06 October 2010
It's Thursday! And that means that it's time for our weekly Stat Match-Up analysis. Both MSU and UH, will be looking for their 4th win of the 2010 season-this weekend. The Cougars (3-1), however, have some statistics on their side for this non-conference series. Houston is currently riding an 18 game winning streak within the confines of their Robertson Stadium. And, UH holds a 4-3 record vs MSU at home. Before we get into our stats breakdown, let's take a look at some more of the history between MSU and UH.
- The 2 schools first met in 1956, UH won 18-7.
- Last season, UH won 31-24
- UH leads all time series with MSU 9-6 (60%).
- UH, as mentioned previously, holds a 4-3 edge over MSU at home.
- Average score in the series: UH 23 MSU 15
With that said, here's how the 2 stack up against each other, and the rest of the nation:
|Total Off.||392 ypg (53rd)||465 ypg (19th)|
|Rush Off.||172 ypg(48th)||185 ypg (37th)|
|Pass Off.||220 ypg (65th)||280 ypg (22nd)|
|Scoring Off.||28 ppg (57th)||44 ppg (6th)|
|Total Def.||313 ypg (32nd)||370 ypg (72nd)|
|Rush Def.||126 ypg (39th)||162 ypg(78th)|
|Pass Def.||186 ypg (44th)||207 ypg (63rd)|
|Scoring Def.||16 ppg (22nd)||26 ppg (78th)|
-Cougar RB Bryce Beall is ranked 25th in the nation in rushing (104 ypg), and tied for 2nd in scoring (13.5 ppg). MSU's RB Vick Ballard is tied for 12th in scoring (10.8 ppg). When looking at the stats, you can't help but consider who MSU and UH have played thus far. State has faced the likes of Auburn, LSU, and UGA, while UH has UCLA, UTEP, and Tulane on their resume'. Even though some of these opponents can refute the strength of a certain team's schedule, the average college football fan would have to say that MSU has played the tougher stretch. It will also be interesting to see how UH's offensive stats survive Keenum's absence, considering that their rankings have dropped out of the top 10 already.
Dan Mullen on the UH Cougars: "We’re going to have to play real well. They’re a very explosive offense that we’re playing this week. But I think our team has had a pretty solid week of practice so far. We’re getting some guys healthy that have been banged up a little bit." On last year's loss: "We just didn’t play a complete football game, and had plenty of opportunities to win.”
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