Tennessee's statistical rankings after Missouri

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri did more damage to Tennessee's statistical rankings than almost any other opponent this season.

Although Tennessee still ranks well in several categories, the Tigers' offense sent the Vols into the Bottom 30 this week in a slew of defensive categories.

What Tennessee is doing well

As frustrating as some of us were with the offensive line on Saturday night, they are still pretty good at not allowing sacks. Tackles for Loss Allowed, though, did fall out of the Top 30, but playing Missouri's defensive line will do that (just like it did the week they went up against Jadeveon Clowney). The penalties this weekend were also a disappointment, but we should probably remember that it was out of character for the o-line. Even with this weekend thrown in, the team still ranks well in the discipline categories. Better to experience a lapse of character against Missouri in a game we weren't likely to win anyway and use it as a lesson than to have it cost us a game against Vandy or Kentucky, I guess.

Categories in which Tennessee is in the Top 30
Category 2011 2012 AP WKU OR FL SA GA BYE SC AL MO
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game 51 67 - 2 4 3 4 10 9 9 9 13
Passes Intercepted 86 56 12 1 2 5 1 2 6 6 12 17
Pass Sacks Allowed 40 5 23 18 5 11 19 25 21 23 19 19
Red Zone Defense 47 115 - 5 19 30 26 24 24 20 22 21
Turnovers Gained 91 95 26 1 3 3 3 6 12 14 17 21
Kickoff Returns 41 80 1 7 19 29 28 36 37 41 26 23
Fewest Penalties Per Game 56 92 - 1 3 2 8 17 18 21 16 25
Net Punting 104 52 7 101 104 95 72 44 42 35 27 26
Punt Return Defense 85 67 2 43 93 80 59 33 34 30 31 27

New Arrivals: Punt Return Defense (from 31 to 27).
Dropped out: 4th Down Conversion Pct (from 10 to 27), Tackles for Loss Allowed (from 22 to 31).

Where Tennessee needs major improvement

Yikes, the red spread this weekend. Last week, this chart inluded seven categories. This week? Fourteen, which includes all of last week's seven, plus seven new ones. Five of those seven are defensive categories -- First Downs Defense, Rushing Defense, Team Tackles for Loss, 3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense, and Team Pass Sacks. The other two -- 3rd Down Conversion Percentage and Turnovers Lost -- may be directly related to each other and/or to the penalty problem previously discussed.

Categories in which Tennessee is in the Bottom 30
Category 2011 2012 AP WKU OR FL SA GA BYE SC AL MO
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense 48 86 34 70 113 105 91 107 105 111 119 119
Team Passing Efficiency 69 31 25 46 72 100 100 100 103 106 110 112
Passing Yards per Completion 102 90 103 105 105 102 102 105 101 109
Passing Offense 50 15 101 108 114 114 112 111 111 109 110 108
Team Pass Sacks 100 98 41 48 50 77 92 101 101 75 93 105
Passes Had Intercepted 63 83 1 39 17 99 112 107 99 87 96 102
Rushing Defense 69 85 19 43 65 75 71 80 80 83 85 100
Team Tackles for Loss 67 48 38 29 55 56 81 72 72 65 89 100
Turnovers Lost 20 58 25 31 32 103 112 106 94 77 83 101
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense 57 50 10 60 81 103 96 89 91 79 93 101
Total Offense 104 18 51 65 78 103 93 90 87 89 96 96
First Downs Defense 18 86 8 39 83 88 98 106 68 70

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Kickoff Return Defense 7 47 76 77 78 88 76 76 76 73 95 93
3rd Down Conversion Pct 56 81 13 26 52 56 58 59 61 70 82 93

New Arrivals: 3rd Down Conversion Pct, First Downs Defense, Rushing Defense, Team Tackles for Loss, Turnovers Lost, 3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense, Team Pass Sacks.
Climbed out: None.

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 SC AL MO
Tackles for Loss Allowed 38 9 54 29 7 11 4 4 3 34 22 31
Punt Returns 61 22 28 40 60 56 47 41 41 44 45 42
4th Down Conversion Pct 91 80 - -

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43 42 4 4 4 10 47
Rushing Offense 116 61 11 23 29 46 34 32 29 37 41 52
Fumbles Recovered 71 113 - 22 48 15 28 37 56 47 43 54
Passing Yards Allowed 12 111 17 38 102 80 82 78 78 63 70 56
Fumbles Lost 6 28 57 32 56 92 81 89 75 59 44 57
Team Passing Efficiency Defense 14 10 71 72 36 37 38 27 49 58
Turnover Margin 59 88 24 3 4 29 41 53 49 34 41 64
Red Zone Offense 58 29 1 59 52 63 68 73 75 59 51 65
Scoring Defense 36 104 1 15 73 73 74 75 75 65 78 79
First Downs Offense 98 20 12 26 43 65 35 41 86 78 83 83
Total Defense 28 107 11 29 90 82 78 79 80 75 83 86
Scoring Offense 106 22 20 13 41 59 59 55 51 60 72 88
Time of Possession 37 116 55 70 45 84 85 78 82 70 82 92

Players in the Top 30

Rajion Neal was also out of character against Missouri and is about to lose his last spot in the Top 30. That leaves Michael Palardy (and Devaun Swafford, if you include right place, right time) as the MVP of the team right now.

Player Stat 2011 2012 AP WKU OR FL SA GA BYE SC AL MO
Devaun Swafford Punt Return TDs 5 5 6 6 6
Michael Palardy Punting 19 26 22 8 7 13 10 11
Rajion Neal Rushing TDs 28 12 21 22 19 28
Rajion Neal Rushing Yards 19 11 19 24 26
Rajion Neal Rushing Yards Per Game 15 25 23 26
Brian Randolph Interceptions 3 14 25 21 28 19 29
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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