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Thursday, September 15, 2005

X Plays and Talent

Ivan Maisel writes about an interesting stat tracked at Ole Miss (click on Hidden Stat). They call them X Plays. They include all passes for more than 16 yards and all runs for more than 9. Supposedly the team who had more wins 90 percent of the time. I would add blocked and returned kicks that result in touchdowns to that as well. After all General Neyland said in his 7 game maxims:

Press the kicking game. Here is where the breaks are made.

Also, in his viewer's guide, (click "next game" to Notre Dame-Michigan State) Jim Donnan says besides USC, Michigan State is as talented an offense as Notre Dame will face this year. He must have forgotten or never heard that Tennessee will travel to South Bend, Indiana this year, and Tennesse, though they may not have looked it against UAB, is certainly more talented than the Sparties.