Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
StatTiger

Finding "team" balance

13 posts in this topic

There is plenty of attention on the QB competition and the potential of the 2016 Auburn defense. The 2016 Auburn defense has a chance to be the best defense since 2008.

During the 80 games Gus Malzahn has coached the Auburn offense, the Tigers are 24-1 in games the offense gained at least 400-yards and the opponent was held to under 400-yards during the same game. The one loss was to Florida State during the BCSNCG.

During the 80 games with Malzahn, the offense gained at least 400-yards on 51 occasions, while the defense has held the opponent under 350-yards only 29 times.

From 2009-2015, Auburn's defense has held the opponent to under 400-yards 45 times, compiling a 32-13 record (.711). Auburn's opponent gained at least 400-yards, 46 times with a record of 27-19 (.587).

Looking at yardage ratio, Auburn's top-3 teams from 1992-2015 were the 1993, 2004 and 2010 teams. All three teams had a yardage ratio of 1.36 or better. For every yard the Auburn defense allowed, Auburn's offense gained at least 1.36 yards. Those three teams combined for a 38-0-0 record.

During the 2006 season, Auburn's offense averaged 30.9 yards per possession on 5.6 yards per play. They finished 11-2 on the season. During the 2015 season, Auburn's offense averaged 31.8 yards per possession on 5.9 yards per play and finished with a record of 7-6. The difference came on defense. The yardage ratio for the 2006 Auburn Tigers was 1.10 and the yardage ratio in 2015 was .91.

Though the Auburn offense needs to improve from 2015, a substantial improvement on defense could make a major difference in the W & L column.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




If AU can get elite performance and production on the lines, I think we'll be amazed at how productive this team can be. Weak, confused, undisciplined line play makes for tough sledding for the rest of the team. Put a mediocre QB behind an All SEC caliber o-line and give the LBs a top shelf d-line and to HotLanta we goooooo.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yardage ratio seems like a pretty significant statistic. Especially looking at the 2006 season. Very convincing. Do you have ratios for the 2012 and 2008 seasons? They would be interesting.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yardage ratio seems like a pretty significant statistic. Especially looking at the 2006 season. Very convincing. Do you have ratios for the 2012 and 2008 seasons? They would be interesting.

2012: .73

2008: .95

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So the yardage ratio suggests that if you put up more yards than you allow then you win more games, which seems pretty fundamental. Interesting.

Is that for an entire season or per game? I'd be interested to know what the game by game breakdown was for 15 and 06.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So the yardage ratio suggests that if you put up more yards than you allow then you win more games, which seems pretty fundamental. Interesting.

Is that for an entire season or per game? I'd be interested to know what the game by game breakdown was for 15 and 06.

The 2006 team out gained their opponent in yardage in 7 of 13 games. The 2015 team did so in 4 of 13 games.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

From 1992-2015, Auburn is 110-8-1 in games with a 1.25 ratio in yardage.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Stat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

From 1992-2015, Auburn is 110-8-1 in games with a 1.25 ratio in yardage.

And very little sucks worse than when you gain at least 25% more yards than your opponent and still lose.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

From 1992-2015, Auburn is 110-8-1 in games with a 1.25 ratio in yardage.

And very little sucks worse than when you gain at least 25% more yards than your opponent and still lose.

Yep... even at 5% or better, Auburn is 138-18-2 from 1992-2015.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

From 1992-2015, Auburn is 110-8-1 in games with a 1.25 ratio in yardage.

And very little sucks worse than when you gain at least 25% more yards than your opponent and still lose.

Now I'm interested what the 8 games we lost were...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It would be interesting to see what the turnover ratio was in those 8 games we lost in which we gained 25% more yards than our opponent.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0