No original work here except compiling info from ESPN stats. Out of morbid curiosity, I gathered Wake's national rankings for each season starting in 2006 in total offense, third down conversions, and punts. I'll freely admit the categories are a little arbitrary (and probably skew towards a GrumpyView, since defense tends to be our strong suit). I have no scientific reasoning for picking the categories, but here's why I did:
Offense. This is the source of the majority of my grumpiness.
3rd down conversions. I tend to think this is one of the more meaningful measures of offensive coaching.
Punts. I love the Kinal Kount, and I hate the combination of "conservative" play-calling and "losing" games. A punt is just a really long interception, guys!
Note: the 2013 season is, despite wishful thinking, still underway. Rankings are current through the Clemson "game."
Without further ado, the chart!
The takeaways by category:
Offense. Our offense has only ranked above the bottom third in 3 of 8 seasons. We've ranked in the bottom tenth in total offense for 3 of the past 4 years.
3rd down conversions. Our 3rd down conversion rate has only ranked above the bottom third in 2 of 8 seasons. We've ranked in the bottom 15% (not cracking top-100) nationally in the past four consecutive seasons.
Punts. One category that we dominate! Our number of punts has been in the top 20% of all teams in 7 of 8 seasons. Last year, we punted more frequently than any other team in the country. We out-punted the second place teams by 15 punts, a full 20% increase. We're currently sitting in third place for the highest number of punts in 2013.
Anyways, I don't really have much else to say. Make of these numbers what you want.
I was too lazy to figure out how to insert data, but here are the raw numbers in case anyone cares (remember, these numbers refer to rankings, and not the underlying category):
|Absolute Ranking (out of 119-124 FBS teams, depending on year)|
Also, a line chart that represents the same data but seemed to me less useful: