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Weekly Stat-Pac: Offense Week 5

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Here’s our weekly Stat-Pac look at the conference from an offensive perspective. The graphs continue to be the same as the two previous weeks for consistency. As the weeks roll along, we may add some additional graphs, or change up some of the existing graphs to keep the information fresh and interesting. If there is something you feel will make the graphs fresher or more interesting, please let us know.

Last week, only Arizona and Oregon were idle, while the rest of the teams dove head first into conference play. Even though there were no longer any sub par non-conference opponents, three of the eight teams scored more than 55 points last week.

It’s All About the Score

This week, the Oregon Ducks are still the top scoring team, and this week the Cal Bears are the second highest scoring team on a per game basis. That’s right, the Bears benefitted from playing the Colorado Buffaloes and going into overtime to now average 48 points per game. Five weeks into the season and five of the twelve conference teams average over 40 points per game. Offense reigns in the Pac-12! Even at the bottom-end of the conference, Oregon State and Stanford are averaging just under 30 points per game; that’s still roughly four touchdowns a game for the lower scoring teams.

Pac-12 Week 5 Points

Offense by the Yard

Even with all the scoring going on last week, the Arizona Wildcats were able to hold their top spot at 594 yards per game even though they were idle. ASU is now second at 560 yards per game. Five conference teams averaged more than 500 yards per game. After playing Stanford last week, the Washington Huskies have now dropped to the bottom of the conference in yards per game. Playing the Stanford defense will often times do that to you.

Pac-12 Week 5 Yards

First Downs

Arizona and ASU top the conference in the number of first downs per game followed by Colorado and WSU. If we look at the number of first downs per offensive plays from scrimmage, Oregon is tops the conference with a first down once every 2.6 plays. ASU is second with a first down once every 2.8 plays. Washington and Utah tied for the bottom spot in first downs per offensive plays at 3.6. It is interesting that ASU and Colorado had 19 and 15 more first down than their opponents did last week and both teams lost. First downs are nice, but………

Pac-12 Week 5 First

Third Time’s a Charm?

Oregon and Cal lead the conference in the percentage of times each is able to convert third down situations into first downs. Both are over 50 percent in their conversion rate. ASU is third in the conference at just under 50 percent. At the bottom of the conference are the OSU Beavers at only a 31 percent conversion rate. This means that for every three times the Beavers have faced a third down situation; they have failed to convert on two of them. That’s with a fifth year senior quarterback.

Pac-12 Week 5 Third

Average Yards for and Against

Stanford and Oregon lead the conference in the net yardage difference between what their offenses generate and what their defenses give up (3.2 and 2.4 yards per play). After those two teams, the net difference drops off considerably for the third place team; the Cal Bears. The ASU Sun Devils give up the most yards per play at 6.4. They are the only conference defense to give up more than six yards a play so far. It helps that their offense is second in the conference in yards per play, behind only Oregon.

Pac-12 Week 5 Avg_Yard

Sack It Up!

UCLA is still the leader in the conference in the number of sacks given up per pass play at 10.4 passes per sack allowed. The USC Trojans are next at a sack once every 13.7 passes. Colorado and ASU are the least sacked teams per passes with a sack once every 30.9 passes for the Buffaloes and once every 30.8 passes for the Sun Devils. Again this week, WSU is the only team to have given up a sack in every game played so far this year. Oregon, UCLA and USC have all three given up five sacks in a game, which is the most allowed in a single game so far this season.

Pac-12 Week 5 Sacks

Turnover Beethoven

The turnover machine didn’t stop for the Cougars this past weekend, as they continued giving the ball away three more times. The big difference is that they were able to win their game last week even with the three turnovers. Oregon and Washington are still doing a great job of ball security, each with only one turnover so far this year. ASU led the conference for the week by turning the ball over four times in their game against the Bruins. It was the most turnovers by the Sun Devils since their game against the USC Trojans in 2012 in the LA Coliseum. It was also the most turnovers by a Pac-12 team in a game so far this year.

Pac-12 Week 5 Turnover

Red Zoning Out

The Washington State Cougars lead the conference in the number of times their offense has entered into their opponents’ red zone getting in 28 times. That is seven more than either ASU or Oregon, who share the second place spot. UCLA enters its opponents’ red zone the fewest times at only thirteen trips inside the 20 yard line, however, their success rate at getting a touchdown once inside their opponents’ red zone is pretty good scoring on better than three-out-of-four opportunities. At the opposite end, Oregon State and Stanford are successful at scoring a touchdown from their opponents’ red zone in less than half their opportunities.

Pac-12 Week 5 Red-Zone

Conclusion

Even though conference play has started, most all the teams are still churning out the points and the yards. Oregon State seems to be struggling in several offensive categories to date. We will keep an eye on how they trend going forward.

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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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