A statistical look at Saturday's game shows some interesting advantages
For a team riding a four-game losing streak, there are few teams that serve as a better tonic than Washington State.
The Cougars come into the game losers of seven straight, and are in the midst of significant internal turmoil. Nevertheless, they have some talented players on both sides of the ball, and every Sun Devil fan knows that Wazzu can not be overlooked.
We compiled the key numbers from each team into one handy chart to see which team had the advantages. Taking a look at the chart, a few things jump out:
- ASU has advantages is most every area, and even WSU's lofty passing rank is due in part to their complete ignorance of the running game.
- No team gets sacked more than the Cougars, and if ASU's 2nd ranked pass rush can do it's job, it can help to neutralize WSU's 6th ranked passing game and ground the offense to a halt.
- Both teams are very proficient in accumulating sacks and tackles-for-loss. This could be a battle of big plays, both offensively and defensively.
Thanks to our friends at Ralphie Report for the inspiration for this feature (and HTML code).
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