Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Stat attack! Some Week 4 Pac-12 numbers
By Ted Miller
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.
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?
4. Oregon, 329 yards
5. UCLA, 311.33
19. Arizona, 247
Note: The three best offenses -- through three games, at least -- are run-based.
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.
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
13. Oregon State
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?