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Updated on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at 1:05 pm in Football.

Big Game Kirk?

Big Game Kirk?

I ran onto an interesting website Thursday called coachesbythenumbers.com.  It’s a stat slicer and dicer, so I liked it straight away.  Once I got in and looked at the data they had compiled, I spent an hour going over it.  What follows are some of the angles I found interesting.

FERENTZ IN BIG GAMES:  I think playing against a ranked opponent qualifies as a ‘Big Game’  Below is how Ferentz’s Iowa teams have fared in different splits, plus a few familiar conference names and some from around the country.  NOTE:  The data sample used by this website goes back to the 2001 season through 2011.  That was not my choice of sample, rather what they made available.

Kirk Ferentz
Against Top 5 (Time of Game): (3-3) (50.0%)
Against Top 25 (Time of Game): (18-20) (47.3%)
Against Top 25 (End of Season): (18-18) (50.0%)
Against Teams Over .500 (End of Season): (46-35) (56.7%)
Against Teams under .500 (End of Season): (46-12) (79.3%)
Percentage of career wins against Teams under .500 (End of Season): 50.0%

Bret Bielema
Against Top 5 (Time of Game): (1-3)
Against Top 25 (Time of Game): (9-12) (42.8%)
Against Top 25 (End of Season): (7-15) (31.8%)
Against Teams Over .500 (End of Season): (24-17) (58.5%)
Percentage of career wins against Teams under .500 (End of Season): 60.0%

Bo Pelini
Against Top 5 (Time of Game): (0-3)
Against Top 25 (Time of Game): (6-10) (37.5%)
Against Top 25 (End of Season): (3-11) (21.4%)
Against Teams Over .500 (End of Season): (15-14) (51.7%)
Percentage of career wins against Teams under .500 (End of Season): 60.5%

Mark Dantonio
Against Top 5 (Time of Game): (0-2)
Against Top 25 (Time of Game): (8-20) (28.5%)
Against Top 25 (End of Season): (6-24) (20.0%)
Against Teams Over .500 (End of Season): (30-30) (50.0%)
Percentage of career wins against Teams under .500 (End of Season): 52.3%

Pat Fitzgerald
Against Top 5 (Time of Game): (0-2)
Against Top 25 (Time of Game): (5-14) (26.3%)
Against Top 25 (End of Season): (4-15) (21.0%)
Against Teams Over .500 (End of Season): (10-27) (27.0%)
Percentage of career wins against Teams under .500 (End of Season): 75.0%

Bob Stoops
Against Top 5 (Time of Game): (6-8) (42.8%)
Against Top 25 (Time of Game): (36-18) (66.7%)
Against Top 25 (End of Season): (23-23) (50.0%)
Against Teams Over .500 (End of Season): (63-25) (71.6)

As it relates to Ferentz against the Big Ten coaches listed, his record against rated teams who were rated at the end of the season is by far the best of any of the Big Ten coaches listed, who are also the coaches in the league with the longest tenures. He also has the best record against rated teams at the time the game was played.

 

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