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Drive Charts: Pokes Proficient in Week 1 Against Lowly Mizzou St.

Here’s a baseline for OSU’s offense and defense before Week 2.

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Drives against FCS teams don’t count in the points per drive numbers BCFToys puts together so maybe we shouldn’t count them here. But let’s at least go through the process of evaluating drive charts as we prep for the FBS portion of the schedule starting this week against S. Alabama.

Remember, points per game is fake news. It’s misleading and disgusting. You should be looking at points per drive. If you get five possessions a game and average 35 points then 1. Your points per game looks good, not great 2. Your points per drive is ELITE and 3. You are undefeated.

OSU Offense

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OSU’s Pertinent Stats
  • Points per drive (offense): 3.63
  • Yards per play: 8.0
  • Third-down conversions: 11/18 (61 percent)
  • Average starting field position: own 29-yard line
  • Red-zone scoring: 5/6 (4 touchdowns)
  • Points off turnovers: 0
  • Time of possession: 29:36

This is a good (but not great) PPD number. This disconcerting part, I suppose, is not necessarily not scoring on the last three drives but stringing together two drives in a row in the first half with all the starters still in where you gained 5 yards on five plays and gave the ball back twice. We’re probably picking nits here, but that shouldn’t happen two drives in a row against a FCS team.

Missouri State Offense

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MSU’s Pertinent Stats
  • Points per drive (offense): 1.06
  • Yards per play: 4.0
  • Third-down conversions: 5/16 (31 percent)
  • Average starting field position: own 28-yard line
  • Red-zone scoring: 1/2 (1 touchdown)
  • Points off turnovers: 0
  • Time of possession: 30:24

Last year OSU ranked 68th in the country in third down conversions given up on defense (39 percent). This year through one game against a bad team, they are 51st at 31 percent. Nothing special, but it’s something to keep an eye on throughout the year.

There’s not really much more to be said here. MSU is bad. OSU is good. The stats reflect that. I will say I’d like to see a bigger difference in average starting field position against a bad team. Your skill players are much better than theirs, and your special teams should reflect that. I’m not sure OSU’s did on Thursday against the Bears.

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