Gary Doran

Weekly Stat-Pac: Offense Week 11


It’s Week 11 of Stat-Pac conference statistics, and we have changed up some of the graphs to keep the information a little fresher.  It also gives our readers a different, and hopefully, better view of the data. Last week, ASU and Utah’s average yards per play were highlighted in graphs showing week-by-week changes to help spot any trends. This week, we are highlighting the Arizona Wildcats’ average yards per play week-by-week trends. Next week, we will highlight UCLA. Now it’s on to the Stat-Pac numbers.

It’s All About the Score

– Oregon is the only team to score more than 200 points in a half.
– Oregon and Cal are the only two teams to average more than 40 points per game.
– ASU is now third in the conference in scoring averaging 36.7 points per game.
– Stanford, Colorado and OSU are averaging less than 30 points per game.


How Did They Score

– Less than 10 percent of WSU touchdowns are on the ground.
– Oregon averages six offensive touchdowns per game.
– Stanford averages only two and three-quarters touchdowns per game.
– Over one-third of UCLA’s rushing touchdowns have come from Brett Hundley.
– Oregon State is averaging just over one touchdown pass per game this year.


Offense by the Yard

– Four teams still average over 500 yards per game: Oregon, WSU, Cal and AZ.
– Washington averages the lowest total yards per game at 365.
– Utah is the next lowest with only 380 yards per game.
– Colorado gained its lowest total yards this year at only 353 yards against Arizona.
– Oregon and WSU were the only teams to gain more than 500 yards last week.
– ASU has not gained 500 yards in a game since USC in Week Six.
– Utah gained more yards against Oregon last week than any other conference foe.
– Oregon has gained more than 500 yards in seven out of its 10 games this year.


First Downs

– Roughly one out of every seven first downs for Arizona comes by penalty.
– Less than 6 percent of Utah’s first downs come from a penalty.
– WSU was the only team to gain more than 30 first downs last week.
– Utah has gained less than 20 first downs in three out of the last four games.
– Utah again had the fewest first downs last weekend this time gaining only 17.
– Oregon still leads the conference in only needing 2.7 plays per first down.
– Washington gained the most first downs last week since Week Three.


Third Time’s a Charm

– Oregon has the lowest percentage of third down plays in the conference at 17.8 percent.
– Utah has the highest percentage of third down plays in the conference at 23.0 percent.
– Oregon is the only team to convert more than 50 percent of its third down chances.
– OSU only converts 30.5 percent of its third down chances.
– UCLA and WSU converted the most third down chances last week with eight each.
– Oregon only converted four out of 13 third down chances last week against Utah.
– The last three games, ASU has only converted 23 percent of its third down chances.
– Arizona averages 17.3 third down chances per game, highest in the conference.


Average Yards for and Against

– Stanford still leads the conference in net yard margin at +1.8 yards per play.
– Oregon is second in the conference in net yard margin at +1.6 yards per play.
– UCLA is third in the conference at +1.0 net yards per play.
– Three teams give up more yards per play than they gain, Colo. Wash. WSU.
– Oregon gains the most yards per play, with Cal second and ASU third.
– Washington gains the fewest yards per play, with Utah next lowest.


Wildcat Trends

– Arizona has given up more yards per play than it gained on offense in four out of its six conference games.
– Arizona has only gained more than six yards per play once in conference play.
– Over the past three games, the average yards per play given up by Arizona has decreased.



Sack It Up

– All nine teams that played last week gave up at least one sack during the game.
– Three teams, Oregon, OSU and WSU gave up four sacks each last week.
– UCLA gives up a sack once every 10.9 pass attempts, worst in the conference.
– Colo. gives up a sack only once every 26.8 pass attempts, best in the conference.
– Oregon State has given up 16 sacks in the past four games.
– Washington State has given 15 sacks in the past four games.
– In the first five games, UCLA gave up 23 sacks, in the last five games only seven sacks.


Turnover Beethoven

– Four out of nine teams did not turn the ball over last week.
– Colorado has turned the ball over 10 times in the past three weeks.
– Utah and Colorado accounted for over 70 percent of all the turnovers last week.
– The conference averages 12 turnovers per team this year, or 1.2 per game per team.
– Stanford turns the ball over once every 33 offensive plays, worst in the conference.
– Oregon turns the ball over once every 104 offensive plays, best in the conference.


Red Zoning In

– Oregon gets into opponents’ red zones almost half of their offensive drives.
– Utah gets into opponents’ red zones only a quarter of their offensive drives.
– All the conference teams combined score a red zone touchdown 61 percent of the time.
– Utah is only averaging 1.78 red zone touchdowns per game.
– Oregon averages 3.60 red zone touchdowns per game.
– Stanford is the only team scoring red zone touchdowns in less than half its chances.


Next ASU Opponent: Oregon State

As you can see by the different categories below, ASU’s next opponent Oregon State is not the same team it was offensively last year. Most every offensive category this year is lower than last. The Beavers are scoring a touchdown and two-point conversion less this year, and gaining 0.6 yards per play less. That amount doesn’t sound like a lot. But when you consider that the Beavers are averaging 70 offensive plays a game, it does add up. What seems to be the biggest difference is the 10 percent decrease in the third down conversion rate between this year and last. The Beavers are not converting on third downs in two out of three third down tries.

Red Zone touchdowns success rate……..2014–54%…………2013–63%
3rd down conversion rate………….…..…..2014–31%…………2013–41%
Avg yards gained per play……………….….2014—5.6………….2013—6.2
Avg score per game……………………..…….2014—27…….……2013—35
Turnovers per game………………………….2014—1.1…………..2013—2.0
Completion percentage……………………..2014—63%………..2013—66%

As always, if there is something you’d like to see us begin to track, or to look at differently, please let us know.

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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