats

  • Adjusted Line Yards: One of only two opponent-adjusted numbers on the page, this aligns with the ALY figure FO tracks for the NFL and is presented on a scale in which 100.0 is perfectly average, above 100 is good, below 100 is bad.
  • Standard Downs Line Yards per Carry: The raw, unadjusted per-carry line yardage for a team on standard downs (first down, second-and-7 or fewer, third-and-4 or fewer, fourth-and-4 or fewer).
  • Passing Downs Line Yards per Carry: The same unadjusted averages for rushing on passing downs.
  • Opportunity Rate: The percentage of carries (when five yards are available) that gain at least five yards, i.e. the percentage of carries in which the line does its job, so to speak.
  • Power Success Rate: This is the same as on the pro side -- percentage of runs on third or fourth down, two yards or less to go, that achieved a first down or touchdown.
  • Stuff Rate: Same as STUFFED on the pro side -- percentage of carries by running backs that are stopped at or before the line of scrimmage.

Pass-blocking stats

  • Adjusted Sack Rate: An opponent-adjusted version of a team's sack rate -- sacks divided by (sacks plus passes), presented on a scale in which 100 is perfectly average, above 100 is good, below 100 is bad.
  • Standard Downs Sack Rate: Unadjusted sack rate for standard downs pass attempts.
  • Passing Downs Sack Rate: Unadjusted sack rate for passing downs pass attempts.

There are two tables here -- one for offense, one for defense. Offense first.

