For FSU, the story lines are plentiful. The reigning Heisman trophy winner leading the nation’s top-ranked team into an opulent professional stadium that will also host the first ever college football playoff championship. Their opponent? A power five conference standout known for its explosive offense, playing just a few hours down I-35 from its hometown.
Primetime. National television. Returning stars. Unproven hopefuls. Conference bragging rights. The list goes on and on. But what of the measurables? They’re the numbers that constitute each team’s resume, the objective criteria that demonstrate just where and how a team has excelled– or failed. This season, of course, commences tonight for these squads, but massed below are myriad statistics and national ranks from last year to help you prepare for tonight’s showdown between the Seminoles and the Cowboys.
A couple of things jump out. First is the Pokes’ efficient pass defense. This is obviously important against an aerial threat like FSU QB Jameis Winston. Also of note is OSU’s impressive third-down defense– they’ll need to get Florida State’s potent attack off the field if they’re going to have any real chance tonight. And of course, if they can force punting situations, they’ll have a chance to work against FSU’s 111th-ranked net punting effort.
The ‘Noles will look to stymie the OSU attack with last year’s top-ranked scoring defense that was also the best in the country against the pass. FSU has very few weaknesses– a relatively clean game would be in the Seminoles’ best interest as well.
|Pass Efficiency Defense||93.77||2||104.56||6|
|3rd Down Conversion Pct.||.522||3||.388||79|
|4th Down Conversion Pct.||.75||4||.455||76|
|3rd Down Defense||.322||10||.314||7|
|4th Down Defense||.5||53||.5||53|
|Red Zone Offense||.973||1||.875||27|
|Red Zone Defense||.767||24||.711||7|
|First Downs Offense||357||7||287||44|
|First Downs Defense||232||17||287||97|
|Fewest Penalty Yards/Game||49.57||75||60||102|
|Time of Possession||29:24||71||26:44||116|
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