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Is Our Defense Overrated?

Will Muschamp is on the record as saying that scoring defense is the only statistic he cares about (at least, I'm pretty sure that's on the record). So in a few bored moments at work this afternoon, I did a little research and worked up a ranking of Big XII teams' scoring defense.

Rather than just use points allowed, though, I used a few different factors: The total number of opponent drives, the number of FGs allowed, and the number of TDs allowed by the defense (i.e. excluding pick-sixes and kick returns, fumble returns, etc). This eliminates non-offensive scoring, which shouldn't be counted against the defense.

The rankings do not account for short fields, opponents' rankings, strength of schedule, phase of the moon, or any other rubbish. The defense's job is, after all, to keep the other team from putting points on the board - which dovetails nicely with Muschamp's credo that scoring defense is the only thing that matters.

Without further ado, the Big XII No-Bullshit Scoring Defense Rankings:

1. Texas A&M

2. Nebraska

3. Missouri

4. Baylor

5. Kansas St.

6. Texas

7. Iowa St.

8. Oklahoma St.

9. Colorado

10. Oklahoma

11. Texas Tech

12. Kansas

I'm not sure what the point of all of this is, other than to say that maybe Georgia should look at Art Briles for Head Coach instead of Muschamp. I just thought it was interesting when I looked at it in terms of "opportunities to prevent scoring" vs. "actual prevention of scoring."

Methodology was to use total # of scores divided by total # of drives to come up with a "scored-on %," then used # of FGs and # of TDs, with TDs weighted at 2.3333x FGs, to rank. Texas is scored-on 24% of the time. When scored upon, a whopping 81% of the time Texas gives up a TD instead of a FG. This is the worst such stat in the Big XII, in case you're wondering.

What, exactly, was Mack looking at when he said this might be his best defense ever?

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