Offense

Offense Adj. LY Rk Std. Downs Line Yards Rk Pass. Downs Line Yards Rk Opp. Rate Rk Power Success Rate Rk Stuff Rate Rk Adj Sack Rate Rk Std. Downs Sack Rate Rk Pass. Downs Sack Rate Rk
Air Force 100.4 77 3.18 47 3.24 71 38.3% 76 63.9% 90 14.2% 18 114.0 52 0.0% 1 6.4% 62
Akron 124.0 14 2.96 71 3.82 28 42.3% 38 69.2% 59 17.3% 45 116.9 48 4.6% 69 5.4% 47
Alabama 123.6 15 3.54 13 4.05 13 50.5% 5 63.0% 98 13.1% 11 389.7 5 1.1% 8 2.2% 14
Appalachian State 92.8 94 2.90 78 4.19 10 38.0% 80 53.8% 116 19.0% 65 74.6 111 4.3% 64 9.4% 93
Arizona 120.5 23 3.31 33 4.42 7 36.6% 95 71.4% 49 13.4% 12 95.1 74 3.4% 51 8.9% 89
Arizona State 96.3 86 3.21 42 3.45 57 39.7% 59 73.7% 42 15.4% 30 101.9 66 5.8% 85 1.6% 9
Arkansas 123.3 17 3.38 24 4.65 3 53.7% 1 82.4% 12 15.2% 25 1000.0 1 0.0% 1 0.0% 1
Arkansas State 85.3 113 2.38 116 2.24 118 36.9% 94 47.8% 123 22.0% 105 118.2 47 4.4% 67 7.8% 79
Army 104.8 58 3.21 42 2.59 105 37.2% 90 62.9% 99 16.8% 40 34.0 128 5.3% 79 16.0% 124
Auburn 139.4 2 3.27 37 3.42 63 46.2% 22 78.9% 25 16.9% 42 110.4 57 2.4% 27 3.5% 25
Ball State 82.4 118 2.83 91 2.47 109 39.0% 65 75.0% 38 21.0% 95 104.3 62 3.2% 47 5.3% 45
Baylor 104.2 61 3.49 19 4.85 2 42.2% 39 80.0% 21 11.0% 3 213.3 9 4.3% 64 0.0% 1
Boise State 100.0 78 2.49 113 3.52 47 38.2% 77 79.2% 24 23.3% 114 101.8 67 2.5% 29 8.6% 87
Boston College 115.8 31 3.36 29 3.78 29 45.8% 25 73.1% 46 15.7% 32 74.8 109 3.5% 53 10.2% 101
Bowling Green 101.8 69 3.09 60 3.09 84 42.2% 39 66.7% 70 21.0% 95 170.9 18 2.6% 31 3.1% 19
Buffalo 92.3 95 3.10 58 3.83 27 37.4% 89 65.4% 78 19.7% 77 90.2 79 4.1% 61 4.9% 41
BYU 132.0 5 3.56 10 4.56 4 48.1% 12 82.6% 11 15.3% 26 91.4 77 7.2% 103 10.5% 104
California 94.5 91 2.74 99 3.26 69 39.6% 61 62.5% 100 22.4% 109 142.0 31 1.9% 22 7.8% 79
Central Florida 89.2 102 2.44 114 2.40 112 31.4% 123 33.3% 128 29.5% 126 95.0 75 5.6% 82 10.0% 98
Central Michigan 94.3 92 2.85 88 3.16 79 37.6% 84 81.0% 17 21.1% 97 62.0 119 4.6% 69 16.4% 126
Offense Adj. LY Rk Std. Downs Line Yards Rk Pass. Downs Line Yards Rk Opp. Rate Rk Power Success Rate Rk Stuff Rate Rk Adj Sack Rate Rk Std. Downs Sack Rate Rk Pass. Downs Sack Rate Rk
Cincinnati 106.9 50 3.12 55 3.38 64 40.4% 53 66.7% 70 13.9% 15 150.3 26 3.8% 57 5.7% 53
Clemson 103.7 65 2.43 115 4.01 15 37.5% 87 64.0% 88 19.4% 71 103.2 64 2.4% 27 7.6% 76
Colorado 100.5 75 2.76 97 3.31 66 34.9% 108 46.7% 124 18.4% 56 182.0 15 2.8% 37 1.7% 10
Colorado State 113.8 35 3.54 13 3.58 42 41.2% 49 63.6% 91 16.8% 40 164.3 21 3.3% 49 4.6% 36
Connecticut 76.8 123 2.04 124 2.35 115 34.6% 109 63.6% 91 29.9% 127 50.6 127 6.1% 90 20.0% 128
Duke 101.4 72 3.22 41 3.58 42 46.1% 23 60.0% 106 13.6% 13 196.0 12 1.0% 6 4.1% 30
East Carolina 110.7 41 3.46 21 3.46 55 47.9% 14 62.5% 100 15.1% 23 168.3 20 1.4% 13 7.0% 68
Eastern Michigan 95.7 87 2.92 75 2.59 105 34.3% 112 70.0% 57 24.7% 117 55.2 122 9.3% 120 10.6% 106
Florida 112.6 38 3.11 56 2.76 96 39.7% 59 83.3% 7 17.6% 49 127.5 40 1.6% 17 7.3% 71
Florida Atlantic 114.2 34 2.94 73 3.23 73 34.4% 111 69.2% 59 20.1% 87 192.9 13 2.2% 25 5.4% 47
Florida International 59.3 127 2.00 125 1.40 126 31.6% 122 64.7% 85 24.1% 116 74.8 109 11.1% 125 5.3% 45
Florida State 112.8 37 2.81 93 3.90 20 39.2% 63 76.9% 32 21.2% 98 102.1 65 6.6% 97 5.8% 54
Fresno State 104.4 59 3.10 58 3.49 51 42.2% 39 76.0% 37 18.2% 54 123.5 43 2.0% 23 9.6% 95
Georgia 133.1 4 3.51 18 4.07 12 48.5% 8 66.7% 70 10.5% 2 111.0 55 6.1% 90 4.9% 41
Georgia Southern 90.4 99 3.40 23 3.46 55 47.1% 16 60.0% 106 13.8% 14 393.9 4 0.0% 1 3.1% 19
Georgia State 92.1 96 2.88 81 2.73 97 28.2% 126 63.6% 91 18.4% 56 82.9 95 7.2% 103 4.9% 41
Georgia Tech 126.2 11 3.71 5 3.88 24 46.9% 17 78.3% 29 11.2% 4 106.4 61 2.9% 39 8.3% 84
Hawaii 88.3 106 2.90 78 3.59 39 34.5% 110 81.8% 15 18.5% 61 73.6 112 8.8% 115 9.5% 94
Houston 79.8 121 3.09 60 0.89 127 38.6% 70 60.9% 105 22.4% 109 89.9 81 4.4% 67 11.9% 112
Idaho 90.8 97 2.97 70 3.57 44 37.0% 93 84.2% 6 17.5% 48 84.2 93 9.0% 117 9.7% 96
Offense Adj. LY Rk Std. Downs Line Yards Rk Pass. Downs Line Yards Rk Opp. Rate Rk Power Success Rate Rk Stuff Rate Rk Adj Sack Rate Rk Std. Downs Sack Rate Rk Pass. Downs Sack Rate Rk
Illinois 74.6 124 2.53 111 2.16 119 33.6% 113 57.9% 111 25.2% 119 150.0 27 5.5% 81 3.3% 22
Indiana 115.2 33 3.54 13 3.65 34 48.3% 10 67.9% 69 17.1% 43 146.3 28 1.2% 9 7.5% 74
Iowa 88.4 104 2.73 102 3.29 67 37.7% 83 76.2% 35 18.6% 62 127.9 39 4.8% 72 2.5% 16
Iowa State 121.3 21 2.63 105 3.62 36 32.6% 117 50.0% 119 22.1% 106 97.8 71 5.8% 85 7.6% 76
Kansas 82.5 117 2.76 97 2.73 97 36.6% 95 45.5% 125 18.2% 54 77.6 103 11.8% 126 1.8% 11
Kansas State 99.0 81 3.14 50 3.87 25 42.6% 36 70.8% 52 16.2% 36 61.5 120 7.6% 107 8.2% 83
Kent State 64.0 126 1.52 127 2.57 107 28.7% 124 63.6% 91 25.6% 120 127.4 41 8.1% 108 3.6% 26
Kentucky 107.9 47 3.13 52 4.00 16 42.1% 43 69.6% 58 19.8% 82 83.9 94 3.4% 51 11.3% 111
Louisiana Tech 101.6 71 2.60 106 3.14 81 35.4% 106 75.0% 38 20.2% 88 96.6 73 5.7% 84 5.8% 54
Louisville 107.0 48 2.94 73 3.53 46 38.6% 70 88.9% 3 19.4% 71 86.8 89 6.4% 94 12.2% 114
LSU 118.5 27 3.29 34 2.86 91 43.8% 31 70.4% 56 18.4% 56 90.0 80 3.6% 54 12.2% 114
Marshall 121.4 20 3.89 2 5.09 1 49.8% 6 56.5% 112 11.9% 7 98.0 70 1.5% 16 12.1% 113
Maryland 95.2 88 2.92 75 2.92 90 39.8% 58 55.6% 114 23.0% 113 89.4 82 6.6% 97 7.4% 72
Massachusetts 95.1 89 2.34 118 3.85 26 38.2% 77 72.2% 47 22.8% 112 82.4 96 6.2% 93 6.8% 66
Memphis 88.4 104 2.88 81 3.45 57 43.6% 33 68.4% 62 19.3% 68 154.4 25 1.2% 9 6.7% 65
Miami 105.1 57 3.47 20 2.39 113 46.6% 20 61.5% 102 20.2% 88 115.3 49 2.8% 37 8.9% 89
Miami (Ohio) 88.8 103 2.59 107 2.65 101 36.1% 99 50.0% 119 22.2% 107 69.7 115 8.1% 108 7.6% 76
Michigan 112.4 39 2.83 91 3.59 39 40.3% 54 77.8% 30 17.3% 45 113.2 53 9.2% 119 4.6% 36
Michigan State 106.4 54 3.13 52 3.51 49 38.9% 67 61.5% 102 18.8% 63 136.0 35 2.3% 26 4.3% 32
Middle Tennessee 103.2 67 3.13 52 3.74 33 39.2% 63 64.3% 86 19.0% 65 87.1 88 4.8% 72 9.3% 92
Offense Adj. LY Rk Std. Downs Line Yards Rk Pass. Downs Line Yards Rk Opp. Rate Rk Power Success Rate Rk Stuff Rate Rk Adj Sack Rate Rk Std. Downs Sack Rate Rk Pass. Downs Sack Rate Rk
Minnesota 112.0 40 3.32 31 3.52 47 41.4% 47 65.0% 80 19.4% 71 63.7 117 2.7% 34 15.4% 121
Mississippi State 121.9 19 3.63 8 3.61 37 48.0% 13 68.4% 62 15.3% 26 86.3 91 3.7% 56 13.2% 118
Missouri 101.7 70 2.86 87 3.65 34 42.0% 45 68.2% 64 21.6% 103 118.4 46 3.3% 49 5.8% 54
