As we continue our Advanced Stats Report series, we look at the following graphs exhibiting how the Cal Poly Mustangs (the Sun Devils second opponent on the 2015 schedule) match-up by the numbers against the Sun Devils. Be aware that in looking over the graphs they are actually comparing apples to oranges, or more specifically Pac-12 to Big Sky numbers. However, they do point of areas of strengths and weakness, along with approach against their level of competition.
What the Numbers Say
As you can see, the Mustangs like to run the ball. In fact, the Mustangs run the ball four times for every one pass they attempt. They are also pretty darn good at picking up third downs and scoring those valuable touchdowns in the the red zone. This of course is against their level of competition. From a defensive standpoint, they seem to allow a good percentage of opponents’ passes to be completed. They don’t sack opposing quarterback with much frequency, nor pick off many passes averaging just over one per game. In looking at just the 2104 season, the Mustangs score their most points in the third quarter, which just happens to be the one where ASU scores the least. Also, the second quarter is where the Mustangs gave up the most points last year, while that was the quarter where the Devils scored the most points.
All data used can be found on gopoly.com and cfbstats.com.