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ASU vs. Oregon: The Statistical Head-to-Head Preview

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A statistical look at Thursday's game shows each team with a decisive advantage on one side of the ball

(Photo: ASU)

Thursday's huge Pac-12 match-up between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Oregon Ducks carries with it two huge numbers: No. 24 versus No. 2.

But those aren't the only figures that will factor in prominently into this week's results. Below are the major team statistics for both squads and how they match up head-to-head.

Taking a look at the chart, a few things jump out:

  • Oregon has the advantage in most every offensive category, to very little surprise.
  • The Sun Devils, however, have a big advantage in the defensive categories.
  • The nation's second-highest scoring team is facing the ninth-stingiest defense. Something has to give.
  • Can ASU's 38th ranked rush defense slow down the nation's fourth-best ground attack?
  • How can a kickoff return unit that has De'Anthony Thomas rank 120th out of 124 FBS teams?

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Advantage Conf National Actual Category Actual National Conf
Rank Rank Rank Rank
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4th 42nd 187.8 Rushing Offense 302.3 4th 1st
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4th 26th 291.2 Passing Offense 239.3 56th 7th
Uo_icon_medium 4th 24th 479.0 Total Offense 541.7 8th 2nd
Uo_icon_medium 2nd 17th 40.5 Scoring Offense 52.3 2nd 1st
Uo_icon_medium 6th 38th 128.5 Rushing Defense 126.8 37th 5th
Asu_icon_2_medium 1st 2nd 89.38 Pass Efficiency Defense 107.3 21st 2nd
Asu_icon_2_medium 1st 5th 144.2 Pass Defense 233.0 70th 5th
Asu_icon_2_medium 1st 8th 272.7 Total Defense 359.8 43rd 5th
Asu_icon_2_medium 1st 9th 14.2 Scoring Defense 20.0 31st 4th
Asu_icon_2_medium 1st 2nd 4.83 Sacks 2.83 24th 5th
Asu_icon_2_medium 1st 2nd 9.83 Tackles for Loss 6.67 34th 7th
PUSH 4th 36th +.50 Turnover Margin +.50 36th 4th
Uo_icon_medium 9th 77th 7.0 Punt Returns 12.42 26th 3rd
Asu_icon_2_medium 1st 15th 26.23 Kickoff Returns 13.63 120th 12th
Uo_icon_medium 11th 72nd 36.36 Net Punting 37.10 62nd 9th
Uo_icon_medium 8th 82nd 2.23 Sacks Allowed 1.33 32nd 2nd
Uo_icon_medium 3rd 42nd 44.58% 3rd Down Conversions 50.0% 15th 1st

Thanks to our friends at Ralphie Report for the inspiration for this feature (and HTML code).

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