Navy 122.5 18 3.70 6 3.90 20 47.3% 15 68.2% 64 14.5% 19 52.3 126 18.0% 128 14.9% 120
N.C. State 131.8 6 3.83 3 4.19 10 51.1% 3 83.3% 7 9.9% 1 97.2 72 5.2% 77 5.4% 47
Nebraska 130.7 7 3.55 11 4.55 5 45.7% 26 65.2% 79 14.0% 16 140.8 32 1.7% 18 7.2% 70
Nevada 104.0 63 3.05 63 2.73 97 35.5% 104 81.0% 17 19.6% 76 134.6 36 5.0% 75 4.4% 34
New Mexico 99.0 81 3.25 40 2.77 94 43.8% 31 63.6% 91 19.3% 68 54.0 123 6.7% 99 15.4% 121
New Mexico State 90.2 100 2.88 81 3.09 84 38.4% 74 71.4% 49 17.8% 50 1000.0 1 0.0% 1 0.0% 1
North Carolina 115.8 31 3.14 50 1.77 123 40.1% 56 81.2% 16 17.8% 50 163.1 22 3.8% 57 5.6% 51
North Texas 69.5 125 2.26 121 2.53 108 38.6% 70 93.8% 1 19.7% 77 88.3 85 5.0% 75 5.6% 51
Northern Illinois 99.1 80 3.00 66 3.59 39 41.2% 49 68.8% 61 19.3% 68 145.5 29 0.0% 1 7.0% 68
Northwestern 117.0 29 2.99 67 2.60 104 33.5% 114 68.2% 64 16.7% 39 88.6 84 8.8% 115 3.6% 26
Notre Dame 109.7 44 2.92 75 3.29 67 38.7% 69 66.7% 70 16.6% 37 186.0 14 2.7% 34 7.5% 74
Ohio 97.6 84 2.96 71 3.16 79 38.9% 67 70.6% 53 19.1% 67 156.9 24 1.4% 13 4.2% 31
Ohio State 108.7 45 3.55 11 3.44 61 51.3% 2 68.2% 64 15.1% 23 73.4 113 10.6% 124 6.4% 62
Oklahoma 125.4 12 3.29 34 3.57 44 39.0% 65 76.2% 35 15.9% 34 200.5 11 2.6% 31 3.4% 24
Oklahoma State 106.6 53 2.84 90 3.48 53 37.1% 91 64.0% 88 17.2% 44 77.4 104 6.5% 96 10.3% 102
Old Dominion 100.7 74 3.34 30 3.45 57 44.0% 30 75.0% 38 16.6% 37 91.2 78 4.0% 59 10.8% 108
Ole Miss 105.7 55 2.22 123 2.32 116 35.6% 102 85.0% 4 27.2% 125 134.5 37 6.1% 90 4.0% 29
Offense Adj. LY Rk Std. Downs Line Yards Rk Pass. Downs Line Yards Rk Opp. Rate Rk Power Success Rate Rk Stuff Rate Rk Adj Sack Rate Rk Std. Downs Sack Rate Rk Pass. Downs Sack Rate Rk
Oregon 156.1 1 3.72 4 3.95 18 45.9% 24 65.0% 80 12.6% 8 63.1 118 8.7% 114 14.3% 119
Oregon State 109.9 43 3.38 24 2.44 110 41.0% 51 66.7% 70 18.0% 52 87.2 87 7.4% 106 4.9% 41
Penn State 84.3 114 2.32 120 3.26 69 39.6% 61 59.1% 108 25.7% 121 120.6 44 4.0% 59 10.5% 104
Pittsburgh 128.0 8 3.54 13 3.22 76 46.9% 17 78.6% 28 15.0% 22 112.0 54 10.3% 123 4.3% 32
Purdue 108.2 46 2.80 94 3.76 30 37.8% 82 80.8% 20 20.4% 90 84.5 92 3.6% 54 8.3% 84
Rice 110.5 42 3.06 62 3.48 53 45.4% 28 77.8% 30 17.4% 47 80.2 99 5.3% 79 8.7% 88
Rutgers 103.5 66 2.85 88 3.22 76 42.1% 43 72.0% 48 22.3% 108 107.6 59 4.6% 69 6.2% 61
San Diego State 104.1 62 3.45 22 3.90 20 36.6% 95 80.0% 21 11.2% 4 114.6 50 1.3% 11 10.3% 102
San Jose State 94.3 92 2.59 107 3.24 71 32.5% 118 66.7% 70 19.5% 74 114.4 51 2.5% 29 5.4% 47
SMU 86.2 110 1.93 126 2.77 94 27.0% 127 53.8% 116 20.0% 85 69.8 114 8.5% 112 10.7% 107
South Alabama 106.9 50 3.21 42 4.04 14 44.2% 29 58.3% 110 19.5% 74 64.2 116 6.4% 94 6.1% 60
South Carolina 116.6 30 3.17 48 3.60 38 46.7% 19 81.0% 17 18.0% 52 142.1 30 2.6% 31 6.4% 62
South Florida 78.0 122 2.34 118 2.43 111 38.1% 79 41.7% 127 25.9% 122 98.1 69 6.0% 87 4.8% 40
Southern Miss 80.1 119 2.26 121 2.96 88 28.3% 125 65.0% 80 25.9% 122 126.1 42 3.2% 47 6.0% 59
Stanford 100.5 75 3.27 37 2.72 100 37.1% 91 55.6% 114 12.9% 10 76.9 105 8.5% 112 5.9% 57
Syracuse 106.7 52 2.50 112 3.96 17 37.6% 84 45.0% 126 20.7% 94 442.3 3 1.3% 11 1.4% 7
TCU 136.5 3 3.52 17 3.94 19 46.3% 21 52.6% 118 18.4% 56 111.0 55 2.9% 39 5.9% 57
Temple 83.2 116 2.74 99 2.37 114 35.7% 100 84.6% 5 19.7% 77 119.6 45 2.9% 39 2.3% 15
Tennessee 123.6 15 2.88 81 3.05 86 35.6% 102 83.3% 7 20.0% 85 81.5 97 5.2% 77 12.2% 114
Texas 97.7 83 2.54 110 3.50 50 33.3% 115 82.4% 12 21.3% 99 93.6 76 2.7% 34 10.0% 98
Offense Adj. LY Rk Std. Downs Line Yards Rk Pass. Downs Line Yards Rk Opp. Rate Rk Power Success Rate Rk Stuff Rate Rk Adj Sack Rate Rk Std. Downs Sack Rate Rk Pass. Downs Sack Rate Rk
Texas A&M 125.3 13 3.90 1 3.76 30 48.3% 10 89.5% 2 11.5% 6 157.1 23 2.9% 39 1.8% 11
Texas State 90.5 98 3.26 39 3.44 61 50.7% 4 65.0% 80 19.8% 82 76.0 106 1.4% 13 9.7% 96
Texas Tech 119.5 25 3.04 65 4.34 8 45.5% 27 80.0% 21 21.4% 101 312.3 6 1.7% 18 1.1% 5
Toledo 118.2 28 3.65 7 3.49 51 48.7% 7 82.4% 12 12.6% 8 273.6 7 2.1% 24 1.3% 6
Troy 86.4 109 2.65 104 3.76 30 35.3% 107 68.2% 64 21.4% 101 76.0 106 7.2% 103 10.0% 98
Tulane 89.4 101 3.37 27 1.66 125 40.8% 52 63.2% 97 20.5% 91 79.0 101 6.7% 99 7.8% 79
Tulsa 87.6 107 2.90 78 3.14 81 37.6% 84 73.3% 44 14.9% 21 88.3 85 4.8% 72 11.0% 110
UAB 95.1 89 3.11 56 2.63 103 39.9% 57 70.6% 53 18.4% 56 99.8 68 8.4% 111 4.6% 36
UCLA 113.3 36 3.28 36 3.23 73 42.2% 39 83.3% 7 20.6% 93 74.9 108 9.1% 118 17.7% 127
UL-Lafayette 126.4 10 3.60 9 3.33 65 42.9% 35 76.5% 34 14.0% 16 172.6 17 4.3% 64 0.0% 1
UL-Monroe 83.4 115 2.74 99 1.68 124 31.9% 121 76.9% 32 18.8% 63 86.8 89 6.0% 87 7.4% 72
UNLV 99.6 79 3.32 31 2.79 93 38.4% 74 58.8% 109 14.7% 20 80.5 98 9.7% 121 4.7% 39
USC 104.0 63 2.79 95 3.11 83 37.9% 81 66.7% 70 20.5% 91 103.3 63 6.0% 87 8.0% 82
Utah 107.0 48 2.88 81 3.90 20 42.5% 37 75.0% 38 21.3% 99 79.9 100 12.1% 127 1.5% 8
Utah State 87.3 108 2.69 103 2.07 121 36.4% 98 61.5% 102 26.8% 124 172.9 16 4.2% 63 2.8% 18
UTEP 102.9 68 3.37 27 3.19 78 42.0% 45 78.9% 25 15.3% 26 140.4 33 5.6% 82 1.9% 13
UTSA 80.0 120 2.57 109 3.23 73 33.0% 116 78.9% 25 23.4% 115 78.9 102 6.7% 99 10.8% 108
Vanderbilt 105.7 55 3.21 42 3.04 87 41.4% 47 50.0% 119 19.7% 77 53.4 125 3.1% 45 15.9% 123
Virginia 120.9 22 3.20 46 2.86 91 35.5% 104 71.4% 49 15.9% 34 241.2 8 1.0% 6 3.2% 21
Virginia Tech 97.0 85 2.79 95 2.95 89 35.7% 100 63.6% 91 21.6% 103 108.5 58 1.8% 20 6.9% 67
Offense Adj. LY Rk Std. Downs Line Yards Rk Pass. Downs Line Yards Rk Opp. Rate Rk Power Success Rate Rk Stuff Rate Rk Adj Sack Rate Rk Std. Downs Sack Rate Rk Pass. Downs Sack Rate Rk
Wake Forest 33.9 128 1.23 128 0.18 128 17.5% 128 50.0% 119 42.1% 128 58.3 121 8.2% 110 16.3% 125
Washington 127.8 9 3.05 63 4.23 9 40.3% 54 73.7% 42 15.7% 32 89.4 82 4.1% 61 8.9% 89
Washington State 85.5 112 2.38 116 3.45 57 32.1% 119 73.3% 44 22.7% 111 203.0 10 3.0% 44 3.9% 28
West Virginia 118.9 26 2.99 67 2.26 117 38.5% 73 65.0% 80 15.5% 31 107.3 60 7.0% 102 2.7% 17
Western Kentucky 85.8 111 2.99 67 2.01 122 37.5% 87 66.7% 70 19.8% 82 170.0 19 1.8% 20 3.3% 22
Western Michigan 101.3 73 3.38 24 2.16 119 43.3% 34 56.2% 113 15.3% 26 128.9 38 3.1% 45 8.5% 86
Wisconsin 120.1 24 3.17 48 4.48 6 48.4% 9 70.6% 53 19.7% 77 137.5 34 2.9% 39 4.4% 34
Wyoming 104.3 60 2.88 81 2.65 101 32.1% 119 64.3% 86 24.8% 118 53.6 124 9.8% 122 12.7% 117

