Thursday, December 15, 2011

Texas A&M Hires Sumlin as Head Coach

Texas A&M has hired Kevin Sumlin as their new head football coach, after finishing the regular season at 6-6 and dismissing head football coach Mike Sherman. Coach Sumlin was previously the head football coach at the University of Houston, so let's take a look at how the Cougars have fared in terms of production under coach Sumlin's tenure at Houston.

This season Houston is currently the #4 team in the nation overall, and has a 12-1 record, with their only loss to the Univ. of Southern Mississippi in the CUSA championship game, and will play Penn St. in the TicketCity Bowl in January. Houston has the #1 ranked offense and the #68 ranked defense in terms of the production model. In 2010, Houston was the #27 ranked offense, the #86 ranked defense and the #57 ranked team in total production. Houston finished the season at 5-7 against a strength of schedule of 71.50.

In 2009, Houston finished the season at 10-4 against a strength of schedule of 71.00. In terms of the NCAA production model, Houston was the #15 most productive team in the nation primarily with the #1 most productive offense and not so much with their #102 defense. In coach Sumlin's first year at Houston, the Cougars went 8-5 against a strength of schedule of 73.39. Houston had the #6 offense in the nation, the #95 defense and the #29 most productive team overall.

Hence, Texas A&M is getting a very successful coach in terms of offense against primarily CUSA teams.

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