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

A statistical look at Saturday's game shows some interesting advantages in every facet of the game

WR Kevin Ozier
WR Kevin Ozier

Saturday's trip to Corvallis will be a crucial game for Arizona State. In the wake of their losses to Oregon and UCLA, the Sun Devils are reeling and need a huge win to stop the slide and stay in the Pac-12 South race.

Standing in their way will be the Oregon State Beavers, ranked 13th in the latest polls. OSU has surprised many in the nation with their uncharacteristically strong start, but fell from the ranks of the unbeaten after their interception-filled loss to Washington last week.

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:

  • The ASU pass defense was torched last week, and face a stern test with OSU's 15th ranked aerial attack. Can the Sun Devils shut down Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks?
  • On the flip side, partially due to OSU's success in shutting down the run, their pass defense, despite the presence of elite cornerback Jordan Poyer, can be gashed.
  • It could be a tough day on the ground against Oregon State's fifth-ranked run defense, who has shut down some powerful ground games already this year.
  • The Beavers had one of the elite pass rushers in the nation in Scott Crichton, and ASU ranks 105th in the nation in sacks allowed.

Arizona_st Osu_icon_medium
Advantage Conf National Actual Category Actual National Conf
Rank Rank Rank Rank
Asu_icon_2_medium 4th 37th 192.4 Rushing Offense 108.43 111th 11th
6th 30th 284.8 Passing Offense 311.7 15th 3rd
Asu_icon_2_medium 4th 18th 477.1 Total Offense 420.1 55th 6th
Asu_icon_2_medium 3rd 22nd 38.4 Scoring Offense 24.9 84th 8th
10th 81st 173.6 Rushing Defense 83.4 5th 2nd
Asu_icon_2_medium 1st 10th 101.80 Pass Efficiency Defense 101.91 19th 3rd
Asu_icon_2_medium 1st 3rd 148.4 Pass Defense 260.7 94th 8th
Asu_icon_2_medium 1st 20th 322.0 Total Defense 344.1 33rd 2nd
Osu_icon_medium 5th 32nd 21.6 Scoring Defense 17.0 12th 1st
Asu_icon_2_medium 1st 2nd 4.13 Sacks 2.57 26th 7th
Asu_icon_2_medium 2nd 2nd 9.38 Tackles for Loss 6.57 35th 7th
Osu_icon_medium 6th 47th +.25 Turnover Margin +1.00 13th 1st
Osu_icon_medium 9th 81st 7.25 Punt Returns 7.8 70th 7th
Asu_icon_2_medium 5th 31st 24.0 Kickoff Returns 17.1 113th 11th
Asu_icon_2_medium 1st 12th 40.62 Net Punting 39.97 22nd 5th
Osu_icon_medium 8th 105th 3.00 Sacks Allowed 1.86 60th 5th
Asu_icon_2_medium 3rd 54th 41.67% 3rd Down Conversions 34.62% 101st 6th

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

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