Because sortable tables weren't an option, here are the top 10 rankings for each measure:

Adjusted Line Yards:
1. Oregon
2. Auburn
3. TCU
4. Georgia
5. BYU
6. N.C. State
7. Nebraska
8. Pittsburgh
9. Washington
10. UL-Lafayette

Through six weeks, opponent adjustments are still going to be rather unstable, so there are both some strange teams here and some teams that will inevitably fluctuate wildly as the season progresses and more data is added in.

Even with the "instability" disclaimer, seeing Oregon at the top is surprising considering the Ducks' injury troubles up front. (Unfortunately for the Ducks, their pass protection numbers are a nightmare.)

Standard Downs Line Yards per Carry
1. Texas A&M
2. Marshall
3. N.C. State
4. Oregon
5. Georgia Tech
6. Navy
7. Toledo
8. Mississippi State
9. UL-Lafayette
10. BYU

Marshall is the interesting team here. The Thundering Herd are romping through the easiest schedule of all time, and they rank in the top 10 in four of the five unadjusted run categories. And in the fifth -- Power Success Rate -- they rank 112th. They are barely converting half of their power opportunities ... and they are otherwise completely dominating. Unique.

Passing Downs Line Yards per Carry
1. Marshall
2. Baylor
3. Arkansas
4. BYU
5. Nebraska
6. Wisconsin
7. Arizona
8. Texas Tech
9. Washington
10. N.C. State

Opportunity Rate
1. Arkansas
2. Ohio State
3. N.C. State
4. Texas State
5. Alabama
6. Marshall
7. Toledo
8. Georgia
9. Wisconsin
10. Texas A&M

Granted, this list includes some of the best running backs in the country (Arkansas', Alabama's, Georgia's, Wisconsin's, etc.); talented backs carrying the ball helps a line complete its blocks, huh?

One thing to notice here is that the spread between great and average isn't that large. The No. 5 team on the list, Alabama, has an Opportunity Rate of 50.5 percent, while No. 53 Cincinnati comes in at 40.4 percent. So the difference between really good and OK is one extra good rush every 10 chances.

Power Success Rate
1. North Texas
2. Texas A&M
3. Louisville
4. Ole Miss
5. Temple
6. Idaho
7. N.C. State
7. UCLA
7. Florida
70. Tennessee

Short-yardage rushing seems isolated from plain old run-of-the-mill rushing. A lot of the teams near the top of this list really aren't very good at running the ball down to down. North Texas, Louisville, Ole Miss, Temple, Idaho, and Tennessee all rank 70th or worse in Opportunity Rate, and Florida (59th) isn't too far ahead.

Meanwhile, the spread between great and average is huge -- North Texas is No. 1 at 93.8 percent while Indiana is 69th at 67.9 percent.

Stuff Rate
1. N.C. State
2. Georgia
3. Baylor
4. Georgia Tech
5. San Diego State
6. Texas A&M
7. Marshall
8. Toledo
9. Oregon
10. Stanford

N.C. State's got itself a pretty good running game, huh? And I guess we'll see how far Georgia falls off without not only the suspended Todd Gurley, but also injured backups Keith Marshall and Sony Michel.

