Here is a quick look at some Pac-12 numbers and how they stack up nationally.
You can see Week 7 numbers here.
Number to the left is national rank.
Total offense (yards per game)
5. Arizona, 548.71
8. Oregon, 529.14
13. UCLA, 505.29
23. Arizona State, 468.86
Note: See that number next to Arizona, USC? That number should worry you. UCLA and Arizona State will get a good look at each other on Saturday.
Passing offense (yards per game)
5. Arizona, 352. 29
9. Washington State, 322.29
14. Oregon State, 310.67
25. UCLA, 288.71
Note: You'll see numbers below that suggest Washington State's only hope is throwing the ball at Stanford. Cody Vaz, The Sequel, wasn't nearly so effective throwing against Utah, which brings into question what might happen at Washington. And with which QB?
Rushing defense (yards per game)
4. Stanford, 77.0
5. Oregon State, 80.83
17. USC, 109.57
22. Utah, 113.86
Note: That USC run defense will get a nice test at Arizona. And, of course, on Nov. 3 against that team in the funky uniforms.
Scoring defense (points per game)
17. Oregon State, 16.5
18. USC, 16.71
23. Arizona State, 18.20
24. Stanford, 18.86
Note: Oregon is 28th, so that means there are five Pac-12 defenses playing pretty darn good football. My guess is it's been a while since five teams averaged under 20 points per game (Ducks are at 20.14).
Third-down defense (percentage)
3. Oregon State, 25.3
12. Oregon, 29.82
12. Stanford, 29.82
22. UCLA, 33.01
Note: It's too bad that Oregon State's Mark Banker is such a terrible - TURRIBLE! -- defensive coach, as so many emailed me last fall. I hate the idea that none of the Beavers' great defensive numbers make any sense, seeing that he's so bad. Guess he's just lucky. (I'm pouring it on thick, yes, but several of you are blushing). By the way, Oregon is No. 1 in the nation in red zone defense.
Sacks per game
2. Arizona State, 4.0
3. USC, 3.86
7. UCLA, 3.29
8. Stanford, 3.14
8. Oregon, 3.14
21. Washington State, 2.71
27. Oregon State, 2.67
Note: You could criticize Oregon State by saying it's seventh in the Pac-12 in sacks, but this certainly provides perspective. How do you think ASU's Taylor Kelly and UCLA's Brett Hundley feel about these numbers?
Sacks allowed (per game)
105t. UCLA, 3.0
105t. Washington, 3.0
113. Washington State, 3.43
119. California, 4.13
120. Colorado, 4.57
Note: There are 120 FBS teams, by the way. Washington and UCLA are very young on the O-line. The other three teams just can't block anyone.
2. USC, 22
4t. Oregon, 21
14. UCLA, 18
17. California, 17
17. Stanford, 17.
24. Oregon State, 16
Note: Interesting to note that only three teams rank among the top 25 in turnover margin: No. 8 Oregon State (1.67), No. 11 USC (1.29) and No. 18 Stanford (1.00).
Rushing yards per game
9. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA, 125.43
10. Kenjon Barner, Oregon, 124.29
13. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford, 120.86
14. Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona, 120.29
Note: The No. 5 back in the conference, USC's Silas Redd, is 56th with 83.29 yards per game. So it's pretty fair to say these four will be first- and second-team All-Pac-12, though the placement isn't yet written in stone among them.
8. Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
13. Matt Barkley, USC
20. Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Note: Look who's back. All Barkley did was turn in the most efficient performance of the season by any QB against Colorado -- 19-for-20 for 298 yards with six TDs and no interceptions. Kelly fell from No. 3 after the Oregon game.
Receiving yards per game
8. Marqise Lee, USC, 112.0
9. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, 111.8
10. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State, 109.0
14. Austin Hill, Arizona, 96.86
21. Marquess Wilson, Washington State, 91.43
26. Dan Buckner, Arizona, 85.57
27. Keenan Allen, California, 84.5
Note: Cooks fell from No. 2 and his average feell by 20 yards after catching just one pass for eight yards against Utah. Jiminy Christmas, can we throw the ball to Cooks? Hill and Buckner give the Pac-12 another elite tandem.
Sacks (per game)
2. Scott Crichton, Oregon State, 1.33
3. Will Sutton, Arizona State, 1.21
8. Anthony Barr, UCLA, 1.07
8. Travis Long, Washington State, 1.07
12. Morgan Breslin, USC, 1.00
26. Chidera Uzo-Diribe, Colorado, 0.86
Note: Arizona State reported that Sutton is now week-to-week after suffering a knee injury on the second play against Oregon. Hopefully he'll be back soon. No one in conference was playing better on defense. If Anthony Barr keeps it up -- and this weekend at Arizona State would be a good game to shine -- he could start to threaten for a spot on the All-Pac-12 team.
Interceptions (per game)
2. Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, 0.83
4t. Sheldon Price, UCLA, 0.67
6t. Dion Bailey, USC, 0.67
6t. Deone Bucannon, Washington State, 0.57
22t. Jonathan McKnight, Arizona, 0.43
22t. Ed Reynolds, Stanford, 0.43
22t. Avery Patterson, Oregon, 0.43
22t. Andrew Abbott, UCLA, 0.43
Note: Any of you Numerologists out there who can explain this thing with No. 22? Poyer is making a case for first-team All-America consideration.