Chart: Teams with the largest increase in takeaways in 2016

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday January 26, 2017


Some takeaways:

- Five of the largest increases were also among the most improved scoring defenses: UCF, Eastern Michigan, Idaho, SMU, Kansas State.

- 10 of the 13 largest increases reached a bowl game (SMU, Tulane, Cincinnati did not).

- The top six improved teams reached a bowl game in 2016 and did not in 2015, as well as Troy.

- Four teams among the largest increases will have a new defensive coordinator in 2016: Wyoming, Wake Forest, Cincinnati and Mississippi State. At Wake Forest, Mike Elko left for the Notre Dame DC job.

- Three teams among the largest decreases will have a new defensive coordinator, but all three had head coaching changes: Fresno State, UConn  and Houston.

- UConn and Akron were the only teams among the largest takeaway deceases who were also among the largest scoring D increases.

- 7 of the 11 largest takeaway decreases did not reach a bowl game (Fresno State, Utah State, Texas Tech, Northern Illinois, Akron, UConn and Michigan State). Of those 7, six made a bowl game in 2015 (Fresno the only to miss both years)

- Arkansas State, NIU, Akron, Michigan State, Houston and Boise State were all in the top 12 in takeaways in 2015. Michigan State went from No. 9 in takeaways in 2015 to No. 112 in 2016. They went from the College Football Playoff to 3-9.

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Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.