Here we are, once again coming off of a lopsided win (albeit this time against the #2 team in the country). So just how well did the team’s performance stack up to previous games? The results may be a little bit of a surprise. I fully expected the offensive numbers to be through the roof and the defensive numbers to be really good. In all actuality yes, the offense played a great game and took care of business but it was the defensive performance that stands out statistically.
I think part of the reason the offensive numbers don’t jump off the page is that Florida St’s defense coming into the game was ranked #54 nationally by S&P+ (Syracuse was #35 at the time Louisville beat them). Most just assumed that since they were a top 5 team they had an elite defense but in all actuality, their defensive computer numbers were decent at best. Regardless, I think both Louisville’s offense and defense played great games. Now onto some data.
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