The first three weeks of football: By the numbers
With the kickoff of college football upon us on Pac-12 Networks, we thought we’d share a few key stats on what fans can find on our Network in just the first three weeks of action. Expect to see some of the most innovative coaches, dynamic star players and high-scoring match-ups in the country:
6: That’s the number of games that will feature top-25 teams, including #1 USC, #5 Oregon (twice) and #21 Stanford (twice) from the Pac-12, and #19 Oklahoma State.
13: Prolific offenses! Eight Pac-12 teams and five non-conference opponents appearing on Pac-12 Networks in the first three weeks averaged more than 400 yards per game in 2011: Oregon, Stanford, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington State, Washington and Cal from the Pac-12; and Houston, Oklahoma State, Nevada, San Diego State and Fresno State.
30: Six Pac-12 teams and three opponents in the first three weeks averaged more than 30 points per game in 2011, including the three highest-scoring teams in the country: Houston, Oklahoma State and Oregon.
Unlimited: Game changers. Matt Barkley, Jeff Tuel, Keith Price, Sean Mannion, Kenjon Barner, De'Anthony Thomas, John White, Silas Redd, Stepfan Taylor, Isi Sofele, Robert Woods, Marqise Lee, Marquess Wilson, Keenan Allen, Markus Wheaton, T.J. McDonald, Star Lotulelei, Dion Jordan, Jordan Poyer, Chase Thomas, Shayne Skov, Sheldon Price, Datone Jones, John Boyett, Marc Anthony, Nickell Robey – and we haven’t even started with the opponents yet!
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Here are a few of the games next weekend you won’t want to miss:
- Nevada at California: Cal unveils its new and improved Memorial Stadium while hoping to avenge its 2010 season-opening loss to Nevada (picked to finish second in the Mountain West). And you can expect some fireworks as both teams combined to average more than 900 yards per game last season. (9/1 at 12 p.m. PT).
- San Diego State at Washington: Coming off back-to-back bowl seasons with returning QB Keith Price and an aggressive new defense, Washington hosts high-octane San Diego State and their three-headed monster of quarterback Ryan Katz, wide receiver Colin Lockett and Mountain West preseason defensive player of the year Leon McFadden (9/1 at 7:30 p.m. PT).
- San Jose State at Stanford: Anchored by its power-running game and stingy defense, Stanford unveils new QB Josh Nunes at its home opener against San Jose State and the Spartans’ dynamic new RB De’Leon Eskridge (8/31 at 7 p.m. PT).