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October 16, 2007 at 8:44 PM

Willingham’s second halves

A few of you had asked whether UW’s second-half problems this year were something that had also been a trademark of Tyrone Willingham’s teams at his previous stops.
I was going to do some research on that, but now I don’t have to since Seth Kolloen over at Enjoy the Enjoyment did it first.
Seth charted the first half and second half performances of all of Willingham’s teams since 1996.
Seth’s data shows that in seven of those 12 years that Willingham’s teams have been worse in the second half than in the first, though a couple are close enough to barely matter.
As Seth points out, the data indicates that it has been a particular problem the last two years, with UW getting outscored by 105 points in the second half after having outscored the opponents by 31 in the first, the largest two-year disparity in Willingham’s career.
Some ND fans have sent me e-mails saying it was a problem there, as well, but Seth’s data actually indicates that Willingham’s teams there were better in the second half than the first.
On the other hand, the data does show that only three times have Willingham’s teams outscored their opponents in the second half, and those happened to be Willingham’s three best teams — the 1999 Stanford Rose Bowl team, the 2001 Stanford team that went 9-3 and the 2002 ND team that went 10-3.
But on seven occassions Willingham’s teams have outscored the opponents in the first half, including the last two years.
I’ll leave the rest of the conclusions to you guys.

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