Statistically Speaking

As the Sooners of Oklahoma look to invade the Big Red Capitol, plenty of emotion will be raining down from the heavens plus between fans and players alike. In this week's edition of statistically speaking, we look at the two teams just after the midway point in the season and find out how well the two rivals stack up side by side along with learning some things about Oklahoma, or at least refreshing our memories.

Statistical Comparison of Oklahoma and Its YTD Opponents
[+ Favors Oklahoma, - Favors Opponents]
(as of October 25, 2005)

Statistic

OU

OPP

DIFF

Pts / G

25.1

24.6

+0.5

Yds / G

316.3

300.7

+15.6

Rushing Yds / G

155.9

76.9

+79.0

Passing Yds / G

160.4

223.9

-63.5

Yds / Play

4.4

4.5

-0.1

Rushing Yds / Car

3.6

2.5

+1.1

Passing Yds / Att

5.6

6.3

-0.7

Passing Yds / Cmp

10.9

11.6

-0.7

Passing Cmp %

51.0

54.2

-3.2

Punt Return Avg

6.7

7.3

-0.6

Yds / 7 Pts

88.1

85.7

-2.4

Plays / 7 Pts

20.2

19.0

-1.1

Rushing Play %

60.2

46.8

+13.4

Passing Play %

39.8

53.2

-13.4

Turnovers / G

2.6

2.1

-0.4

Fumbles / G

1.4

1.3

-0.1

Intercept / G

1.1

0.9

-0.3

Turnover %

3.6

3.2

-0.3

Fumble %

3.3

4.1

+0.8

Intercept %

4.0

2.4

-1.6

Created using Collegio Football 2006 (Datafile Date of October 25, 2005) - Available for FREE DOWNLOAD AND TRIAL at www.sophosoft.com

 

Observing the top two statistical categories, it appears that throughout the year, on average at least, Oklahoma has evened out (keep in mind they had to play a loaded Texas team), but had some almost odd slip ups (TCU and UCLA), though UCLA is understandable as their play has improved dramatically.

 

The Sooners have been able to maintain balance in their offense while keeping opponents at bay on the ground, but being a little more lenient through the air, much like Nebraska has with the exception of last week's disastrous effort versus Brad Smith and Missouri.  The rushing yards per carry would make me think one of two things: Either OU's line isn't up to snuff, at least by last year's comparison, which it's not, or Adrian Peterson hasn't been playing much lately, which he hasn't. 

 

They've been able to take advantage of yards gained once a completion is made through the air, but conversely, their opponents have been able to do even better and holds a better completion percentage.  Though the yardage may indicate differently, it appears Oklahoma has been going back towards the rushing attack, or at least attempting to at this point.  Defensively, turnovers have been about even, so much like in the Missouri game, even one turnover could be key.

 

Statistical Comparison of Nebraska and Its YTD Opponents
[+ Favors Nebraska, - Favors Opponents]
(as of October 25, 2005)

Statistic

NEB

OPP

DIFF

Pts / G

24.0

17.9

+6.1

Yds / G

324.9

322.6

+2.3

Rushing Yds / G

109.4

95.3

+14.1

Passing Yds / G

215.4

227.3

-11.9

Yds / Play

4.5

4.5

0.0

Rushing Yds / Car

3.1

2.6

+0.5

Passing Yds / Att

5.9

6.4

-0.5

Passing Yds / Cmp

11.1

11.8

-0.7

Passing Cmp %

53.5

54.7

-1.1

Punt Return Avg

14.6

6.6

+8.0

Yds / 7 Pts

94.7

126.4

+31.7

Plays / 7 Pts

21.0

28.3

+7.3

Rushing Play %

49.6

51.1

-1.5

Passing Play %

50.4

48.9

+1.5

Turnovers / G

2.3

2.0

-0.3

Fumbles / G

1.3

0.7

-0.6

Intercept / G

1.0

1.3

+0.3

Turnover %

3.2

2.8

-0.4

Fumble %

3.6

1.9

-1.7

Intercept %

2.8

3.6

+0.9

Created using Collegio Football 2006 (Datafile Date of October 25, 2005) - Available for FREE DOWNLOAD AND TRIAL at www.sophosoft.com

 

Though having breakdowns versus Texas Tech and Missouri, Nebraska has still managed to maintain a seven point advantage against its opposition overall this year and while the average yards per game about evens out, a seven point difference on the scoreboard this Saturday will make plenty of Cornhusker fans happy.

 

For the most part, the offensive production of both Nebraska and their opponents, in terms of yards, is fairly even save for the passing yards per completion category while Nebraska has a distinct advantage in the punt return category.  The Cornhuskers have, at times, done a solid job at forcing turnovers at very opportune times and it would behoove them to do so again this weekend.

 

With a youthful and somewhat banged up offensive line along with a quarterback and runningback situation that's somewhat fragile, Nebraska's defense could have a party in the OU backfield, however with Nebraska's offensive line woes, the same could be said for the Sooners.

 

- Oklahoma is currently ranked 71st in the country in scoring, 98th in offensive yardage per game, 45th in rushing yardage and 100th in passing yardage.  Conversely, the Cornhuskers are ranked 77th, 92nd, 97th and 69th, respectively.

 

- Defensively, Oklahoma is ranked 52nd in scoring defense, 17th in overall yardage defense, 3rd in rushing defense, and 47th in passing defense.  Nebraska ranks 17th, 25th, 9th and 32nd in those respective categories.

 

- In the last 11 years, Nebraska is 63-4 as a home favorite while Oklahoma is 8-16 as a road underdog.

 

Oklahoma Facts (More like reminders):

 

- Oklahoma lays claim to seven national championships, their last being in 2000 under current Head Coach Bob Stoops

 

- They have finished in the final AP poll 46 times, their most recent being last year at #3

 

- Their most recent bowl appearance was in last year's National Championship game versus USC where they were defeated by a score of 55-19.

 

- They claim 21 members of the College Football Hall of Fame including Keith Jackson, Greg Pruitt, Billy Sims, Bud Wilkinson and Barry Switzer.  They also claim two members of the NFL Hall of Fame: Lee Roy Selmon and Tommy McDonald.

 

- Former Quarterback Jason White earned the Maxwell, Unitas, O'Brien and even the coveted Heisman Trophy during his tenure.  The Sooners have had four players win the Heisman Trophy.

 

- 66 Sooners can call themselves Consensus All-Americans including Adrian Peterson and Jammal Brown from last year's squad. 

 

- Oklahoma claims 20 Academics All-Americans with the last being Renaldo Works, a runningback, in 2003.

 

- Last year, they had 11 players drafted into the NFL alone

 

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