Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Stat attack! Some Week 7 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 6 numbers here.
Number to the left is national rank.
Total offense (yards per game)
6. Arizona, 553.83
7. Oregon, 541.67
8. UCLA, 529.0
Note: You'd think these numbers would go down in Pac-12 play but Arizona feasted against a Stanford defense that was supposed to be elite.
Passing offense (yards per game)
4. Arizona, 370.83
8t. Oregon State, 339.5
15. Washington State, 312.0
20. UCLA, 403.67
Note: Good to see Pac-12 offenses throwing the rock, but it's interesting that you probably don't have the first-team All-Pac-12 QB on these four teams. Well, unless Arizona's Matt Scott keeps putting up ridiculous numbers.
Rushing defense (yards per game)
4. Oregon State, 67.25
6. Stanford, 77.2
22. USC, 112.8
26. Utah, 114.8
Note: Oregon falls out of the top 25 after giving up 208 yards rushing to Washington. All four of these run defenses will need to step up this weekend.
Scoring defense (points per game)
12. Arizona State, 13.6
23. Oregon State, 17.0
Note: The Sun Devils also are 10th in the nation in total defense (276.2 yards per game), the only Pac-12 team ranked among the top 25 in that category after Washington and Stanford got hit hard over the weekend.
Third-down defense (percentage)
1. Oregon State, 20.41
10. Oregon, 29.17
12. Stanford, 29.76
20. UCLA, 31.46
Note: These defensive numbers are showing you how the Beavers might survive the loss of QB Sean Mannion.
Sacks per game
3. Arizona State, 4.2
7. USC, 3.4
9. UCLA, 3.3
13. Washington State, 3.17
16. Oregon, 2.85
20. Stanford, 2.8
Note: USC will be getting after Keith Price this weekend. And Arizona State will be attacking Marcus Mariota on Oct. 18.
Rushing yards per game
7. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA, 133.33
12. Kenjon Barner, Oregon, 121.17
15. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford, 112.0
16. Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona, 111.67
Note: The plot thickens for the Pac-12 rushing title. Taylor was banged up against Arizona. The Cardinal will need him at Notre Dame, which is playing A-list defense.
10. Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
21. Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Note: A pair of first-year starters are leading the way. Where are the veteran QBs? USC's Matt Barkley is 27th here, and we expect him to continue to climb.
Receiving yards per game
4. Marqise Lee, USC, 129.8
7. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State, 124.5
9. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, 121.5
16. Austin Hill, Arizona, 101.33
20. Marquess Wilson, Washington State, 92.17
Note: Hill is the newcomer here. He and Dan Buckner give the Wildcats an A-list tandem just like USC and Oregon State.
Sacks (per game)
2. Scott Crichton, Oregon State, 1.5
5. Will Sutton, Arizona State, 1.3
6. Travis Long, Washington State, 1.25
12. Morgan Breslin, USC, 1.1
21. Anthony Barr, UCLA, 1.0
21. Chidera Uzo-Diribe, Colorado, 1.0
26. Carl Bradford, Arizona State, 0.9
Note: No Pac-12 player recorded double-digit sacks in 2011. It appears several have an opportunity to do so this year.
Interceptions (per game)
1t. Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, 1.0
4t. Sheldon Price, UCLA, 0.8
7t. Deone Bucannon, Washington State, 0.67
9t. Dion Bailey, USC, 0.6
9t. Ed Reynolds, Stanford, 0.6
20t. Brandon Magee, Arizona State, 0.5
20t. Jonathan McKnight, Arizona, 0.5
20t. Kameron Jackson, California, 0.5
Note: The sack numbers combined with the interceptions numbers make this clear: Life ain't easy for Pac-12 QBs.