Rich Rod ran a no huddle offense and didn't believe in time of possession. Hoke, the opposite. This may have some sort of impact on a statistic that doesn't take into account # of drives per game.
Rich Rod's defenses were bad. I wonder if any of RichRod's offensive stats were padded by the games against Big Ten teams where Michigan was trailing by 14+ at the end of the game against a prevent defense? I don't recollect many games under Hoke where we lost in a blowout.
If you want to convince me that RichRod's offenses are significantly better than Hoke's teams, than I'd have to see statistics for offensive points per drive and offensive turnovers per drive. I couldn't care less about yards, show me points; and normalize it against drives per game to adjust for RichRod's up tempo offenses.
I don't care to do the math on any of it, I'm content with our progress and am proud to support the University of Michigan, but I do know this - In 2011, Michigan was #26 in the country in points per game, with 33.31. In 2010, Michigan was #25 in the country in points per game, with 32.77. In 2010, Michigan was #109 in the country in turnover margin; in 2011, Michigan was #25 in turnover margin.
Doesn't sound like the sky is falling to me.
I'm really confused why we are comparing total offense under Rich Rod and total offense under Hoke.