Adjusted Sack Rate
1. Arkansas
1. New Mexico State
3. Syracuse
4. Georgia Southern
5. Alabama
6. Texas Tech
7. Toledo
8. Virginia
9. Baylor
10. Washington State

Quite a few quick-passing attacks with immobile quarterbacks on that list. (Dual-threat quarterbacks have the tendency to trust their legs too much and run their way into a few more sacks.)

Standard Downs Sack Rate
1. Arkansas
1. New Mexico State
1. Georgia Southern
1. Northern Illinois
1. Air Force
6. Virginia
6. Duke
8. Alabama
9. Memphis
9. Indiana

Passing Downs Sack Rate
1. Arkansas
1. New Mexico State
1. Baylor
1. UL-Lafayette
5. Texas Tech
6. Toledo
7. Syracuse
8. Utah
9. Arizona State
10. Colorado

Defense

Defense Adj. LY Rk Std. Downs Line Yards Rk Pass. Downs Line Yards Rk Opp. Rate Rk Power Success Rate Rk Stuff Rate Rk Adj Sack Rate Rk Std. Downs Sack Rate Rk Pass. Downs Sack Rate Rk
Air Force 115.8 23 2.72 42 2.55 27 28.9% 4 66.7% 54 23.0% 30 74.8 105 7.5% 24 4.9% 97
Akron 108.6 37 2.73 44 3.65 96 42.1% 97 64.3% 51 22.7% 34 101.3 64 6.9% 31 7.4% 61
Alabama 132.8 7 2.10 4 1.30 1 30.1% 7 75.0% 93 27.6% 2 113.3 45 6.2% 39 4.9% 97
Appalachian State 88.4 104 2.89 62 4.68 125 42.6% 100 50.0% 5 23.6% 24 102.4 61 5.8% 45 4.8% 101
Arizona 113.6 29 2.77 52 2.91 47 35.4% 41 22.2% 1 19.6% 68 111.6 49 4.0% 72 13.9% 6
Arizona State 107.8 41 2.80 55 2.71 37 38.9% 68 57.9% 24 22.9% 31 101.5 63 7.5% 24 5.0% 95
Arkansas 132.1 8 2.83 56 2.59 28 41.6% 91 66.7% 54 22.8% 33 81.0 95 0.0% 124 4.9% 97
Arkansas State 92.7 92 2.70 40 3.01 55 36.7% 51 62.5% 41 24.6% 14 150.5 13 5.7% 47 12.9% 10
Army 63.4 128 3.48 118 2.63 30 43.4% 107 61.5% 38 19.2% 73 44.4 122 3.9% 79 1.8% 123
Auburn 129.6 11 2.35 16 3.26 67 30.3% 8 73.3% 88 26.5% 6 95.5 76 5.1% 52 5.3% 91
Ball State 92.0 97 3.17 91 3.56 86 43.2% 104 80.0% 109 13.0% 120 61.8 116 3.8% 80 1.6% 124
Baylor 98.8 70 2.08 3 3.91 109 31.2% 14 54.5% 15 23.1% 27 170.3 4 12.5% 1 11.6% 16
Boise State 124.9 14 2.10 4 2.83 42 30.8% 12 56.2% 18 27.0% 4 135.5 22 8.5% 20 7.3% 64
Boston College 107.2 42 3.22 99 2.18 12 42.1% 97 75.0% 93 20.1% 60 126.5 29 3.7% 85 13.1% 9
Bowling Green 103.5 52 2.74 50 4.04 112 46.4% 126 56.7% 19 24.2% 21 81.2 94 1.5% 114 7.3% 64
Buffalo 101.1 60 2.48 24 3.57 87 30.9% 13 65.2% 53 18.9% 76 112.6 47 6.6% 37 6.8% 72
BYU 95.5 86 2.67 38 2.22 14 31.4% 15 82.4% 119 23.9% 22 71.6 108 2.0% 109 7.5% 59
California 104.5 48 2.45 22 4.03 111 35.9% 47 56.7% 19 21.6% 42 64.4 113 2.4% 108 3.2% 113
Central Florida 85.3 118 2.84 57 2.29 16 39.7% 71 52.4% 9 27.6% 2 140.4 19 6.0% 43 15.7% 2
Central Michigan 105.4 46 2.54 27 3.32 70 34.7% 37 77.8% 103 22.0% 39 63.6 114 3.3% 92 2.6% 119
Defense Adj. LY Rk Std. Downs Line Yards Rk Pass. Downs Line Yards Rk Opp. Rate Rk Power Success Rate Rk Stuff Rate Rk Adj Sack Rate Rk Std. Downs Sack Rate Rk Pass. Downs Sack Rate Rk
Cincinnati 85.7 116 3.51 120 4.71 126 49.3% 127 52.9% 11 13.2% 118 125.8 30 8.8% 16 6.4% 75
Clemson 149.1 2 2.26 13 2.41 20 34.2% 33 71.4% 77 25.0% 12 157.4 7 8.1% 22 9.0% 43
Colorado 91.3 99 3.53 121 2.96 52 41.4% 87 78.6% 106 15.2% 110 95.6 75 5.9% 44 5.8% 86
Colorado State 86.8 109 2.97 70 4.21 117 38.7% 66 68.2% 62 12.5% 124 77.8 100 0.0% 124 8.9% 45
Connecticut 97.6 77 2.26 13 3.71 99 35.7% 43 50.0% 5 25.1% 10 71.3 109 3.8% 80 5.0% 95
Duke 87.4 108 3.46 117 2.48 24 46.1% 124 62.5% 41 15.7% 105 90.2 79 5.1% 52 7.6% 57
East Carolina 96.0 84 2.73 44 2.79 40 35.3% 40 80.0% 109 18.7% 83 62.9 115 4.0% 72 3.8% 108
Eastern Michigan 90.5 101 3.31 109 3.74 103 42.2% 99 94.4% 127 18.8% 79 80.6 96 2.6% 105 7.0% 67
Florida 123.6 16 2.59 32 4.55 123 33.8% 29 75.0% 93 24.3% 19 118.5 37 6.2% 39 8.4% 49
Florida Atlantic 73.3 126 3.48 118 4.92 128 46.0% 123 61.3% 36 11.4% 127 89.9 80 4.6% 63 9.0% 43
Florida International 98.6 71 2.91 64 3.02 57 33.3% 23 86.7% 122 19.5% 70 154.3 11 9.1% 14 12.5% 13
Florida State 111.8 30 2.24 9 2.31 17 33.5% 26 58.8% 27 21.9% 41 77.6 101 4.0% 72 6.4% 75
Fresno State 100.3 66 3.18 94 3.39 76 34.0% 31 61.5% 38 15.1% 111 104.0 58 6.8% 32 8.0% 53
Georgia 109.9 33 2.73 44 3.04 59 37.1% 54 70.6% 75 19.9% 62 76.4 104 2.6% 105 8.2% 51
Georgia Southern 98.1 74 3.57 123 3.42 81 43.5% 111 61.9% 40 15.5% 108 87.2 86 2.9% 98 5.1% 94
Georgia State 97.8 75 3.07 81 3.82 107 38.5% 63 60.7% 34 15.7% 105 97.0 73 3.2% 93 3.0% 114
Georgia Tech 86.6 110 2.97 70 3.94 110 44.5% 116 66.7% 54 22.6% 35 97.3 72 5.3% 50 3.8% 108
Hawaii 120.9 19 2.40 19 3.25 66 32.6% 20 70.0% 71 19.9% 62 81.9 92 1.2% 118 8.3% 50
