If the Internet has accomplished anything it has made the world a bit smaller and brought people from all over the world together in ways never before possible. The beauty of that is that blogs like Canespace have gone global in a very intersting and impressive way.
If you read Canespace then you realize that not only do we have a million different perspectives and opinions but that we have bloggers from all over the world who read and contribute to the blog. Some bloggers ask really good questions while others do the serious research to provide them the answers.
Last week someone on the blog asked this question: "I wonder how many offenses have had their best day of the season in 2013 when facing the University of Miami defense?" Then, a few days later I got an email from a Canespacer who lives half way around the world in Germany.
As it turns out some guy in Germany named Markus who goes by the blog name of VfBCane had been reading Canespace for years without ever really commenting or contributing when that question sudenly changed all of that. He said the question perked his interest so much that he decide to go deep, do the research and send his findings to me for a blog article.
Now Markus made a nice little graph or chart to go along with his findings and observations but unfortunately I could not get it to copy and paste to the blog in a format that would work so instead I will have to give it to you in bullet format. Still his findings and conclusions are both revealing and impressive and shows just what can happen when you go "By The Numbers".
Criteria: Miami's 2013 opponents offensive performance against the UM defense was evaluated in four areas: points scored, total yards gained, rushing yards and passing yards.
- There were three games where it could be argued that the UM defense had an overall good performance in all four categories (Points, Yards, Rush, Pass): FAU, GT and FSU. These teams were all held under season averages in all four categories by the Canes. However, UM still gave up 30 points and 401 yards to GT and 41 points and 517 yards to FSU, so I guess "good" is relative.
- I ranked the other teams' performance based on the 12 game regular season. The rank means their performance against Miami compared to the other games on the respective team's schedule (e.g. rank of 2 for Virginia in "Rushing Yards" means the Cavs had their second best rushing yardage all season against UM.
- While only one opponent in the first eight games had a Top 3 rushing day against Miami, it happened in each of final 4 games.
- Four teams (UF, Wake, VT, Pitt) had a Top 3 passing game and five teams (Savannah State, VT, Duke, UVA, Pitt) had a Top 3 rushing game against Miami.
- Four of our 12 opponents had a Top 3 scoring day against The U.
- Seven of our 12 opponents had total yardage in the Top 3 against The U.
- On average our opponents scored almost exactly their season average against us (26.6 vs. 26.0 points).
- On average our opponents had 46.8 more yards against The U than their season average (416.1 vs. 369.3 yards), of those 30.8 came on the ground and 15.5 in the passing game.
- While defense against the rush was a bit more of a problem than against the passing game, neither aspect really deserves the label "better".
- When there were bright spots, it never looked good for two games in a row. Inconsistency plagued the defense all season long.
- However, rushing defense got a lot worse after the FSU game, affecting the overall defensive performance.
- As there weren't any major injuries on defense during that stretch of the season, this indicates that coaching (both game preparation and player development) is an issue.
- Conversely, UNC and Wake had a Top 3 passing day, but only their 8th best rushing performance.
- Surprisingly, our D fared better against FSU than most of their other opponents did.
- Only two teams had both a Top 3 rushing day and a Top 3 passing day against The U.