Pac-12 statistical review

September, 20, 2011
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Some interesting Pac-12 numbers culled from the conference's weekly release.
  • Utah RB John White ranks ninth in the nation and first in the Pac-12 in rushing with 126.67 yards per game. You might recall RB was a position of concern for the Utes in the offseason.
  • Five Pac-12 QBs rank among the nation's top-20 in passing efficiency: Washington State's Marshall Lobbestael (No. 7), Stanford's Andrew Luck (10), Oregon's Darron Thomas (14), Washington's Keith Price (17) and Arizona's Nick Foles (19).
  • Six Pac-12 receivers rank among the nation's top-25 in receiving yards per game: Washington State's Marquess Wilson (No. 3), USC's Robert Woods (9), Colorado's Paul Richardson (11), Arizona State's Aaron Pflugrad (22), California's Keenan Allen (24) and Cal's Marvin Jones (25).
  • Stanford's sophomore DE Ben Gardner leads the conference with 5.5 tackles for a loss. Cardinal LB Chase Thomas is tied for first in the conference with Arizona State LB Vontaze Burfict with four sacks.
  • Oregon, at No. 8, is the only conference team that ranks in the top-25 in rushing (261 yards per game). Five teams rank in the top-25 in passing: Washington State (4), Arizona (5), Arizona State (17), Colorado (22) and USC (23).
  • Washington State and Oregon are tied for tied for sixth in the nation in total offense with 539.67 yards per game (didn't think I'd type that in the preseason).
  • Three teams rank in the top-25 in run defense: No. 2 Stanford, No. 9 California and No. 21 Utah.
  • Cal is the only conference team ranked in the top-25 in total defense: No. 21 with 282.67 yards per game.
  • Stanford ranks No. 7 in scoring defense (9.0 ppg) and Utah is 22nd (14.33).
  • Arizona ranks 116th in the nation in rushing (55.7 yards per game).
  • Arizona ranks 111th in the nation in total defense (473.3 ypg).
  • The Wildcats will be playing their third consecutive game against a top-20 offense when Oregon -- ranked sixth -- comes to Tucson on Saturday (No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 20 Stanford)
  • Stanford is tied for fifth in the nation with 13 sacks.
  • UCLA and Oregon have surrendered only one sack.
  • Utah is plus-9 in turnover margin. Standford and Washington, at plus-3, are tied for second.
  • Stanford is 5 for 5 on fourth down this year. No other conference team is perfect on fourth down.
  • Washington State's opponents are 1 for 8 on fourth down.
  • Stanford has 11 penalties this year. Colorado has 29.

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