Football: Cal in the NCAA stats

Here’s how the Bears stack up in the NCAA statistics after two weeks: 

The Good . . .

Total offense — No. 1 Jared Goff: 458.0 yards per game

Passing yards — No. 1 Jared Goff: 935 yards

Receptions per game — tied No. 2 Bryce Treggs: 10.5;  No. 21 Chris Harper: 7.5

Receiving yards per game — No. 8 Bryce Treggs: 133.0 ;  No. 31 Chris Harper: 104.5

Team total offense — No. 9: 582.5 yards per game

First downs — No. 5: 30.5 per game

Third-down efficiency offense — No. 34: .488

Net team punting — No. 18: 41.9 yards

The Bad . . .  

Sacks — tied No. 67: 1.5 per game

Third-down efficiency defense — No. 70: .393

The Ugly . . .

Team scoring defense — tied No. 104: 37.0 points per game

Team total defense — No. 116: 530.5 yards per game

Team rushing defense — No. 109: 227.0 yards per game

Team pass efficiency defense — No. 87: 141.7 rating

Team rushing offense — No. 98: 110 yards per game

Sacks allowed — tied No. 117: 4.5 per game

Jeff Faraudo

  • bigdruid

    Per game stands are misleading due to the number of plays both ways. Better stats would be per-play or pts per possession.

    Efficiency stats are telling though.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    How about your latest APR scores?

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Lies, damn lies, and statistics.

    Well, the stats show Buh may be in over his head. You simply cannot play a 4-3 without truly dominant DLs, especially if you are not going to blitz.

    In a 3-4, you still tend to send 4 guys on the pass rush each down, but the OL must identify which of the LBs is coming. Once a problem for OLs, the practice has become part of the standard game, though still effective and something the OL is always dealing with mentally.

    Against a 4-3, they know who is where. A stunt is nothing to an OL compared to figuring out which LB in a 3-4 is coming. The result is very limited pressure unless your DL is simply better than an OL (good luck finding a Pac 12 OL that can’t handle a basic 4-3).

    This is going to be a huge problem if it continues, but hey, it’s “what I (Buh) know(s).”

  • rollonubears

    not sure why we don’t do a 2-5 if we’re not going to get an pressure anyway. these numbers probably aren’t going to look as good on offense after ohio state and oregon, and i really worry about the defense. how can you be ok with having a great offense and one of the worst defenses in the country, year after year. he should have hired someone like tedford did, to just handle the whole defense like it was its own team.

  • 1brsfan

    It’s about to get even uglier. I wonder if Dykes has the cojones to drop Buh mid-season like Mack Brown just did to his DC. It’s understandable vs. Northwestern but not against PSU. I know we had 5 “starters” out but the backups are still Pac-12 level players.

  • Gobears49

    Wisdom Cow,

    For the most part, a good technical post. But I don’t understand the following sentence in your post, which was written assuming a defense is in a 4 – 3 defense — “A stunt is nothing to an OL compared to figuring out which LB in a 3-4 is coming.”

    How can a stunt while in a 4 – 3 defense be easier for an OL to handle than figuring out what linebacker is coming in a 3 -4, which you said would be normal. Wouldn’t the offensive line have the same difficulty figuring out what linebacker is coming in a 4 – 3, not to mention the added difficulty of blocking five guys coming out of the 4 – 3 as opposed to four guys coming out of the 3 – 4. But maybe I’m missing something.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    The scheme doesn’t matter if the top players are out. This team is going to struggle on defense this season – there is no way around it. Sebastian was the best player we had out there and he is out. Forbes and Scarlett may be the next best 2 players and they are out. McCain was out on Saturday. Lowe got banged up early. Broussard is out for the year. All of these guys were supposed to contribute heavily.

    The fall-off from them to their backups is significant. We can talk all we want about scheme, its the players that matter.

    Go Bears!

  • Rollonubears

    The performance on Saturday wasn’t even worthy of a d3 practice squad. That’s on the coach. He did make halftime adjustments but no matter what offense an fcs team throws at us, our second team should be able to handle it without lookin like they’re getting owned.

  • Gobears49

    And probably the fall-off from the backups to the guys who were third string and are now playing is also significant. But like Buh said, we’re getting a ton of experience for all of the backup players this year. Will hurt us now but will help us next year and thereafter.

    I’m not a fan of Buh, given his prior history and the fact that he said he only knows the 4 – 3 defense (Dykes said he adjusts his offense to the type of players he has, but only run one type of defense, regardless of what best suits their level of talent — obviously contradictory). But you really can’t judge Buh now, other than his inflexibility to run a defense that best suits the talents and availability of his players, when he is facing such adversity with an absurd number of his best players being out.

  • BlueNGold

    What I saw on Saturday was a lot of poor execution by our D. Missed tackles, soft pass coverage and failure to get any real pressure on their QB. It got better in the 2nd half, but a lot more improvement and just fundamental aggressive play is needed. We will need to see major improvement against OSU or we will get buried on Saturday.

  • calweasel

    Bingo. Ugly it up, keep the ball in front of you, takes them longer to score, fewer points scored, so we have a better chance. And if we can force a turnover or two with all those guys off the line, then so much the better.

  • BlueNGold

    Moron, after being absent from this blog for most of the off season, you suddenly rear up and reappear like the hemorrhoid that you are. Congratulations. You have proven irrefutably that you are, in fact, a serial stalker. Get professional help. You need it.

  • 93BearInOregon


    You may be confusing “stunt” with “blitz” in Wisdom Cow’s post. A stunt refers to the D linemen mixing up which OL gap they aim for; as in Moala (say) lining up to Coleman’s left, but instead of each guy bullrushing straight ahead Moala runs behind Coleman and attacks the gap to his right.

    While stunts can indeed confuse the O-line (which is their purpose), Wisdom’s point seemed to be that this potential confusion is easier to sort out for the O-line than the 3-4 LB guessing game. In the 4-3 stunt case, the O-line knows who is coming – they just have to adjust to which gap each guy hits. In the 3-4 case the O-line knows that typically one of the LBs is coming on the rush, but they have no idea which one. And since they can be spread pretty far apart it can be harder to account for.

    At least that’s what I think Wisdom is saying. Not being a real football guy myself I don’t know whether his point is actually true, but it makes sense to me in concept.

  • The Wisdom Cow


  • Gobears49


    Thanks for the good explanation. I know a lot of football — been watching it for years (though I have given up, for the most part, watching the pro’s) and played varsity football in high school, but have never really thought what a “stunt” meant. You explained it well.