Houston 85.4 117 3.15 90 4.38 121 34.9% 38 72.0% 82 19.7% 64 85.9 87 8.8% 16 4.3% 103
Idaho 88.2 106 3.63 125 2.24 15 43.0% 102 80.0% 109 17.0% 99 74.0 107 3.0% 96 5.4% 89
Defense Adj. LY Rk Std. Downs Line Yards Rk Pass. Downs Line Yards Rk Opp. Rate Rk Power Success Rate Rk Stuff Rate Rk Adj Sack Rate Rk Std. Downs Sack Rate Rk Pass. Downs Sack Rate Rk
Illinois 103.1 55 2.98 74 3.36 74 40.1% 75 60.0% 29 19.2% 73 107.9 50 3.8% 80 7.7% 55
Indiana 95.8 85 2.65 37 2.67 36 38.6% 64 70.0% 71 25.8% 9 89.6 81 2.5% 107 6.0% 83
Iowa 113.8 28 2.64 36 2.48 24 31.9% 18 62.5% 41 23.1% 27 105.4 57 4.2% 69 9.6% 34
Iowa State 86.5 111 3.35 111 3.70 98 43.1% 103 81.8% 118 14.9% 112 98.9 69 4.5% 66 9.4% 36
Kansas 102.9 56 2.46 23 4.17 116 35.2% 39 80.0% 109 22.0% 39 60.8 117 3.4% 91 4.0% 105
Kansas State 139.5 3 2.20 7 2.47 23 28.9% 4 46.2% 3 26.2% 7 74.7 106 0.0% 124 6.2% 78
Kent State 102.7 57 3.19 96 3.52 84 44.5% 116 73.9% 91 13.1% 119 36.6 126 1.2% 118 2.7% 118
Kentucky 94.8 88 3.17 91 3.60 92 43.6% 112 70.0% 71 14.7% 114 93.1 78 1.2% 118 10.7% 26
Louisiana Tech 115.5 24 2.54 27 3.60 92 38.4% 62 89.5% 124 21.2% 46 107.7 51 7.0% 30 4.0% 105
Louisville 96.4 81 2.50 25 1.51 5 30.3% 8 60.0% 29 24.5% 15 155.7 9 6.8% 32 11.2% 20
LSU 126.3 12 2.55 29 2.82 41 37.7% 59 55.6% 17 21.2% 46 99.8 68 1.8% 112 6.0% 83
Marshall 115.4 25 2.87 61 1.78 6 41.8% 96 50.0% 5 20.8% 53 101.8 62 6.7% 35 6.1% 81
Maryland 95.5 86 3.19 96 2.54 26 40.5% 79 68.0% 60 18.8% 79 116.0 41 6.1% 42 6.4% 75
Massachusetts 96.9 78 3.10 84 2.92 48 41.1% 84 68.8% 66 21.1% 48 42.2 123 1.5% 114 3.5% 112
Memphis 92.7 92 2.93 68 3.02 57 37.0% 52 85.7% 121 20.4% 57 103.1 60 5.8% 45 11.5% 17
Miami 108.2 38 3.14 88 2.73 38 41.7% 95 62.5% 41 17.3% 96 97.9 70 3.7% 85 7.0% 67
Miami (Ohio) 100.7 62 3.07 81 3.35 73 38.2% 60 73.3% 88 18.6% 85 81.5 93 3.0% 96 7.1% 66
Michigan 124.0 15 2.23 8 3.11 63 29.8% 6 63.6% 50 25.9% 8 101.2 65 4.8% 60 8.5% 47
Michigan State 170.8 1 1.83 1 2.86 44 27.8% 3 80.0% 109 26.6% 5 117.1 39 7.3% 27 11.1% 22
Middle Tennessee 81.1 123 3.28 108 3.74 103 41.6% 91 70.8% 76 14.6% 115 111.7 48 4.0% 72 6.1% 81
Defense Adj. LY Rk Std. Downs Line Yards Rk Pass. Downs Line Yards Rk Opp. Rate Rk Power Success Rate Rk Stuff Rate Rk Adj Sack Rate Rk Std. Downs Sack Rate Rk Pass. Downs Sack Rate Rk
Minnesota 138.6 4 2.12 6 2.05 9 33.5% 26 71.4% 77 24.4% 17 41.4 124 1.4% 116 3.8% 108
Mississippi State 135.3 6 2.36 17 2.44 21 33.3% 23 62.5% 41 24.3% 19 107.3 53 9.3% 11 1.6% 124
Missouri 114.7 27 2.73 44 2.90 46 35.8% 44 75.0% 93 20.7% 54 183.2 3 9.1% 14 8.5% 47
Navy 86.0 114 3.27 106 4.35 120 43.4% 107 68.4% 63 15.7% 105 16.2 128 0.9% 123 0.0% 126
N.C. State 94.4 90 3.05 78 3.10 62 36.3% 49 72.2% 84 20.3% 58 105.8 56 3.5% 90 9.2% 40
Nebraska 105.3 47 2.63 35 2.65 32 31.5% 16 40.9% 2 21.4% 45 53.2 118 5.1% 52 0.0% 126
Nevada 86.3 112 3.03 77 3.57 87 38.8% 67 76.9% 102 18.7% 83 79.8 97 2.9% 98 6.2% 78
New Mexico 88.3 105 3.24 100 3.65 96 45.7% 122 76.2% 100 17.5% 94 141.4 18 4.0% 72 8.2% 51
New Mexico State 80.4 124 3.94 128 3.06 60 50.5% 128 78.6% 106 11.9% 126 51.0 120 3.2% 93 2.8% 116
North Carolina 108.1 39 2.44 21 3.82 107 34.6% 35 66.7% 54 23.5% 25 97.7 71 1.0% 122 9.1% 41
North Texas 91.9 98 3.27 106 2.31 17 40.0% 74 81.2% 117 18.4% 86 100.5 66 4.3% 68 9.8% 31
Northern Illinois 109.0 35 2.24 9 3.76 106 35.9% 47 64.3% 51 19.7% 64 106.3 55 9.2% 13 2.8% 116
Northwestern 97.7 76 2.60 33 3.71 99 34.6% 35 68.4% 63 20.0% 61 132.8 23 2.9% 98 10.5% 27
Notre Dame 117.1 21 2.41 20 3.34 72 40.1% 75 58.3% 25 24.5% 15 113.4 44 7.1% 28 5.6% 87
Ohio 89.7 102 3.06 80 3.46 82 41.3% 86 74.1% 92 16.7% 100 76.8 103 5.3% 50 6.8% 72
Ohio State 100.6 63 2.92 66 3.59 90 41.5% 89 57.1% 21 18.9% 76 145.4 17 8.2% 21 8.9% 45
Oklahoma 132.1 8 2.78 53 1.39 2 33.3% 23 71.4% 77 16.5% 101 115.2 42 7.8% 23 6.7% 74
Oklahoma State 106.6 44 2.30 15 3.73 101 33.8% 29 80.0% 109 23.2% 26 138.3 21 7.1% 28 7.0% 67
Old Dominion 99.9 68 3.38 114 2.83 42 45.0% 118 75.0% 93 17.1% 98 77.6 101 6.5% 38 5.2% 93
Ole Miss 123.0 18 2.69 39 2.94 50 40.2% 77 53.3% 12 18.8% 79 154.6 10 2.7% 104 10.9% 24
Defense Adj. LY Rk Std. Downs Line Yards Rk Pass. Downs Line Yards Rk Opp. Rate Rk Power Success Rate Rk Stuff Rate Rk Adj Sack Rate Rk Std. Downs Sack Rate Rk Pass. Downs Sack Rate Rk
Oregon 103.3 54 2.92 66 3.01 55 30.6% 11 68.8% 66 19.4% 71 114.8 43 1.9% 111 11.2% 20
Oregon State 89.1 103 3.44 115 2.08 10 43.4% 107 69.6% 70 20.7% 54 95.2 77 5.5% 48 6.2% 78
