Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Stat attack! Some Week 8 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 7 numbers here.
Number to the left is national rank.
Total offense (yards per game)
4. Arizona, 551.33
8. Oregon, 541.67
16. UCLA, 505.29
24. Arizona State, 479.0
Note: Oregon's and Arizona State's defenses -- see below -- will challenge these figures. And it will be interesting to see how Washington's improved defense holds up at Arizona.
Passing offense (yards per game)
5. Arizona, 368.33
8. Oregon State, 338.0
12. Washington State, 322.29
Note: Oregon State's backup QB Cody Vaz didn't miss a beat, throwing for 332 yards on the road against a good BYU defense. Washington State has decent passing numbers but little else.
Rushing defense (yards per game)
4. Oregon State, 70.0
7. Stanford, 89.33
23. USC, 110.67
Note: The Oregon State run defense should be able to force Utah to throw this weekend. We'll see how that goes. Stanford faces a solid California rushing attack, which ranks third in the Pac-12 with 195 yards per game.
Scoring defense (points per game)
9. Arizona State, 14.17
25. Oregon State, 18.4
Note: The Sun Devils also are 8th in the nation in total defense (272.67 yards per game), so that will be an interesting matchup with the Ducks on Thursday.
Third-down defense (percentage)
6. Oregon State, 26.87
10. Oregon, 29.17
22. Stanford, 33.0
24. UCLA, 33.01
Note: Beavers were No. 1 in the nation last week at 20.41, but BYU converted 8 of 18 third down plays. Third down will be key with Oregon and Arizona State, as but teams want to control the tempo on offense. The Sun Devils are 33rd in the nation at 34.34.
Sacks per game
2. Arizona State, 4.33
5. USC, 3.67
9. UCLA, 3.29
14. Stanford, 3.0
24. Oregon, 2.83
25. Oregon State, 2.80
26. Washington State, 2.71
Note: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota may raise an eyebrow at this. Ten Pac-12 schools rank among the top 48 in sacks. The laggards are Washington (90th) and Arizona (107), who play Saturday.
Rushing yards per game
9. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA, 125.43
12. Kenjon Barner, Oregon, 121.17
19. Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona, 111.67
21. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford, 109.5
Note: Barner can make a national statement at Arizona State. A big game from him might get him into the Heisman Trophy discussion. Or at least the Doak Walker discussion.
3. Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
21. Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Note: A pair of first-year starters continue to lead the way. Where are the veteran QBs? USC's Matt Barkley is 30th here.
Receiving yards per game
2. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, 131.8
9. Marqise Lee, USC, 113.5
10. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State, 112.8
14. Austin Hill, Arizona, 101.33
23. Marquess Wilson, Washington State, 91.43
25. Keenan Allen, California, 90.443
Note: All the usual suspects are here, other than USC's Robert Woods, who ranks 99th with 60 yards per game.
Sacks (per game)
1. Scott Crichton, Oregon State, 1.6
2. Will Sutton, Arizona State, 1.42
7. Morgan Breslin, USC, 1.17
13. Anthony Barr, UCLA, 1.07
13. Travis Long, Washington State, 1.07
21. Chidera Uzo-Diribe, Colorado, 1.0
Note: Crichton, Sutton and Breslin continue to make a case first-team All-Pac-12.
Interceptions (per game)
1. Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, 1.0
4t. Sheldon Price, UCLA, 0.67
4. Dion Bailey, USC, 0.67
11t. Deone Bucannon, Washington State, 0.57
14t. Jonathan McKnight, Arizona, 0.5
14t. Ed Reynolds, Stanford, 0.5
Note: Poyer had a pick six against BYU that iced the game. He's living up to his preseason billing and the NFL is surely taking notice. Bailey, an LB, is the only not DB here.
Punting (yards per punt)
1. Sean Sellwood, Utah, 48.4
14. Kyle Dugandzic, Arizona, 44.43
18. Keith Kostol, Oregon State, 43.48
20. Darragh O'Neill, Colorado, 43.4
21. Daniel Zychlinski, Stanford, 43.39
Note: Now, about that field goal kicking...