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OK, so the argument that you don't need to return punts to be successful.
Let's look at the top 25 teams in the country in Punt Returns:
1 Boston College
2 Kansas St.
7 Florida St.
9 South Carolina
10 North Carolina
14 Texas A&M
16 Georgia Tech
19 Iowa St.
23 Oklahoma St.
25 Western Mich.
Several highly ranked teams in there. A bunch of "Not Ranked" teams in there.
The converse argument is, does Boston College, Northwestern, Nevada, Duke and all the other "weak" teams that rank high on PR have better depth and talent than ND?
Well, let's look at something else. The top 20 teams, and where they ranked in Punt Returns:
1 Alabama 44
2 Oregon 12
3 Ohio State 34
4 Notre Dame 116
5 Georgia 74
5 Texas A&M 14
7 Stanford 21
8 South Carolina 9
9 Florida 11
10 Florida State 7
11 Clemson 105
12 Kansas State 2
13 Louisville 107
14 LSU 54
15 Oklahoma 8
16 Utah State 39
17 Northwestern 3
18 Boise State 33
19 Texas 61
20 Oregon State 87
Well, it is all over the map. ND, Clemson, and Louisville had crappy PR.
Many teams were very good at it.
8 of the top 20 teams were very good at PR.
3 were very bad.
So, there seems to be a statistically significant correlation that top teams also tend to have good PR.
I think we knew that.
That is why we are complaining about ND's crappy Punt Returns.
This post was edited by dave83nd on 2/12/2013 at 10:45 AM
"Having the right to do something doesn't mean it's right to do it." -- Chief Justice Warren Burger
Our punt return team is so bad that it is not a positive factor in any game we play. We have to be the worst in the history of football. Inexplicable.
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