Thursday, July 07, 2011

Thursday---July 7, 2011

The MAC Blog "Hustle Belt' looks at the Temple-is-leaving-the-MAC rumour.

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Former UMass punter CJ Keogel is still involved with reality TV and is also doing some coaching.

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BC Blog "Eagle in Atlanta" has this link to a review of the Eagles schedule, which includes UMass.

Speaking of Boston College, they've just completed a renovation of their strength facility.
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One of  the criteria Phil Steele uses his "Going up and Going Down' feature in his magazine is turnover margin. Teams with high turnover margins tend to slide the next year as they don't get as many breaks. Team on the wrong side of the turnover margin tend to do better as the opposition does not get as much help.

In 2010, the CAA turnover margin looked like this;

TURNOVER MARGIN          G  Fum Int Tot Fum Int Tot Mar  Per/G
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1. Delaware................ 15   11  21  32  11   4  15 +17   1.13
2. New Hampshire....... 13   11  23  34   8  12  20 +14   1.08
3. William and Mary.... .12    7  13  20   4   6  10 +10   0.83
4. Villanova................. 14   14  17  31  15   7  22  +9   0.64
5. James Madison......... 11    9   9  18   6  10  16  +2   0.18
6. Rhode Island............ 11   13  11  24  10  13  23  +1   0.09
7. Massachusetts......... 11    6   8  14  13   7  20  -6  -0.55
8. Richmond............ ....11   11  14  25  12  20  32  -7  -0.64
   Maine...................... 11    6   8  14  11  10  21  -7  -0.64
10.Towson.............. ....11    7   2   9   8  15  23 -14  -1.27

The top four teams statistics include playoff games. CAA conference turnover margin looks like this:

1. New Hampshire.......  8    9  16  25   6   7  13 +12   1.50
2. Villanova................  8    7   9  16   6   2   8  +8   1.00
3. Delaware............ ... 8    7   7  14   5   3   8  +6   0.75
4. William and Mary....  8    5   5  10   2   4   6  +4   0.50
5. Rhode Island..........  8   11   7  18   7  11  18  +0   0.00
6. James Madison.......  8    4   5   9   3   8  11  -2  -0.25
7. Maine...................  8    4   8  12   7   9  16  -4  -0.50
8. Richmond............. . 8    9  10  19  10  16  26  -7  -0.88
   Massachusetts....... . 8    4   5   9  12   4  16  -7  -0.88
10.Towson................  8    6   1   7   8   9  17 -10  -1.25

Steele's criteria would seem to indicate Delaware, New Hampshire, William & Mary and Villanova might drop this year. JMU, Richmond and UMass could benefit from a better turnover ratio. Doing better on turnovers probably won't do much for Towson.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

The UMass athletic web site has an updated Football roster with all of the recruits included.

Anonymous said...

Havens played pretty well last year, I can't see pagel or hill playing close to the level of havens this year. Picucci could go back to the vanilla gameplans which might help the turnovers but will see. Forcucci is more aggressive that dudzinski so maybe that helps the turnover margin.

Anonymous said...

i don't think its possible to be more vanilla than we already are. i just hope this year if we have a a first and goal late in a close game we don't decide to run the seemingly the same play(or at least in the same hole) for the first three plays.

also does anyone remember us running any trick plays at all really the past two seasons? i remember some attempt at a reverse against Hofstra two years ago, but then again we for some reason decided to run what looked like a double reverse inside the ten yard line

Anonymous said...

If you actually read the stats right, Umass was good on offense in regard to turnovers. Defense was the issue. Also, coach P has best offense in the league, far from "vanilla".

Anonymous said...

Here come the hater trolls again. I will take best O in the league again for another year. Especially with new Qb's. Not really sure how Umass having leading passer,top receivers and 2 thousand yard rushers is so bad...last time I checked, that's pretty good.

Anonymous said...

Most of the board experts would be trashing Bill Walsh if he were coach. You can't make the schemes more complicated than the players can handle. Execution is the problem at times, not the plays.

Why don't the experts ever talk about missed blocks and holes when they talk about the "bad plays"? It's because they don't usually have any clue about what's actually going on down on the field... all they know is run/pass gained x yards or lost x yards.