The Missouri defense may have some give to it, but statistically speaking first-year defensive coordinator Barry Odom’s unit holds up well.
When looking at the Tigers’ defensive performance so far this season, they do much better than the norm, according to “Stat Spotlight: MU’s Defense versus the Norm” by David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Their production against FBS opponents is impressive when you compare thetheir numbers to the stats those opponents put up against other FBS competition.
For instance, the Tigers are sacking FBS opponents 18.5 percent more often and for 10 percent more yards than the other FBS competition. They are also making 60 percent more tackles for loss for 45 percent more yards.
Missouri is also holding FBS teams to half of their average scoring points than against other FBS schools. FBS opponents are getting 2 percent more carries against Missouri, but they are gaining 38.5 percent fewer yards, making 39.8 percent fewer yards per carry and scoring 62.2 percent fewer touchdowns than against other FBS competition.
Third and fourth-down conversions are the only areas where the Tigers’ defense has seemed to not perform as well. They are giving up a 13 percent better conversion rate against FBS opponents than their opponents other FBS opponents.