Monday, November 16, 2009

Which one is different from the rest?

Joseph Goodman crunches the numbers, and believes he knows what is actually different between the Gators 2008 and 2009 seasons on offense. And the difference isn't in the big play.

So, on Wednesday Florida Gators offensive coordinator Steve Addazio told reporters that the number of big plays this season has been pretty much the same as the number of big plays last season.

According to Addazio, Florida's coaching staff defines "big plays" as gains of 20 yards or more. Well, being a bunch of no-good skeptics, the editorial board at Gator Clause didn't believe Addazio and set out yesterday to prove him wrong. Game by game and line by line, Gator Clause recorded every gain of 20 yards or more through the first seven conference games of 2008 and 2009. Not surprisingly, we've got some pretty interesting news to report.

In 2008, the Gators' high-flying offense produced 32 gains of 20 or more yards through the first seven conference games of the season. This season, the Gators' conservatively cautious offense has almost produced the same amount of gains (29) of 20 yards or more through seven conference games. That's correct, the statistics are nearly identical! Pretty crazy, huh. You can read all about it today's Miami Herald. Click the link for my story advancing today's game. LINK!

So what is the "problem", hmm, difference? Click here.

Photo: Mr. 2 Cents

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