Football games aren’t played on paper, but statistics are still a valuable measure of how strong a team is.
Through two games, Colorado and Minnesota are on the opposite sides of the spectrum in nearly every statistical category. HOWEVER, there’s a giant disclaimer worth mentioning: the Buffs played TCU and Air Force while the Golden Gophers took it easy with New Mexico State and Western Illinois — outscoring them a combined 100-10.
So, the stats going into Week 3 are certainly skewed. I’m a big fan of numbers, though, and at the very minimum, we can get a better idea of both teams’ tendencies.
Below are how Minnesota and Colorado compare in a few statistical categories:
|Total offensive yards||255||582|
|Average yards per play||4.15||7.41|
|Total yards allowed||428||142.5|
|Average yards per play||6.69||3.39|
|Field goal attempts: FGM/FGA||3/3||3/3|
|Kickoff return yardage defense||0||25|
Other relevant stats
|Time of possession||27:28||41:48|
|Penalties per game/yards||4.5/35||3/31/5|
|Last 50 games||20-30||32-18|