Gary Doran

Weekly Stat-Pac: Offense Week 10


In order to make the weekly Stat-Pac easier to enjoy, we are now putting the data in a bullet point format instead of all the verbiage. Hopefully, that will make it easier and faster to take in all the weekly offensive data for the conference teams. It will also give us more room to add additional metrics.

It’s All About the Score

– Oregon and Cal are the only two teams now averaging more than 40 points per game.
– Oregon has scored the most first half points in the conference at 225.
– Oregon has also scored the most second half points in the conference at 184.
– Oregon has scored 40 more points in the first half than any other conference team.
– Stanford has only scored 82 points in nine games, that’s the lowest in the conference.
– Oregon State has only scored 91 points in nine games, that’s the next lowest.

Points By Quarter
– USC has scored the most first quarter points – 108
– Washington State has scored the fewest first quarter points – 41
– Oregon has scored the most second quarter points – 146
– Arizona has scored the fewest second quarter points – 47
– Cal has scored the most third quarter points – 104
– Stanford has scored the fewest third quarter points – 27
– WSU has scored the most fourth quarter points – 100
– Oregon State has scored the fewest fourth quarter points – 40


Offense by the Yard

– Oregon leads the conference averaging 534 yards per game.
– Washington State is second in the conference averaging 526 yards per game.
– Cal is third in the conference averaging 509 yards per game.
– Arizona dropped from 542 yards per game last week to 506 yards per game this week, because of its low 255 total yards against UCLA.
– Oregon gained 525 yards against Stanford last weekend even though Stanford came into the contest only giving up an average of 250 yards a game.
– Washington averages only 365 yards per game, which is the lowest in the conference.
– Utah averages only 373 yards per game, which is second lowest in the conference.
– The twelve conference teams averaged about 440 yards per game last week.


First Downs

– Arizona and Oregon average a first down once every 2.7 plays, which is the best in the conference.
– ASU and WSU average a first down once every 3.1 plays, which is next best in the conference.
– Utah takes 3.9 plays to generate a first down, which is the least productive in the conference.
– Cal had the most first downs last weekend gaining 34.
– Utah had the fewest first downs last weekend gaining only 13.
– The twelve conference teams averaged 22.3 first downs last weekend.
– Three teams had less than 20 first downs last weekend: Arizona,Utah and Washington.


Third Time’s a Charm

– Oregon is the only team converting more than half of its third downs opportunities at 54 percent
– Arizona and Cal have converted almost 48 percent of their third down opportunities, which ties them for second in third down conversion success rate.
– Oregon State has only had 106 third down opportunities in eight games this year.
– Colorado has had 155 third down opportunities in nine games this year.
– In the last three games, Oregon has converted 29 third down opportunities.
– In the last three games, OSU has only converted eleven third down opportunities.
– ASU is only averaging six third down conversions per game so far this year.
– Three teams: ASU, USC and Washington only converted two third down opportunities each last week, and all three teams won.


Average Yards for and Against

– Stanford leads the conference in net yard margin at +1.8 yards per play.
– Oregon is second in the conference in net yard margin at +1.7 yards per play.
– ASU and UCLA are tied for third at +1.0 net yards per play.
– Colorado and Washington still give up more yards per play on defense than they generate on offense.

– Since the 10 yards per play debacle against UCLA, ASU has decreased the yards per play in each game it has played (see ASU graph below).


Sack It Up

– Every team gave up at least one sack last weekend.
– ASU and UCLA gave up the most sacks last week with four each.
– In the first five games, ASU gave up seven total sacks. In the past three games, the Sun Devils have given up a total of 15 sacks.
– UCLA gives up a sack once every 10.1 pass attempts, which is the worst in the conference.
– Utah gives up a sack once every 10.8 pass attempts, which is just ahead of the Bruins.
– Colorado gives up a sack only once every 29.5 pass attempts, which is the best in the conference.


Turnover Beethoven

– The past two weeks have seen the largest number of weekly turnovers at 19 for the 12 conference teams.
– Colorado has turned the ball over eight times in the past three weeks.
– Through Week Seven, Washington had only turned the ball over one time. In the past three weeks, the Huskies have turned the
ball over eight times.
– California and Utah were the only two teams to not turn the ball over last week.
– Stanford turns the ball over once every 33 offensive plays, which is the worst in the conference.
– Oregon turns the ball over once every 109 offensive plays, which is the best in the conference.
– In 2013, ASU averaged a turnover once every 61 plays. So far this year, it is once every 76 plays.


Red Zoning In

– USC scores a red zone touchdown in almost three out of four opportunities, which is the best in the conference.
– Stanford scores a red zone touchdown in 43 percent of its opportunities, which is the lowest in the conference.
– WSU and Oregon are averaging 3.44 red zone touchdowns per game.
– Utah is only averaging 1.75 red zone touchdowns per game.
– All 12 teams combined average scoring a red zone touchdown in 61 percent of their opportunities.
– WSU is averaging entering its opponent’s red zone almost 5.5 times per game.


Next ASU Opponent: Notre Dame

As you can see by the different categories below, ASU’s next opponent Notre Dame is doing better in many of its offensive categories compared to last year, especially in scoring touchdowns in the red zone. The Fighting Irish would rank second in the Pac-12 in their success rate in scoring red zone touchdowns if they were in the conference. Also, their pass completion rate is up 10 percent over last year. They are also averaging a touchdown and two-point conversion more than last year’s team. The one area that seems to be a bit weaker is the number of turnovers per game so far this year.

Red Zone touchdowns success rate……2014–72%………2013–53%
3rd down conversion rate………….…….2014–48%………2013–42%
Avg yards gained per play……………….2014—6.2…..….2013—6.1
Avg score per game……………………….2014—35…….…2013—27
Turnovers per game…………………..….2014—1.8………2013—1.3
Completion percentage………………….2014—63%………2013—53%

As always, if there is something you’d like to see us begin 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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