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Monday, March 25, 2013

Statistical Review: Illinois #109

What sets Illinois apart from the other teams I have reviewed so far is that the Illini played in the 2008 Rose Bowl. Admittedly they got destroyed in that game (a precursor of things to come?), but at least they played. (Colorado did win a national championship in my lifetime, but they've been a doormat for a long time now.) The remarkable feature about Illinois is that no team was worse at getting the ball down field in a hurry. Beckman's crew gained 25 or more yards on 1.5% of plays, less than 40% as often FBS teams on average. On a positive note, Illinois defenders were pretty good at getting to opposing quarterbacks and stopping opponents on 3rd down.

The Statistical Review breaks down teams along a number of performance categories, everything from red zone scoring to field goal percentage, and compares that performance against the rest of the FBS. All 124 teams will be reviewed from 124 to 1 by the hybrid rankings. You can find short descriptions in the table below.

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