Here is a quick look at some Pac-12 numbers and how they stack up nationally.
You can see Week 12 numbers here.
Number to the left is national rank.
Total offense (yards per game)
4. Oregon, 548.27
8. Arizona, 521.82
16. UCLA, 488.55
27. USC, 467.45
Note: USC's average went up. Didn't help. Oregon's went down. That hurt.
Passing offense (yards per game)
10. Washington State, 328.64
20. USC, 307.0
22. Oregon State, 303.4
24. Arizona, 297.0
Note: All of these passing attacks will be tested by good defenses this week. How much will USC pass with backup quarterback Max Wittek against Notre Dame?
Rushing defense (yards per game)
2. Stanford, 71.18
14. Oregon State, 108.7
26. Utah, 129.64
Note: Stanford's number went up substantially from its 58.6 yards per game of last week. But the esteem for the Cardinal run defense nonetheless also went up substantially. Now how will the Beavers run defense do against the Ducks?
Scoring defense (points per game)
10. Stanford, 16.91
21. Oregon State, 18.6
27. Oregon, 21.82
Note: We asked last week how much Stanford's 17. 2 ppg would go up after playing Oregon. Guess what? It went down. How many teams can say their points per game average went down after playing the Ducks? Two pretty good defenses in the Civil War by the way.
Third-down defense (percentage)
6. Stanford, 28.99
7. Oregon State, 28.99
15. Oregon, 30.77
19. UCLA, 31.06
26. Arizona State, 32.95
Note: Third down will be big in the Civil War. And the Stanford-UCLA game. And the Arizona-Arizona State game. You'll note that the top-four teams in the conference do pretty well with this stat, which is underrated.
Sacks per game
1. Arizona State, 4.27
2. Stanford, 4.0
4. USC, 3.82
5. UCLA, 3.45
11. Washington State, 2.91
Note: Arizona quarterback Matt Scott has had concussion issues late in the season. He needs to be careful against the Sun Devils. Quarterbacks in the Stanford-UCLA game should do the same.
Sacks allowed (per game)
100. Washington, 2.82
110. UCLA, 3.27
112. Arizona State, 3.36
114. California, 3.42
119. Colorado, 4.27
120. Washington State, 4.82
Note: My take-away here is this: How tough are UCLA redshirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley and Arizona State sophomore quarterback Taylor Kelly? These young, first-year starters have taken a beating but still -- mostly -- have played at a high level.
2. Oregon, 32
6. USC, 29
8. UCLA, 28
8. Washington, 28
14. Oregon State, 26
16. Arizona State, 25
27. California, 23
27. Stanford, 23
Note: Oregon State moves up here after forcing four turnovers from California. The Civil War turnover battle will be interesting.
Penalty yards per game
10. Arizona State, 31.18
And then there's:
90. Oregon State, 66.30
93. Utah, 63.36
93. Arizona, 61.64
100. Washington State, 63.18
111. Washington, 75.45
112. Oregon, 73.18
116. California, 83.0
119. USC, 71.18
120 UCLA, 82.18
Note: Sometimes bad teams get a lot of penalties. Sometimes good teams do also. I think we all hope that Pac-12 officials will try to be less a part of the game in coming years.
Rushing yards per game
1. Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona, 144.09
5. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA, 131.0
6. Kenjon Barner, Oregon, 129.64
18. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford, 111.09
27. Bishop Sankey, Washington, 104.55
Note: Carey could become the first Arizona running back to win the national rushing title. He and Sankey are the only non-seniors here.
6. Marcus Mariota, Oregon
14. Matt Barkley, USC
15. Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
17. Brett Hundley, UCLA
Note: Mariota was No. 1 before facing the Stanford defense. Kelly climbed up from 24th and reversed some recent struggles in a blowout win over Washington State. Who's the best quarterback in LA this year?
Receiving yards per game
2. Marqise Lee, USC, 145.91
10. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, 103.9
11. Austin Hill, Arizona, 101.73
14. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State, 98.6
Note: I voted Lee No. 1 on my Heisman poll this week. Why? He's the best player in college football. Not a lot of peaks and valleys for him this year, either, unlike most of the other candidates.
Sacks (per game)
4. Anthony Barr, UCLA, 1.09
5. Will Sutton, Arizona State, 1.05
6. Morgan Breslin, USC, 1.05
14. Scott Crichton, Oregon State, 0.9
15. Travis Long, Washington State, 0.86
15. Carl Bradford, Arizona State, 0.86
26. Trent Murphy, Stanford, 0.77
Note: Barr delivered the blow that injured Barkley. He may be the Pac-12 defensive player of the year, though the first name in the next category will get some consideration too.
Interceptions (per game)
2. Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, 0.67
9. Ed Reynolds, Stanford, 0.45
14. Sheldon Price, UCLA, 0.40
19. Keelan Johnson, Arizona State, 0.36
19. Deone Bucannon, Washington State, 0.36
19. Andrew Abbott, UCLA, 0.36
19. Dion Bailey, USC, 0.436
Note: Who's more valuable to his team: Poyer or Barr? Both came up big last week. Let's see what they do this week.