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.

Florida State AD says Urban Meyer won’t be the target if Willie Taggart gets fired

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It’s an open question right now as to whether or not Willie Taggart gets a third chance to turn Florida State’s football program around. But, in the event he doesn’t, Urban Meyer won’t be the target of the hypothetical coaching search.

And neither will Steve Spurrier, for that matter.

That’s on the authority of FSU AD David Coburn, who went on record with the Tallahassee Democrat Tuesday to dispute a FootballScoop report that Meyer would be the target of the search. (Full disclosure: I also work for FootballScoop.)

“If Coach were hit by a bus tomorrow, we would not target Coach Meyer, period,” Coburn told the paper. “I say that with all due respect to Coach Meyer, but we would not target Steve Spurrier either.”

Florida State is desperate to party like it’s 1999 again, to the point where Coburn didn’t throw out the prospect of paying Taggart’s $17-plus million buyout if Taggart doesn’t turn this season around. (The furthest Coburn would go on that point is this non-denial denial: “For the record, we have not been in contact with our Coach’s agent, period,” Coburn said.)

But they’re evidently not desperate enough to hire their former archnemesis.

Ex-assistant lands South Carolina on probation for recruiting violations

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The NCAA’s committee on infractions hit South Carolina for multiple sanctions stemming from violations by a former assistant coach, the organization announced Tuesday. The assistant was not named in the probe, but I reported at FootballScoop that former Gamecocks assistant Lance Thompson was the source of the probe.

The NCAA, South Carolina and Thompson engaged in a “negotiated resolution process,” in which the parties agreed Thompson texted a sophomore recruit following his official visit, and also sent a text notifying the recruit he would be at his high school the following day and would like to meet face-to-face.

NCAA rules prohibit coaches from texting recruits until their junior year, and from face-to-face off-campus visits until their senior year.

Thompson worked as South Carolina’s assistant head coach for defense and defensive line coach from 2016-18. He is now the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida Atlantic.

A veteran college assistant, Thompson has coached at Georgia Tech (in two different stints), UCF, LSU, Tennessee, Alabama and Auburn in addition to South Carolina and FAU. He has been recognized for his work as a recruiter by ESPN and Rivals.

As part of the negotiated settlement, South Carolina has been hit with the following sanctions:

  • A $10,000 fine.
  • A prohibition of off-campus football recruiting activity during the first two weeks of the spring 2019 evaluation period and the first four weeks of the fall 2019 evaluation period.
  • A reduction of football evaluation days by 12 for the 2018-19 academic year.
  • A restriction on all telephone and text communications with football prospects for two weeks beginning Sept. 1, 2019.
  • The head football coach may have only off-campus contact with 10 prospects during the fall 2019 contact period.
  • One year of probation.
  • One-on-one rules education for the head coach regarding NCAA contact and evaluation rules, completed in May 2019.
  • The university ended the recruitment of the prospect.

Additionally, the assistant has been hit with a 1-year show-cause penalty. He will be suspended one game for the 2019 season and may not engage in off-campus recruiting during the fall 2019 evaluation period.

Florida AD Scott Stricklin posts Games Wanted ad to Twitter

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For decades, Florida avoided playing major non-conference games outside of the Sunshine State, citing their ongoing rivalry with Florida State and their annual Jacksonville game against Georgia.

The Gators still play Florida State every year, and they still play Georgia in Jacksonville on the first Saturday of November. But they’ve decided to stop letting that prevent them from playing interesting non-conference games across this great land.

AD Scott Stricklin has scheduled series with Texas, Colorado and Utah (in addition to a home-and-home with Miami) and he’s looking for more. And he wants everyone to know he’s looking for more.

“Attention ADs from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 or Pac-12 … @GatorsFB is looking to add additional Home-and-Home series against P5 opponents. Let’s connect and schedule quality games the fans want to see!” Stricklin tweeted Tuesday.

Unless Stricklin is willing to cancel on-the-books games for 2020 or ’21, the next opening Florida has on its schedule is 2026-27. The Gators will play Utah in 2022-23, Miami in 2024-25, Colorado in 2028-29 and Texas in 2030-31.

In 2032 and beyond, though, Stricklin’s schedule is wide open. And while Stricklin is throwing bottles into the proverbial ocean, let’s throw another note in there — it sure would be nice to see Florida go north, particularly to Lincoln, Madison, South Bend, Columbus, Ann Arbor or State College.

 

Big 12’s 2020 schedule sees Bedlam move to October for first time since 2004

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The Big 12 is in the midst of its 2019 season, but on Tuesday the league took a break to release its 2020 schedule.

The conference season will begin early, Sept. 12, with Kansas at Baylor. It will conclude at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with the Big 12 Championship.

It would be the ultimate fool’s errand to wade through which games will determine the conference’s 2020 champion and which ones won’t a full year in advance, but we can go ahead and safely assume Oklahoma’s October will go a long way toward determining that. The Sooners’ October slate runs straight through what appear to be their top four challengers for the throne:

Oct. 3: vs. Baylor
Oct. 10: vs. Texas (at Dallas)
Oct. 17: at Iowa State
Oct. 24: vs. Oklahoma State

That last bit is interesting, as the conference has moved Bedlam to October for the first time since 2004. In fact, the Oct. 24 kick is the earliest since the two rivals met on Oct. 24, 1998; to find the last time Bedlam was played on a date earlier than Oct. 24, you’d have to go all the way back to Oct. 6, 1990.

It is worth noting, though, Bedlam has not been played in its traditional Thanksgiving weekend and/or final regular season weekend slot since the Big 12 revived its championship game two years ago. The 2017 game, a 62-52 OU win, was played Nov. 4, and last year’s 48-47 thriller occurred on Nov. 10.

The Big 12’s thinking appears to be the desire to avoid an immediate rematch between two likely contenders for the Big 12 Championship and, if that’s the case, the Thanksgiving weekend schedule is all the more puzzling as Oklahoma State will host Texas on Nov. 28. The Nov. 28 kickoff (or Nov. 27, if the game gets moved to Black Friday) will be the earliest in 35 all-time games between the ‘Horns and Pokes.

The full schedule can be found below: