This week in Pac-12 football

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Conference Comparison... In comparing the Power 5 offenses, the Pac-12 boasts the top total offense numbers, averaging 500.7 yards per game. Thanks in large part to WASHINGTON STATE’s 1,551 passing yards (517.0 avg), the Pac-12 tops the list with 304.5 passing yards per game. Here’s the breakdown:

Conf. Pass Rush Total Offense


10,048 yds.

304.5 avg.

6,476 yds.

196.2 avg.

500.7 avg.

10,186 yds.

261.2 avg.

8,331 yds.

213.6 avg.

474.8 avg.
Big 12

7,696 yds.

285.0 avg.

4,771 yds.

176.7 avg.

461.7 avg.
Big Ten

9,527 yds.

250.7 avg.

6,717 yds.

176.8 avg.

427.5 avg.

8,330 yds.

219.2 avg.

7,682 yds.

202.2 avg.

421.4 avg.

Ground Canyon State... ARIZONA STATE and ARIZONA have piled up the yards on the ground this season as they rank 1-2 in the league in rushing at 304.3 ypg and 268.3 ypg, respectively. Sun Devil junior D.J. Foster has three straight 100-yard games, and five in his last six games. Meanwhile, Wildcat freshman Nick Wilson also has posted three consecutive 100-yard rushing games as Arizona’s streak of having a ball carrier rush for 100 yards in a game has reached 20 straight games. Foster currently ranks third in the FBS with 510 yards (170.0 ypg), while Wilson is right behind in fourth with 449 yards (149.7 ypg).

Underclassmen Earning Their Stripes... Looking at the starting lineups for each Pac-12 team’s last game, quite a few freshmen (30) and sophomores (65) are getting starting assignments. UCLA led the way with 14 underclassmen (11 sophomores/3 freshmen) who started against Texas, followed by COLORADO with 12 (10 sophomores/2 freshmen) against Arizona State, and ARIZONA with 10 (6 sophomores/4 freshmen) against Nevada. WASHINGTON STATE had the most freshmen starters with five in its win over Portland State.

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