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  • FootballScoop crowns the statistical champions of the 2014 season

    Denver Post

    Denver Post

    We’re all a bunch of liars.

    When a coach or media member refers to a team’s pass rush or third-down offense as “the best in college football,” that person is probably incorrect. More often than not, that all-encompassing term “the best in college football” references only the FBS, the game’s highest-profile subdivision but still less than 20 percent of its total population, rather than the entire sport at large.

    So we decided to examine all five divisions of college football, 746 programs in all between the NCAA and NAIA, to find the best in 26 different statistical categories to determine once and for all who had the best first downs defense in 2014.


    Scoring Offense
    FBS: Baylor – 48.2 points per game
    FCS: Eastern Washington – 44.1 points per game
    D2: Texas A&M-Commerce – 54.1 points per game
    D3: Mount Union (Ohio) – 58.5 points per game
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 55.5 points per game

    Touchdowns Per Game
    FBS: Baylor – 6.31
    FCS: Alcorn State – 6.08
    D2: Texas A&M-Commerce – 7
    D3: Mount Union (Ohio) – 7.53
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 7.92

    Total Offense
    FBS: Baylor – 581.5 yards per game
    FCS: Yale – 571.5 yards per game
    D2: Texas A&M-Commerce -535.4 yards per game
    D3: Mount Union (Ohio) – 589.9 yards per game
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 662.2 yards per game

    Yards Per Play
    FBS: Marshall – 7.59
    FCS: Alcorn State/Illinois State – 6.91
    D2: Texas A&M-Commerce – 7.47
    D3: Mount Union (Ohio) – 7.85
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 8.18

    Passing Offense
    FBS: Washington State – 477.7 yards per game
    FCS: Idaho State – 348.1 yards per game
    D2: New Mexico Highlands – 388.5 yards per game
    D3: Whitworth (Wash.)/East Texas Baptist – 368.1 yards per game
    NAIA: Southern Oregon – 383.0 yards per game

    Passing Efficiency
    FBS: Oregon – 180.78
    FCS: Villanova – 175.25
    D2: Harding (Ark.) – 188.13
    D3: Guilford College (N.C.) – 176.39
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 193.6

    Yards Per Attempt
    FBS: Oregon – 9.9
    FCS: Eastern Washington – 8.73
    D2: Texas A&M-Commerce – 10.31
    D3: Delaware Valley College (Pa.) – 10.11
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 11.48

    Rushing Offense
    FBS: Georgia Southern – 379.9 yards per game
    FCS: Cal Poly – 351.8 yards per game
    D2: Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) – 416.3 yards per game
    D3: Maine Maritime – 393.9 yards per game
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 354.8 yards per game

    Yards Per Carry
    FBS: Georgia Southern – 7.11
    FCS: Alcorn State – 6.42
    D2: Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) – 6.57
    D3: Heidelberg (Ohio) – 6.67
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 6.54

    First Downs Per Game
    FBS: Baylor – 30.1
    FCS: Idaho State – 27.9
    D2: Colorado Mines – 29.1
    D3: Mount Union (Ohio) – 28.6
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 29.8

    Third Down Conversions
    FBS: Georgia Tech – 57.9%
    FCS: Yale – 51.7%
    D2: Ferris State (Mich.) – 56.2%
    D3: Guilford (N.C.) – 58.1%
    NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 53.2%


    Scoring Defense
    FBS: Ole Miss – 16.0 points per game
    FCS: Harvard – 12.3 points per game
    D2: Colorado State-Pueblo – 12.8 points per game
    D3: Amherst College (Mass.) – 8.9 points per game
    NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa) – 15.2 points per game

    Touchdowns Per Game Allowed
    FBS: Ole Miss – 1.85
    FCS: Harvard – 1.5
    D2: Colorado State-Pueblo – 1.53
    D3: Amherst (Mass.) – 1.13
    NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa)/Tabor (Kan.) – 2

    Total Defense
    FBS: Clemson – 260.8 yards per game
    FCS: Bethune-Cookman – 237.5 yards per game
    D2: Northwest Missouri State – 213.1 yards per game
    D3: Wesleyan (Conn.) – 220.8 yards per game
    NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa) – 247.5 yards per game

    Yards Per Play Allowed
    FBS: Clemson – 4.03
    FCS: Bethune-Cookman – 3.97
    D2: Northwest Missouri State – 3.58
    D3: Wesleyan (Conn.)/Linfield (Ore.) – 3.59
    NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa) – 3.58

    Passing Defense
    FBS: San Jose State – 117.8 yards per game
    FCS: Samford – 139.1 yards per game
    D2: Newberry (S.C.) – 120.1 yards per game
    D3: St. Lawrence (N.Y.) – 114.5 yards per game
    NAIA: Edward Waters (Fla.) – 111.5 yards per game

    Pass Efficiency Defense
    FBS: Clemson – 98.3
    FCS: Southeastern Louisiana – 94.3
    D2: Oklahoma Panhandle State – 84.3
    D3: St. Lawrence (N.Y.) – 76.8
    NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa) – 71.5

