Tennessee Vols statistical rankings after Florida

Al Messerschmidt

So what sort of damage did the Florida loss do to Tennessee's statistical rankings resume?

Here are the Vols' national rankings in all major statistical categories after four games. 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.

Where Tennessee is doing well

Well, we're holding steady on the discipline categories of penalties, and the offensive line barely moved in keeping its reputation for not allowing sacks or tackles for loss. And we still rank well in intercepting passes.

But somebody sing a sad farewell to Rushing Offense and Passes Had Intercepted, because they fell out of the Top 30. And somebody wrap Will's head in bubble wrap before he reads this particular stat: Passes Had Intercepted changed from #17 last week to #99 this week.

On the other hand, Fumbles recovered joined the Top 30 party, entering at #15 from #48. Welcome!

Categories in which Tennessee is in the Top 30
Category 2011 2012 AP WKU OR FL
Fewest Penalties Per Game 56 92 - 1 3 2
Turnovers Gained 91 95 26 1 3 3
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game 51 67 - 2 4 3
Passes Intercepted 86 56 12 1 2 5
Pass Sacks Allowed 40 5 23 18 5 11
Tackles for Loss Allowed 38 9 54 29 7 11
Fumbles Recovered 71 113 - 22 48 15
Kickoff Returns 41 80 1 7 19 29
Turnover Margin 59 88 24 3 4 29
Red Zone Defense 47 115 - 5 19 30

Dropped out: 4th Down Conversion Pct (43), Rushing Offense (46), Passes Had Intercepted (99)
New Arrivals in 2013: Fumbles Recovered

Where Tennessee needs major imporovement

Oh, boy. No one will be surprised to learn that Turnovers Lost and Passes Had Intercepted raced each other to the cellar this week. And no one will be shocked to learn that of the nine statistical categories in which Tennessee currently ranks in the bottom quartile of all FBS teams, four of them directly relate to the passing game and two more relate to it indirectly. The most depressing thing about all of this? Look at the green in the 2012 and 2011 columns and then look at the red in those same rows. And then embrace your preferred coping method.

Categories in which Tennessee is in the Bottom 30
Category 2011 2012 AP WKU OR FL
Passing Offense 50 15 101 108 114 114
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense 48 86 34 70 113 105
Passing Yards per Completion 102 90 103 105
Turnovers Lost 20 58 25 31 32 103
Total Offense 104 18 51 65 78 103
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense 57 50 10 60 81 103
Team Passing Efficiency 69 31 25 46 72 100
Passes Had Intercepted 63 83 1 39 17 99
Net Punting 104 52 7 101 104 95

New Arrivals: Team Passing Efficiency, Turnovers Lost, Total Offense, 3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense, Passes Had Intercepted
Climbed out: Passing Yards Allowed, Punt Return 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
4th Down Conversion Pct 91 80 - -

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43
Rushing Offense 116 61 11 23 29 46
3rd Down Conversion Pct 56 81 13 26 52 56
Team Tackles for Loss 67 48 38 29 55 56
Punt Returns 61 22 28 40 60 56
Scoring Offense 106 22 20 13 41 59
Red Zone Offense 58 29 1 59 52 63
First Downs Offense 98 20 12 26 43 65
Team Passing Efficiency Defense 14 10 71 72
Scoring Defense 36 104 1 15 73 73
Rushing Defense 69 85 19 43 65 75
Team Pass Sacks 100 98 41 48 50 77
Passing Yards Allowed 12 111 17 38 102 80
Punt Return Defense 85 67 2 43 93 80
Total Defense 28 107 11 29 90 82
Time of Possession 37 116 55 70 45 84
Kickoff Return Defense 7 47 76 77 78 88
First Downs Defense 18 86 8 39 83 88
Fumbles Lost 6 28 57 32 56 92

Players in the Top 30

Player Stat 2011 2012 AP WKU OR FL
Brian Randolph Interceptions 3 14 25
Michael Palardy Punting 19 26
Vincent Dallas Kickoff Returns 12
Rajion Neal Scoring 14
Dontavis Sapp Fumbles Recovered 23
Max Arnold 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
Rajion Neal Rushing Yards Per Game 15
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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