Tonight: Kiffin vs. Tedford
Published: Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:25
Midnight Update> Student has beaten the teacher (USC wins 30-9). Not surprisingly (see below), Cal ended the game with 16 more yards on offense than USC. The difference was that Cal turned it over 5 times. For what it's worth (and in this game it wasn't worth much), Cal averaged 21 yards on it's two punt returns.
Tonight USC takes on Cal (ESPN 9pm EST) up in San Fran (AT&T Park). Lane Kiffin versus his mentor Jeff Tedford.
While offensive coordinator at Fresno State in the early 90's, Jeff Tedford had put together one of the best offenses in the country in back to back seasons. Kiffin, a high school quarterback, wanted to learn from the best and chose to play for Tedford. The story goes that Kiffin realized fairly quickly that his best shot at the NFL was as a coach rather than a QB and he gave up playing and became a student assistant under Tedford.
Interested to see how the two compare this season on paper, our staff took a look at the statistics for both teams, and the similarities are amazing. Offensively, USC averages 454.4 yards of total offense per game, Cal averages 458.0 yards (a difference of only 3.6 yards per game). Also worth noting, USC is averaging 317.8 yards per game through the air while Cal averages 300.4.
Even though neither is considered a defensive coach, the similarities on that side of the ball are surprising as well. Cal is allowing 26.4 points per game, while USC is allowing 28. Pass efficiency is surprisingly close as well. Cal is allowing a 135.94 pass efficiency rating while USC allows 137.6.
The biggest difference that we found between the two was that USC is averaging just over 9 yards per punt return, while Cal averages just over 1.5 yards per return.
In noticing Cal's 1.5 yards per return, we also noticed that both Nevada and Wyoming currently show negative return yards on the season. We know it's not this easy; but catch the ball and run up the field. For better tips, call either Ole Miss, Marshall or UAB all of whom are averaging over 20 yards per return (Ole Miss is averaging nearly 32 yards per return!?).