As we mentioned earlier, the Notre Dame Offensive Line got called out by UCLA’s “sack master,” Bruce Davis this week. To save you the risk of carpel-tunnel caused by scrolling, here’s the quote again…
â€œJimmy Clausen is one of the better true freshman quarterbacks Iâ€™ve seen the whole time Iâ€™ve been here,â€ Davis said. â€œUnfortunately, his O-line is just falling apart. They canâ€™t block a soul. Thatâ€™s going to hurt your team. Thatâ€™s going to hurt your offense. Thatâ€™s going to get you to 0-5.â€
And, of course, having given up an NCAA D1 worst 29 sacks though 5 games, it’s hard to argue with the guy that forced a fumble and tallied 2 sacks against a “good” ND squad last season.
But just how bad is the ND offensive line in pass protection?
To figure that out, we took a look at ND’s first 5 opponents’s sack statistics, figured out how good those stats would be if they hadn’t played ND, and then figured out the “ND Sack Value,” or how many sacks ND allows over or under their opponents’ non-ND averages.
|team||Nat’l Rank||Avg Sacks/Game||Total Sacks||Sacks v. ND||Sacks w/o ND||w/o ND Avg.||diff in avgs||ND Sack Value||Rank w/o ND|
What is interesting is that, even without some really terrible protection performances by ND, 3 of ND’s opponents would be ranked in the top 25 in sacks. A 4th would be close to the top 25. And Purdue? Well, let’s just say we shouldn’t get too excited about ND’s protection performance against Purdue.
So overall, ND has faced some really excellent pass rushing teams, and… performed horribly, with the exception of the MSU game. Which makes sense considering the MSU game is the only game ND has managed to put together any sort of running game thus far in the season.
Wait, that leads to a question then, what sort of relationship might sacks have with pass plays being called by ND?
|Team||ND Called Pass Plays||% Resulting in a Sack|