Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Stat attack! Some Week 11 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 10 numbers here.
Number to the left is national rank.
Total offense (yards per game)
4. Oregon, 561.22
10. Arizona, 520.67
11. UCLA, 514.89
25. USC, 464.67
Note: Arizona fell six spots and lost 33 yards from its average after getting throttled by UCLA. Same for Arizona State, which fell from 18th to 31st after running into the Oregon State defense.
Passing offense (yards per game)
8. Arizona, 330.11
11. Washington State, 324.22
17. USC, 312.67
21. Oregon State, 306.13
Note: Of these four, only USC ranks among the nation's top 25 in passing efficiency. The Trojans are No. 1 in the Pac-12 in passing efficiency (though Oregon's Marcus Mariota is No. 1 in PE among the QBs). Oregon is second, Arizona State third and UCLA fourth.
Rushing defense (yards per game)
1. Stanford, 57.7
5. Oregon State, 91.75
15. Utah, 105.11
Note: The big story is not listed: USC. The Trojans have fallen hard here. Two weeks ago, they were 17th at 109.57 yards per game. But after playing Arizona and Oregon, they are now 61st, yielding 156.87.
Scoring defense (points per game)
12. Stanford, 16.56
19. Oregon State, 18.13
24. Oregon, 19.38
25. USC, 19.5
Note: Stanford pitched a shutout at Colorado and moved up from 20th. Oregon and USC were both in the top 25 last week, surrendering fewer than 20 points per game. The Ducks fell to 40th and the Trojans to 49th after their 62-51 scoring fest.
Third-down defense (percentage)
2. Oregon State, 24.11
19. Stanford, 30.99
18. Oregon, 31.4
21. UCLA, 32.35
Note: The Ducks were ninth in this number last week and USC was 110th in the nation in third-down offense. But the Trojans were 8 of 13 against the Ducks on Saturday, thus the Ducks' drop. Once again: A hat tip to Beavers D-coordinator Mark Banker.
Sacks per game
1. Stanford, 4.33
2. Arizona State, 4.22
6. UCLA, 3.44
7. USC, 3.33
20. Washington State, 2.67
20. Oregon, 2.67
Note: Stanford will be coming after Oregon State QB Cody Vaz on Saturday. The Beavers yield 2.38 sacks per game, which ranks 87th in the nation.
Sacks allowed (per game)
100. Washington, 2.89
100. Arizona State, 2.89
107. UCLA, 3.00
118. California, 3.90
119. Colorado, 4.44
119. Washington State, 4.44
Note: There are 120 FBS teams, by the way. These numbers actually are better than last week. Cal will be playing backup QB Allan Bridgford against Oregon on Saturday.
3t. Oregon, 26
5t. USC, 24
14. California, 22
14. UCLA, 22
19. Stanford, 21
19. Washington, 21
Note: Cal and Washington each had four turnovers in their game last Friday, thus the jump here. Oregon won the turnover battle with USC 3-1.
Penalty yards per game
5. Arizona State, 29. 233
And then there's:
100. Arizona, 67.56
106. Utah, 70.44
107. Oregon, 71.78
113. California, 73.50
115. Washington, 74.33
117. Oregon State, 74.75
118. USC, 78.0
119 UCLA, 85.89
Note: There are a lot of teams with winning records who get a lot of penalties. Flags may be annoying, but they don't appear to have too much of a correlation with winning and losing.
Rushing yards per game
2. Kenjon Barner, Oregon, 143.89
4. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA, 133.78
17. Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona, 112.78
24. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford, 105.22
Note: Barner made a huge jump from 10th after rushing for 321 yards against USC. There is just a bit of separation with Barner and Franklin for first-team All-Pac-12.
7. Marcus Mariota, Oregon
11. Matt Barkley, USC
19. Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
Note: Kelly has tumbled from No. 5. Mariota is starting to make a case for first-team All-Pac-12, though Barkley has eight more TD passes -- 30 vs. 22.
Receiving yards per game
2. Marqise Lee, USC, 142.89
8. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, 113.25
10. Austin Hill, Arizona, 110.44
13. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State, 98.38
22. Marquess Wilson, Washington State, 90.33
Note: The big news here is Wilson has been suspended from the Cougars and he may not return to the team. Lee is an almost certain consensus first-team All-American. The guy is just really, really hard to stop. But the Beavers might have the conference's best tandem over USC.
Sacks (per game)
6. Will Sutton, Arizona State, 1.19
7. Scott Crichton, Oregon State, 1.13
11. Anthony Barr, UCLA, 0.94
15. Morgan Breslin, USC, 0.89
23. Travis Long, Washington State, 0.83
23. Carl Bradford, Arizona State, 0.83
Note: Sutton returned to action against Oregon State. Crichton could play a key role against Stanford and new starting QB Kevin Hogan if the Beavers' tough run defense does its thing.
Interceptions (per game)
1. Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, 0.71
4t. Ed Reynolds, Stanford, 0.56
7t. Sheldon Price, UCLA, 0.50
12t. Deone Bucannon, Washington State, 0.44
12t. Dion Bailey, USC, 0.44
27. Kiko Alonso, Oregon, 0.38
Note: Poyer sat out last weekend with a knee injury. He could return against Stanford on Saturday, which probably would help.