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Updated Offensive and defensive efficiency

Posted by cuorange on September 15, 2009

cuorange_exclusiveThe offense fared a little bit better against Tech, but it also took 15 possessions to score 27 points. Remember, out of all the props the offense has been given (some by me), their efficiency is only slightly better than last years “horrible” offense. Fact is the offense has gotten more opportunities in the first two games – 14 possessions in game 1 and 15 in game 2. Of course, this is directly related to the number of special teams touchdowns and big play. quick drives (i.e. C.J.’s reception and the 82 yard run for Tech).

With 14 to 15 possessions a game the offense would only have to have an efficiency of 2.3 to 2.5 to score 32-35 points a game. Enough to win most games easily, especially with Clemson’s defense.

Offensive Efficiency

Opponent TD FG Punts TO Downs Half Possess Points OE
MTSU 2 3 3 2 3 1 14 23 1.64
Georgia Tech 3 2 6 2 2 0 15 27 1.80
Totals 5 5 9 4 5 1 29 50 1.72

I can understand some disagreement with my theory on how many points the defense gave up against Tech. For my purposes I’ve listed 23, though I’ve heard some claim the special teams gave up 23 and the defense only the first 7. For my purposes here if the defense was on the field for any play during a drive that ultimately led to points then they are charged with those points. Hence, the fake FG is charged to the defense.

Defensive Efficiency

Opponent TD FG Punts TO Downs Half Possess Points DE
MTSU 1 0 7 3 3 1 15 7 0.47
Georgia Tech 2 3 6 2 0 2 15 23 1.53
Totals 3 3 13 5 3 3 30 30 1.00

The reason for counting the points this way is really two-fold. One, there needs to be a clear method of determining which points are charged to the defense and which aren’t. To go back and forth depending on the situation only asks for “picking and choosing” which scores to count and which to not count. Secondly, if the defense was on the field for even a play, theoretically the defense had a chance to stop the score and failed to do so.

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