    Yards Per Attempt Allowed
    FBS: Clemson – 5.3
    FCS: Bethune-Cookman/Southeastern Louisiana – 5.45
    D2: Indianapolis – 4.61
    D3: Wesleyan (Conn.) – 4.59
    NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa) – 4.60

    Rushing Defense
    FBS: Michigan State – 88.5 yards per game
    FCS: Bethune-Cookman – 79.9 yards per game
    D2: Shepherd (W. Va.) – 44.3 yards per game 
    D3: Wabash (Ind.) – 66.3 yards per game
    NAIA: Robert Morris (Ill.) – 75.8 yards per game

    Yards Per Carry Allowed
    FBS: TCU – 2.78
    FCS: Sacred Heart – 2.43
    D2: Shepherd (W. Va.) – 1.63
    D3: Wabash (Ind.) – 1.91
    NAIA: Robert Morris (Ill.) – 2.22

    First Downs Per Game Allowed
    FBS: Clemson – 14.2
    FCS: Bethune-Cookman – 14.0
    D2: Shepherd (W. Va.) – 11.5
    D3: Trinity (Conn.) – 12.6
    NAIA: Siena Heights (Mich.) – 13.3

    Third Down Conversions Allowed
    FBS: Clemson – 27.4%
    FCS: Bethune-Cookman – 25.0%
    D2: Shepherd (W. Va.) – 23.2%
    D3: Adrian (Mich.) – 21.1%
    NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa) – 24.9%

    Sacks Per Game
    FBS: Utah – 4.23
    FCS: Grambling – 3.75
    D2: Humboldt State (Calif.) – 4.5
    D3: Wabash (Ind.) – 4.58
    NAIA: Georgetown (Ky.) – 4.0

    Tackles For Loss Per Game
    FBS: Clemson – 10.08
    FCS: Grambling – 10.1
    D2: Texas A&M-Commerce – 10.8
    D3: Bethany (W. Va.) – 10.9
    NAIA: N/A


    Turnover Margin
    FBS: Oregon – 1.53
    FCS: Albany – 1.25
    D2: Bloomsburg (Pa.) – 2.31
    D3: Redlands (Ca.) – 2.44
    NAIA: N/A

    Penalties Per Game
    FBS: Navy – 2.54
    FCS: Gardner-Webb – 3.58
    D2: Michigan Tech – 2.55
    D3: Buena Vista (Iowa) – 2.90
    NAIA: Benedictine (Kan.) – 4.45


  • Check out all of the notable 2015 Super Bowl ads here


    With the Super Bowl on Sunday, little by little, the wildly popular commercials advertisements are starting to get released.

    Last year, the Super Bowl between Seattle and Denver set a record as the most-watched television event in US history, drawing 111.5 million viewers. Four of the last five Super Bowls have set new viewership records, and this year shouldn’t be any different with all the interesting storylines taking shape.

    As we all know, it’s also the only TV event where people actually tune in and sit quiet during the commercials.

    Relive all of the notable commercials from 2014 here.

    Other than Super Bowl staple Budweiser, who is always good for a conversation piece on Monday morning, ads include appearances by Kim Kardashian and Lindsey Lohan- so this year is shaping up to be interesting already.

    Here’s what has been released so far, and this article will continue to be updated as more are uncovered.

  • Video: #WithDad is something all football dads should see


    When it comes to famous family names in the NFL, the Matthews’ family is about as famous (and successful) as it gets.

    Three generations of the Matthews family have played in the NFL, starting with Clay Matthews Sr., then Clay Matthews Jr., and now Clay Matthews III and Casey Matthews are both in the league. That’s not even mentioning Hall of Fame offensive lineman and 14 time Pro Bowler Bruce Matthews, the brother of Clay Jr.

    This morning I came across this Nissan spot titled #WithDad that was worth sharing with all of the coaching dads out there.

    In it, Matthews Jr. talks about how he raised two future NFL players, and his approach to parenting in general. Overall, this is just some really solid parenting material worth spreading.

  • Video of the Day – Clemson 2014 season highlights

    Wednesday January 28, 2015

    Video of the Day

    Clemson 2014 season highlights

  • Got players who are “bored”? Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre has a three word solution


    While coaches hit the road hard during the winter months, players get “stuck” in the routine triangle of workouts, classes, and studying.

    Earlier this week, Colorado Freshman receiver Shay Fields tweeted that he needed something to do, and coach MacIntyre was ready with the perfect response.

    His response?

    For most of us that have our feet wet in this coaching profession, it’s not necessarily surprising that a Freshman would find himself bored in the winter without evening practices and games nearly every weekend like he grew accustomed to in the fall.

    It may seem harsh at first glance, but for MacIntyre (who transformed the San Jose State program from 1-11 in year one to a 10-2 team in year three), a 6-18 start in his first two seasons in Boulder isn’t going to cut it, and while responding to that comment on Twitter may seem small to some, MacIntyre has a detailed plan to change the culture in Boulder, and I wouldn’t be surprised if moves like this one are all part of moving forward.

    Coupled with James Franklin’s “Bs don’t cut it at Penn State” Twitter response one of his players yesterday, this is the second example already this week of head coaches monitoring what their players are tweeting.