Statistically Speaking: Auburn, New Mexico State submerged deep into NCAA rankings

Associate head coach Trooper Taylor probably has a similar reaction to the one shown when looking at the stats. (

The Auburn Tigers host New Mexico State on Saturday for homecoming, and both teams enter the matchup with a combined two wins on the season. If you take a look at the statistics and NCAA rankings for both teams, you'll understand why both teams have just one win a piece in 2012.

The Tigers and Aggies are near the bottom of the rankings in nearly all the major statistical categories.{} Auburn's best ranking is in kickoff returns, ranking 25th out of 120 teams with an average of 25 return yards per game.{} They are dead last in total offense this season under new coordinator Scott Loeffler.

The good news for Loeffler is he'll be going up against an Aggies defense that is ranked 102nd in the country.{} New Mexico State's opponents are averaging 461 yards of offense per game.

Check it out.


Auburn Rank StatNew Mexico St.RankStatTotal Defense95th444 yds/gTotal Defense102nd461 yds/gTotal Offense120th284 yds/gTotal Offense94th362 yds/gScoring Defense79th30 pts/gTotal Offense99th34 pts/gScoring Offense119th16 pt/gScoring Offense99th21 pts/gRushing Defense105th213 yds/gRushing Defense96th195 yds/gRushing Offense98th122 yds/gRushing Offense113th96 yds/gPassing Defense59th1,843 yards/totalPassing Defense99th2,126 yards/totalPassing Offense111th162 yds/gPassing Offense41st266 yds/g1st Down Offense116th126 total1st Down Offense76th162 total1st Down Defense96th187 total1st Down Defense90th183 totalKickoff Return22nd25 yds/g 1 TDKickoff Return70th21 yds/g 1 TDNet Punting26th40 yds/perNet Punting57th37 yds/perPunt Return89th5.75 yds/puntPunt Return119th1.33 yds/puntRed Zone Defense79th178 pts / 83%Red Zone Defense15th141 pts / 71%Red Zone Offense76th69 pts / 79%Red Zone Offense61st88 pts / 81%3rd Down %119th27 %3rd Down %89th37 %Turnovers Lost103rd19Turnovers Lost82nd17Turnovers Gained101st9Turnovers Gained115th7Turnover Margin111th-1.25Turnover Margin111th-1.25Penalties50th5.75/gamePenalties45th5.63/game