Penn State 131.4 10 1.97 2 2.66 33 22.8% 1 52.4% 9 31.2% 1 131.8 24 10.4% 6 5.4% 89
Pittsburgh 109.2 34 2.52 26 2.66 33 34.5% 34 70.0% 71 22.9% 31 127.3 28 4.6% 63 11.5% 17
Purdue 82.6 120 3.14 88 3.40 78 40.8% 80 77.8% 103 16.4% 103 128.6 27 4.7% 62 9.8% 31
Rice 92.7 92 3.08 83 4.11 114 44.0% 113 80.0% 109 16.2% 104 148.3 14 6.7% 35 11.7% 15
Rutgers 94.7 89 3.01 76 3.60 92 41.6% 91 68.8% 66 17.7% 92 146.8 15 9.4% 10 11.4% 19
San Diego State 98.3 72 2.89 62 4.26 119 38.6% 64 71.4% 77 18.0% 89 131.8 24 10.8% 5 3.9% 107
San Jose State 87.9 107 3.68 126 3.41 79 45.0% 118 72.2% 84 17.6% 93 25.5 127 2.9% 98 0.0% 126
SMU 92.1 96 3.75 127 4.39 122 46.1% 124 68.4% 63 13.7% 116 51.3 119 1.4% 116 2.5% 120
South Alabama 86.3 112 2.70 40 4.82 127 41.5% 89 60.9% 35 13.7% 116 125.2 32 6.8% 32 9.1% 41
South Carolina 106.0 45 3.56 122 3.41 79 43.2% 104 79.2% 108 15.5% 108 70.9 110 3.6% 88 2.9% 115
South Florida 96.4 81 3.33 110 2.97 53 42.7% 101 46.2% 3 14.9% 112 107.7 51 4.0% 72 12.5% 13
Southern Miss 99.4 69 3.18 94 3.48 83 44.4% 115 55.2% 16 17.8% 90 64.7 112 2.0% 109 7.9% 54
Stanford 125.7 13 2.58 31 2.17 11 30.3% 8 58.3% 25 21.1% 48 164.0 5 9.3% 11 9.5% 35
Syracuse 92.4 95 2.79 54 3.52 84 39.6% 70 100.0% 128 20.2% 59 138.9 20 3.6% 88 19.7% 1
TCU 114.9 26 2.24 9 3.22 65 25.5% 2 50.0% 5 24.8% 13 124.6 33 4.1% 71 12.8% 12
Temple 96.2 83 2.97 70 3.37 75 40.4% 78 62.5% 41 17.8% 90 79.3 98 3.1% 95 15.6% 3
Tennessee 110.4 32 2.91 64 2.77 39 39.8% 72 53.3% 12 21.6% 42 152.6 12 4.9% 56 9.4% 36
Texas 96.6 79 3.35 111 3.62 95 40.8% 80 77.8% 103 16.5% 101 129.7 26 11.0% 4 10.4% 29
Defense Adj. LY Rk Std. Downs Line Yards Rk Pass. Downs Line Yards Rk Opp. Rate Rk Power Success Rate Rk Stuff Rate Rk Adj Sack Rate Rk Std. Downs Sack Rate Rk Pass. Downs Sack Rate Rk
Texas A&M 108.1 39 3.21 98 2.64 31 41.4% 87 68.0% 60 19.1% 75 160.6 6 5.5% 48 10.5% 27
Texas State 83.3 119 3.24 100 4.66 124 35.8% 44 72.0% 82 10.8% 128 123.2 34 11.1% 3 7.6% 57
Texas Tech 93.2 91 3.25 103 4.13 115 43.3% 106 75.8% 99 12.8% 122 85.0 89 3.8% 80 7.7% 55
Toledo 100.4 65 2.57 30 3.58 89 35.8% 44 73.7% 90 19.7% 64 103.2 59 1.7% 113 13.5% 8
Troy 85.9 115 3.58 124 1.40 3 41.6% 91 68.8% 66 12.5% 124 107.3 53 3.7% 85 7.5% 59
Tulane 101.1 60 2.98 74 3.73 101 44.2% 114 66.7% 54 22.1% 38 85.4 88 4.9% 56 5.9% 85
Tulsa 100.5 64 3.10 84 4.04 112 43.4% 107 57.1% 21 23.9% 22 87.5 83 1.2% 118 9.4% 36
UAB 81.5 122 3.10 84 2.92 48 37.6% 57 62.5% 41 20.9% 51 87.8 82 3.8% 80 7.4% 61
UCLA 101.5 59 2.84 57 3.74 103 37.0% 52 93.3% 126 18.8% 79 87.4 85 4.9% 56 2.2% 122
UL-Lafayette 111.0 31 2.24 9 2.44 21 32.6% 20 72.7% 86 24.4% 17 100.2 67 4.6% 63 7.0% 67
UL-Monroe 72.6 127 2.85 59 3.33 71 35.4% 41 90.9% 125 20.7% 54 125.4 31 7.4% 26 15.0% 5
UNLV 78.1 125 3.44 115 4.24 118 41.2% 85 61.3% 36 12.7% 123 117.3 38 4.8% 60 9.7% 33
USC 118.7 20 3.05 78 2.31 17 36.5% 50 66.7% 54 19.4% 71 84.4 90 4.9% 56 4.9% 97
Utah 103.5 52 2.75 51 3.59 90 39.0% 69 84.6% 120 21.0% 50 190.6 2 8.8% 16 15.6% 3
Utah State 103.9 50 2.39 18 1.95 8 33.5% 26 72.7% 86 23.1% 27 82.3 91 4.0% 72 10.9% 24
UTEP 90.7 100 3.37 113 3.28 68 45.2% 121 76.5% 101 17.3% 96 78.2 99 0.0% 124 4.2% 104
UTSA 123.6 16 2.73 44 2.18 12 34.1% 32 80.0% 109 17.5% 94 145.8 16 6.2% 39 13.8% 7
Vanderbilt 107.2 42 2.73 44 3.11 63 40.8% 80 75.0% 93 18.3% 88 112.9 46 5.0% 55 6.9% 71
Virginia 115.9 22 2.62 34 3.09 61 38.3% 61 53.8% 14 25.1% 10 116.6 40 9.6% 8 11.0% 23
Virginia Tech 138.0 5 2.97 70 1.45 4 37.5% 56 60.0% 29 22.6% 35 202.9 1 10.1% 7 12.9% 10
Defense Adj. LY Rk Std. Downs Line Yards Rk Pass. Downs Line Yards Rk Opp. Rate Rk Power Success Rate Rk Stuff Rate Rk Adj Sack Rate Rk Std. Downs Sack Rate Rk Pass. Downs Sack Rate Rk
Wake Forest 98.3 72 2.86 60 2.66 33 39.9% 73 87.5% 123 19.6% 68 87.5 83 4.4% 67 7.4% 61
Washington 82.1 121 3.17 91 3.30 69 31.8% 17 71.4% 77 13.0% 120 121.6 35 8.7% 19 10.0% 30
Washington State 109.0 35 2.93 68 2.88 45 41.0% 83 62.5% 41 22.4% 37 96.1 74 4.2% 69 9.4% 36
West Virginia 104.5 48 3.12 87 2.98 54 32.8% 22 60.0% 29 19.7% 64 68.8 111 2.9% 98 3.6% 111
Western Kentucky 96.5 80 3.24 100 3.39 76 45.0% 118 59.1% 28 18.4% 86 119.2 36 9.5% 9 4.8% 101
Western Michigan 100.1 67 3.26 105 1.93 7 37.6% 57 57.1% 21 21.6% 42 48.4 121 2.9% 98 2.4% 121
Wisconsin 102.1 58 2.72 42 2.60 29 32.0% 19 60.0% 29 20.9% 51 156.8 8 12.1% 2 5.3% 91
Wyoming 103.9 50 3.25 103 2.95 51 37.1% 54 63.0% 49 18.9% 76 37.1 125 0.0% 124 5.6% 87

