With Arizona State's game against Colorado approaching, we thought we would take you off the field and into the numbers to preview this Pac-12 South battle. Todd Graham said on Tuesday that the Sun Devils can't afford to lose another game if they want to win the division.
Here is your preview of ASU/Colorado, by the numbers.
This number represents the number of losses the Sun Devils have against the Buffaloes. ASU is 6-0 all-time against Colorado, including 4-0 since the Buffaloes began playing in the Pac-12.
This is the first time Buffaloes are facing the Sun Devils with a winning record since they joined the Pac-12. Colorado sits at 3-2 with victories over UMASS, Colorado State and Nicholls State and losses to Hawaii and Oregon.
The Buffaloes feature three players who are averaging over 60 rushing yards per game. Colorado ranks third in the Pac-12 and 18th nationally in rushing offense, averaging 233 yards per game on the ground.
ASU is averaging just 3.6 penalties per game this season. That is the third best in the nation. ASU is also top-10 (7th) in penalty yards per game, averaging just 35.8.
ASU is just one of seven teams in the country that has at least four players with at least 15 receptions. D.J. Foster, Devin Lucien, Demario Richard and Kody Kohl have all caught at least 15 passes for the Sun Devils.
This was the margin of victory by the Sun Devils in their most recent game against Colorado. ASU won 38-24 last season in a game in which they lost starting quarterback Taylor Kelly.
Colorado has just 15 seniors on its roster and only three of those seniors are from skill positions.
Colorado wide receiver Nelson Spruce has caught two or more passes in 30 consecutive games. That is the longest streak in Colorado history. Spruce is also Colorado's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards.
ASU has beaten Colorado by an average of 30.1 points per game in their four conference meetings. The Sun Devils have scored at least 38 points in each of the four games, including putting up over 50 points twice.
ASU has scored first in 32 of 45 games in three-plus seasons under Todd Graham. The Sun Devils are 26-6 in those 32 games when they score first, including 3-0 this season.
Colorado has had 33 players take the field for their first collegiate game this season. Only TCU (36) has had more players take the field for the first time this season than Colorado.
Demario Richard has accumulated 44 percent of yards from scrimmage after first contact. Of Richard's 748 yards this season, 329 have come after first contact.
D.J. Foster has caught a pass in 45 consecutive games. That is the longest active streak in the nation and this season, Foster broke ASU legend John Jefferson's record for consecutive games with a reception.
Colorado is outscoring teams 167-107 through their first five games of the season. This is the first time the Buffaloes have a positive scoring differential through five games since 2007.
A special thank you to Jeremy Hawkes and the ASU SID staff as well as the Colorado SID staff for a majority of these statistics. If you would like to view this week's game notes, you can find ASU's here and Colorado's here.