#OPPORTUNITYISNOWHERE: Tracking Tennessee Football's Improvement

This just in. Playing the top two teams in the nation back-to-back and immediately after another solid defense from another rival while losing key contributors like Spinal Tap loses drummers will do damage to your national rankings, your trending reports, and your sanity. But let's assess the damage, shall we?

Categories In Which Tennessee
Was In The Top Quartile This Season
Category

2010

MT CIN FL BUF GA LSU AL
Red Zone Efficiency 104 T-7 - - 23 17 16 9
Kickoff Return Yardage Defense 9 14 12 21 18 13 24 11
Offense Third-down Efficiency - 11 4 7 T-1 4 5 23
First Downs Allowed - - - - 20 22 30 30
Passes Had Intercepted - - - - T-17 T-6 21 -
Turnovers Lost - - - - - - T-21 -
Passing Efficiency - 7 5 13 8 13 22 -
Pass Defense - - - - - - 24 -
Passing Offense 30 16 9 11 11 11 25 -
Fumbles Lost - - - - - - T-30 -
Time of Possession 90 14 5 10 5 12 - -
Turnovers Lost - - - - T-26 14 - -
First Downs 92 66 11 12 11 22 - -
Scoring Defense - - - - - 29 - -
Defense Third-down Efficiency - - - - - 30 - -
Defense Fourth-down Efficiency - - T-1 19 T-7 - - -
Scoring Offense - 27 22 - 21 - - -

First the good news. We're still doing well in the red zone and at defending kickoffs. Perhaps best of all, that first downs allowed category that popped up for the first time four weeks ago is holding steady despite our many challenges. Offense third-down efficiency is hanging on by a thread, but it's about to wear out and fall into the abyss unless Justin Worley can pull some magic beans out of his armpit.

Now for the bad news. The kickoff return yardage defense stat is not reserved for teams that are actually good. Sure, Boise State and Oregon are in the top 20, but so are Florida Atlantic, Western Kentucky, and Eastern Michigan. And everything else is out of the top 30 now.

And to close with a Good News Sandwich . . . all of the stuff that used to be in the top 30 and isn't anymore? All of it was stuff that was an improvement over last year. Perhaps some of it will reappear after we get through October.

On to the players who made the top 30 this week:

Player Stat MT CIN FL BUF GA LSU AL
Nobody Nothing - - - - - - -
Nobody's Brother This Space Intentionally Omitted - - - - - - -
I Need Five More of These To Make the Point That We and Da'Rick Rogers Miss Tyler Bray and Justin Hunter - - - - - - -
But It's Early And I'm Tired - - - - - - -
And I Need More Coffee But Not That Nasty "Salty Caramel Mocha" stuff from Starbucks - - - - - - -
Because That's As Nasty As It Sounds Without the Trademark and Logo - - - - - - -
And I'm Filing This Entire Table Into #lessonslearned - - - - - - -

Da'Rick just missed (#32 and #31) on receiving yards per game and total receiving yards.

#OPPORTUNITYISNOWHERE

And now for those . . . ahem . . . areasofgreatestopportunity:

Categories In Which Tennessee
Is (Or Was) In The Bottom Quartile
This Season

Category 2010 MT CIN FL BUF GA LSU AL
Rushing Offense 105 74 - 105 98 114 114 115
Passes Intercepted - - - 93 111 T-113 T-116 114
Turnovers Gained - - - - 98 107 115 114
Net Punting - - - 96 116 105 110 97
Pass Sacks - - - - - 91 T-90 93
Turnover Margin - - - - - - T-93 91
Total Offense - - - - - - - 91
Red Zone Efficiency Defense - - - - - - T-105 -
Fewest Yards Penalized Per Game - - - 98 - - - -
Fewest Penalties Per Game - - - 97 - - - -
Offense Fourth Down Efficiency 96 59   94 - - - -
Punt Returns 109 64 - 91 - - - -

Yeah, rushing offense feels better this week yet goes one step to the south in the rankings. Most alarming of all is the appearance of total offense at #91. Scoring offense isn't far behind at #76.

So yeah, playing Alabama and LSU will put extreme close ups of your warts on the Jumbotron, but our offense needs a boost, and we need some Compound W stat. That and turnovers, which McDonald's sells two for the price of one, so it's not like they're not out there.

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