Oh, 3-9 Michigan offense of yesteryear, where art thou?
After just 2 games Michigan fans can see some significant differences in the performance of the Wolverines offense, aside from the obvious 2-0 start.
While it’s not 100% accurate (or necessarily fair) to compare Michigan’s first two 2008 opponents Utah (13-0) and Miami (OH) (2-10) with the first two 2009 opponents Western Michigan (0-2) and Notre Dame (1-1) and then make definitive conclusions from them, it is nevertheless very interesting to compare these identical slices of time and observe how Michigan’s offensive team firepower appears to have changed:
After 2 Games: 2009 Michigan Offense vs. 2008 Michigan Offense
|Year||Rush. Yards||Pass. Yards||Total Yards||Pts||Plays||YPP||PPP||INT||Fum.||Total TO's||TOP|
Key Observations after 2 Games:
- RUSHING YARDS: Massive up tick in Michigan rushing yardage.
- PASSING YARDS: Significant increase in Michigan passing yardage.
- TOTAL YARDS: Whoa. Basically doubling of total yardage
- POINTS SCORED: Whoa II. Almost doubling of points scored (30 more points than 2008).
- PLAYS: Michigan is running more plays. More attempts, more opportunities.
- YPP: Significant improvement in Yards Per Play (almost +2 yards more than same juncture in 2008)
- PPP: Significant improvement in Points Per Play from 0.34 to 0.46, i.e. Michigan’s offense has become more effective turning attempts into points.
- TO's: Dramatic decline in turnovers (Gee, ya think that might help!?)
- TOP: Significant increase in time of possession by just over 14 minutes.