Saturday's Mountain West title game will feature the leagues top offense in Fresno State going up against the leagues top defense in Utah State. Now it is time to compare and take a look at the numbers between these two schools.
Yes, there are more indepth stats like yards per play and efficiency, but takes some time. Go take a look at Football Outsiders for some more nerdy stats, and the F/+ ratings between these two schools have Utah State at 36 with a 14.7 percent of F/+ and Fresno State is much lower at 52 at 4.1 percent.
Here are the key stats:
|Stat||Fresno State||Utah State|
|Total offense||580.6 yards per game||430.7 yards per game|
|Total defense||436.9 yards per game||321.5 yards per game|
|Scoring offense||47.3 points per game||33.9 points per game|
|Scoring defense||30.2 points per game||16.8 points per game|
|Passing offense||410.3 yards per game||240.3 yards per game|
|Passing defense||209.8 yards per game||280.5 yards per game|
|Rushing offense||170.36 yards per game||190.3 yards per game|
|Rushing defense||156.45 yards per game||111.67 yards per game|
|Third down conversion||44.64 percent||47.24 percent|
|Third down opp. conversion||37.1 percent||31.5 percent|
This just shows how much a battle that this game could be as it is a game featuring strength against strength on Saturday night. The key difference could be that Utah State's offense fare's better than Fresno State's defense, and that is the matchup that could determine the outcome of this game; assuming both teams strengths cancel each other out.