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December 1, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Apple Cup stat breakdown — and a few more links

Closing in on three days to kickoff of the 2010 Apple Cup, and thought it might be a good time to look at some of the stats of the two teams.
But rather than just the full-season stats, which include non-conference games, I thought I’d break out the Pac-10-only stats for each team, which excludes some of the vagaries inherent in playing a different set of non-conference foes (even if it could be argued that UW and WSU played pretty comparable non-conference slates — there may not be as much difference between Syracuse and Montana State as you’d think and BYU-Nebraska and Oklahoma State-SMU is pretty similar).
But comparing conference-only stats is about as accurate a comparison as you can get for this kind of thing as each team has played the same eight Pac-10 foes, merely alternating home and road. UW and WSU also each played UCLA and Cal with their backup QBs, and even Arizona with its backup QB for all (UW) or most (WSU) of the game.
So, here are the significant offensive and defensive Pac-10-only stats for the two teams:
Scoring offense: UW 18.9 (points per game), WSU 18.2
Scoring defense: UW 30.9, WSU 34.1.
Total offense: UW 336.9 (yards per game), WSU 320.5
Passing offense: UW 189.8, WSU 234.0.
Rushing offense: UW 147.1, WSU 86.5.
Pass efficiency: UW 119.8 (rating), WSU 127.2.
Total defense: UW 391.1, WSU 457.8.
Passing defense: UW 186.9, WSU 236.0.
Rushing defense: UW 204.2, WSU 221.8.
Pass defense efficiency: UW 122.3, WSU 151.2.
Sacks by: UW 12, WSU 15.
Sacks against: UW 22, WSU 36.
Probably no real huge surprises here (although before the season started you obviously wouldn’t have thought UW’s offense wouldn’t score more than that).
UW’s biggest matchup edge is its rushing offense against WSU’s rushing defense, so it will be no surprise if the Huskies try to just run all day on the Cougars (which given the possible weather might make even more sense). And basically all of UW’s numbers are a little bit better than WSU’s (other than passing offense), indicative of a team that is a touchdown favorite to win. On the other hand, the points totals are each closer than most might have assumed, and if that holds, we could be in for a nail-biter (and given that it also promises to be a teeth-chatterer, that only makese sense as well).
Here are a few more links I stumbled across since putting together the morning links:
Mike Salk of the Brock and Salk Show good-naturedly let me know he disagreed with my grades for the Cal game. So when I challenged him to write a rebuttal, he did, which you can find here.
— offers its weekly Pac-10 notebook.
Jon Wilner looks at the Pac-10’s non-conference schedules and has UW sixth in his weekly power poll (which includes Utah and Colorado).
—’s Greg Biggins has a recruiting update with some ominous news on two of UW’s top targets — RB Brendon Bigelow and OT Danny Shelton — saying that each right now is a lean to Oregon.
All for now, but I’ll be back for the chat at noon.



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