MAPS© Report on the Cougs : Week 6

AS THE COUGS prepare to face the quarterback who leads the nation in passing yards this Saturday, don't forget about what happened last week. Because the Cougs' game at Cal was a good example of how the MAPS© can lend proper context, particularly on defense.

Look at it on paper and it's awfully concerning – WSU giving up 585 yards of total offense.

But this was a game where the WSU defense was better than the yards it surrendered. How so?

Because five takeaways make up for a lot of yards.

Cal moved the ball well in the first half but the Cougs made plays that protected the scoreboard.

And the second half was all Cougs, Cal only got one score in its final eight possessions.

So will the MAPS show similarly this week - will the Cougs give up a bunch of passing yards to Oregon State's Sean Mannion and crew, but still keep them off the scoreboard?

Meanwhile, the WSU offense could have done better on their MAPS at Cal but hurt their score later in the game.

The Cougs got a mere three points out of two possessions they received in Cal's redzone.

The MAPS gives UW a clear edge in their game over Stanford. This is because of special teams play -- Stanford got a kickoff return for a touchdown and another went to UW's 19 yard line. MAPS does not punish UW's defense for this, nor reward Stanford's offense. But it was largely the difference in the game.

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