tOSU vs. Oregon - Offensive Comparison against Cal

Bubba 81's picture
September 29, 2013 at 11:15p


Since everyone in the national media is impressed with Oregon's offense. I thought it would be interesting to compare tOSU offensive performance and Oregon's offensive performance against a common opponent -- Cal.

Here are the numbers.

Ohio State vs Cal
52 points
608 total yards
276 passing - 8.6 yards per play
332 rushing - 6.0 yards per play
27 - 1st downs
33:55 T.O.P.

Oregon vs. Cal
55 points
381 total yards
117 passing - 4.5 yards per play
264 rushing 5.5 yards per play
21 - 1st downs
27:59 T.O.P.

tOSU performed better from an overall offensive standpoint. Oregon had a plus 3 in points but tOSU put up better numbers in all other categories albeit with our backup QB & back up RB. ( Kenny G & J. Hall ) 

Understanding that Cal's QB was injured early in the Oregon game...comparing defensive stats seemed like an inconsistent comparison. With Jared Goff removed from early the game, Oregon had better defensive stats with about 150 less yards than tOSU against a common opponent. Oregon also had 5 turnovers which helped reduced Cal's offensive performance / stats. Also to note: the weather in the Oregon / Cal probably reduced the passing stats, but tOSU still held the rushing advantage in yards and average yards per carry. 

A dangerous thought is that tOSU still seems like is has yet to peak regarding the offensive potential. With Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde back in as starters and the continued development of D. Wilson...this could be one of the most dangerous offenses in the country. The folks at the AP, ESPN, media etc..., put Oregon as the most dangerous offense. I doubt anyone in those circles will analyze the comparison, and even if the did probably would not report it. They tend to forget that  tOSU beat Chip Kelley's Oregon just a few years ago with Tressel & J. Bollman directing the offense. 

tOSU offensive should be peaking by the time the bowl games are played and that could and should be a scary to any opponent with Urban Meyer and Tom Herman combining there offensive Jedi powers. Go Bucks. 

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OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Oregon is fun to watch - I'll admit it.  But I really don't understand why the national media is in love with them.  They've never won a non-Pac12 big time game that I can remember?  Tennessee doesn't count.  I'm talking about losing to LSU in the opener a couple years ago.  Losing to us in the Rose Bowl, etc. etc.  It just seems like they're always close but no cigar.  There's a long list of teams in that category - I guess Oregon just has sex appeal.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

But I really don't understand why the national media is in love with them.

Nike influence.

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OSU_ALUM_05's picture

definitely plays a big role

Yeti's have feelings too.

wojodta's picture

What about the last couple BCS bowls? Anyways I can't stand Oregon. I think they get all the attention because of their flashy unis and their flashy offense. The difference I see between them & OSU offensively is that Oregon purposely tries to run the score up as high as possible to wow the media while OSU tends to take the foot off the gas later in the game.

OSUbonobo23's picture

I go to grad school at Oregon and you clearly don't watch the games. Like many teams they rack up a lot of first half points against weaker opponents. This is my 3rd year here and I can't tell you how many times the 2nd half has just turned into a runfest because of all the 1st half points. Whether or not they score, they frequently slow their tempo down when they are crushing opponents. Nothing different than what Ohio State has done. Autzen Stadium frequently sees its fans empty out after the 1st half because of the huge lead and the impending 2nd half runfest (sadly). 

Football, offensively at least, is about scoring. Nothing in the rule books about running up the score or when to go for 2 points. Oregon shouldn't be criticized, or Ohio State for that matter, when they light up the scoreboard. THat is the point after all correct? Additionally, you don't get the chance to practice against opposing teams throughout the year, so why not treat a blowout like a practice and continue to work on your offense? 

If coaches want to run the time down in a quarter or have a running clock, then whatever be my guest. But for coaches to tank it and try to run up the middle, to essentially punt and give the ball back to the other team has become ridiculous. I guess basketball teams that are winning a blowout should just throw the ball off the backboard or hand it to the other team to make them feel better.

I put the The, in The Ohio State Univeristy.

droessl's picture

Football, offensively at least, is about scoring.

wojodta's picture

I wasn't criticizing them. I was just pointing it out that they are in general more aggressive.

Jonnferrell's picture

I seem to remember them defeating TTUN in the big house several years ago.  I don't know if you count that as a non-Pac-12 big time game.

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AcrossTheField11's picture

Don't forget about this gem...

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

southbay's picture

Not sure how much it affected Oregon's offense, but it sure looked like they had a real gully-washer up there, as Jed Clampett used to say.
That's a reference to the old Beverly Hillbillies TV show, for all you folks under a certain age.  Heavy rain.
Good job on those stats, thanks!

Jack Fu's picture

^ This. From the highlights, it looked like it was being played in a goddamn Cambodian jungle. Any comparisons between the two games would've been flimsy at best; the heavy rain makes them essentially irrelevant.

Davep160's picture

To be fair it was raining like hell when Oregon played them.  

BSTP DeCon's picture

Thanks for doing this. Is pretty great to see the differences with what seems, ESPN's favorite offense or at least their number two.

KBonay's picture

Oregon's offense stats are low because they were on short field all night. Cal went for it on 4th too many times. Oregon also had two kick returns for TD's, taking yardage away from an offense that would have gotten it against that D. 
If you watched the game, Oregon dominated. Not saying we didn't, but we did give up some yardage & points. 
While stats are fun, nothing compares like the old eyeball test. I was at the Cal game. And I watched the Ducks game Saturday. I would vote them #2 if not #1 right now. I would love to play them again. It would be a FUN game. 

KBonay's picture

I even said this last night in a post. Oregon isn't dumb. They know we are right behind them in the polls and just played Cal. They kept first team D in midway through 3 qtr (they were in when Cal finally scored). And Mariota was still in AND throwing in the 3rd qtr when they were up 48. Since his stat line was so weak, they needed to pad it for his Heisman campaign. Not to mention getting the score up too. 

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Yeah it was terrible conditions.. Goff didn't get hurt, he got pulled because for whatever reason je couldn't grip a wet ball. Cal lost a fumble on their first 4 series setting up Oregon with a short field each time and went for it on 4th a few times. Had it been good weather they probably wouldve put up 700+ yards and more points.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Cal might have done the same.

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illich's picture

How about Northwestern/Cal stats vs. OSU/Cal?

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gobucks96's picture

The weather took cal out of it before Oregon could.. Cal lost the ball everytime before they could get past the 40..

BuckeyeQ6's picture

I think our offense would have been even better with Hyde in there as a 1-2 punch with Hall.  He would have bulldozed them.
In spite of all the talk about the all new D-line and lack of quality LBs, I think our secondary is not as strong as we thought it would be going by Cal and Wisconsin.  Stopping NW will be an interesting test, though I think we can outpace them for sure.  We should be better on both sides of the ball.

HighBallAce's picture

I would be interested in seeing the stats for Cal vs. Northwestern as well..

darbnurb's picture

You are comparing apples to oranges.  And yes, its possible to grow oranges in Oregon.  

Larryp713's picture

You really cannot compare the two games. We played Cal in Berkely, and even with Buckeye Nation representing, the trip and time adjustments were a challenge Oregon did not face. Oregon played them in rainy conditions, at home in front of a great crowd, and the frosh QB for Cal had a very tough time adjusting. Oregon was gifted the ball several times.
Oregon is for real. There is no question about it. I think it would be a great game, between Ohio State and the Ducks. I just don't think you can pull a lot from the two Cal games.