November 27th, 2012 09:00 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Florida
Tags: Miranda Writes
This week we bring you another numbers-centric breakdown of the SEC’s biggest game of the week. Guest analyst Ralph Miranda provides us with a quick Tuesday breakdown of CBS’s Game of the Week or another important contest.
Ralph knows the game. He was a walk-on linebacker for Notre Dame’s 1977 national championship team and he also served as color analyst for Vanderbilt football games on television in the 1990s. His own site can be viewed here.
We think his short breakdowns — focusing on stats that coaches often say are the most important stats in football — will give you a little something extra as we wrap up one week and roll into the next.
And now, we turn it over to Ralph for his breakdown of Florida’s 37-26 win over Florida State…
Florida — 1 (1 fumble, 0 interceptions)
Florida State — 5 (2 fumbles, 3 interceptions)
1st-and-10 Plays Covering 4+ Yards:
Florida — 31 1st-and-10 Plays / 15 of 4+ yards (48%)
Florida State — 31 1st-and-10 Plays / 12 of 4+ yards (39%)
3rd Down Conversions:
Florida — 8 of 15 (53%)
Florida State — 7 of 13 (54%)
Explosive Plays Covering 20+ Yards:
Florida — 7
Florida State — 5
Three Keys To Victory:
1. Numbers Never Lie
ESPN has a daily show with this same title. While I am not enamored with the ranting on that show, I do believe that the phrase has meaning when it comes to football games between two evenly matched teams. The Gators and the Seminoles both have great athletes, both play stifling and intimidating defense, and both were top ten teams entering Saturday’s game. But FSU turned the ball over five times to Florida’s one. Each FSU turnover contributed directly to the Seminoles’ loss. Whether it led to a Gator score or stifled the Noles’ momentum, each had its effect. Time of possession (Florida 36:20, FSU 23:40), rushing yards (Florida 244, FSU 112), commitment to the run (Florida 47 rushes, FSU 25 rushes) — all these numbers helped determine the outcome.
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