And now, a review of last week's "key players"...
Key Players: Iowa State
RB Alexander Robinson
Despite a nice 38-yard run in the 3rd quarter, Robinson was a non-factor. He touched the ball 15 times and managed just a 27% success rate and 0.459 S&P. Mizzou was on him immediately every time he touched the ball.
WR RJ Sumrall
Six catches, 24 yards, 1.10 EqPts. Awful. The Carl Gettis Treatment strikes again.
LB Fred Garrin
Garrin had, by all means, a decent game, with 6.5 tackles and 1 TFL. But he was needed in the turnover game, and came up empty there. I also mentioned Leonard Johnson as the other potential turnover candidate, and he came through with a fumble recovery and an INT that was called back due to a roughing penalty. He was solid all game, but it obviously wasn't nearly enough.
P Mike Brandtner
The fact that Brandtner punted only once should have been an encouraging thing for ISU, but the two turnovers and three failed fourth-down conversions killed ISU.
Key Players: Mizzou
QB Chase Daniel
Professor Chaos returned to his "automatic on third downs" ways Saturday. Mizzou was iffy on first downs all night, but 8-for-10 on third downs will win you a lot of games, as will completing your first 16 passes of the night. Chase found a reliable target in Andrew Jones, and after struggling a bit without Chase Coffman against KSU, the Mizzou offense was clicking on all cylinders. That's the upside about injuries to key players--as long as they're not season-long, and as long as they don't cost you in big games (as Coffman's injury did in the Big 12 title game last year), they get other guys some big minutes...and when the injured guy comes back, you've got even more weapons at your disposal.
RB Derrick Washington
He didn't come close to the 20 touches I requested, but in only 13 touches, he managed 151 yards and 2 TDs and led Mizzou with 11.52 EqPts. Efficiency, explosiveness, et cetera. Aside from the fumble he almost lost, this was a darn near perfect game from D-Wash.
FS William Moore
BINGO. Keep calling Willy Mo out, and eventually he'll come through with a big game. Four tackles, some hard hitting...oh yeah, and his fourth career pick six, one that basically put the game out of reach midway through the second quarter.
P Jake Harry
Jake Harry? Who the hell is Jake Harry?
North Champions once again. To quote our esteemed coach, "That's awesome." In all, this has worked out pretty nicely for Mizzou. The North title was clinched pretty easily, nobody else got hurt, Chase Coffman has a bye week to get healthy, and in theory Mizzou should head into Arrowhead with a clear head and healthy bodies, ready to culminate Hate Week(s) with a comfortable victory over a to-date lesser team. That's awesome.
Other Big 12 Games
|% Close = 66.7%|
|52.9%||Field Position %
|0.43||Points Per Play (PPP)||0.19|
|0.899||S&P (Success + PPP)||0.593|
|CLOSE GAME ONLY|
|4.13||Total T/O Pts||8.82|
|+4.69||Turnover Pts Margin||-4.69|
|0.864||1st Down S&P||0.585|
|1.023||2nd Down S&P||0.679|
|0.789||3rd Down S&P||0.544|
- UT's offense really wasn't clicking during this game, third quarter aside. However, despite the limitations of a less-than-100% healthy Brian Orakpo, the Texas defense had KU disheveled and discombobulated all morning and afternoon. Dezmon Briscoe's acrobatic catch aside, KU had no semblance of a downfield threat against UT's speed, and it made the difference in the game.
- And despite decent blocking up front, KU's RBs just didn't have enough speed to get by UT's front seven.
- A 0.507 S&P is pretty bad on Passing Downs. That was KU's performance on Non-Passing Downs. That's horrendous. And it negates what was actually a decent performance by KU on Passing Downs (0.784).
- Meanwhile, Texas continues to lead the country in Passing Downs success. For the season, they're actually averaging a higher S&P on Passing Downs than Non-Passing Downs. They're the only team in the country who can say that, though that disproportionality was one of the things that bit them in the behind against Texas Tech.
% Close = 58.1%
|86.4%||Field Position %
|0.60||Points Per Play (PPP)||0.25|
|1.178||S&P (Success + PPP)||0.530|
|CLOSE GAME ONLY|
|14.55||Total T/O Pts||4.56|
|-9.99||Turnover Pts Margin||+9.99|
|0.950||1st Down S&P||0.559|
|1.322||2nd Down S&P||0.472|
|1.250||3rd Down S&P||0.514|
- Nebraska is the winner of the Most Dominant Performance of the Week competition, though playing K-State should probably disqualify you from the contest at this point.
- How did this game stay within two possessions for 58% of the time despite NU's complete domination? Try a pick six early and a kick return TD late.
- The three-headed Nebraska rushing attack has picked up steam in recent weeks, albeit against less than stellar rush defenses (OU game aside). Roy Helu Jr., Quentin Castille and Marlon Lucky have all had their moments, and at this point I'm going to say that Helu is the #2 RB in the North next year (behind our man D-Wash, of course).
- Know how I said KU's 0.507 S&P on Non-Passing Downs was horrible? KSU's was 0.481.
- If Ron Prince wanted to give his team the best chance to win, he'd have to seriously think about a QB platoon between a grayshirt (Carson Coffman) and the guy who was picked by some to be a 2009 1st Round draft pick (Josh Freeman). Just sayin'.
- Just think where this game could have been if KSU hadn't won the turnover battle by 10 points!
|% Close = 82.4%|
|53.7%||Field Position %
|0.46||Points Per Play (PPP)||0.23|
|0.953||S&P (Success + PPP)||0.576|
|CLOSE GAME ONLY|
|5.36||Total T/O Pts||4.01|
|-1.35||Turnover Pts Margin||+1.35|
|1.111||1st Down S&P||0.499|
|0.641||2nd Down S&P||0.593|
|0.987||3rd Down S&P||0.280|
- Really a ho-hum game here. OSU was never threatened by CU's offense, and their own offense made plays when it had to...and yet OSU only won by 13. OSU's rushing performance was a little below standard for them, but overall the 'Pokes won just about every category.
- As far as I can tell, one of the things that kept CU as close as they were was a near-even field position battle. OSU was content to run the ball (40 rushes, just 23 passes) and grind out the win, and CU was able to pin them just far enough back that every drive didn't end up in FG range.
|% Close = 54.0%|
|35.3%||Field Position %
|0.39||Points Per Play (PPP)||0.45|
|0.843||S&P (Success + PPP)||0.891|
|CLOSE GAME ONLY|
|22.83||Total T/O Pts||0.00|
|-22.83||Turnover Pts Margin||+22.83|
|1.035||1st Down S&P||0.671|
|0.594||2nd Down S&P||0.776|
|0.462||3rd Down S&P||1.374|
- ATM is so lucky that the final score didn't end up much worse. And it was much worse...BU was up 41-7 when they took their foots of the gas in the fourth quarter. Repeat: Baylor was up 41-7. In a conference game.
- Really, Baylor walked a fine line here--they were far from dominant in Non-Passing Downs situations...but they were as good as they've ever been on Passing Downs, and ATM's failure there doomed them.
- Whereas Baylor got better on each progressive down, ATM got worse, and it forced them into situations with higher probabilities of turnovers.