Fun Stat Nerd Tidbit: Kentucky - More On Targets

Yesterday, we looked at an Arizona State team that had one of the smallest combined target rates for their top three targets, so today we'll use Kentucky as a reason to look at receiving duos. In losing receivers Randall Cobb and Chris Matthews, Kentucky has to replace a duo that accounted for 51% of the team's targets in 2010, 18th-most in the country.

Teams With Highest Target Rates Among Top Two Receivers
1. Western Michigan (64.0%, Juan Nunez and Jordan White)
2. Navy (57.2%, Greg Jones and Gee Gee Greene)
3. San Diego State (54.7%, DeMarco Sampson and Vincent Brown)
4. Missouri (54.4%, T.J. Moe and Michael Egnew)
5. Washington (53.8%, Jermaine Kearse and D'Andre Goodwin)
6. Cincinnati (53.3%, Armon Binns and D.J. Woods)
7. Kent State (53.0%, Sam Kirkland and Tyshon Goode)
8. Florida Atlantic (52.8%, Lestar Jean and Rob Housler)
9. Bowling Green (52.3%, Kamar Jorden and Tyrone Pronty)
10. Illinois (52.1%, A.J. Jenkins and Jarred Fayson)
11. Washington State (51.9%, Marquess Wilson and Jared Karstetter)
12. Nebraska (51.5%, Brandon Kinnie and Niles Paul)
13. Buffalo (51.5%, Marcus Rivers and Terrell Jackson)
14. SMU (51.4%, Cole Beasley and Aldrick Robinson)
15. Ohio State (51.4%, DeVier Posey and Dane Sanzenbacher)
16. Michigan (51.2%, Roy Roundtree and Darryl Stonum)
17. South Carolina (50.8%, Alshon Jeffery and Tori Gurley)
18. Kentucky (50.6%, Randall Cobb and Chris Matthews)
19. Toledo (50.6%, Eric Page and Adonis Thomas)
20. California (49.5%, Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen)

Average Passing S&P+ rank of the teams on this list: 57.9.
Average Passing S&P+ rank of the teams at the bottom of the list: 81.7.

Apparently it's not a good idea to be on either extreme of this list, which makes sense. Focusing too much on two guys will make you predictable, but having no go-to options isn't good either. But if you have to skew in one direction, skew higher. As you'll see after the jump, five of the top ten Passing S&P+ teams ranked in the Top 25 of this list, while only one top ten Passing S&P+ team ranked in the bottom 45.

Complete list after the jump.

Rk Team Comb. Target Rate,
Top Two Receivers
Passing S&P+ Rk
1 Western Michigan 64.0% 79
2 Navy 57.2% 26
3 San Diego State 54.7% 24
4 Missouri 54.4% 34
5 Washington 53.8% 18
6 Cincinnati 53.3% 27
7 Kent State 53.0% 113
8 Florida Atlantic 52.8% 71
9 Bowling Green 52.3% 114
10 Illinois 52.1% 73
11 Washington State 51.9% 67
12 Nebraska 51.5% 63
13 Buffalo 51.5% 110
14 SMU 51.4% 58
15 Ohio State 51.4% 16
16 Michigan 51.2% 5
17 South Carolina 50.8% 9
18 Kentucky 50.6% 33
19 Toledo 50.6% 60
20 California 50.5% 106
21 Indiana 50.3% 41
22 Connecticut 49.5% 96
23 USC 49.4% 37
24 Auburn 49.3% 1
25 Boise State 48.9% 3
26 West Virginia 48.9% 42
27 Temple 48.7% 90
28 Miami-OH 48.5% 91
29 Army 48.5% 94
30 Pittsburgh 48.4% 25
31 Hawaii 48.1% 28
32 Miami-FL 48.0% 38
33 Rutgers 47.5% 92
34 Oregon 47.4% 21
35 Iowa 47.3% 23
36 Virginia Tech 47.0% 10
37 Kansas 46.8% 120
38 East Carolina 46.8% 32
39 Oklahoma 46.7% 7
40 LSU 46.3% 59
41 Oklahoma State 46.3% 8
42 Alabama 45.5% 4
43 Virginia 45.4% 80
44 Georgia Tech 45.2% 104
45 Maryland 45.2% 39
46 Minnesota 44.8% 51
47 San Jose State 44.5% 88
48 Nevada 44.2% 12
49 Texas A&M 44.0% 36
50 South Florida 43.6% 81
51 New Mexico State 43.5% 115
52 Notre Dame 43.5% 35
53 Wyoming 43.1% 84
54 Houston 43.0% 65
55 Tennessee 42.8% 43
56 Florida International 42.7% 64
57 Wake Forest 42.7% 103
58 Mississippi State 42.6% 55
59 New Mexico 42.6% 119
60 Central Florida 42.3% 50
61 Duke 42.3% 57
62 Western Kentucky 42.2% 116
63 Ohio 41.9% 62
64 UL-Monroe 41.9% 89
65 Akron 41.9% 118
66 Michigan State 41.8% 20
67 Colorado 41.5% 40
68 UNLV 41.4% 66
69 Oregon State 41.4% 15
70 Florida State 41.1% 11
71 Baylor 41.1% 13
72 Central Michigan 40.8% 93
73 Northwestern 40.4% 77
74 Penn State 40.2% 54
75 Stanford 40.1% 2
76 North Texas 39.9% 102
77 Georgia 39.7% 22
78 Wisconsin 39.6% 14
79 Arkansas State 39.2% 82
80 Kansas State 39.2% 48
81 Iowa State 39.0% 75
82 Air Force 39.0% 29
83 Utah 38.7% 19
84 Arizona 38.7% 31
85 Syracuse 38.7% 100
86 TCU 38.4% 17
87 Fresno State 38.2% 52
88 Ole Miss 38.0% 49
89 Northern Illinois 37.8% 46
90 Texas 37.6% 107
91 Texas Tech 37.6% 30
92 Marshall 37.5% 78
93 Memphis 37.1% 105
94 Troy 36.9% 53
95 Louisiana Tech 36.8% 83
96 UCLA 36.2% 111
97 Eastern Michigan 36.2% 70
98 Tulsa 36.1% 69
99 Clemson 36.0% 72
100 NC State 35.9% 45
101 UTEP 35.9% 98
102 Utah State 35.9% 99
103 Ball State 35.8% 108
104 Purdue 35.5% 109
105 Boston College 35.3% 97
106 Tulane 34.8% 101
107 North Carolina 34.6% 44
108 BYU 34.1% 86
109 Florida 34.0% 61
110 Arkansas 33.6% 6
111 Vanderbilt 33.2% 117
112 Louisville 32.9% 56
113 Southern Miss 31.9% 74
114 UL-Lafayette 31.3% 95
115 UAB 31.2% 68
116 Rice 30.7% 76
117 Colorado State 29.5% 87
118 Arizona State 28.5% 47
119 Idaho 28.4% 85
120 Middle Tennessee 27.7% 112

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