'By the Numbers' — New math for Vols

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1 — Number of offensive plays run by Oklahoma before Idaho State called its first timeout. For the record, the Sooners’ first play was a 34-yard completion from Landry Jones to Ryan Broyles (pictured).

3.5 — Margin of victory in the ACC’s two conference games so far this season (Miami over Florida State, 38-34; Georgia Tech over Clemson, 30-27).

4 — Ohio State drives that began on USC’s side of the field. The Buckeyes only came up with two field goals from those opportunities.

5 — Losses by Big 12 teams to opponents from non-automatic qualifier conferences so far this season. The rest of the BCS automatic qualifier conferences have combined for only four such losses.

5 — Interceptions this season by UCLA sophomore defensive back Rahim Moore, who incredibly had number six wiped out near the end of the Tennessee game due to a phantom offsides penalty.

7 — Most plays Virginia ran on any of its 14 possessions in a 30-14 loss at home to TCU. Six of those possessions were of the three-and-punt variety.

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329 — Rushing yards by Virginia Tech freshmen running backs in the 52-10 victory over Marshall. It was split evenly between David Wilson, who rushed for 165 of the yards, and Ryan Williams (pictured), who had the remaining 164.

456 — Yards passing by Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts in the blowout victory over Rice. Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that he distributed the football to 13 different receivers.

1,145 — Yards of total offense for Auburn in the first two games of the Gene Chizik era. Not too shabby, no matter who you’ve played.

1970 — The year that Auburn last racked up 500-plus yards in back-to-back games.

16,431 — Louisiana-Lafayette fans who saw their team beat Kansas State on a 48-yard field goal with 32 seconds left to lift the Ragin’ Cajuns to 2-0 for the first time since 1990.

2,550,000 — Dollars it will cost Colorado boosters to buyout the remaining three years of Dan Hawkins’ contract after the conclusion of the 2009 season . . . if he makes it to the end of the season.

UCF to be without starting LT for Peach Bowl matchup with Auburn

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UCF will have its head coach for one of the biggest games in the football program’s history, but they’ll be without their quarterback’s blindside protector.

According to Shannon Green of the Orlando Sentinel, Aaron Evans will not play in No. 12 UCF’s Peach Bowl matchup with No. 7 Auburn New Year’s Day.  The specific nature of the injury that will sideline the offensive lineman wasn’t detailed.

The past three seasons, Evans started 36 of 37 games at left tackle.  12 of those starts came during the Knights run to a perfect regular season and American Athletic Conference championship that helped propel them to a New Year’s Six bowl.

With Evans out, Jake Brown will likely get the start against the Tigers.  Brown started 11 games at left guard for the Knights this season.

Baylor reportedly losing QB Zach Smith to transfer

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Two-thirds of the way through a one-win season, Zach Smith lost his job as the starting quarterback at Baylor.  Nearly three weeks later, it appears the sophomore has decided to ply his future football wares elsewhere.

According to ESPN Radio‘s Central Texas affiliate, Smith will be transferring from the Bears football program.  An official announcement, either from the player or the team or both, is expected to go down at some point in the not-too-distant future.

As a true freshman, Smith started the last four games of the 2016 season because of an injury to starter Seth Russell.  He started six games this past season before true freshman Charlie Brewer started the last four.  Brewer is now the only scholarship quarterback the Bears have on their roster.

Smith will leave Waco having thrown for 2,997 yards and 21 touchdowns.  The highlight of his career was a 463-yard, four-touchdown performance in an eight-point loss to Oklahoma this past September.

Jalen Jelks eschews leaving early for NFL, will return to Oregon

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We haven’t yet reached the first-ever early signing period, and Oregon has already bolstered its 2018 defense.

Jalen Jelks confirmed to The Oregonian that he has decided to push off the NFL and will instead return to Oregon for another season.  The redshirt junior indicated that he needs to work on his game before he takes it to the next level.

“I’m back for sure,” the redshirt junior defensive end told the newspaper. “I talked to my parents and my family and everything and just probably the best decision for me is to make the best out of next season and make a lot more plays than I did this season.

“I missed a lot of plays, and if I can capitalize on that and translate it to next season I could contribute a lot to the draft.”

This season, Jelks led the Ducks in tackles for loss with 15; in sacks with 6.5; and in quarterback hits with four.  The tackles for loss were second in the Pac-12 to Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa‘s 21.5.

Rashaan Salaam’s 1994 Heisman up for auction, could fetch $300K

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A little over a year after his death, one of the most noteworthy pieces of Rashaan Salaam‘s athletic career finds itself up for sale to the public yet again.

According to the Denver Post, the former Colorado star running back’s 1994 Heisman Trophy will be auctioned off next month and is expected to sell for upwards of $300,000. A portion of whatever the trophy fetches will be donated to CTE research.

Salaam, who took his own life at the age of 42 last December, was diagnosed with CTE symptoms postmortem.

After rushing for more than 2,000 yards, Salaam in 1994 became the first, and thus far only, Buffaloes football player to win the most prestigious trophy in college football.  In 2013, Salaam sold the trophy to a sports memorabilia dealer who subsequently sold it to the unnamed individual who is selling it at auction. “The trophy also includes a letter from Salaam, acknowledging the 2013 sale,” the Post wrote.

Based on what we’ve found, the largest amount a Heisman Trophy has ever brought in was the $395,000 a California businessman paid for Minnesota’s Bruce Smith‘s 1941 award in 2005.