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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Statistical Review: Washington State #96

The popular knock of Leach's teams at Texas Tech was that a team using the Air Raid offense couldn't play good defense. I never understood the connection - even a backwards school like Tech uses different players and coaches on offense and defense. But the Wazzu defense was far from terrible. They were actually pretty good at getting in opponents' backfields and preventing big plays. On the other hand, Washington State did very little well offensively. No team was worse in any aspect of the game than they were at preventing tackles for loss. They were inefficient throwing the ball, too, and turned the ball over more than most. No one was more excited than I when I heard Leach was finally getting another shot, but it now looks to me like Bobby Knight to Texas Tech - a decade-late hire.

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 of the stats used in the table below.

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