In the first of many previews of Stanford I take a look at some key statistics courtesy of cfbstats.com.
Stanford ranks first nationally in 3rd down conversions (57.76%), which makes their 24.8 first downs per game (9th) a little less surprising. Conversely, Virginia Tech is holding opponents to 34.95% 3rd down conversions (21st) and 17.3 total first downs (T-20th). Stanford also converts 73.33% of 4th downs (T-9th).
Stanford controls the clock. The Cardinal leads the nation in time of possession holding the ball an average 35:07.58 a game.
Stanford scores an average of 40.3 points per game (8th). They gain an average of 466.8 yards per game (14th). Stanford’s butter in the red zone putting up points in 88.41% of their trips (17th: 47 TDs, 14 FGs).
Stanford is third overall in turnover margin (1.17). Virginia Tech leads the nation in turnover margin (1.38).