Midweek Stat Tracker: 11.12.09

Stat TrackerVirginia Football has a "Tradition of Excellence." We set records. Then we break them. That's what we shoot for every year, anyway. Unfortunately, this appears not to be the year that we hit it. Instead, this week we rank dead last in the ACC in six difference categories, almost all of which are on offense. Sorry this came out a little late this week, but the numbers are after the jump.

Category

National Rank

Actual

ACC Rank

ACC Leader

Actual

Rushing Offense

109

95.44

11

Georgia Tech

314.9

Passing Offense

104

167.78

10

Florida St.

302.33

Total Offense

119

263.22

12

Georgia Tech

442.7

Scoring Offense

101

20.89

12

Georgia Tech

34.7

Rushing Defense

90

166.67

10

North Carolina

91.67

Pass Efficiency Defense

22

106.17

4

Virginia Tech

96.27

Total Defense

49

349.89

8

North Carolina

249.44

Scoring Defense

68

25.11

9

North Carolina

15.33

Net Punting

75

34.9

8

Boston College

36.79

Punt Returns

87

6.88

10

Georgia Tech

15.2

Kickoff Returns

115

17.96

12

Clemson

25.81

Turnover Margin

52

0.22

5

Georgia Tech

0.6

Pass Defense

25

183.22

4

North Carolina

157.78

Passing Efficiency

116

98.1

12

Georgia Tech

150.86

Sacks

T-55

2

6

Clemson

2.67

Tackles For Loss

106

4.44

12

North Carolina

8.56

Sacks Allowed

115

3.44

12

Georgia Tech

0.7

So what's there to say this week? Well the number that jumps out at me is total offense. 119th. Second to last in the country. These numbers are getting worse by the minute, and demonstrate that we have serious issues in all three aspects of the game: offense (total and scoring offense, sacks allowed, passing efficiency), defense (tackles for loss, rushing defense), and special temas (kickoff returns must glaringly, but also net punting and punt returns, really). Even against Miami last week, in the tornado-like winds, we still managed to damage our pass defense and pass efficiency ratings.

The good news is that Boston College this week is not anywhere close to the high-powered offense you see in, say, the Big XII. They rank just 92nd in the country in total offense. The other good news is that of the last five games, BC has Won, Lost, Won, Lost and Won them. Which means that a big fat L is coming up. That's about as good as the statistics get, I think. Numbers don't lie.

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