This blog post is rated “P” for “PLAY SOME SKYNYRD, MAN!!!”
Marshall heads to Sweet Home, Alabama on Saturday to attempt to win its second game in a row against UAB, something it hasn’t done yet this season. And now, here are your weekly Numerals of Debatable Significance …
389 — UAB running back Darrin Reaves total rushing yards in the past two games.
52 — The percentage of his rushing yards this season (744) he gained in those last two games. Translation: They’re starting to trust him carrying the ball and he hasn’t done anything to break that trust.
113 — Where Marshall ranks in the FBS in rushing yards allowed per game (223). UAB hasn’t been very good at running the ball until now, so Marshall is catching the Blazers at the wrong time.
On the other hand …
102 — UAB’s FBS ranking in pass efficiency defense. The Blazers allow opponents an average passer rating of 135.98.
2 — Marshall’s FBS ranking in passing offense, averaging 374.33 yards per game.
17 — The total number of different Marshall players who have scored touchdowns this year. That’s tied with Navy for best in the nation.
3 — The number of kickoff return touchdowns allowed by Marshall this year. That puts the Herd all alone in dead last in the FBS.
54.9 — Marshall’s third-down conversion percentage, second best in the FBS behind Air Force. So almost no one moves the chains like the Herd.
45.93 — Marshall’s third down conversion percentage on defense, which is 100th best in the FBS.
72.22 — Marshall’s fourth down conversion percentage on defense, which is 111th best in the FBS. That includes the six conversions in seven tries by Memphis. So just about everyone can move the chains on the Herd. And don’t expect UAB to be shy about taking shots on fourth down.
On the bright side …
54.78 — The number of yards the Herd has knocked off its total defense average since Week 4. Marshall was allowing an average of 509 yards per game at that point. Now it averages 454.22 yards per game. That’s still not great, but it’s getting better.