I know we need to go 1-0 against ODU, but it's hard to get excited about them as an opponent. If Jack Click is not playing in the 4th quarter, you'll know something is very wrong. Night game in Lane Stadium against Clemson is huge, but that's still 10 days away. (I won't be able to attend that game, sadly. I need at least 3 of you to cheer extra loud to make up for my absence!)
But, I saw this on the VTSCOOP website(see below), and a few things jumped out at me.
Scoring Defense is pretty good, and so much more important than yards. Pedestrian ranks for rushing and passing defense are overcome by very good Opponent Red Zone Conversion percentage.
I expect our offense stats will drop a bit as we get into some games against much tougher opponents, but so far, so good! I just hope Josh and Cam are not reading all the glowing press and stay focused.
Punting is significant, too, I think. While our 3rd down conversion rate is pretty lousy, the punt team, including our Aussie, has saved our bacon on a number of occasions when the offense has not gotten into a rhythm.
What say you?
Scoring Offense/PPG: 45.0 (26th nationally/4th ACC)
Rushing Offense: 200.67 (40th nationally/6th ACC)
Passing Offense: 281.7 (38th nationally/6th ACC)
Total Offense: 482.3 (35th nationally/8th ACC)
Third-Down Conversions: 36.59% (92nd nationally/11th ACC)
Red Zone Conversions: 31.25% (52nd nationally/7th ACC)
Scoring Defense/PPG: 13.7 (19th nationally/4th ACC)
Rushing Defense: 122.67 (46th nationally/8th ACC)
Passing Defense: 242.7 (81st nationally/10th ACC)
Total Defense: 365.3 (62nd nationally/10th ACC)
Opponent Third-Down Conversions: 26.92% (23rd nationally/5th ACC)
Opponent Red Zone Conversions: 25.0% (14th nationally/2nd ACC)
Punting Yards per Game: 230.7 (14th nationally/3rd ACC)
Punt Returns: 10.57 AVG/return (38th nationally/6th ACC)
Kickoff Returns: 26.00 AVG/return (26th nationally/3rd ACC)
Field Goals: 60.0% (87th nationally/9th ACC)
Penalties: 37.7 Yards/Game (23rd nationally/3rd ACC)
Time of Possession: 31:08.67/Game (50th nationally/8th ACC)
Turnover Margin: +1.67 (7th nationally/2nd ACC)
Evan G. Watkins