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Stat attack! Some Week 9 Pac-12 numbers

10/29/2013

Some Pac-12 numbers for your review.

Number to the left is national rank.

Scoring offense

2. Oregon, 55.6 points per game

6. Arizona State, 45.4

15. Oregon State, 40.1

Total offense

2. Oregon, 632.1 yards per game

14. Arizona State, 509.1

15. Washington, 501.9

22. Oregon State, 487.4

30. UCLA, 469.1

Rushing offense

2. Oregon, 331.5 yards per game

11. Arizona, 288.0

22. Washington, 218.1

Passing offense

1. Oregon State, 420.0 yards per game

6. Washington State, 373.1

8. California, 358.9

14. Arizona State, 332.0

20. Oregon, 300.6

24. Washington, 283.8

Note: The offensive numbers have been trending down. Why? Pac-12 defenses. You’ve got to respect the balance of Oregon and Washington, though the Huskies probably should be getting more than 34.5 points per game out of 502 yards of offense. By the way, Stanford ranks 10th in the Pac-12 in total offense with just 389.6 yards per game, but the Cardinal's 6.2 yards per play is just below Arizona State, Washington and Oregon State's 6.3 ypp, which is tied for second in the conference.

Scoring defense

9. Oregon, 16.9 points per game

16. USC, 19.3

18. Stanford, 19.4

20. Arizona, 19.9

Total defense

11. USC, 317.9

21. Arizona State, 349.3

25. Stanford, 353.4

Yards yielded per play (FBS foes only)

7. Oregon, 4.41 yards per play

11. Stanford, 4.69

16. USC, 4.79

23. Arizona, 4.89

25. UCLA, 4.97

26. Washington, 5.0

Pass-efficiency defense

6. Oregon

12. Arizona

14. Washington

20. USC

29. UCLA

30. Arizona State

Note: Is this the year that defense eclipses offense in the Pac-12? As good as the top Pac-12 offenses are, the numbers for scoring and passing efficiency are better for defense than offense. Still plenty of football left, though. USC gave up 62 to Arizona State and 31 to Arizona, but when playing non-Arizona schools in its other six games, the Trojans have yielded 10.2 points per game.

Rushing

1. Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona, 153.3 yards per game

3. Bishop Sankey, Washington, 145.3

17. Tyler Gaffney, Stanford, 110.8

18. Byron Marshall, Oregon, 109.9

31. Tre Madden, USC, 95.9

Note: Who will lead the Pac-12 in rushing, and will that total end up winning the top spot in the nation? And, if so, how does that guy not get invited to New York for the Heisman ceremony? Also, do both All-American running backs come from the Pac-12?

Pass efficiency

5. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

13. Sean Mannion, Oregon State

28. Keith Price, Washington

29. Kevin Hogan, Stanford

Note: Mariota is still No. 1 in the nation in ESPN.com's Total QBR. Arizona State's Taylor Kelly is 38th in the nation in the NCAA pass efficiency rating but he is 11th in QBR. Price climbed from 35th to 28th on his numbers against California. UCLA's Brett Hundley has fallen to 36th in the nation.

Receiving yards per game

1. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, 157.0

3. Paul Richardson, Colorado, 130.6

21. Chris Harper, California, 99.5

25. Jaelen Strong, Arizona State, 97.9

Sacks

4. Trent Murphy, Stanford, 1.90 sacks per game

T10. Tony Washington, Oregon, 0.9

T18. Anthony Barr, UCLA, 0.9 (Barr's played in fewer games than Washington)

21. Keenan Graham, UCLA, 0.8

Note: The Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award looks like a battle between Murphy and Barr. Barr is fifth in the nation with 1.90 tackles for a loss per game, while Murphy is tied for seventh with 1.70 per game.

Random notes: Arizona State is the Pac-12's least-penalized team. Washington is the most-penalized team. Oregon leads the Pac-12 in turnover margin. It's plus-13 for the season, having forced a conference-high 23 turnovers. Arizona has the fewest turnovers with eight. Washington State has the most with 25, including 19 interceptions, which is nine more than any other team. California, however, is 12th in turnover margin at minus-12. Stanford, USC and Utah are tied for first in the conference with 27 sacks. Arizona and Colorado are last in the conference with just nine sacks. Stanford has yielded the fewest sacks --nine in eight games. Cal has yielded the most sacks -- 27 in eight games. Oregon State leads the conference in third down defense, with foes converting just 32 percent of the time. UCLA is still No. 1 in third down offense (51.9 percent).