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Study Hall: Mizzou 51, Vanderbilt 28

Frederick Breedon

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Missouri 51, Vanderbilt 28

Missouri Vandy Missouri Vandy
Close % 62.0% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 67.6% 34.2% Success Rate 59.5% 54.2%
Leverage % 73.7% 66.7% PPP 0.84 0.25
S&P 1.432 0.792
EqPts 51.8 41.8 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 56.1% 38.9% Success Rate 46.7% 8.3%
Close PPP 0.83 0.23 PPP 0.82 0.18
Close S&P 1.395 0.616 S&P 1.290 0.264
EqPts 25.2 14.0 Number 0 1
Close Success Rate 60.7% 44.4% Turnover Pts 0.0 5.9
Close PPP 0.75 0.29 Turnover Pts Margin +5.9 -5.9
Close S&P 1.355 0.739
Line Yards/carry 3.76 2.78 Q1 S&P 1.448 0.451
Q2 S&P 1.292 0.748
PASSING Q3 S&P 1.232 1.496
EqPts 26.6 27.8 Q4 S&P 0.996 1.218
Close Success Rate 51.7% 33.3%
Close PPP 0.92 0.16 1st Down S&P 1.430 1.016
Close S&P 1.433 0.493 2nd Down S&P 1.225 1.390
SD/PD Sack Rate 5.6% / 9.1% 10.0% / 12.5% 3rd Down S&P 0.812 0.489
Projected Pt. Margin: Missouri +15.8 | Actual Pt. Margin: Missouri +23

1. The first down issues I keep imagining are totally in my head. I keep thinking Mizzou is having some issues here and there, but going by the numbers, the Tigers were spectacular on first down. So apparently I notice the failures and nothing else. But on Saturday, even the failures were minimal. James Franklin started out 4-for-6 for 67 yards on first downs (he finished 1-for-5, though the completion was a 42-yard touchdown), and while Mizzou's first two first-down rushes of the game lost five yards, the next 13 gained 140. So yeah, totally in my head.

2. While the game was "close," Vandy couldn't pass. We know that eventually the 'Dores began finding guys downfield, but it took a while. And for the game as a whole, Vandy just had no chance throwing the ball consistently, as attested by the 33 percent success rate on passes and the eight percent success rate on passing downs.

Mizzou was up 10-0 before Austyn Carta-Samuels could even once target Jordan Matthews, and the Tigers were up 20-0 before he caught a pass. That's pretty much perfect. First-quarter targets to Matthews were 1-for-3 for three yards, and second-quarter targets were 1-for-3 for five. (Second half: 5-for-6 for 115.) If you completely shut down the ACS-to-Matthews connection for a half, you're probably going to have a big lead to show for it.

3. Average starting field position: Mizzou 40, Vanderbilt 20. The box score tells us that Mizzou only outgained Vandy by 55 yards for the game as a whole (523-468), but over the course of 12 possessions each, field position was worth almost an extra 250 yards for the Tigers. (On the other hand, starting with such good field position meant Mizzou's clicking-on-all-cylinders offense didn't get to gain as many yards. Boo, field position.)

4. Tackles for loss: Vandy 10, Mizzou 7. Non-sack tackles for loss: Vandy 8, Mizzou 0. It's nitpicking, I guess, but as it pertains to point no. 1 above, there were indeed some negative plays along the way for Missouri. But the Tigers were automatic on passing downs when they did fall behind schedule; they've been that way all year, actually. Mizzou is currently 10th in standard downs S&P (unadjusted for opponent), eighth in passing downs S&P.

5. With the win, Missouri moves to 12th overall in the F/+ rankings, the highest the Tigers have been since around this same time in 2010. (As means of comparison, Mizzou finished ninth in 2007, 14th in 2008, and 13th in 2010.)

Here are where SEC teams currently rank overall:

4. Florida
6. Alabama
10. Georgia
12. Missouri
13. LSU
20. Texas A&M
28. South Carolina
33. Auburn
38. Ole Miss
39. Arkansas
48. Tennessee
53. Mississippi State
66. Kentucky
68. Vanderbilt

I'll take that.