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Saturday, November 26, 2005

42 Points

Should USC be worried about giving up 42 points and the apparent discrepancies between our defense and Texas'?

Probably not, we're still doing very well in perhaps Carrol's most stressed defensive statistical category -- turnover margin. The fact we lead the nation in interceptions with this patch work secondary in pretty incredible.

Here's some comparative figures, and these are all BEFORE Texas' terrible statistical game against A & M.

Total Offense
USC -- #1 -- 571 ypg
Texas -- #2 -- 528 ypg

Scoring Offense
USC -- #2 -- 48.55 ppg
Texas -- #1 -- 50.10 ppg

Total Defense
USC -- #43 -- 351 ypg
Texas -- #6 --278 ypg

Scoring Defense
USC -- #33 -- 31.9 ppg
Texas -- #5 -- 14.3 ppg

Turnover margin
USC -- #1 -- +1.91/game (Also, #1 in total interceptions)
Texas -- #42 -- +.3/game

The statistics deserve to be put into context however. Let's look at the offensive statistics of the opponents of both Texas and USC.

Opponents Total Offense
Arizona St. #3 -- 518 ypg
Texas Tech #4 -- 511 ypg
Washington St. #9 -- 489 ypg
Notre Dame #10 -- 472 ypg
Hawaii #11 -- 468 ypg
Oregon #15 -- 449 ypg
Texas A & M #16 -- 447 ypg
UCLA #17 -- 444 ypg
California #29 -- 424 ypg
Missouri #30 -- 423 ypg
Fresno St. #35 -- 412 ypg
Ohio St. #38 -- 405 ypg
UL - Lafayette #55 -- 383 ypg
Colorado #56 -- 380 ypg
Arkansas #61 -- 372 ypg
Washington #72 -- 358 ypg
Arizona #77 -- 348 ypg
Oklahoma St. #82 -- 343 ypg

Oklahoma #88 -- 334 ypg
Rice #90 -- 331 ypg
Baylor #97 -- 318 ypg

Stanford #98 -- 314 ypg
Kansas #103 -- 304 ypg

USC faced 6 Top 20 offenses. Texas faced 2 Top 20 offenses. USC's opponents average 422 ypg. Texas' opponents average 351 ypg!

The Pac 10 is an offensive powerhouse. Beyond Texas, the Big 12 couldn't find offense with the help of an electrified offense finding machine. A better measure is the difference between the two teams total defense and the average opponent offense. USC held their opponents 71 yards under their average. Texas held their opponents 73 yards under their average. Pretty close. Throw in USC's domination in forcing turnovers (although obviously the Pac 10, throwing the ball more, is more likely to turn it over than the Big 12) and I'll take our defense versus Texas' any day of the week.


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