Interesting stats in the MAC
Welcome to the latest edition of the Tuesday countdown.
Every Tuesday, all the way up until the start of the season when Northern Illinois travels to face Wisconsin on Sept. 5, we’re going to have a list/ranking for you to read and debate. Whether it’s the best players, coaches or the worst place to watch a game, we’ll have it all.
Today, we have a list of the 13 most interesting statistics in the MAC entering the 2009 season.
13. 83.9: Percentage of tackles returning for Temple’s defense
12. -12: Ohio’s turnover ratio last season
11. 427: Points Eastern Michigan gave up last season, worst in the MAC
10. 89: Percentage of letterman Toledo returns this season, a big reason why the Rockets are the trendy pick for big improvement on a 3-9 season.
9. 8,817: Yards Richmond racked up on offense from 2005-06, when new Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson was the Richmond coach
8. 2003: Last time Miami (Ohio) defensive coordinator Carl “Bull” Reese was involved in college coaching, when he was Texas’ defensive coordinator.
7. 168: Number of combined starts Western Michigan loses from its secondary
6. 1: Number of receptions Buffalo wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt was last season from setting the MAC record for catches in a season. He finished with a school-record 104 catches.
5. 7/7: Central Michigan plays seven road games this season. All seven of the Chippewas’ road opponents were bowl-eligible in 2008.
4. 1,000: NIU will play its 1,000th game in school history against Idaho on Sept. 26. The Huskies will be the third MAC team (Miami Ohio, Ohio) to play 1,000 games.
Bonus stat 494-451-51: NIU’s all-time record entering the season.
3. 4: Number of field goals between 20-29 yards Akron kicker Igor Iveljic missed
2. 5: Number of times a BCS team has ever visited Dix Stadium to play Kent State, including this season’s game against Iowa State
1. 7: Number of years Ball State defensive coordinator Doug Graber spent as an analyst on ESPN.