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How West Virginia stacks up in national OFF/DEF rankings

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

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Well, somehow we're a third of the way through the season. West Virginia (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) are coming off a 37-0 shutout courtesy of Maryland in Baltimore.

The general consensus is simple: The WVU offense is brutal, the WVU defense is stout.

Wanted to put the numbers out there to see how that argument holds. What you'll find here are the national rankings for West Virginia on all three sides of the ball -- offense, defense and special teams. The easiest way to split it this was "GAIN" vs. "ALLOW" on the chart. So, under "interceptions," for example, on the left is the number of interceptions gained by WVU (caught), on the right is the number allowed (thrown).

The NR numbers are the national rankings (and there are 125 FBS teams). So, in the first line you can deduce that WVU has the 109th-ranked scoring offense and the 33rd-ranked scoring defense.

[AFTER THE CLICK: THE CHART OF TRUTH]

NR GAIN WEST VIRGINIA ALLOW NR
109 18.0 Points Per Game 19.3 33
69 174.8 Rushing Yards 166.8 72
76 219.0 Passing Yards 156.8 14
73 391.8 Total Yards 323.5 31
73 19.8 First Downs 15.0 11
34 64 Plays of 10+ Yds 51 76
38 19 Plays of 20+ Yds 15 66
31 9 Plays of 30+ Yds 10 100 
111 28.9% 3rd-Down Conv. 34.92 44
44 50.0% 4th-Down Conv. -- --
93 75.0% Red-Zone Scores 84.6% 78 
93 50.0% Red-Zone TD Pct. 46.2% 21
103 27:17 Time of Possession 32:43 103
85 55.8 Penalty Yards Avg. 40.8 90
83 60.0% Field Goal Pct. 77.8% 71
21 44.9 Punt Avg. 42.6 86
82 20.0 Kick Return Avg. 22.8 84
81 6.4 Punt Return Avg. 3.4 22
35 8.0 Sacks 7.0 80
20 28.0 Tackles for Loss 25.0 98
64 3 Interceptions 4 44
7 5 Fumble Recoveries 8 124
122  -4 Turnover Margin +4 122

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