Statistical Comparison of the 2009 Las Vegas Bowl: #20 Oregon State vs. #14 BYU

This is the only bowl game outside of the BCS games that features two top 20 teams and only the third of the non-BCS to be between ranked teams.  This should be a very good matchup, because first of all Oregon State was a few points away from defeating Oregon and going to the Rose Bowl. 

On the other hand BYU is making their fifth straight appearance to the Las Vegas Bowl.  Last year BYU only practiced a few times and did not take their practices or in fact the game all that seriously.  This time seems to be different because the opponent is a high quality one with 20th ranked Oregon State.  Also, a win by BYU could vault them to the top 10.

Now on to statistically break down and blindly judge who is going to win this game:

Category Edge
Scoring Offense 34.8 PPG 32.4 PPG
Rushing Offense 148.17 YPG 144.17 YPG
Passing Offense 288.8 YPG 275.3 YPG
Total Offense 436.9 YPG 419.4 YPG
Penalties 66 YPG 56.4 YPG
Scoring Defense 21.7 PPG 23.4 PPG
Rushing Defense 112 YPG 114.25 YPG
Passing Defense 219.1 YPG 238.7 YPG
Total Defense 331.1 YPG 352.9 YPG
Turnovers Lost (Season) 22 8
Turnovers Margin
-.08 per game .50 per game
Third Down Conversions 55.48% 47.31%
Third Down Defense 38.95% 35.95%
Red Zone Offense 87.50% 96.30%
Red Zone Defense 80% 82.50%

Very surprised how much more categories that BYU is ahead of Oregon State.  The reasoning could be that the Pac-10 was a tougher league then the Mountain West this year.  This should be one of the better bowl games of the season.

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