Gary Doran

Pac-12 2014 Final Statistical Rankings

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OFFENSIVE RANKINGS

When one looks at the conference rankings of how well each team did against conference opponents this past season, it’s clear that this year’s ASU squad took a step backwards in both offensive and defensive production. The defensive slippage was totally understandable, however, the significant decline by the offense against the other conference teams was unexpected. The offense declined in rankings in eight offensive categories compared to last year’s team, while it stayed the same in two categories and improved its rankings in only total passing yards from being ranked fifth last year to fourth in 2014.

The two category rankings that stayed the same were penalty yards incurred, where ASU was first in both years and passing efficiency where the Devils stayed ranked sixth in both years. The offensive output for ASU this year was a real surprise, as the Devils were ranked in the bottom half of the conference in seven out of eleven categories. Last year, ASU only ranked in the bottom half of the conference in one category, which was sacks given up which ranked ninth. This year, the Devils ranked last in sacks given up.

2014 Final Offense

DEFENSE RANKINGS

As expected, the ASU defense wasn’t as effective as the 2013 squad; however, there were glimmers of improvement in a couple of important categories. The Devil declined in eight of the eleven categories tracked. The Devils did improve in three significant defensive categories. They improved from eight last year in the percentage of red zone touchdowns they allowed to third in 2014. They also tied Arizona with the most conference tackles for losses. A real surprise is that the ASU defense led the conference in giving up the lowest percentage of third down conversions in 2014. This compares to the stellar 2013 defense which was sixth in giving up third down conversions.

Another good sign for the future of the ASU defense was that the 2014 squad was ranked in the bottom half of the conference in only four defensive categories. Granted, scoring, total yards and rushing yards are pretty significant categories to be in the bottom half of the conference, but the fact that the young squad held its own in several other defensive categories speaks volumes of the players’ and the coaching staff’s potential. This year’s defense was second only to Stanford in the number of first downs it allowed, while also being ranked fourth in the number of passing yards allowed in 2014. Not bad for a squad replacing nine starters.

2014 Final Defense

It was a bumpy ride for the Devils this past year, but if the offense can get back on track, the defense looks to be poised for significant improvements in 2015 and beyond.

About Gary Doran

Gary Doran

Gary graduated from ASU many years ago. After careers working in banking, finance and the financial administration of academic research funding, he is now interested in utilizing his passion for numbers towards two things he thoroughly loves; Arizona State University and college football. He is looking forward to finding the “stories” buried within the numbers on a football stat sheet. He has gone to ASU football games all the way back to the days of Frank Kush and the WAC. He has been married to an amazing ASU graduate for almost forty years, and they currently live in Ventura, CA. Although this may disqualify him from talking football, he and his wife enjoy the practice of yoga and dancing the Argentine Tango. Ole!

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