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Aaron Murray's Stats Against Top 25 Opponents

Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Since the loss on Saturday to Clemson, much has been made about the cause. Play calling, o-line play, defensive tackling, Aaron Murray's big game yips, fumbled field goal snaps, etc. Since Murray was mentioned, some have wondered how his stats against Top 25 competition compare to the rest of his games. Since I apparently have a fascination with his stats, I present to you a breakdown of his stats against the competition.

First off, a definition of Top 25 Opponents. For my purposes, I defined Top 25 Opponents as those teams which were either ranked at the time of the game or at the end of the season. Some would argue and say that only end of the season rankings should count (or that only time of the game rankings should count). I say both should because there are situations like 2011 Georgia Tech which was ranked at the time. We won, they lost, they dropped out of the Top 25. However, had we lost that game, they would have stayed ranked. On the flip side, we lost to then #25 UCF in 2010. Had we won, they would have dropped out of the Top 25, but they won, so they stayed in it.

2010

Opponent Completions Attempts Comp. % Yards TDs Ints Passer Rating Rushing Yards TDs Fumbles Result
Arkansas 15 27 55.56% 253 1 1 139.08 9 1 0 L
Auburn 15 28 53.57% 273 3 0 170.83 -4 0 0 L
Central Florida 21 38 55.26% 198 0 2 88.51 4 0 0 L
Mississippi State 18 31 58.06% 274 1 0 142.95 32 0 0 L
South Carolina 14 21 66.67% 192 0 0 143.47 -15 0 0 L
Total 83 145 57.24% 1190 5 3 133.42 26 1 0 0 - 5

2011

Opponent Completions Attempts Comp. % Yards TDs Ints Passer Rating Rushing Yards TDs Fumbles Result
Auburn 14 18 77.78% 224 4 0 255.64 21 0 0 W
Boise State 16 29 55.17% 236 2 1 139.39 -33 0 0 L
Georgia Tech 19 29 65.52% 252 4 1 177.13 22 0 0 W
LSU 16 40 40.00% 163 1 2 72.48 -5 0 1 L
Michigan State 20 32 62.50% 288 2 2 146.23 -13 0 1 L
South Carolina 19 29 65.52% 248 4 1 175.97 11 0 1 L
Total 104 177 58.76% 1411 17 7 149.51 3 0 3 2 - 4

2012

Opponent Completions Attempts Comp. % Yards TDs Ints Passer Rating Rushing Yards TDs Fumbles Result
Alabama 18 33 54.55% 265 1 1 125.94 -12 0 0 L
Florida 12 24 50.00% 150 1 3 91.25 3 0 0 W
Nebraska 18 33 54.55% 427 5 2 201.12 3 0 0 W
South Carolina 11 31 35.48% 109 0 1 58.57 -9 0 0 L
Vanderbilt 18 24 75.00% 250 2 0 190.00 5 1 0 W
Total 77 145 53.10% 1201 9 7 133.51 -10 1 0 3 - 2

2013 (So Far)

Opponent Completions Attempts Comp. % Yards TDs Ints Passer Rating Rushing Yards TDs Fumbles Result
Clemson 20 29 68.97% 323 0 1 155.63 -15 1 1 L

Overall


Completions Attempts Completion % Yards TDs Ints Passer Rating Rushing Yards TDs
Total Record 716 1160 61.72% 10,414 95 33 158.47 187 10
Avg (42 gms) 17.05 27.62 - 248 2.3 0.8 - 4.45 0.24
Top 25 284 496 57.26% 4125 31 18 140.48 4 3
Avg (17 gms) 16.70 29.18 - 242.6 1.8 1.1 - 0.24 0.18
The Rest 432 664 65.06% 6289 64 15 171.91 183 7
Avg (25 gms) 17.28 26.56 - 251.6 2.6 0.6 - 7.32 0.28


So. Obviously, Murray's stats against Top 25 opponents are worse than his overall and non-Top 25 stats. It's a somewhat sizable drop off too. That is to be expected. I don't have his fumble stats for every game because I can't find any place that lists fumbles per game. As a point of reference on Murray's Top 25 stats, his passer rating in those games (140.48) is higher than Joe Cox in 2009 (135.92), Stafford's career (133.3), and Greene's career (138.3). Of course, passer rating isn't everything, but I wondered how they compared using a quick rating as reference.

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