Ole Miss: A Numerical Perspective

The Vanderbilt Commodores had a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad opener to their season. They get to wash that taste from their mouths, though, by digging in and preparing for a conference game against an SEC neighbor that's not too far away. Ole Miss didn't enjoy smooth sailing against Boise State, as other articles at this site have documented. Here's a statistical look at the Rebels.


THE OLE MISS REBELS: A NUMERICAL PERSPECTIVE

The Rebels’ 2014 opener was not that different from their 2013 season in one fundamental respect. Bo Wallace was all over the place. Ole Miss’s quarterback sometimes had the right prescription, but Dr. Bo could just as easily misdiagnose a defense. The bipolar quality of Wallace’s season robbed the Rebs of the ability to know what to expect each game. The team lived on a thin ledge as a result, and that’s not quite how a team establishes itself as an entrenched member of the SEC’s upper tier. There are still questions about Wallace and the rest of the Rebels, questions that are magnified by Texas A&M’s sharp, decisive ascendancy in week one against South Carolina.

Without further ado, with the season only one week old, here’s a numerical profile of Ole Miss from 2013, one that can still shed quite a lot of light into this program’s identity and how it needs to change this season:

SITUATIONAL WIN-LOSS RECORDS IN 2013 (FBS ONLY)

Record when having more first downs than an opponent: 6-1.

Fewer: 0-4

Record when having more yards than an opponent: 6-2.

Fewer: 0-3.

Record when having more rushing yards than an opponent: 5-1.

Fewer: 1-4.

Record when having more passing yards than an opponent: 4-3.

Fewer: 2-2.

Record when having more penalties than an opponent: 4-2.

Fewer: 2-2.

Statistical tie in this category (zero differential): 0-1.

Record when having more turnovers than an opponent: 1-2.

Fewer: 3-1.

Statistical tie: 2-2.

Record when having more time of possession than an opponent: 4-1.

Less time of possession: 2-4.

BALL SECURITY AND FUMBLE LUCK.

Fumbles in 2013: 19.

Fumbles lost: only 8.

Interceptions thrown: 13.

TAKEAWAYS ON DEFENSE

Defensive fumbles recovered: 9 recoveries of 19 fumbles by opponents.

Interceptions made: 13.

DRIVE STARTS IN AN OPPONENT’S TERRITORY

Drives starting in an opponent’s half of the field (including the 50-yard line): 9.

Conference rank (SEC) in number of drive starts in an opponent’s half of the field: tied for 12th (last) out of 14 teams.

Points scored on these drives, assuming seven points for all touchdowns, regardless of PAT or conversion outcomes: 44 – 5 touchdowns, 3 field goals.

Territorial breakdown of drives and outcomes: 7 drives from the 50 to the opponent’s 36 – 5 touchdowns, 1 field goal; 2 drives from the 35 to the 21 – 2 field goals; no possessions starting in the red zone.

Conference rank (SEC) in number of points scored on drives starting in an opponent’s half of the field: 11th.

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