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Weekly Stat-Pac : Offense Week 4


It’s Stat-Pac time again with our weekly look at the conference from an offensive perspective. The graphs are the same as last week to keep some consistency, however; to keep it fresh; we have changed their look, so in honor of the Thursday night blackout game with UCLA, all the graphs have a blackout background. Enjoy!

As a reminder, there were four teams that had bye weeks, ASU, Stanford, UCLA and USC, so their numbers will remain unchanged from Week Three.

It’s All About the Score

This week, it’s Oregon, Arizona and Washington as the top scoring teams. On of the interesting things that popped out from the graph is the number of teams that score more points in the first half as compared to the second half. Actually, Arizona is the only conference team to score more points in the second half than in the first. Obviously, that was helped immeasurably by its 36 point fourth quarter outburst against defenseless CAL last week. Along those same lines; look how few points the Cal Bears score in the second half of their games. So far this year, three-quarters of the points scored by Cal’s Bear Raid Offense has happened in the first half of their games.

Pac-12 Week 4 Points

Offense by the Yard

Arizona sure didn’t hurt itself with 627 total yards against CAL this past weekend. In fact, Arizona is still tops in the conference in terms of total yards averaging close to an incredible 600 yards per game. That’s right, almost 600 yard average, but the Wildcats are not alone when it comes to offense, as nine out of the twelve teams are averaging over 440 yards per game, while all of twelve of them average over 415 yards per game. Now that’s offense! On the other hand, Utah gained the fewest yards of any conference teams so far this year when it gained a bit under 300 yards in the win last weekend over the toothless Wolverines.


First Downs

It’s first down; fast down, as Arizona gained an unbelievable 36 first downs against the Cal Bears this past Saturday propelling them into the conference lead. First downs have been usually plentiful for the entire conference, however, last week when Washington only gained 17 first downs against Georgia State, it was the second time in four games that the Huskies have been held under 20 first downs. So far this year, they are the only conference team held under 20 first downs twice. Another way of looking at this; of the 41 contests for Pac-12 teams, only seven have been held under 20 first downs. That means five-out-of-six times a Pac-12 team has gotten more than 20 first downs, while for Washington it’s been 50/50.

Pac-12 Week 4  First Downs

Third Time’s a Charm?

Look who is alone at the top of the conference in the number of third down conversions; the “clutch” Colorado Buffalos? After Week Four, the Oregon Ducks still lead the conference in the success in converting third downs with over 56 percent being successful, while the Washington Huskies are at the opposite end of the scale in only converting 37 percent of their third down chances. So far, the Ducks are the only conference team to convert more than 50 percent of their third down chances; that’s clutch.

Pac-12 Week 4  Third

Average Yards for and Against

Stanford retains its number one spot in the net difference between the average yards per play it gains on offense compared to the average yards per play it gives up on defense at +3.2 yards per play. Oregon is second at +2.4 and ASU and Utah are tied at third at +2.2 net yards per play. Through Week Four, USC is the only team with a negative net yard per play at -0.3. Colorado now gains as many yards per play as it gives up.

Pac-12 Week 4 Avg_Yards

Sack It Up

UCLA is still the leader in the conference in the number of sacks it has given up, which is not a good thing. The Bruins also still lead the conference in the fewest number of passes per sack at only 9.3 passes per sack. The next team with the fewest passes per sack is Utah with only 12.3. Colorado does the best in protecting its quarterback giving up a sack only once every 30.0 passes. Surprisingly, pass-happy Washington State is next at a sack every 26.7 passes.

Pac-12 Week 4  Sacks

Turnover Beethoven

Washington State has turned the ball over twice in each of their first four games. That will lose ball games for you. At the other end of the spectrum, ASU, Oregon and Washington have only turned the ball over once so far this year. Of the eight teams that played this past weekend, only Oregon and Washington demonstrated ball security by not turning the ball over at all, however, five of the eight teams turned the ball over more than once.

Pac-12 Week 4 Turnover

Red Zoning Out

Oregon has now taken over the lead in the conference in the number of red zone touchdowns it has scored at sixteen in 21 chances. Washington State leads the conference in the number of red zone chances it has had so far this year at 25. Speaking of chances, only three teams have a 50 percent or less success rate in converting red zone chances into touchdowns; Stanford, Arizona and Oregon State. UCLA and ASU are at the top of the conference in terms of the percentage of successfully converting red zone chances to touchdowns. Again looking at chances, UCLA is the only conference team with less than ten red zone opportunities with only seven. The team with the next fewest red zone chance is the Cal Bears who have had only twelve chances so far this season.

Pac-12 Week 4  Red_Zone


As you can see from the graphs, the Pac-12 Conference is all about offense and the numbers back that up. We will keep you posted weekly with our graphs and commentary in showing how each team’s offense is performing. If there is something additional you would like us to track, 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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