Oregon vs. UCLA, By the Numbers

Ezra Shaw

The Oregon Ducks take on the UCLA Bruins this weekend at Autzen Stadium. Let's take a look at how the teams stack up nationally in some key areas.

For the second week in a row, Oregon takes on a team that is coming off a loss against Stanford. The Bruins have played in some rough environments this year, defeating both Nebraska and Utah on the road earlier this year. The Cornhuskers game was especially impressive in that UCLA stepped on the gas in the second half and really blew the doors off Nebraska.

Here are some numbers on how the two teams stack up.

Offense

Rushing Yards per Attempt

1) Oregon - 7.05

53) UCLA - 4.6

Passing Yards per Attempt

5) Oregon - 10.2

22)   UCLA - 8.3

Total Yards per Play

2) Oregon - 8.28

27)   UCLA - 6.3

Defense

Rushing Yards per Attempt

19) Oregon - 3.25

24) UCLA - 3.47

Passing Yards per Attempt

2) Oregon - 5.4

19) UCLA - 6.1

Total Yards per Play

8) Oregon - 4.46

10)   UCLA - 4.64

Miscellaneous

Penalties Per Game

116) Oregon - 8.0

125) UCLA - 9.8

Turnover Margin

2) Oregon - 14

39) UCLA - 3

Penalties has been a point of emphasis for Jim Mora but it doesn't appear things have gotten any better in that area over the last few weeks. While Oregon has mostly remained unphased by their own penalties (as they have been since Chip Kelly took over) but UCLA has had struggles in key times of their games.

At a high level, Oregon's rushing attack, especially with the return of De'Anthony Thomas, should represent a major challenge for UCLA, however, the Bruins do have an elite linebacker in Anthony Barr which should make for a great matchup in the game.

Three questions to be answered this week.

  1. Can Oregon put pressure on Brett Hundley and force him into throwing more interceptions?
  2. How will the Ducks' running game perform against a stingy UCLA defense and linebacker Anthony Barr?
  3. Will Oregon be able to break through UCLA's great kickoff coverage to set up the offense for scores?
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