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Arizona-Arizona State: A statistical tale of woe

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In 25 major statistical categories tracked by the NCAA, Arizona ranks in the top half of the country in only one — rushing.

The news is just as bad — worse? — for stats not officially tracked by the NCAA. You can see here that Arizona is last (128th nationally) in average starting position, at its own 25.7-yard line.

Arizona State is better in various spots, but it’s still not a pretty picture. For all the hand-wringing about the Wildcats’ defense, ASU’s is worse in yards allowed. (For context, though, the Sun Devils had to play Texas Tech, Cal and Washington State — three of the top 10 teams in total offense. Playing three Air Raid teams also somewhat explains why ASU is last nationally in pass defense.)

The Wildcats missed Cal in conference play.

Anyway, for further game preview, check out my story on TucsonNewsNow.com after trying to digest the following stats heading into Friday night’s games.

UA   ASU  
STAT RANK VALUE RANK VALUE
Total Offense 76 397.2 91 381.5
Rushing Offense 36 209.9 113 132.5
Passing Offense 101 187.3 T-48 249
Team Passing Efficiency 111 114.98 73 126.29
Scoring Offense 113 21.9 45 33.2
Total Defense 112 467.3 125 514.4
Rushing Defense 89 200.9 28 131.5
Passing Yards Allowed 109 266.4 128 382.9
Team Passing Efficiency Defense 123 155.97 125 156.9
Scoring Defense 120 38.6 119 38.4
Turnover Margin T-112 -0.73 T-88 -0.27
3rd Down Conversion Pct 93 0.369 97 0.362
4th Down Conversion Pct 122 0.294 20 0.636
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense 127 0.523 35 0.364
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense T-29 0.4 T-95 0.6
Red Zone Offense 119 0.743 T-18 0.909
Red Zone Defense 85 0.868 T-110 0.907
Net Punting 70 37.16 4 42.36
Punt Returns 103 4.67 33 10.41
Kickoff Returns 123 17.19 47 21.8
First Downs Offense 76 227 97 213
First Downs Defense 118 271 109 259
Fewest Penalties Per Game T-65 6.18 31 5.27
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game 98 60.64 T-51 51.18
Time of Possession 121 26:00 67 29:39
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