Year2 takes a look at the yardage that doesn’t show up in the total offense/defense stats.
We all know about total yards and total defense, but teams rack up other kinds of yards through a football game. For lack of a better term, I’m calling them “Other Yards” today. The formula is simple:
Other Yards = Punt Return Yards + Kickoff Return Yards + Interception Return Yards
If you look at his chart of the SEC, you’ll see that some of the information he’s gathered is more useful than other parts there. Alabama is last on the list, for example, mainly because it’s deep in the hole due to kicking off a lot more than its opponents have.
Still, it’s interesting to tie his data in with our old friend, yards per point. It’s reasonable to figure that teams which have an advantage in punt return net yardage, turnover margin (reflected to some extent in his net interception yardage numbers) and net penalty yardage are going to wind up being more efficient scorers, because all of that translates into more advantageous field position.
So here’s how the SEC ranks in order of yards per point after three games:
TEAM POINTS YARDS YPP Florida 103 957 9.29 Kentucky 133 1492 11.22 LSU 86 969 11.27 Georgia 85 1022 12.02 Alabama 134 1626 12.13 S. Carolina 96 1177 12.26 Arkansas 106 1451 13.69 Ole Miss 89 1238 13.91 Auburn 96 1380 14.38 Tennessee 80 1158 14.48 Miss. St. 70 1083 15.47 Vanderbilt 52 867 16.67
It’s early, and every school has played at least one cupcake, so the numbers are a little better overall than we’ll see by year’s end, but if you’re looking for an explanation about how Florida’s offense can look so pedestrian, yet still score enough to get out to a 3-0 start, it’s because they haven’t had to strain themselves so far. Same thing with LSU. Auburn, however, is making Gus Malzahn earn his keep.