MAPS© Report on the Cougs : Week 5

THE MAPS© football metric measures the value of a defense and offense in ways other more traditional statistics do not. Today, we see how the Cougars measure up in comparison to the Pac-12 through Week 5.

For a detailed introduction on MAPS©, (Modified Aggregate Points Scored) click here for the CF.C article.

Washington State: Any time your offense is producing more points for the opponent than themselves, your team is doomed. I said WSU needed to eliminate turnovers to stand a chance against Stanford and we all saw what happened. But even with the two pick-sixes removed from the defense's rap sheet, this was undoubtedly the Cougar D's worst performance this season. The stop corps gave up seven drives of 46 yards or more and never provided the offense with field position better than their own 30-yard line. For the Cougs, neither side of the ball gave the other a chance.

Cal: It should be noted that Cal has faced some top notch offenses this season (Oregon and Ohio State both rank in the Top 6 nationally). But the Bears' defense has been a disaster all the same. They simply do not generate the kind of sacks and turnovers needed to withstand the number of touchdown drives they surrender.

Oregon: As good as Stanford may look on the field, Oregon is in a statistical class of its own. Everyone talks about the Ducks' offense, but teams should really be worried about their defense. Against Cal last week the Oregon defense opened with four straight fumble recoveries, forcing a punt, a pick, two fourth down stops, two more punts, and another fourth down turnover. That's a whoopin'. Oregon's first five possessions all came inside Cal's 40 yard line. Not hard to put up big scoreboard numbers with that kind of field position.

USC: I sure did not see USC's defensive collapse coming against ASU -- they had been stellar to that point. Cody Kessler did give up a pick-six, but I would have never guessed the Trojan defense was capable of surrendering 50 points on their own.

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