With the 2011 regular season in the rear view — how hard is that to believe — we wanted to look back at some of our favorite stats to see who did what and who did it best this fall. Here we’ll look at a stat we call Quick Strike Offense.
While Quick Strike Offense has the word “offense” right there in the title — because it has to do with scoring — it’s actually a measure of a whole team’s ability to score. Good special teams units and strong defenses aid an offense in its pursuit of points. So what you’ll find below is a list from best to worst of each SEC team’s touchdowns-to-offensive snaps ratio. The lower the ratio of plays to touchdowns, the easier time the team had scoring.
Two teams in the league scored a touchdown once every 15 offensive snaps. Three others ran more than 40 plays between TDs. Below… the 2011 Quick Strike rankings (conference games only, including SEC Championship Game):
|School (SEC Record)||Touchdowns||Plays||Plays/TD|
|S. Carolina (6-2)||28||551||19.7|
|Miss. State (2-6)||17||526||30.9|
|Ole Miss (0-8)||11||515||46.8|
* LSU was solid on offense, but a suffocating defense and a big play special teams unit help making scoring easy. Who would have thought going into the season that the Tigers would score touchdowns every 14 plays?
* The top four teams in the league were a combined 28-5 in SEC contests. Toss in #6 Georgia and that record goes to 35-7. But Vanderbilt — with its 2-6 league record — is clearly the exception to the rule. The Commodores could score touchdowns, but they hit only two field goals all season in SEC play.
* The bottom four teams in this category were a combined 5-27 in league games. Poor Kentucky — minus Randall Cobb and a quality quarterback for much of the year — managed a touchdown just once every 51 plays in SEC contests.