Stat attack! Some Week 4 Pac-12 numbers

September, 18, 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 3 numbers here.

Number to the left is national rank.

Total offense

2. UCLA, 622 yards

4. Arizona, 604.67 yards

7. Oregon, 596.33 yards

Note: UCLA was 72nd in the nation in total offense in 2011 with 376.64 yards per game. Who gains more on Saturday: Oregon or Arizona?

Rushing offense

4. Oregon, 329 yards

5. UCLA, 311.33

19. Arizona, 247

Note: The three best offenses -- through three games, at least -- are run-based.

Total defense

5. Oregon State, 207 yards per game

15. Utah, 268.67

24. Arizona State, 295.67

Note: The Beavers match up with UCLA on Saturday. That should be a test for Mark Banker's defense.

Interceptions

1. Arizona State, 7

1. UCLA, 7

5. Stanford, 6

5. USC, 6

22. Arizona, 4

Note: Stanford had just seven interceptions in 2011. USC had nine a year ago.

Pass efficiency defense

6. Arizona State

11. UCLA

13. Oregon State

24. Arizona

27. Stanford

28. Utah

Note: We enter the Pac-12 schedule with several secondaries that appear adept at stopping the pass.USC is 41st and Oregon 52nd, and in the preseason both looked like the most talented secondaries in the conference, though the Ducks were hit hard by the loss of safety John Boyett.

Third down efficiency defense

2. Oregon State, 14.29 percent

3. Oregon, 15.56

14. Utah, 26.67

22. Stanford, 27.66

Note: Oregon's defensive numbers don't look great right now. This is a reason to suspect they will be better by season's end, even though this rate was collected against inferior teams.

Rushing

1. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA, 180.33 ypg

21. Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona, 114.67

22. Stepfan Taylor, 112.67

26. Kenjon Barner, Oregon, 108

Note: First-team All-Pac-12 at tailback could prove interesting, particularly with Utah almost certain to lean -- again -- on John White. At least, when he comes back from injury. Let's see what Carey can do against the Ducks.

Pass efficiency

10. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

20. Taylor Kelly, Arizona State

Note: Two first-year starters putting up the most efficient numbers so far. Big names are missing.

Receiving yards per game

5. Marqise Lee, USC, 121 yards per game

12. Austin Hill, Arizona, 106.3

Note: Anyone peg Hill to post the second-best receiving numbers in the preseason? Yes, there are also some big names missing here.

Punt returns

5. Drew Terrell, Stanford, 22.33 yards

14. Keenan Allen, California, 17.71

19. Charles Henderson, Utah, 14.83

25. De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon, 13.29

Note: Listed this so the other guys can cut it out and tell their kids one day, "Hey, I led De'Anthony Thomas in punt return average on Sept. 18, 2012."

Tackles for a loss

4. Datone Jones, UCLA, 2.67 per game

10. Chris Young, Arizona State, 2.0

10. Rudolf Fifita, Oregon State, 2.0

10. D.J. Welch, Oregon State, 2.0

Note: Jones has finally found himself. All that had to happen was the Pac-12 blog resist hyping him in the preseason. Good for Datone.

Punting

1. Sean Sellwood, Utah, 48.88 yards per kick

5. Josh Hubner, Arizona State, 46.92

9. Michael Bowlin, Washington State, 45.75

14. Kyle Negrete, USC, 45.17

22. Darragh O'Neill, Colorado, 44.32

Note: Another banner year for punters! How great is that?

Ted Miller | email

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