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Are we being statistically mislead by FSU's pass defense?

FSU, on the whole, has put up some pretty gaudy offensive numbers. Go ahead, I'll wait why you look. Pretty cool, huh? They put up a crap ton of points, Winston has been close to otherworldly, and as a team they have only struggled once, against Boston College, which ultimately ended up a two TD victory.

But let's ignore those offensive statistics (which is probably dumb, but follow along with me here for a moment) and focus on the FSU pass defense, specifically the passing statistics against them. (I excluded the statistics for Bethune & Nevada because I went with ACC teams only.)

  • Pitt: 15/28, 201 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
  • BC:19/29, 197 yds, 4 TD, 2 INT
  • MD: 15/32, 201, 0 TD, 0 INT
  • Clemson: 22/45, 203, 1 TD, 2 INT
  • NCST: 17/33, 128, 0 TD, 2 INT
Six touchdowns, eight interceptions, and (from here) 14 sacks in five games. That hurts. Until you look a bit deeper into the numbers. Opposing ACC quarterbacks are a combined 88/167 for 930 yards and a 53% completion rate. Looking at the yardage, that equates to 5.6 YPA and 10.5 YPC.
Those aren't great numbers. Granted, some of it may be a factor of gunning at the end of games in a valiant attempt to stop the beat down, but it's still something to take note of.
If you're curious, Morris on the year (excluding FAU & Savannah St.) is 76/126 (60%), for 1221 yards, giving him 9.6 YPA and 16 YPC.
What the hell does any of this mean? I don't know. Our team frustrates me and FSU scares me. Kill me in the comments.

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