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They have 18, which is possibly the youngest team I have ever seen us play.
Who are their statistical leaders?
Nick Dowd is #15 in FG%.
Billy Bahl is #1 in passing yards per completion and #7 in yards per attempt.
What is their turnover ratio?
They are -4 for the year. (BG? -13)
They've had a lot of struggles. They have used 3 guys. They got Gus Ragland back from injury and he is slated to start. He started the Kent game and was 10-21 for 181 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT while being their leading rusher with 36 yards. He now appears to be the man. Billy Bahl had most of the other reps and was about the same level of efficiency.
They are a poor offensive team. They are 124th in the nation in points per game and 9th in the MAC in 5.1 yards per play.
Can they run the ball?
Not to date. They are last in the MAC with 2.7 yards per rush--and 2nd to last in the country.
Do they pass the ball?
They are 6th in pass efficiency. The big thing has been yards. Completion percentage is 54%, not good, and they have 12 TDs over 6 INT. They do have over 15 yards per completion, which would indicate a high risk, high return pass game. WR James Gardner leads the team with 26 catches at over 17 per reception.
How is their run/pass balance?
They run on 56% of their plays, which is a strong commitment to the run, especially when you are that bad at it.
Do they convert on 3rd Down?
No. The only team worse than they are in the MAC is BG.
Do they score in the red zone?
No. Twenty trip, 8 TD and 7 FG. 3.85 per trip.
No. MAC-worst 26 sacks, 11.6% of all passing attempts.
Topline: Scoring and yards per play.
They allow 3.9 yards per carry, which is #4 in the MAC. They give up a lot of total yards rushing per game, but they get run on a lot...because...see below.
Can they be passed on?
They are #2 in pass efficiency defense in the MAC. They allow only 58% completions, 9 TDs and 7 picks, which are good. They allow 11.5 yards per catch, which is not great but not awful.
Do they defend in the red zone?
Yes. They are very good. In 27 opponent trips, they have 7 outright stops and 15 TDs and 5 FGs. That's 3.3 points per trip.
Do they pressure the QB?
They have 13 sacks, which is in the middle of the pack
They are 8th in the MAC in net punting. No blocks, one big return, but not for a TD.
They have zero punt return yards.
They have used a couple. Dowd is the current one. He's 6-7 and his only miss is over 50.
They are 10th in the MAC. Teams start on the 30.
They start on the 25, which is well below average.
Well things are looking better. BG needs a win in this one. This is a winnable game. Also, it is a lose-able game. Miami has a strong defense that could challenge a BG offense that has only had one good game, and then you have to wonder if our defense can actually stop their offense. How many people will be there? What willll the environment be like? I'm sure how guys will be hungry for a win...like HUNGRY--but Miami probably feels the same way.
You gotta get this one.