Friday, October 21, 2016

25 Questions that say Welcome Back

Welcome back Miami
What is their body of work?

Miami is one of the most amazing stories in the MAC.  Look, for decades they were a consistent football power.  They were the cradle of coaches.  They had Big Ben.  Since then?  A long, hard slog of very poor football.  Since 2003, three winning seasons.  Since 2010, 14-53, including an 0-12 season.  They just have fallen off the mountain.  They are on a one-game winning streak, after beating Kent last week...they lost all the rest, including their FCS game.  Historically they have owned BG.

How many seniors and juniors on the two-deep?

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)


 How is their QB play?

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.

What is their scoring and yards per play?

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.

Do they protect the quarterback?

No.  MAC-worst 26 sacks, 11.6% of all passing attempts.


Topline: Scoring and yards per play.

They are much better on defense.  They are #2 in the MAC in yards allowed per play and #6 in points allowed.

Do they defend the run effectively?

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 get off the field on 3rd down?

Middle of the pack, #7 in the MAC.

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

Special Teams:Punting?

They are 8th in the MAC in net punting.  No blocks, one big return, but not for a TD.

Punt Return?

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.

Kickoff Return?

They start on the 25, which is well below average.

Miscellaneous: Overall atmospherics and intangibles.

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 HUNGRY--but Miami probably feels the same way.

You gotta get this one.

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