A dearth of three-and-outs

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Loyal readers know there isn’t a chart that would get turned down for this blog.

Well, maybe an eye chart. Mainly because it’s tough to figure out how to important a ginormous ‘E.’

But most charts – very, very welcome.

Anyway, Navy SID Scott Strasemeier passed along this interesting gem this morning on the schools that have produced the fewest three-and-outs in the country this year.

I’m not exactly sure how you research that one in a non-tedious way. But someone is keeping track. And here’s the fruits of that anonymous person’s work:

School3&OutGames3&Out/Game
Missouri260.33
Tulsa360.50
South Carolina
670.86
Kansas State
661.00
Texas Tech
661.00
Southern Cal
751.40
Wake Forest
751.40
Houston961.50
Oklahoma State 
961.50
Navy1061.67
Notre Dame
1161.83

That list of 11 schools includes the following:

* Three teams in the top 10 of rushing offense (Navy, Tulsa, Oklahoma State)
* Four teams in the top 10 of passing offense (Texas Tech, Houston, Missouri, Tulsa)
* Five of the top eight teams in total offense (Tulsa, Texas Tech, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech)
* Five of the top eight teams in scoring offense (Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Texas Tech and Kansas State)

The biggest surprises on the list? Notre Dame and its 109th-ranked rushing offense somehow having only 11 three-and-outs.

Trumping that would be South Carolina, which despite a slightly better running game (104th) doesn’t rank in the top 30 in passing, total or scoring defense, either.

Patrick Stevens

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