11.Oct.2010 Hodgepodge: Rankings, Refs, Arizona Recap, etc.
Regarding refs and petitions: for those who think it's stupid to write petitions, yet didn't like the calls, take a look in the mirror and ask what you're doing about it. For those who had no issues with the calls, you're the reason Oregon State had a "third tier" ranking until this most recent year. For those who confused our "bitching" of senseless and dangerous plays with judgment calls such as pass interference or holding…all I can say is the world needs ditch diggers. The petition is justified, even if nothing comes of it. There will likely be more of them in the future, too, so get used to it. We take action around here when there's injustice to our team or danger to our players.
Okay, off the soap box. Moving on…
Fans are complaining that the Beavers are ranked #24. Some are even calling it an anti-Boise State conspiracy.
I'm going to throw some numbers at you. Keep in mind there are 120 FBS teams when reading over them.
1. The Beavers have scored 140 points this year and given up 150.
2. The Beavers are 82nd in total offense and 94th in rushing offense.
3. The Beavers are 113th in total defense and 90th in scoring defense.
4. The Beavers are 102nd in defensive passing efficiency. Opposing QBs have a 145 rating versus OSU.
5. The Beavers are 118th in defensive third down conversion percentage. Opponents convert 55% of third downs. Just for a reference, TCU is #1 and allows 22%.
If you look at the stats, no other teams in the top 25 are ranked so poorly in key indicators (of great teams). So, factor in that the Beavs have played a tougher schedule than anyone else, and what you have is a fair rating. I'm not convinced the Beavers would beat the #22 team in the country (Florida). Are you? Only one other team in the top 25 has two losses, and none have given up more points than they've scored. In other words, after considering SOS, anywhere from #21 to #24 would be about right. The Beavers excellent return game has masked defensive problems. The pollsters were astute to note this and got it right.
Okay, on to the win over Arizona…
What can I say without beating a dead horse? The offense was genuinely fun to watch. The defense gave up 550 yards and missed a lot of tackles. Brandin Hardin likes to flex and do the "incomplete pass" motion when he's within five yards of a WR who drops an easy pass. Awkward.
Do you guys want to say anything else about it? I don't. Oh wait, yeah I do: Keith Pankey is a WAC linebacker.