Adjusted Line Yards:
1. Michigan State
2. Clemson
3. Kansas State
4. Minnesota
5. Virginia Tech
6. Mississippi State
7. Alabama
8. Arkansas
8. Oklahoma
10. Penn State

If you were to think of the nation's best run defenses, your list would probably look a lot like this. The biggest surprise might be that Ole Miss is only 18th.

Standard Downs Line Yards per Carry
1. Michigan State
2. Penn State
3. Baylor
4. Alabama
5. Boise State
6. Minnesota
7. Kansas State
8. Michigan
9. TCU
10. Florida State

Perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects of Michigan's nightmare season is that the Wolverines are wasting a good defense with their horror-show offense.

Passing Downs Line Yards per Carry
1. Alabama
2. Oklahoma
3. Troy
4. Virginia Tech
5. Louisville
6. Marshall
7. Western Michigan
8. Utah State
9. Minnesota
10. Oregon State

Opportunity Rate
1. Penn State
2. TCU
3. Michigan State
4. Kansas State
5. Air Force
6. Michigan
7. Alabama
8. Louisville
8. Stanford
8. Auburn

For the first time since defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter left for the same job at Texas A&M after 2010, Air Force appears to have a pretty salty defense this year. A nice, rather unexpected rebound there.

Power Success Rate
1. Arizona
2. Nebraska
3. Kansas State
3. South Florida
5. TCU
5. Connecticut
5. Marshall
5. Appalachian State
9. Penn State
9. UCF

Again, there are monstrous differences between this list (Appalachian State No. 5, Michigan State No. 109) and the rest of the run stats.

Stuff Rate
1. Penn State
2. Central Florida
3. Alabama
4. Boise State
5. Michigan State
6. Auburn
7. Kansas State
8. Michigan
9. Indiana
10. Connecticut

Adjusted Sack Rate
1. Virginia Tech
2. Utah
3. Missouri
4. Baylor
5. Stanford
6. Texas A&M
7. Clemson
8. Wisconsin
9. Louisville
10. Ole Miss

Yep, that jives pretty closely with my own interpretation of who has a good pass rush. The biggest surprise? FIU is No. 11.

Standard Downs Sack Rate
1. Baylor
2. Wisconsin
3. Texas State
4. Texas
5. San Diego State
6. Penn State
7. Virginia Tech
8. Virginia
9. Western Kentucky
10. Rutgers

Passing Downs Sack Rate
1. Syracuse
2. UCF
3. Utah
3. Temple
5. UL-Monroe
6. Arizona
7. UTSA
8. Toledo
9. Boston College
10. Virginia Tech
10. Arkansas State

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Posted by: Bill Connelly on 10 Oct 2014

2 comments, Last at 12 Oct 2014, 6:34am by big10freak

Comments

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by Kal :: Fri, 10/10/2014 - 6:42pm

On Oregon - my suspicion is that how they did against MSU when their line was more healthy is coloring all their other stats and making them too high. Especially when considering MSU is #1 against the run and the Ducks did well. If you take that game out - or just look at the last two games where Oregon's line has been especially hit - I suspect that the Ducks will look much, much worse.

Which only understates how bad it's really been and how important that line play is.

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by big10freak :: Sun, 10/12/2014 - 6:34am

Great aricle. Interesting stuff.

What Wisconsin fans need to accept is that in 2014 it's more about the back making the line not vice-versa. This current offensive line is ok but not special.