Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

TCU-WVU Key Stats; Big 12 Brain Scramblers

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

TCU-WVU Key Stats; Big 12 Brain Scramblers

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Those with my job aren't known for crunching abs.

I get it. We get it.

What we do end up crunching, however, are numbers.

Heading into Saturday's Big 12 game between TCU and WVU, for instance, I can tell you the Mountaineers have been whistled for 21 fewer penalties than the Horned Frogs and are ranked No. 14 nationally in the category. Fine. I can almost hear you yawning.

But I do have sexier stats, like this: West Virginia is boasting the nation's No. 7 total offense (534.2 yards per game) and TCU has the nation's No. 9 total offense (530.7).

Does that wake you up? It should if you plan on attending or watching. In theory, the game should provide many fireworks.

But if you want more telling stats, dive a little deeper with me.

As written, TCU's offense has been kickin' it. The Horned Frogs' passing offense is No. 6 nationally, averaging 362.5 yards. Quarterback Kenny Hill is No. 4 in passing yards per game (357) and No. 5 in total offense (391).

Yet when it comes to passing efficiency, Hill is only No. 48.

Meanwhile, West Virginia's pass defense is ranked No. 90 nationally, allowing an average of 250.8 yards through the air. Yet in pass efficiency defense, it is now No. 15.

If WVU wins on Saturday, it will be another amen to what Mountaineer defensive coordinator Tony Gibson has been preaching.

And the numbers heading into the TCU game make his eyes light up.

"Yeah because efficiency works off of attempts and completions, obviously, but also touchdown passes, Gibson said.

Interceptions and yards are also incorporated in the figures.

"We've been doing a really good job in those things, Gibson said. "That's why our numbers are good.

It dovetails a bit into what we covered last week in this space.

"If you go off yards in this [Big 12] league you're going to scramble your brain a little bit, Gibson said. …

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