Week 13, Statistically Speaking

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A statistical snapshot of the week that was in college football…

.592 – Winning percentage of visiting teams in Pac-12 road games (29-20) this season. The six teams ranked in last week’s Associated Press Top 25 (Oregon, UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona, Utah and USC) have a combined overall road record of 23-6 (.793).

.815 — Ohio State’s winning percentage (97-22) in Big Ten play since 2000, the highest league winning percentage among all Power Five schools.  Oklahoma 99-24 is next at .805.

.933 — Career field-goal percentage for Florida State’s Robert Aguayo (42-45).  The all-time career mark, for at least 45 attempts per the 2014 FBS record book, was .900 (45-50) by Louisiana-Lafayette’s Brett Baer (2009-12). The career mark, for at least 55 attempts, is .895 (68-76) by Nebraska’s Alex Henery (2007-10).

0 — Touchbacks this season for Wake Forest punter Alex Kinal, the only player in the Top 25 in punting average who can make that claim.

1 — 400-yard passing games for Jake Waters in his career, the lone one coming in Kansas State’s win over West Virginia Thursday night (400 even).  Waters had only one previous 300-yard game, that coming in November of last year against Oklahoma (348).

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1 — Kickers at the FBS level who have yet to miss a field goal attempt (minimum eight attempts) this season: Maryland’s Brad Craddock (17-17).  Craddock has made 23 straight attempts dating back to 2013, the longest current streak at the FBS level and third-longest in Big Ten history.

1.2 — Yards per play Savannah State averaged in its 64-0 loss to BYU.  The Cougars limited the Tigers to 40 yards passing on 28 attempts and 23 yards rushing on the same number of attempts.

4 — FBS teams currently undefeated in conference play:

Florida State (ACC, 8-0)
Georgia Southern (Sun Belt, 7-0)
Marshall (Conference USA, 7-0)
Ohio State (Big Ten, 7-0)

5 — Consecutive games Auburn allowed 30 or more points prior to playing Samford, the first time that’s ever happened in the history of the football program.

5 — Number of undefeated home seasons in the history of Utah State football: 1968 (4-0), 1972 (5-0), 1982 (4-0), 2012 (6-0) and 2014 (6-0).

6 — Total touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving) for Colorado State’s Dee Hart in a win over New Mexico, the second-highest single-game total in Mountain West History.

10 — Consecutive road wins for Missouri, breaking the school record originally set between 1978-80.  Mizzou’s last road loss came in the 2012 regular-season finale against Texas A&M.

10.9 — Yards per carry Nick Wilson averaged in setting a career-high with 218 yards in Arizona’s 42-10 thumping of Utah.

USC v Washington State
Juju Smith

17 — USC wide receiver JuJu Smith‘s age prior to Saturday.  The true freshman is currently second on the Trojans in receptions 46, receiving yards 610 and receiving touchdowns five.

22 — Rushing touchdowns this season for Pittsburgh’s James Conner, breaking the ACC record of 21 set by Virginia Tech’s Ryan Williams in 2009 and tying the school record of 22 set by Tony Dorsett during his Heisman-winning season in 1976.

26 — Consecutive Big 12 road games Kansas has lost, with the last conference win away from Lawrence coming in early October of 2008 against Iowa State in Ames (35-33).  It’s last double-digit conference road win came in 2007 against Oklahoma State in Stillwater (43-28).

27 — Regulation possessions in the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest that didn’t result in points, sending an FBS game into overtime in a scoreless tie for the first time in nearly a decade.  18 of those possessions ended in punts; four in turnovers (two fumbles, two interceptions); three in missed field goals; and two at the end of halves.

30 — Years since Wake Forest had beaten Virginia Tech before winning 6-3 in overtime Saturday.

40 — Wins for Clemson’s 2014 seniors, tied with 1990 for the most wins ever by one class in school history.

48 — Consecutive games Oklahoma has won when leading at halftime, the longest such streak in the country.  Kansas State has won 46 straight when up after two quarters.

100.7 — Yards per game receiving Western Michigan’s Corey Davis has averaged in his career (21 games, 2,114 yards), the only current FBS player who 1s averaging 100-plus yards per game.

150 — Consecutive games played between Lafayette and Lehigh, the longest continuous rivalry in the history of college football.  The 150th edition of the game was played Saturday in Yankee Stadium.  Lafayette leads the series 78-67-5 after Saturday’s 27-7 win in Yankee Stadium.

150 — Career-high receiving yards for Mario Hull in Rice’s Friday night win over UTEP.  It was the first 100-yard game of the senior’s career, and just the fifth time in 32 games he’s topped the 50-yard mark.

Blake Richmond, Joey Iosefa
Joey Iosefa

219 — Career-high rushing yards for Joey Iosefa in Hawaii’s last-season 37-35 win over UNLV, topping the 191 he produced last November in a loss to Navy.

265 — Career-high rushing yards for Kareem Hunt in Kent State’s 27-20 win over Bowling Green Wednesday night.  The performance was the first 200-yard game of Hunt’s career, and bested his previous high-water mark of 198 set Oct. 25 of this year vs. UMass.

296.7 — Pass efficiency rating for Hutson Mason in Georgia’s 55-9 scrimmage win over Charleston Southern.  Mason completed 10-of-12 passes for 187 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in two quarters of work.

