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Colorado Buffaloes Vs. Arizona State Sun Devils: A Statistical Preview

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Previewing the Buffs - Sun Devils game from a statistical perspective. This week is a scary, scary sight.

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Advantage Conf National Actual Category Actual National Conf
Rank Rank Rank Rank
http://www.extremebaseball.org/asu-logo-140.gif height= 10 104 118 Rushing Offense 173.20 55 5
http://www.extremebaseball.org/asu-logo-140.gif height= 10 72 223.80 Passing Offense 283 32 5
http://www.extremebaseball.org/asu-logo-140.gif height= 10 100 341.80 Total Offense 156.20 34 5
http://www.extremebaseball.org/asu-logo-140.gif height= 12 100 21.60 Scoring Offense 38.40 23 2
http://www.extremebaseball.org/asu-logo-140.gif height= 9 71 165.60 Rushing Defense 139.20 51 6
http://www.extremebaseball.org/asu-logo-140.gif height= 12 114 154.62 Pass Efficiency Defense 90.25 4 1
http://www.extremebaseball.org/asu-logo-140.gif height= 11 107 474.40 Total Defense 276.20 10 1
http://www.extremebaseball.org/asu-logo-140.gif height= 12 115 39.40 Scoring Defense 13.60 12 1
http://www.viewfromrockytop.com/wp-images/logos/colorado_logo.png 6 36 38.94 Net Punting 35.70 85 11
http://www.extremebaseball.org/asu-logo-140.gif height= 11 89 5.50 Punt Returns 9 53 7
http://www.extremebaseball.org/asu-logo-140.gif height= 7 79 19.96 Kickoff Returns 20.36 73 6
http://www.extremebaseball.org/asu-logo-140.gif height= 11 94 -.80 Turnover Margin .80 26 2
http://www.extremebaseball.org/asu-logo-140.gif height= 12 115 308.80 Pass Defense 137 4 1
http://www.extremebaseball.org/asu-logo-140.gif height= 11 98 118.60 Passing Efficiency 167.40 7 1
http://www.extremebaseball.org/asu-logo-140.gif height= 9 48 2.20 Sacks 4.20 3 1
http://www.extremebaseball.org/asu-logo-140.gif height= 7 30 7 Tackles For Loss 9.80 2 1
http://www.extremebaseball.org/asu-logo-140.gif height= 11 119 4.40 Sacks Allowed 2.20 78 5


Get used to that look because odds are good you'll be seeing something similar for the next month or so...

You're going to hear me harp about this a lot for the next two days, but take a lot of these rankings for the Sun Devils with a grain of salt. If before the season had started you had told me the Sun Devils had wins over Illinois, Utah and Cal with a close road loss against Missouri and I would have been thoroughly impressed. However, Illinois is far and away the worst team in the B1G, Missouri is a mess, Utah has been a huge disappointment and Cal was a train wreck until this weeks win over UCLA. This ASU team is good a lot sooner than expected but we still have a lot to learn about Todd Graham's team.

Be very afraid of this Sun Devil defensive line. They are averaging over four sacks a game with a ton more pressure on the opposing quarterbacks. If the ASU pass rushers are allowed to pin their ears back without consequences Jordan Webb is going to be running for his life.

Damn, the Pac-12 has some high-quality punting. 36th nationally, yet only 6th in the conference. The kicking game is one area where the Buffaloes have a clear advantage over ASU and the could be big if the game comes down to a field goal either way...