A stats-eye view of TCU's revival

Stats nerds, rejoice! There isn't a more compelling bird's eye view of the renaissance that Gary Patterson and his crew have created at TCU than the following table of stats. It's a little daunting at first, but take a minute and peruse each column. The "diff" columns are netted stats-- netted points per game, yards per game, etc.

The most obvious takeaway from this chart is, I think, that a good defense alone isn't enough to propel a program to BCS heights. Maybe that's stating the obvious, but consider TCU has had some really good defenses in years it didn't get a BCS bid, and maybe that cliche about what defenses win you is overstated.

What cannot be overstated is how blindingly dominant Andy Dalton's 2010 Frogs were. Heavens, they steamrolled 13 opponents, on average, and in fact.

The chart's below the jump. What stands out to you?

To fit all of this in, the offensive stats are on top, and the defensive stats are below. There are a few empty boxes that are not averaged into the "AVG" boxes. I wish I had these stats, but I don't.


ppg ypg rush ypg ypc pass ypg pass % avg ply off ypp sks vs turn ovr ppg diff ypg diff
2010 41.6 477 247 5.4 229 65.9 6.7 11.5 9 9 29.6 249 2010
2009 38.3 457 240 5.2 217 62.0 6.4 11.9 12 2 25.5 217 2009
2008 33.6 421 220 4.5 201 58.5 5.4 12.5 18 13 22.3 203 2008
2007 26.1 387 165 3.7 222 58.5 4.9 14.8 23 -7 7.4 64 2007
2006 29.2 409 195 4.5 214 61.4 5.8 14 15 7 16.9 174 2006
2005 33.2 400 192 4.3 208 55.3 5.2 12.1 24 21 14.6 71 2005
2004 32.9 431 166 3.8 265 55.9 5.6 13.1 25 4 -1.0 5 2004
2003 29.2 430 208 4.1 222 57.0 5.5 14.7 27 4 8.0 80 2003
2002 30.1 370 203 4.1 167 57.8 5.0 12.3 22 15 11.6 130 2002
2001 25.5 340 124.5 3.0 215 55.9 4.8 13.4 25 3 2.1 17 2001
2000 35.9 408 265 5.0 143 56.3
11.4 15 10 24.7 156 2000
1999 31 375 236 5.0 139 57.5
12.1 10 3 13.3 96 1999
1998 22.3 338 245 4.9 93 47.7
15.2 11 -2 2.7 -1 1998
1997 15.6 272 110 3.0 162 47.1
17.4 26 -5 -14.0 -81 1997
1996 19.2 324 155 4.1 169 58.7
17
-1 -8.3 -56 1996
1995 19.7 342 139 3.8 203 53.9
17.4
-5 -2.7 -34 1995
1994 25.2 393 169 4.7 224 56.6
15.6
6 0.1 -2 1994














AVG 28.7 386.7 192.9 4.3 193.7 56.8 5.5 13.9 18.7 4.5 9.0 75.8 AVG

and here are the defensive stats:

ypp diff avg ply diff ppg ttl def def rush def ypc def pass pass % avg ply ypp sks
2010 7.5 2.5 12.0 228 100 3.3 129 48.6 4.2 19.0 27 2010
2009 6.9 2.5 12.8 240 80 2.6 159 47.4 3.9 18.8 33 2009
2008 6.8 1.6 11.3 218 47 1.7 171 50.3 3.8 19.3 43 2008
2007 2.5 0.4 18.7 323 103 2.9 220 53.8 4.5 17.3 41 2007
2006 5.1 1.7 12.3 235 61 2.2 174 53.6 4.1 19.1 36 2006
2005 5.6 0.7 18.6 329 108 2.8 221 52.2 4.5 17.7 41 2005
2004 -0.5 0.0 33.9 426 122 3.2 304 55.8 5.6 12.6 31 2004
2003 1.8 0.3 21.2 350 94 2.7 256 51.5 5.2 16.5 40 2003
2002 0.7 1.4 18.5 240 65 2.0 175 38.9 3.6 13.0 43 2002
2001 0.4 -0.2 23.4 323 94 2.7 229 53.5 5.0 13.8 29 2001
2000 11.1 11.2 252 91 2.5 161 44.5 22.5 45 2000
1999 3.6 17.7 279 91 2.5 188 52.0 15.7 38 1999
1998 2.1 19.6 339 148 3.7 191 52.0 17.3 39 1998
1997 -5.4 29.6 353 158 3.6 195 52.9 12.0 25 1997
1996 -3.0 27.5 380 177 4.2 203 55.5 14.0 1996
1995 -0.6 22.4 376 182 4.5 194 57.6 16.8 1995
1994 0.1 25.1 395 206 4.4 189 59.5 15.7 1994
AVG 2.6 1.1 19.8 310.9 113.4 3.0 197.6 51.7 4.4 16.5 36.5 AVG

it's a shame my conditional formatting doesn't paste over from Excel. Oh well.

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