510 — Total offense (409 passing, 101 rushing) for Eastern Michigan’s Reginald Bell Jr. in the 45-30 loss to Ball State.  The passing yardage is a career-high for the freshman (previous high was 283 a week ago), while it’s the third time this season the quarterback has run for 10-plus yards in a single game.

601 — Yards passing for Luke Falk in Washington State’s 52-31 loss to Arizona State.  It’s the fourth time in 11 games this season a Wazzu quarterback has topped the 500-yard mark, with the first three belonging to Connor Halliday.

1,433 — Rushing yards this season for Western Michigan’s Jarvion Franklin, breaking the MAC freshman single-season record of 1,361 by Temple’s Bernard Pierce in 2009. The true freshman also has 23 rushing touchdowns, four shy of tying Pierce’s record of 27 set in 2011.

3,507 — Yards of total offense for Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, breaking the school record of 3,130 set by Braxton Miller in 2012.

13,438 — Career passing yards for Oregon State’s Sean Mannion, moving past Georgia’s Aaron Murray (13,166) and Texas’ Colt McCoy (13,253) and into 10 place on the all-time FBS list.

It’s official: LSU-Alabama moving to daytime for the first time since 2010

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Astute observers of college football’s television contracts (read: nerds) perked up when CBS announced over the summer it had chosen Notre Dame’s Sept. 21 visit to Georgia as its annual primetime selection, meaning LSU’s Nov. 9 trip to Alabama would likely be played under sunshine for the first time since 2010.

However, there remained a question that CBS could work a backroom deal with ESPN to get Tigers-Tide in prime time, like it did back in 2011 when CBS initially used its annual primetime pick on Florida-Alabama and then nabbed LSU-Alabama when it became apparent that would be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 game. With history repeating itself on the field — Alabama is No. 1 in the AP poll, LSU is No. 2 — one had to wonder if history could also repeat itself in the boardroom.

That question was answered Monday, when CBS announced LSU-Alabama on Nov. 9 will indeed be played in the SEC on CBS’s traditional time slot of 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT.

Playing the Crimson Tide in daylight could be a good omen for LSU. The Tigers, losers of seven straight primetime affairs, won the most recent afternoon kickoff, a 24-21 decision on Nov. 6, 2010.

Mark Richt suffers heart attack, says he’s ‘doing fine’

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From the outside, it seems as if Mark Richt is the most relaxed, stress-free person in the entire college football universe. In 18 seasons as the head coach at Georgia and Miami, Richt had an inner peace and perspective that never seemed to let the stresses of the job get to him in the way it did most other coaches or people in similar high-stakes gigs.

Now, he’s very much living that retired multi-millionaire life.

That’s why it was so surprising when Richt announced Monday he suffered a heart attack earlier this morning.

“I am assuming word travels fast,” he tweeted. “So I wanted to be able to inform everyone that I did have a heart attack this morning. I am doing fine. As I went through the experience I had peace knowing I was going to heaven but I was going to miss my wife. I plan to be at work this week.”

While Monday’s news was obviously frightening, it’s comforting to know Richt survived and will hopefully be around to eat many, many more cheese balls on the beach.

 

‘GameDay’ making maiden voyage to South Dakota State

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The Football Championship Subdivision recently made a coordinated, nationwide push for ESPN’s “College GameDay” to pay its brand of football more attention. That push has quickly paid off.

ESPN announced Sunday that “GameDay” will make its first ever visit to Brookings, S.D., as No. 3 South Dakota State hosts No. 1 North Dakota State. The Jackrabbits are 6-1 this season, losing only to FBS No. 17 Minnesota 28-21 to open the season and then running off six straight victories by an average of 24.3 points. North Dakota State is 7-0 on the season with four victories over FCS top-20 opponents.

South Dakota State should send flowers to Wisconsin, who lost to Illinois ahead of their visit to No. 3 Ohio State, to Michigan, who lost to Penn State before hosting No. 8 Notre Dame, and to ESPN for their recent visit to Baton Rouge, making a return visit for No. 9 Auburn at No. 2 LSU seem too redundant.

“GameDay” last visited an FCS site on Oct. 14, 2017, as No. 1 James Madison hosted Villanova.

Saturday will mark North Dakota State’s third “GameDay” appearance, passing Harvard for the most among FCS teams. The Bison won both of their previous appearances, a 51-0 drubbing of Delaware State on Sept. 21, 2013, and a 58-0 blowout of Incarnate Word on Sept. 13, 2014.

South Carolina dismisses DB Jamel Cook after domestic violence arrest

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Because of an off-field issue, South Carolina’s depth in the secondary has been pared a bit.

Friday, Jamel Cook was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree domestic violence.  Other than he was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim or return to the location of the alleged incident, details surrounding the arrest and charge have not yet been divulged.

Early Sunday, the Gamecocks confirmed that Cook had been indefinitely suspended for violating unspecified team rules.  Later that day, Will Muschamp announced that the redshirt junior has been dismissed from his football program.

“[That’s] all I’m going to say about that,” Coach Gump added.

Cook was originally a four-star member of the Left Coast USC’s 2016 signing class, rated as the No. 17 player at any position in the state of Florida.  He played in three games in two years for the Trojans before transferring to the Gamecocks following the 2017 season.  Because of NCAA transfer rules, the defensive back was forced to sit out the 2018 season.

This year, Cook had appeared in one game prior to his off-field issues.