Tennessee's statistical rankings after the bye week

Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

As you'd expect, there's not a great deal of change for the Vols in the national stat rankings after the bye week, but they did creep into the Top 30 in Rushing Offense and climb out of the Bottom 30 in First Downs Defense.

There's nothing like a bye week to remind us that the fate of our team is impacted as much by its opponents as it is by the team itself. There's not a lot of change in Tennessee's statistical rankings this week, but there is some. Here are the Vols' national rankings in all major statistical categories after the bye week. Green means Top 30, red means Bottom 30, and yellow is the big, fat middle. Note the caveats before proceeding. First up is the Stuff UT is Doing Well.

What Tennessee is doing well

The good news here is that the Vols didn't drop out of the Top 30 in any category in which they were previously in the Top 30. That, plus they crept into the higher tier in Rushing Offense without touching the ball.

Categories in which Tennessee is in the Top 30
Category 2011 2012 AP WKU OR FL SA GA BYE
Tackles for Loss Allowed 38 9 54 29 7 11 4 4 3
4th Down Conversion Pct 91 80 - -

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43 42 4 4
Passes Intercepted 86 56 12 1 2 5 1 2 6
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game 51 67 - 2 4 3 4 10 9
Turnovers Gained 91 95 26 1 3 3 3 6 12
Fewest Penalties Per Game 56 92 - 1 3 2 8 17 18
Pass Sacks Allowed 40 5 23 18 5 11 19 25 21
Red Zone Defense 47 115 - 5 19 30 26 24 24
Rushing Offense 116 61 11 23 29 46 34 32 29

Dropped out: None.
New Arrivals: Rushing Offense

Where Tennessee needs major improvement

Also some good news here in that there are no new additions to the Bottom 30 and they climbed out in First Downs Defense.

Categories in which Tennessee is in the Bottom 30
Category 2011 2012 AP WKU OR FL SA GA BYE
Passing Offense 50 15 101 108 114 114 112 111 111
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense 48 86 34 70 113 105 91 107 105
Team Passing Efficiency 69 31 25 46 72 100 100 100 103
Passing Yards per Completion 102 90 103 105 105 102 102
Team Pass Sacks 100 98 41 48 50 77 92 101 101
Passes Had Intercepted 63 83 1 39 17 99 112 107 99
Turnovers Lost 20 58 25 31 32 103 112 106 94

New Arrivals: None
Climbed out: First Downs Defense

THE BIG FAT MIDDLE

And here's the rest, for tracking purposes.

Categories in which Tennessee is in the Middle of the Rankings
Category 2011 2012 AP WKU OR FL SA GA BYE
Punt Return Defense 85 67 2 43 93 80 59 33 34
Kickoff Returns 41 80 1 7 19 29 28 36 37
Team Passing Efficiency Defense 14 10 71 72 36 37 38
Punt Returns 61 22 28 40 60 56 47 41 41
Net Punting 104 52 7 101 104 95 72 44 42
Turnover Margin 59 88 24 3 4 29 41 53 49
Scoring Offense 106 22 20 13 41 59 59 55 51
Fumbles Recovered 71 113 - 22 48 15 28 37 56
3rd Down Conversion Pct 56 81 13 26 52 56 58 59 61
First Downs Defense 18 86 8 39 83 88 98 106 68
Team Tackles for Loss 67 48 38 29 55 56 81 72 72
Red Zone Offense 58 29 1 59 52 63 68 73 75
Scoring Defense 36 104 1 15 73 73 74 75 75
Fumbles Lost 6 28 57 32 56 92 81 89 75
Kickoff Return Defense 7 47 76 77 78 88 76 76 76
Passing Yards Allowed 12 111 17 38 102 80 82 78 78
Total Defense 28 107 11 29 90 82 78 79 80
Rushing Defense 69 85 19 43 65 75 71 80 80
Time of Possession 37 116 55 70 45 84 85 78 82
First Downs Offense 98 20 12 26 43 65 35 41 86
Total Offense 104 18 51 65 78 103 93 90 87
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense 57 50 10 60 81 103 96 89 91

Players in the Top 30

Not a lot of change here, but continued good hustle for Max Arnold, who ranks 25th in the nation in Fumbles Recovered.

Player Stat 2011 2012 AP WKU OR FL SA GA BYE
Devaun Swafford Punt Return TDs 5 5
Michael Palardy Punting 19 26 22 8 7
Rajion Neal Rushing Yards 19 11 19
Brian Randolph Interceptions 3 14 25 21 28 19
Rajion Neal Rushing TDs 28 12 21
Rajion Neal Rushing Yards Per Game 15 25 23
Max Arnold Fumbles Recovered 23 25
Vincent Dallas Kickoff Returns 12
Rajion Neal Scoring 14
Dontavis Sapp Fumbles Recovered 23
Brent Brewer Forced Fumbles 24
Dontavis Sapp Forced Fumbles 24
Rajion Neal Rushing Yards 15 27
Justin Worley Passing Efficiency 28
Daniel Hood Interceptions 7
Malik Foreman Interceptions 7
Justin Worley Points Responsible For 13
Devrin Young Punt Returns 28 21
Daniel Hood Passes Defended 21
Marlin Lane Scoring 21
Marlon Walls Tackles For Loss 30
A.J. Johnson Tackles 4
Byron Moore Interceptions 13
Cordarrelle Patterson Kickoff Returns 14
Cordarrelle Patterson All-Purpose Runners 16
Tyler Bray Total Offense 19
Justin Hunter Receiving Yards Per Game 22
Tyler Bray Passing Efficiency 29
Austin Johnson Interceptions 23
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