Pac-12 football stat pack: Week 1

Hey friends, my name is Ryan McGrady and I am the researcher for the Pac-12 Networks. You may know me from the Pac-12.com statistics show “Statisfaction.” As the researcher my job is to study up on every Pac-12 football game each week and write in-depth reports for all of our game broadcasters, studio hosts and analysts. You're reading this now because I thought hardcore Pac-12 fans would enjoy seeing some of my favorite stats and notes that I send out each week.

So, this blog will give you a sneak peek at some of the cool stats that TV’s Mike Yam, Rick Neuheisel and play-by-play man Ted Robinson receive from me before the week's games. Whether it’s reading the game notes from the Pac-12 schools, finding a nugget in a beat writer’s article, researching hardcore stats with Stats Inc., or even coming up with my own stats based off of weekly “rip sessions” I have with the legend that is Pac-12 Networks analyst Yogi Roth, I find stats everywhere and I’m happy to share them with you. You may even hear these stats during a Pac-12 Networks studio show or game broadcast. That’s enough non-stats talk for now. Let’s kick things off and get Statisfied.

Arizona

  • Rich Rodriguez-coached teams have improved by at least two wins in his second season at his previous schools. If that stat holds true, then you can mark the Wildcats down for double-digit wins in 2013.
  • On Nov. 10, 2012 against Colorado, Ka’Deem Carey broke the Pac-12 and UA single-game rushing records with 366 yards on the ground. By comparison, Washington State rushed for 349 yards as a team in 2012.

Arizona State

  • ASU doesn’t play in week one, but it will face eight teams this season that played in a bowl game in 2012 as well as six teams that are ranked in the pre-season AP top 25.
  • One year after finishing last (120th) in the FBS in penalties and penalty yards per game, Todd Graham brought immediate discipline to the program, as evidenced by the Sun Devils finishing the 2012 season tied for 10th in fewest penalties per game (4.23) and eighth in fewest penalty yards per game (34.92),by far the best number in the conference.

California

  • Jared Goff will be the first true freshman quarterback ever to start a season opener for Cal.
  • Sonny Dykes and offensive coordinator Tony Franklin bring the “Bear Raid” offense to Berkley -- the same system that led the nation in scoring offense (51.50 points per game) and total offense (577.92 ypg) at Louisiana Tech in 2012.

Colorado

  • Thirteen true freshmen saw playing time for the Buffs in 2012. Fifty-seven games were started by true freshmen in 2012, the most in the nation (19 offense/38 defense). The great news for Colorado is that those freshmen are now sophomores.
  • Has allowed at least one touchdown pass in a school-record 36 consecutive games.

Oregon

  • Of Oregon’s 83 touchdown drives in 2012, 45 lasted less than two minutes and 23 took less than one minute.
  • Marcus Mariota, the Ducks’ returning first-team all-conference quarterback, set the Pac-12 Conference record for touchdown passes by a freshman with 32 in 2012. In his first year as signal-caller, he set school records in completion percentage (68.5) and total touchdowns (38).

Oregon State

  • If sophomore running back Storm Woods has a big day, remember this stat: The Beavers have won 26 of their last 31 games (84 percent) when a rusher gains 100 yards.
  • OSU set a school record with 31 touchdown drives of 74-plus yards in 2012.

Stanford

  • Stanford’s defense allowed only 16 points after turning the ball over on offense in 2012. This ridiculous number led the nation.
  • Stanford has won 26 of its last 27 games played in California -- its only loss came against No. 6 Oregon in 2011.

UCLA

  • Slowing down Nevada QB Cody Fajardo will be a key for UCLA Saturday night on the Pac-12 Networks. Luckily for the Bruins, senior linebacker Anthony Barr has the most sacks of any returning player in the country with 13.5.
  • The Bruins have won 18 straight games when holding its opponent to under 20 points.

USC

  • The Trojans have not lost an opener since 1997, haven't dropped a non-conference road game since 2006 and have never fallen to Hawaii in eight encounters (USC has averaged 49.3 points per game in those meetings).
  • Both USC and Hawaii have a player with the last name Guzman who wears No. 44: USC wide receiver Christian Guzman and Hawaii punter Ruben Guzman. They are not related.

Utah

  • Utah State is Utah's oldest rival: The series, in its 111th game, is the 12th-longest in NCAA FBS history. The first football game in Utah history was against USU in 1892. Utah, which leads the series 77-29-4, saw a 12-game win streak against the Aggies snapped in overtime last year in Logan.
  • The Utes haven’t had the same quarterback lead the team in passing in back-to-back seasons since then-quarterback and now-co-offensive coordinator/QB coach Brian Johnson did it in 2007 and 2008. Travis Wilson has a great shot to end that streak this season.

Washington

  • The Huskies last played in Husky Stadium on Nov. 5, 2011. The 2013 season marks the 93rd season of play in Husky Stadium. UW’s all-time record in the venue stands at 357-169-21 (.673).
  • QB Keith Price is one TD pass shy of tying Cody Pickett’s UW career TD pass record of 54.

Washington State

  • In his first season in Pullman, Mike Leach's high-powered offense led the Pac-12 Conference in passing, averaging 330.42 yards per game. That figure ranked ninth nationally and marked the second-highest average in school history. Seven times the Cougars threw for more than 350 yards.
  • The Cougars trio of sophomore wide receivers Brett Bartolone, Gabe Marks and Dominique Williams combined for 136 receptions, 1,541 yards, and nine touchdowns as freshmen in 2012

(Credit: The sports information departments of the Pac-12)