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The Best Defense is a Good Offense?


In a previous post (Graham's Week 12 thoughts), a discussion broke out concerning how poorly the Big 10's defenses performed that day. I ascertained that the defenses were not only bad that day, but for most of the season. The following will detail the total points scored in conference games this year from each of the Big 6 conferences.

 

Big10 (44 Conference games):

Points per Game - 56.34

Average Final Score: 36.52 - 19.82

Offensive Shootouts (each team 30 or more): 7

Defensive Battles (each team 21 or less): 5



The almighty ESS EEE SEE (48 Conference games):

Points per Game - 52.90

Average Final Score: 33.88 - 19.02

Offensive Shootouts (each team 30 or more): 9

Defensive Battles (each team 21 or less): 5

 

ACC (48 Conference games):

Points per Game - 49.56

Average Final Score: 32.00 - 17.56

Offensive Shootouts (each team 30 or more): 5

Defensive Battles (each team 21 or less): 8

 

Big12 (48 Conference games):

Points per Game - 56.44

Average Final Score: 36.85 - 19.58

Offensive Shootouts (each team 30 or more): 10

Defensive Battles (each team 21 or less): 4

 

Big East (25 Conference games): {3 conf games still to be played}

Points per Game - 44.72

Average Final Score: 29.20 - 15.52

Offensive Shootouts (each team 30 or more): 2

Defensive Battles (each team 21 or less): 8

 

Pac 10 (41 Conference games):  {4 conf games still to be played}

Points per Game - 53.76

Average Final Score: 36.07 - 17.68

Offensive Shootouts (each team 30 or more): 8

Defensive Battles (each team 21 or less): 6

 

All in all, the Big 10 finishes just a notch below the Big12 in points per game, and also 2nd in scores by winning teams. But they finished first (or would that be last) in scores by the losing team.

But in reality, I just do not see many differences between the conferences this year, except maybe that the Big East has forgotten how to score. I just don't see their defenses being that great.

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