Stat attack! Some Week 12 Pac-12 numbers

November, 13, 2012
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Here is a quick look at some Pac-12 numbers and how they stack up nationally.

You can see Week 11 numbers here.

Number to the left is national rank.

Total offense (yards per game)

3. Oregon, 562.6

6. Arizona, 526.0

13. UCLA, 496.8

27. USC, 462.9

Note: USC and UCLA, you might have heard, play on Saturday. Oregon's offense will be tested by Stanford, owner of the Pac-12's best defense.

Passing offense (yards per game)

6. Washington State, 337.5

14. Arizona, 310.7

17. USC, 303.60

24. Oregon State,297.2

Note: Despite all that passing, the Cougars are 103rd in the nation in scoring offense (20.7 ppg). Arizona fell from eighth place with starting QB Matt Scott out against Colorado, but the running game worked fairly well, you might recall.

Rushing defense (yards per game)

1. Stanford, 58.6

10. Oregon State, 99.67

18. Utah, 110.6

Note: The big question this week is who wins between the Stanford run defense and the Oregon run offense, which ranks third in the nation with 325 yards per game.

Scoring defense (points per game)

12. Stanford, 17.2

23. Oregon State, 19.11

Note: Again, how much does Stanford's number go up this week?

Third-down defense (percentage)

5. Oregon State, 27.42

9. Stanford, 29.3

12. Oregon, 30.26

13. UCLA, 30.46

Note: Oregon State dropped from No. 2 and Stanford moved up from 19th. Meaningful for their game on Saturday? Probably. USC's offense has greatly improved on third down its past two games, but it still ranks 85th in the nation (36.97).

Sacks per game

1. Stanford, 4.20

2. Arizona State, 4.0

4. UCLA, 3.7

4. USC, 3.7

17. Washington State, 2.8

24. Utah, 2.6

27. Oregon, 2.5

Note: So if the Ducks can't run against Stanford, this is what QB Marcus Mariota has to look forward to. Looks like Matt Barkley and Brett Hundley should be slightly alarmed.

Sacks allowed (per game)

103. Washington, 2.9

107. UCLA, 3.1

111. Arizona State, 3.3

118. California, 3.64

119. Colorado, 4.2

120. Washington State, 4.6

Note: There are 120 FBS teams, by the way. Arizona State plays host to the Cougars on Saturday, which might not be good for Cougs QBs Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday.

Turnovers gained

4t. Oregon, 29

6. USC, 28

9. UCLA, 25

14. Arizona State, 23

14. Washington, 23

22. California, 22

22. Stanford, 22

22. Oregon State, 22

Note: Turnovers are almost always critical, but the Beavers move up here after winning the turnover battle with Stanford 4-1 ... and still losing (the one was pretty big, eh, Beavs?)

Penalty yards per game

5. Arizona State, 31.3

And then there's:

100. Utah, 67.0

105. Oregon State, 67.56

115. USC, 73.2

116. Washington, 74.1

117. California, 74.91

118. Oregon, 75.1

120 UCLA, 89.9

Note: USC has been better of late, but you have to wonder if the Battle for L.A. will turn into a yellow hankie fest. Of course, that's just the way things are in the Pac-12.

Rushing yards per game

2. Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona, 138.1

4. Kenjon Barner, Oregon, 136.0

6. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA, 127.0

22. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford, 106.1

Note: Barner made a huge jump last week after rushing for 321 yards against USC. Carey made the jump after setting a new Pac-12 record with 366 vs. Colorado. The second-team All-Pac-12 backs may be superior to any other conference's first-team tandem.

Passing efficiency

1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

11. Matt Barkley, USC

17. Brett Hundley, UCLA

24. Taylor Kelly, Arizona State

Note: At this point, Mariota is first-team All-Pac-12, and you could make a case that the winner of the USC-UCLA game is second team.

Receiving yards per game

2. Marqise Lee, USC, 144.7

7. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, 109.78

11. Austin Hill, Arizona, 102.3

14. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State, 97.56

24. Marquess Wilson, Washington State, 90.33

Note: Wilson is no longer with the Cougars, and his parting wasn't sweet sorrow. Hill, Cooks and Wheaton don't know who will be throwing to them on Saturday.

Sacks (per game)

4. Will Sutton, Arizona State, 1.17

6. Anthony Barr, UCLA, 1.10

8. Scott Crichton, Oregon State, 1.0

10. Travis Long, Washington State, 0.95

10. Morgan Breslin, USC, 0.95

17. Carl Bradford, Arizona State, 0.85

Note: Got to feel for Long, a four-year starter who's been a consistent producer on a bad team. Barr had 2.5 sacks against Washington State.

Interceptions (per game)

2. Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, 0.63

6. Ed Reynolds, Stanford, 0.50

10t. Sheldon Price, UCLA, 0.44

15t. Deone Bucannon, Washington State, 0.40

15t. Dion Bailey, USC, 0.40

15t. Andrew Abbott, UCLA 0.40

Note: Any of these guys make a big play on Saturday?

Ted Miller | email

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